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Less Wait Time for Safe Travel Could Reduce Drinking and Driving in People with ‘Urgency’ Personality Trait

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Saving bar patrons’ time on their commute home could save lives. A pair of studies by University of Missouri psychologists found that people who reported drinking and driving also exhibited “urgency,” or a lack of emotional self-control, especially while drinking.

This suggests that some people when intoxicated may be more likely to choose the convenience of driving themselves home instead of waiting for a taxi, said Denis McCarthy, associate professor of psychology at MU.

Another Muscular Dystrophy Mystery Solved; MU Scientists Inch Closer to a Therapy for Patients‏

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Approximately 250,000 people in the United States suffer from muscular dystrophy, which occurs when damaged muscle tissue is replaced with fibrous, bony or fatty tissue and loses function.

Three years ago, University of Missouri scientists found a molecular compound that is vital to curing the disease, but they didn’t know how to make the compound bind to the muscle cells.

Tips to Reduce Families’ Holiday Stress‏

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Hundreds of dollars in spending and calendars overloaded with extra events and commitments can turn the holiday season from merry to miserable for many Americans.




American Consumers Overvalue U.S. Produced Apparel

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­— In today’s globalized economy, a large percentage of apparel products are multinational products as raw materials are produced, transported and assembled in different countries. However, consumers have little information about where and to what extent their apparel is produced domestically or overseas.

Warning Signs for Parents to Recognize Teens in Distress

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, a University of Missouri public health expert has identified factors that will help parents, medical professionals and educators recognize teens at risk for self injury and suicide.

White House Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The North Portico exterior of the White House is illuminated pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert

The White House was illuminated pink last night to mark the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, President Obama wrote in a Presidential Proclamation, “we honor those we have lost, lend our strength to those who carry on the fight, and pledge to educate ourselves and our loved ones about this tragic disease.”

Children with Autism Experience Interrelated Health Issues

Kate McIntyre, COLUMBIA, Mo. – One in 88 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A new study by a University of Missouri researcher found that many children with ASD also experience anxiety, chronic gastrointestinal (GI) problems and atypical sensory responses, which are heightened reactions to light, sound or particular textures.

Smartphone App Can Track Objects On the Battlefield as Well as On the Sports Field

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri researchers have developed new software using smartphones’ GPS and imaging abilities that determine the exact location of distant objects as well as monitor the speed and direction of moving objects.  The software could eventually allow smartphone-armed soldiers to target the location of their enemies.

Women's Equality Day - Celebrating the right to vote

Proclaimed each year by the President of the United States, Women’s Equality Day commemorates the day the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified, giving women the right to vote. 


Divorced Couples’ Co-Parenting Relationships Can Improve

Jesslyn Chew, COLUMBIA, Mo. – New research conducted at the University of Missouri offers hope for divorced parents and suggests hostile relationships can improve when ex-spouses set aside their differences and focus on their children’s needs.

Economic Recession Leads to Increased Entrepreneurship

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The recent economic recession has caused many changes in the business landscape across the country, including high unemployment rates. Due to these high rates and the struggling economy, University of Missouri researchers have found that in recent years the number of Americans engaging in entrepreneurship has risen significantly.

Celebrating National Parks Week

President Barack Obama and his family hike on Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park in Maine, July 16, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The White House - Did you know that there are nearly 400 national parks across our country? That’s right!  And this week we celebrate all of them.  From the Grand Canyon to Gettysburg, the Virgin Islands to Hawaii Volcanoes – each of our parks is a place to explore, learn and be active. And this week, they are all free!

Study Finds Toxic Chemicals Pervasive in Baby Products

Autism Society Calls on Product Makers to Reject Unnecessary Chemicals; Urges Prompt Action to Update Existing Regulations

Bethesda, MD - A study of products designed for newborns, babies and toddlers – including car seats, breastfeeding pillows, changing pads and other items made with polyurethane foam – found that 80 percent of products tested contained chemical flame retardants that are considered toxic, according to a peer-reviewed study published in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal.

Safe Sleep Environments Key to Preventing Many Infant Deaths

Kate McIntyre, COLUMBIA, Mo.
– Since 1992, the government’s Back-to-Sleep Campaign has encouraged parents to place infants on their backs to sleep. Still, more than 4,500 infants die unexpectedly during sleep each year in the United States.

"Keeping Kids Safe", Free MOCHIP Event May 5

Washington, Mo - Hope Lodge #251 in Washington, Mo together with the Missouri Masonic Children's Foundation is holding an event to help protect local children by holding a FREE Missouri Child ID Program (MOCHIP).

This event will be held on Saturday May 5th 2012, 10 AM-2PM, at New Haven Elementary School.


Exposure to "cat disease" spreading across nation in domestic cats, MU fights back

COLUMBIA, Mo. ­—Lone Star ticks, which are notorious carriers of many diseases including cytauxzoonosis, or “bobcat fever,” have been spreading across the nation in recent years. As a result, cats across much of the country are now exposed to the deadly disease.

FedEx and Autism Speaks team up again for June 3, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway

DOVER, Del. FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), Autism Speaks and Dover International Speedway are pleased to announce that FedEx will return as the title sponsor for the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, the June 3, 2012 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.”

"Chemo Brain” Not Always to Blame for Cognitive Declines in Women with Breast Cancer

Jesslyn Tenhouse, COLUMBIA, Mo. – Women undergoing treatment for breast cancer can experience cognitive declines, such as decreased verbal fluency or loss of memory and attention.

New study to test utilizing willows to combat flooding

­— Storm water runoff is key to any developer’s request when creating new roads or other impervious surfaces. Yet, storm water runoff can carry sediment, fertilizers and other chemicals directly into a stream or creek, potentially harming the waterway for years.

Researchers See Differences in Autism Brain Development as Early as 6 Months

Research by Autism Speaks-Funded Infant Brain Imaging Study Offers Future Promise to Identify Infants at Risk for Autism before Behavioral Symptoms Become Evident

New York, N.Y. –The changes in brain development that underlie autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be detectable in children as young as 6 months, according to research reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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