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Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China.
Lactating Moms More Aggressive, Explains Tim Loving

Lactating Moms More Aggressive, Explains Tim Loving

Human ecology professor Tim Loving blogs about maternal aggression.
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Bringing Home the Bacon. And Cooking It.

Bringing Home the Bacon. And Cooking It.

A number of heories attempt to explain why married women tend to do more housework than their husbands (note: none of them are called the “Men Are Lazy Theory”).

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Middle-Aged Mothers and Fathers Only As Happy As Their Least Happy Grown Child, Research Shows

Middle-Aged Mothers and Fathers Only As Happy As Their Least Happy Grown Child, Research Shows

Parents’ emotional well-being and life satisfaction remain linked to their children’s successes and problems — particularly their least-happy offspring.

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Ninety Percent of Preschoolers’ Sack Lunches Reach Unsafe Temperatures

Ninety Percent of Preschoolers’ Sack Lunches Reach Unsafe Temperatures

Parents and the public need to be educated on safe food packing practices in order to prevent bacteria from growing and potentially causing illness.
To Spank or Not to Spank: Is It Still A Question?

To Spank or Not to Spank: Is It Still A Question?

Elizabeth Gershoff studies the impact of corporal punishment (and other, more severe forms of physical punishment) on children. I sat down with her to ask her the big questions about spanking.

What It Takes to Join the Military

A Pentagon report says that 75 percent of young people between the age of 17 to 24 are unfit to serve in the military because they are out of shape, lack education or have a criminal history. Professor Elizabeth Gershoff from the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences speaks with Fox 7 News about the root of the problem. She says that ...

New Susceptibility Gene for Skin Cancer Discovered By University of Texas at Austin Researchers

Discovery of gene that plays a role in susceptibility to nonmelanoma skin cancer could lead to novel strategies for prevention.

Across Space and Time

Leslie Russell's designs are inspired by: science fiction literature, hip-hop music, old Hollywood glamor, fashion designers Coco Chanel and Vivienne Westwood, and whatever else her omnivorous imagination has absorbed over the past twenty-or-so years.

AMSA wins second annual College of Natural Sciences Service Award

AMSA volunteers pose for a picture in Nicaragua. For its work bringing one-on-one medical care to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the UT chapter of the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) has been awarded the second annual College of Natural Sciences Service Award. AMSA’s main goals are to bring together students who are interested in medic...

My Kid is a (HEALTH SCIENCE) Honors Student

When Bob Cheng found out that he’d been accepted into the new Health Science Honors program in the College of Natural Sciences, it added a whole new level to his excitement about coming to The University of Texas at Austin. “My grandparents were doctors. I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember,” says Cheng, a high school senior f...

Vision Quest

An example of how age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can distort vision. For the roughly 10 million Americans who suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), there are much greater worries than having it take longer than it once did to adapt to the darkness of a movie theater, or not being very good at identifying when a light source...

Don’t tug on Super Mom’s cape

Professor Nancy Hazen-Swann Dads are changing diapers, cooking dinner and shopping for groceries more than ever these days as more women enter the work force. Although this may seem like a blessing for many overextended moms, helpful dads can hurt a woman’s self-esteem, new research at The University of Texas at Austin has found. More women l...Nancy Hazen-Swann

Scientist and surgeon collaborating to find better ways to prevent, treat birth defects

John Wallingford and Tim George work at different ends of the biomedical-health-care spectrum. Wallingford is a scientist doing basic research at The University of Texas at Austin. Using frogs and mice as models, he studies how embryos develop and what can go wrong in development. George is a pediatric neuro-surgeon at Dell Children’s Medical Ce...John Wallingford and Tim George

The Life Savers

Simon Andrade, in Nicaragua, with some of his patients. The appeal of Global Medical Training (GMT), for Aaron Menchaca and Simon Andrade, was pretty simple. They could do good and make good at the same time. The organization gave them the to chance to advance their own pre-health professions goals while also helping to provide basic care to poo...