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Alcohol Abuse Might Be the Cause – Rather than the Effect – of Social Isolation and Poor Grades Among Teenagers, Study Shows

Human ecology professor finds that teenage drinkers are more likely to feel like social outcasts than the life of the party.

Testosterone: It's There for Dads When They Need It

Testosterone: It's There for Dads When They Need It

Some infant cues, such as baby cries, actually increase testosterone.

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The Pregnancy Twofer

The Pregnancy Twofer

Maternal health epidemiologist Michele Forman explains how healthier habits during pregnancy can improve the lives of mother and child.

Organics in the Balance

Organics in the Balance

A guide to when and how to eat organic, from the college's expert dietitians.

Ask Dr. Loving: We Broke Up, But Does He Still Like Me?

Dr. Tim Loving responds to a question about whether it's a good idea for "Conflicted" to keep hanging out with her ex.

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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...