Scientists to Explore Whether Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Control Blood Sugar

Scientists to Explore Whether Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Control Blood Sugar Inflammation and metabolic disorders are deeply intertwined. For example, people with inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease and psoriasis are at risk of developing metabolic disorders such as insulin resistance and diabetes. However troubling that connection might seem, it also might

Cats May Help Increase Empathy, Decrease Anxiety for Kids with Autism

Cats May Help Increase Empathy, Decrease Anxiety for Kids with Autism As a former school nurse in the Columbia Public Schools, Gretchen Carlisle would often interact with students with disabilities who took various medications or had seizures throughout the day. At some schools, the special education teacher would bring in

How Does the Immune System Keep Tabs on the Brain?

How Does the Immune System Keep Tabs on the Brain? Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, autism, schizophrenia and many other neurological and psychiatric conditions have been linked to inflammation in the brain. There’s growing evidence that immune cells and molecules play a key role in normal brain development and function as

Killing Cancer by Unleashing the Body’s Own Immune System

Killing Cancer by Unleashing the Body’s Own Immune System The body’s immune system is the first line of defense against infections like bacteria, viruses or cancers. Some cancers, however, have developed the art of molecular deception to avoid destruction by the body’s immune system. However, a University of Missouri researcher

Common Brain Malformation Traced to Its Genetic Roots

Common Brain Malformation Traced to Its Genetic Roots About one in 100 children has a common brain disorder called Chiari 1 malformation, but most of the time such children grow up normally and no one suspects a problem. But in about one in 10 of those children, the condition causes

Grant Helps Black Churches Fight COVID-19

Grant Helps Black Churches Fight COVID-19 COVID-19 has infected, hospitalized and killed Black Americans at a higher rate compared to whites. As it has with other racial health disparities, the University of Missouri-Kansas City is partnering with Black churches in Kansas City to fight this one. The National Institutes of