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Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Inflammation via Cannabinoids

Jul 19, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions...

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Five Veterinary Faculty Among Medical College Inaugural 100

May 8, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Five faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine are among the 100 prominent researchers, administrators, and medical professionals named to the faculty of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. The medical college is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System,...

Public Hearing Marks Step Toward Unified Basic Sciences Department

Feb 24, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

New Department Part of College Strategic Plan The hearing is required as part of Senate Standing Rule #13, “Formation, Termination, Separation, Transfer, Merger, Change in Status, or Renaming of Units.” Creating a unified basic sciences department is one of the initiatives identified in the college’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, under the goal to “expand and support...

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Illinois, UCSF Receive $2.9 Million Grant to Study Child Health

Sep 22, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

The National Institutes of Health announced $2.9 million in new funding to the University of Illinois and the University of California, San Francisco, for studies to determine how maternal exposure to stress and to hormone-disrupting chemicals during pregnancy affect birth outcomes and child brain development. The funding is for the first two years of what...

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Report: A Host of Common Chemicals Endanger Child Brain Development

Jul 1, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages. The chemicals that are of most concern include lead and mercury; organophosphate pesticides used in agriculture and...

Emerging Fungal Infections Impact Wildlife

Jan 20, 2016 / Comparative Biosciences News

Yale Environment 360 (Jan. 19) – “It’s having a pretty significant impact on some populations,” Matthew Allender, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s veterinary school and the lead author on a recent paper on the etiology of SFD [snake fungal disease], said. For snakes infected with SFD, Allender noted, mortality rates can...

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A Minute With… Fred Kummerow on the FDA’s Ban On Trans Fats

Jun 5, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, now 100, first reported a link between dietary trans fats and heart disease in 1957. Trained in lipid biochemistry, Kummerow later determined the mechanisms by which trans fats contributed to atherosclerosis in patients with heart disease. In 2009, he petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to ban trans fats from...