Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life
A growing body of evidence supports the idea that alcohol exposure early in life has lasting effects on the brain and increases the risk of psychological problems in adulthood. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk for anxiety later in life due to abnormal epigenetic programming. The findings of the study, which was conducted in animals, was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.
Can a nerve injury trigger ALS?
A growing collection of anecdotal stories raises the possibility that nerve injury in an arm or a leg can act as a trigger for the development amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS — a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous New York Yankee who died of it in 1941. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are the first to demonstrate that a peripheral nerve injury can trigger the onset and spread of the disease in an animal model of ALS.
Report presents economic, environmental strategies for Chicago’s Calumet River area
A new report developed by University of Illinois at Chicago researchers offers strategies to address environmental and economic issues in communities located along the Calumet River on Chicago’s Southeast Side. Produced by the Great Cities Institute at UIC, the report provides a framework for the region to plan and carry out future projects that deal with public health and the environment, social equity, and economic development. Additional features of the report include neighborhood demographic profiles, land use and zoning maps, and housing data.