Archive: Sep 2016

Measurement Helps Craniofacial Surgeons Better Evaluate Children with Skull Deformity

A baby’s skull is made of several plates of bone that fuse together over time to form a single structure. Previous research has shown that approximately one in 2,000 babies have plates that fuse too early — a condition called craniosynostosis — causing cranial deformities that can lead to learning impairments and other neurodevelopmental problems. Craniofacial surgeons across the country differ on when surgical intervention is needed for some abnormalities. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine are recommending a new method to help determine when surgery is needed. Read More

Deactivation of Brain Receptors in Postmenopausal Women May Lead to Lack of Physical Activity

As women enter menopause, their levels of physical activity decrease; for years scientists were unable to determine why. Now, researchers from the University of Missouri have found a connection between lack of ovarian hormones and changes in the brain’s pleasure center, a hotspot in the brain that processes and reinforces messages related to reward, pleasure, activity and motivation for physical exercise. Findings suggest that activation of brain receptors in that part of the brain may serve as a future treatment to improve motivation for physical activity in postmenopausal women. Read More

School of Medicine Becomes Hill Day Partner

The MU School of Medicine will be a Hill Day partner during this year’s "Rally for Medical Research Hill Day" on Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C. The Rally for Medical Research Hill Day brings representatives of the medical community to Capitol Hill to call on our nation's policy makers to make funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority. Read More