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Morgridge Institute for Research: Department of Homeland Security awards ...

Scientists at the Morgridge Launch for Research, Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin–Madison have received a $23.6 million subsidy as part of a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA 11-02) by the

2012 election candidate questionnaire: George Danos, Champaign County auditor

2012 election candidate questionnaire: George Danos, Champaign County auditor Line of work: Math instructor doing substitute teaching in Urbana; former economic analyst at Christie Clinic and PersonalCare. Political experience: Do you have a r model, in Illinois or elsewhere, for the way you like to run your office? I do

College Illinois reopens to investments

Prices alternate depending on which of three programs a buyer chooses: Community College, University, and University Additional, a prepaid tuition plan for those going to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. College Illinois is a breed of 529 Such a

This Isn't What Democracy Looks Like

Robert W. McChesney is Gutgsell Endowed Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and originator of The Political Economy of Media ( Press, 2008) and, with John Nichols, The Eradication and Life of American

Perinatal Exposure to Phthalates Impairs Brain Structure and Function in Rats

Champaign, IL (Scicasts) — Male and female rats exposed in the womb and during lactation to plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates had significantly fewer neurons and synapses than those that were not exposed, researchers report in a new study.

The phthalate-exposed rats had reductions in the size of their medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region that regulates behaviour, and showed deficits in cognitive flexibility. 

The variety of phthalates and quantities used in the study were environmentally relevant to human exposures, said University of Illinois psychology professor Janice Juraska, who led the research. 

"Phthalates are used as plasticizers in a variety of consumer goods, including plastics, personal care products, fragrances, pharmaceuticals, clothing and building materials," she said. "Contact with these products can lead to exposure through the skin, digestion or lungs."

Research has shown that phthalates readily cross the placenta to expose a developing fetus, and that they can be delivered to offspring via lactation, Juraska said. Because these chemicals can disrupt normal hormone signalling, their presence in infants and children is of special concern. The developing brain, in particular, is susceptible to hormone disruptions. Several studies in humans suggest that prenatal phthalate exposure may negatively affect children's behaviour, their ability to regulate their own actions and the incidence of neuropsychiatric disorders, she said.