6:25 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Experts Suggest Connection To Autism, Air Pollution

Credit Flickr user Jake Setlak / "Smog" (CC BY 2.0)

Scientists are suggesting a link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy. 

The study in Environmental Health Perspectives says tiny particulate matter, which can be passed from the lungs to the bloodstream may be a factor. 

Experts say pregnant women should minimize their exposure to air pollution. However, the link has yet to be proven.

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6:12 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Fat Breathed Out Of Body During Exercise

Credit Flickr user Matt_Weibo / "fitness centre" (CC BY 2.0)

Fat can be breathed out as carbon dioxide as well as burned off. That’s according to a study in the British Medical Journal.

Results from the study show lungs are the primary excretory organ for weight loss.

Researchers say people still need to huff and puff with exercise to keep slim; hyperventilating by itself won’t do the trick.

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6:54 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Sleeping Habits May Be Genetic

How much sleep you get each night may depend on your genes.

That’s according to a new study published in Molecular Psychiatry.

7:55 am
Wed December 3, 2014

HIV Becoming Less Deadly

Credit Flickr user / NIAID "HIV-infected T cell" (CC BY 2.0)

HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found the virus is taking increasingly longer to become AIDS.

Findings suggest treatment drugs forced HIV to evolve into milder forms. Researchers say the virus may eventually become almost harmless. 

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Anzu wyliei
6:46 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Meet 'Pearl': The Next Big Thing At Burpee

Artist's version of Anzu wyliei, the species of oviraptorosaur "Pearl" is expected to be.
Julius T. Cotonyi Burpee Museum of Natural History

What’s seven feet tall, covered with feathers, and is moving, piece by piece, into the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford? It’s “Pearl,” an extremely rare dinosaur that could fill in some blanks for researchers.  

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8:51 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Dozen People Being Monitored For Ebola In Illinois

Twelve people in Illinois are being monitored for possible exposure to Ebola. The Chicago Tribune reports they are not being quarantined and are considered at low to medium risk. 

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6:44 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Study: Giving Teens Free Birth Control Means Fewer Unplanned Pregnancies And Abortions

IUDs and implants are 20 times more effective at preventing pregnancy than short-term birth control options like the pill, patch, or vaginal ring (pictured).

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 9:37 pm

Giving teenagers access to free, long-term contraception can dramatically reduce rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. That's according to new research out of Washington University in St. Louis.

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7:21 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Study Suggests Blood Test Could Help With Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Scientists believe they have discovered a blood test that could help to detect pancreatic cancer. Researchers discovered many pancreatic cancer patients had higher levels of certain amino acids. The findings appear in the journal Nature Medicine.

Restoration Initiative
5:34 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Great Lakes Action Plan Adjusts For Climate Change

Lake Superior, Upper Peninsula, Michigan.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

There's a new plan for improving the health of the Great Lakes. The Environmental Protection Agency released its Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's action plan today at a meeting of the region's mayors in Chicago. 

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Illinois Renewable Energy Fair
5:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Can Your Town Get By With Locally Owned Renewable Energy?

Solar panels near the Rockford Airport.
Credit Frank Dyke / WNIJ

The 13th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair is this weekend at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. 

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