Archive for March, 2009

Although perhaps the greatest public health achievement of the 20th century was the disinfection of water, a recent study now shows that the chemicals used to purify the water we drink and use in swimming pools react with organic material in the water yielding toxic consequences – chlorination by-products that are known to cause birth defects […] – As school districts across the nation revamped curricula to meet requirements of the federal  “No Child Left Behind” Act, opportunities for children to be physically active during the school day diminished significantly. Future mandates, however, might be better served by taking into account findings from a University of Illinois study suggesting the academic […]

Scientists studying a mysterious neurological affliction in pregnant cats that have been fed irradiated food have discovered a surprising ability of the central nervous system to repair itself and restore function when placed back on a normal diet. In a study published today (March 30, 2009) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, […]

As a former competitive cyclist, University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Robert Motl routinely met his teammates at a coffee shop to fuel up on caffeine prior to hitting the pavement on long-distance training rides. “The notion was that caffeine was helping us train harder … to push ourselves a little harder,” he […]

People are advised to wait a few minutes before drinking a cup of freshly-boiled tea today as a new study, published on, finds that drinking very hot tea (70°C or more) can increase the risk of cancer of the esophagus, the muscular tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach. The study […] – Running isn’t just for the young and healthy – older runners with healthy joints also keep pounding the pavement. Researchers now say after 21 years of study that if you’re healthy and generally injury-free, there are few reasons to put away your running shoes as you age, even into your 70s and 80s. […]