Tag Health & medicine

Use of mobile app reduced alcohol and drug use

February 16, 2018

The application called Seva provides a discussion board, interactive modules to teach problem solving, tools for coping with cravings and high-risk situations, and other features.

As influenza looms, Madison firm advances human trials of revolutionary vaccine

January 17, 2018

One of the most promising universal flu vaccines is being developed by FluGen, a spinoff from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Next up is an experimental trial.

Study advances gene therapy for glaucoma

January 16, 2018

A new study shows an improved tactic for delivering new genes into the eye's drain, called the trabecular meshwork, offering a promising treatment for glaucoma.

Waisman research into rare syndrome offers hope for families

January 11, 2018

Waisman Center research into the molecular mysteries of Rett Syndrome may ultimately help an 8-year-old girl who suffers from the rare neurological disorder.

Lake Michigan waterfowl botulism deaths linked to warm waters, algae

January 9, 2018

UW-Madison researchers, with the help of citizen scientists, tracked bird deaths along Lake Michigan, and found that warm waters and algae apparently promoted the growth of botulism toxin-producing bacteria that caused them.

Cracking the code of coenzyme Q biosynthesis

December 21, 2017

A research group is chipping away at many of these knowledge gaps in CoQ production and in understanding the role of CoQ deficiency in human diseases.

To help kids battling a rare disease, scientists forge a genetic link between people and pigs

December 19, 2017

Scientists and physicians needed a better model to understand neurofibromatosis in order to help affected children. A groundbreaking research partnership at UW–Madison is showing the way.

Progress made toward treatment for rare, fatal neurological disease

December 19, 2017

Promising results in the lab and in animal models could set the stage for developing a treatment for Alexander disease, a rare and usually fatal neurological disease with no known cure.

Better health through the humanities

November 21, 2017

A new certificate teaches students historical, cultural and philosophical ways people intersect with health care and provides them a broader, more nuanced understanding of health.

Study: Yoga reduces falls among the elderly

November 2, 2017

Participants in a study saw significant improvements on two measures of walking gait, and on balance, after 8 weeks of yoga classes.

Talking to doctors: Never simple, but getting tougher: Could this help?

September 14, 2017

UW-Madison professor of family medicine Paul Smith is leading the development and testing of Care Talks to help people improve communication with the medical system.

Shelter Medicine, WVDL assist Dane County shelter with dog illness

September 9, 2017

“The shelter was on top of this very quickly,” says clinical assistant professor Sandra Newbury, who has been leading the response.

New accelerated undergraduate nursing program to address workforce need

September 1, 2017

The campus-based, face-to-face program will enroll a cohort of 32 second-degree students who will begin coursework in May 2018 for the twelve-month, full-time, year-round program.

Study: Medicaid Expansion Helped Reduce Reliance on Federal Income Assistance

August 8, 2017

“A rigorous debate about redesigning Medicaid requires accounting for the secondary effects of Medicaid on public programs beyond the health care sector,” said Dr. Marguerite Burns, assistant professor in Population Health Sciences.

Mosquito-spread encephalitis found in Wisconsin horses

July 28, 2017

A wet and warm summer — much like last year, when EEE virus infected 18 horses in 11 Wisconsin counties — makes for good mosquito habitat and conditions conducive to the spread of viruses like EEE and West Nile virus.

Study reveals interplay of an African bat, a parasite and a virus

July 13, 2017

The role of bat parasites in maintaining chains of viral infection is little studied, and the new study serves up some intriguing insights into how viruses co-opt parasites to help do the dirty work of disease transmission.

Made-in-Madison skin replacement starts final clinical trial

July 12, 2017

A University of Wisconsin–Madison spinoff that makes an innovative material designed to speed healing of serious burns has begun a large clinical trial for the “regenerative skin tissue” it has been developing since 2000.

UW-Madison advisory board aids cancer treatment statewide

June 29, 2017

The Precision Medicine Molecular Tumor Board has a dual mission: consulting with oncologists statewide about targeted drugs to battle out-of-control cancers; and amassing data on what works and what does not.

UW-Madison celebrates community partnerships

June 22, 2017

Emily Auerbach, professor of English at UW–Madison, delivers her speech after receiving the 2017 LaMarr Billups Community-University Engagement Award during a 2017 Community-University Partnership Award event at Olin House, the Chancellor's residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.