Tag Research

Meditation affects brain networks differently in long-term meditators and novices

July 23, 2018

UW-Madison researchers examined brain activity in non-meditators, new meditators, and long-term meditators, and they discovered differences in emotion networks of the brain among these groups.

Can plants and trees change the weather?

July 18, 2018

An array of towers, aircraft and researchers will keep watch over the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in northern Wisconsin, focusing on an area from a region of the country sensitive to changes in climate.

Data Science Initiative supports faculty research

July 17, 2018

Ten highly innovative projects, addressing such diverse topics as the microbiome, climate change, limnology, Alzheimer's disease, genomics and math, have been chosen to receive funding.

Study suggests buried internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

July 16, 2018

The most susceptible U.S. cities are New York, Miami and Seattle, but the effects would ripple across the internet — potentially disrupting global communications.

Finding a weak link in the frightful parasite Schistosoma

July 10, 2018

More than 250 million people, mostly in Africa and Asia, have schistosomiasis, which kills an estimated 280,000 each year. “We don’t get that many aha! moments in our lives as scientists,” says a researcher. “This was one of them.”

In a warming world, could air conditioning make things worse?

July 3, 2018

A team of UW–Madison researchers forecasts as many as a thousand additional deaths annually in the Eastern United States alone due to elevated levels of air pollution driven by the increased use of fossil fuels to cool the buildings where humans live and work.

Zika virus infection may multiply risk of miscarriage, stillbirth

July 2, 2018

Researchers at six National Primate Research Centers (NPRCs) combined results from individual studies to find that 26 percent of pregnancies in 50 monkeys infected with Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy ended in miscarriage or stillbirth.

Cell therapy is the future, and Wisconsin is the place, UW–Madison expert tells Technology Council

June 29, 2018

UW–Madison has doctors willing to guide the studies that will make or break cell therapy companies. “If you are a clinician, you need a pioneer spirit to do something that has never been done before,” Jacques Galipeau says, “and there are already many like that here.”

Study points researchers toward new therapies for fragile X syndrome

June 28, 2018

A UW–Madison study showed that the absence of the protein FMRP can unbalance critical molecular processes within adult brain cells and lead to the neural and cognitive changes seen in fragile X.

Map helps guide public health decision-making

June 28, 2018

“We want this to be a tool that everyone can use,” said Amy Kind, an associate professor of medicine. “We hope this will be a catalyst to ... eliminate U.S. health disparities.”

“Ring around bathtub” at giant volcano field shows movement of subterranean magma

June 27, 2018

It’s a major task to understand a Laguna del Maule mountaintop region that has erupted 50 times over the past 20,000 years. But the starting point of a UW–Madison study is simple: It’s the ring that standing water leaves on a bathtub.

Mining notes from doctors and nurses could improve dementia diagnosis

June 27, 2018

Searching for clues in electronic health records could steer dementia patients to better treatment and follow-up examinations — especially patients from minority groups that tend to be less likely to receive specialized care.

Lipids in blood and liver offer insights into metabolic health

June 27, 2018

Often, in order to identify a fatty liver, an invasive liver biopsy is required. Taking a blood sample would be a much simpler way to diagnose it.