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“What we found was that medication treatments are probably one of the contributing factors to brain volume declines we see in people with schizophrenia. It’s not a wise thing to jump to the conclusion that this is bad, although intuitively it seems like the first thing that people will conclude. In reality, we still don’t quite understand what it means.”

Beng-Choon Ho, associate professor of psychiatry in the Carver College of Medicine. Ho led research that tracked 211 patients with newly diagnosed schizophrenia to determine if the progressive loss of brain tissue widely attributed to the disease may be affected by drugs to treat it, severity of the illness, or substance abuse. (Bloomberg, Feb. 7)

 

“[Rockwell Collins is] able to be in Cedar Rapids because it is an urban area that can attract the kinds of engineering and design experts it needs to run a big operation.”

Bruce Gronbeck, professor emeritus of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Gronbeck was talking about how growth in the Cedar Rapids–Iowa City Corridor will help attract employers to the area. (Iowa City Press-Citizen, Feb. 21)

 

“You can’t make dietary recommendations based on observational studies.”

Jennifer Robinson, professor of epidemiology in the College of Public Health. Robinson was the lead researcher in a study that shows low levels of vitamin D don’t put older women at greater risk for type 2 diabetes. However, the study was observational—researchers simply looked at people’s vitamin D intake, or their blood levels of the vitamin, and whether or not they developed a given health condition. Those types of studies cannot prove that vitamin D was the reason for any lower disease risk. (Reuters, Feb. 22)