When it comes to mental health and illness, college athletes are a vulnerable population. The NCAA, member institutions and licensed mental health providers are working to provide better student-athlete care. Photo illustration by Rebecca Dell.

Mind does matter

By Rebecca Dell   COLUMBIA, Mo. — Mental illness afflicts 18.6 percent of the U.S. adult population, according to a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration survey, and college-level athletes and coaches are not immune. Their stories in the media range from hopeful and triumphant to sad and tragic: Former Michigan defensive lineman Will…

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The Farm Effect: One facet of the allergy epidemic

By Rebecca Dell  DENVER — Could farms be a solution to our allergy epidemic? A phenomenon called the farm effect, studied by Dr. Mark Holbreich of Allergy and Asthma Consultants, suggests that children who are consistently exposed to farm environments from a young age are less like to develop allergies. Holbreich was one of four allergy experts convened…

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Expert tips for how to report on suicide

By Rebecca Dell DENVER — When reporting on suicide, one fear news writers have is that readers will respond by taking their own lives. How can reporters, editors and public relations personnel minimize this risk? At the annual conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, a panel addressed why reporting suicides is important, ways to minimize harm from that reporting…

Naasa Fikri, a sophomore MU Engineering student, works on a motor controller for a battery electric car. Photo by Rebecca Dell.

Start your (eco-friendly) engines

As Mizzou Eco-Racing prepares two cars for the Shell Eco-marathon in April, one team member also works toward his own goal: going back home to rebuild Indonesia. By Rebecca Dell  Update May 5, 2014: Mizzou Eco-Racing won the Communications Award at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014 and received an honorable mention for the Safety Award.…

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Antidepressants work over time in the brain

By Rebecca Dell COLUMBIA, Mo. — Wait. Give it some more time. Be patient. When you’re hurting, these words can be hard to hear. The precise causes of depression are not fully known, so treating depression is a multi-dimensional puzzle that includes therapy, medication and time. Doctors often start medication treatment for depression by prescribing a…