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Infant mortality rates for black women are unlikely to decline sharply enough to achieve the federal governments targeted rate in 2020, according to a new study by alumnus Shondra Loggins, right, and Flavia Cristina Drumond Andrade, a professor of kinesiology and community health.

Most U.S. infant death rates not likely to fall enough to meet goal

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:March 6, 2014

The infant mortality rate set forth as a national goal in the federal government’s Healthy People 2020 initiative is likely to be attained by only one demographic group – highly educated white mothers, the authors of a new study say.

Published Date: March 6, 2014


University of Illinois neuroscience professor Aron Barbey led a study that found a gene variant associated with improved recovery from traumatic brain injury.

One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injury

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 26, 2014

Researchers report that one tiny variation in the sequence of a gene may cause some people to be more impaired by traumatic brain injury (TBI) than others with comparable wounds.

Published Date: February 26, 2014


Fred Kummerow, a professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois, reports that LDL cholesterol results from a simple dietary deficiency.

'Bad cholesterol' indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher says

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 25, 2014

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad cholesterol” that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment’s war on cholesterol.

Published Date: February 25, 2014


Low doses of the soy isoflavone genistein change estrogen-responsive breast tumor cells to a more aggressive, less treatable form of cancer, suggests new research by Juan Andrade, right, and William Helferich, both professors in the department of food science and human nutrition.

Soy supplements with isoflavones 'reprogram' breast cancer cells

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:February 24, 2014

Women with estrogen-responsive breast cancer who consume soy protein supplements containing isoflavones to alleviate the side effects of menopause may be accelerating progression of their cancer, changing it from a treatable subtype to a more aggressive, less treatable form of the disease, new research suggests.

Published Date: February 24, 2014


Older adults causal beliefs about their high blood pressure may vary according to where they live and other demographic variables, a new study finds. Elise A.G. Duwe, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Scholars Program, led the study. Daniel G. Morrow, a faculty member in the College of Education and the Beckman Institute, was a co-author.

Study looks at what older people think causes hypertension

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:February 20, 2014

Older adults’ causal beliefs about their high blood pressure may vary according to where they live and other demographic variables, a new study finds. Elise A.G. Duwe, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Scholars Program, led the study. Daniel G. Morrow, a faculty member in the College of Education and the Beckman Institute, was a co-author.

Published Date: February 20, 2014