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A recent study conducted by Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An shows that although the increase in obesity prevalence among adults may be slowing, it continues to increase, especially in those with high body mass index measures.

New evidence shows increase in obesity may be slowing, but not by much

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:February 5, 2014

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama referred to an August 2013 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that showed a decline in the obesity rate among low-income pre-school children, saying, “Michelle’s Let’s Move! partnership with schools, businesses and local leaders has helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years, and that's an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for decades to come.”

Published Date: February 5, 2014


Dieting at an early age and experiencing mild depressive symptoms increase boys and girls risks of developing eating disorders and engaging unsafe weight-loss behaviors as young adults, suggests a new study by Janet Liechty, a professor of social work and of medicine at Illinois.

Study examines factors leading to eating disorders in young adulthood

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 9, 2013

Youth who diet at early ages and report at least mild depression are at increased risk of developing eating disorders and engaging in unsafe weight-loss behaviors in young adulthood, new research by Janet Liechty and Meng-Jung Lee at the University of Illinois suggests.

Published Date: September 9, 2013


Fred Kummerow, a professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois, describes his work, which contradicts commonly held notions about the role of dietary cholesterol.

Scientist, 98, challenges orthodoxy on causes of heart disease

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 31, 2013

Twenty years ago, at the age of 78, Fred A. Kummerow retired from the University of Illinois. That didn't mean his research days were behind him, however. Now in a wheelchair most of the time, Kummerow still maintains a laboratory on campus where he and his colleagues chip away at the basic assumptions that guide most research into the causes of heart disease. (Watch a video about his life and work.)

Published Date: July 31, 2013


University of Illinois chemistry professor Paul Hergenrother, left, and veterinary clinical medicine professor Tim Fan led a study of an anti-cancer compound in pet dogs that is now headed for human clinical trials.

Cancer drug tested in pet dogs is now bound for human trials

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 16, 2013

Thanks to a new $2 million investment, a drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is on the road to human clinical trials. The compound, known as PAC-1, has so far proven safe and has promising anti-cancer effects in cell culture, in mouse models of cancer and in pet dogs with spontaneously occurring lymphomas and osteosarcomas.

Published Date: July 16, 2013


Social work professor Venera Bekteshi has found that a bout with cancer can be the catalyst for growth and healing in mother-daughter relationships.

Cancer and treatment side effect: Stronger mother-daughter ties

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 10, 2013

A bout with cancer can be the catalyst for growth and healing in mother-daughter relationships, suggests a new study by a University of Illinois social work professor.

Published Date: July 10, 2013