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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


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