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Chemistry professor Jeffrey Moore, graduate student Joshua Grolman and materials science and engineering professor Kristopher Kilian led a research team to create a new synthetic tissue environment for more realistic cell biology research.

New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realistic

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 27, 2015

Tumors are notoriously difficult to study in their natural habitat – body tissues – but a new synthetic tissue environment may give cancer researchers the next-best look at tumor growth and behavior.

Published Date: August 27, 2015


Research reveals a new signal of brain health in older adults who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adults

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 24, 2015

One day soon, doctors may be able to determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. Studies have shown that physically fit people tend to have larger brain volumes and more intact white matter than their less-fit peers. Now a new study reveals that older adults who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity have more variable brain activity at rest than those who don’t. This variability is associated with better cognitive performance, the researchers say.

Published Date: August 24, 2015


University of Illinois Beckman Institute postdoctoral researcher Agnieszka Burzynska and her colleagues analyzed the brain and cognition of Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old track-and-field athlete. Burzynska is now a professor at Colorado State University.

The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brain

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 17, 2015

In the summer of 2012, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with more than 30 world records in her age group, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois and submitted to an in-depth analysis of her brain.

Published Date: August 17, 2015


Postdoctoral researcher Laura Chaddock-Heyman, U. of I. kinesiology and community health professor Charles Hillman and their colleagues found that higher-fit kids had thinner gray matter and better mathematics achievement than their lower-fit peers.

Study links fitness, thinner gray matter and better math skills in kids

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 12, 2015

A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter than their “lower-fit” peers. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE.

Published Date: August 12, 2015


University of Illinois graduate student Zachary Horne, left, psychology professor John Hummel and their colleagues developed an intervention that moderated anti-vaccination views.

Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study finds

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 3, 2015

It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don’t. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires and strengthens, rather than weakens, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they have found a way to overcome some of the most entrenched anti-vaccine attitudes: Remind the skeptics – with words and images – why vaccines exist.

Published Date: August 3, 2015


Parents level of health literacy determines the weight-control strategies they would choose for their children, according to a new study led by Janet Liechty, a professor of social work and of medicine. Dr. Salma M. A. Musaad, a visiting research biostatistician in human and community development, and social work doctoral student Jaclyn A. Saltzman were co-authors.

Parents' health literacy affects child weight-loss tactics, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 28, 2015

Parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information, a new study suggests.

Published Date: July 28, 2015


Pleasure travel: Womens motives for taking sexual risks during leisure travel and the characteristics of tourist environments that promote sexual experimentation are explored in a new study co-authored by Liza Berdychevsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.

Women's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new study

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:July 22, 2015

Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey.

Published Date: July 22, 2015


University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An used U.S. national data to determine the nutritional effects of eating meals outside the home.

Study: Restaurant meals can be as bad for your waistline as fast food is

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2015

When Americans go out to eat, either at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they consume, on average, about 200 more calories a day than when they stay home for meals, a new study reports. They also take in more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than those who prepare and eat their meals at home.

Published Date: July 1, 2015


Researchers, from left, Ephantus Muturi, Allison Gardner and Brian Allan found that different types of leaf litter in water had different effects on the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry West Nile virus.

What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus risk

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2015

A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.

Published Date: July 1, 2015


University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan, pictured here with his dog, Ember, describes the advantages of testing potential cancer therapies on pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers.

Drug trials in pet dogs with cancer may speed advances in human oncology

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 16, 2015

Pet dogs may be humans’ best friends in a new arena of life: cancer treatment, said University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan. Physiological similarities between dogs and humans, and conserved genetics between some dog and human cancers, can allow pet dogs to serve as useful models for studying new cancer drugs, he said.

Published Date: June 16, 2015


Websites geared toward older adults are providing this population with new opportunities to discuss and explore their sexuality, according to a netnography co-written by Liza Berdychevsky, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism.

Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sex

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:June 10, 2015

Forget those ageist stereotypes that senior citizens have little interest in sex and are befuddled by technology. Many older adults are going online to dish about the joys of sex and swap advice about keeping their mojos working well into their twilight years, a new study found.

Published Date: June 10, 2015


Illinois chemistry professor Martin Burke led a research team that found derivatives of a widely used but highly toxic antifungal drug. The new compounds are less toxic yet evade resistance.

New anti-microbial compounds evade resistance with less toxicity

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2015

New compounds that specifically attack fungal infections without attacking human cells could transform treatment for such infections and point the way to targeted medicines that evade antibiotic resistance.

Published Date: June 1, 2015


M.D./Ph.D. student Marta Zamroziewicz, left, Carle Hospital-Beckman Institute postdoctoral fellow Rachael Rubin and their colleagues looked at the role of nutrition in brain function in elderly adults who were at risk of developing late-onset Alzheimers disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids enhance cognitive flexibility in at-risk older adults

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 19, 2015

A study of older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease found that those who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of cognitive flexibility – the ability to efficiently switch between tasks – and had a bigger anterior cingulate cortex, a brain region known to contribute to cognitive flexibility.

Published Date: May 19, 2015


Health issues in Africa to be focus of conference

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:May 4, 2015

Infectious disease expert Mosoka P. Fallah, one of five “Ebola fighters” honored as a Person of the Year by Time in 2014, will be among the speakers at an upcoming symposium at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 4, 2015


New research by doctoral candidate Yunxian (Fureya) Liu and nutrition professor William Helferich suggests that soys breast cancer preventive properties may stem from eating soy-based whole foods across the lifespan.

Gene mapping reveals soy's dynamic, differing roles in breast cancer

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:April 28, 2015

Scientists have mapped the human genes triggered by the phytonutrients in soy, revealing the complex role the legume plays in both preventing and advancing breast cancer.

Published Date: April 28, 2015


BPA exposure during pregnancy was associated with reproductive problems in the next three generations of mice, researchers report.

BPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generations

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 15, 2015

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology.

Published Date: April 15, 2015


A new anti-cancer compound, PAC-1, spurs cell death in cancer cells while sparing healthy cells.

Cancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trials

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 26, 2015

A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma.

Published Date: February 26, 2015


Obesity and smoking add significantly to Americans' health care costs, researchers found, and the overall trend is upward.

Smokers, the obese, have markedly higher health care costs than peers

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 6, 2015

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports.

Published Date: January 6, 2015


Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are 40 percent less likely to receive routine cancer screenings, according to new research by Xiaoling Xiang, a doctoral candidate in social work.

Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Work Editor

Published Date:November 21, 2014

Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings – Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams – than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.

Published Date: November 21, 2014


Social support may be critical to some womens weight-loss and maintenance efforts, according to a new study by (from left) graduate researcher Catherine Metzgar and professor Sharon Nickols-Richardson, both in the department of food science and human nutrition.

Social support critical to women's weight-loss efforts, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:November 5, 2014

Being accountable to another person and receiving social support may be vital in motivating some women to lose weight and keep it off, a new Illinois study says.

Published Date: November 5, 2014


University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An and his colleagues found that a majority of U.S. adults fail to meet recommended intakes of 10 key nutrients, with disabled adults faring worst.

Study: Many in U.S. have poor nutrition, with the disabled doing worst

Author: A new study finds that most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, and those with disabilities have even worse nutrition than average.

Published Date:October 23, 2014

A new study finds that most U.S. adults fail to meet recommended daily levels of 10 key nutrients, and those with disabilities have even worse nutrition than average.

Published Date: October 23, 2014


William C Sullivan and Bin Jiang Photo by L. Brian Stauffer  Viewing 3-D videos of tree-lined residential streets significantly aids in peoples recovery from stressful events, according to research by lecturer Bin Jiang (right) and professor William C. Sullivan, both in the department of landscape architecture. (Not pictured) Linda Larsen, an instructor of English, and landscape architecture graduate student Dongying Li were co-authors on a paper about the study.

Watching 3-D videos of trees helps people recover from stress, researchers say

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2014

Writers, outdoor enthusiasts and leaf-peeping tourists have known for centuries that nature has restorative powers that reduce feelings of stress and promote a sense of tranquility. A study led by researchers at the University of Illinois is believed to be the first study to describe a dose-response curve derived from exposure to nature.

Published Date: October 21, 2014


Postdoctoral research associate Henna Muzaffar, Extension specialist Jane Scherer and professor Karen Chapman-Novakofski  compared the efficacy of interactive and passive online media at helping teens with diabetes lead healthier lives.

Health lessons provided by interactive media easier for youth to swallow

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:September 26, 2014

Will members of the “Facebook generation” learn to eat their broccoli and take more walks if the messages come from electronic games and peers in videos instead? Researchers at the University of Illinois explored that possibility in a recent study that included more than 200 middle-school youth who were at risk for diabetes or already had the disease. The study compared the effectiveness of interactive online media with that of a passive-learning website at helping young people improve their eating and exercise habits.

Published Date: September 26, 2014


Professor Bruce Schatz and colleagues developed a smartphone app, GaitTrack, which monitors chronic heart and lung patients by analyzing the way they walk.

GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patients

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 6, 2014

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen.

Published Date: May 6, 2014


Professor Sheldon H. Jacobson led a study that found that the pediatric vaccine market is affected by a physicians perceptions of cost, more than actual cost.

Study recalculates cost of combination vaccines

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 17, 2014

One of the most popular vaccine brands for children may not be the most cost-effective choice. And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what is actually a more expensive option, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.

Published Date: April 17, 2014


Thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring. The new device was developed by John A. Rogers of Illinois and Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University.

Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoring

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 3, 2014

Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.

Published Date: April 3, 2014


Many of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of Austism Spectrum Disorders can be identified when children are as young as age 2, suggests a new study by alumna Laurie M. Jeans, right, and Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, a faculty member in the College of Education.

Autism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggests

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 17, 2014

Many characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders can be identified by the age of 2 and are predictive of which children will be diagnosed with these disorders when they’re older, a new study suggests.

Published Date: March 17, 2014


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


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


University of Illinois graduate student Marc Cook, left, kinesiology and community health professor Jeffrey Woods and their colleagues found that voluntary exercise on an exercise wheel reduced colitis symptoms and  pro-inflammatory gene expression in a mouse model of colitis. Forced (moderate) running on a treadmill had the opposite effect.

Team explores the effects of exercise on ulcerative colitis

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 2, 2013

A new study indicates that aerobic exercise can lessen -- or worsen -- the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, depending on the circumstances under which the exercise is undertaken.

Published Date: July 2, 2013


University of Illinois graduate student Neha Gothe and her colleagues found that 20 minutes of yoga significantly improved participants reaction time and accuracy in tests of cognitive function. Gothe is now a professor of kinesiology at Wayne State University in Detroit.

A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately after

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 5, 2013

Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.

Published Date: June 5, 2013


To suppress or to explore? Emotional strategy may influence anxiety

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 13, 2013

When trouble approaches, what do you do? Run for the hills? Hide? Pretend it isnt there? Or do you focus on the promise of rain in those looming dark clouds? New research suggests that the way you regulate your emotions, in bad times and in good, can influence whether or how much you suffer from anxiety.

Published Date: May 13, 2013


A thin plastic ribbon printed with advanced electronics is threaded through the eye of an ordinary sewing needle. The device, containing LEDs, electrodes and sensors, can be injected into the brain or other organs.

A bright idea: Tiny injectable LEDs help neuroscientists study the brain

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 10, 2013

A new class of tiny, injectable LEDs is illuminating the deep mysteries of the brain.

Published Date: April 10, 2013


Kinesiology and community health professor Edward McAuley led a new study testing the efficacy of a home-based DVD exercise program for people 65 and older.

Older adults benefit from home-based DVD exercise program

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 11, 2013

Fitness DVDs are a multimillion-dollar business, and those targeting adults over the age of 55 are a major part of the market. With names like Boomers on the Move, Stronger Seniors and Ageless Yoga, the programs promise much, but few have ever been rigorously tested.

Published Date: March 11, 2013


Fred Kummerow, a 98-year-old emeritus professor of comparative biosciences at the University of Illinois, explains the primary causes of heart disease. His research contradicts commonly held notions about the role of dietary cholesterol.

Lipid researcher, 98, reports on the causes of heart disease

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 27, 2013

A 98-year-old researcher argues that, contrary to decades of clinical assumptions and advice to patients, dietary cholesterol is good for your heart unless that cholesterol is unnaturally oxidized (by frying foods in reused oil, eating lots of polyunsaturated fats, or smoking).

Published Date: February 27, 2013


University of Illinois psychology professor and Beckman Institute director Art Kramer presented a talk about how physical activity boosts cognition and brain health at the 2013 AAAS meeting.

The research is in: Physical activity enhances cognition

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:February 18, 2013

Exercise doesnt only strengthen your heart and muscles it also beefs up your brain. Dozens of studies now show that aerobic exercise can increase the size of critical brain structures and improve cognition in children and older adults.

Published Date: February 18, 2013


University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Suzanne Berry-Miller, veterinary clinical medicine professor Robert OBrien and their colleagues developed a method that enhanced cardiac function in a mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Stem-cell approach shows promise for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Author: Chelsey Coombs

Published Date:January 14, 2013

Researchers have shown that transplanting stem cells derived from normal mouse blood vessels into the hearts of mice that model the pathology associated with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) prevents the decrease in heart function associated with DMD.

Published Date: January 14, 2013


Marcella Raffaelli, a professor of human and community development at Illinois, is one of the co-authors on a study that found that families play a unique and powerful role in meeting the mental health needs of Mexican youth, especially during periods of stress.

Family thought to play part in reducing stress for young Mexicans, study shows

Author: Sharita Forrest, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 8, 2013

Family members may play a unique and influential role in buffering Mexican youth against the negative effects of stress as they transition into adulthood, suggests a new study by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at universities in Mexico and the U.S.

Published Date: January 8, 2013


University of Illinois chemistry professor Eric Oldfield, center, graduate student Wei Zhu, left, research scientist Yonghui Zhang and their colleagues at UC San Diego discovered a compound that cured drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection in mice.

New compound overcomes drug-resistant Staph infection in mice

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 7, 2013

Researchers have discovered a new compound that restores the health of mice infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an otherwise dangerous bacterial infection. The new compound targets an enzyme not found in human cells but which is essential to bacterial survival.

Published Date: January 7, 2013


University of Illinois graduate student Marc Cook and his colleagues found that young African-American men experienced more cardiovascular benefits from weight training than Caucasian men of the same age.

Strength training improves vascular function in young black men

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 21, 2012

Six weeks of weight training can significantly improve blood markers of cardiovascular health in young African-American men, researchers report in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

Published Date: December 21, 2012


Illinois professor Sheldon H. Jacobson led a study that found an association between automobile travel, caloric intake and national average BMI.

Study: Curbing car travel could be as effective as cutting calories

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 18, 2012

Those considering how to maintain a healthy weight during holiday festivities, or looking ahead to New Years resolutions, may want to think twice before reaching for traditional staples like cookies or candy or the car keys.

Published Date: December 18, 2012


University of Illinois entomology professor Barry Pittendrigh (back right) and his colleagues create animated educational videos as part of the Scientific Animations Without Borders project. Pictured: back row left: entomology research scientist Weilin Sun; front row from left: SAWBO co-founder Julia Bello-Bravo, who also is assistant director of the Illinois Strategic International Partnership; graduate students Julia Steele and Alice Vossbrinck; and research specialist Susan Balfe.

Agricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animations

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 10, 2012

Agricultural researchers and health educators are using cellphone technology to help those in the developing world address some of the most challenging issues they face. The initiative, Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), delivers educational materials in the form of narrated, animated videos to a global audience.

Published Date: December 10, 2012


Researchers report they have found a way to disrupt the spread of antibiotic-resistance genes among S. pneumoniae bacteria, which can contribute to pneumonia, meningitis and other dangerous ailments.

Scientists target bacterial sharing of antibiotic resistance genes

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 24, 2012

The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae which can cause pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and sepsis likes to share its antibiotic-defeating weaponry with its neighbors. Individual cells can pass resistance genes to one another through a process called horizontal gene transfer, or by transformation, the uptake of DNA from the environment. Now researchers report that they can interrupt the cascade of cellular events that allows S. pneumoniae to swap or suck up DNA

Published Date: October 24, 2012


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Scientists aim to put a pox on dog cancer

Author: Diana Yates

Published Date:September 10, 2012

Researchers report that myxoma a pox virus that afflicts rabbits but not humans, dogs or any other vertebrates so far studied infects several different types of canine cancer cells in cell culture while sparing healthy cells. The study adds to the evidence that viruses or modified viruses will emerge as relatively benign cancer treatments to complement or replace standard cancer therapies.

Published Date: September 10, 2012


The health care industry needs to think carefully about the types of pictures used to illustrate patient education web sites, since older adults comprehension can be negatively impacted by irrelevant material, suggests a new study co-authored by Daniel Morrow, a faculty member in the College of Education and in the Beckman Institute.

Images on health websites can lessen comprehension, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:August 27, 2012

Photos of happy, smiling faces on patient education websites may engage readers, but they also may have a negative impact on older adults comprehension of vital health information, especially those elderly patients who are the least knowledgeable about their medical condition to begin with, suggests a new study.

Published Date: August 27, 2012


University of Illinois psychology professor and Beckman Institute affiliate Janice Juraska, left, and doctoral student Nioka Chisholm found that long-term exposure to estrogen and a synthetic progesterone increased synapse number in the prefrontal cortex of aged rats.

Long-term hormone treatment increases synapses in rat prefrontal cortex

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 9, 2012

A new study of aged female rats found that long-term treatment with estrogen and a synthetic progesterone known as MPA increased levels of a protein marker of synapses in the prefrontal cortex, a brain region known to suffer significant losses in aging.

Published Date: July 9, 2012


University of Illinois pathobiology professor Marilyn OHara Ruiz, right, and graduate student Allison Gardner identified the physical factors associated with increased numbers of disease-carrying mosquito larvae in Chicago catch basins.

Heat, rainfall affect pathogenic mosquito abundance in catch basins

Author: Mackenzie Dankle

Published Date:July 5, 2012

Rainfall and temperature affect the abundance of two mosquito species linked to West Nile Virus in storm catch basins in suburban Chicago, two University of Illinois researchers report.

Published Date: July 5, 2012


University of Illinois professor Ning Wang and colleagues in China use soft gels to culture the elusive cells that spread cancer from the primary tumor to other places in the body.

New way to grow, isolate cancer cells may add weapon against disease

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 2, 2012

The news a cancer patient most fears is that the disease has spread and become much more difficult to treat. A new method to isolate and grow the most dangerous cancer cells could enable new research into how cancer spreads and, ultimately, how to fight it.

Published Date: July 2, 2012


A new study by David Strauser, a faculty member in community health, sheds light on why adult survivors of childhood cancer often have trouble keeping employment, particularly if they were diagnosed during a critical developmental period between the ages of 6-12.

Cancer in childhood can have negative impact on career readiness

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:July 2, 2012

Young adult survivors of childhood cancer often have problems maintaining jobs and relationships, researchers have found. A new study of childhood brain tumor survivors by disability researcher David Strauser, a professor of community health at the University of Illinois, suggests that a battle with cancer during a critical developmental period in middle childhood may negatively affect career readiness and achievement as an adult by compromising childrens development of an effective work personality.

Published Date: July 2, 2012


Professor Stephen Boppart led a team that developed a new medical imaging device that can see behind the eardrum, the first in a planned suite of devices.

Nowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrum

Author: Liz Ahlberg

Published Date:May 29, 2012

Doctors can now get a peek behind the eardrum to better diagnose and treat chronic ear infections, thanks to a new medical imaging device invented by University of Illinois researchers. The device could usher in a new suite of non-invasive, 3-D diagnostic imaging tools for primary-care physicians.

Published Date: May 29, 2012


David Strauser, a professor of kinesiology and community health, is the coauthor of a new study that examined links between personality traits and employment tenure among people with mild or moderate disabilities, an area that has been largely unexamined in prior disability and special education research.

Openness trait may help those with mild or moderate disabilities keep jobs

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:May 2, 2012

People with mild or moderate disabilities who are creative, intellectually curious and attentive to their feelings those who score higher on the personality trait openness may be significantly more likely to maintain employment, suggests a new study co-written by David Strauser, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: May 2, 2012


University of Illinois engineers developed a method to computationally correct aberrations in three-dimensional tissue microscopy. From left, postdoctoral researcher Steven Adie, professor P. Scott Carney, graduate students Adeel Ahmad and Benedikt Graf, and professor Stephen Boppart.

Computing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue images

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2012

Real-time, 3-D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery and ophthalmology. University of Illinois researchers have developed a technique to computationally correct for aberrations in optical tomography, bringing the future of medical imaging into focus.

Published Date: April 23, 2012


A new study led by Juhee Kim, a professor of kinesiology and community health, found links between mothers participation in WIC, use of relatives for child care and shorter breastfeeding duration. Although WIC offers various incentives to mothers to promote breastfeeding, there is also a need for educational programs aimed at relative caregivers, the study indicated.

When women stop breastfeeding linked to child care options, study shows

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:March 13, 2012

Mothers participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, are more likely to discontinue breastfeeding their infants before 6 months of age than non-WIC mothers, especially if they rely upon relatives to provide child care, according to a new study by Juhee Kim, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: March 13, 2012


Breastfeeding exclusively for the first four to six months of infants lives and delaying introduction of solid food until that time may help prevent picky eating behaviors and weight problems when children are preschoolers, according to a new study led by Juhee Kim, a professor of kinesiology and community health.

Breastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlers

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:March 8, 2012

Babies who are breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life may be less likely to become picky eaters as preschoolers, according to a recent study of 129 mothers and their children.

Published Date: March 8, 2012


University of Illinois chemistry professor Eric Oldfield (second from left) and colleagues (from left) graduate assistant Wei Zhu, graduate student Xinxin Feng and research scientist Yonghui Zhang found that a modified bone drug killed the malaria parasite in mice.

Modified bone drug kills malaria parasite in mice

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 27, 2012

A chemically altered osteoporosis drug may be useful in fighting malaria, researchers report in a new study. Unlike similar compounds tested against many other parasitic protozoa, the drug readily crosses into the red blood cells of malaria-infected mice and kills the malaria parasite. The drug works at very low concentrations with no observed toxicity to the mouse.

Published Date: February 27, 2012


U. of I. program targets growing obesity rate among Midwest Hispanics

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:February 21, 2012

Hispanics living in the Midwest have the highest obesity rates among Latinos in the U.S., and in Illinois, the percentage of obese Latino children 6-11 years of age has doubled since 2001, standing now at 24 percent. However, an intervention program developed by a researcher at the University of Illinois shows promise in helping Latino parents and their children develop healthy eating and exercise habits that prevent or combat obesity.

Published Date: February 21, 2012


Exercise triggers stem cells in muscle

Author: Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 6, 2012

University of Illinois researchers determined that an adult stem cell present in muscle is responsive to exercise, a discovery that may provide a link between exercise and muscle health. The findings could lead to new therapeutic techniques using these cells to rehabilitate injured muscle and prevent or restore muscle loss with age.

Published Date: February 6, 2012


Live Well Be Well, a workshop series offered by the UI Wellness Center, offers people with chronic health problems and people who care for them support and strategies for fulfilling their physical potential and deriving more pleasure from life. Laura Payne, left, a specialist with the UI Extension and faculty member in recreation, sport and tourism, is director of Live Well Be Well; Michele Guerra is the director of the UI Wellness Center.

Workshops teach caregivers, those with chronic disease to 'Live Well'

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:September 12, 2011

Living with a chronic disease, or being a caretaker for a loved one in failing health, can be frustrating as well as emotionally and physically draining.Live Well Be Well, a workshop series offered by the UI Wellness Center, offers people with chronic health problems and people who care for them support and strategies for fulfilling their physical potential and deriving more pleasure from life.

Published Date: September 12, 2011


University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Edward McAuley and his colleagues found that strategies and cognitive skills that increase situation-specific self-confidence enhance peoples ability to stick with an exercise routine.

Want to keep your exercise resolutions? New research offers pointers

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 16, 2011

Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities influence this situation-specific self-confidence, a quality the researchers call self-efficacy.

Published Date: August 16, 2011


Firefighting stiffens arteries, impairs heart function

Author: Sharita Forrest, News Editor

Published Date:August 3, 2011

Firefighting causes stiff arteries and cardiac fatigue, conditions also found in weightlifters and endurance athletes, according to two recent studies by researchers at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, located at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: August 3, 2011


Researchers say reality shows distort realities of addictions, treatment

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor

Published Date:June 28, 2011

Reality television series such as Intervention that claim to provide unflinching portraits of addiction and treatment dont accurately depict either one, and, at worst, the shows focus on the most extreme cases may deter some viewers from seeking help, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: June 28, 2011


Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairie

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 21, 2011

A new study offers a detailed look at the status of Lyme disease in Central Illinois and suggests that deer ticks and the Lyme disease bacteria they host are more adaptable to new habitats than previously appreciated.

Published Date: June 21, 2011


Family meals promote healthier weights, eating behaviors in children

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor

Published Date:June 20, 2011

Eating meals with family may be the best recipe for promoting healthy eating behaviors and body weights in children and adolescents, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: June 20, 2011


Yoga helps breast cancer survivors conquer emotional, physical pain

Author: Sharita Forrest

Published Date:May 26, 2011

After breast cancer surgery, increased self-consciousness and perceptions of disfigurement prompt some women to shy away from involvement in group fitness and recreational activities during a time when they might benefit the most physically and emotionally.

Published Date: May 26, 2011


Child abuse risk tied to type, degree of disability, study finds

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education/Social Work Editor

Published Date:April 25, 2011

Researchers have long known that children with disabilities are at increased risk of being abused by their caregivers. But a groundbreaking new study by Jesse Helton, a faculty member in the Children and Family Research Center in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, indicates that the risk and degree of physical abuse varies according to the childs type and level of disability and those at greatest risk of maltreatment may be those with average functioning or only mild impairments.

Published Date: April 25, 2011


Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screenings

Author: Sharita Forrest, Education Editor

Published Date:March 15, 2011

One of the tests used in diagnosing prostate cancer is so stigmatized within Latino culture that men may be risking their lives to avoid it, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: March 15, 2011


Center to study effects of plastics chemicals on children's health

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2010

A new research center based at the University of Illinois will investigate whether regular exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates chemicals widely used in plastics and other consumer products can alter infant and adolescent development, cognition or behavior.

Published Date: October 21, 2010


Team to study health effects of botanical estrogens

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 7, 2010

An ongoing research initiative into the health effects of botanical estrogens will get an $8 million boost from the National Institutes of Health. The Botanical Research Center, based at the University of Illinois, will draw on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of researchers to address the many unknowns associated with use of botanical estrogens.

Published Date: September 7, 2010


Attention, couch potatoes! Walking boosts brain connectivity, function

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 26, 2010

A group of professional couch potatoes, as one researcher described them, has proven that even moderate exercise in this case walking at ones own pace for 40 minutes three times a week can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging and increase performance on cognitive tasks.

Published Date: August 26, 2010


Flexible electronics could help put off-beat hearts back on rhythm

Published Date:March 24, 2010

Arrhythmic hearts soon may beat in time again, with minimal surgical invasion, thanks to flexible electronics technology developed by a team of University of Illinois researchers, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Northwestern University. These biocompatible silicon devices could mark the beginning of a new wave of surgical electronics.

Published Date: March 24, 2010


Expert says state policies can have an impact on public health

Author: Phil Ciciora, News Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2010

In a new study, Tom ORourke, a professor emeritus of community health at the University of Illinois, examined 25 variables in four categories to see how state policies might affect residents health.

Published Date: March 12, 2010


Team links stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factor

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 6, 2010

Researchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.

Published Date: January 6, 2010


Mastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 15, 2009

Physical activity is known to reduce depression and fatigue in people struggling with chronic illness. A new study indicates that this effect may stem from an individuals sense of mastery over or belief in his or her ability to achieve certain physical goals.

Published Date: December 15, 2009


Amphetamine use in adolescence may impair adult working memory

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 21, 2009

Rats exposed to high doses of amphetamines at an age that corresponds to the later years of human adolescence display significant memory deficits as adults long after the exposure ends, researchers report.

Published Date: October 21, 2009


U. of I. professors featured in exhibit about body-mind-spirit connection

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:October 19, 2009

Taiji master Yang Yang, an adjunct professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois, is featured in a new, permanent exhibit that opened Oct. 8 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Published Date: October 19, 2009


Children can be sold on fun of physical activity, U. of I. researcher says

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 30, 2009

Social marketing can sell kids on getting outside and getting active, according to Marian Huhman (WHO-mun), a professor of communication at Illinois. Her findings are based on recently published results on a five-year national campaign aimed at tweens aged 9 to 13 years old.

Published Date: September 30, 2009


New cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversible

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 6, 2009

Cancer drugs must be effective. But they must also target cancer cells and not healthy cells. And - ideally- they'll come with an easy antidote. University of Illinois researchers report that they have developed a cancer drug delivery system that achieves all of the above.

Published Date: August 6, 2009


Cancers set to ‘explode’ in Latino/a populations, expert says

Author: Melissa Mitchell

Published Date:July 28, 2009

The Latino/a population in the United States is expected to triple by 2050, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. And along with that growth, says University of Illinois professor Lydia Buki, will come a rise in the number of individuals from that population who are diagnosed with cancer.

Published Date: July 28, 2009


Contracts adding legal twist to family health care

Author: Jan Dennis, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 27, 2009

Financial contracts to care for sick or aging relatives – nearly unthinkable just a decade ago – are drawing new interest as everyday Americans wrestle with the time and expense of providing long-term health care, a University of Illinois legal expert says.

Published Date: May 27, 2009


Mix of taiji, cognitive therapy and support groups benefits those with dementia

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 5, 2008

Those diagnosed with early stage dementia can slow their physical, mental and psychological decline by taking part in therapeutic programs that combine counseling, support groups, Taiji and qigong, researchers report. Some of the benefits of this approach are comparable to those achieved with anti-dementia medications.

Published Date: December 5, 2008


Vitamin E shows possible promise in easing chronic inflammation

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:December 4, 2008

With up to half of a person’s body mass consisting of skeletal muscle, chronic inflammation of those muscles – which include those found in the limbs – can result in significant physical impairment. According to an Illinois kinesiology and community health professor, past research has demonstrated that the antioxidant properties of Vitamin E may be associated with reduced expression of certain pro-inflammatory cytokines, in vitro, in various types of cells. Cytokines are regulatory proteins that function as intercellular communicators that assist the immune system in generating a response.

Published Date: December 4, 2008


Walking forum report shows need to expand physical activity in schools

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:September 30, 2008

With childhood obesity expanding to epidemic proportions in the United States, educators, researchers and health practitioners are actively seeking to identify effective means of addressing this public-health crisis.

Published Date: September 30, 2008


The dietary supplement genistein can undermine breast cancer treatment

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 23, 2008

Women taking aromatase inhibitors to treat breast cancer or prevent its recurrence should think twice before also taking a soy-based dietary supplement, researchers report.

Published Date: September 23, 2008


Action as a goal may be too broad, new research suggests

Author: Kaushik Ragunathan, News Bureau intern

Published Date:September 4, 2008

A series of experiments conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois suggest that society’s emphasis on action over inaction may lead to unforeseen consequences.

Published Date: September 4, 2008


Neutral HIV presentations more likely to be considered inviting, study finds

Author: Matthew Freeman

Published Date:September 4, 2008

A recent study by University of Illinois professor of psychology Dolores Albarracn and her colleagues at the University of Florida and the Alachua County Health Department in Florida found a method to increase enrollment among high-risk individuals in HIV prevention programs.

Published Date: September 4, 2008


Parks and recreation play key role in promoting healthy living, study finds

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:August 28, 2008

A new study co-written by a University of Illinois professor has confirmed what parks and recreation professionals have long suspected: Nationwide, their agencies are serving as effective partners with community health-care providers in promoting healthy, active lifestyles among residents.

Published Date: August 28, 2008


Chronic exposure to estradiol impairs some cognitive functions

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2008

University of Illinois researchers report this week that chronic exposure to estradiol, the main estrogen in the body, diminishes some cognitive functions. Rats exposed to a steady dose of estradiol were impaired on tasks involving working memory and response inhibition, the researchers found.

Published Date: August 1, 2008


Non-parental care of infants tied to unfavorable feeding practices

Author: Melissa Mitchell

Published Date:July 11, 2008

With more new mothers in the workplace than ever before, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of child-care facilities in the United States. At the same time, data from a variety of sources point to a growing prevalence of overweight infants and toddlers. Is there a connection?

Published Date: July 11, 2008


Exercise may play role in reducing inflammation in damaged skin tissue

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:November 28, 2007

In recent years, researchers at the University of Illinois have uncovered a host of reasons for people to remain physically active as they age, ranging from better brain function to improved immune responses.

Published Date: November 28, 2007


Expert compares high cost of health care to goods consumers can relate to

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:November 16, 2007

If Americans spent the same amount of money on health care as counterparts in Canada and a number of other countries, the difference between what they spend now and what they would save annually would be enough to pay for two plasma TVs or three Big Macs a day.

Published Date: November 16, 2007


High school footballers wearing special helmets to monitor brain injuries

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:September 27, 2007

As they root for the home team from their bleacher seats this fall, high school gridiron fans in the small Illinois town of Tolono don't necessarily see anything out of the ordinary down on the field.

Published Date: September 27, 2007


Restless legs syndrome affects nearly 2 percent of U.S./U.K. children

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 22, 2007

Restless legs syndrome is a common problem in children 8 years of age and older in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a new report from an international team of researchers.

Published Date: August 22, 2007


Traditional Chinese exercises may increase efficacy of flu vaccine

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:August 13, 2007

Move on mosquitoes. Step aside sweat bees. Before long, another unwelcome, but predictable, pest will return: the dreaded, oft-spotted flu bug.

Published Date: August 13, 2007


Simulated relationships offer insight into real ones

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 7, 2007

Is it me, or are you a less than ideal partner? For psychologists studying how people manage romantic relationships, that's not an easy question to answer. What if one of the partners is deeply afraid of intimacy? Could she be acting in ways that undermine the relationship? Or is her partner contributing to the problem?

Published Date: August 7, 2007


Research suggests fitness may reduce inflammation

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:July 5, 2007

Although a number of studies have suggested that regular exercise reduces inflammation - a condition that is predictive of cardiovascular and other diseases, such as diabetes - it's still not clear whether there is a definitive link. And if such a link exists, the nature of the relationship is by no means fully understood.

Published Date: July 5, 2007


Cytokine resistance contributes to pathology of type 2 diabetes

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 14, 2007

In a study appearing this month in the Journal of Immunology, researchers at the University of Illinois describe how an impaired anti-inflammatory response plays a role in the pathology of type 2 diabetes.

Published Date: June 14, 2007


Brain activity reflects differences in types of anxiety

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 29, 2007

All anxiety is not created equal, and a research team at the University of Illinois now has the data to prove it. The team has found the most compelling evidence yet of differing patterns of brain activity associated with each of two types of anxiety: anxious apprehension (verbal rumination, worry) and anxious arousal (intense fear, panic, or both).

Published Date: May 29, 2007


Seriously ill people cheated by ban on unapproved treatments

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:May 25, 2007

It's time for Congress to re-examine the ban on experimental or alternative medicine that is not approved by federal regulators, especially drugs and devices aimed at seniors who suffer from life-threatening diseases, a legal scholar says.

Published Date: May 25, 2007


Culture sculpts neural response to visual stimuli, new research indicates

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2007

Researchers in Illinois and Singapore have found that the aging brain reflects cultural differences in the way that it processes visual information. This study appears this month in the journal Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience. This paper and another published by the same group in 2006 are the first to demonstrate that culture can alter the brain's perceptive mechanisms.

Published Date: May 1, 2007


Hot flashes: Studies explore the role of genes, obesity and alcohol

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 24, 2007

Many women in the menopausal transition experience hot flashes: unpredictable, sometimes disruptive, periods of intense heat in the upper torso, neck and face. Although generations of physicians have prescribed hormones to reduce these symptoms, very little research has focused on the underlying causes of hot flashes.

Published Date: April 24, 2007


Study finds school environment can moderate student aggression

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 23, 2007

The culture of a school can dampen - or exacerbate - the violent or disruptive tendencies of aggressive young teens, new research indicates. A large-scale study from the University of Illinois found that while personal traits and peer interactions have the most direct effect on the aggressive behavior of middle school students, the school environment also influences student aggression.

Published Date: April 23, 2007


Prefrontal cortex loses neurons during adolescence, researchers find

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 12, 2007

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that adolescence is a time of remodeling in the prefrontal cortex, a brain structure dedicated to higher functions such as planning and social behaviors.

Published Date: March 12, 2007


Project aims to serve returning GIs suffering from traumatic brain injury

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:February 15, 2007

Few situations place people at greater risk for the debilitating after-effects of traumatic brain injury than combat.

Published Date: February 15, 2007


Estrogen interferes with immune surveillance in breast cancer

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 24, 2007

Estrogen is known to enhance the growth and migration of breast cancer cells. Now researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that estrogen also can shield breast cancer cells from immune cells.

Published Date: January 24, 2007


Exercise appears to improve brain function among younger people

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:December 18, 2006

As an expanding body of work continues to confirm links between exercise and improved brain function in older adults, a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam suggests similar improvements among younger populations as well.

Published Date: December 18, 2006


Induced abortion doesn't increase risk of developing cancer, study shows

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2006

A new study that tracked the health of thousands of female textile workers in China indicates that women who have had an abortion do not have an increased risk of developing cancer.

Published Date: December 1, 2006


Exercise shown to reverse brain deterioration brought on by aging

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:November 20, 2006

The wait for an anti-aging treatment is over, according to cognitive neuroscientists and kinesiologists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While not as effortless as popping a pill, the treatment - in the form of moderate exercise - may be a simple and effective way to reverse age-related brain deterioration.

Published Date: November 20, 2006


Anxious adults judge facial cues faster, but less accurately

Author: James E. Kloeppel, Science Editor

Published Date:July 17, 2006

Adults who are highly anxious can perceive changes in facial expressions more quickly than adults who are less anxious, a new study shows. By jumping to emotional conclusions, however, highly anxious adults may make more errors in judgment and perpetuate a cycle of conflict and misunderstanding in their relationships.

Published Date: July 17, 2006


Research reinforces findings that Chinese exercises benefit older adults

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:June 28, 2006

New work by researchers at the University of Illinois lends strength to previous research documenting the health benefits of Qigong and Taiji among older adults who practice these ancient Chinese martial-arts forms.

Published Date: June 28, 2006


New contrast agents may be on horizon for better medical imaging

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:June 7, 2006

Research by scientists based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may lead to the development of a new breed of "multimodal" contrast agents that could work within a host of medical imaging platforms - from ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging and molecular imaging.

Published Date: June 7, 2006


Computer animations used in court colored by bias, researchers say

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 10, 2006

A courtroom jury views a computer animation of a vehicle accident or heinous crime. Does it help bring a conviction or acquittal? With no clear standards for animations that re-create incidents, the verdict is still out, and, for now, it may depend on which side created the simulation, researchers say.

Published Date: April 10, 2006


Training benefits brains in older people, counters aging factors

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 16, 2006

Too old to learn new skills? By golly, think again. New research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that training re-ignites key areas of the brain, offsetting some age-related declines and boosting performance.

Published Date: February 16, 2006


Fitness counteracts cognitive decline from hormone-replacement therapy

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 24, 2006

Women pondering hormone-replacement therapy also should consider regular exercise. A new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that being physically fit offsets cognitive declines attributed to long-term therapy.

Published Date: January 24, 2006


Creativity, flexibility important when setting fitness goals

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:January 4, 2006

Throughout the land, glossy new calendars adorn kitchen walls and office desktops. And for many people, the new year prompts thoughts of an old tradition: making - and, in many cases, ultimately breaking - New Year's resolutions.

Published Date: January 4, 2006


Study shows complex link between abuse and eating disorders

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 19, 2005

Women who were victims of childhood sexual abuse have long been assumed to be at a higher risk for eating disorders. The results of research, however, have been mixed, with some studies showing a link and others none.

Published Date: December 19, 2005


Exercise adds years to life and improves quality, researchers say

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:November 10, 2005

Exercise is a lot like spinach ... everybody knows it's good for you; yet many people still avoid it, forgoing its potential health benefits.

Published Date: November 10, 2005


Changes in brain, not age, determine one's ability to focus on task

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 26, 2005

When it comes to focusing on a task amid distractions, some folks more than 60 years old are as mentally sharp as 22-year-olds. Others struggle. Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have shed some light on why that is.

Published Date: October 26, 2005


To stem disease, keep cats indoors, stop feeding strays, scientist urges

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 18, 2005

Keep pet cats inside, stop feeding strays, cook meat sufficiently and reconsider the way the veterinary profession and public health agencies think - and teach - about the zoonotic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii.

Published Date: October 18, 2005


Study: 'Run-down' feeling with illness may last longer as people age

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:October 11, 2005

Aging may intensify and prolong feeling run down when common infections like the flu occur, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: October 11, 2005


Researchers seeking alternative to surgery for brain cancers

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 10, 2005

With a four-year, $450,000 grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are working to develop an immunotherapy that would be a safe alternative to surgery for brain cancers.

Published Date: October 10, 2005


Vanadium appears to play role in speeding recovery from infections

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 6, 2005

Dietary supplements containing vanadium are used by body builders to help beef up muscles and by some diabetic people to control blood sugar. New research now suggests the naturally occurring but easily toxic element may help prepare the body to recover speedily from infections from gram-negative organisms such as E. coli.

Published Date: October 6, 2005


Cultural mindset a factor in forming responses to challenges

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 18, 2005

When faced with a challenging situation, a bicultural person may decide how to respond based on the cultural mindset that is active at the time, researchers have concluded.

Published Date: July 18, 2005


Ambassador program to connect U. of I. medical school with community

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:July 11, 2005

Dr. Hugo C. Avalos, a small-town physician who has been retired for nearly four years, is helping the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign tackle a series of challenges facing the medical profession.

Published Date: July 11, 2005


Psychological reasoning begins earlier than had been thought, study shows

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 14, 2005

According to conventional wisdom, babies don't begin to develop sophisticated psychological reasoning about people until they are about 4 years old. A study of 15-month-olds at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign proves otherwise.

Published Date: April 14, 2005


Staying positive when helping a child with homework stimulates motivation

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 14, 2005

Your child has a homework assignment, doesn't understand it and is acting helpless. So what's a parent to do? Help, but stay loving and make the process fun, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: March 14, 2005


Embrace your regrets and move forward, psychologist says

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 24, 2005

Have regrets? Don't push them away. Harness them and move on as a smarter person, says Neal Roese, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: January 24, 2005


Study shows hands-free cell phones dangerously distracted drivers' attention

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 12, 2004

Driving with one hand on the wheel and another on a cell phone has led to legal restrictions and proposals to require drivers to use hands-free phones.

Published Date: November 12, 2004


Vegetable lovers should be viewed as different from fruit aficionados

Author: Mark Reutter, Business & Law Editor

Published Date:November 12, 2004

Health educators and dietitians ought to be more precise the next time they advise Americans that "vegetables and fruit are good for you," according to a study by a nutritional expert at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: November 12, 2004


Physically fit children appear to do better in classroom, researchers say

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:October 18, 2004

The health benefits of exercise - across the lifespan - have been well documented. More recently, scientists have begun to demonstrate that exercise also may improve cognitive functioning in older adults.

Published Date: October 18, 2004


Anti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growth

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:August 31, 2004

A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.

Published Date: August 31, 2004


Children with ADHD benefit from time outdoors enjoying nature

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 27, 2004

Kids with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) should spend some quality after-school hours and weekend time outdoors enjoying nature, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: August 27, 2004


Study suggests stress of task determines if estrogen helps cognition

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 27, 2004

Does estrogen help cognition? Many women ponder that question as a quality-of-life issue while deciding on estrogen therapy since it has been linked to potential disease complications. Now, a new study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign suggests that the stress of any given task at least partially determines if hormones will help the mind.

Published Date: August 27, 2004


Isolated soy protein shown to benefit type 2 diabetics, study indicates

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 30, 2004

Isolated soy protein added to the diets of 14 men, all military veterans under treatment for advanced stages of type 2 diabetes, significantly lowered unwanted proteins in their urine and slightly raised desired HDL cholesterol levels in their blood, researchers say.

Published Date: July 30, 2004


Misfiring proteins tied to inflammation and sick feeling of type 2 diabetics

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 27, 2004

After a series of studies in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Freund, a clearer picture is emerging: A disruption of signaling proteins in the immune system may be responsible for the inflammation that makes someone with type 2 diabetes feel sick and increases the risk of serious complications.

Published Date: July 27, 2004


Scientists build on case connecting inflammatory disease and depression

Author: Molly McElroy, News Bureau

Published Date:July 27, 2004

Feeling sick can be "all in the head" for people with inflammatory disorders or for those receiving immunotherapy, say Robert Dantzer and Keith Kelley, professors in the department of animal sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: July 27, 2004


Negative self-image of adolescents fosters increasingly damaging behaviors

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 26, 2004

Adolescents who think little of themselves tend to shy away from interactions with peers. This uncertainty and withdrawal then draws negative feedback from other students, prompting even more withdrawal and leaving them with few chances to have close friends and as targets for teasing or bullying.

Published Date: July 26, 2004


Study finds no link between marijuana use and oral cancer

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:June 8, 2004

Oral cancer probably hasn't been high on the average pot smoker's list of concerns - despite the fact that marijuana smoke contains known carcinogens. It may be even less of a concern now in light of new research that found no link between marijuana use and risk of developing oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC).

Published Date: June 8, 2004


Exercise sharpens focus, decision-making among aging adults

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 16, 2004

Aging adults who give up a sedentary lifestyle and replace it with a cardiovascular fitness regimen as simple as brisk walks reap greater focus and reduced decision-making conflict as they perform a variety of tasks, scientists say.

Published Date: February 16, 2004


Two-drug approach might shorten painful labor, reduce Caesarean sections

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 2, 2004

The nationwide rise in induced labor and Caesarean deliveries could be eased by an experimental dual drug approach that not only safely jump-starts labor but also remodels the cervix to allow for speedy natural delivery, scientists report.

Published Date: February 2, 2004


Lycopene's anti-cancer effect appears stronger when not acting alone

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 4, 2003

New research suggests that lycopene - a carotenoid in tomatoes that has been linked to a lowered risk of prostate cancer - does not act alone. Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ohio State University say that lycopene's punch is stronger in combination with other phytochemicals in the fruit.

Published Date: November 4, 2003


Researchers examining how Tai Chi may benefit older people

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2003

As they age, people tend to become more prone to slipping, tripping and falling. And the results of such missteps and tumbles sometimes can be catastrophic.

Published Date: August 1, 2003


Gender preferences in 'comfort' foods stem from childhood

Author: Mark Reutter, Business and Law Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2003

Perhaps men are from Mars and women from Venus, at least in the eating department. When it comes to foods that bring them psychological comfort, men like hearty meals, while women look for snacks that require little or no preparation, though they may cause pangs of guilt.

Published Date: July 1, 2003


Scholar: Amount of food eaten more critical than fat content

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2003

Diners and dieters who look only at a target food and disregard other factors in meal selection can hinder a healthy diet, a food specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says.

Published Date: July 1, 2003


Scientists focusing on how exercise raises immunity

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2003

An increasing number of doctors and other health experts have been encouraging older adults to rise from their recliners and go for a walk, a bike ride, a swim, or engage in just about any other form of physical activity as a defense against the potentially harmful health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle.

Published Date: July 1, 2003


Fiber-boosted formula for piglets shows promise in battle against infant diarrhea

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 2, 2003

Adding fiber to the diet for bowel health is standard advice for adults. Such wisdom also may benefit babies, say researchers who are testing the impact of fiber added to milk-replacement formulas of newborn piglets.

Published Date: June 2, 2003


Teachers accepting of state-mandated physical education norms

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2003

Because physical education generally has not been considered a "core" subject by educators and policymakers, national and state-based school reform efforts launched within the past decade often have left P.E. sitting on the bench. But when lawmakers in South Carolina began considering legislation to mandate the establishment of state education standards, physical education professionals there stepped up to the plate to ensure their place at the reform table.

Published Date: March 1, 2003


Research sheds light on why protein-rich diets aid weight loss

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 6, 2003

As nutrition experts debate the ideal combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat that people should eat, new research explains for the first time how and why a moderately high protein diet may be the best for losing weight.

Published Date: February 6, 2003


Web-based information on managing prostate cancer needed

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2003

With more and more households reporting access to home computers and Internet connections, activities such as purchasing products, tracing family histories and planning vacations online have become commonplace. Janet Reis hopes one segment of the public - prostate cancer patients and their caregivers - will add another activity to that list: building skills to more effectively manage the disease.

Published Date: February 1, 2003


Study is first to confirm link between exercise and changes in brain

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:January 27, 2003

Three key areas of the brain adversely affected by aging show the greatest benefit when a person stays physically fit. The proof, scientists say, is visible in the brain scans of 55 volunteers over age 55.

Published Date: January 27, 2003


Chef's personality, not recipes, key to whether meals are healthy

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2002

Making family meals more healthy requires more than watching the Cooking Channel, according to a marketing researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: December 1, 2002


Cutting physical education programs poses health risk, scholar says

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2002

Recent reports citing childhood obesity as one of the nation's latest health epidemics are generating calls for action by physical education experts, among them, Kim Graber, a kinesiology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: November 1, 2002


Participants needed for course on balancing work, life

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 22, 2002

Work and home: Two worlds that most parents juggle daily. How to balance the two so the pressure of one doesn't overwhelm the other is the focus of a five-part program under development by University of Illinois Extension.

Published Date: October 22, 2002


Broccoli may not always carry high nutritional content, researchers find

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:October 17, 2002

Broccoli packs a healthy punch, but not necessarily every time you eat it, say researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Published Date: October 17, 2002


Exercise may not lift spirits of women with eating disorders

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2002

Exercise not only improves your health, it makes you feel good. It's a message constantly reinforced through research, advertisements and the news media.

Published Date: September 1, 2002


Complex physical learning may compensate for prenatal alcohol exposure, study shows

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 7, 2002

Complex physical learning may help children overcome some mental disabilities that result from prenatal alcohol consumption by their mothers, say researchers whose experiments led to increased wiring in the brains of young rats.

Published Date: August 7, 2002


Activism may help those with AIDS cope better with illness

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2002

The world AIDS conference last month offered a large dose of grim news about the disease and its precursor, HIV.

Published Date: August 1, 2002


Idea of health-care reform appeals to many, though still a low priority

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2002

Nearly a decade after the Clinton administration's unsuccessful efforts to reform the nation's health-care system, that system is still ailing - and failing many Americans.

Published Date: July 1, 2002


Girls with views of nature have better chance of success

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 26, 2002

At-risk inner-city girls who see nature through the windows of their homes may have a better chance for success than those girls whose views are not as green, say scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Published Date: June 26, 2002


Fit seniors better able to react when quick thinking needed, study says

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2002

The senior citizen who swims, jogs, plays tennis or participates in some type of regular exercise program is likely to be better prepared to respond to situations requiring quick thinking than a peer who logs too much time in the recliner.

Published Date: June 1, 2002


Estrogen may dictate what problem-solving strategy brain uses

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2002

Deciding on hormone-replacement therapy - weighing the far-reaching benefits and risks - can give a woman a headache. Now researchers say estrogen may dictate what problem-solving strategies the brain uses to solve problems.

Published Date: May 15, 2002


Obesity, common in postmenopausal years, linked to other health risks

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2002

It's no secret that women begin to lose bone mass and density as they exit their childbearing years, but other changes in body composition associated with menopause may trigger additional health problems, says University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kinesiology professor Ellen Evans.

Published Date: May 1, 2002


Tool pinpoints acceptable pricing of combination vaccines

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 8, 2002

Four infant vaccines. One injection. How much will the industry charge? How much is a parent willing to pay? How much will government and insurance cover? Such issues are becoming real, says a University of Illinois researcher who has developed a mathematically based analysis tool to help pinpoint acceptable pricing.

Published Date: April 8, 2002


Honey -- the darker the better -- has potential as dietary antioxidant

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 8, 2002

Two new University of Illinois studies are sweet news to honey lovers. One shows that honey's antioxidant qualities preserve meat without compromising taste. A just-published study says that honey - at least based on work done on human blood in the lab - slows the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL), a process that leads to atherosclerotic plaque deposition.

Published Date: April 8, 2002


Sunlight, PCB exposure enhance skin cancer chances

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 21, 2002

Sunlight and PCB exposure can hit you where you least expect it. The combination enhances the development of non-melanoma skin cancer on parts of the body not directly exposed to the sun, according to a University of Illinois study.

Published Date: March 21, 2002


Animals can play key role in therapy for severely disabled children

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2001

When trying to engage and interact with children with severe, multiple disabilities, therapists have found that nothing gets their patients' attention like a visit with Fido, Fluffy or Flicka.

Published Date: December 1, 2001


Contrast agents enhance optical coherence tomography

Author: James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2001

A new approach to improving the detection and removal of tumors has been developed by scientists at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: November 1, 2001


Fluids, electrolytes key to good health for firefighters

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2001

Since the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, images of exhausted firefighters have been imprinted on the national psyche, increasing public awareness of the arduous nature of rescue workers' jobs.

Published Date: November 1, 2001


Estrogen found in soy stimulates human breast-cancer cells in mice

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2001

The increasingly consumed isoflavone genistein - a plant estrogen linked to the health benefits of soy - has been shown in a series of University of Illinois studies to stimulate the growth of estrogen-dependent human breast-cancer cells implanted into laboratory mice.

Published Date: November 1, 2001


Project aimed at helping rural patients with swallowing disorders

Author: Melissa Mitchell, News Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2001

Each year, an estimated 500,000-600,000 people suffer strokes in the United States. Afterward, about 40 percent of them experience dysphagia - difficulty swallowing - says Adrienne Perlman, a professor of speech and hearing science at the University of Illinois.

Published Date: November 1, 2001


Discrimination not uncommon in years following ADA passage

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2001

Ending workplace discrimination against people with disabilities was a key aim of the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990.

Published Date: September 1, 2001


Study shows antioxidants play vital role in protecting skin

Author: James E. Kloeppel, Physical Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2001

Sun-worshippers beware: Most sunscreen products offer inadequate protection against the harmful effects of the sun's ultraviolet radiation.

Published Date: September 1, 2001


Test data may overstate social stress among Asian Americans

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2001

Are Asian Americans troubled by social anxieties and in need of therapy more than their white counterparts? University of Illinois researchers believe that such a conclusion may seem clear based on standard assessment techniques, but that view may actually be out of focus.

Published Date: September 1, 2001


UI project goal: increase physical activity for older Americans

Author: Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor

Published Date:August 27, 2001

The University of Illinois, in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine, has received a grant of $568,767 from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a project aimed at making older Americans more active and healthy.

Published Date: August 27, 2001


As people's taste for exotic foods increases, so too does health risk

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2001

Food-borne pathogens long considered rare on North American plates are an emerging problem, and restaurant and home chefs should be more diligent about washing their fresh produce, University of Illinois food scientists say. Such is the message gleaned from follow-up work on a Shigella-infected bean salad that sickened customers at a Chicago restaurant in 1999.

Published Date: July 1, 2001


More sexual partners may increase risk of prostate cancer

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:July 1, 2001

Men should already know that sex with multiple partners, especially unprotected sex, can increase their risk of contracting HIV and various venereal diseases.

Published Date: July 1, 2001


Glucose deficit affects young and old, could impact school schedules

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2001

Next time an older person says that thinking is exhausting, believe it. Concentration, researchers say, drains glucose from a key part of the brains of young and old rats, but dramatically more from older brains, which also take longer to recover.

Published Date: June 1, 2001


Heavy consumption of tainted fish curbs adult learning and memory

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2001

PCB-laden fish from Lake Michigan affect not only young children but also adults over age 49, researchers say. Many of the former big eaters of sport-caught fish now have high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls in their blood and problems with learning and memory.

Published Date: June 1, 2001


Consuming more protein, fewer carbohydrates may be healthier

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

New research suggests a diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than currently recommended may help people maintain desirable body weight and overall health.

Published Date: April 1, 2001


Consuming more protein, fewer carbohydrates may be healthier

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

New research suggests a diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than currently recommended may help people maintain desirable body weight and overall health.

Published Date: April 1, 2001


New center to build on campus's pioneering efforts on behalf of disabled

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2001

The campus that led the way 50 years ago in making college accessible to people with disabilities now promises to play a lead role in disability-related research.

Published Date: April 1, 2001


Area of brain found to play a key role in initiating memory storage

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

Flee, freeze or fight. A response to a threat is based on experience and memory. Now scientists have discovered that an area of the brain, the amygdala, which was thought to store painful and emotion-related memories, also initiates memory storage in other brain regions.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Bedroom partners more honest when it comes to health risks

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, a time for romance and sex -- and more than a few lies.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Legumes found to contain starch carrying a fiber-like punch

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:February 1, 2001

Legumes often fall far below popular grains and moisture-laden fruits and vegetables on the list of foods Americans eat to try to meet the American Dietetic Association-recommended 25 to 35 grams of dietary fiber per day.

Published Date: February 1, 2001


Web site lets you 'know when to say when'

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 20, 2000

'Tis the season for holiday parties, and drinkers are urged to "know when to say when" before getting behind the wheel

Published Date: December 20, 2000


Any physical activity, at any age, is better than remaining sedentary

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

The new year awaits, but many senior citizens, along with their younger counterparts, have given up on any resolution to start an exercise program. Or maybe they gave up years ago, intimidated by what they thought was required, and now assume it's too late.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


Any physical activity, at any age, is better than remaining sedentary

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

The new year awaits, but many senior citizens, along with their younger counterparts, have given up on any resolution to start an exercise program. Or maybe they gave up years ago, intimidated by what they thought was required, and now assume it's too late.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


Increased consumption of soy protein may help lower cholesterol

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

People with total cholesterol levels exceeding 240 could benefit substantially by eating 25 to 50 grams of soy protein daily, according to a scientific advisory directed to health-care professionals across the United States.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


Increased consumption of soy protein may help lower cholesterol

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

People with total cholesterol levels exceeding 240 could benefit substantially by eating 25 to 50 grams of soy protein daily, according to a scientific advisory directed to health-care professionals across the United States.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


People's soup choices reflect their personality types, professor says

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:December 1, 2000

You not only are what you eat, you also are what you slurp, at least according to Brian Wansink, who has done a study that links soup choices to personality types.

Published Date: December 1, 2000


Men prefer economic-based goals; women, socially satisfying pursuits

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:November 1, 2000

They are age-old questions: Who am I? Who do I want to be? A new study suggests that both questions -- one involving a person's disposition and the other encompassing a person's goals -- should be considered when counseling young people on career choices.

Published Date: November 1, 2000


People's penchant for 'comfort foods' linked to happy memories

Author: Mark Reutter, Business Editor

Published Date:September 1, 2000

Why do people eat what they eat? In addition to a well-documented craving for sweet foods and salty foods, people eat foods that trigger happy past associations. Brian Wansink classifies such foods as comfort foods.

Published Date: September 1, 2000


Ritalin helps children with ADHD maintain normal reaction time

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:August 1, 2000

Reaction time can be crucial, and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be out of step.

Published Date: August 1, 2000


Treating AIDS victims complicated by patients' desire for information

Author: Andrea Lynn, Humanities Editor

Published Date:June 1, 2000

A new study finds that for people living with AIDS or HIV, the conventional wisdom about "more information being better than less," doesn't always apply.

Published Date: June 1, 2000


UI to be site of new national disability research institute

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:May 19, 2000

The University of Illinois will be the site of a new national Disability Research Institute supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

Published Date: May 19, 2000


New theory of human behavior takes internal goals into account

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2000

Why do we do the things we do? Is our daily behavior essentially a reaction to outside occurrences? Might our actions instead be primarily driven by what's inside us? Or maybe, does what we do emerge from a combination of both internal and external factors?

Published Date: May 1, 2000


New theory of human behavior takes internal goals into account

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 1, 2000

Why do we do the things we do? Is our daily behavior essentially a reaction to outside occurrences? Might our actions instead be primarily driven by what's inside us? Or maybe, does what we do emerge from a combination of both internal and external factors?

Published Date: May 1, 2000


Educating Asian Americans about services could speed care

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2000

Improving education about available mental health services for Asian Americans can break down cultural barriers that may contribute to delayed treatment for serious disorders such as schizophrenia and manic depression, a University of Illinois researcher says.

Published Date: April 1, 2000


Muscle-building therapy may reduce overly nasal speech, says study

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2000

For people with hypernasal speech, many of them with repaired cleft palates, there have been few remedies other than surgery, and the surgery comes with risks.

Published Date: April 1, 2000


Muscle-building therapy may reduce overly nasal speech, says study

Author: Craig Chamberlain, Education Editor

Published Date:April 1, 2000

For people with hypernasal speech, many of them with repaired cleft palates, there have been few remedies other than surgery, and the surgery comes with risks.

Published Date: April 1, 2000


Cholesterol levels not necessarily indicative of cardiac health

Author: Jim Barlow, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:March 1, 2000

Cholesterol levels may reflect a person's diet, but they say little about cardiac health, researchers say. In a new study, cholesterol levels were found to be under so-called danger levels for 750 men and women who were diagnosed with serious blockage of coronary arteries and had bypass surgery after complaining of chest pains and undergoing cardiac catheterization.

Published Date: March 1, 2000