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While disparities between groups are troubling, obesity is going up at a similar rate in all groups, researchers report.

Intuitions about the causes of rising obesity are often wrong, researchers report

Author: Chelsey B. Coombs, Life Sciences Intern

Published Date:May 22, 2014

While disparities between groups are troubling, obesity is going up at a similar rate in all groups, researchers report.

Published Date: May 22, 2014


Jim Monti, a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Illinois psychology professor Neal Cohen, developed a cognitive task that helps differentiate older adults with very early Alzheimers disease from those experiencing normal aging.

Cognitive test can differentiate between Alzheimer's and normal aging

Author: Chelsey B. Coombs, Life Sciences Intern

Published Date:May 20, 2014

Jim Monti, a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Illinois psychology professor Neal Cohen, developed a cognitive task that helps differentiate older adults with very early Alzheimer’s disease from those experiencing normal aging.

Published Date: May 20, 2014


Teff, a nutritious grain, is a staple in Ethiopia. Its seeds are tiny  so small that some say its name was derived from the Amharic word for lost. Now, thanks to a creative educational initiative based at the University of Illinois, much less of the precious teff will be lost in Ethiopia.

Education by animation: Videos reaching tens of thousands of Ethiopian farmers

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 19, 2014

Teff, a nutritious grain, is a staple in Ethiopia. Its seeds are tiny – so small that some say its name was derived from the Amharic word for “lost.” Now, thanks to a creative educational initiative based at the University of Illinois, much less of the precious teff will be lost in Ethiopia.

Published Date: May 19, 2014


Genetic evidence in the new study supports the hypothesis that the first people in the Americas all came from northeast Asia by crossing a land bridge known as Beringia. When sea levels rose after the last ice age the land bridge disappeared.

Study helps resolve speculation about first peoples in Americas

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 15, 2014

A new study could help resolve a longstanding debate about the origins of the first people to inhabit the Americas, researchers report in the journal Science. The study relies on genetic information extracted from the tooth of an adolescent girl who fell into a sinkhole in the Yucatan 12,000 to 13,000 years ago.

Published Date: May 15, 2014


Plant biology professor Andrew Leakey and colleagues report that levels of zinc, iron and protein drop in some key crop plants when grown at elevated CO2 levels.

As CO2 levels rise, some crop nutrients will fall

Author: Diana Yates, Life Sciences Editor

Published Date:May 7, 2014

Researchers have some bad news for future farmers and eaters: As carbon dioxide levels rise this century, some grains and legumes will become significantly less nutritious than they are today.

Published Date: May 7, 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