blog postsLife SciencesHealthSoy supplements with isoflavones 'reprogram' breast cancer cellsFeb 24, 1201 9:00 am188 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthSocial SciencesHigh cost of assistive technologies keeping some people from work, study saysMar 15, 2004 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Access to assistive technologies (AT) may be a critical factor in the employment success of persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCID), according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Campus LifeHealthCDC researcher to speak on violence as a public health issueApr 15, 2004 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A leading researcher on violence, particularly as a public health issue, will speak Tuesday night (April 20) at the University of Illinois atHealthSocial SciencesStudy finds no link between marijuana use and oral cancerJun 8, 2004 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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).HealthLife SciencesScientists build on case connecting inflammatory disease and depressionJul 27, 2004 9:00 am261 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesAgricultureHealthAnti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.EducationHealthPhysically fit children appear to do better in classroom, researchers sayOct 18, 2004 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthLife SciencesMolecular technique shows promise in destroying drug resistance in bacteriaNov 12, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new approach to outwit resistance to antibiotics has been discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Campus LifeHealthArts program provides services, guidance to HIV/AIDS patientsJul 26, 2005 9:00 am39 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As an art educator and researcher, Julia Kellman has long been aware - from her academic's box-seat vantage point - that art can impact people's lives in profound ways. But for the past four years, she's witnessed the phenomenal power of art-making from the perspective of a director who is on stage, engaging in an ongoing, intimate dialogue with the actors.HealthLife SciencesStudy: 'Run-down' feeling with illness may last longer as people ageOct 11, 2005 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthHumanitiesExercise adds years to life and improves quality, researchers sayNov 10, 2005 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Exercise is a lot like spinach ... everybody knows it's good for you; yet many people still avoid it, forgoing its potential health benefits.HumanitiesHealthLife SciencesNew contrast agents may be on horizon for better medical imagingJun 7, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthHumanitiesResearch reinforces findings that Chinese exercises benefit older adultsJun 28, 2006 9:00 am60 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthLife SciencesUI scientist develops enzyme inhibitor that may slow cancerJul 20, 2006 9:00 am1 views UI scientist Tim Garrow, in collaboration with Jiri Jiracek of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has applied for a provisional patent on a class of chemicals that has future therapeutic uses in medicine, specifically cancer treatment.Expert ViewpointsHealthHumanitiesHow does parents' methamphetamine use affect their children?Aug 7, 2006 9:00 am22 views A Minute With™... Wendy Haight, a professor of social workSocial SciencesHealthHow mothers respond to baby’s distress mattersAug 17, 2006 9:00 am4 views A mother’s attentiveness to her baby’s distress, especially in the first year, is more important to his secure attachment than positive feedback when he’s happy and content, concludes a UI study published in the June issue of the Journal of Family Psychology.AgricultureHealthFoodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am11 views Will you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a UI scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply.Expert ViewpointsHealthKFC removes trans fats – will other fast food chains follow?Nov 15, 2006 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Manabu "Mani" Nakamura, a professor of biochemical and molecular nutritionHealthLife SciencesInduced abortion doesn't increase risk of developing cancer, study showsDec 1, 2006 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthAgricultureLife SciencesChickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am12 views Understanding and treatment of human ovarian cancer, known as the silent killer, may be a step closer thanks to some chickens at the UI. Ovarian cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in women and unlike other cancers, its rate of mortality has not been reduced.AgricultureHealthLife SciencesTomato-broccoli together shown to be effective against prostate cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am58 views A new UI study shows that tomatoes and broccoli – two vegetables known for their cancer-fighting qualities – are better at shrinking prostate tumors when both are part of the daily diet than when they’re eaten alone.Expert ViewpointsHealthLawIs the Governor's 'Illinois Covered' proposal universal health insurance?Apr 30, 2007 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Robert F. Rich, the director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsExpert ViewpointsHealthVeterinary MedicineDespite a recent salmonella outbreak, can pet turtles be made safe?Jun 29, 2007 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... wildlife veterinarian Mark A. MitchellHealthSocial SciencesUI scientist does nutritional detective work in BotswanaNov 15, 2007 9:00 am34 views Many Americans have a soft spot for Botswana. Some developed that fondness for the African country while reading the best-selling “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” series. But few have had a chance to do any sleuthing of their own there.HealthSocial SciencesExpert compares high cost of health care to goods consumers can relate toNov 16, 2007 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Expert ViewpointsHealthProtect yourself against staph infectionsNov 20, 2007 9:00 am0 views A Minute With™... microbiologist Brenda WilsonExpert ViewpointsHealthWill you smoke less when the state's smoking ban becomes law?Dec 12, 2007 9:00 am7 views A Minute With™... Tom O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community healthHealthHumanitiesSocial SciencesCombat helmet that could relay injury data is goal of U. of I. projectMar 6, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -University of Illinois researchers are pooling their knowledge of health sciences and engineering on a project that ultimately could benefit combat soldiers who've received serious - but often immediately undetectable - blast-related brain injuries.Expert ViewpointsHealthLawThe international security risks posed by emerging infectious diseasesJun 5, 2008 9:00 am4 views A Minute With™... W.W. Laegreid, a professor of pathobiology and an ACDIS faculty memberHealthNon-parental care of infants tied to unfavorable feeding practicesJul 11, 2008 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesHealthChronic exposure to estradiol impairs some cognitive functionsAug 1, 2008 9:00 am26 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Expert ViewpointsHealthHow do investigators from the Centers for Disease Control track down – and confirm – the source of a Salmonella outbreak?Aug 18, 2008 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... epidemiologist Karin RosenblattArtsHealthParks and recreation play key role in promoting healthy living, study findsAug 28, 2008 9:00 am48 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthAction as a goal may be too broad, new research suggestsSep 4, 2008 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthNeutral HIV presentations more likely to be considered inviting, study findsSep 4, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent study by University of Illinois professor of psychology Dolores Albarracín 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.HealthSocial SciencesUI study shows how to lose weight without losing boneSep 18, 2008 9:00 am16 views A higher-protein diet that emphasizes lean meats and low-fat dairy foods as sources of protein and calcium can mean weight loss without bone loss - and the evidence is in bone scans taken throughout a new UI study.Life SciencesHealthThe dietary supplement genistein can undermine breast cancer treatmentSep 23, 2008 9:00 am51 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthWalking forum report shows need to expand physical activity in schoolsSep 30, 2008 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthVitamin E shows possible promise in easing chronic inflammationDec 4, 2008 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesHealthMix of taiji, cognitive therapy and support groups benefits those with dementiaDec 5, 2008 9:00 am57 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthSocial SciencesStudy looks at how mental health care affects outcomes for foster childrenJan 13, 2009 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Of the approximately half-million children and adolescents in foster care in the U.S., experts estimate that 42 to 60 percent of them have emotional and behavioral problems. Despite the prevalence of mental health problems among foster children, little is known about how pre-existing mental health conditions affect their outcomes in foster care.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureHealthDoes the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramHealthPhysical activity may strengthen children's ability to pay attentionMar 31, 2009 9:00 am1227 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As school districts across the nation revamped curricula to meet requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act, opportunities for children to be physically active during the school day diminished significantly.BusinessHealthContracts adding legal twist to family health careMay 27, 2009 9:00 am74 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthCancers set to 'explode' in Latino/a populations, expert saysJul 28, 2009 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Expert ViewpointsHealthHumanitiesIf President Obama's health-care reform plan is flawed, what's the fix?Aug 3, 2009 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community healthLife SciencesHealthNew cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversibleAug 6, 2009 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - For cancer drug developers, finding an agent that kills tumor cells is only part of the equation. The drug must also spare healthy cells. And - ideally - its effects will be reversible, to cut short any potentially dangerous side effects.Expert ViewpointsCampus LifeHealthExperts expect a difficult flu season and the return of H1N1. What can students and the campus do to prepare?Aug 11, 2009 9:00 am2 views A Minute With™... Robert D. Palinkas, M.D., the director of the McKinley Health CenterHealthChildren can be sold on fun of physical activity, U. of I. researcher saysSep 30, 2009 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Childhood obesity is on the rise, and commercial marketing sells kids on things that encourage it: soft drinks, fatty foods, video games, the Internet, TV.HealthU. of I. professors featured in exhibit about body-mind-spirit connectionOct 19, 2009 9:00 am36 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.