blog postsExpert ViewpointsHealthLife Sciences100-year-old trans fat pioneer celebrates news of an FDA banJun 4, 2015 1:00 pm2182 views A Minute With™... Fred Kummerow, trans fat expertArtsHealthHumanities$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am85 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities has been awarded a $2,050,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create research groups in three emerging areas in the humanities.Life SciencesHealthA 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately afterJun 5, 2013 9:00 am3089 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.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.HealthEducationAdults with disabilities on Medicaid wait list most likely to have unmet service needsOct 6, 2016 1:30 pm934 views Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities on Illinois’ Medicaid wait list who are minorities, in poor health or unable to speak are more likely to have unmet service needs, a new study by University of Illinois researchers found.Life SciencesHealthAgricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animationsDec 10, 2012 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - They're watching them in Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India and Niger. They're learning how to stop the spread of dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and food-related illness. They're learning how to protect their crops from insect damage or post-harvest losses. And they're coming up with new ideas for similar lessons to share with their neighbors or others around the world.Life SciencesHealthAmphetamine use in adolescence may impair adult working memoryOct 19, 2009 9:00 am93 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Life SciencesHealthAntibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defensesMay 10, 2017 12:00 pm1506 views Scientists report that they now know how to build a molecular Trojan horse that can penetrate gram-negative bacteria, solving a problem that for decades has stalled the development of effective new antibiotics against these increasingly drug-resistant microbes. The findings appear in the journal Nature.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.Campus LifeHealthArts program provides services, guidance to HIV/AIDS patientsJul 26, 2005 9:00 am41 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.Life SciencesHealthAttention, couch potatoes! Walking boosts brain connectivity, functionAug 26, 2010 9:00 am260 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A group of "professional couch potatoes," as one researcher described them, has proven that even moderate exercise - in this case walking at one's 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.EducationHealthAutism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggestsMar 17, 2014 9:00 am141 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesBacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2406 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.Life SciencesHealthVeterinary Medicine'Bad cholesterol' indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher saysFeb 25, 2014 9:00 am2334 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBanked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am124 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - It may look like fresh blood and flow like fresh blood, but the longer blood is stored, the less it can carry oxygen into the tiny microcapillaries of the body, says a new study from University of Illinois researchers.EducationBusinessHealthSocial SciencesBeyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1227 views The Super Bowl will feature car ads, beer ads, food ads – but probably none for carrots. Most food ads, game time or anytime, are pitching less-healthy fare. Kids are often the target. Do they understand what an ad is? Who made it and why? Advertising professor Michelle Nelson worked with an Illinois school district to develop an advertising literacy curriculum that also promotes healthy eating. HealthEngineeringLife SciencesPhysical SciencesBiomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm594 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body’s immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues.Life SciencesHealthVeterinary MedicineBPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generationsApr 15, 2015 9:00 am406 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesHealthBrain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memoryApr 28, 2017 9:15 am1538 views Studies have suggested a link between fitness and memory, but researchers have struggled to find the mechanism that links them. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that the key may lie in the microstructure of the hippocampus, a region in the middle of the brain involved in memory processes.Life SciencesHealthBreastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlersMar 8, 2012 9:00 am862 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesHealthBreastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlersMar 15, 2012 9:00 am1 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Social SciencesHealthCancer and treatment side effect: Stronger mother-daughter tiesJul 10, 2013 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesHealthVeterinary MedicineCancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trialsFeb 26, 2015 9:00 am571 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesBusinessHealthCancer drug tested in pet dogs is now bound for human trialsJul 17, 2013 9:00 am275 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Life SciencesHealthCancer in childhood can have negative impact on career readinessJul 2, 2012 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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 children's development of an effective work personality.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.CampusAnnouncementsHealthCarle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am4750 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.HealthCauses of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key rolesApr 19, 2016 12:00 pm761 views Children’s genetic risks for obesity may be reduced by interventions that strengthen family communication and help children manage their emotions and feelings of satiety, according to a new review of research on the problem by University of Illinois scholars Barbara H. Fiese and Kelly K. Bost.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 atLife SciencesHealthCenter to study effects of plastics chemicals on children's healthOct 21, 2010 9:00 am34 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesChemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am748 views Melanoma is a particularly difficult cancer to treat once it has metastasized, spreading throughout the body. University of Illinois researchers are using chemistry to find the deadly, elusive malignant cells within a melanoma tumor that hold the potential to spread.HealthAgricultureLife SciencesChickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am13 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.Social SciencesHealthChild abuse risk tied to type, degree of disability, study findsApr 25, 2011 9:00 am21 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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 child's type and level of disability - and those at greatest risk of maltreatment may be those with average functioning or only mild impairments.HealthChildren 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.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.HealthHumanitiesSocial 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.CampusEngineeringHealthCommittee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2692 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016Physical SciencesEngineeringHealthLife SciencesComputing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue imagesApr 23, 2012 9:00 am69 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.AgricultureHealthConsumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re soldJan 14, 2016 9:00 am761 views The organic food industry has grown from fresh produce and grains to snack foods and condiments – from farmers markets to supercenters. Has this new variety in organic products, and the availability of them, affected consumers’ perceptions?BusinessHealthContracts adding legal twist to family health careMay 27, 2009 9:00 am83 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.HealthEngineeringLife SciencesCRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasureApr 10, 2017 10:00 am1062 views In the fight against disease, many weapons in the medicinal arsenal have been plundered from bacteria themselves. Using CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, researchers have now uncovered even more potential treasure hidden in silent genes.HealthSocial SciencesCultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm607 views The success of community health interventions targeting Latinos could be hindered by linguistic and cultural gaps unless researchers recognize the diversity that exists among Latino populations and work closely with community members to adapt programming accordingly, a new study led by University of Illinois researchers suggests.HealthEducationSocial SciencesDads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am160 views Fathers who read to their infants with autism and take active roles in caregiving activities not only promote healthy development in their children, they boost moms’ mental health too, new research suggests.Expert 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. MitchellHealthDiet beverage drinkers compensate by eating unhealthy food, study findsSep 11, 2015 12:00 am3571 views Study finds that people who drink diet beverages may compensate by eating additional food that is higher in fat, cholesterol and sodium.HealthDistracted dining? Steer clear of it!Dec 3, 2015 9:00 am1363 views A new University of Illinois study reveals that distracted dining may be as dangerous to your health as distracted driving is to your safety on the highway.Expert ViewpointsAgricultureHealthDoes the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramHealthLife SciencesDrinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study findsFeb 29, 2016 2:15 pm5297 views In a new study of more than 18,300 U.S. adults, U. of I. researcher Ruopeng An found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.HealthLife SciencesDrugs with multiple targets show promise against myotonic dystrophy type 1Nov 9, 2015 11:15 am1095 views Efforts to treat myotonic dystrophy type 1, the most common form of muscular dystrophy, are in their infancy. In a new study, researchers report they have added new capabilities to an experimental drug agent that previously defeated only one of DM1’s many modes of action. Their retooled compounds interrupt the disease’s pathology in three ways.Veterinary MedicineHealthLife SciencesDrug trials in pet dogs with cancer may speed advances in human oncologyJun 16, 2015 2:00 pm590 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — 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.