blog postsLabeling genetically engineered foodMay 28, 2014 9:00 am94 views A Minute With™... Bruce M. Chassy, a professor emeritus of food science and human nutritionLatinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am372 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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. Complex cultural and gender beliefs about manliness and sexuality that discourage Latino men from seeking health care - and stigmatize the digital rectal exam as emasculating - could explain why some men don't seek care until the cancer has progressed, diminishing their chances for recovery.Lax child care regulations affecting children's health, study suggestsSep 17, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Child care center regulations in most states don't uphold the health standards set by the nation's leading pediatricians' group, missing opportunities to prevent tooth decay and obesity among millions of the nation's young children, suggests a recent study.Lessons in nature boost classroom engagement afterward, researchers reportJan 17, 2018 10:30 am1618 views Third-graders who spend a class session in a natural outdoor setting are more engaged and less distracted in their regular classroom afterward than when they remain indoors, scientists found in a new study.Licorice compound interferes with sex hormones in mouse ovary, study findsNov 9, 2016 12:00 pm381 views A study of mouse reproductive tissues finds that exposure to isoliquiritigenin, a compound found in licorice, disrupts steroid sex hormone production in the ovary, researchers report.Links between hunger and health lead to recommendation that doctors screen patients for food insecurityNov 5, 2015 2:00 pm137 views Almost 50 million people in the United States are food insecure – that is, they lack access to adequate food because of limited money or other resources. University of Illinois economist Craig Gundersen and University of Kentucky’s James P. Ziliak examined recent research on food insecurity and its association with poor health, and offer suggestions including that doctors screen for hunger.Lipid researcher, 98, reports on the causes of heart diseaseFeb 27, 2013 9:00 am946 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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).Li selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am7004 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. Long-term hormone treatment increases synapses in rat prefrontal cortexJul 9, 2012 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Lutein may counter cognitive aging, study findsJul 24, 2017 12:45 pm3664 views Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers.Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairieJun 21, 2011 9:00 am542 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sexJun 10, 2015 10:00 am476 views 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.Massive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environmentJul 19, 2017 8:30 am2726 views It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell. The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle.Mastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigueDec 15, 2009 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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 individual's sense of mastery over - or belief in his or her ability to achieve - certain physical goals.Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cellsSep 18, 2015 8:45 am1911 views A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development of muscle problems in mothers and their male offspring.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm633 views Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women tend to be unrealistic, and their focus on women's bodies may may be detrimental to women and their infants, suggests a new study by University of Illinois scholar Toni Liechty.Mix of taiji, cognitive therapy and support groups benefits those with dementiaDec 5, 2008 9:00 am83 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.Modified bone drug kills malaria parasite in miceFeb 27, 2012 9:00 am27 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Molecular beacon signals low oxygen with ultrasoundDec 8, 2017 9:00 am816 views Researchers have developed a way to find hypoxia, or low oxygen in tissue, noninvasively in real time with light and ultrasound.‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat diseaseMay 11, 2017 1:00 pm1927 views Researchers have demonstrated that a small molecule can transport iron in human cells and live animals when proteins that normally do the same job are missing, a condition that often causes severe anemia in patients. Such “molecular prosthetics” might treat a host of incurable diseases caused by protein deficiencies, such as anemias, cystic fibrosis or certain types of heart disease.Molecular technique shows promise in destroying drug resistance in bacteriaNov 12, 2004 9:00 am5 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.Most U.S. infant death rates not likely to fall enough to meet goalMar 6, 2013 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Mowing dry detention basins makes mosquito problems worse, team findsJul 22, 2015 8:00 am277 views A study of the West Nile virus risk associated with “dry” water-detention basins in central Illinois took an unexpected turn when land managers started mowing the basins. The mowing of wetland plants in basins that failed to drain properly led to a boom in populations of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can carry and transmit the deadly virus, researchers report.Nanopores could map small changes in DNA that signal big shifts in cancerApr 12, 2017 10:00 am1181 views Detecting cancer early, just as changes are beginning in DNA, could enhance diagnosis and treatment as well as further our understanding of the disease. A new study by University of Illinois researchers describes a method to detect, count and map tiny additions to DNA called methylations, which can be a warning sign of cancer, with unprecedented resolution.Neuroimaging reveals lasting brain deficits in iron-deficient pigletsFeb 20, 2018 4:30 pm591 views Iron deficiency in the first four weeks of a piglet’s life – equivalent to roughly four months in a human infant – impairs the development of key brain structures, scientists report. The abnormalities remain even after weeks of iron supplementation begun later in life, the researchers found.Neutral 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.New anti-microbial compounds evade resistance with less toxicityJun 1, 2015 1:00 pm64 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — 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.New cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversibleAug 6, 2009 9:00 am68 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.New compound overcomes drug-resistant Staph infection in miceJan 7, 2013 9:00 am68 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.New contrast agents may be on horizon for better medical imagingJun 7, 2006 9:00 am6 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.New evidence shows increase in obesity may be slowing, but not by muchFeb 5, 2014 9:00 am114 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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 preschool 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."New mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videosMay 15, 2015 12:30 pm19 views Whether the need is to educate people in West Africa about preventing Ebola or to train farmers in Latin America on preventing postharvest loss, Scientific Animations without Borders has an app – and an animated video – for that.New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realisticAug 27, 2015 1:00 pm905 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — 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.New technique paints tissue samples with lightMar 24, 2015 9:00 am154 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One infrared scan can give pathologists a window into the structures and molecules inside tissues and cells, enabling fast and broad diagnostic assessments, thanks to an imaging technique developed by University of Illinois researchers and clinical partners.New technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focusJun 22, 2015 11:00 am317 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Eye doctors soon could use computing power to help them see individual cells in the back of a patient’s eye, thanks to imaging technology developed by engineers at the University of Illinois. Such detailed pictures of the cells, blood vessels and nerves at the back of the eye could enable earlier diagnosis and better treatment for degenerative eye and neurological diseases.New way to grow, isolate cancer cells may add weapon against diseaseJul 2, 2012 9:00 am89 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Nondrug interventions improve quality of life for Chinese cancer patientsNov 17, 2015 10:00 am996 views A meta-analysis of dozens of studies of traditional Chinese medicine and other nonpharmacological interventions meant to improve patients’ quality of life affirms that these approaches, on the whole, help alleviate depression, fatigue, pain, anxiety, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems in Chinese cancer patients.Non-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.Nowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrumMay 29, 2012 9:00 am422 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization, new research findsSep 7, 2017 8:00 am4574 views A new study found that monounsaturated fatty acids are linked to general intelligence and the organization of the brain’s attention network.Off the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringApr 3, 2014 1:00 pm4094 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — 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.Old drugs, new tricks: Medications approved for other uses also have antibiotic actionDec 22, 2015 9:15 am1536 views A number of drugs already approved to treat parasitic infections, cancers, infertility and other conditions also show promise as antibiotic agents against staph and tuberculosis infections, according to a new study by University of Illinois chemists and collaborators.Older adults benefit from home-based DVD exercise programMar 11, 2013 11:15 am259 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. — 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.Omega-3 fatty acids enhance cognitive flexibility in at-risk older adultsMay 19, 2015 1:00 pm241 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — 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.One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injuryFeb 26, 2014 9:00 am68 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calvesAug 18, 2017 9:45 am983 views Clinical signs may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, suggests a new study co-written by University of Illinois researcher Peter D. Constable.Paper: Enzyme that digests vitamin A also may regulate testosterone levelsDec 6, 2016 1:00 pm635 views An enzyme that converts the dietary carotenoid beta carotene into vitamin A in the body may also regulate testosterone levels and growth of the prostate, researchers at the University of Illinois found in a study. Paper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughtsJun 30, 2017 9:15 am381 views New mothers who are in abusive relationships are three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, a new study suggests. Conducted with women in Brazil, the study is among a growing body of research to establish a link between suicidality and intimate partner violence among postpartum women in low- or middle-income countries.Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantityApr 18, 2017 8:45 am1335 views Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.Parents’ binge eating, restrictive feeding practices may be reactions to children’s emotionsMar 30, 2016 9:00 am1132 views A new study of more than 440 parents and their preschoolers offers insight into why some parents who binge eat also may try to restrict their children’s food intake, placing their children at higher risk for unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.