blog postsContracts adding legal twist to family health careMay 27, 2009 9:00 am176 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.CRISPR mines bacterial genome for hidden pharmaceutical treasureApr 10, 2017 10:00 am1347 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.Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm744 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.Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am211 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.Despite a recent salmonella outbreak, can pet turtles be made safe?Jun 29, 2007 9:00 am40 views A Minute With™... wildlife veterinarian Mark A. MitchellDiet beverage drinkers compensate by eating unhealthy food, study findsSep 11, 2015 12:00 am3830 views Study finds that people who drink diet beverages may compensate by eating additional food that is higher in fat, cholesterol and sodium.Discovery: Mechanical properties of viral DNA determine the course of infectionSep 4, 2018 8:00 am2293 views A new study reveals a previously unknown mechanism that governs whether viruses that infect bacteria will quickly kill their hosts or remain latent inside the cell. The discovery, reported in the journal eLife, also may apply to viruses that infect humans and other animals, the researcher said.Distracted dining? Steer clear of it!Dec 3, 2015 9:00 am1373 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.DNA enzyme shuffles cell membranes a thousand times faster than its natural counterpartJun 21, 2018 4:00 am1824 views A new synthetic enzyme, crafted from DNA rather than protein, flips lipid molecules within the cell membrane, triggering a signal pathway that could be harnessed to induce cell death in cancer cells. It is the first such synthetic enzyme to outperform its natural counterparts.Does the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramDrinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study findsFeb 29, 2016 2:15 pm6010 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.Drug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cellsNov 27, 2017 10:15 am2554 views Researchers are sending tiny drug-laden nanoparticles on a mission to seek and destroy cancer stem cells.Drugs with multiple targets show promise against myotonic dystrophy type 1Nov 9, 2015 11:15 am1157 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.Drug trials in pet dogs with cancer may speed advances in human oncologyJun 16, 2015 2:00 pm692 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.E-cigarette use rising dramatically among Illinois teens, survey findsNov 8, 2018 8:00 am1072 views The use of electronic cigarettes has increased by 65 percent among sophomores and by 45 percent among seniors in Illinois high schools over the past two years, according to this year's Illinois Youth Survey.Effects of epilepsy on neural activity in mice fluctuate with reproductive cycle, study findsOct 12, 2018 10:00 am1002 views Mice with epilepsy have altered patterns of neuron activity in the portion of the brain that controls the reproductive endocrine system, University of Illinois researchers report in a new study. Furthermore, the differences in neuron activity in female mice fluctuate across the reproductive cycle, the team found.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6684 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Emotional suppression reduces memory of negative eventsMar 13, 2018 8:15 am1704 views By peering at the brains of study subjects prompted to suppress negative emotions, scientists have gained new insights into how emotional regulation influences negative feelings and memories. They hope the findings will lead to new methods to combat depression.Environmental greenness may not improve student test scores, study findsJan 4, 2019 8:30 am946 views Researchers at the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service suggest in a new study that environmental greenness may not be associated with higher test scores in schoolchildren after all.Exercise adds years to life and improves quality, researchers sayNov 10, 2005 9:00 am15 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.Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am8227 views Two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects – offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. The studies were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.Exercise triggers stem cells in muscleFeb 6, 2012 9:00 am312 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Expert compares high cost of health care to goods consumers can relate toNov 16, 2007 9:00 am9 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 says state policies can have an impact on public healthMar 12, 2010 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a new study, Tom O'Rourke, 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.Experts expect a difficult flu season and the return of H1N1. What can students and the campus do to prepare?Aug 11, 2009 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Robert D. Palinkas, M.D., the director of the McKinley Health CenterFaith-based health promotion program successful with older Latinas, study findsApr 27, 2016 1:15 pm792 views A culturally sensitive lifestyle intervention showed promise at motivating Latinas living in the U.S. to eat better and exercise more by connecting healthy-living behaviors with the lives of saints and prominent religious figures, a new study by University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Andiara Schwingel indicates.Family meals promote healthier weights, eating behaviors in childrenJun 20, 2011 9:00 am98 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Family thought to play part in reducing stress for young Mexicans, study showsJan 8, 2013 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Federal officials urged to increase perinatal depression treatment in minority womenMar 30, 2018 10:15 am459 views Federal funding is needed to improve diagnosis and treatment of perinatal depression in Latina and black women, according to University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo. Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2808 views A new study links anxiety, a brain structure called the orbitofrontal cortex, and optimism, finding that healthy adults who have larger OFCs tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.Firefighting stiffens arteries, impairs heart functionAug 3, 2011 9:00 am215 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Firefighting stiffens arteries, impairs heart functionAug 18, 2011 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.Flexible electronics could help put off-beat hearts back on rhythmMar 24, 2010 9:00 am58 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Foodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am14 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.For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study saysMay 7, 2018 9:00 am783 views Workplace violence is an endemic problem for front-line health care workers in Illinois, says new research from U. of I. labor and employment relations professor Emily E. LB. Twarog.Four factors influence social media reach of public health tweets, study saysOct 30, 2018 8:30 am574 views Four factors account for public health messages accruing retweets on Twitter, says research co-written by U. of. I. social psychology expert Dolores Albarracin and a team of U. of I. graduate students.Fred A. Kummerow, successful crusader against trans fats, dies at 102Jun 1, 2017 2:45 pm1524 views Fred A. Kummerow, a pioneer in the study of dietary contributors to heart disease who led a decades-long crusade to remove trans fats from the food supply, died Wednesday, May 31, at his home in Urbana, Illinois. He was 102.GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patientsMay 6, 2014 9:00 am474 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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.Gender, social orientation affect children's reactions to bullyingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am102 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of nearly 600 third-graders may explain why some children who experience peer victimization develop problems with depression or aggression while other children who also get bullied have healthy emotional and social adjustment.Gene mapping reveals soy's dynamic, differing roles in breast cancerApr 28, 2015 12:45 pm160 views 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.Genome-editing proteins seek and find with a slide and a hopJun 1, 2015 2:00 pm212 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Searching a whole genome for one particular sequence is like trying to fish a specific piece from the box of a billion-piece puzzle. Using advanced imaging techniques, University of Illinois researchers have observed how one set of genome-editing proteins finds its specific targets, which could help them design better gene therapies to treat disease.Genome mining effort discovers 19 new natural products in four yearsSep 8, 2015 9:30 am2385 views It took a small group of researchers only four years – a blink of an eye in pharmaceutical terms – to scour a collection of 10,000 bacterial strains and isolate the genes responsible for making 19 unique, previously unknown phosphonate natural products, researchers report. Each of these products is a potential new drug. One of them has already been identified as an antibiotic.Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am792 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Stroke victims could have more time to seek treatment that could reduce harmful effects on the brain, thanks to tiny blobs of gelatin that could deliver the medication to the brain noninvasively.Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, cliniciansOct 27, 2015 10:30 am484 views A federal grant of more than $919,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will fund one new course at the University of Illinois and support training for clinicians at area agencies in conducting early interventions with people who abuse substances.Graphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says studyFeb 22, 2016 10:00 am1051 views Images of disease and suffering should move smokers to kick the habit – at least, that’s the thinking behind graphic warning labels used on cigarette packages in much of the world, and maybe someday in the U.S. According to a University of Illinois study, however, those graphic images may not be effective with many people who perceive them as a threat to their freedom, choice or autonomy.Hanley-Maxwell named College of Applied Health Sciences deanJul 1, 2016 8:45 am2413 views Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell will join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Health care, research failing to adapt to US’ growing multiracial populationOct 12, 2015 10:00 am1039 views University of Illinois social work professor Karen Tabb Dina found that multiracial youth who switch racial identities over time report being healthier as young adults than their minority peers who maintain consistent racial identities.Health issues in Africa to be focus of conferenceMay 4, 2015 12:45 pm84 views 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. “Health in Africa and the Post-2015 Millennium Development Agenda,” May 20-22, will explore the health threats and opportunities facing sub-Saharan Africa.Health lessons provided by interactive media easier for youth to swallowSep 26, 2014 9:00 am45 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Lecturing teens to eat their vegetables and get more exercise may not motivate them to adopt healthier habits, as many parents know. But 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?Heat, rainfall affect pathogenic mosquito abundance in catch basinsJul 5, 2012 9:00 am196 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - 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.