blog postsHealth 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?Vitamin E shows possible promise in easing chronic inflammationDec 4, 2008 9:00 am46 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.How big data and engineering will change global health careFeb 5, 2015 4:15 pm49 views We are right now in the early stages of a revolutionary shift from a medical education and delivery model still rooted in the 19th century to one that will fully integrate the rapid advances of technology with human health improvement.Study looks at what older people think causes hypertensionFeb 20, 2014 9:00 am49 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Older adults with hypertension may have dramatically different perceptions about the cause of their condition depending upon where they live, their ethnicity and other demographic characteristics, suggests new research that involved older adults in Arizona and Illinois.Want to keep your exercise resolutions? New research offers pointersAug 16, 2011 9:00 am51 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Sticking with an exercise routine means being able to overcome the obstacles that invariably arise. A key to success is having the confidence that you can do it, researchers report. A new study explores how some cognitive strategies and abilities influence this "situation-specific self-confidence," a quality the researchers call "self-efficacy."Salmon baby food? Babies need omega-3s and a taste for fishSep 2, 2010 9:00 am51 views A UI food science professor has two important reasons for including seafood in a young child's diet, reasons that have motivated her work in helping to develop a tasty, nutritious salmon baby food for toddlers.U. of I. professors featured in exhibit about body-mind-spirit connectionOct 19, 2009 9:00 am51 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.UI scientist does nutritional detective work in BotswanaNov 15, 2007 9:00 am51 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.Study: Curbing car travel could be as effective as cutting caloriesDec 18, 2012 9:00 am54 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Those considering how to maintain a healthy weight during holiday festivities, or looking ahead to New Year's resolutions, may want to think twice before reaching for traditional staples like cookies or candy - or the car keys.What the media call 'pink slime' is not new or dangerousApr 3, 2012 9:00 am55 views A Minute With™... Anna Dilger, a professor of animal sciencesFlexible electronics could help put off-beat hearts back on rhythmMar 24, 2010 9:00 am59 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.Mastery of physical goals lessens disease-related depression and fatigueDec 15, 2009 9:00 am60 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.Center to study effects of plastics chemicals on children's healthOct 21, 2010 9:00 am61 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.Chickens may help aid in early detection of ovarian cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am64 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.Parents' health literacy affects child weight-loss tactics, study findsJul 28, 2015 11:30 am68 views Parents who have low health literacy are less likely to choose government-recommended weight-loss strategies, such as increasing physical activity or serving more fruits and vegetables, to help their children control their weight than parents who are better able to understand basic health-related information, a new study suggests.UI study shows how to lose weight without losing boneSep 18, 2008 9:00 am71 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.Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screeningsNov 21, 2014 9:00 am72 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Women with symptoms of serious mental illness are significantly less likely to receive three routine cancer screenings - Pap tests, mammograms and clinical breast exams - than women in the general population, despite being at elevated risk for medical comorbidities and early death, a new study indicates.New anti-microbial compounds evade resistance with less toxicityJun 1, 2015 1:00 pm73 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 compound overcomes drug-resistant Staph infection in miceJan 7, 2013 9:00 am75 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.Study looks at how mental health care affects outcomes for foster childrenJan 13, 2009 9:00 am78 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.Long-term hormone treatment increases synapses in rat prefrontal cortexJul 9, 2012 9:00 am78 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.Scientists aim to put a pox on dog cancerSep 10, 2012 9:00 am80 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that myxoma - a pox virus that afflicts rabbits but not humans, dogs or any other vertebrates so far studied - infects several different types of canine cancer cells in cell culture while sparing healthy cells. The study adds to the evidence that viruses or modified viruses will emerge as relatively benign cancer treatments to complement or replace standard cancer therapies.Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factorJan 6, 2010 9:00 am84 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that Helicobacter pylori, the only bacterium known to survive in the harsh environment of the human stomach, directly activates an enzyme in host cells that has been associated with several types of cancer, including gastric cancer.Health issues in Africa to be focus of conferenceMay 4, 2015 12:45 pm86 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.One gene influences recovery from traumatic brain injuryFeb 26, 2014 9:00 am87 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.New cancer drug delivery system is effective and reversibleAug 6, 2009 9:00 am91 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.Study recalculates cost of combination vaccinesApr 17, 2014 9:00 am95 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - One of the most popular vaccine brands for children may not be the most cost-effective choice. And doctors may be overlooking some cost factors when choosing vaccines, driving the market toward what is actually a more expensive option, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers.Research reinforces findings that Chinese exercises benefit older adultsJun 28, 2006 9:00 am100 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.Mix of taiji, cognitive therapy and support groups benefits those with dementiaDec 5, 2008 9:00 am102 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.Family meals promote healthier weights, eating behaviors in childrenJun 20, 2011 9:00 am104 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.Gender, social orientation affect children's reactions to bullyingSep 24, 2014 9:00 am105 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.New way to grow, isolate cancer cells may add weapon against diseaseJul 2, 2012 9:00 am108 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.Arts program provides services, guidance to HIV/AIDS patientsJul 26, 2005 9:00 am108 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.Computing the best high-resolution 3-D tissue imagesApr 23, 2012 9:00 am110 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.Scientists target bacterial sharing of antibiotic-resistance genesOct 24, 2012 9:00 am128 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - The bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae - which can cause pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia and sepsis - likes to share its antibiotic-defeating weaponry with its neighbors. Individual cells can pass resistance genes to one another through a process called horizontal gene transfer, or by "transformation," the uptake of DNA from the environment.Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mistMay 6, 2015 1:15 pm129 views Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists at the University of Illinois.New evidence shows increase in obesity may be slowing, but not by muchFeb 5, 2014 9:00 am131 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."Wellness Center: 'Hoofing it' gets a followingApr 21, 2011 9:00 am132 views Bob Douglas resembles neither Lewis nor Clark, but he's a trailblazer nonetheless.The dietary supplement genistein can undermine breast cancer treatmentSep 23, 2008 9:00 am134 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.Amphetamine use in adolescence may impair adult working memoryOct 19, 2009 9:00 am143 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.$2 million Mellon grant to fund three new humanities research groupsJan 9, 2015 9:00 am154 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.Labeling genetically engineered foodMay 28, 2014 9:00 am154 views A Minute With™... Bruce M. Chassy, a professor emeritus of food science and human nutritionAutism signs can be identified earlier than formerly thought, study suggestsMar 17, 2014 9:00 am159 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.Events focus on perinatal mental, physical healthMar 21, 2019 10:45 am160 views An expo, national symposium and film screening are planned in Champaign to heighten awareness of women’s mental and physical health during and after pregnancy. The IDEA Women's Health Coalition is planning the events.Gene mapping reveals soy's dynamic, differing roles in breast cancerApr 28, 2015 12:45 pm164 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.Parks and recreation play key role in promoting healthy living, study findsAug 28, 2008 9:00 am171 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.Cancer in childhood can have negative impact on career readinessJul 2, 2012 9:00 am173 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.Banked blood grows stiffer with age, study findsSep 5, 2014 9:00 am176 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.Strength training improves vascular function in young black menDec 21, 2012 9:00 am177 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Six weeks of weight training can significantly improve blood markers of cardiovascular health in young African-American men, researchers report in the Journal of Human Hypertension.New technique paints tissue samples with lightMar 24, 2015 9:00 am181 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.