blog postsHuman trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investmentMay 24, 2016 1:45 pm3473 views Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline.Faith-based health promotion program successful with older Latinas, study findsApr 27, 2016 1:15 pm787 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.Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasizeApr 27, 2016 10:45 am3149 views Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study.Causes of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key rolesApr 19, 2016 12:00 pm874 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.Parents’ binge eating, restrictive feeding practices may be reactions to children’s emotionsMar 30, 2016 9:00 am1149 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.Structure of protein that forms fibrils in Parkinson's patients could lead to new diagnostic and treatment optionsMar 28, 2016 10:15 am1121 views Chemists have identified the complex chemical structure of the protein that stacks together to form fibrils in the brains of Parkinson’s disease patients. Armed with this knowledge, researchers can identify specific targets for diagnosis and treatment.Treating withdrawal symptoms could help cannabis users quit, study findsMar 23, 2016 8:00 am960 views Heavy users of cannabis who experience withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness and cravings when they quit are likely to use again sooner than their peers, a new study finds.Study: Brain metabolism predicts fluid intelligence in young adultsMar 22, 2016 12:30 pm253 views A healthy brain is critical to a person's cognitive abilities, but measuring brain health can be a complicated endeavor. A new study reports that healthy brain metabolism corresponds with fluid intelligence – a measure of one's ability to solve unusual or complex problems – in young adults.Drinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study findsFeb 29, 2016 2:15 pm5882 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.Graphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says studyFeb 22, 2016 10:00 am967 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.Beyond the big ads: teaching kids ad literacy and nutrition in grade school classroomsFeb 4, 2016 1:45 pm1851 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. Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 18, 2016 10:00 am6037 views A new class of small, thin electronic sensors can monitor temperature and pressure within the skull – crucial health parameters after a brain injury or surgery – then melt away when they are no longer needed, eliminating the need for additional surgery to remove the monitors and reducing the risk of infection and hemorrhage.Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re soldJan 14, 2016 9:00 am812 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?Why you should factor driving into your weight loss planJan 8, 2016 10:00 am1051 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on data scienceOld drugs, new tricks: Medications approved for other uses also have antibiotic actionDec 22, 2015 9:15 am1552 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.Program that helps children cope after disasters could benefit refugees, at-risk youthDec 21, 2015 9:00 am427 views A social and emotional skills intervention developed to help children recover from the trauma of natural disasters is being pilot-tested with at-risk youth living in poverty in the U.S. and could be adapted to help young refugees heal their psychological wounds.Study: Childhood concussions impair brain functionDec 18, 2015 9:30 am1753 views A new study finds that pre-adolescent children who have sustained sports-related concussions have impaired brain function two years following injury.Study: Emotion processing in the brain changes with tinnitus severityDec 14, 2015 9:30 am2407 views A new study reveals that people with tinnitus who are less bothered by their symptoms use different brain regions when processing emotional information.Portable device can quickly determine the extent of an eye injuryDec 8, 2015 8:45 am2144 views An engineer and an ophthalmologist are working together to develop a portable sensor that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether an eye injury is mild or severe. The device, called OcuCheck, works by measuring levels of vitamin C in the fluids that coat or leak from the eye. The sensor could speed efforts to determine the extent of eye injuries at accident sites, in rural areas lacking ophthalmology specialists or on the battlefield, the researchers said.Distracted dining? Steer clear of it!Dec 3, 2015 9:00 am1369 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.Nondrug interventions improve quality of life for Chinese cancer patientsNov 17, 2015 10:00 am1016 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.Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2649 views Tim Nugent, who died Wednesday at the age of 92 in Urbana, Illinois, was a visionary who changed the world for people with disabilities. Starting with a small program at the University of Illinois a few years after World War II – but for years with little support, and often outright opposition – Nugent sought to change both the opportunities for people with disabilities and public attitudes about them.Drugs with multiple targets show promise against myotonic dystrophy type 1Nov 9, 2015 11:15 am1137 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.Links between hunger and health lead to recommendation that doctors screen patients for food insecurityNov 5, 2015 2:00 pm144 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.Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adultsNov 5, 2015 9:45 am1161 views A new study shows that age-related differences in brain health – specifically the strength of connections between different regions of the brain – vary with fitness level in older adults.People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study findsOct 29, 2015 9:15 am1000 views Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies that are less effective than they could be, according to new research by scientists at the University of Illinois.Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2805 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.Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, cliniciansOct 27, 2015 10:30 am476 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.Health care, research failing to adapt to US’ growing multiracial populationOct 12, 2015 10:00 am1013 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.Rebates a cost-effective way to boost healthy eating among low-income people, study findsOct 6, 2015 10:00 am800 views University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor Ruopeng An evaluates the cost effectiveness and health impact of the USDA's Healthy Incentives rebate program for SNAP recipients. An, who recommends expanding it nationwide to SNAP recipients, finds that it is likely to nudge people to purchase/consume more fruits and vegetables.Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2747 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 2016Why food insecurity still hasn't decreased in the U.S.Sep 24, 2015 8:45 am434 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. agricultural economist Craig GundersenFeeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2664 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.Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cellsSep 18, 2015 8:45 am2086 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.Surgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue beginsSep 15, 2015 12:00 pm3088 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – A new surgical tool that uses light to make sure surgeons removing cancerous tumors “got it all” was found to correlate well with traditional pathologists’ diagnoses in a clinical study, showing that the tool could soon enable reliable, real-time guidance for surgeons.Diet beverage drinkers compensate by eating unhealthy food, study findsSep 11, 2015 12:00 am3795 views Study finds that people who drink diet beverages may compensate by eating additional food that is higher in fat, cholesterol and sodium.Genome mining effort discovers 19 new natural products in four yearsSep 8, 2015 9:30 am2359 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.New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realisticAug 27, 2015 1:00 pm918 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.Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adultsAug 24, 2015 8:00 am445 views One day soon, doctors may be able to determine how physically active you are simply by imaging your brain. Studies have shown that physically fit people tend to have larger brain volumes and more intact white matter than their less-fit peers. Now a new study reveals that older adults who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity have more variable brain activity at rest than those who don’t. This variability is associated with better cognitive performance, the researchers say.The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brainAug 17, 2015 9:00 am491 views In the summer of 2012, Olga Kotelko, a 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athlete with more than 30 world records in her age group, visited the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois and submitted to an in-depth analysis of her brain.Study links cardiorespiratory fitness, thinner gray matter and better math skills in kidsAug 12, 2015 10:45 am603 views A new study reveals that 9- and 10-year-old children who are aerobically fit tend to have significantly thinner gray matter than their “lower-fit” peers. Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance, researchers report in the journal PLOS ONE.Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study findsAug 3, 2015 9:30 am399 views It might not be possible to convince someone who believes that vaccines cause autism that they don’t. Telling skeptics that their belief is not scientifically supported often backfires and strengthens, rather than weakens, their anti-vaccine views. But researchers say they have found a way to overcome some of the most entrenched anti-vaccine attitudes: Remind the skeptics – with words and images – why vaccines exist.Parents' health literacy affects child weight-loss tactics, study findsJul 28, 2015 11:30 am66 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.Women's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new studyJul 22, 2015 2:00 pm307 views Relaxing beach vacations are perfect for sexual experimentation with a steady partner, while group tours and sightseeing trips are the ultimate contexts for casual sex with acquaintances or strangers, women said in a new survey.Mowing dry detention basins makes mosquito problems worse, team findsJul 22, 2015 8:00 am296 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.Dads' parenting of children with autism improves moms' mental healthJul 14, 2015 11:30 am183 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.What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am594 views A new study looks at how leaf litter in water influences the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile virus to humans, domestic animals, birds and other wildlife.Study: Restaurant meals can be as bad for your waistline as fast food isJul 1, 2015 9:00 am855 views When Americans go out to eat, either at a fast-food outlet or a full-service restaurant, they consume, on average, about 200 more calories a day than when they stay home for meals, a new study reports. They also take in more fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium than those who prepare and eat their meals at home.New technology looks into the eye and brings cells into focusJun 22, 2015 11:00 am333 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm796 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.