blog postsTiny drug-delivering capsules could sustain transplanted insulin-producing cells for diabeticsFeb 12, 2018 9:15 am870 views A drug-carrying microsphere within a cell-bearing microcapsule could be the key to transplanting insulin-secreting pig pancreas cells into human patients whose own cells have been destroyed by type I diabetes.Causes of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key rolesApr 19, 2016 12:00 pm846 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.Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am835 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.Molecular beacon signals low oxygen with ultrasoundDec 8, 2017 9:00 am817 views Researchers have developed a way to find hypoxia, or low oxygen in tissue, noninvasively in real time with light and ultrasound.U. of I. nutrition scientist Sharon Donovan elected to National Academy of MedicineOct 16, 2017 9:00 am805 views Sharon M. Donovan, a professor of nutrition and the Melissa M. Noel Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Health at the University of Illinois, was elected today (Oct. 16) to the National Academy of Medicine.What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am804 views Professor Richard Kaplan discusses the impetus behind congressional leaders’ desire to change Medicaid, the health insurance program with more than 74 million enrollees in the U.S.Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re soldJan 14, 2016 9:00 am788 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?Rebates a cost-effective way to boost healthy eating among low-income people, study findsOct 6, 2015 10:00 am788 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.Faith-based health promotion program successful with older Latinas, study findsApr 27, 2016 1:15 pm779 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.Study: Restaurant meals can be as bad for your waistline as fast food isJul 1, 2015 9:00 am768 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.Study links sulfide-producing bacteria and colon cancer in African-AmericansMar 15, 2017 9:15 am723 views A new study reveals that African-Americans have measurable differences in the number and type of bacteria that live in the colon – and those differences are related to their higher-than-average colon cancer risk.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm720 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.Regardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sexJul 26, 2016 9:15 am708 views Despite societal perceptions that older adults’ love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests.Cancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trialsFeb 26, 2015 9:00 am704 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.Cultural, linguistic gaps may deter Latinos from joining health programsFeb 6, 2017 12:30 pm672 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.Drug trials in pet dogs with cancer may speed advances in human oncologyJun 16, 2015 2:00 pm658 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.Stemlike cells at tumor perimeter promote new blood vessels to feed tumor growthOct 25, 2017 1:00 pm656 views Stemlike cells at the edge of melanoma tumors secrete factors to promote blood-vessel growth, allowing the cancer to grow and spread.U. of I. program to help provide mental health services to high-need areas in IllinoisNov 9, 2017 3:15 pm651 views A newly funded U. of I. initiative is expanding the number of behavioral health providers available to care for residents in medically underserved and rural communities.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm638 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.Paper: Enzyme that digests vitamin A also may regulate testosterone levelsDec 6, 2016 1:00 pm637 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. Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am632 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.BPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generationsApr 15, 2015 9:00 am630 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.Preterm babies may suffer setbacks in auditory brain development, speechJan 15, 2018 11:00 am617 views Preterm babies born early in the third trimester of pregnancy are likely to experience delays in the development of the auditory cortex, a brain region essential to hearing and understanding sound, a new study reveals. Such delays are associated with speech and language impairments at age 2, the researchers found.Neuroimaging reveals lasting brain deficits in iron-deficient pigletsFeb 20, 2018 4:30 pm592 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.Study links cardiorespiratory fitness, thinner gray matter and better math skills in kidsAug 12, 2015 10:45 am584 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.Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression - and may not lastFeb 19, 2018 9:15 am575 views A new study of middle-aged women found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression.Yoga practice linked to lower stress, better cognitive performance in older adultsNov 15, 2016 8:30 am574 views Older adults who practiced hatha yoga for 8 weeks were better able to manage stress and performed better on cognitive tests than peers in a stretching and weight-training program, researchers report.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.Team finds new way to attach lipids to proteins, streamlining drug developmentNov 21, 2016 2:00 pm516 views A new study reveals an efficient means of attaching lipids (fat molecules) to peptides (the building blocks of proteins). This can improve the molecules’ drug-delivery capabilities.Herbs, spices on vegetables may increase their appeal to men, young adultsJun 2, 2017 9:30 am500 views Adults who don’t routinely eat vegetables for lunch -- especially men and younger adults -- may be more likely to consume them if the vegetables are seasoned, University of Illinois researchers found in a new study of more than 530 adults.What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am483 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.Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sexJun 10, 2015 10:00 am479 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.The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brainAug 17, 2015 9:00 am474 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.Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, cliniciansOct 27, 2015 10:30 am460 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.Study offers new insight into powerful inflammatory regulatorMay 1, 2017 2:00 pm441 views A new study in mice reveals how a protein called Brd4 boosts the inflammatory response – for better and for worse, depending on the ailment. The study is the first to show that this protein, while problematic in some circumstances, also can protect the body from infection.Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adultsAug 24, 2015 8:00 am438 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.Why food insecurity still hasn't decreased in the U.S.Sep 24, 2015 8:45 am432 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. agricultural economist Craig GundersenStudy yields more than a million new cyclic compounds, some with pharmaceutical potentialMar 12, 2018 8:30 am431 views Researchers say they can now produce a vast library of unique cyclic compounds, some with the capacity to interrupt specific protein-protein interactions that play a role in disease. The new compounds have cyclic structures that give them stability and enhance their ability to bind to their targets. Nowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrumMay 29, 2012 9:00 am425 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.Program that helps children cope after disasters could benefit refugees, at-risk youthDec 21, 2015 9:00 am417 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.GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patientsMay 6, 2014 9:00 am395 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.Attention, couch potatoes! Walking boosts brain connectivity, functionAug 26, 2010 9:00 am386 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.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.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.Latinos' beliefs about masculinity discourage prostate cancer screeningsMar 15, 2011 9:00 am374 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.Simple intervention can moderate anti-vaccination beliefs, study findsAug 3, 2015 9:30 am365 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.Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study saysNov 19, 2014 9:00 am356 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Youth who enter puberty ahead of their peers are at heightened risk of depression, although the disease develops differently in girls than in boys, a new study suggests.Soy supplements with isoflavones 'reprogram' breast cancer cellsFeb 24, 1201 9:00 am344 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Women with estrogen-responsive breast cancer who consume soy protein supplements containing isoflavones to alleviate the side effects of menopause may be accelerating progression of their cancer, changing it from a treatable subtype to a more aggressive, less treatable form of the disease, new research suggests.Cancer drug tested in pet dogs is now bound for human trialsJul 17, 2013 9:00 am341 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.Smokers, the obese, have markedly higher health care costs than peersJan 6, 2015 9:00 am339 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports.