blog postsGraphic images may not scare smokers off cigarettes, says studyFeb 22, 2016 10:00 am963 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.Cholesterol byproduct hijacks immune cells, lets breast cancer spreadOct 12, 2017 9:30 am958 views A cholesterol byproduct facilitates breast cancer’s spread by hijacking immune cells, a new University of Illinois study found.Treating withdrawal symptoms could help cannabis users quit, study findsMar 23, 2016 8:00 am956 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.Hormone therapy combination may benefit health without increasing cancer riskDec 21, 2017 11:30 am950 views Treating ovariectomized mice with a combination of conjugated estrogens and the drug bazedoxifene triggers the expression of genes that improve metabolism and prevent weight gain – without stimulating the uterus and increasing risks of reproductive cancer, a new study at the University of Illinois suggests.New synthetic tumor environments make cancer research more realisticAug 27, 2015 1:00 pm917 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: Changing the environment within bone marrow alters blood cell developmentFeb 22, 2017 7:30 am888 views Researchers at the University of Illinois report they can alter blood cell development through the use of biomaterials designed to mimic characteristics of the bone marrow.Causes of childhood obesity complex, but families, media play key rolesApr 19, 2016 12:00 pm871 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.New technique can track drug and gene delivery to cellsMay 21, 2018 8:00 am856 views University of Illinois researchers say they now know how to track and map drug and gene delivery vehicles to evaluate which are most effective at infiltrating cells and getting to their targets, insight that could guide development of new pharmaceutical agents. The researchers described their tracking system and their findings on the most effective delivery vehicles in the journal Nature Communications. Molecular beacon signals low oxygen with ultrasoundDec 8, 2017 9:00 am851 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 am850 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.Chemical array draws out malignant cells to guide individualized cancer treatmentMay 26, 2017 11:00 am848 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.Study: Restaurant meals can be as bad for your waistline as fast food isJul 1, 2015 9:00 am847 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.What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am813 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 am808 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 am796 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.Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study saysAug 7, 2017 1:30 pm791 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.Faith-based health promotion program successful with older Latinas, study findsApr 27, 2016 1:15 pm786 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.Biomedical breakthrough: Carbon nanoparticles you can make at homeJun 18, 2015 4:15 pm781 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.Study links neighborhood factors, breast cancer rates in African-American womenJun 1, 2018 10:15 am744 views Neighborhood characteristics are associated with late-stage diagnoses and higher mortality rates among urban African-American women, a new study shows.Study links sulfide-producing bacteria and colon cancer in African-AmericansMar 15, 2017 9:15 am742 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.Getting into your head: Gelatin nanoparticles could deliver drugs to the brainDec 23, 2014 9:00 am735 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.New tissue-imaging technology could enable real-time diagnostics, map cancer progressionJun 20, 2018 8:00 am724 views A new microscope system can image living tissue in real time and in molecular detail, without any chemicals or dyes, report researchers at the University of Illinois.Regardless of age, health conditions, many seniors not retired from sexJul 26, 2016 9:15 am723 views Despite societal perceptions that older adults’ love lives are ancient history, many seniors are anything but retired from sex, a new study suggests.BPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generationsApr 15, 2015 9:00 am721 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.Cancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trialsFeb 26, 2015 9:00 am718 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 pm690 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.Preterm babies may suffer setbacks in auditory brain development, speechJan 15, 2018 11:00 am689 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.For nurses in Illinois, expectation of violence ‘a fundamental part of the job,’ study saysMay 7, 2018 9:00 am685 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.U. of I. program to help provide mental health services to high-need areas in IllinoisNov 9, 2017 3:15 pm677 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.Study yields more than a million new cyclic compounds, some with pharmaceutical potentialMar 12, 2018 8:30 am676 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. Drug trials in pet dogs with cancer may speed advances in human oncologyJun 16, 2015 2:00 pm675 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.Paper: Enzyme that digests vitamin A also may regulate testosterone levelsDec 6, 2016 1:00 pm672 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. Stemlike cells at tumor perimeter promote new blood vessels to feed tumor growthOct 25, 2017 1:00 pm668 views Stemlike cells at the edge of melanoma tumors secrete factors to promote blood-vessel growth, allowing the cancer to grow and spread.Neuroimaging reveals lasting brain deficits in iron-deficient pigletsFeb 20, 2018 4:30 pm654 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 am602 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.Lyme disease tick adapts to life on the (fragmented) prairieJun 21, 2011 9:00 am600 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.Yoga practice linked to lower stress, better cognitive performance in older adultsNov 15, 2016 8:30 am600 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.What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am571 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.Herbs, spices on vegetables may increase their appeal to men, young adultsJun 2, 2017 9:30 am535 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.Study: Disease-causing stomach bug attacks energy generation in host cellsMay 30, 2018 11:45 am530 views Researchers report in a new study that the bacterium Helicobacter pylori – a major contributor to gastritis, ulcers and stomach cancer – resists the body’s immune defenses by shutting down energy production within the cells of the stomach lining that serve as a barrier to infection.Team finds new way to attach lipids to proteins, streamlining drug developmentNov 21, 2016 2:00 pm526 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.Many older adults going online to discuss, learn about sexJun 10, 2015 10:00 am509 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 am489 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.Nowhere to hide: New device sees bacteria behind the eardrumMay 29, 2012 9:00 am485 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.Grant funds computer simulation to train social work students, cliniciansOct 27, 2015 10:30 am473 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 pm454 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.GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patientsMay 6, 2014 9:00 am443 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.Study links physical activity to greater mental flexibility in older adultsAug 24, 2015 8:00 am443 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 am434 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. agricultural economist Craig GundersenProgram that helps children cope after disasters could benefit refugees, at-risk youthDec 21, 2015 9:00 am426 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.