blog posts Young adults may provide care for older relatives much more frequently than thought Apr 12, 2021 9:30 am745 views Young adults and teens may provide care for adult relatives much more often than previously thought, according to a new study, though they worry about detriments to educational or career goals and would like more training and support. Yoga practice linked to lower stress, better cognitive performance in older adults Nov 15, 2016 8:30 am787 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. Yoga helps breast cancer survivors conquer emotional, physical pain May 26, 2011 9:00 am79 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After breast cancer surgery, increased self-consciousness and perceptions of disfigurement prompt some women to shy away from involvement in group fitness and recreational activities during a time when they might benefit the most physically and emotionally. Wu earns NIH Director's New Innovator Award Oct 5, 2021 9:45 am3642 views Biochemistry professor Nicholas Wu has received a 2021 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. His project aims to understand how antibodies interact with their targets. Workshops teach caregivers, those with chronic disease to 'Live Well' Sep 12, 2011 9:00 am37 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Living with a chronic disease, or being a caretaker for a loved one in failing health, can be frustrating as well as emotionally and physically draining. Workshop on perinatal depression planned for June 1-2 May 24, 2018 1:45 pm473 views Women in the Champaign-Urbana area who experience perinatal depression and their health care providers will meet with an international group of experts June 1-2 in Champaign for a workshop about new methods of detecting and treating the mood disorder. Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screenings Nov 21, 2014 9:00 am86 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. Women's sexual risk-taking in tourism focus of new study Jul 22, 2015 2:00 pm387 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. Will you smoke less when the state's smoking ban becomes law? Dec 12, 2007 9:00 am41 views A Minute With™... Tom O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community health Will a coronavirus vaccine be a cure-all? Aug 25, 2020 8:15 am3076 views Global health authorities are frantically pursuing a vaccine against the novel coronavirus in the hope that it will allow everyone to get back to a pre-COVID-19 reality ASAP. Thomas O’Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health, says those expectations are probably overblown. Why you should factor driving into your weight loss plan Jan 8, 2016 10:00 am1069 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on data science Why New York City's ban on super-size sodas makes sense Sep 14, 2012 9:00 am39 views A Minute With™... Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia, a pediatrician and a professor of food science and human nutrition Why food insecurity still hasn't decreased in the U.S. Sep 24, 2015 8:45 am501 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. agricultural economist Craig Gundersen Why do we need a health care equity law? Jun 3, 2021 8:30 am933 views The Illinois Health Care and Human Services Reform Act has potential to address root causes of health disparities and foster health equity through provisions such as implicit bias training and community health workers, says Illinois professor Ruby Mendenhall. Whole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers find Dec 20, 2017 8:30 am7676 views People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in resistance exercise differ dramatically in how their muscles build protein, a process called protein synthesis, during the post-workout period, researchers report in a new study. Specifically, the post-workout muscle-building response in those eating whole eggs is 40 percent greater than in those consuming an equivalent amount of protein from egg whites, the team found. Where does the U.S. withdrawal leave the World Health Organization? Aug 18, 2020 8:00 am1921 views A global response, such as that organized by the World Health Organization, is needed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, says Ian Brooks, a research scientist whose focus is global health informatics. When women stop breastfeeding linked to child care options, study shows Mar 13, 2012 9:00 am53 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Mothers participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, are more likely to discontinue breastfeeding their infants before 6 months of age than non-WIC mothers, especially if they rely upon relatives to provide child care, according to a new study by Juhee Kim, a professor of kinesiology and community health at the University of Illinois. What the media call 'pink slime' is not new or dangerous Apr 3, 2012 9:00 am155 views A Minute With™... Anna Dilger, a professor of animal sciences What's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus risk Jul 1, 2015 10:45 am1064 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. What is the new variant of coronavirus in the UK? Dec 23, 2020 8:00 am2337 views New mutations to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, including one in the United Kingdom with higher infection rates that has sparked new travel bans. Erik Procko, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been studying mutations in the spike protein, the part of the virus that binds to human cells. In an interview, Procko discussed the new variation and whether mutations to the spike protein could create resistance to vaccines or other treatments. What is the coronavirus spreading across the globe? Jan 23, 2020 10:30 am4457 views The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. Virologist Leyi Wang, a professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, discussed the outbreak of the new strain with News Bureau biomedical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg Touchstone. What is driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid? Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am944 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. What impact do the Olympics and mass-sporting events have on public health? Aug 2, 2021 8:15 am2324 views Attending high-profile and mass-participation sporting events may increase individuals’ physical activity levels and enhance their emotional well-being, according to Mikihiro Sato, a professor of recreation, sport and tourism. What happens when the coronavirus mutates? Jan 5, 2021 8:15 am4089 views New mutations to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 are emerging, including a more-infectious variant first found in the United Kingdom, even as vaccines containing bits of viral genetic material are beginning distribution. In an interview, crop sciences professor Gustavo Caetano-Anollés discusses viral mutation and what it could mean for vaccinations. What does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika? Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am4358 views With its easy-to-miss symptoms and link to birth defects, the Zika virus is very similar to German measles (rubella), according to history professor Leslie Reagan What are the novel coronavirus health risks? Feb 28, 2020 9:45 am4089 views The novel coronavirus that first broke out in Wuhan, China in late 2019 has now spread to 111 countries. As the first case of possible community spread has been reported in the United States, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discusses how the virus spreads and what makes it a public health concern. Wellness Center: 'Hoofing it' gets a following Apr 21, 2011 9:00 am368 views Bob Douglas resembles neither Lewis nor Clark, but he's a trailblazer nonetheless. Water disinfection byproduct disrupts reproductive hormones, damages pituitary in female mice Nov 24, 2021 8:00 am716 views A byproduct formed during water disinfection disrupts hormones in the brain that regulate the female reproductive cycle in mice and also damages cells in the pituitary gland, a new study from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers found. The new study’s findings of the chemical’s effects on reproductive regulation in the brain complement previous work that found that it also disrupts function in and causes damage to ovary cells, indicating the chemical could impact the entire reproductive system. The researchers hope that the continued study of these effects can help establish a safe level of exposure to guide future regulations. Watching 3-D videos of trees helps people recover from stress, researchers say Oct 21, 2014 9:00 am2732 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Writers, outdoor enthusiasts and leaf-peeping tourists have known for centuries that nature has restorative powers that reduce feelings of stress and promote a sense of tranquility. Want to keep your exercise resolutions? New research offers pointers Aug 16, 2011 9:00 am194 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." Walking forum report shows need to expand physical activity in schools Sep 30, 2008 9:00 am20 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With childhood obesity expanding to epidemic proportions in the United States, educators, researchers and health practitioners are actively seeking to identify effective means of addressing this public-health crisis. Vitamin E shows possible promise in easing chronic inflammation Dec 4, 2008 9:00 am218 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. Virtual scientific event to teach public about COVID-19-related loss of smell, taste Jul 31, 2020 4:15 pm457 views "The Nose Knows About COVID-19,” a virtual scientific event, will help the public get to know their senses of smell and taste better, and how these senses are often affected when people contract the coronavirus. Virtual reality program lessens physical side effects of hemodialysis Feb 24, 2021 12:00 pm1128 views A virtual reality program on mindfulness/meditation helped hemodialysis patients alleviate the physical side effects and tedium of their treatments in a new research project led by social work professor Rosalba Hernandez. Veterinary infectious disease expert weighs in on coronavirus threat Mar 9, 2020 8:15 am8946 views Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the new coronavirus that make it more like influenza and less like SARS or the virus that causes the especially lethal Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome. Vaccine study now open for student enrollment Mar 22, 2021 11:15 am3312 views Students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 can enroll in a study to help understand the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Participants will be paid and could receive the vaccine as soon as April 1. Using technology during mealtime may decrease food intake, study finds Mar 6, 2020 12:15 pm978 views Being distracted by technology during mealtime may decrease the amount of food a person eats, nutrition scientists suggest in a new study. USDA awards $5.5 million to tackle childhood hunger Jan 20, 2011 9:00 am40 views The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $5.5 million to fund research that will help alleviate childhood hunger in the United States. Craig Gundersen, a UI professor of nutritional sciences in the department of agricultural and consumer economics, and James Ziliak, of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, will coordinate a research program on childhood hunger. U. of I. program to help provide mental health services to high-need areas in Illinois Nov 9, 2017 3:15 pm855 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. U. of I. program targets growing obesity rate among Midwest Hispanics Feb 21, 2012 9:00 am44 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Hispanics living in the Midwest have the highest obesity rates among Latinos in the U.S., and in Illinois, the percentage of obese Latino children 6-11 years of age has doubled since 2001, standing now at 24 percent. U. of I. professors featured in exhibit about body-mind-spirit connection Oct 19, 2009 9:00 am188 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. U. of I. nutrition scientist Sharon Donovan elected to National Academy of Medicine Oct 16, 2017 9:00 am1085 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. Unmuting large silent genes lets bacteria produce new molecules, potential drug candidates Dec 31, 2018 10:00 am1308 views By enticing away the repressors dampening unexpressed, silent genes in Streptomyces bacteria, researchers at the University of Illinois have unlocked several large gene clusters for new natural products, according to a study published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. University of Illinois receives APLU award for COVID-19 testing program Jul 1, 2021 2:00 pm2489 views The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has received the inaugural Research Response to Community Crisis Award from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities for its COVID-19 testing program. UI study shows how to lose weight without losing bone Sep 18, 2008 9:00 am123 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. UI scientist does nutritional detective work in Botswana Nov 15, 2007 9:00 am107 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. UI scientist develops enzyme inhibitor that may slow cancer Jul 20, 2006 9:00 am17 views UI scientist Tim Garrow, in collaboration with Jiri Jiracek of the Czech Academy of Sciences, has applied for a provisional patent on a class of chemicals that has future therapeutic uses in medicine, specifically cancer treatment. Tumor-targeting system uses cancer’s own mechanisms to betray its location Feb 14, 2017 9:00 am3416 views By hijacking a cancer cell’s own metabolism, researchers have found a way to tag and target elusive cancers with small-molecule sugars. This opens treatment pathways for cancers that are not responsive to conventional targeted antibodies, such as triple-negative breast cancer. Treating withdrawal symptoms could help cannabis users quit, study finds Mar 23, 2016 8:00 am1071 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. Training neural circuits early in development improves response, study finds Aug 6, 2020 1:30 pm1184 views When it comes to training neural circuits for tissue engineering or biomedical applications, a new study suggests a key parameter: Train them young.