blog postsYoga practice linked to lower stress, better cognitive performance in older adultsNov 15, 2016 8:30 am537 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 painMay 26, 2011 9:00 am38 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.Workshops teach caregivers, those with chronic disease to 'Live Well'Sep 12, 2011 9:00 am14 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.Women with serious mental illness less likely to receive cancer screeningsNov 21, 2014 9:00 am64 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 studyJul 22, 2015 2:00 pm284 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 am14 views A Minute With™... Tom O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community healthWhy you should factor driving into your weight loss planJan 8, 2016 10:00 am1046 views A Minute With...™ Sheldon Jacobson, expert on data scienceWhy New York City's ban on super-size sodas makes senseSep 14, 2012 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia, a pediatrician and a professor of food science and human nutritionWhy food insecurity still hasn't decreased in the U.S.Sep 24, 2015 8:45 am431 views A Minute With...™ U. of I. agricultural economist Craig GundersenWhole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers findDec 20, 2017 8:30 am2526 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.When women stop breastfeeding linked to child care options, study showsMar 13, 2012 9:00 am23 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 dangerousApr 3, 2012 9:00 am32 views A Minute With™... Anna Dilger, a professor of animal sciencesWhat's in your landscape? Plants can alter West Nile virus riskJul 1, 2015 10:45 am454 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 driving Congress to potentially change Medicaid?Jan 6, 2017 9:30 am803 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 does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am3955 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 ReaganWellness Center: 'Hoofing it' gets a followingApr 21, 2011 9:00 am81 views Bob Douglas resembles neither Lewis nor Clark, but he's a trailblazer nonetheless.Watching 3-D videos of trees helps people recover from stress, researchers sayOct 21, 2014 9:00 am1528 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 pointersAug 16, 2011 9:00 am36 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 schoolsSep 30, 2008 9:00 am6 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 inflammationDec 4, 2008 9:00 am28 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.USDA awards $5.5 million to tackle childhood hungerJan 20, 2011 9:00 am25 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 IllinoisNov 9, 2017 3:15 pm615 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 HispanicsFeb 21, 2012 9:00 am28 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 connectionOct 19, 2009 9:00 am44 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 MedicineOct 16, 2017 9:00 am774 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.UI study shows how to lose weight without losing boneSep 18, 2008 9:00 am35 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 BotswanaNov 15, 2007 9:00 am38 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 cancerJul 20, 2006 9:00 am2 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 locationFeb 14, 2017 9:00 am3097 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 findsMar 23, 2016 8:00 am918 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.Tomato-broccoli together shown to be effective against prostate cancerFeb 1, 2007 9:00 am99 views A new UI study shows that tomatoes and broccoli – two vegetables known for their cancer-fighting qualities – are better at shrinking prostate tumors when both are part of the daily diet than when they’re eaten alone.Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mistMay 6, 2015 1:15 pm118 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.Tiny exports signal big shifts in cancer tissue, researchers findJan 25, 2017 1:30 pm1177 views Microscopic shifts in metabolism and increases in tiny transport vesicles out of tumor cells preface larger changes to the tumor environment and could prepare the way for cancerous cells to spread and metastasize, University of Illinois researchers report.Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 18, 2016 10:00 am5840 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.Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2428 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.The upside of school lunch programsDec 9, 2011 9:00 am17 views A Minute With™... Craig Gundersen, a U. of I. professor of agricultural and consumer economicsThe research is in: Physical activity enhances cognitionFeb 18, 2013 9:00 am145 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Exercise doesn't only strengthen your heart and muscles - it also beefs up your brain. Dozens of studies now show that aerobic exercise can increase the size of critical brain structures and improve cognition in children and older adults.Theory: Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligenceNov 20, 2017 8:30 am3585 views Centuries of study have yielded many theories about how the brain gives rise to human intelligence. A new theory makes the case that the brain’s dynamic properties – how it is wired but also how that wiring shifts in response to changing intellectual demands – are the best predictors of intelligence in the human brain.The nonagenarian athlete: Researchers study Olga Kotelko's brainAug 17, 2015 9:00 am459 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.The international security risks posed by emerging infectious diseasesJun 5, 2008 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... W.W. Laegreid, a professor of pathobiology and an ACDIS faculty memberThe dietary supplement genistein can undermine breast cancer treatmentSep 23, 2008 9:00 am83 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.Teens who mature early at greater risk of depression, study saysNov 19, 2014 9:00 am330 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.Team finds new way to attach lipids to proteins, streamlining drug developmentNov 21, 2016 2:00 pm512 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.Team finds link between stomach-cancer bug and cancer-promoting factorJan 6, 2010 9:00 am52 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.Team explores the effects of exercise on ulcerative colitisJul 2, 2013 9:00 am848 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study indicates that aerobic exercise can lessen - or worsen - the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis, depending on the circumstances under which the exercise is undertaken.Tailored sexual health messages urgently needed for young female tourists, expert saysMar 21, 2017 8:45 am1379 views With both tourism and casual “hookup” sex on the rise among college-age adults, there’s an urgent need for sexual health campaigns aimed at young female tourists who are sexual risk-takers, University of Illinois scholar Liza Berdychevsky suggests.Surgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue beginsSep 15, 2015 12:00 pm3072 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.Study tallies extra calories Americans consume in their coffee, teaJan 30, 2017 9:15 am3010 views A new analysis reveals just how much Americans are adding to their caloric intake by spicing up or sweetening their coffee or tea.Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adultsNov 5, 2015 9:45 am1139 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.Study: Serving water with school lunches could prevent child, adult obesityNov 7, 2017 8:00 am2437 views Encouraging children to drink water with their school lunches could prevent more than half a million cases of child obesity and overweight -- and trim the medical and societal costs by more than $13 billion, a new study suggests.