blog postsIn rats, perinatal exposure to phthalates impairs brain structure and functionJul 18, 2018 1:00 pm0 views Male and female rats exposed in the womb and during lactation to plasticizing chemicals known as phthalates had significantly fewer neurons and synapses than those that were not exposed, researchers report in a new study. The phthalate-exposed rats had reductions in the size of their medial prefrontal cortex, a brain region that regulates behavior, and showed deficits in cognitive flexibility. CDC researcher to speak on violence as a public health issueApr 15, 2004 9:00 am2 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A leading researcher on violence, particularly as a public health issue, will speak Tuesday night (April 20) at the University of Illinois atIf President Obama's health-care reform plan is flawed, what's the fix?Aug 3, 2009 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community healthHow do investigators from the Centers for Disease Control track down – and confirm – the source of a Salmonella outbreak?Aug 18, 2008 9:00 am3 views A Minute With™... epidemiologist Karin RosenblattInduced abortion doesn't increase risk of developing cancer, study showsDec 1, 2006 9:00 am3 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study that tracked the health of thousands of female textile workers in China indicates that women who have had an abortion do not have an increased risk of developing cancer.UI scientist develops enzyme inhibitor that may slow cancerJul 20, 2006 9:00 am4 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.Neutral HIV presentations more likely to be considered inviting, study findsSep 4, 2008 9:00 am4 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A recent study by University of Illinois professor of psychology Dolores Albarracín and her colleagues at the University of Florida and the Alachua County Health Department in Florida found a method to increase enrollment among high-risk individuals in HIV prevention programs.Experts expect a difficult flu season and the return of H1N1. What can students and the campus do to prepare?Aug 11, 2009 9:00 am5 views A Minute With™... Robert D. Palinkas, M.D., the director of the McKinley Health CenterIs the Governor's 'Illinois Covered' proposal universal health insurance?Apr 30, 2007 9:00 am6 views A Minute With™... Robert F. Rich, the director of the Institute of Government and Public AffairsNew contrast agents may be on horizon for better medical imagingJun 7, 2006 9:00 am6 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Research by scientists based at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may lead to the development of a new breed of "multimodal" contrast agents that could work within a host of medical imaging platforms - from ultrasound and computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging and molecular imaging.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.Molecular technique shows promise in destroying drug resistance in bacteriaNov 12, 2004 9:00 am7 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new approach to outwit resistance to antibiotics has been discovered by a team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Combat helmet that could relay injury data is goal of U. of I. projectMar 6, 2008 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -University of Illinois researchers are pooling their knowledge of health sciences and engineering on a project that ultimately could benefit combat soldiers who've received serious - but often immediately undetectable - blast-related brain injuries.Why New York City's ban on super-size sodas makes senseSep 14, 2012 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Dr. Margarita Teran-Garcia, a pediatrician and a professor of food science and human nutritionLax child care regulations affecting children's health, study suggestsSep 17, 2012 9:00 am8 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Child care center regulations in most states don't uphold the health standards set by the nation's leading pediatricians' group, missing opportunities to prevent tooth decay and obesity among millions of the nation's young children, suggests a recent study.KFC removes trans fats – will other fast food chains follow?Nov 15, 2006 9:00 am8 views A Minute With™... Manabu "Mani" Nakamura, a professor of biochemical and molecular nutritionDoes the recent peanut scare indicate a need for stricter guidelines?Feb 18, 2009 9:00 am9 views A Minute With™... Robin Orr, the director of programming for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education ProgramBreastfed babies less likely to be picky eaters as toddlersMar 15, 2012 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Babies who are breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life may be less likely to become picky eaters as preschoolers, according to a recent study of 129 mothers and their children.Action as a goal may be too broad, new research suggestsSep 4, 2008 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A series of experiments conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois suggest that society's emphasis on action over inaction may lead to unforeseen consequences.Expert compares high cost of health care to goods consumers can relate toNov 16, 2007 9:00 am9 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - If Americans spent the same amount of money on health care as counterparts in Canada and a number of other countries, the difference between what they spend now and what they would save annually would be enough to pay for two plasma TVs or three Big Macs a day.Protect yourself against staph infectionsNov 20, 2007 9:00 am10 views A Minute With™... microbiologist Brenda WilsonFamily thought to play part in reducing stress for young Mexicans, study showsJan 8, 2013 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Family members may play a unique and influential role in buffering Mexican youth against the negative effects of stress as they transition into adulthood, suggests a new study by an interdisciplinary group of researchers at universities in Mexico and the U.S.Children can be sold on fun of physical activity, U. of I. researcher saysSep 30, 2009 9:00 am11 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Childhood obesity is on the rise, and commercial marketing sells kids on things that encourage it: soft drinks, fatty foods, video games, the Internet, TV.Expert says state policies can have an impact on public healthMar 12, 2010 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In a new study, Tom O'Rourke, a professor emeritus of community health at the University of Illinois, examined 25 variables in four categories to see how state policies might affect residents' health.The international security risks posed by emerging infectious diseasesJun 5, 2008 9:00 am12 views A Minute With™... W.W. Laegreid, a professor of pathobiology and an ACDIS faculty memberHow mothers respond to baby’s distress mattersAug 17, 2006 9:00 am12 views A mother’s attentiveness to her baby’s distress, especially in the first year, is more important to his secure attachment than positive feedback when he’s happy and content, concludes a UI study published in the June issue of the Journal of Family Psychology.Firefighting stiffens arteries, impairs heart functionAug 18, 2011 9:00 am12 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Firefighting causes stiff arteries and "cardiac fatigue," conditions also found in weightlifters and endurance athletes, according to two recent studies by researchers at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, located at the University of Illinois.Study finds no link between marijuana use and oral cancerJun 8, 2004 9:00 am13 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Oral cancer probably hasn't been high on the average pot smoker's list of concerns - despite the fact that marijuana smoke contains known carcinogens. It may be even less of a concern now in light of new research that found no link between marijuana use and risk of developing oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC).High cost of assistive technologies keeping some people from work, study saysMar 15, 2004 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Access to assistive technologies (AT) may be a critical factor in the employment success of persons with spinal cord injury or disease (SCID), according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Foodborne pathogens difficult to remove from produceOct 5, 2006 9:00 am14 views Will you ever feel comfortable eating fresh spinach again? All raw agricultural products carry a minimal risk of contamination, said a UI scientist whose research focuses on keeping foodborne pathogens, including the strain of E. coli found recently on spinach, out of the food supply.Exercise adds years to life and improves quality, researchers sayNov 10, 2005 9:00 am14 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Exercise is a lot like spinach ... everybody knows it's good for you; yet many people still avoid it, forgoing its potential health benefits.Non-parental care of infants tied to unfavorable feeding practicesJul 11, 2008 9:00 am15 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - With more new mothers in the workplace than ever before, there has been a corresponding increase in the number of child-care facilities in the United States.Cancers set to 'explode' in Latino/a populations, expert saysJul 28, 2009 9:00 am16 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Latino/a population in the United States is expected to triple by 2050, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. And along with that growth, says University of Illinois professor Lydia Buki, will come a rise in the number of individuals from that population who are diagnosed with cancer.Workshops teach caregivers, those with chronic disease to 'Live Well'Sep 12, 2011 9:00 am16 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.Cancer and treatment side effect: Stronger mother-daughter tiesJul 10, 2013 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A bout with cancer can be the catalyst for growth and healing in mother-daughter relationships, suggests a new study by a University of Illinois social work professor.Anti-cancer compound found to block late-stage breast-cancer cell growthAug 31, 2004 9:00 am17 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A well known anti-cancer agent in certain vegetables has just had its reputation enhanced. The compound, in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, has been found to be effective in disrupting late stages of cell growth in breast cancer.The upside of school lunch programsDec 9, 2011 9:00 am21 views A Minute With™... Craig Gundersen, a U. of I. professor of agricultural and consumer economicsNew mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videosMay 15, 2015 12:30 pm22 views Whether the need is to educate people in West Africa about preventing Ebola or to train farmers in Latin America on preventing postharvest loss, Scientific Animations without Borders has an app – and an animated video – for that.Images on health websites can lessen comprehension, study findsAug 27, 2012 9:00 am22 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Photos of happy, smiling faces on patient education websites may engage readers, but they also may have a negative impact on older adults' comprehension of vital health information, especially those elderly patients who are the least knowledgeable about their medical condition to begin with, suggests a new study.Most U.S. infant death rates not likely to fall enough to meet goalMar 6, 2013 9:00 am23 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The infant mortality rate set forth as a national goal in the federal government's Healthy People 2020 initiative is likely to be attained by only one demographic group - highly educated white mothers, the authors of a new study say.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.When women stop breastfeeding linked to child care options, study showsMar 13, 2012 9:00 am25 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.Study: 'Run-down' feeling with illness may last longer as people ageOct 11, 2005 9:00 am25 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Aging may intensify and prolong feeling run down when common infections like the flu occur, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Will you smoke less when the state's smoking ban becomes law?Dec 12, 2007 9:00 am26 views A Minute With™... Tom O'Rourke, an emeritus professor of community healthModified bone drug kills malaria parasite in miceFeb 27, 2012 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - A chemically altered osteoporosis drug may be useful in fighting malaria, researchers report in a new study. Unlike similar compounds tested against many other parasitic protozoa, the drug readily crosses into the red blood cells of malaria-infected mice and kills the malaria parasite. The drug works at very low concentrations with no observed toxicity to the mouse.Child abuse risk tied to type, degree of disability, study findsApr 25, 2011 9:00 am28 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have long known that children with disabilities are at increased risk of being abused by their caregivers. But a groundbreaking new study by Jesse Helton, a faculty member in the Children and Family Research Center in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, indicates that the risk and degree of physical abuse varies according to the child's type and level of disability - and those at greatest risk of maltreatment may be those with average functioning or only mild impairments.Despite a recent salmonella outbreak, can pet turtles be made safe?Jun 29, 2007 9:00 am28 views A Minute With™... wildlife veterinarian Mark A. MitchellU. of I. program targets growing obesity rate among Midwest HispanicsFeb 21, 2012 9:00 am29 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.Chronic exposure to estradiol impairs some cognitive functionsAug 1, 2008 9:00 am29 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois researchers report this week that chronic exposure to estradiol, the main estrogen in the body, diminishes some cognitive functions. Rats exposed to a steady dose of estradiol were impaired on tasks involving working memory and response inhibition, the researchers found.Agricultural, health education goes global via cellphone animationsDec 10, 2012 9:00 am31 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - They're watching them in Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India and Niger. They're learning how to stop the spread of dengue, malaria, tuberculosis, cholera and food-related illness. They're learning how to protect their crops from insect damage or post-harvest losses. And they're coming up with new ideas for similar lessons to share with their neighbors or others around the world.