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  • No ‘narcissism epidemic’ among college students, study finds

    Psychology professor Brent Roberts and his colleagues found no evidence that narcissism among college students increased between the 1990s and the 2010s. If anything, the team reports, narcissism declined over that period.

  • Nondrug interventions improve quality of life for Chinese cancer patients

    A meta-analysis of dozens of studies of traditional Chinese medicine and other nonpharmacological interventions meant to improve patients’ quality of life affirms that these approaches, on the whole, help alleviate depression, fatigue, pain, anxiety, insomnia and gastrointestinal problems in Chinese cancer patients.

    Specific interventions associated with traditional Chinese medicine, such as acupuncture and therapeutic massage, reduced gastrointestinal disruptions after surgery, and acupuncture also lessened fatigue in cancer patients, the researchers report in the journal Oncotarget.

  • Novel Chip-based Gene Expression Tool Analyzes RNA Quickly and Accurately

    A University of Illinois and Mayo Clinic collaboration has demonstrated a novel gene expression analysis technique that can accurately measure levels of RNA quickly and directly from a cancerous tissue sample while preserving the spatial information across the tissue—something that conventional methods cannot do. 

  • Novel quantum dots enhance cell imaging

    A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have engineered a new type of molecular probe that can measure and count RNA in cells and tissue without organic dyes. 

  • Now Seniors, First Cohort of Cancer Scholars Set to Graduate

    The College of Engineering started a bold experiment in undergraduate education using a “challenge-inspired” education model and piloted the first ever Cancer Scholars program in 2014. The idea was to form a small cohort of students, which would mold their undergraduate experience around the idea of cancer research. 

  • NPRE researcher teams with Carle Hospital to improve quantitative accuracy in molecular imaging

    Shiva Abbaszadeh works with Carle Foundation Hospital in using active cancer patient scans to improve quantitative accuracy in molecular imaging.

  • NSF Awards Illinois $3M for Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Training

    Program to form new insight on the brain, expand participation in field of brain science.

  • ‘Nudges’ an inexpensive, effective way to increase completion of health promotion programs

    Keeping messages brief and simple can produce gains when trying to encourage patients to complete a health care program, says research co-written by a University of Illinois expert in social psychology.

  • Old Drugs, New Tricks: Medications approved for other uses also have antibiotic action

    University of Illinois chemists have found that a number of drugs approved to treat various conditions also have antibiotic properties.

  • Optical Imaging Investigates Topical Treatment for Diabetic Wounds

    A team of Illinois' Beckman Institute researchers demonstrated a label-free and more direct way to observe and quantify microvascular and metabolic healing mechanisms, and the biological response to a topical treatment, utilizing a multimodal microscope equipped with OCT and FLIM.

  • Optimistic Latinos Have Healthier Hearts, Study Finds

    Latinos who are the most optimistic are more likely to have healthy hearts, suggests a new study led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.

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    Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds

    People who have upbeat outlooks on life have significantly better cardiovascular health, suggests a new study that examined associations between optimism and heart health in more than 5,100 adults.

    “Individuals with the highest levels of optimism have twice the odds of being in ideal cardiovascular health compared to their more pessimistic counterparts,” said lead author Rosalba Hernandez, a professor of social work at the University of Illinois.

  • Pan Wins 2016 NML Researcher Award

    Dipanjan Pan, Bioengineering assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a recipient of the 2016 NML Researcher Award, sponsored by the journal of Nano-Micro Letters (NML). The award recognizes 15 outstanding researchers whose research fields are nano and micro science, with special consideration for those who have continuously made outstanding contributions to the development of science in the last three years.

  • Paper: Don’t rely on mixed messages to change health behaviors

    Self-improvement messages to lose weight, quit smoking or eat more fruits and vegetables can fall on deaf ears if the intervention message is mixed, says new research from U. of I. psychology professor Dolores Albarracin.

  • Paper: Enzyme that digests vitamin A also may regulate testosterone levels

    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, a new study found.

  • Paper: Four service features impact demand for physicians’ online bookings

    In health care, four service-quality proxies—bedside manner, diagnosis accuracy, wait time, and service time—disproportionately affect demand for patient care, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.

  • Paper: New mothers abused by partners at greater risk of suicidal thoughts

    A study led by University of Illinois social work professor Karen M. Tabb Dina found that postpartum women in Brazil who experienced domestic violence were three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

  • Paper: Nutrition label readers favor food quality over quantity

    Although nutrition-label users eat roughly the same amount of food as less-discerning diners, the two groups diverge when it comes to the quality of the food they eat, says a new paper co-written by Brenna Ellison, a professor of agriculture and consumer economics at Illinois and an expert in consumer food preferences and behaviors.

  • Paper: Videos help medical students master physiology concepts

    Director of assessment and evaluation J. Patrick Grenda, left, and medical information science professor Kashif Ahmad, both in the U. of I. College of Medicine, co-wrote a new study in which they found that creating customized videos that explain complex material presented in classroom lectures can be effective teaching tools – and significant time savers for faculty members and medical students.

  • Parents’ binge eating, restrictive feeding practices may be reactions to children’s emotions

    A new study of more than 440 parents and their preschoolers offers insight into why some parents who binge eat also may try to restrict their children’s food intake, placing their children at higher risk for unhealthy eating habits and weight problems.

    Parents who reported feeling distress when their child was angry, crying or fearful were more likely to engage in episodes of binge eating – and to limit the amounts or types of food they provided to their children, University of Illinois researchers found.

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    People with MS may be more physically fit than tests indicate, study finds

    Conventional methods of assessing cardiorespiratory fitness and muscular strength among people with multiple sclerosis may underestimate participants’ capabilities, prompting clinicians to prescribe exercise therapies that are less effective than they could be, according to new research by scientists at the University of Illinois.

    In a study of 64 patients with MS, kinesiology and community health professor Lara Pilutti and her colleagues found that participants had significantly higher peak aerobic capacity and muscle strength when recumbent steppers and computerized dynamometers were used for the tests, compared with arm ergometers and handheld dynamometers.

  • Physical Activity Could Combat Fatigue, Cognitive Decline in Cancer Survivors

    Illinois postdoctoral researcher Diane Ehlers and professor emeritus Edward McAuley found that physical activity may have cognitive benefits for cancer survivors struggling with fatigue and “chemo brain.”

  • Portable Device Can Quickly Determine the Extent of an Eye Injury

    Illlinois and Carle researchers join forces at the IHSI's Biomedical Research Center to study a biomarker connected to eye injury and develop a portable sensor that can tell clinicians the extent of ocular trauma.

  • Powerful Supercomputer Unlocks Possibilities for Tinier Devices and Affordable DNA Sequencing

    Since its discovery in 2004, graphene has captured imaginations and sparked innovation in the scientific community. Perhaps rightly so as it is 200 times stronger than the strongest steel but still flexible, incredibly light but extremely tough, and conducts heat and electricity more efficiently than copper.Professor Jerry Bernholc of North Carolina State University is utilizing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications’ Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to explore graphene’s applications, including its use in nanoscale electronics and electrical DNA sequencing. 

  • Prenatal Choline Intake Increases Grey and White Matter in Piglets

    Choline intake during pregnancy can influence infant metabolism and brain development, according to a series of studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Preschoolers form body images – but parents are unaware, study says

    Preschoolers may express awareness about body-image issues – but their parents may miss opportunities to promote positive body-image formation in their children because parents believe them to be too young to have these concerns, new research suggests.

    University of Illinois eating disorders and body-image expert Janet Liechty, who led the study, said young children are forming their body images – positive or negative – far earlier than many parents expect and largely outside of parental awareness.

  • Preterm Babies May Suffer Setbacks in Auditory Brain Development, Speech

    Speech and hearing science professor Brian Monson and his colleagues found delays in the maturation of the auditory cortex of preterm infants. These disruptions were associated with language impairments in the children at age two.

  • Product Recall Decisions Need Balance to Prevent Overreacting

    Managing the downside risks of technology in a health care setting poses a serious challenge to firms, doctors and patients, said Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois.

  • Prosthetic arms can provide controlled sensory feedback, study finds

    University of Illinois researchers have developed a control algorithm that regulates the current so a prosthetics user feels steady sensation, even when the electrodes begin to peel off or when sweat builds up.

  • Rapid Imaging of Polymers Could Lead to Better Bioimaging

    A recent study by researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology identifies a method of Quantum Cascade Laser-based (QCL) infrared spectroscopic imaging that provides a more rapid method than conventional Fourier transform infrared imaging (FT-IR) to examine spherulites, large semicrystalline polymer samples, in order to identify chemical and structural properties.

  • REDCap Research Story: The Medical Cannabis Patient Program

  • Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain development

    In a new report, dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates are calling for renewed attention to the growing evidence that many common and widely available chemicals endanger neurodevelopment in fetuses and children of all ages.

  • Report: People buy most of their junk food at the supermarket

    An analysis of a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults reveals that access to healthy foods in a supermarket does not hinder Americans’ consumption of empty calories. In fact, the study found, U.S. adults buy the bulk of their sugar-sweetened beverages and nutrient-poor discretionary foods at supermarkets and grocery stores.

    The new findings challenge the “food desert” hypothesis, which posits that a lack of access to supermarkets and grocery stores in some communities worsens the obesity crisis by restricting people’s access to healthy foods.

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    Research by the Numbers: The Power of Data to Transform Individualized Medicine

    The Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois are teaming up to translate data-heavy genomics research into customized clinical care.

  • Research Data Center Branch Coming to Illinois in 2017

    Great news out of the UI Department of Economics: the U.S. Census Bureau has approved the university’s application for a branch Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) on the Urbana-Champaign campus.


    An international research collaboration has developed a noninvasive multimodal nanoparticle-based imaging agent that can assess the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), which also could help with earlier cancer diagnosis or advanced targeted therapy.

  • Researchers develop microscopy technique to analyze cellular focal adhesion dynamics

    Researchers at the Beckman Institute and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at the University of Illinois have developed a new form of microscopy that allows them to observe the formation and evolution of cell membrane focal adhesions.

  • Researchers explore link between cancer drug and heart attacks

    There are many anti-cancer therapeutics that are effective at killing cancer, but some can have serious side effects, eventually causing heart attacks.

  • Researchers Shed Light on How Influenza Evades Immune Systems

    Mutations allow virus to escape antibodies and regain strength, so Christopher Brooke, a professor of microbiology, sequenced viral RNA to identify mutations that allow influenza to evade immune systems.

  • Researchers use computation and genomics to battle tooth decay

    An expert in using computational and experimental techniques to combat infectious diseases, Illinois Bioengineering faculty and MMG member Paul Jensen is taking aim at one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S.—tooth decay. Earlier this year Jensen received $218,000 in funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to apply a data-driven approach to understanding the role that certain bacteria play in cavity formation.

  • Researchers using Blue Waters supercomputer make strides in researching treatment for Ebola, other pathogenic diseases

    Who would have thought that a method that enabled the automatic firing of anti-aircraft guns in World War II would be applicable over 70 years later? This time, though, instead of protecting London's citizens from German warplanes, it’s creating antibodies to protect humans from infectious viruses. Even the method of viral infection is similarly violent to warplanes—viruses like Ebola punch a hole in the surface of a cell to inject genetic material. This method, called smart Monte Carlo or biased random walk, can be explained in terms of evolution: Random mutations occur, but there's a bias toward those mutations that improve survival, since the lethal mutations won't get passed on.

    A team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Stanford University used this method to predict what antibody would most likely pair best with a protein that coats a virus. Their work focuses on two strains of the Ebola virus, and multiple possible mutants of both strains.

  • Ringing in Ears Keeps Brain More at Attention, Less at Rest, Study Finds

    Neuroscience graduate student Sara Schmidt, left, and speech and hearing science professor Fatima Husain conducted a study that found that tinnitus patients have differences in the region of the brain called the precuneus, which cause the brain to stay more at attention and be less at rest.

  • Robotic hands for all: U. of I.-based startup works to make bionic limbs affordable

    Psyonic, a startup operating out of U of I’s Research Park, is trying to change the future of prosthetics by building a better, more affordable bionic hand that’s guided by machine learning. Bionic limbs can aid greatly in an amputee's daily life, but the most advanced versions often cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 or more, according to Psyonic co-founder and CEO Aadeel Akhtar, who is a member of Beckman’s Mechanisms of Cognitive Control Group.

  • Robots that can read your mind a breakthrough for manufacturing

    Those who wish others could read their minds will enjoy a breakthrough technology out of the lab of Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas. The professor of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering at the University of Illinois and his team have used brain computer interface (BCI) to control a robot (watch demonstration).

  • Round Two of the Carle Illinois Collaborative Research Funding Program Announced

    The jointly funded-seed funding program has been developed between Carle and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just announced a call for proposals for its second round of funding. The program provides a funding infusion to support and encourage new lines of research and collaboration among Carle physicians and Illinois investigators.

  • Scientists identify genes that disrupt response to breast cancer treatment

    Scientists may have unlocked the genetic code that determines why many patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer fail to respond to the widely used drug tamoxifen. Patients who have higher levels of several nuclear transport genes— particularly the protein XPO1—are more likely to be resistant to tamoxifen, resulting in the development of incurable metastatic cancer, according to a new study led by researcher Zeynep Madak-Erdogan at the University of Illinois.

  • Scientists test nanoparticle drug delivery in dogs with osteosarcoma

    At the University of Illinois, an engineer teamed up with a veterinarian to test a bone cancer drug delivery system in animals bigger than the standard animal model, the mouse. They chose dogs—mammals closer in size and biology to humans—with naturally occurring bone cancers, which also are a lot like human bone tumors.

  • Seed Funding Blossoms Into NIH R01 Award for Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance Collaborators

    Congratulations to Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance researchers Professor Brendan Harley (Illinois), Ian Parney (Mayo), Jann Sarkaria (Mayo), and Steven George, a collaborator from Washington University in St. Louis, who have been awarded R01 funding from the National Institutes of Health for their project titled, "Biomimetic hydrogel niches to study the malignant phenotype of glioblastoma multiforme."

  • Sensors detect disease markers in breath

    Illinois postdoctoral researcher Fengjiao Zhang and professor Ying Diao developed devices for sensing disease markers in breath.

  • Sensor study launching at Carle gets national attention

    “I was amazed and humbled. It’s incredible that someone of his stature (NIH Director Francis Collins) is tracking and interested in the research,” Carle Illinois College of Medicine's Dr. Charles Davies said of the recognition of publication in a top scientific journal.