blog postsLi selected as dean and chief academic officer of Carle Illinois College of MedicineAug 30, 2016 9:00 am6798 views Dr. King Li, a renowned researcher, educator, inventor and clinician in molecular imaging and radiology, will become the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine effective Oct. 1. Exercise changes gut microbial composition independent of diet, team reportsDec 4, 2017 11:15 am6764 views Two studies – one in mice and the other in human subjects – offer the first definitive evidence that exercise alone can change the composition of microbes in the gut. The studies were designed to isolate exercise-induced changes from other factors – such as diet or antibiotic use – that might alter the intestinal microbiota.Eight Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influentialNov 18, 2016 9:15 am6486 views Eight University of Illinois researchers have been named to the Thomson Reuters / Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list for 2016. The list identifies scientists “whose research has had significant global impact within their respective fields of study."Tiny electronic implants monitor brain injury, then melt awayJan 18, 2016 10:00 am5831 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.Drinking more water associated with numerous dietary benefits, study findsFeb 29, 2016 2:15 pm5639 views In a new study of more than 18,300 U.S. adults, U. of I. researcher Ruopeng An found the majority of people who increased their consumption of plain water reduced their total daily calorie intake as well as their consumption of saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.Carle Illinois College of Medicine announces inaugural facultyMay 3, 2017 9:15 am5188 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine has announced nearly 100 inaugural faculty members.Ringing in ears keeps brain more at attention, less at rest, study findsAug 24, 2017 11:15 am5002 views Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in the ears, has eluded medical treatment and scientific understanding. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that chronic tinnitus is associated with changes in certain networks in the brain, and furthermore, those changes cause the brain to stay more at attention and less at rest.Study links nutrition to brain health and intelligence in older adultsDec 13, 2016 8:45 am4846 views A study of older adults offers insight into how a pigment found in leafy greens that tends to accumulate in brain tissue may contribute to the preservation of “crystallized intelligence,” the ability to use the skills and knowledge one has acquired over a lifetime.Quick test finds signs of sepsis in a single drop of bloodJul 3, 2017 7:30 am4664 views A new portable device can quickly find markers of deadly, unpredictable sepsis infection from a single drop of blood.A 20-minute bout of yoga stimulates brain function immediately afterJun 5, 2013 9:00 am4243 views CHAMPAIGN, lll. - Researchers report that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improved participants' speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information. Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization, new research findsSep 7, 2017 8:00 am4180 views A new study found that monounsaturated fatty acids are linked to general intelligence and the organization of the brain’s attention network.Carle Illinois College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditationOct 16, 2017 12:00 am4144 views The Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the first engineering-based medical school, has received preliminary acreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and is recruiting students for its first class. What does a 1960s epidemic tell us about Zika?Aug 18, 2016 10:30 am3953 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 ReaganOff the shelf, on the skin: Stick-on electronic patches for health monitoringApr 3, 2014 1:00 pm3876 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist or clipped to your belt is so 2013. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics for sophisticated wireless health monitoring.Diet beverage drinkers compensate by eating unhealthy food, study findsSep 11, 2015 12:00 am3725 views Study finds that people who drink diet beverages may compensate by eating additional food that is higher in fat, cholesterol and sodium.Scientists test nanoparticle drug delivery in dogs with osteosarcomaJul 25, 2016 2:00 pm3623 views 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.Lutein may counter cognitive aging, study findsJul 24, 2017 12:45 pm3561 views Spinach and kale are favorites of those looking to stay physically fit, but they also could keep consumers cognitively fit, according to a new study from University of Illinois researchers.Cancer drug starts clinical trials in human brain-cancer patientsNov 27, 2017 8:30 am3555 views A drug that spurs cancer cells to self-destruct has been cleared for use in a clinical trial of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma, a rare malignant brain tumor, and glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive late-stage cancer of the brain. This phase Ib trial will determine if the experimental drug PAC-1 can be used safely in combination with a standard brain-cancer chemotherapy drug, temozolomide.Theory: Flexibility is at the heart of human intelligenceNov 20, 2017 8:30 am3517 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.Study: Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoidsJul 18, 2017 10:00 am3287 views Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, THC, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions that convert omega-3 fatty acids into cannabinoids that have anti-inflammatory benefits – but without the psychotropic high. Human trials of cancer drug PAC-1 continue with new investmentMay 24, 2016 1:45 pm3246 views Clinical trials of the anti-cancer agent PAC-1 are continuing to expand, thanks to a $7 million angel investment from an anonymous contributor who originally invested $4 million to help get the compound this far in the drug-approval pipeline.Tumor-targeting system uses cancer’s own mechanisms to betray its locationFeb 14, 2017 9:00 am3092 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.'Bad cholesterol' indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher saysFeb 25, 2014 9:00 am3087 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad cholesterol" that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment's war on cholesterol.Surgical probe seeks out where cancer ends and healthy tissue beginsSep 15, 2015 12:00 pm3071 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 am3008 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: Higher mass transit use associated with lower obesity ratesMay 16, 2017 10:30 am2854 views Healthy mass transit systems could contribute to healthier communities, according to a new study by University of Illinois researchers that determined higher mass transit use was correlated with lower obesity rates in counties across the United States.Report: A host of common chemicals endanger child brain developmentJul 1, 2016 9:15 am2791 views 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.Antibiotic breakthrough: Team discovers how to overcome gram-negative bacterial defensesMay 10, 2017 12:00 pm2742 views Scientists report that they now know how to build a molecular Trojan horse that can penetrate gram-negative bacteria, solving a problem that for decades has stalled the development of effective new antibiotics against these increasingly drug-resistant microbes. The findings appear in the journal Nature.Committee to identify, recruit founding dean for Carle Illinois College of MedicineSep 30, 2015 10:00 am2720 views A search committee established to find the Carle Illinois College of Medicine’s inaugural dean will begin its work this month with the goal of naming the dean by spring 2016Shape of tumor may affect whether cells can metastasizeApr 27, 2016 10:45 am2660 views Only a few cells in a cancerous tumor are able to break away and spread to other parts of the body, but the curve along the edge of the tumor may play a large role in activating these tumor-seeding cells, according to a new University of Illinois study.Bacterial hole puncher could be new broad-spectrum antibioticOct 27, 2015 11:00 am2641 views Bacteria have many methods of adapting to resist antibiotics, but a new class of spiral polypeptides developed at the University of Illinois targets one thing no bacterium can live without: an outer membrane.Massive simulation shows HIV capsid interacting with its environmentJul 19, 2017 8:30 am2632 views It took two years on a supercomputer to simulate 1.2 microseconds in the life of the HIV capsid, a protein cage that shuttles the HIV virus to the nucleus of a human cell. The 64-million-atom simulation offers new insights into how the virus senses its environment and completes its infective cycle.Studies link healthy brain aging to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the bloodMay 18, 2017 8:30 am2599 views Two new studies link patterns of polyunsaturated fatty acids in the blood to the integrity of brain structures and cognitive abilities that are known to decline early in aging.Feeling anxious? Check your orbitofrontal cortex and cultivate your optimism, study suggestsSep 22, 2015 10:00 am2532 views A new study links anxiety, a brain structure called the orbitofrontal cortex, and optimism, finding that healthy adults who have larger OFCs tend to be more optimistic and less anxious.Whole eggs better for muscle building and repair than egg whites, researchers findDec 20, 2017 8:30 am2455 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.Study: Serving water with school lunches could prevent child, adult obesityNov 7, 2017 8:00 am2427 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.Tim Nugent a pioneer in changing life for people with disabilitiesNov 12, 2015 1:15 pm2426 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.Study: Emotion processing in the brain changes with tinnitus severityDec 14, 2015 9:30 am2385 views A new study reveals that people with tinnitus who are less bothered by their symptoms use different brain regions when processing emotional information.Study: Biomarkers as predictive of sepsis as lengthy patient monitoringSep 7, 2017 8:15 am2372 views One measurement of key biomarkers in blood that characterize sepsis can give physicians as much information as hours of monitoring symptoms, a new study found.Genome mining effort discovers 19 new natural products in four yearsSep 8, 2015 9:30 am2310 views It took a small group of researchers only four years – a blink of an eye in pharmaceutical terms – to scour a collection of 10,000 bacterial strains and isolate the genes responsible for making 19 unique, previously unknown phosphonate natural products, researchers report. Each of these products is a potential new drug. One of them has already been identified as an antibiotic.Studies link nutrient, academic achievement in pre-adolescent childrenJun 20, 2017 9:00 am2231 views Researchers can look into your eyes to determine whether you’re getting your lutein, a pigment found in green leafy vegetables that is known to accumulate in the brain. Two new studies find that children with higher lutein levels in the eye tend to do better than others on tests of cognition and academic achievement, even after accounting for other factors known to influence academic performance such as IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness.100-year-old trans fat pioneer celebrates news of an FDA banJun 4, 2015 1:00 pm2228 views A Minute With™... Fred Kummerow, trans fat expertDrug-delivering nanoparticles seek and destroy elusive cancer stem cellsNov 27, 2017 10:15 am2110 views Researchers are sending tiny drug-laden nanoparticles on a mission to seek and destroy cancer stem cells.Portable device can quickly determine the extent of an eye injuryDec 8, 2015 8:45 am2102 views An engineer and an ophthalmologist are working together to develop a portable sensor that can quickly and inexpensively determine whether an eye injury is mild or severe. The device, called OcuCheck, works by measuring levels of vitamin C in the fluids that coat or leak from the eye. The sensor could speed efforts to determine the extent of eye injuries at accident sites, in rural areas lacking ophthalmology specialists or on the battlefield, the researchers said.Hanley-Maxwell named College of Applied Health Sciences deanJul 1, 2016 8:45 am2076 views Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell will join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences effective Aug. 16, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.Sensors detect disease markers in breathMay 18, 2017 11:45 am1930 views A small, thin square of an organic plastic that can detect disease markers in breath or toxins in a building’s air could soon be the basis of portable, disposable sensor devices. By riddling the thin plastic films with pores, University of Illinois researchers made the devices sensitive enough to detect at levels that are far too low to smell, yet are important to human health.Physical activity may strengthen children's ability to pay attentionMar 31, 2009 9:00 am1908 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - As school districts across the nation revamped curricula to meet requirements of the federal "No Child Left Behind" Act, opportunities for children to be physically active during the school day diminished significantly.Scientists identify genes that disrupt response to breast cancer treatmentSep 7, 2016 9:45 am1882 views Scientists at the University of Illinois 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.Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cellsSep 18, 2015 8:45 am1867 views A new study has uncovered the genetic processes that link insufficient protein consumption during pregnancy with the development of muscle problems in mothers and their male offspring.‘Molecular prosthetics’ can replace missing proteins to treat diseaseMay 11, 2017 1:00 pm1775 views Researchers have demonstrated that a small molecule can transport iron in human cells and live animals when proteins that normally do the same job are missing, a condition that often causes severe anemia in patients. Such “molecular prosthetics” might treat a host of incurable diseases caused by protein deficiencies, such as anemias, cystic fibrosis or certain types of heart disease.