February 5, 2021

Carle Illinois faculty member’s team develops low-cost, rapid COVID-19 antibody test

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

A research team led by Carle Illinois College of Medicine Professor Brian Cunningham has developed a rapid, low-cost COVID-antibody test. Researchers say the test could become routine in fighting the virus’ spread. “A simple, rapid, quantitative, and inexpensive test, using only a single droplet of blood, can contribute to enhanced public safety and reduced personal anxiety about immune status,” said Cunningham, professor at the Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Illinois. Cunningham supervised the research […]

January 15, 2021

University of Illinois researchers publish article describing Illinois RapidVent Emergency Ventilator

  • By Ryann Monahan

The design, testing, and validation of the Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator has been published in the journal Plos One. The article, “Emergency Ventilator for COVID-19,” by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers, is the first of its kind to report such details about an emergency ventilator that was designed, prototyped, and tested at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. “This article reports the development and testing of the RapidVent emergency ventilator,” said William King, […]

January 6, 2021

Carle Illinois student research offers new insight on homemade personal protective equipment, cited by CDC

  • By Beth Hart

A student-led research team at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is providing new answers on which materials are best for constructing homemade and alternative personal protective equipment. The team’s research showed that non-mask medical-grade materials and consumer-grade craft fabric could provide the best filtration when creating alternative PPE and masks. The study was cited in a fall publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on homemade […]

December 10, 2020

Study of non-COVID-19 deaths shows 2020 increase in several demographics

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — March through May saw a significant increase in deaths over previous years – and not just from COVID-19, says a new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When deaths attributed to COVID-19 were removed from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention totals, the death rate in several demographics outpaced the same period in 2019, the study found. The timeframe represents the first three months of response to the COVID-19 […]