June 1, 2021

New microscope discovery combines AI to detect disease earlier, improve treatment

  • By Ryann Monahan

A newly developed laser source and microscope are helping researchers better understand and search for biomarkers indicative of cancer and other diseases, offering new promise for early detection and treatment plans. The study, co-authored by Carle Illinois College of Medicine professors Stephen Boppart and Saurabh Sinha, including researchers in Boppart’s Biophotonics Imaging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, was recently published in Cancer Research and featured on the cover. The innovative laser source and […]

March 12, 2021

‘Hunker down’ stress genes boosted in women who live in violent neighborhoods

  • By Ryann Monahan

The chronic stress of living in neighborhoods with high rates of violence and poverty alters gene activity in immune cells, according to a new study of low-income single Black mothers on the South Side of Chicago. The changes in stress-related gene expression reflect the body’s “hunker down” response to long-term threat, a physiological strategy for lying low and considering new actions rather than launching an immediate “fight-or-flight” response. This has implications for health outcomes in […]

March 10, 2021

Cheap, nontoxic carbon nanodots poised to be quantum dots of the future

  • By Ryann Monahan

Tiny fluorescent semiconductor dots, called quantum dots, are useful in a variety of health and electronic technologies but are made of toxic, expensive metals. Nontoxic and economic carbon-based dots are easy to produce, but they emit less light. A new study that uses ultrafast nanometric imaging found good and bad emitters among populations of carbon dots. This observation suggests that by selecting only super-emitters, carbon nanodots can be purified to replace toxic metal quantum dots […]

February 18, 2021

3D microscopy clarifies understanding of body’s immune response to obesity

  • By Lois Yoksoulian NEWS BUREAU | P U B L I C A F F A I R S

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers who focus on fat know that some adipose tissue is more prone to inflammation-related comorbidities than others, but the reasons why are not well understood. Thanks to a new analytical technique, scientists are getting a clearer view of the microenvironments found within adipose tissue associated with obesity. This advance may illuminate why some adipose tissues are more prone to inflammation – leading to diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular […]

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, […]

December 18, 2020

Antifungal drug improves key cystic fibrosis biomarkers in clinical study

  • By Liz Ahlberg Touchstone

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A drug widely used to treat fungal infections improved key biomarkers in lung tissue cultures as well as in the noses of patients with cystic fibrosis, a clinical study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Iowa found. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a missing or defective ion channel in the lining of the lungs, called CFTR. This leaves patients vulnerable to lung infections. Treatments called modulators […]

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 […]

December 9, 2020

Research to Improve Breast Cancer Treatment Receives $2 Million NCI Grant

  • By Carle Illinois College of Medicine

New ultrasound technology research by a Carle Illinois College of Medicine professor could change how fast breast cancer patients find out if their initial chemotherapy is working. Some breast cancer patients wait months to learn if their tumors are responding to initial chemotherapy, but Michael Oelze’s new research could shorten the wait to a week. Professor Oelze and his Canadian research partners were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study […]