Category: Healthy Lives


More greens, less sugar and fries: Abriendo Caminos study finds promising results

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

A multi-state study found kids with Mexican roots consumed fewer sugary beverages, french fries and fast food and ate more vegetables after participating in a six-week, culturally-tailored education program with their families. The program, Abriendo Caminos (Opening Roads), aims to help Hispanic families lead healthier lives by weaving traditions and personal values into lessons on…


First-of-its-kind study compares domestic violence programs, finds promising results

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

A new study from Iowa State University found men convicted of domestic violence were charged with significantly fewer violent and nonviolent charges one year after completing a treatment program developed in Iowa compared to a model used in most other states. Survey data from victims still in contact with the men provided preliminary evidence that…


Iowa State researcher leads emerging field of trauma-informed environmental design

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

An Iowa State University researcher is embarking on a new research path, paving the way in an emerging field of study within landscape architecture: trauma-informed environmental design. Julie Stevens, associate professor of landscape architecture, is collaborating with YSS on its new Recovery Campus near Cambridge, on which they plan to break ground later this spring. YSS…


Iowa State University scientists receive federal grant to advance research on blood stem cells

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

The ability to generate a patient’s blood cells in order to treat blood diseases has eluded scientists for years, but a recently awarded federal grant could help Iowa State University scientists take critical steps toward turning that possibility into reality. Raquel Espin Palazon, an assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology, leads an interdisciplinary research…


Iowa State University Research Suggests Pumping iron may improve sleep more than cardio workouts

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

Initial findings from Iowa State University researchers suggest resistance exercise may be superior to aerobic exercise for getting better sleep. Study participants who completed 60 minutes of resistance exercise, three times a week for a year, slept longer and fell asleep faster than participants who did aerobic-only workouts or a combination of aerobic and resistance…


Iowa State Researchers Receive 2022 Barry Award to Investigate Probiotic Cancer Treatments

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Two Iowa State University researchers have been selected to receive funding from the 2022 Margaret B. Barry Cancer Research Program to explore bioengineering probiotics to destroy the types of tumors seen in cancer patients. Administered by the Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the Barry award is given each year…


Exercise post-vaccine bumps up antibodies, new Iowa State University study finds

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers at Iowa State University found 90 minutes of mild- to moderate-intensity exercise directly after a flu or COVID-19 vaccine may provide an extra immune boost. In the newly published study, participants who cycled on a stationary bike or took a brisk walk for an hour-and-a-half after getting a jab produced more antibodies in the following…


Iowa State Study reveals bullying extends from adolescence into young adulthood

By Paula Van Brocklin, Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Many of us probably recall the days of playground scuffles—the pushing, shoving and name-calling. It was never fun to be on the receiving end of such aggression. Social scientists have long documented the negative impacts of bullying behavior and how it victimizes young children and adolescents. Recently, a team of Iowa State University researchers took…