Posts By: Matt Cheek

Daily self-weighing helps study participants lose weight

  March 26, 2013 Collaboration by researchers at Gillings School of Global Public Health and Duke University’s Global Health Institute has yielded good news about yet another tool in the weight-loss toolbox. Dr. Dori Steinberg Dori M. Steinberg, PhD, RD, and colleagues found, in a study conducted at UNC, that a weight-loss approach including daily… Read more »

Advances in science allow more accurate assessment of exposure risks

Scientific advances led by investigators in the UNC Superfund Research Program are making it possible to assess cancer risks from exposure to chemicals more accurately than ever before. This increased precision will enable regulators and policymakers to set more realistic, data-supported thresholds for clean-up of Superfund sites and other contaminated areas. Using state-of-the-art mass spectrometry… Read more »

US children, adults still favor sugary beverages, but low-calorie drinks gaining ground

  March 26, 2013   Sugary, higher-calorie beverages still rule among American consumers, but low-calorie drinks are quickly closing the gap in households with and without children.Those are the findings of a new study titled, “Trends in purchases and intake of foods and beverages containing caloric and low-calorie sweeteners over the last decade in the… Read more »

May, NRI researcher, awarded $5.3 million by NIAAA to study fetal alcohol disorders

March 24, 2013 The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, N.C., has received a $5.3 million grant to study fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa. The funds were awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Philip May The study will… Read more »

ESE doctoral students win first-place PARTNER awards

  March 22, 2013   Matt Woody and Pradeepa Vennam, doctoral students in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at Gillings School of Global Public Health, both won first prize recently for individual research papers submitted to the ninth annual Hartman student paper competition, sponsored by the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)…. Read more »

SRP researchers explore links between formaldehyde and epigenetic alterations

Dr. James Swenberg A collaboration between project investigators in the Superfund Research Program has helped to better understand how exposure to formaldehyde can cause significant health effects. Drs. Rebecca Fry and James Swenberg partnered to explore possible epigenetic changes resulting from formaldehyde exposure, particularly the expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) in nasal tissue, and how those… Read more »

Statewide reporting system effective in addressing prescription drug overdose epidemic

March 20, 2013 A statewide system designed to curb the number of deaths resulting from prescription drug overdose is underused but effective, according to a new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The findings, released during National Poisoning Prevention Week (March 18-23), have prompted discussion on how to promote the system’s… Read more »