Posts Categorized: Nutrition News

Developing countries’ likelihood of meeting UN hunger targets by 2015? Less than 5 percent

July 19, 2012   Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen New research published online in The Lancet suggests that developing countries have a less than 5 percent chance of meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goal target for the reduction of child malnutrition by 2015. The article analyzes trends in the weight and height of more than 7.7 million… Read more »

Child diabetes levels higher in China than in US, study finds

  July 05, 2012   A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found Chinese teenagers have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States. The rise in the incidence of diabetes parallels increases in cardiovascular risk, researchers say, and is the… Read more »

School welcomes new faculty members, announces promotions

July 10, 2012 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period from January to June 2012.   Promotions during the period include: Jamie Bartram, PhD, Holzworth Distinguished Professor, environmental sciences and engineering, effective May 1; Marisa Domino, PhD, professor, health policy and management, effective June… Read more »

New understanding of cell metabolism yields promising target for new lymphoma therapies

July 03, 2012   A research team led by scientists at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that two interrelated metabolic processes – involving sugar utilization and fatty acid synthesis – contribute to cell proliferation in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells.   The finding is significant in… Read more »

Stepped-care intervention results in weight loss at lower cost

  June 27, 2012   Dr. Deborah Tate A customized weight loss program may cost less to implement – despite having similar results – than a traditional weight loss program, according to a study published in the June 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “Most weight loss programs are intense… Read more »

U.S. DOD funds study to explore relationship of obesity and development of ovarian cancer

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study “Preclinical and Clinical Investigations of the Impact of Obesity on Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis.”   The study, which begins in… Read more »

Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

June 25, 2012   Lauren McCullough A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.   Published early online in Cancer, a… Read more »

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study published June 12 in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).   The study analyzed inflammatory responses in rats fed different diets:… Read more »

New study finds dramatic rise in diabetes among American teens

June 25, 2012   Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Diabetes rates rose by nearly 25 percent among American teens in the last decade, according to new data presented by UNC researchers at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting held earlier this month in Philadelphia.   Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition in UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women over 50, study finds

June 21, 2012   Dr. Cynthia Bulik Eating disorders are commonly seen as an issue faced by teenagers and young women, but a new study found that age is no barrier to disordered eating. In women ages 50 and over, 3.5 percent report binge eating, nearly 8 percent report purging, and more than 70 percent… Read more »