Posts Categorized: Research News

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

April 7, 2014 A new University of North Carolina finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary. The study, published online April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics, found that all classes of obesity in U.S. children have increased over the last 14 years. Perhaps most troubling,… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… Read more »

Burden of diabetic ketoacidosis still unacceptably high, study finds

April 1, 2014 SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, a multi-center, multi-ethnic study of childhood diabetes, is the largest surveillance effort of diabetes among youth under the age of 20 conducted in the United States to date. The study covers five locations across the country where about 5.5 million children live. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and… Read more »

Obesity is modifiable risk factor for ovarian cancer, study finds

March 31, 2014 Ovarian cancer tumors in obese mice grew to nearly three times the size of tumors in non-obese mice, researchers discovered in a recent study. Their findings, published in the April issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology, revealed insight into the reasons why. The research team, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor… Read more »

Older women with breast cancer experience temporary declines in health-related quality of life

March 28, 2014 A new study finds that women 65 and older who are treated for breast cancer initially experience declines in physical and mental health, compared to similar women without cancer, but the declines generally wane after 12 months. The findings imply that older women should be informed they are more vulnerable to declines… Read more »

Bulik leads multinational anorexia genetics project

March 27, 2014 Cynthia Bulik, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, has been named lead investigator of the largest and most rigorous genetic initiative in eating disorders ever undertaken. The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative… Read more »

Many parents’ infant-feeding, TV and activity practices increase obesity risk

March 17, 2014 Most parents included in a new study reported some infant feeding and activity behaviors that are believed to increase a child’s risk for obesity later in life. Asheley C. Skinner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is a co-author of… Read more »

Previous physical activity may have impact upon success of in vitro fertilization

March 17, 2014 Women who are more physically active in the year before in vitro fertilization increase their chances to have a successful pregnancy, according to a study led by Kelly R. Evenson, PhD, research professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Evenson and a team of co-researchers presented the… Read more »

Determining reliability of triclosan measures in pregnant women

March 13, 2014 Rounding up a large number of research subjects to come to the lab to give a urine specimen can be a daunting task. Asking them to come back repeatedly to give more specimens over several weeks usually results in some of the subjects not showing up or perhaps dropping out of the… Read more »