AICR report: Strong global evidence that alcohol is bad, exercise is good for breast cancer prevention
June 21, 2017
Dr. Stephen Hursting has contributed to a new report about breast cancer risk, finding strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases the risk and vigorous exercise reduces it. Hursting helped generate a report of systematic reviews about diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer that was published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
JAMA: UNC-Cal Poly online program improves weight loss after childbirth
June 20, 2017
According to a study co-authored by Dr. Deborah Tate, an internet-based weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income women during the year following pregnancy. Photo by Mark Stosberg.
Study evaluates added sugars in packaged beverages, finds black and low-income families most at risk
June 7, 2017
Dr. Shu Wen Ng led a study that lays the groundwork for monitoring the sugar content of pre-packaged sweetened beverages and the purchases of those beverages over time. The data will be an important baseline before and after July 2018, when a federal requirement will oblige manufacturers to list “added sugars” on nutritional labeling.
Obese adults experience increased influenza risk despite being vaccinated, study finds
June 6, 2017
Melinda A. Beck, PhD, of the UNC Gillings Department of Nutrition, is the corresponding author of a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. The study found that, compared to adults of healthy weight, obese adults are twice as likely to contract the flu or a flu-like illness despite being vaccinated.
Initiatives to reduce salt in packaged foods have worked, but more can be done
June 5, 2017
Gillings School researchers have found that Americans are getting significantly less sodium from packaged foods than they did 15 years ago – but they still take in too much salt from these products.
Mayer-Davis featured in The Lancet as leader in diabetes research
June 2, 2017
Nutrition chair and distinguished professor Elizabeth Mayer-Davis is profiled in the June 1 issue of The Lancet as a leader in diabetes research.
Statins may reduce inflammation related to advanced prostate cancer risk
May 9, 2017
A study led by Dr. Emma Allott explores the relationship between statin use, inflammation and prostate cancer. Allott’s findings were published May 9 in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.
Dietary calcium-phosphorus ratio does not influence bone health in older Americans, study finds
May 8, 2017
A study by Dr. John Anderson and Gillings School colleagues, published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society, examines whether a low ratio of dietary calcium to phosphorus has an impact upon bone health of older adults in the U.S.
Physical activity helps to counteract weight gain from obesity-causing gene variant, study finds
May 4, 2017
To determine how physical activity and genetic variants related to obesity interact to affect weight gain, Dr. Misa Graff and colleagues performed genome-wide interaction meta-analyses using more than 200,000 individuals. The international study was published in PLOS Genetics.
New study explores timing of changes in blood pressure health that lead to larger disparities
April 20, 2017
African Americans and men are more likely to transition from ideal levels of blood pressure in childhood or early adulthood compared to white Americans and women, which puts them at increased risk of developing hypertension earlier in life.