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Energy expenditure while playing video games

Deborah F. Tate, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Health Behavior and Health Education, and Nutrition, is interested in how our behavior affects our health. Sedentary behavior is one of the main contributors to decreased energy expenditure and is a contributor to being overweight. “Screen time”, or time spent watching TV or playing video games, is... Read more »

New genomic test may guide breast cancer treatment

February 09, 2009 Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new genomic test designed to help clinicians predict which breast cancer patients are most likely to survive the disease and which treatments may be most effective in increasing those chances of survival.J.S. Marron, PhD, Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor of... Read more »

Doctors don't need several obesity measures to predict heart failure

January 30, 2009 <p”> Doctors and other health care professionals are aware that a person’s risk of heart failure increases as body weight goes up. However, they don’t need to measure patients’ waists or hips to help reduce the risk for heart failure, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s... Read more »

Walking throughout adulthood may impact long-term weight gains

December 15, 2008 Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen In a 15-year study of leisure walking patterns, Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, and colleagues have found that regular walking helps counteract age-related weight gain. The study findings are published online in the Dec. 3 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.  Gordon-Larsen, associate professor of nutrition at the University... Read more »

Innovative Tool to Measure Air Pollution

November 19, 2008 An estimated 50,000 people die in the United States each year due to breathing fine particles in outdoor air. Previous instruments developed to measure exposure to fine particles have proven expensive, intrusive, and cumbersome. These tools, called active samplers, require a pump that attaches to the subject’s waistband and a source of... Read more »