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Plasma Biomarker of Dietary Phytosterol Intake

February 10, 2015

Abstract Dietary phytosterols, plant sterols structurally similar to cholesterol, reduce intestinal cholesterol absorption and have many other potentially beneficial biological effects in humans. Due to limited information on phytosterol levels in foods, however, it is difficult to quantify habitual dietary … Continued

TAS2R Bitter Taste Receptors Regulate Thyroid Function

January 31, 2015

Abstract Dysregulation of thyroid hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine (T3/T4) can impact metabolism, body composition, and development. Thus, it is critical to identify novel mechanisms that impact T3/T4 production. We found that type 2 taste receptors (TAS2Rs), which are activated by … Continued

eHealth Researcher Spotlight: Dianne Ward & Laura Linnan

January 23, 2015

CARE: Caring and Reaching for Health A Worksite Wellness Program for Child Care Staff UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s dynamic duo, Dianne Ward, Professor of Nutrition, and Laura Linnan, Professor of Health Behavior, have teamed up on a … Continued

Signature: Dr. Amanda Staiano

November 28, 2014

Dr. Amanda Staiano’s surprising prescription for fighting adolescent obesity? Video games. Staiano completed a study, aptly named Klub Kinect, where teen girls played Xbox Kinect dance “exergames” as a way to get fit. Exergames are active video games that require … Continued