September 27, 2016 | Research News
Dental fillings raise levels of mercury in the body, UGA study says
Dental surface restorations composed of dental amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals, significantly contribute to prolonged mercury levels in the body, according to new research from the University of Georgia's department of environmental health science in the College of Public Health.
September 21, 2016 | Research News
Researcher receives $5.2 million to develop affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease
An international team of researchers led by infectious disease experts at the University of Georgia has received $5.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more accurate, affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that kills more than 50,000 people each year in Central and South America.
September 12, 2016 | General News
Faculty and students assess community health needs, get hands-on experience
An assessment of community health needs, led by University of Georgia faculty and facilitated by the UGA Archway Partnership, has contributed to a new urgent care center for one middle Georgia county and resulted in a scholarly article in the Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association.
July 26, 2016 | Honors & Awards
UGA researchers unfold advances in cardiac catheters
A graduate student in the University of Georgia College of Engineering is turning to the ancient Japanese art of origami for inspiration as he designs a novel cardiac catheter. Austin Taylor is developing a device that's small enough to fit on the tip of a catheter but expands once inside the heart to provide physicians with high-quality imaging and ablation tools.
July 21, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases
Ecologists at the University of Georgia are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a paper published in Ecology Letters, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space—can provide valuable insights about disease.
July 19, 2016 | Research News
Depression’s stigma can be a barrier to African-Americans seeking treatment, study finds
The stigma attached to mental illness creates a barrier for many seeking treatment, but it has a particularly negative impact on the help-seeking behaviors of black Americans, a small in-depth qualitative study by researchers at the University of Georgia suggests.
July 14, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists identify potential new sources of Ebola and other filoviruses
An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses-a family that includes Ebola virus. Writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they suggest that areas where many of these species overlap, notably in Southeast Asia, should be targeted for disease surveillance and virus discovery efforts.
July 6, 2016 | Research News
Not blowing smoke: Research finds medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use
Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs.
June 28, 2016 | Research News
UGA geneticist studying neural tube defects for clues to common birth defects
An assistant professor of genetics at the University of Georgia was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study neural tube defects in mice. The goal of Jian-Fu Chen's project is to understand why neural tube defects, the second most common birth defect in humans, occur.
June 20, 2016 | Research News
Silencing of gene affects people’s social lives, study shows
A team of researchers led by psychologists at the University of Georgia have found that the silencing of a specific gene may affect human social behavior, including a person's ability to form healthy relationships or to recognize the emotional states of others.
June 20, 2016 | Research News
For children with Tourette syndrome, environmental responses to tics play big role
In a study published in Child Psychiatry and Human Development, University of Georgia researchers found that environmental responses to tics in a child with Tourette syndrome play a significant role in helping or hindering that child's ability to fight the urge to tic.
June 15, 2016 | Research News
UGA graduate student receives Schlumberger Fellowship to study tuberculosis transmission
University of Georgia doctoral student María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research on tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala.
June 13, 2016 | Research News
Study finds ultrasound is reliable, inexpensive way to measure health
To explore the relationship between the percentage of fat in muscle and overall health, University of Georgia graduate student Hui-Ju Young began looking into ways to use ultrasound to measure muscle health. She had no idea her research would be based on cattle-and cuts of beef.
June 8, 2016 | Research News
Sexual transmission of Ebola likely to impact course of outbreaks
Sexual transmission of the Ebola virus could have a major impact on the dynamics of the disease, potentially reigniting an outbreak that has been contained by public health interventions, according to research by University of Georgia ecologists just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
June 6, 2016 | Research News
Just a few more bites: Defining moderate eating varies by individual, study finds
Though eating in moderation might be considered practical advice for healthy nutrition, a new University of Georgia study suggests the term's wide range of interpretations may make it an ineffective guide for losing or maintaining weight.