Nutrition, Diet, and Health
August 27, 2015 | Research News
UGA research links borderline personality traits with lowered empathy
Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.
August 19, 2015 | General News
New Fresh Food Bus takes riders from campus to farmers market
A new on-campus bus route will take riders from the University of Georgia campus to the Athens Farmers Market at Bishop Park this fall. The Fresh Food Bus will operate each Saturday (excluding UGA home football game Saturdays) through Dec. 19.
August 5, 2015 | Research News
Catching a cold: Researchers identify new techniques for diagnosing respiratory abnormalities
Coughing and sneezing that often indicates the flu could be traced to a rare genetic disorder related to cilia, the small hairs that protrude from cells throughout the human body.
August 4, 2015 | Research News
Study finds state policies influence vaccination, disease outbreak rates
Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases—like whooping cough and measles—according to a new study from the University of Georgia.
July 27, 2015 | Research News
Study will explore taste changes related to obesity, gastric bypass surgery
Currently, one of the most effective surgical methods for treating obesity is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, which limits the amount of food and drink that can be ingested at one time and the amount of calories and nutrients absorbed through the intestinal tract. An unintended side effect of RYGB is that it reduces the patient's taste for sweet and fatty foods-but there is no scientific explanation for why these taste changes occur.
July 23, 2015 | General News
U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary visits UGA to promote healthy eating
About 1.8 million Georgians depend on government assistance to feed their families. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services visited Athens to see how the university is working within the community to make it easier for those families to eat healthier.
July 20, 2015 | Events on Campus
Media advisory: USDA to visit local food partners to focus on increasing SNAP access
Kevin Concannon, United States Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, will tour local food programs at the University of Georgia's UGArden, Clarke Middle School's Summer Garden, West Broad Community Garden, Campus Kitchen and Athens Farmers Market on July 22 to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for SNAP clients.
July 15, 2015 | Research News
UGA researchers develop breakthrough tools in fight against cryptosporidium
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed new tools to study and genetically manipulate cryptosporidium, a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis. Their discoveries, published in the journal Nature, will ultimately help researchers in academia and industry find new treatments and vaccines for cryptosporidium, which is a major cause of disease and death in children under 2 years old.
July 7, 2015 | Research News
Study finds high-fat diet changes gut microflora, signals to brain
According to a recent study, eating foods high in fat—good-tasting french fries, for example—changes the populations of bacteria innate to flora in the digestive tract, or gut, and alters signaling to the brain. The result: People no longer recognize that they are full, which can cause overeating, a leading cause of obesity.
July 2, 2015 | General News
St. Mary’s, GRU/UGA Medical Partnership welcome first residents
The Internal Medicine Residency Program, a joint effort of the Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and St. Mary's Health Care System, officially welcomed its first class of internal medicine residents.
June 30, 2015 | Research News
UGA researcher leads comprehensive international study on folate
A University of Georgia researcher is lead author on an international paper on folate biomarkers as part of an initiative to provide evidence-based guidance for the global nutrition and public health community.
June 16, 2015 | Research News
UGA researcher to look at what shapes gender identity
Researchers at the University of Georgia will partner with other universities as part of a national study on identity development in transgender populations, the largest study of its kind to date.
June 15, 2015 | Research News
Personal experience a major driver in decision for or against flu vaccination
Convincing someone to receive the annual flu vaccine goes beyond clever messaging and well-written public service announcements, new University of Georgia research finds. The study, led by UGA's Glen Nowak, outlines both the barriers and facilitators that motivate people in their flu vaccine decisions.
June 5, 2015 | Honors & Awards
Going mobile: UGA grad student to use international fellowship to develop HIV medication reminder
Dr. Jane Mutanga-Mutembo, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been awarded the 2015-2016 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship.
May 20, 2015 | Research News
Researchers identify mechanisms linking early adversity, disease later in life
Early socioeconomic adversity, such as poverty, low education and disadvantaged community, has both direct and indirect long-term effects on young adults' cardio-metabolic disease risk, according to researchers within the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.