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February 2017

Breast Cancer Subtype Important in Deciding Impact of Folate It is generally known that folate (vitamin B9) is important in early pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in babies, because folate is needed by rapidly dividing cells (e.g., those of a developing...

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January 2017

What We're Learning about Mom's Nutrition and Alcohol Dr. Phil May’s research group at the NRI studies the prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in humans. The recent addition to the NRI faculty of Dr. Susan Smith now provides an avenue toward...

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December 2016

Mom's Diet Can Affect Development of Next Two Generations Nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy can have lasting effects across generations that impact development not only of children, but also of grandchildren. These heritable effects are linked to epigenetic...

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November 2016

Do Eggs Cause Heart Disease? Several recent studies linked increased levels of a metabolic product of dietary choline with higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (Wang  et al., 2011; Tang  et al., 2013) through a mechanism that involved gut microbiota-produced...

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October 2016

NRI Researcher Links Choline Deficiency to Impaired Brain Structure Natalia Surzenko, Ph.D., is part of a team of researchers at the UNC-Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) located on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis focusing their...

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September 2016

Cheatham Lab's B.E.R.R.Y. Study Preliminary Results As we age, we experience gradual cognitive decline as our brains process things slower and our ability to remember things decreases. Blueberries contain anthocyanins, which have been shown to effect the areas of the...

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August 2016

Unrelated Diseases Can Share Common Underlying Genetic Factors A recent study by NRI researcher Saroja Voruganti and her laboratory highlights the value of genome-wide analysis and underscores the reality that seemingly unrelated diseases often share common,...

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July 2016

The Sweet Reality of Eating Nutritious Fruits This time of year, fresh fruits abound. No matter whether the fruit you eat is fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, all of the varieties offer a plethora of flavors, colors and, most importantly, health benefits. No...

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June 2016

Cracking the connection between goes and diet could lead to future heart disease treatments Understanding the complex interplay of heredity, diet and microbes may one day lead to diets that prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. According to a recent scientific...

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May 2016

Study of Space Travelers Helps Explain Disease in the Earthbound Some inherited genetic mutations have obvious harmful effects, such as those associated with cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. Now, scientists are learning more about stress-induced effects of gene...

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