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BIO5 Faculty Dr. Haijiang Cai, lead a team of UA neuroscientists in a new study which shows that multiple neurons within the brain come together to regulate the need to eat and feeling of fullness, or satiety.
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A study has been initiated by Hendrix Genetics and GenetiRate, a US based start-up founded by UA Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences associate professor and BIO5researcher Dr. Benjamin Renquist, to apply a new technology that has the potential to measure the feed conversion rate of rainbow trout. The ability to select trout with significantly improved feed conversion would mean farmers would gain the benefit of increased growth rate while maintaining feed intake.
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Ovarian cancer is relatively rare, striking 1 out of 78 women, but is also one of the deadliest cancers, with only 44% of patients surviving five years past their diagnosis. After their disease goes into remission, many patients worry the cancer will return. Many clinicians advise patients to make positive changes in diet and exercise, as these choices lay a foundation for good health overall.
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Dr. Patricia Stock, Interim Director of the UA School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, BIO5 member, and UA Entomology Professor, has discovered compounds derived from Photorhabdus, an insect pathogenic bacterium, that have antimicrobial and nematicidal properties that can potentially replace chemical pesticides.
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A colorful veggie garden does more than draw attention, a variety of colorful food in one’s diet adds nutritional value .“Colors imply certain bioactive compounds that are common,” says Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dr. Cynthia Thomson, BIO5 member and Director of the UA College of Public Health’s Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion.
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The newest cohort of Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy fellows have been announced. BIO5's Dr. Melanie Hingle, is one of the four fellows, and will dedicate her fellowship time to developing a model of diet-sensitive disease prevention for food insecure populations in partnership with colleagues at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and El Rio Community Health Center.
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Here are three easy-to-swallow tips for changing your cancer risk through dietary choices from Dr. Cynthia Thomson, BIO5 researcher and Professor in the College of Public Health.
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Sustainable agriculture has become ever more important as global leaders try to answer the question of how to feed a world population approaching 10 billion. "That would be the equivalent of adding another China and another India to our planet in terms of population," says Joel Cuello, BIO5 member and UA researcher looking for answers, in the form of vertical farming.
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Some people go on diets to lose weight, but what if there's a diet that could help save your life? Researchers at the UA, led by BIO5 member Dr. Donato Romagnolo, say eating a "Mediterranean diet" reduces the risk for cancer.
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BIO5 members Donato Romagnolo, PhD, and Ornella Selmin, PhD, of the UA Cancer Center and College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, delve into current research to examine how the Mediterranean diet is connected to the prevention of several chronic diseases, including colorectal cancer and breast cancer.
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Dr. Yann Klimentidis, BIO5 member and genetic epidemiologist at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, received a $115,000 grant for research into lipedema.
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New research conducted by a team of researchers under BIO5 Institute's Dr. Monica Kraft may hold hope of relief for those suffering from debilitating chronic inflammation.
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A UA research team has found that turmeric, a spice known for it's anti-inflammatory properties, is as effective for treating arthritis as some pharmaceuticals. The team, led by Dr. Janet Funk, member of the BIO5 Institute, is now moving the project from the laboratory to patient testing.