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Eureka!: beaker briefs

Beaker Briefs

Research highlights from the desk, lab and field in 50 words or less

By Marcene Robinson (BA ’13)

person brushing teeth

Obese children with Type 2 diabetes are likely to have poorer oral health than normal-weight or obese children without the disease. The first-of-its-kind study was conducted by an interdisciplinary UB research team. Their next step: exploring whether better dental care after diagnosis can buck the trend toward increased periodontal disease.

Led by: Pediatric endocrinology researcher Lucy Mastrandrea (PhD ’99, MD ’99)

Orange Slices

For years, health experts have advised that children with elevated blood lead levels eat diets high in iron, calcium and vitamin C to bring their lead levels down. But a UB researcher found that, under scrutiny, the thin science behind the “lead diet” snaps like a No. 2 pencil.

Led by: Epidemiology and environmental health researcher Katarzyna Kordas

e-tablet

The future of therapy is online. A UB study will use telemedicine to bring a childhood obesity clinic to 144 families in rural Kansas, engaging them in group therapy through video chat. Each household will undergo family-based treatment, allowing researchers to reach children whose condition could have otherwise gone untreated.

Led by: Counseling, school and educational psychology researcher Myles S. Faith