Over 100 million individuals in the United States are obese,
including the very young and the very old, a condition associated
with insulin insensitivity, metabolic inflexibility, and reduced
activities of daily living.
Caffeine is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the
world and its use is increasing among children. Although considered
safe, the majority of empirical data on the effects of caffeine
have been collected in adults.
Todd C. Rideout, PhD, will test the combination of two
nutraceuticals for potential application in the prevention and
treatment of metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that
contribute to increased cardiovascular disease.
Sepsis is a leading cause of death in critical care units
worldwide. This study, led by John X. Wilson, PhD, will explore
whether something as simple as vitamin C can help reduce mortality
Mushrooms rich in vitamin D will be studied to help shed light
on their effects on people with diabetes, the usefulness of a
vegetarian vitamin D source, and how they may improve the quality
of life for older adults.