Apr 6, 2012 Nutritional Supplement Study Concludes at Utah State University
A clinical research study on the effects of nutritional supplementation to combat health consequences associated with Cache Valley’s poor air quality has concluded at Utah State University. The Cache Valley AIR Study, a partnership between the Center for Human Nutrition Studies at Utah State University and USANA Health Sciences, a Utah-based global nutritional supplement company, began in November 2011 with 66 participants.
Nov 28, 2011 USU studies supplement’s ability to protect lungs against inversions (SL Tribune, by Brian Maffly)
Winters in the Cache Valley get ugly when inverted temperature gradients trap particulate pollution near the ground, where it can irritate lung tissue and cause health problems. Now a Utah supplement maker is exploiting the state’s notorious inversions to test whether its products reduce inflammation and protect pulmonary function.
Oct 11, 2011 Study looks at whether vitamins can help with breathing during inversions (from KSL.com)
LOGAN — Those who live along the Wasatch Front know how bad the air quality can get. It seems the tell- tale lung irritation and scratchy throats have become an unpleasant winter tradition in recent years.
Oct 6, 2011 Could vitamins help Utahns breathe easy during inversions? (by Geoffrey Fattah, Deseret News)
LOGAN — Those who live along the Wasatch Front know how bad the air quality can get. It seems the tell-tale lung irritation and scratchy throats have become an unpleasant winter tradition in recent years.
Oct 5, 2011 Study eyes air quality, diet (from The Herald Journal, by Kevin Opsahl)
USU teams up with USANA Health Sciences to look at ways to keep people healthy through inversion
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Abby Benninghoff

Abby Benninghoff

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4815 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4815

Dr. Benninghoff received her B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Biology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1997.  She then moved to Port Aransas, Texas where she studied comparative physiology at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute with the support of an EPA Science to Achieve Results Graduate fellowship for independent environmental research.  In 2004, Dr. Benninghoff was awarded her Ph.D. for her dissertation research investigating cell communication pathways that regulate ovarian steroid hormone synthesis.  To pursue her interest in environmental toxicology, Dr. Benninghoff then relocated to Oregon State University to join the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department.  After completing early studies investigating estrogen-like effects of a new class of environmental pollutants called perfluoroalkyl acids, she was then awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship from the National Cancer Institute to investigate mechanisms of cancer prevention by the food chemical indole-3-carbinol.  Additionally, as a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Benninghoff was awarded a National Cancer Institute grant to study the influence of indole-3-carbinol on the epigenome, a potential new mechanism for cancer prevention by bioactive food chemicals.  In 2010, Dr. Benninghoff joined the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences and the Graduate Program in Toxicology as an Assistant Professor where she continues her research in toxicology and cancer prevention, with a focus on the influence of the environment on the epigenome.

Current funding

  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Utah Agricultural Experiment Station