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Rate of rural hospital closures is rising, study finds

July 20, 2015 Since 2010, the rate of rural hospital closures in the United States has increased significantly. During this period, there have been three closures in North Carolina alone. To achieve a preliminary look at recent closures, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill compared the 2009 financial performance and market… Read more »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »

Gillings School students, alumni take front and center at international epidemiology conference

July 7, 2015 UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was well represented at the recent 48th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).  Held in Denver June 16-19, the international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the School’s Department of Epidemiology, including… Read more »

Study finds low-income children benefit from preventive oral health services

July 2, 2015 Oral health services, delivered by primary care clinicians and designed to prevent dental caries (cavities) in young children, can improve the oral health of kindergartners enrolled in Medicaid, according to a new study by three researchers affiliated with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health…. Read more »

Taxes may discourage purchase of sugared and high-fat beverages in households with young children, study finds

June 24, 2015 Given the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States and globally, any measure that encourages children’s early consumption of healthier foods and drinks can only be beneficial. A new study suggests that financial incentives to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages can be such a measure. Researchers at The University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Oberlander recommended as chair of UNC social medicine department

June 4, 2015 Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor of health policy and management at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and of social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been selected to serve as chair of the Department of Social Medicine. UNC medical school dean William L. Roper, MD,… Read more »

Moulton establishes scholarship fund to honor mother, aunt

May 25, 2015 Memorial Day is always an appropriate time to remember the patriotism and service of U.S. veterans. Susanne (Sandy) Moulton, JD, MPH, adjunct associate professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Program, recently ensured that two veterans whose lives and service she greatly admires will be remembered for… Read more »

Tim Black, reproductive rights activist, dead at 77

May 14, 2015 Timothy Reuben Ladbroke Black, MD, MPH, CBE, an alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health and visionary international advocate for women’s reproductive rights and family planning services, died Dec. 11, 2014, in Sussex, England, School leaders have learned. Born Jan. 7, 1937, in Sussex, Black received a medical degree from… Read more »

Nutrition professor studies relationship of flu immunity to obesity

May 13, 2015 A May 12 article about the work of nutrition researcher Dr. Melinda Beck, written for Endeavors magazine by Susan Hardy, is excerpted below. The complete article is available on Endeavors’ website. The 2014–2015 flu season was a tough one, says Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of the nutrition department at… Read more »

Gillings School alumna investigates why NC teachers have trouble breathing in their classrooms

May 13, 2015 Kim Gaetz, PhD, who earned a doctorate in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2014, was featured in a May 7 article in Endeavors, UNC’s research magazine. The article, by Ashita Gona, is reprinted in part below. Read the complete article on Endeavors’ website. Dr. Kim Gaetz discovered… Read more »