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High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of myBCrisk.org, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,… Read more »

Obesity is modifiable risk factor for ovarian cancer, study finds

March 31, 2014 Ovarian cancer tumors in obese mice grew to nearly three times the size of tumors in non-obese mice, researchers discovered in a recent study. Their findings, published in the April issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology, revealed insight into the reasons why. The research team, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor… Read more »

Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

March 17, 2014 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1. Olshan also has served in significant leadership roles at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Most recently, in 2012, he… Read more »

Previous physical activity may have impact upon success of in vitro fertilization

March 17, 2014 Women who are more physically active in the year before in vitro fertilization increase their chances to have a successful pregnancy, according to a study led by Kelly R. Evenson, PhD, research professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Evenson and a team of co-researchers presented the… Read more »

ESE master’s student develops chemical risk assessment interface

March 13, 2014 The following article, by Sara Mishamandani, is reprinted from the March 2014 issue of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ newsletter, Environmental Factor. The NIEHS article contains additional information, including a recording of Shapiro’s webinar tutorial. Andy Shapiro, a Master of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

Determining reliability of triclosan measures in pregnant women

March 13, 2014 Rounding up a large number of research subjects to come to the lab to give a urine specimen can be a daunting task. Asking them to come back repeatedly to give more specimens over several weeks usually results in some of the subjects not showing up or perhaps dropping out of the… Read more »

Data from MapMyFitness app place physical activity into neighborhood context

March 12, 2014 As an increasing number of Americans turn to technology in order to monitor and manage their health, researchers have discovered an innovative way to use one of these tools for evaluating public policy and improving access to physical activity. In “Emerging Technologies to Promote and Evaluate Physical Activity,” Kelly R. Evenson, PhD,… Read more »

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

March 3, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Awardees included Steve Cole, PhD  (epidemiology),… Read more »