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Race-related factors add to African-American men’s hesitancy to seek help for health problems

July 14, 2016 Men are less likely than women to seek help for health issues because they believe help-seeking is not “masculine,” research has shown. As a result, men in the United States have shorter lives and are more at risk for chronic diseases than are women. African-American men, however, face additional barriers to seeking… Read more »

Powell selected for Aspen Institute Fellowship, will join entrepreneurial leaders mobilized to improve US health care

July 14, 2016 Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected July 12 to receive one of the Aspen Institute’s second annual Health Innovators Fellowships. The Institute, a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas, is an educational and policy studies organization… Read more »

Peer support engages disadvantaged, ‘hardly reached’ people and benefits their health

July 7, 2016 A recent study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that peer support is an especially effective strategy for helping people not easily reached by conventional prevention and health-care initiatives. The systematic review, published online May 19 in the July issue of the American Journal of Public… Read more »

Chen to represent Gillings School as 2016 Point Scholar

June 28, 2016 The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, has announced its 2016 Scholars. May Chen, doctoral student of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Janssen Therapeutics Point Scholar. Chen is one of 22 students hailing… Read more »

Weight gain prevention program shows some success in modifying weight-related behaviors among community college students

June 27, 2016 A two-year, technology-based intervention to prevent weight gain among young adults in community college effectively reduced consumption of fast food and improved overall weight-related behavioral patterns. The intervention was less effective in changing specific behaviors, including physical activity and sleep. These findings and more are the results of the Choosing Healthy Options… Read more »

Lightfoot selected for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program

June 23, 2016 Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 10 faculty members at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. The scholars will develop projects in partnership with community… Read more »

Few adults aware of chemicals in cigarettes, study finds

June 22, 2016 Adults in the United States have little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke, though many of them report having looked for information about the composition of tobacco products. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that… Read more »

Cancer survivors with negative attitudes about social support may have lower quality of life

June 15, 2016 Cancer survivors who have been treated with stem cell transplants generally need to rely on their partner, family, friends and others for a successful recovery. Some survivors have negative attitudes about using their social network, however, and that reluctance may be decreasing their quality of life. These negative attitudes, collectively referred to… Read more »

Study examines peer support narratives written by cancer survivors for patients currently undergoing treatment

June 8, 2016 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may guide the development of methods that will help caregivers and peer counselors provide effective advice to patients undergoing an arduous cancer treatment without undermining the patients’ coping efforts or worsening their emotional distress. Yael Symes, MSPH, doctoral… Read more »

Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

June 6, 2016 Affixing pictures on cigarette packs to illustrate the dangers of smoking increased attempts by smokers to quit, according to the findings of a University of North Carolina study published online June 6 by JAMA Internal Medicine. Reducing smoking is a top public health priority because it is a leading cause of preventable… Read more »