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Maternal and Child Health News

March 21, 2014 Pending university approvals, Carolyn Halpern, PhD, will be appointed interim chair of the UNC Gillings School of Global Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, effective July 1. Halpern, professor and currently vice-chair of the department, will replace Herbert Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor and current chair. Peterson is stepping down after… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

Feb. 5, 2014 Colleen Bridger, PhD, Orange County (N.C.) health director, received the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors’ Health Director of the Year award on Jan. 22. The recognition is given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public health in the state and for leadership and involvement in local community and… Read more »

Jan. 27, 2014 Tooth Talk, a new, interactive website that gives early childhood educators and child-care providers information that will help them prevent early childhood tooth decay, launched today. The launch coincides with National Children’s Dental Health Month in February. A collaboration of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North… Read more »

Dec. 26, 2013 Researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine and Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine have completed two studies that found that periodic meetings with an IBCLC supported women, who are traditionally resistant to breastfeeding, to succeed and to increase breastfeeding intensity for at least for… Read more »

Dec. 17, 2013 The prestigious British Medical Journal has published a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers that found numerous pregnancies reported by self-described virgins in The United States since the mid 1990s. The researchers, led by a team from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, discovered 45 “virgin pregnancies”… Read more »

Nov. 18, 2013 Smisha Agarwal, first-year doctoral student in maternal and child health at the Gillings School, was an invited speaker at the ninth annual World Islamic Economic Forum, held in London Oct. 29-31. More than 2,600 leaders of business and politics, from about 20 countries, attended the conference, the theme of which was “Changing… Read more »

Oct. 15, 2013   We’ve all heard it before: seatbelts save lives. For pregnant women, seatbelts could mean saving at least one life now and another in the very near future. That’s the conclusion from an exhaustive study of 878,546 pregnant drivers between 16 and 46 years old, conducted by researchers at The University of… Read more »