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Maternal and Child Health News

MCH Research Exhibit

    Students from Maternal and Child Health participate in monthly research exhibit In the most recent of its monthly poster displays, the Office of Research recognized the efforts of thirteen participating individuals or teams from the Department of Maternal and Child Health. An awards ceremony on Monday, April 23 particularly commended three research posters,… Read more »

APHA Fellow

Echerd Chosen as APHA Fellow Leslie Echerd, second-year master’s student in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and research assistant at the Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, has been chosen as an American Public Health Association (APHA) Maternal and Child Health Section Fellow for 2006-07. She is one of… Read more »

Sandra Martin named Associate Dean for Research

September 06, 2007 Sandra Martin, PhD Dean Barbara K. Rimer has appointed Sandra Martin, PhD, to be Associate Dean for Research at the School of Public Health. Dr. Martin has been a professor and associate chair for research in Maternal and Child Health since 2004. As leader for the School’s Office of Research, the associate… Read more »

Pregnancy may increase the risk of developing binge eating disorder

September 06, 2007 Pregnancy may open a window of vulnerability for developing binge eating disorder, especially for women from lower socio-economic situations, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and colleagues in Norway. In a long-term study of 100,000 pregnant Norwegian women, the researchers saw an unexpected increase… Read more »

School faculty and staff recognized for service to Humphrey Fellowship Program

August 29, 2007 Two UNC School of Public Health faculty members have received teaching awards and another eight were recognized for their service as advisors to the 2006-2007 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, based in the UNC Department of Public Policy. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries of Africa,… Read more »

Estrogen protects pregnant women from choline deficiency

August 17, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Steven Zeisel Young women are less likely than men or post-menopausal women to suffer liver or muscle damage from a deficiency of the nutrient choline, according to a new study led by Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished University professor of nutrition in the UNC School of Public… Read more »

Child abuse, neglect rise dramatically when Army parents deploy to combat

August 01, 2007 Confirmed incidents of child abuse and neglect among Army families increase significantly when a parent is deployed to a combat zone, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. Dr. Sandra Martin and Dr. Lawrence Kupper, professors… Read more »

2007 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card gives mixed results

July 25, 2007 The good news: more women in North Carolina are being screened for cancer and infectious diseases, fewer women are dying from heart disease and stroke and the number of women who smoke has dropped substantially. The bad news: barriers to health care are worsening for poor and minority women. About 16 percent… Read more »

Research shows upgraded equipment at child care centers improves health

July 06, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Jonathon Kotch Children and staff at child care centers stay healthier when better equipment is available for diaper-changing, hand-washing and food preparation, according to an article published this week in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Jonathan Kotch, MD, professor of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Labbok stresses importance of breastfeeding in United Nations Radio report

June 25, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Miriam Labbock Giving mother’s milk to infants within the first hour of life protects them against hypothermia and initiates a biological flow that leads to successful, exclusive breastfeeding for the next six months–a practice that can help save millions of lives, said Miriam H. Labbok, MD, MPH, director of… Read more »