Posts Categorized: Maternal and Child Health News

NCIOM task force addresses early childhood obesity

Sept. 10, 2013   Researchers from the Gillings School of Global Public Health participated this week in a task force convened by the N.C. Institute of Medicine to develop strategies targeting obesity in children from birth to age five. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, nutrition professor and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease… Read more »

NRI studies: Nutrition in early life may minimize effects of fetal alcohol exposure

July 31, 2013   Two recently published studies report prevalence data about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa and find that negative consequences of prenatal exposure to alcohol may be lessened if a child is provided with adequate nutrition and appropriate cognitive and behavioral stimulation in his or her first seven years of… Read more »

Research evaluates overdose death definitions used in statistics, suggests revision

July 09, 2013   According to national statistics, deaths from drug overdose have increased consistently since the early 1990s. New research, however, suggests that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve closer examination.   Dr. Nab Dasgupta Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, 2013 epidemiology alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, worked with colleagues… Read more »

UNC offers global opportunities for Gillings School students

June 25, 2013   Thirteen students from Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded financial support to work and study abroad, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced.   UNC’s Center for Global Initiatives presented eight of the awards, which were funded through private gifts to the UNC Global Education… Read more »

Study analyzes children’s gut bacteria; finds promise that early intervention might prevent disease

June 07, 2013 For every cell in our bodies that makes us human, 10 bacteria ride along to help determine how healthy a human we become. Most of them live in our intestines.Scientists, who have identified about 10,000 species of gut bacteria, are beginning to discover the intricate relationships between those microbes and how their… Read more »

Foster, former Gillings School faculty member, dies May 14

May 21, 2013 Dr. E.M. Foster Edward Michael Foster, PhD, professor of health care organization and policy at University of Alabama-Birmingham’s School of Public Health, died on May 14. From 2005 to 2011, Foster was professor of maternal and child health and of health policy and management at The University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

Innovation + Inspiration Award presented to Cianciolo

May 17, 2013 Sandra Cianciolo, MPH, was selected this spring as recipient of the 2013 Innovation + Inspiration for Staff Award, an accolade sponsored by the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Research and Innovation Solutions office. Sandra Cianciolo, left, and Dr. Herbert Peterson, maternal and child health chair, greet colleagues at the award presentation…. Read more »

Gillings students reach out and teach at UNC’s third annual Science Expo

April 26, 2013   About 10,000 people from across North Carolina attended the 2013 Science Expo, held April 13 on the campus of The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The annual event is part of the N.C. Science Festival, a multi-day celebration hosted by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which showcases the… Read more »

UNC team takes first prize at global health case competition

April 19, 2013 An interdisciplinary team of graduate students, some of whom attend Gillings School of Global Public Health, won first prize at the Triangle Global Health Case Competition, held April 13.   Gillings students PhuongGiang Nguyen (health policy and management) and Mariamu Mases-Amadi and Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan (maternal and child health) were members of the… Read more »