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Maternal and Child Health News

MCH doctoral student gives talk at World Islamic Economic Forum

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 »

Seatbelts are pregnant drivers’ best bet to prevent auto injuries, study finds

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 »

Dr. Weathers to serve on National Advisory Council on Migrant Heatlth

Andrea Weathers MD, MPH, DrPH, MCH Assistant Professor, has accepted the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael O. Leavitt, to serve a 4-year term on the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. The Council advises the Secretary on policies to increase the effectiveness of migrant health centers in delivering primary… Read more »

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 »

MCH student awarded Rotary Club grant to train volunteer doulas

July 10, 2013   Stacey Klaman, master’s student in maternal and child health at Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a $1,000 grant from The Rotary Club of Chapel Hill to train local women as volunteer doulas at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Doulas provide non-medical support to women and their… 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 »