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Combination of obesity and a common human infection may increase anxiety levels

June 22, 2016 Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States, with obese people having higher rates of anxiety than non-obese people. Data from a recent study reveal that this increased anxiety may be caused by an interaction between obesity and a very common human infection, which results… Read more »

Kiyah Duffey: Empowering families to make healthful choices

May 27, 2016 Together with Lisa Sutherland, PhD, a fellow alumna of the Gillings School’s nutrition department, Duffey founded a company that aims to promote healthy lifestyles for families. Announcing… Kizingo! The company’s flagship product is a toddler spoon that helps children succeed at self-feeding. The idea for the spoon originated during Duffey’s years at… Read more »

Metabolic reprogramming of white blood cells controls inflammation in fat

May 11, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have found that it is possible to control inflammation in fat tissue by manipulating the presence of a specific metabolic protein in a type of white blood cell called a macrophage. This metabolic reprogramming may provide a crucial strategy for weakening the… Read more »

Gillings School bachelor’s students graduate as Buckley Scholars

May 10, 2016 Twenty of the 217 seniors who graduated on May 8 as Buckley Public Service Scholars were students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Buckley Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework in… Read more »

Nutrition faculty member awarded $228K to study cholesterol and prostate cancer

May 9, 2016 Emma Allott, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Professor John Fitzpatrick Research Fellowship, a three-year grant award of more than $228,000, to investigate the role of cholesterol in prostate cancer. The award, part of a unique transatlantic cancer research collaboration, was… Read more »

UNC Gillings School celebrates its graduates; Dr. Dennis Gillings delivers commencement address

May 7, 2016 You – and your parents – will be glad to hear that public health is one of the fastest-growing professions in the country. The major investment in your education will stimulate a rewarding career and improve people’s lives. In 2014, total health care employment was more than 12 million. Undergraduate degrees in… Read more »

Popkin honored with World Obesity Federation award

May 6, 2016 Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected to receive the World Obesity Federation’s 2016 Population Science and Public Health Award. Popkin accepted the accolade – and presented a plenary talk – at the Federation’s 13th International Congress on… Read more »

JAMA Study: Two specific methods prevented weight gain in young adults for three years

May 2, 2016 A new study co-authored by a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researcher found two specific diet and exercise strategies prevented weight gain and obesity among young adults over a sustained three-year period. The multi-site study, published online May 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine, focused on young adults between the 18 and… Read more »

Professor will use new UNC Gillings ‘Borrow-a-Bike’ Program during commencement weekend

April 26, 2016 “I’m considering getting myself cloned,” laughed Alice Ammerman, DrPH. Ammerman, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has a dilemma – albeit a delightful one – regarding her schedule for May 7. Four of Ammerman’s… Read more »

Increased saturated fat intake linked to aggressive prostate cancer

April 20, 2016 Eating a diet higher in saturated fat — a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese — was linked to more aggressive prostate cancer, found a study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The preliminary results were… Read more »