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Sugary drinks likely linked to escalating obesity in Mexico

May 8, 2014 Mexico has some of the world’s highest levels of both childhood and adult obesity, and a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may have identified one of the main culprits – sugary beverages. The study, titled “Caloric beverages were major sources of energy among children and adults… Read more »

Study finds large increase in Type 1 and 2 diabetes among US youth

May 5, 2014 In a study that included data from more than three million children and adolescents from diverse geographic regions of the United States, researchers found that the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increased significantly between 2001 and 2009, according to the study in the May 7 issue of the Journal… Read more »

Public health undergrads inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

April 29, 2014 Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 176 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members. Awardees from the Gillings School of Global Public Health include: Kevin Chu (environmental health sciences) Garrison Gordon (environmental health sciences) Sarayu Kumar (environmental health sciences) Karina… Read more »

Nutrition student selected as UNC’s ‘Tar Heel of the Month’

April 29, 2014 Lindsey Smith, doctoral student in nutrition epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been recognized by the UNC Office of the Dean of Students as April’s “Tar Heel of the Month.” Smith is actively engaged in service, mentorship and leadership at UNC and in the wider Triangle community…. Read more »

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated… Read more »

Bentley elected to Consortium of Universities for Global Health board

April 9, 2014 Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition and associate dean for global health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. “Peggy’s election to the board is a testament to the very… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Burden of diabetic ketoacidosis still unacceptably high, study finds

April 1, 2014 SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, a multi-center, multi-ethnic study of childhood diabetes, is the largest surveillance effort of diabetes among youth under the age of 20 conducted in the United States to date. The study covers five locations across the country where about 5.5 million children live. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and… Read more »

Obesity is modifiable risk factor for ovarian cancer, study finds

March 31, 2014 Ovarian cancer tumors in obese mice grew to nearly three times the size of tumors in non-obese mice, researchers discovered in a recent study. Their findings, published in the April issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology, revealed insight into the reasons why. The research team, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor… Read more »

Bulik leads multinational anorexia genetics project

March 27, 2014 Cynthia Bulik, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the UNC School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, has been named lead investigator of the largest and most rigorous genetic initiative in eating disorders ever undertaken. The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative… Read more »