Posts Categorized: Research News

Study finds health disparities among North Carolina’s sexual minorities

April 23, 2014 A study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health offers the first statewide evidence that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in North Carolina have poorer health than their straight counterparts in the state. The disparities are reported in “A Profile of North Carolina Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Health… Read more »

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

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 with the School. The students are alumnus Paul… Read more »

Repellent-treated clothing reduces tick bites by 80 percent, study finds

April 17, 2014 People who work outdoors are at high risk for tick-borne diseases.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers excellent recommendations for people who work outdoors to avoid tick bites – including wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking pants into boots or socks, spraying your skin and clothing with… Read more »

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

April 7, 2014 A new University of North Carolina finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary. The study, published online April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics, found that all classes of obesity in U.S. children have increased over the last 14 years. Perhaps most troubling,… 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 »

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… 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 »

Older women with breast cancer experience temporary declines in health-related quality of life

March 28, 2014 A new study finds that women 65 and older who are treated for breast cancer initially experience declines in physical and mental health, compared to similar women without cancer, but the declines generally wane after 12 months. The findings imply that older women should be informed they are more vulnerable to declines… 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 »