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Baric and other UNC researchers team up to find new target for dengue virus vaccine

Feb. 26, 2014 Creating a vaccine that protects people from all four types of dengue virus has frustrated scientists for decades. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a new target for human antibodies that could hold the key to a vaccine for the world’s most widespread mosquito-borne disease. Using an experimental technique… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

UNC study explores impact of glucose uptake on inflammatory processes related to obesity

Feb. 5, 2014 A recent study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health provides insight into the biochemical processes through which increased sugar intake may play an integral role in the promotion of obesity-related insulin resistance. The study’s senior author is Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the Gillings School… Read more »

Men in US and UK undergo testosterone therapy without clear medical need, study finds

Jan. 30, 2014 If the warnings on the Viagra commercials haven’t given you pause (who would wait four hours before calling a doctor?), maybe you wouldn’t be deterred by ads for a new testosterone supplement. The high-speed voice-over on the supplement ad warns about prostate and breast cancers in men and the danger of one’s… Read more »

Better eating habits, not bad economy, stabilized obesity rates, study finds

Jan. 23, 2014 All those people who’ve been telling us for years that we should eat more healthy foods and cut our calories – stop, take a moment, and celebrate. It appears that we actually listened. A new, extensive study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read more »

Ward, Linnan funded by NHLBI to improve health of child-care workers

 Jan. 21, 2014 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have received a five-year, $3.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health, to test an intervention aimed at increasing child-care-givers’ levels of physical activity. Co-principal investigators for the study are Dianne Ward, EdD, professor… Read more »

UNC research demonstrates ‘guided missile’ strategy to kill hidden HIV

Jan. 9, 2014 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have deployed a potential new weapon against HIV – a combination therapy that targets HIV-infected cells that standard therapies cannot kill. Using mouse models that have immune systems composed of human cells, researchers led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD, professor of medicine… Read more »

Public health research, programs focus of visit to UNC-Chapel Hill by NC’s legislative leaders

Jan. 9, 2014 Improving water access during droughts, timely, effective care for stroke victims and strategies to keep rural hospitals open and financially solvent were only some of the topics discussed with legislative leaders at an informational session held at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health on… Read more »

Out-of-pocket costs play major role in treatment adherence for cancer patients

Jan. 6, 2014 The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient’s share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina. Using data from health plan claims for the… Read more »

Frequent smoking in gay and lesbian movies may help LGBTs take up the habit

Jan. 6, 2014 The ways LGBT people are portrayed in the movies may contribute to higher rates of tobacco smoking among lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) people, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study finds. Led by Joseph Lee, MPH, health behavior doctoral student at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »