Research News

Nov. 8, 2013 The United States has just radically remade its health care system with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “ObamaCare.” Yet the country’s training and integration of health care professionals remains moribund, stuck in outdated models that rely on a cobbled-together lattice of uncoordinated efforts that vary from… Read more »

Oct. 30, 2013 Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance – an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.   As this nutrient enrichment increases, coupled with warmer… Read more »

Oct. 30, 2013   Timothy Carney, PhD, MPH, MBA, assistant professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a two-year research supplement award of $296,654 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).   The NCI supplements are aimed at promoting diversity in health-related research programs.   The parent… Read more »

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 »

Oct. 15, 2013 A new study of middle-aged women finds that those who report being satisfied with their body size are healthier and better-functioning but still may be dissatisfied with other aspects of their appearance, especially those affected by aging.   The study, co-authored by Cynthia Bulik, PhD, professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings… Read more »

Oct. 3, 2013   Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor in the department of maternal and child health and senior investigator at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a three-year, $5.5M award from the U.S.  Health Resources and Services… Read more »

Oct. 1, 2013   Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and interim chair of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $7 million grant to fund a full-scale trial to test the effectiveness of her Flexible Lifestyles (FL3X) program. The program is designed to… Read more »

Sept. 26, 2013   Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named to the National Research Council’s committee, “Design and Evaluation of Safer Chemical Substitutions – A Framework to Inform Government and Industry Decisions.” The Council is under the auspices of… Read more »

Sept. 23, 2013   A new study finds that reducing greenhouse gas emissions – key to slowing global climate change – also will decrease outdoor air pollution and may save the lives of more than two million people annually in the future. Further, when examined in monetary terms, these benefits to human health are shown… Read more »

Sept. 22, 2013   Adaptation is the secret to survival, so living organisms learn to be quick on their proverbial pseudopods. A virus’ skills in adapting and reproducing, however, can be lethal for its animal and human hosts, and epidemiologists must be just as agile in understanding ways a virus can replicate and change. A… Read more »