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Nutrition professor studies relationship of flu immunity to obesity

May 13, 2015 A May 12 article about the work of nutrition researcher Dr. Melinda Beck, written for Endeavors magazine by Susan Hardy, is excerpted below. The complete article is available on Endeavors’ website. The 2014–2015 flu season was a tough one, says Melinda Beck, PhD, professor and associate chair of the nutrition department at… Read more »

Gillings School alumna investigates why NC teachers have trouble breathing in their classrooms

May 13, 2015 Kim Gaetz, PhD, who earned a doctorate in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2014, was featured in a May 7 article in Endeavors, UNC’s research magazine. The article, by Ashita Gona, is reprinted in part below. Read the complete article on Endeavors’ website. Dr. Kim Gaetz discovered… Read more »

UNC and GSK announce novel partnership to accelerate search for HIV cure

May 12, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a leading global public research university with significant expertise in HIV basic and clinical research, and GSK, a global, research-based pharmaceutical and health-care company with a legacy of success in developing treatments for HIV, announced on May 11 the establishment of a dedicated HIV… Read more »

Study finds testosterone injections carry greater risk of adverse effects than gels, patches

May 11, 2015 A recent study led by faculty at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that testosterone injections are associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular events, stroke, hospitalization and death compared with testosterone gels or patches. Testosterone use has increased considerably in the United States (U.S.), United Kingdom… Read more »

Water Institute at UNC WaSH report reveals leaders in water, sanitation progress

El Salvador, Niger, and Pakistan are performing better in improving water and sanitation for their citizens than industrial giants like Russia and Brazil according to the new WaSH Performance Index developed by The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The new index was released… Read more »

A picture is worth a thousand words: UNC finds images on cigarette packs warn more effectively than text

May 6, 2015 Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. The results, published May 6 in the journal Tobacco Control, follow growth in the use of picture-based… Read more »

Gillings School to collaborate on HIV disparities research in Central America

May 5, 2015 The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health is a sub-contractor and the only United States university partner in a cooperative agreement just signed between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). The title of… Read more »

Alumnus’ research on antibiotics has implications for infant health in African countries

May 4, 2015 Adrien Lokangaka, MD, MPH, 2014 graduate in maternal and child health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has published research that may make better use of scant medical resources in African countries and save the lives of infants with bacterial infections. Lokangaka, a Rotary Peace fellow, is a member of… Read more »

Five-year heart health study shows promise in eastern NC

April 28, 2015 A long-term study out of Lenoir County, North Carolina, has found promising possibilities for reducing cardiovascular disease risk in the eastern part of the state. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,… Read more »

Biostatistics research recognized as ‘Top 10’ by Clinical Research Forum

April 27, 2015 The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), housed within the biostatistics department at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the data-coordinating center for the Randomized Intervention for children with Vesicourteral Reflux (RIVUR) trial that recently received a Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award for 2015. The awards, presented by… Read more »