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Walmart’s packaged foods have become healthier, study finds; income, race still major predictors of food choices

October 27, 2015 The nutritional quality of packaged food at Walmart has improved since 2000, according to a new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. That should be good news, given that Walmart and other major retail chains are the biggest sellers of foods purchased and eaten by U.S. consumers. The… Read more »

Lee analyzes impact of electronic health records upon hospital performance

October 19, 2015 In February 2009, Congress enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology. Five years into the program, a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor conducted a study… Read more »

Retailers express mixed support for wide range of tobacco-related policies

October 19, 2015 Several researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a recent study documenting retailer opinions about tobacco control policies at the point of sale. Susan Ennett, PhD, professor and vice chair for academic affairs, Kurt Ribisl, PhD, professor, and H. Luz McNaughton Reyes, PhD, research assistant professor,… Read more »

Study finds racial, ethnic disparities in dental caries among NC kindergarten students

October 19, 2015 In a new study, a faculty member and an alumna of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health examined racial and ethnic disparities in dental caries, commonly known as “cavities,” among kindergarten students in North Carolina as well as the cross-level effects between students’ race and ethnicity and their school’s poverty… Read more »

Will work for water: BSPH student Emma Kelly conducts research in Ghana

October 15, 2015 The following article was written by Mary Lide Parker and published Oct. 5 in Endeavors magazine. Undergraduate Emma Kelly (class of 2017) is majoring in environmental health sciences in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. On a hot day in late July, Emma Kelly… Read more »

Meshnick awarded $2M CDC grant to study Lyme disease in Rhode Island

October 15, 2015 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC’s NIOSH) has awarded a four-year grant of more than $2 million to study Lyme disease prevention and exposure among outdoor workers in Rhode Island. Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

UNC study finds higher vitamin D and calcium intake does not reduce colorectal polyp risk

October 14, 2015 A large, randomized study led by a researcher in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that vitamin D and calcium supplements do not reduce the risk of colorectal adenomas, which are benign tumors that can evolve into colorectal cancer. The results, published Oct. 14 in the New England Journal… Read more »

Children with severe obesity may be at higher risk for heart disease and diabetes

October 13, 2015 More than 3 million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk for developing heart disease and diabetes than are overweight children, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, published Oct…. Read more »

Action items address opportunities, challenges in global noncommunicable disease research

October 9, 2015 Two out of three deaths worldwide are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). No country is unaffected by this class of illness, which presents an unprecedented global health challenge. Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, alumna of the Department of Nutrition, and Racquel Kelly Kohler, PhD, alumna of the Department of Health Policy and Management, both… Read more »

Prenatal exposure to cadmium associated with increased risk of pre-eclampsia

October 6, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have demonstrated for the first time an association between levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the placenta during pregnancy and increased risk of the mother developing pre-eclampsia. The researchers also examined interactive effects of essential metals selenium and zinc with pre-eclampsia… Read more »