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Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers, study finds

March 9, 2015 You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a first-of-its-kind study reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, the research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic materials from our parents – i.e., the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other… Read more »

More tobacco retailers in LGB neighborhoods may explain smoking disparities

March 5, 2015 Same-sex couples are more likely to live in areas that have high levels of access to tobacco products, according to researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study – “Is there a relationship between the concentration of same-sex couples and tobacco retailer density?” – published online March 5… Read more »

Local health department staffing, services contribute to reduction in infant mortality rate, study finds

March 5, 2015 A clear relationship exists between full-time equivalent staffing, the provision of services for women and children, and a reduction of between 1 to 2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in North Carolina, according to a paper published online Feb. 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. Anna Schenck, PhD, director… Read more »

Coalitions, alliances and… silos? Identifying patterns in public health collaboratives

March 4, 2015 Public health collaboratives (PHCs) bring together diverse partners to apply multi-systemic tactics to public health outcomes. Given the reality of scarce resources and the interdisciplinary nature of public health, this type of interorganizational approach has great value. A recent study poses a question, however: within such networks, do member organizations self-segregate according… Read more »

Cilenti studies impact of financial downturn, budget cuts on health services for North Carolina’s women and children

March 3, 2015 A study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has examined the impact of North Carolina state budget cuts upon maternal health service use and outcomes among Medicaid-enrolled pregnant women in the state. Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health and adjunct professor of… Read more »

Recent alum, Pepper, awarded for outstanding research on e-cigarettes

February 19, 2015 Jessica Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral research associate at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Outstanding Dissertation Award. She will be recognized at a ceremony at the Society’s annual meeting April 22-25 in San Antonio, Texas. “Jessica is… Read more »

Chronic narcotic use elevated in children with IBD, study finds

February 18, 2015 Chronic narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), compared with children without the disease, according to a new study led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study, “Prevalence of Chronic Narcotic Use Among Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease,”… Read more »

ESE’s Coronell and Noble receive $1.68M in UNC system grants related to water

Feb. 13, 2015 The University of North Carolina General Administration has awarded six three-year grants totaling nearly $9 million to support game-changing faculty research in areas of strategic importance to the state. Each of the funded projects involves partners from two or more UNC campuses. Orlando Coronell, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

Largest-ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthens genetic links to obesity

February 12, 2015 There are many reasons why two people with the same diets and exercise regimens can gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now, an international collaboration of scientists, including several from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine, has… Read more »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »