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Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential ebola vaccines, treatments

Oct. 31, 2014 In the war against Ebola, one important hurdle has just been cleared – by a mouse. A study published online Oct. 30 in Science magazine details how researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their colleagues have developed a new genetic strain of mice that will significantly improve… Read more »

New research center will explore ways to encourage healthy food choices

October 29, 2014 A new center will combine the expertise of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among the 50 million Americans receiving federal food benefits. The Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR… Read more »

Elevated arsenic in Mexico’s drinking water poses health risks for pregnant women, infants

October 27, 2014 Millions of people around the world drink water with levels of inorganic arsenic that exceed standards set by the World Health Organization. A new Gillings School of Global Public Health study highlights that certain populations, including pregnant women and newborn children, are especially vulnerable when exposed to increased levels of arsenic. In… Read more »

Withholding certain foods from children may lead to weight gain, study finds

Oct. 22, 2014 Many parents believe the best way to prevent their children from becoming obese is to limit their intake of calories or withhold particular types of foods altogether. However, a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill challenges this belief. The study supports growing evidence that, in the long… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Study: Daily tasks can get sedentary workers closer to national physical activity guidelines

October 9, 2014 People with deskbound or sedentary jobs who have difficulty finding time to work out still can meet national guidelines for physical activity as long as they engage in other active daily tasks. Those are the findings of a new study from researchers at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Epidemiology alumnus studies ways to optimize pediatric antiretroviral therapy

Oct. 9, 2014 A new study helps clinicians weigh immunologic benefits against viral failure risks when timing the administration of antiretroviral therapy for children who are HIV-positive. Dwight E. Yin, MD, MPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s epidemiology department and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri at… Read more »

Alumna helps develop app to personalize heart disease risk

October 8, 2014 Reprinted from newswise.com Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk factors, that advice can get lost easily, given the amount of information covered during a routine… Read more »

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention awarded $3.75M to conduct prevention research

October 7, 2014 The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received a $3.75 million cooperative agreement to renew its status as a Prevention Research Center (PRC) through 2019. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding will help UNC researchers conduct innovative prevention research… Read more »

Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of myBCrisk.org, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,… Read more »