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Study finds tensions between medical homes and being patient-centered

November 12, 2015 A study co-authored by a UNC Gillings School of Public Health researcher and published Oct. 9 in the journal Social Science & Medicine describes how North Carolina incorporated case management for low-income pregnant women and young children into the state’s Medicaid managed care network. Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal… Read more »

Gordon-Larsen awarded $2.5M grant to study whether microbiome links Western diet, cardiometabolic risk

November 11, 2015 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a $2.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project, “Transition to a Western diet and cardiometabolic risk: Biomarkers derived from the microbiome.” While recent work through the NIH Human Microbiome… Read more »

New SARS-like virus can jump directly from bats to humans, no treatment available

Findings provide an opportunity to develop drugs and vaccines for coronaviruses before they emerge from animals to cause a human epidemic November 9, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new bat SARS-like virus that can jump directly from its bat hosts to humans without mutation. However, researchers… Read more »

Study finds U.S. household food-shopping patterns shifting over time

November 2, 2015 Historically, nutrition programs and policies have focused on the need to build supermarkets in underserved areas in an effort to improve dietary quality in those communities. However, a recent study sheds more light on shifting household food-shopping patterns in the United States, and may bring changes to this traditional programmatic approach. Dalia… Read more »

Walmart’s healthier food initiative did not improve healthfulness of purchases, study finds

November 2, 2015 In recent years, more food retailers – including Walmart, Kroger and Safeway – have introduced initiatives to help consumers make healthier choices. Three researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have conducted the first independent evaluation of whether a retailer-based healthier foods initiative actually improved the types and nutritional… Read more »

The key to drilling wells with staying power in the developing world

What happens after a well is drilled, fitted with a hand pump, and a community celebrates having access to clean water for the first time? Nearly half of them break down within a year. Where communities lack the capacity, resources, training, and support to repair such breakdowns, many of these wells may be rendered unusable… Read more »

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 »