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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 »

Rural hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid may face financial vulnerability

October 6, 2015 Policy makers may need to formulate strategies for maintaining access to care for rural populations in Medicaid nonexpansion states, finds a new study by three researchers associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study appears in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Kristin L. Reiter, PhD, is… Read more »

Community shows heart health through photo research project

October 5, 2015 People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health that was published Oct. 1 in Preventing Chronic Disease. “The project really illustrated how community members feel about cardiovascular health,” said… Read more »

UNC named by WHO as lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives

October 1, 2015 The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents across the world within the next 15… Read more »

Review finds global trends in food consumption have impact upon cardiovascular disease

September 28, 2015 More than 80 percent of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. There are few data, however, on the impact of diet on cardiovascular disease in these countries. In May 2014, the World Heart Federation consensus conference met in Ontario, Canada. Global scholars in the field worked to create an… Read more »