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May 9, 2014 In 2000, the State of North Carolina launched “Into the Mouths of Babes,” a program designed to promote dentists and physicians using an interdisciplinary approach to reducing cavities in young, low-income children. The program has led to a significant increase in the number of children under four years old receiving preventive dental… Read more »

May 8, 2014 Mexico has some of the world’s highest levels of both childhood and adult obesity, and a new study from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may have identified one of the main culprits – sugary beverages. The study, titled “Caloric beverages were major sources of energy among children and adults… Read more »

May 8, 2014 Digging a well or accessing water through pipes does not necessarily mean a household in the developing world will have safer drinking water than if they used more traditional – and traditionally unprotected – water sources. In fact, fecal contamination still occurs in about 25 percent of water from improved sources. These… Read more »

May 8, 2014 Philip Downs, doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School and research scientist at RTI International, in Washington, D.C., is lead author of an article published April 29 in the journal, Trends in Parasitology.  The article describes the use of incentives given to volunteer distributors of drugs to prevent… Read more »

May 5, 2014 In a new study, researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and other national and international institutions have taken the first steps toward developing a roadmap that may help scientists narrow down the genetic cause of numerous diseases. Their work also sheds new light on… Read more »

May 5, 2014 In a study that included data from more than three million children and adolescents from diverse geographic regions of the United States, researchers found that the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increased significantly between 2001 and 2009, according to the study in the May 7 issue of the Journal… Read more »

May 5, 2014 One third of all children affected with febrile urinary tract infections suffer from vesicoureteral reflux, a condition in which the urine flows backward into the kidneys from the bladder.  A new study, co-authored by a researcher from The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that children with… Read more »

May 1, 2014 Antidepressant therapy has long been associated with increased risk of suicide in people under 25. There has not been a clear reason why some drugs are more likely than others to have this result and why only a subset of the young adult population is vulnerable. A collaboration of researchers at The… Read more »

April 30, 2014 About forty percent of the people who contract the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) will die during the course of the infection.  Given the recent increase of diagnosed cases in the Middle East (which recently has surged above 400 cases) and the lack of vaccines and therapeutics, researchers are… Read more »

April 23, 2014 A study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health offers the first statewide evidence that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in North Carolina have poorer health than their straight counterparts in the state. The disparities are reported in “A Profile of North Carolina Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Health… Read more »