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Gillings School researchers contribute to Hurricane Matthew recovery

June 22, 2017
An article in Endeavors magazine features environmental sciences and engineering researchers who are studying the impact of fall 2016’s Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina counties.

AICR report: Strong global evidence that alcohol is bad, exercise is good for breast cancer prevention

June 21, 2017
Dr. Stephen Hursting has contributed to a new report about breast cancer risk, finding strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases the risk and vigorous exercise reduces it. Hursting helped generate a report of systematic reviews about diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer that was published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

JAMA: UNC-Cal Poly online program improves weight loss after childbirth

June 20, 2017
According to a study co-authored by Dr. Deborah Tate, an internet-based weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income women during the year following pregnancy. Photo by Mark Stosberg.

US aid to combat malaria in Africa associated with reduced risk of childhood mortality

June 16, 2017
Funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 19 sub-Saharan African countries was associated with a 16 percent reduction in the annual risk of children dying before age five, according to a new study by health policy and management researchers Aleksandra Jakubowksi and Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy.

ACL reconstructions on the rise in US, particularly among teen girls

June 16, 2017
A new study has found that, in the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in the rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions among females 13-17 years old.

Study findings suggest some individuals are genetically more vulnerable to harm from air pollution

June 9, 2017
Findings from a study led by a doctoral student of epidemiology suggest that some individuals are genetically susceptible to experiencing especially negative effects from air pollution, even when pollution levels fall below current U.S. accepted standards.

Physician researcher calls for end to destructive practice of female genital mutilation

June 9, 2017
A commentary by Dr. Dilshad Jaff calls for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting in Iraqi Kurdistan. More public health initiatives are needed, he says, to dissuade communities from employing the practice, which has lifelong physical, psychological and public health consequences for girls and women.

Advanced cancer patients survive longer when given chance to report symptoms during treatment

June 8, 2017
Patients who receive treatment for advanced cancers commonly experience symptoms that go unreported to and undetected by clinicians. In an effort to improve patient survival and quality of life, a new study led by Dr. Ethan Basch examines the impact of patients having the opportunity to report symptoms electronically as they occur.

Study evaluates added sugars in packaged beverages, finds black and low-income families most at risk

June 7, 2017
Dr. Shu Wen Ng led a study that lays the groundwork for monitoring the sugar content of pre-packaged sweetened beverages and the purchases of those beverages over time. The data will be an important baseline before and after July 2018, when a federal requirement will oblige manufacturers to list “added sugars” on nutritional labeling.

Obese adults experience increased influenza risk despite being vaccinated, study finds

June 6, 2017
Melinda A. Beck, PhD, of the UNC Gillings Department of Nutrition, is the corresponding author of a new study in the International Journal of Obesity. The study found that, compared to adults of healthy weight, obese adults are twice as likely to contract the flu or a flu-like illness despite being vaccinated.