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Families with preschoolers purchasing fewer high-calorie beverages

July 18, 2014 Families with young children are purchasing fewer high-calorie drinks, a behavior that may explain, in part, the recent stalling and potential reversal of childhood obesity trends in the U.S. This is among the findings of a new study, “Are food and beverage purchases in households with preschoolers changing?,” led by Christopher Ford,… Read more »

National Prevention Council’s annual report details prevention initiatives

July 14, 2014 The National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council released its 2014 annual report on July 1. The report describes the goals of the Council’s National Prevention Strategy and outlines developments and progress made toward those goals. “The National Prevention Strategy is all about making healthy choices the easy choices,” said Elizabeth… Read more »

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

July 11, 2014 Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). The winning poster was based on the paper, “Viral Suppression in HIV Studies: Combining Times… Read more »

Linnan to study workplace health in McDowell County

July 10, 2014 A partnership with North Carolina’s McDowell County will enable Laura Linnan, ScD, professor of health behavior at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), to study workplace health in the county. In collaboration with the McDowell County Health Coalition’s… Read more »

Study confirms impact of HIV and malaria upon maternal mortality in Mozambique

July 8, 2014 A new study confirms the extent to which infectious diseases contribute to maternal mortality in Mozambique and the need to increase coverage of maternal health services focused on HIV and malaria. Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research assistant professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

Literature review finds barber shops, beauty salons to be effective venues for promoting health education

July 7, 2014 Barbershops and beauty salons have long been seen as excellent venues for handing out health information and increasing community awareness. But how effective are these settings at getting the word out and improving health outcomes? Laura A. Linnan ScD, professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health… Read more »

Popkin, Heiss, Li among most-cited researchers

July 3, 2014 Three Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members are among the most-cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences, according to data collected by Thomson Reuters. They are Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology; Yun Li, PhD, assistant professor of biostatistics and of genetics (UNC School of Medicine);… Read more »

UNC Gillings faculty member is PI of $180M USAID grant

July 1, 2014 James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $180 million award for the Carolina Population Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development… Read more »

Study in mice finds weight loss reduces progression of basal-like breast cancer

June 30, 2014 Obesity, epidemic in the U.S. and worldwide, is one of the important modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, especially a particularly aggressive subtype called basal-like breast cancer (BBC). Population studies have suggested that lifestyle interventions, including weight loss, could prevent a large proportion of this type of cancer; however, data on the… Read more »

Powell’s NIH grant will address substance use in young adult black men

June 30, 2014 Wizdom Powell, PhD, assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study how neighborhoods and daily stress affect substance abuse by black men. The five-year award is for $775,602. Powell’s research has focused upon a number of… Read more »