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Commentary calls for better documentation of wartime attacks on health-care facilities and patients

July 14, 2016 In an article published online July 4 in the journal Medicine, Conflict and Survival,  UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examine the complex and disturbing pattern of health-care professionals being targeted in war zones. Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, Gillings School alumnus and research adviser for conflict prevention and disaster preparedness… Read more »

Holmes appointed director of UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research

July 8, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is pleased to announce that George “Mark” Holmes, PhD, has been appointed as the new director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, one of the oldest and largest academic health services research centers in the United States. “With his record… Read more »

Peer support engages disadvantaged, ‘hardly reached’ people and benefits their health

July 7, 2016 A recent study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that peer support is an especially effective strategy for helping people not easily reached by conventional prevention and health-care initiatives. The systematic review, published online May 19 in the July issue of the American Journal of Public… Read more »

Mexico’s household consumption of junk food declined following 2014 nonessential food tax

July 5, 2016 The first large-scale study of a ‘junk food tax’ enacted in Mexico has revealed that purchases of taxed food items declined during the first year of implementation by 5.1 percent more than what would have been expected based on pre-tax trends. This change is especially significant in Mexico, where the prevalence of… Read more »

Unprecedented alliance of scientists, physicians, health advocates agree: Toxic chemicals are hurting brain development

July 1, 2016 An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. Stephanie M. Engel, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three NC regions

June 28, 2016 Across North Carolina, the risk of death from the most common form of acute leukemia in adults was significantly higher in three regions of the state, according to a retrospective study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology… Read more »

Replacing just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day with water can prevent weight gain

June 28, 2016 A new study by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that replacing even one daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) such as soda with water could result in a meaningful reduction in caloric intake and associated weight gain. The study co-authors are Jennifer Poti, PhD, research… Read more »

Newly discovered regulatory link between cells could lead to novel cancer therapies

June 28, 2016 Researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have identified the mechanism by which p53 – an important cellular protein, also known as the tumor suppressor and regulator of cellular metabolism – functions in the cell. This newly discovered mechanism could potentially be targeted for the development of future cancer… Read more »

Weight gain prevention program shows some success in modifying weight-related behaviors among community college students

June 27, 2016 A two-year, technology-based intervention to prevent weight gain among young adults in community college effectively reduced consumption of fast food and improved overall weight-related behavioral patterns. The intervention was less effective in changing specific behaviors, including physical activity and sleep. These findings and more are the results of the Choosing Healthy Options… Read more »

Few adults aware of chemicals in cigarettes, study finds

June 22, 2016 Adults in the United States have little awareness of the chemical components of cigarette smoke, though many of them report having looked for information about the composition of tobacco products. In a study published in the journal BMC Public Health, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggest that… Read more »