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No ‘magic bullet’ to improve diet, stem obesity epidemic, nutrition study finds

July 14, 2011 Will people eat healthier foods if fresh fruits and vegetables are available in stores near their homes? Will they eat less fast food if restaurants are not in their neighborhoods?These and other policy interventions may be useful steps toward better public health, but no single approach alone effectively will improve Americans’ diets… Read more »

UNC tapped to lead national effort to find a cure for AIDS

July 12, 2011 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been awarded a $32 million, five-year federal grant to develop ways to cure people with HIV by purging the virus hiding in the immune systems of patients taking antiretroviral therapy. Tackling this latent virus is considered key to a cure for… Read more »

Sobsey co-authors World Health Organization report on household water treatment options

July 11, 2011 Dr. Mark Sobsey Mark Sobsey, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is co-author of a newly published World Health Organization (WHO) report, “Evaluating Household Water Treatment Options: Health-based Targets and Microbiological Performance Specifications.”   The document is the first to offer… Read more »

Children more stressed and depressed the longer their soldier parents are deployed

  July 11, 2011 The longer soldiers are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, the more likely their children are to be diagnosed with mental health issues, including depression, behavioral problems, anxiety and sleep disorders, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows.The study, published online July 4 by Archives of Pediatrics… Read more »

When to call 911? When you think someone’s having a stroke.

July 07, 2011 New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that people presumed to have had a stroke receive more rapid evaluation if they arrive at the hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) transport and if EMS has notified the hospital while in transit about the immediate need for brain… Read more »

Study: U.S. adults not just eating more, but more often

June 29, 2011 Over the past 30 years U.S. adults have been eating larger portions and eating more often, according to a new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.   The findings help illustrate that how Americans are eating contributes to the country’s obesity epidemic.   Dr. Barry Popkin “First, the… Read more »

Most parents unaware of teen workplace risks, study finds

June 28, 2011 Most parents are unaware of the risks their teenagers face in the workplace and could do more to help them understand and prepare for those hazards, according to a new study.   Previous findings have shown that about 80 percent of teens are employed during their high school years. But a study… Read more »

Survey finds ‘staggeringly high’ rate of spanking in North Carolina

June 28, 2011 A new survey finds that 30 percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year.In addition, 5 percent of North Carolina mothers of three-month-old babies say they have spanked their very young children. More than 70 percent of mothers… Read more »

ESE master’s student receives Fulbright grant for research in Canada

June 24, 2011 Pearl Kaplan, master’s degree candidate in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a Fulbright grant to conduct research in Montréal, Canada.   Pearl Kaplan Kaplan, a native of West Chester, Pa., will work with Viviane Yargeau, PhD, associate professor of chemical engineering at McGill… Read more »

Nutrition researcher’s new book sets higher standard in field of epigenetics

June 23, 2011 A new book co-edited by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher Mihai Niculescu, MD, PhD, provides a comprehensive exploration of dietary impacts on epigenetics and offers the most in-depth coverage of the subject to date.Epigenetics is the study of the mechanisms that cause inheritable genetic material to be altered without… Read more »