Research News

New study adds further guidance about when to start antiretroviral therapy for HIV

September 26, 2011 Share   One of the key decisions faced by people living with HIV — and by their health care providers — is when to start treatment. Some recent studies have found that starting highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) earlier is better. Now a new study led by researchers at the University of… Read more »

HBHE students inform public about danger of cell phone use while driving

September 26, 2011 Share   Graduate students from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education developed and presented a public talk at the Chapel Hill, N.C.,Town Hall on Sept. 12, describing their research about the dangers of cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. Yael Filossof, doctoral… Read more »

Statewide program helps mental health consumers quit tobacco, improve wellness

September 22, 2011 Share   Individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness are among the people most likely to smoke, with tobacco-related diseases a main cause of death for people living with severe and persistent mental illness. Yet, few services exist to help those wanting to quit smoking through the mental health system. Joseph… Read more »

Irene helps UNC researchers hone forecasts

September 19, 2011 Share   Rick Luettich, ScD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was featured recently in a UNC research spotlight. We have reprinted the feature here. Hurricane forecasts soon may be more accurate than ever, thanks to UNC researchers. While tracking Hurricane Irene, the scientists… Read more »

Licensing programs reduce deaths among youngest drivers but could do more to help older teens

September 15, 2011 Share   Do graduated driver’s licensing programs save lives? The answer is a resounding “Yes” for younger teen drivers (16- to 17-year-olds), according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. However, they say that research is needed to improve these programs for older teen drivers (18- to 19-year-olds)…. Read more »

Nutrition Research Institute hailed as leader in nutrigenomics

September 13, 2011 Share   The Sept. 12 issue of Time magazine features an article by Dr. Mehmet Oz, surgeon, author and talk show host, which describes his dietary recommendations for optimal health. In the article, Oz recognizes the UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) as a “leader in the growing field of individualized nutrition, studying… Read more »

Mexican immigrants’ diets raise risks of obesity, heart disease

September 01, 2011 Share   Despite the abundance of Hispanic food options, Mexicans who migrate to the United States choose to adopt most of the “American diet,” which may put their health at risk, a new study shows. Some of the changes are good. Many Mexicans in the U.S. consume more fruits and vegetables, low-fat… Read more »

Child-care facilities can do more to promote preschoolers’ healthy eating and physical activity

September 01, 2011 Share   What children eat and how physically active they are can shape their eating and activity habits as adults. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recently published research that evaluates research describing opportunities and strategies to prevent obesity among preschool-age children in child-care settings. Dr. Dianne Ward… Read more »

Millikan and partners awarded $19.3M by NCI to study breast cancer in African-American women

  August 26, 2011 Share   Robert Millikan, PhD, DVM, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will partner with scientists from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Boston University to conduct the most ambitious study to date of breast cancer among younger African-American women. Data… Read more »

Excess weight as a young adult predicts an earlier death

  August 24, 2011 Share   Those extra pounds many people carry at age 25 may shorten their lives, even if they slim down when they’re older. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study appearing this month in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds those who are overweight during young adulthood are likely… Read more »