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Many parents’ infant-feeding, TV and activity practices increase obesity risk

March 17, 2014 Most parents included in a new study reported some infant feeding and activity behaviors that are believed to increase a child’s risk for obesity later in life. Asheley C. Skinner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is a co-author of… Read more »

Previous physical activity may have impact upon success of in vitro fertilization

March 17, 2014 Women who are more physically active in the year before in vitro fertilization increase their chances to have a successful pregnancy, according to a study led by Kelly R. Evenson, PhD, research professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Evenson and a team of co-researchers presented the… Read more »

Determining reliability of triclosan measures in pregnant women

March 13, 2014 Rounding up a large number of research subjects to come to the lab to give a urine specimen can be a daunting task. Asking them to come back repeatedly to give more specimens over several weeks usually results in some of the subjects not showing up or perhaps dropping out of the… Read more »

Data from MapMyFitness app place physical activity into neighborhood context

March 12, 2014 As an increasing number of Americans turn to technology in order to monitor and manage their health, researchers have discovered an innovative way to use one of these tools for evaluating public policy and improving access to physical activity. In “Emerging Technologies to Promote and Evaluate Physical Activity,” Kelly R. Evenson, PhD,… Read more »

Study measures toxic metal levels in children residing in Vietnamese smelting village

March 12, 2014 Recycling car batteries by smelting them into lead ingots may recharge a community’s economy, but a study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health indicates that the resulting exposure to toxic metals can affect children who live near the smelters. The research team included Jonathan Kotch, MD, MPH, professor,… Read more »

Gillings appointed by UK’s prime minister to accelerate diagnosis, treatment, cure for dementia

March 10, 2014 Dennis Gillings, PhD, has been appointed by United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to serve as World Dementia Envoy. In that role, Gillings will establish and lead a World Dementia Council to raise funds for research toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Gillings, founder and executive chair of Quintiles,… Read more »

Baric and other UNC researchers team up to find new target for dengue virus vaccine

Feb. 26, 2014 Creating a vaccine that protects people from all four types of dengue virus has frustrated scientists for decades. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a new target for human antibodies that could hold the key to a vaccine for the world’s most widespread mosquito-borne disease. Using an experimental technique… Read more »

NHLBI’s newly-released ‘Data Book’ outlines Hispanic, Latino health and lifestyle habits

Feb. 25, 2014 A comprehensive health and lifestyle analysis of adults from a range of Hispanic and Latino origins shows that this segment of the U.S. population is diverse, not only in ancestry, culture and economic status, but also in the prevalence of several diseases, risk factors and lifestyle habits. Data were derived from the… Read more »

UNC study explores impact of glucose uptake on inflammatory processes related to obesity

Feb. 5, 2014 A recent study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health provides insight into the biochemical processes through which increased sugar intake may play an integral role in the promotion of obesity-related insulin resistance. The study’s senior author is Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the Gillings School… Read more »

Men in US and UK undergo testosterone therapy without clear medical need, study finds

Jan. 30, 2014 If the warnings on the Viagra commercials haven’t given you pause (who would wait four hours before calling a doctor?), maybe you wouldn’t be deterred by ads for a new testosterone supplement. The high-speed voice-over on the supplement ad warns about prostate and breast cancers in men and the danger of one’s… Read more »