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One year later: Berkeley’s ‘Soda Tax’ significantly reduced sales of sugary drinks

April 18, 2017
A new study found that a 2015 tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) implemented by Berkeley, Calif., resulted one year later in a drop in SSB purchases and an increase in purchases of non-sweetened beverages, including water. The study, co-led by Drs. Barry Popkin and Shu Wen Ng, and researchers at the Public Health Institute of Oakland, Calif., was published in PLOS Medicine.

Gillings researchers find further evidence that bats may be evolutionary source of MERS

April 13, 2017
A collaborative team including researchers from the Gillings School has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the MERS coronavirus originated in bat populations.

Ten-year study shows steady increase in Type 1, Type 2 diabetes in US youth

April 13, 2017
A study co-led by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the yearly rate of newly diagnosed cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in youth increased significantly and steadily in the years between 2002 and 2012, especially among Hispanic youth.

Oberlander’s ‘Perspective’ considers reasons for failure of Obamacare repeal

April 6, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, in a New England Journal of Medicine ‘Perspective’ article, discusses why the initial effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was such a monumental failure.

Cancer burden will shift for people with HIV in US, study finds

April 6, 2017
Epidemiology doctoral student Jessica Islam worked with researchers at the NCI and CDC to find that the total number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the U.S. is projected to decrease through 2030. Islam and colleagues attribute the lowered cancer risk to widespread treatment with antiretroviral therapies.

Aggressive breast cancer grows faster in obese environment

April 4, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition report that the environment surrounding breast cancer cells also drives the disease.

Fourth annual GillingsX talks draw record crowd

March 27, 2017
The fourth annual GillingsX event, hosted by the Student Global Health Committee on March 23, highlighted students’ global health research experiences. The format is modeled after the TED talks, which aim to deliver an important idea in a short, interesting presentation.

Preterm births more common in mothers who are cancer survivors

March 24, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols and epidemiology student Chelsea Anderson were co-authors of a study that found women who were diagnosed and treated for cancer during their childbearing years more commonly gave birth prematurely – and to babies whose weights were below normal. Their findings were published in JAMA Oncology.

Television ads associated with increase in testosterone testing and new use, study finds

March 21, 2017
An increase in television ads for testosterone therapies is associated with increased testosterone testing, new use of testosterone therapies, and use of the therapies without appropriate testing, according to a study led by the Gillings School’s Dr. Bradley Layton.

UNC researchers study impact of traffic-related particulate matter upon premature mortality

March 20, 2017
UNC environmental researchers including Dr. William Vizuete have found that previous research may have underestimated premature mortality due to particulate matter from traffic emissions.