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Veterans’ care for PTSD not hindered by co-occurring substance use disorders

March 20, 2017
A study led by Dr. Alyssa Mansfield (Damon) found that veterans with more than one substance use disorder were not hindered from receiving outpatient specialty post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment or sufficient psychotherapy. Findings were published online March 1 in the journal Psychiatric Services.

New survey will determine whether and how Zika affects Americans’ travel

March 16, 2017
Dr. Jim Herrington is collaborating with RTI International to survey Americans about whether the threat of contracting Zika virus is affecting their spring and summer travel plans.

UNC Gillings School Study: ‘No Fat,’ ‘No Sugar’ no guarantee of nutritional quality

March 15, 2017
Terms such as “no fat” or “no sugar” on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they purchase, but these claims rarely reflect the actual nutritional quality of the food. These are the findings of a new study led by Dr. Lindsey Taillie and published online March 15 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Nutrition professors contribute chapters to Eating Disorders and Obesity text

March 2, 2017
Drs. Cynthia Bulik, June Stevens and Deborah Tate wrote chapters in the third edition of Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Comprehensive Handbook, published this year by The Guilford Press.

Study validates a survey tool to assess patient-centered communication in cancer care settings

March 2, 2017
Dr. Bryce Reeve and colleagues at RTI found supporting evidence for the reliability of a survey instrument that assesses patient-centered communication in cancer care settings. Their findings were published Feb. 10 in Patient Education and Counseling.

Youth with Type 2 diabetes more likely to have significant complications later in life

February 28, 2017
A new report, co-authored by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in JAMA, indicates that adolescents and young adults with Type 2 diabetes bear a significantly higher burden of potential diabetes-related complications – especially among minority youth with this disease – than do their peers with Type 1 diabetes.

Among women, poor blacks in the south bear greatest burden of HIV, study finds

February 23, 2017
Alexander Breskin and Drs. Adaora Adimora and Daniel Westreich are co-authors of a PLOS ONE study that identifies U.S. counties in which the prevalence of HIV is high among women, as compared to men. Black women from poor areas in the South face a disproportionately high burden of HIV.

Hookah smoking seen as emerging public health threat in Kurdish region of Iraq

February 23, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Anant Kumar describe hookah smoking in the Kurdish region of Iraq as an emerging public health threat. The ongoing armed conflict, economic distress and easy availability of tobacco contribute to the problem.

Sugar-sweetened beverage purchases declined in two years after Mexican ‘soda tax’ passed

February 21, 2017
A new study by nutrition researchers Drs. Shu Wen Ng and Barry Popkin — and their collaborators in Mexico — found that Mexico’s tax on sugary beverages caused the purchase of those beverages to decline during the second year of the tax. Earlier research had shown an immediate decrease in purchases in the tax’s first year. The study is published in the journal Health Affairs.

Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment

February 20, 2017
By 2020, legal marijuana sales in the U.S. will generate more annual revenue than will the National Football League. However, growing the plant has serious repercussions for the environment, according to a new study by Dr. William Vizuete and a U.K. colleague.