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For N.C. breast cancer patients, insurance type and distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

July 28, 2016 Women were less likely to have breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy if they had Medicaid or Medicare rather than private insurance or if they lived 10 or more miles from a plastic surgeon’s office, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study has found. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant… Read more »

Labbok chosen for international association’s award for excellence in breastfeeding research

July 27, 2016 Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, was selected for the 2016 Journal of Human Lactation Patricia Martens Award for Excellence in Breastfeeding Research, presented by the International Lactation Consultant Association at the association’s general meeting, held July 19-23 in Chicago. Labbok, until recently Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at… Read more »

Purchases of highly processed foods are lower among African-American and Hispanic households than among white households, study finds

July 27, 2016 A new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that, compared with white households, both African-American and Hispanic households had lower total purchases of highly processed and ready-to-eat convenience foods. Their overall grocery store purchases of packaged foods had differing nutritional qualities, as well. The study researchers, all… Read more »

Care4Moms project to address needs of mothers with medically fragile babies

July 27, 2016 An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received nearly $900,000 in federal funding to identify and address the needs of mothers with medically fragile infants. The funding will support Care4Moms, a three-year study of this vastly understudied group. Researchers will collect data on the… Read more »

UNC Gillings Study: Antibodies from Dengue fever survivors can be used to prevent Zika infection

July 26, 2016 Antibodies derived from patients who survived Dengue fever can be used to fight the Zika virus now and potentially open the door for the development of a Zika therapeutic treatment in the not too distant future. Those are among the findings of a new study led by researchers at the University of… Read more »

Gillings School student worked to improve women’s health in Zambia

July 21, 2016 This article, compiled and written by Jamie Gnazzo, first appeared July 7 on the UNC Global website. Jane Chaffee didn’t realize her passion for public health until she was working at her first post-college job. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Chaffee accepted a… Read more »

Christine Kim, Gillings School doctoral student, receives Boren Fellowship

July 21, 2016 Christine Kim, a doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Fellowship. This scholarship supports certain fields of study, particularly languages, which have been identified as critical to United States national security. Valued at up to $30,000, Boren… Read more »

Sullivan elected to US Breastfeeding Committee’s board of directors

July 20, 2016 Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, LDN, acting director of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and the Institute’s director of training, has been elected to the board of directors of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She will begin service on the board at a USBC members’… Read more »

Gordon-Larsen to chair NIH study section on kidney, nutrition, obesity and diabetes

July 18, 2016 Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will become chair of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD) study section. Gordon-Larsen began her term as chairperson on July 1, and will serve in the role through June 30, 2018…. Read more »

Biostatistics’ Tan wins award for best paper in Canadian statistics journal

July 18, 2016 Xianming Tan, PhD, research associate professor of biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Statistical Society of Canada’s Canadian Journal of Statistics Award for his paper, “Variable selection and inference procedures for marginal analysis of longitudinal data with missing observations and covariate measurement error,” published online… Read more »