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Surratt receives James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award

October 9, 2015 Jason Surratt, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the 2016 James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award. The award is named after James Morgan, PhD, the first Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T). It recognizes the contributions of… Read more »

Action items address opportunities, challenges in global noncommunicable disease research

October 9, 2015 Two out of three deaths worldwide are attributable to noncommunicable diseases (NCD). No country is unaffected by this class of illness, which presents an unprecedented global health challenge. Lindsay Jaacks, PhD, alumna of the Department of Nutrition, and Racquel Kelly Kohler, PhD, alumna of the Department of Health Policy and Management, both… Read more »

Prenatal exposure to cadmium associated with increased risk of pre-eclampsia

October 6, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have demonstrated for the first time an association between levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the placenta during pregnancy and increased risk of the mother developing pre-eclampsia. The researchers also examined interactive effects of essential metals selenium and zinc with pre-eclampsia… Read more »

Rural hospitals in states that did not expand Medicaid may face financial vulnerability

October 6, 2015 Policy makers may need to formulate strategies for maintaining access to care for rural populations in Medicaid nonexpansion states, finds a new study by three researchers associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study appears in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. Kristin L. Reiter, PhD, is… Read more »

Community shows heart health through photo research project

October 5, 2015 People in at-risk communities see heart health as more than just physical health according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health that was published in the most recent issue of Preventing Chronic Disease. “The project really illustrated how community members feel about cardiovascular… Read more »

Student-led fitness program helps UNC staffers to improve health

October 1, 2015 UNC Fitness Breaks is a student- and volunteer-led worksite wellness program for the housekeeping and groundskeeping staffs at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program, which encourages individuals to adopt an active lifestyle, provides 10- to15-minute fitness sessions to help staff members avoid injury by building muscle strength and… Read more »

UNC named by WHO as lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives

October 1, 2015 The United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO) has named the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as its academic partner to help coordinate research needed for implementation of a bold new strategy aimed at saving the lives of millions of women, children and adolescents across the world within the next 15… Read more »

GO NAP SACC, initiative to improve children’s health habits, to be piloted in 5 states

September 30, 2015 Go NAP SACC is an online tool that helps child-care programs in North Carolina foster healthy eating and physical activity habits in young children. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP), which administers the program, has selected to pilot it over the next… Read more »

NIH funds UNC for pediatric patient-reported outcomes consortium

September 28, 2015 Bryce Reeve, PhD, professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, has received a $2,936,800, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of its Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic Disease (PEPR) Consortium. The grant is shared with Duke University where Laura Schanberg, MD, is the co-P.I. According to NIH,… Read more »

Review finds global trends in food consumption have impact upon cardiovascular disease

September 28, 2015 More than 80 percent of cardiovascular disease deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. There are few data, however, on the impact of diet on cardiovascular disease in these countries. In May 2014, the World Heart Federation consensus conference met in Ontario, Canada. Global scholars in the field worked to create an… Read more »