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Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

December 17, 2014 ’Tis the season to be burning synthetic fire logs, but a new study from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reports that using these prepackaged fireplace staples also could increase the chances of developing breast cancer. Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the Gillings School, is first author of the… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

HPM alumna appointed Hawaii’s DHS director

December 11, 2014 Gillings School alumna Rachael Wong, DrPH, has been appointed director of Hawaii’s Department of Human Services, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Her appointment was announced Dec. 3 by Hawaii’s Gov. David Ige. Wong most recently has served as vice president and chief operating officer of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, where she leads… Read more »

Oberlander’s NEJM commentary: Supreme Court holds power to undo Affordable Care Act

December 10, 2014 The Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010 as part of the most significant reorganization of the U.S. health-care system since Medicare’s introduction in 1965. Its supporters saw it as a way to provide access to health care for nearly 47 million uninsured, to allow… Read more »

Adjunct professor Rosenberg killed in plane crash

December 9, 2014 Michael Rosenberg, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology and of maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Dec. 8 when his small plane crashed near Montgomery County Airpark in Gaithersburg, Md. “We were shocked and saddened to hear of Michael Rosenberg’s untimely passing,” said Andrew… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »

NCIPH grant aimed at helping consumers make healthier food choices in hospitals and grocery stores

December 5, 2014 The N.C. Institute for Public Health, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently won a $135,000 award from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) to identify and assess marketing strategies… Read more »

UNC awarded $2.5M NIEHS grant to study indoor air pollution

December 5, 2014 Two Gillings School of Global Health faculty members are part of a University of North Carolina research team that received a $2.5 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) grant to study the relationship of indoor air pollutants, health and poverty in Rwanda. Leena Nylander-French, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and… Read more »

Aiello and Albrecht elected as Carolina Population Center fellows

December 2, 2014 Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology, and Sandra Albrecht, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition, both at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been elected as faculty fellows of the Carolina Population Center (CPC). The CPC is a community of outstanding scholars and professionals associated to create new knowledge about… Read more »