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Depression can be treated well in HIV care, study finds

July 3, 2015 With appropriate support, people with HIV/AIDS can be helped to manage their depression effectively, according to a new study co-led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. However, effective depression treatment, even when combined with brief counseling about the importance of HIV medication adherence, did not lead to… Read more »

Low-income children benefit from preventive oral health services, study finds

July 2, 2015 Oral health services, delivered by primary care clinicians and designed to prevent dental caries (cavities) in young children, can improve the oral health of kindergartners enrolled in Medicaid, according to a new study by three researchers affiliated with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health…. Read more »

SSRIs may increase fracture risk in middle-aged women without psychiatric disorders, study finds

June 30, 2015 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause. Vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS) include hot flashes and night sweats. Use of low-dose SSRIs for non-psychiatric conditions has increased over the past two decades, and SSRIs are… Read more »

ESE’s Luettich to serve as principal investigator at new Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence

June 29, 2015 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officially launched the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) on June 23, an effort made possible through a five-year, $20 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, Office of University Programs. Richard Luettich, ScD, professor of environmental sciences… Read more »

Study finds availability of parks and recreational facilities lower in some predominantly minority neighborhoods

June 26, 2015 A new study across six regions of the United States found that the availability of physical activity resources, such as parks and recreational facilities, varies by locations’ sociodemographic characteristics. The study was led by Sydney A. Jones, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »

Characklis elected to lead Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors

June 26, 2015 Greg Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). After serving the past year as President-elect, he took office as President at the June 2015 AEESP… Read more »

O’Malley, former health policy and management faculty member, passes away

June 25, 2015 Michael O’Malley, PhD, associate director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and adjunct associate professor of health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has passed away unexpectedly. Dr. O’Malley committed over 30 years of service to the state of North… Read more »

Taxes may discourage purchase of sugared and high-fat beverages in households with young children, study finds

June 24, 2015 Given the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States and globally, any measure that encourages children’s early consumption of healthier foods and drinks can only be beneficial. A new study suggests that financial incentives to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages can be such a measure. Researchers at The University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Early menarche may influence aggressive breast cancer in African-American women

June 18, 2015 Early age at menarche, or first menstrual cycle, could play a role in the disproportionate incidence of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancers diagnosed among African-American women, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study is a result of a multicenter collaborative research… Read more »

Stuebe, breastfeeding expert, named Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding at UNC

June 17, 2015 Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, has been named Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The position, jointly held in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC School of Medicine, became effective June 1. A recognized scholar, researcher, clinician… Read more »