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Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers, study finds

March 9, 2015 You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a first-of-its-kind study reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, the research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic materials from our parents – i.e., the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other… Read more »

Researchers find decline in preschoolers’ calorie intake in last decade, but urge watchfulness regarding recent trends

March 9, 2015 A study at UNC acknowledges progress in efforts to fight childhood obesity but suggests that researchers keep a close eye on recent dietary trends among preschool children. The study, “10-year beverage intake trends among U.S. preschool children: Rapid declines between 2003 and 2010, but stagnancy in recent years,” was published online March… Read more »

Heiss wins American Heart Association’s epidemiology mentoring award

March 7, 2015 Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded the American Heart Association’s 2015 Epidemiology and Prevention Mentoring Award on March 5. Heiss accepted the award at the Association’s annual Epidemiology and Prevention/Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Scientific Sessions, held in Baltimore March… Read more »

Health policy and management students win first place in national health care case study competition

March 6, 2015 Three graduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health took first place on Feb. 27 in the ninth annual Health Administration Case Competition hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). The contest offers graduate students a platform to apply what they have learned to an actual health… Read more »

More tobacco retailers in LGB neighborhoods may explain smoking disparities

March 5, 2015 Same-sex couples are more likely to live in areas that have high levels of access to tobacco products, according to researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study – “Is there a relationship between the concentration of same-sex couples and tobacco retailer density?” – published online March 5… Read more »

Local health department staffing, services contribute to reduction in infant mortality rate, study finds

March 5, 2015 A clear relationship exists between full-time equivalent staffing, the provision of services for women and children, and a reduction of between 1 to 2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in North Carolina, according to a paper published online Feb. 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. Anna Schenck, PhD, director… Read more »

Coalitions, alliances and… silos? Identifying patterns in public health collaboratives

March 4, 2015 Public health collaboratives (PHCs) bring together diverse partners to apply multi-systemic tactics to public health outcomes. Given the reality of scarce resources and the interdisciplinary nature of public health, this type of interorganizational approach has great value. A recent study poses a question, however: within such networks, do member organizations self-segregate according… Read more »

Cilenti studies impact of financial downturn, budget cuts on health services for North Carolina’s women and children

March 3, 2015 A study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has examined the impact of North Carolina state budget cuts upon maternal health service use and outcomes among Medicaid-enrolled pregnant women in the state. Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health and adjunct professor of… Read more »

Unique partnership develops emerging global health researchers

March 3, 2015 Leaders at the Gillings School and the Gillings Global Gateway™ celebrate a 10-year partnership with FHI 360,  a nonprofit human development organization headquartered in Durham, N.C. We are pleased to reprint this blog post by Timothy Mastro, MD, DTM&H, FHI 360’s director of global health, population and nutrition. At FHI 360, cultivating… Read more »

Callahan to lead Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, now based at UNC

March 2, 2015 The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), a broad coalition of public health leaders and stakeholders committed to elevating osteoarthritis as a national health priority, is now based in the UNC School of Medicine’s Thurston Arthritis Research Center and will be led by Leigh F. Callahan, PhD, adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Gillings… Read more »