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Inaugural UNC public health MOOC hailed as great success

May 20, 2014 What is a MOOC, and can I have one? Hint: It isn’t one of these: A book designed to look like a magazine or a contemptible person (Random House) A slang term for the hordes of standard-issue, disposable bad guys in written or filmed heroic fantasy mowed down with impunity by The… Read more »

Study examines how dangerous respiratory viruses circumvent body’s defenses

May 20, 2014 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are studying how some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet tailor their defenses to get around the body’s immune system. The study, published online May 20 in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, could contribute to a better… Read more »

Students awarded global internships — thanks to Gillings Global Gateway partners

May 19, 2014 Thirteen Gillings School of Global Public Health students will study and train abroad this summer, thanks to generous individuals and global organizations in the area. The students are Bernie Agala, Julia Brasileiro, Caitlin Fross, Chrissy Godwin, Brianne Kallam, Smisha Kaysin, Tori Lebrun, Emily Mangone, Emily Nicholson, Kathryn Peebles, Kate Sheahan, Caitlin Snyder… Read more »

Antidepressant use in pregnancy may be associated with structural changes in the infant brain

May 19, 2014 A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers found that children of depressed mothers treated with a group of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy were more likely to develop Chiari type 1 malformations than were children of mothers with no history of depression. A… Read more »

CPDM program celebrates 10th year of training disaster management personnel

May 15, 2014 The Community Preparedness and Disaster Management (CPDM) certificate program at the Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrates its 10-year anniversary this spring, as it hosts a graduation ceremony for 14 students who completed the program in 2013-2014. The ceremony, which will be held Saturday, May 17 at 11 a.m. at The… Read more »

Breastfeeding promotion messages integrated into microcredit sessions encourage Nigerian women to breastfeed longer

May 13, 2014 Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is recommended by international agencies as a way to limit childhood illness and early death. Now UNC researchers have found that a program integrating microcredit, cellphone messaging and breastfeeding promotion can increase the number of women who exclusively breastfeed their infants. Led by… Read more »

Crisco, business leader, Gillings School Advisory Council member, dies at 71

May 13, 2014 Keith Crisco, who was in a tight race for the District 2 Congressional seat in N.C. after a recent primary election, died at his home in Asheboro, N.C., on May 12, apparently as a result of injuries from a fall. He was 71. His rags-to-riches life story was an inspiration. Born to… Read more »

Inaugural Water Microbiology Conference brings together international researchers on microbiology and public health

May 12, 2014 The Water Institute at UNC, part of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, hosted its first Water Microbiology Conference: Microbial Contaminants from Watersheds to Human Exposure May 5-7 in Chapel Hill, N.C. The event brought together 200 researchers and practitioners from 16 countries focused on the intersection of microbiology and public… Read more »

Groundbreaking state dental program significantly increases preventive services, reduces cavities among children in need

May 9, 2014 In 2000, the State of North Carolina launched “Into the Mouths of Babes,” a program designed to promote dentists and physicians using an interdisciplinary approach to reducing cavities in young, low-income children. The program has led to a significant increase in the number of children under four years old receiving preventive dental… Read more »

Out of the female closet: Menstrual hygiene matters

May 9, 2014 The following essay was written by Lakshmi Gopalakrishnan, Fulbright Scholar from India and maternal and child health master’s degree candidate at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Gopalakrishnan has conducted research in India on menstrual hygiene management. The essay, reprinted here with permission, originally appeared in a May 8 Interagency Youth… Read more »