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JAMA Study: Two specific methods prevented weight gain in young adults for three years

May 2, 2016 A new study co-authored by a University of North Carolina Chapel Hill researcher found two specific diet and exercise strategies prevented weight gain and obesity among young adults over a sustained three-year period. The multi-site study, published online May 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine, focused on young adults between the 18 and… Read more »

Gopal in New England Journal of Medicine: ‘Moonshot to Malawi’

April 28, 2016 The “Cancer Moonshot” has energized the cancer research community in The United States but will be a missed opportunity if the results are not shared with the rest of the world. Those are the sentiments of Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings. Gopal, who is also… Read more »

Costs of cancer drugs skyrocket; patients bear burden

April 28, 2016 A study authored by Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that oral cancer drugs introduced in 2014 were six times more expensive than those introduced in the year 2000. The findings raised concerns, as patients must bear the… Read more »

Theater-based intervention boosts adolescent knowledge of HIV, study finds

April 27, 2016 The results of a new study show that a theater-based comprehensive sexual health intervention was effective at enhancing HIV awareness among high school students in both North Carolina and California. The intervention, called AMP! (Arts-based, Multiple component, Peer-education), was developed in 2010 as an arts education tool, and has since been redesigned… Read more »

Halpern, Pence to be recognized with Larsh, McGavran faculty awards

April 27, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will present two of its most prestigious faculty awards during the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7. Carolyn T. Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the maternal and child health department, will receive the John E. Larsh Jr. Award for Mentorship, and Brian… Read more »

Professor will use new UNC Gillings ‘Borrow-a-Bike’ Program during commencement weekend

April 26, 2016 “I’m considering getting myself cloned,” laughed Alice Ammerman, DrPH. Ammerman, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has a dilemma – albeit a delightful one – regarding her schedule for May 7. Four of Ammerman’s… Read more »

Hart, new Burch Fellow, to partner with traditional healers in Tarapoto, Peru

April 22, 2016 For Sarah Hart, it was a confluence of luck and good planning that resulted in her pending trip to Peru. Last December, she saw a posting about an internship working with traditional medicine and community health in the Amazon. For Hart, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in heath policy and management… Read more »

Inan awarded P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professorship

April 22, 2016 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health welcomes Gul Inan, PhD, to the Department of Biostatistics as the P.K. Sen Distinguished Visiting Professor in Biostatistics. Inan will serve in this position until June 14, 2016, during which time she will conduct research and interact with Gillings School faculty and students and… Read more »

Increased saturated fat intake linked to aggressive prostate cancer

April 20, 2016 Eating a diet higher in saturated fat — a type of fat found commonly in foods such as fatty beef and cheese — was linked to more aggressive prostate cancer, found a study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The preliminary results were… Read more »

20-year observation of adults in China shows physical activity levels in decline

April 19, 2016 As rapid cultural shifts take place in China, the country’s aging population is becoming less likely to engage in physical activity, finds a new study that followed more than 60,000 adults in China across two decades of their lives. The study did not examine physical activity in isolation, but instead analyzed changing… Read more »