Posts Categorized: School News

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

April 7, 2014 A new University of North Carolina finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary. The study, published online April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics, found that all classes of obesity in U.S. children have increased over the last 14 years. Perhaps most troubling,… Read more »

Study links prenatal exposure to arsenic to disease susceptibility later in life

April 7, 2014 Protein changes associated with prenatal exposure to arsenic may hold the key to understanding the workings of adult-onset diseases tied to arsenic in the environment, a study at UNC has found. In an article published online March 27 in Toxicological Sciences by the Oxford Journals, Rebecca C. Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… Read more »

Gentry honored with Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

April 2, 2014 Bill Gentry, MPA, director of certificate programs in health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service at UNC’s annual Public Service Awards celebration on April 2. The award, presented by the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS), recognizes a UNC… Read more »

UNC’s MD-MPH program receives APTR’s Outstanding Educational Program Award

April 2, 2014 The Doctor of Medicine-Master of Public Health (MD-MPH) program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was selected by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) to receive APTR’s 2014 Outstanding Educational Program Award. The award honors innovative programs, departments or academic institutions for their involvement in advancing undergraduate… Read more »

Anne Galyean: World Class Trailblazer

April 3, 2014 Environmental sciences and engineering doctoral candidate Anne Galyean is forging new paths in nanochemistry. She is also a world-class downhill mountain biker. Maybe it’s genetic. Maybe it grew out of her upbringing in Idaho by a family that encouraged creativity and curiosity. Or maybe it’s a one-in-a-billion, seemingly random mixture of both… Read more »

Gentry honored with Ned Brooks Award for Public Service

April 2, 2014 Bill Gentry, MPA, director of certificate programs in health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service at UNC’s annual Public Service Awards celebration on April 2. The award, presented by the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS), recognizes a UNC… Read more »

Burden of diabetic ketoacidosis still unacceptably high, study finds

April 1, 2014 SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, a multi-center, multi-ethnic study of childhood diabetes, is the largest surveillance effort of diabetes among youth under the age of 20 conducted in the United States to date. The study covers five locations across the country where about 5.5 million children live. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor and… Read more »

Obesity is modifiable risk factor for ovarian cancer, study finds

March 31, 2014 Ovarian cancer tumors in obese mice grew to nearly three times the size of tumors in non-obese mice, researchers discovered in a recent study. Their findings, published in the April issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology, revealed insight into the reasons why. The research team, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor… Read more »