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Postpartum obesity can lead to breast cancer, study finds

November 6, 2014 Though it has long been thought that pregnancy can reduce the chance of breast cancer, a new study finds this may not be so, at least for a specific type of breast cancer. The study, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at The University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

Gillings Global Gateway™ to partner with RTI International on USAID contract

November 3, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and its Gillings Global Gateway™ are partnering with RTI International on a newly awarded U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) contract for services in Africa. RTI International is a prime contractor for Technical Assistance and Support for the Africa Region (TASC4 – AFRICA), which… Read more »

Characklis invited to attend National Academy of Sciences event

November 3, 2014 Greg Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to participate in the U.S. Kavli Frontiers of Science symposium, the National Academy of Science’s premiere activity for distinguished young scientists. Attendees are selected by a committee of Academy members from among… Read more »

Prenatal arsenic exposure may lead to gene reprogramming in children, study finds

October 31, 2014 A new study at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that prenatal exposure to inorganic arsenic may lead to detrimental health effects and gene reprogramming in children. The findings were published Oct. 10 in Toxicological Sciences, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology. Rebecca Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential ebola vaccines, treatments

Oct. 31, 2014 In the war against Ebola, one important hurdle has just been cleared – by a mouse. A study published online Oct. 30 in Science magazine details how researchers from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and their colleagues have developed a new genetic strain of mice that will significantly improve… Read more »

New research center will explore ways to encourage healthy food choices

October 29, 2014 A new center will combine the expertise of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to develop strategies to promote healthy food choices, particularly among the 50 million Americans receiving federal food benefits. The Duke-UNC USDA Center for Behavioral Economics and Healthy Food Choice Research (BECR… Read more »

Elevated arsenic in Mexico’s drinking water poses health risks for pregnant women, infants

October 27, 2014 Millions of people around the world drink water with levels of inorganic arsenic that exceed standards set by the World Health Organization. A new Gillings School of Global Public Health study highlights that certain populations, including pregnant women and newborn children, are especially vulnerable when exposed to increased levels of arsenic. In… Read more »

School receives $7M gift for professorship, breastfeeding institute

October 27, 2014 An anonymous donor has committed $7 million to The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The gift directly benefits UNC Gillings’ Department of Maternal and Child Health, UNC Gillings’ Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), and the department’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual… Read more »

School’s Breastfeeding Institute to promote Baby-friendly Hospitals through new CDC project

October 27, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), in collaboration with Abt Associates, and the Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ), is central to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to help hospitals become more “baby-friendly,” that is, more supportive of breastfeeding. Abt… Read more »

HPM students take first prize in NAHSE case competition

October 27, 2014 A three-person team of health policy and management graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were first-prize winners in the 19th annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, hosted by the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE) at its annual educational conference, held Oct. 14-17 in Detroit…. Read more »