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O’Malley, former health policy and management faculty member, passes away

June 25, 2015 Michael O’Malley, PhD, associate director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and adjunct associate professor of health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has passed away unexpectedly. Dr. O’Malley committed over 30 years of service to the state of North… Read more »

Taxes may discourage purchase of sugared and high-fat beverages in households with young children, study finds

June 24, 2015 Given the prevalence of childhood obesity in the United States and globally, any measure that encourages children’s early consumption of healthier foods and drinks can only be beneficial. A new study suggests that financial incentives to avoid sugar-sweetened beverages can be such a measure. Researchers at The University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Early menarche may influence aggressive breast cancer in African-American women

June 18, 2015 Early age at menarche, or first menstrual cycle, could play a role in the disproportionate incidence of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancers diagnosed among African-American women, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study is a result of a multicenter collaborative research… Read more »

Stuebe, breastfeeding expert, named Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding at UNC

June 17, 2015 Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, has been named Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The position, jointly held in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC School of Medicine, became effective June 1. A recognized scholar, researcher, clinician… Read more »

Hassmiller Lich selected as AcademyHealth’s Systems Science Scholar

June 15, 2015 Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, research assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected June 9 as an inaugural participant in AcademyHealth’s Systems Science Scholars Program, designed to attract advanced systems methodologists. As the U.S. health-care system struggles to control skyrocketing costs and… Read more »

Oberlander recommended as chair of UNC social medicine department

June 4, 2015 Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor of health policy and management at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and of social medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been selected to serve as chair of the Department of Social Medicine. UNC medical school dean William L. Roper, MD,… Read more »

Fulbright Fellow from India to conduct research at Gillings School

June 3, 2015 Anant Kumar, PhD, assistant professor of rural management at Xavier Institute of Social Service, in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, has been awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship to lecture and conduct research at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health beginning this fall. Kumar’s research focuses upon the use of technology… Read more »

Training boosts bystander confidence in preventing interpersonal violence on college campuses, study finds

Sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and intimate partner violence (collectively termed interpersonal violence) are public health problems that affect 20 to 25 percent of female college students. Currently, One Act is one of the few university prevention-training programs that teach students how to intervene as bystanders in low- and high-risk interpersonal violence situations. Recent research… Read more »

National Health Equity Research Webcast to focus on violence prevention

June 1, 2015 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will host the 21st annual National Health Equity Research Webcast on June 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the UNC School of Social Work’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium. [Register now.] The live-audience webcast, presented in collaboration… Read more »

In US homes, more than three-fourths of calories come from moderately and highly processed foods and beverages

June 1, 2015 Soda, cheese puffs and candy likely spring to mind when you think of processed foods. You might be surprised to know that milk, dried fruit, and frozen vegetables are processed foods, too. The United States government defines food processing as any procedure that alters food from its natural state. This includes pasteurizing,… Read more »