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Heath behavior students claim prize for health equity

April 26, 2017
MyHealthEd Inc., a nonprofit organization co-led by two students in the health behavior department, has won the $25,000 Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation.

Study finds small, mostly-male schools are less likely to have sexual assault policies

April 20, 2017
A new research paper highlights the wide variation in definitions of consent at universities across the United States.

New study explores timing of changes in blood pressure health that lead to larger disparities

April 20, 2017
African Americans and men are more likely to transition from ideal levels of blood pressure in childhood or early adulthood compared to white Americans and women, which puts them at increased risk of developing hypertension earlier in life.

Gillings School authors study online sex education intervention

April 19, 2017
A recent study assessed high school students’ and health teachers’ perceptions of an online sexuality education intervention – and found the tool a valuable resource that provided high-quality health education while improving student engagement, privacy and comfort. Doctoral student Liz Chen and Dr. Clare Barrington are study co-authors.

One year later: Berkeley’s ‘Soda Tax’ significantly reduced sales of sugary drinks

April 18, 2017
A new study found that a 2015 tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) implemented by Berkeley, Calif., resulted one year later in a drop in SSB purchases and an increase in purchases of non-sweetened beverages, including water. The study, co-led by Drs. Barry Popkin and Shu Wen Ng, and researchers at the Public Health Institute of Oakland, Calif., was published in PLOS Medicine.

Biostatistics students receive travel awards for ASA conference

April 18, 2017
Chong Jin and Rachel Nethery, doctoral students of biostatistics, have been awarded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards for their respective work on clonal evolution and social vulnerability.

Gillings researchers find further evidence that bats may be evolutionary source of MERS

April 13, 2017
A collaborative team including researchers from the Gillings School has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the MERS coronavirus originated in bat populations.

Ten-year study shows steady increase in Type 1, Type 2 diabetes in US youth

April 13, 2017
A study co-led by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the yearly rate of newly diagnosed cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in youth increased significantly and steadily in the years between 2002 and 2012, especially among Hispanic youth.

Wheeler visits executive mansion to mark NC’s inaugural Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

April 12, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler (second from left) was among those invited to speak at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., during an April 3 event that focused attention upon metastatic breast cancer as the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. Gov. Roy Cooper declared April Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

BIOS students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 11, 2017
Elizabeth Chase and Taylor Lagler of the Department of Biostatistics have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.