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Exercise, even mild physical activity, may reduce breast cancer risk

June 25, 2012   Lauren McCullough A new analysis done by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has found that physical activity – either mild or intense and before or after menopause – may reduce breast cancer risk, but substantial weight gain may negate these benefits.   Published early online in Cancer, a… Read more »

Public health student receives UNC award to study abroad

June 25, 2012   A public health undergraduate is among those who received scholarships, fellowships or program support from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study abroad during 2012 and 2013.   Jessica Smith, a rising junior in environmental sciences, was selected as a Phillips Ambassador. Smith, from Charlotte, N.C., will study… Read more »

US DOD funds study to explore relationship of obesity and development of ovarian cancer

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a two-year, $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study “Preclinical and Clinical Investigations of the Impact of Obesity on Ovarian Cancer Pathogenesis.”   Makowski, project co-investigator, will work… Read more »

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study published June 12 in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).   The study analyzed inflammatory responses in rats fed different diets:… Read more »

New study finds dramatic rise in diabetes among American teens

June 25, 2012   Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Diabetes rates rose by nearly 25 percent among American teens in the last decade, according to new data presented by UNC researchers at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting held earlier this month in Philadelphia.   Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition in UNC Gillings School… Read more »

School mourns loss of HPM faculty member John Vernon

  June 22, 2012 Dr. John Vernon John Andrew Vernon, PhD, 43, died on June 19. Dr. Vernon had been assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2008. He leaves behind his wife Jucineia Gomes, two sons and a stepdaughter. A Durham, N.C., native, Dr. Vernon… Read more »

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women over 50, study finds

June 21, 2012   Dr. Cynthia Bulik Eating disorders are commonly seen as an issue faced by teenagers and young women, but a new study found that age is no barrier to disordered eating. In women ages 50 and over, 3.5 percent report binge eating, nearly 8 percent report purging, and more than 70 percent… Read more »

Groves and Paich win Gillings Dissertation Awards

June 15, 2012   Allison Groves Heather Paich Allison Groves and Heather Paich, students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the 2012 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize to support doctoral research and dissertation writing at the School. Groves, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education,* is… Read more »

UNC, Duke researchers partner to improve family child-care homes

June 15, 2012 A new $3.3 million project to combat childhood obesity while helping owners of home-based child care facilities adopt healthy practices will be undertaken by a partnership between researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.   Dr. Dianne Ward Led by UNC’s Dianne Ward, EdD, and Duke’s… Read more »

Noble’s water-quality test used to examine Great Lakes samples this summer

June 14, 2012   Dr. Rachel Noble (Photo by Dan Sears) A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member is being used by the city of Racine, Wis., to test Great Lakes water samples this beach season. The test, created by… Read more »