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Fasting may not be needed for children’s cholesterol tests

August 01, 2011 Physicians usually ask children to fast overnight before a cholesterol test. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that this may not always be necessary. Dr. Asheley Skinner Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Jordan, alumna and adjunct faculty member, receives award for distinguished service to rural life

August 01, 2011 Dr. Joanne Jordan Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH, adjunct professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the 2011 Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award from the Rural Sociological Society (RSS).   Jordan also is director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Thurston… Read more »

Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, study finds

July 29, 2011 An international study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that among Kenyan men, circumcision is associated with a lower prevalence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that plays an important role in genital cancers in… Read more »

Popkin honored with Obesity Society’s lifetime achievement award

July 29, 2011 Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Obesity Society’s 2011 Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented to those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of obesity through scholarship, mentorship and… Read more »

Is prison healthier, safer than life outside?

July 29, 2011 Death rates among black male prisoners in North Carolina are lower than the state’s general African-American population, but white inmates are more likely to die from a variety of chronic and infectious diseases than Caucasian men overall, according to a new study. The finding comes from University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

Kids eating convenience foods are getting more calories, less nutrition, study finds

July 27, 2011 American children are eating fewer home-cooked meals, and that could be fueling the obesity epidemic, say nutrition researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   In a study published online and in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from UNC’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Alumnus receives award from Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

July 25, 2011 Dr. Mahyar Mofidi Mahyar Mofidi, MPH, PhD, DMD, has received the Junior Officer of the Year Award from the United States Public Health Services Commissioned Corps. Mofidi, who received his Master of Public Health in health policy and administration (2000) and doctorate in health behavior and health education (2005) from UNC Gillings… Read more »

New findings from University of North Carolina-led HIV prevention study, HPTN 052

  July 21, 2011 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of public health and medicine presented detailed data from the landmark HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, in Rome earlier this week. The HPTN 052 study… Read more »

NC shares health systems lessons with the nation

July 21, 2011 Since 2004, North Carolina has been the only state in the U.S. to have mandatory public health department accreditation, requiring local departments to meet standards prescribed by the N.C. Division of Public Health. To date, 55 of the state’s 85 local health departments have completed accreditation.UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s… Read more »

Climate change and food security concerns bring African delegation to UNC

July 20, 2011 Fourteen delegates from a dozen African nations, concerned about how to keep their countries’ farms producing and people fed, came to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on July 18 seeking guidance. Members of the African delegation pose during a break in the presentations at the public health school on July… Read more »