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Dad’s job may be linked to higher risk of birth defects

July 23, 2012   Dr. Tania Desrosiers Historically, women have been the focus of attention when it comes to prenatal care — and appropriately so. After all, they are the ones carrying the baby. But fathers-to-be are not off the hook. In a new study published July 9 in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers at… Read more »

HB student wins American Heart Association fellowship

July 23, 2012   Stephanie Baker Stephanie Baker, doctoral student in health behavior at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a two-year predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association, effective this month.   The award is intended to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and… Read more »

Study finds 75 percent of Chinese adults at risk for diabetes or heart disease

  July 23, 2012   Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen More than three-quarters of Chinese adults have at least one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, according to new data in a long-term study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and published July 19 in the journal Obesity. Rates of hypertension,… Read more »

UNC research featured at world’s largest AIDS conference

July 20, 2012 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is home to one of the most highly ranked HIV/AIDS programs in the country, with dozens of researchers across campus working toward new prevention strategies, reducing stigma, and finding a cure in the global fight against AIDS. Their expertise and wide-ranging findings will be… Read more »

Developing countries’ likelihood of meeting UN hunger targets by 2015? Less than 5 percent

July 19, 2012   Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen New research published online in The Lancet suggests that developing countries have a less than 5 percent chance of meeting the UN’s Millennium Development Goal target for the reduction of child malnutrition by 2015. The article analyzes trends in the weight and height of more than 7.7 million… Read more »

Child diabetes levels higher in China than in US, study finds

  July 05, 2012   A study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found Chinese teenagers have a rate of diabetes nearly four times greater than their counterparts in the United States. The rise in the incidence of diabetes parallels increases in cardiovascular risk, researchers say, and is the… Read more »

School alumnus named NC Institute of Medicine’s vice president

July 11, 2012   Dr. Adam Zolotor Adam Zolotor, MD, MPH, DrPH, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine, has been selected as the new vice president of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM).   Zolotor earned a Master of Public Health (1997) and… Read more »

HIV treatment produces economic returns through increased work and education

July 11, 2012   Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy HIV-infected adults who receive antiretroviral therapy often begin or resume productive work, and children living in households with infected adults who are on treatment are more likely to attend school than those in households with untreated adults, according to a review article published July 10 in the journal… Read more »

School welcomes new faculty members, announces promotions

July 10, 2012 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period from January to June 2012.   Promotions during the period include: Jamie Bartram, PhD, Holzworth Distinguished Professor, environmental sciences and engineering, effective May 1; Marisa Domino, PhD, professor, health policy and management, effective June… Read more »

School plays key role in launch of Lancet series on family planning

  July 10, 2012 Increasing access to family planning will play a central role in achieving United Nations targets for maternal health, eradication of poverty, education, and gender equality, according to a major new Series on Family Planning published July 10 by The Lancet. Dr. Herbert B. Peterson Herbert B. Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor… Read more »