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US autism rates reach new high; NC figures higher than national average

March 29, 2012   A new study estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report March 29 that looked at data gathered in 2008 from 14 communities, including central North Carolina.   The new data show that autism… Read more »

Study unravels health impact, interplay of diet soft drinks and overall diet

March 28, 2012 Are diet sodas good or bad for you? The jury is still out, but a new UNC-led study sheds light on the impact that zero-calorie beverages may have on health, especially in the context of a person’s overall dietary habits.For the average person, the scientific evidence can seem confusing. A number of… Read more »

Sen awarded honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Calcutta

March 27, 2012     Dr. P.K. Sen accepts an honorary degree from his alma mater. Photo courtesy University of Calcutta. Pranab K. Sen, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Calcutta on March… Read more »

UN hits water target, but 1.8 billion people still drinking unsafe water, study shows

March 23, 2012 Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of the United Nations’ goal to greatly improve access to safe drinking water around the world. While major progress has been made, a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that far greater challenges persist than headline statistics suggested. On… Read more »

Ramona DuBose leaves School for new adventure

March 23, 2012 Ramona DuBose left the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health on March 23 to begin work in April at FHI-360. DuBose served the School well for seven years, and she will be missed. The search for a new director of communications has begun. A position announcement will be posted as soon… Read more »

UNC part of new US effort to tackle critical global water problems

March 22, 2012 Water experts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are among the key members of a new initiative announced Thursday (March 22) by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that aims to solve water problems around the globe. The U.S. Water Partnership is a public-private group formed to share… Read more »

New endowed professorship supports initiatives to improve world water, sanitation

March 22, 2012 A Chapel Hill couple has given the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health the means to retain or recruit a professor who is a global leader in research and policies for improving the world’s access to clean water and sanitation. Jennifer and Don Holzworth The… Read more »

Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination

March 14, 2012 Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The study, “Taking It Like a Man: Masculine… Read more »

Stevens chosen for ASN’s Centrum Center Award

March 14, 2012 Dr. June Stevens June Stevens, PhD, American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund (AICR/WCRF) Distinguished Professor of nutrition and chair of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been chosen by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) to receive the 2012 Centrum Center Award.   The award… Read more »

UNC study identifies pockets of high cervical cancer rates in North Carolina

March 12, 2012 A study of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina has revealed areas where rates are unusually high. The findings indicate that education, screening, and vaccination programs in those places could be particularly useful, according to public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who authored the… Read more »