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School professor cheers for daughter on US Olympic Volleyball Team

August 02, 2012 Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge, Mike Hodge and Megan Hodge Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and her husband, Mike Hodge, are among the proud parents in the stands cheering for their children at this year’s Olympics in London. Their daughter, Megan Hodge,… Read more »

Early treatment could mean greater earning potential for people with HIV

  July 31, 2012 Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy In a first-of-its-kind health campaign in Uganda, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill show that adults with HIV who had less severe infections could work more hours per week, and their children were more likely to be enrolled in school.The finding, led by Harsha… Read more »

Poison center data play vital role in predicting methadone-related deaths

July 26, 2012   Nabarun Dasgupta A new report, published by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers, shows that data from national poison control centers may provide the best indicator of deaths by methadone overdose in the United States. Methadone is an opioid linked to 30 percent of deaths attributed to prescription painkiller… Read more »

HPV vaccine does not encourage less common HPV strains, study finds

July 26, 2012 Dr. Jennifer S. Smith A new study led by researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strengthens the argument for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in men. The research showed that the vaccine, which targets the two most common strains of the virus (HPV 16 and 18) likely would not cause… Read more »

Marshall selected as IPRC director

  July 26, 2012   Dr. Steve Marshall Stephen W. Marshall, PhD, has been named director of the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, effective Aug. 1. Marshall is professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and has an adjunct appointment in UNC’s Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He has… Read more »

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 »