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US children, adults still favor sugary beverages, but low-calorie drinks gaining ground

  March 26, 2013   Sugary, higher-calorie beverages still rule among American consumers, but low-calorie drinks are quickly closing the gap in households with and without children.Those are the findings of a new study titled, “Trends in purchases and intake of foods and beverages containing caloric and low-calorie sweeteners over the last decade in the… Read more »

May, NRI researcher, awarded $5.3 million by NIAAA to study fetal alcohol disorders

March 24, 2013 The UNC Nutrition Research Institute (NRI) in Kannapolis, N.C., has received a $5.3 million grant to study fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in South Africa. The funds were awarded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), one of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Philip May The study will… Read more »

ESE doctoral students win first-place PARTNER awards

  March 22, 2013   Matt Woody and Pradeepa Vennam, doctoral students in environmental sciences and engineering (ESE) at Gillings School of Global Public Health, both won first prize recently for individual research papers submitted to the ninth annual Hartman student paper competition, sponsored by the Partnership for AiR Transportation Noise and Emissions Reduction (PARTNER)…. Read more »

Why are some kids picky eaters? It may be in their genes.

March 21, 2013 No matter how much parents plead, cajole or entice, some children just won’t try new foods. However, researchers now have found that the reason for the push-back may have more to do with what’s in the children’s genes than what’s on their plates. Dr. Myles Faith A recent study led by Myles… Read more »

Statewide reporting system effective in addressing prescription drug overdose epidemic

March 20, 2013 A statewide system designed to curb the number of deaths resulting from prescription drug overdose is underused but effective, according to a new study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The findings, released during National Poisoning Prevention Week (March 18-23), have prompted discussion on how to promote the system’s… Read more »

Two student groups win Gillings Student Organization Service Project Awards

  March 16, 2013   Two student endeavors focused on environmental sciences initiatives have won the Gillings School of Global Public Health 2013 Gillings Student Organization Service Project Award. The projects were spearheaded by the Environmental Sciences and Engineering Student Organization (ENVRSO) and A Drink for Tomorrow. Each group will be awarded $1,500 to help… Read more »

ESE’s Surratt wins Health Effects Institute’s new investigator award

March 16, 2013   Dr. Jason Surratt Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, has received the Walter A. Rosenblith New Investigator Award from the Health Effects Institute. The Institute is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization aimed… Read more »

Valle, postdoctoral fellow, wins SBM’s outstanding dissertation award

  March 15, 2013 Dr. Carmina Valle Carmina Valle, PhD, MPH, has been selected to receive the Society of Behavioral Medicine Outstanding Dissertation Award for 2013. Valle, a December 2012 graduate of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, will accept the award on March 21 at the annual meeting of the… Read more »

Alumnus Wiesman appointed as Washington State Health Secretary

March 14, 2013   Dr. John Wiesman John Wiesman, DrPH, Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnus, has been appointed to serve as Washington state’s Secretary of Health. Gov. Jay Inslee made the announcement on March 12. Wiesman received his doctorate in December 2012 in the Department of Health Policy and Management’s Executive Doctoral Program… Read more »

Study: Sludge-based fertilizer may be causing human illnesses

March 11, 2013   Treated municipal sewage sludge – that is, the solids from sewage treatment – may be causing illness in people up to a mile from where the sludge is spread on land. A farmer spreads sludge to fertilize his fields. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. Those are the findings of epidemiology… Read more »