School News

Junk-food diets spur inflammation more than saturated fats alone

June 25, 2012   Dr. Liza Makowski A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study published June 12 in the Public Library of Science One (PLoS ONE).   The study analyzed inflammatory responses in rats fed different diets:… Read more »

New study finds dramatic rise in diabetes among American teens

June 25, 2012   Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Diabetes rates rose by nearly 25 percent among American teens in the last decade, according to new data presented by UNC researchers at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting held earlier this month in Philadelphia.   Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, MSPH, PhD, RD, professor of nutrition in UNC Gillings School… Read more »

School mourns loss of HPM faculty member John Vernon

  June 22, 2012 Dr. John Vernon John Andrew Vernon, PhD, 43, died on June 19. Dr. Vernon had been assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2008. He leaves behind his wife Jucineia Gomes, two sons and a stepdaughter. A Durham, N.C., native, Dr. Vernon… Read more »

Eating disorder behaviors and weight concerns are common in women over 50, study finds

June 21, 2012   Dr. Cynthia Bulik Eating disorders are commonly seen as an issue faced by teenagers and young women, but a new study found that age is no barrier to disordered eating. In women ages 50 and over, 3.5 percent report binge eating, nearly 8 percent report purging, and more than 70 percent… Read more »

Groves and Paich win Gillings Dissertation Awards

June 15, 2012   Allison Groves Heather Paich Allison Groves and Heather Paich, students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received the 2012 Gillings Dissertation Award, a $5,000 prize to support doctoral research and dissertation writing at the School. Groves, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education,* is… Read more »

UNC, Duke researchers partner to improve family child-care homes

June 15, 2012 A new $3.3 million project to combat childhood obesity while helping owners of home-based child care facilities adopt healthy practices will be undertaken by a partnership between researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.   Dr. Dianne Ward Led by UNC’s Dianne Ward, EdD, and Duke’s… Read more »

Noble’s water-quality test used to examine Great Lakes samples this summer

June 14, 2012   Dr. Rachel Noble (Photo by Dan Sears) A new rapid DNA-based test for water quality developed and patented by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member is being used by the city of Racine, Wis., to test Great Lakes water samples this beach season. The test, created by… Read more »

First study of its kind finds rapid declines in worldwide physical activity

  June 14, 2012 A new study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers finds a global decline in activity levels and predicts a continuing rise in inactivity in countries around the world. When viewed in the context of physical activity levels throughout human evolution, the global decline in physical activity in just… Read more »

Combination therapy for triple-negative breast cancer disappointing

June 13, 2012   Dr. Anastasia Ivanova A recent clinical trial testing a combination therapy for basal-like (also known as triple-negative) breast cancer demonstrates that a combination of two drugs with promising preclinical results is not as effective as researchers had hoped. Anastasia Ivanova, PhD, associate professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

School’s diversity and inclusion co-chair featured in nursing journal

June 13, 2012   Dr. Rumay Alexander I never forget that slaves always had me in their dreams The cover of Nurse Leader‘s June issue features Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. A clinical professor at UNC’s School of Nursing… Read more »