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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 »

Key biomarker has new role in head and neck cancer

  July 09, 2012   Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have proposed a novel interpretation of an old biomarker which, if validated, fundamentally could transform the management of head and neck cancer. In a study released online in the British Journal of Cancer June 26, investigators at UNC showed that… Read more »

National Research Council committee suggests chemical safety working group

July 05, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board should plan ways to alert the chemical industry of safer manufacturing processes, according to a congressionally mandated report recently released by a National Research Council committee. Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson Jackie MacDonald Gibson, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering, served on the NRC’s “Inherently Safer… Read more »

Fight the (tick) bite: Profile of doctoral student Meagan Vaughn

July 03, 2012   This article originally appeared as a UNC “Spotlight” feature.   Ticks. The word itself is enough to give most people the willies.   In what should be a relief to folks who work and play outdoors, a UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral student found out how to almost completely avoid tick bites.  … Read more »

New understanding of cell metabolism yields promising target for new lymphoma therapies

July 03, 2012   A research team led by scientists at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that two interrelated metabolic processes – involving sugar utilization and fatty acid synthesis – contribute to cell proliferation in non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells.   The finding is significant in… Read more »