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Adults born during early years of US obesity epidemic uniquely prone to obesity, study finds

August 03, 2012   Despite recent reports that obesity in the U.S. appears to be leveling off, young adults who were born in the 1980s may continue to be burdened by increasing rates of obesity when compared to the rest of the adult population, according to a study published in the May 2012 issue of… Read more »

Nutrition student becomes first Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award recipient

August 02, 2012   Carmina G. Valle, MPH Nutrition doctoral student Carmina G. Valle, MPH, has been selected to receive a competitive $5,000 award for her dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. Valle, a student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is receiving the first-ever Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award,… Read more »

Richard Udry, pioneering adolescent-health researcher and population scientist, dies July 29

August 02, 2012   Dr. Richard Udry J. Richard Udry, PhD, professor of maternal and child health and sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died at his home in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday, July 29, after a long illness. He was 83. Dr. Udry was a Kenan Distinguished Professor of… Read more »

Teens’ expectations of early death predict risk-taking behavior in early adulthood

August 02, 2012   Dr. Quynh Nguyen Young people who once reported thinking they had a 50 percent or less chance of surviving to age 35 are more likely to engage in risky behavior later in life than their more hopeful peers, according to a new study from researchers at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

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 »