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Elevated arsenic in Mexico’s drinking water poses health risks for pregnant women, infants

October 27, 2014 Millions of people around the world drink water with levels of inorganic arsenic that exceed standards set by the World Health Organization. A new Gillings School of Global Public Health study highlights that certain populations, including pregnant women and newborn children, are especially vulnerable when exposed to increased levels of arsenic. In… Read more »

HPM students take first prize in NAHSE case competition

October 27, 2014 A three-person team of health policy and management graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were first-prize winners in the 19th annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, hosted by the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE) at its annual educational conference, held Oct. 14-17 in Detroit…. Read more »

Edema Ojomo: Doctoral student will present at The Water Institute’s fall conference

Oct. 10, 2014 The annual Water and Health Conference, held this year Oct. 13-17 at UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, will host about 500 participants interested in drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds. For more information, see whconference.unc.edu. Edema Ojomo, an environmental sciences and engineering… Read more »

Study: Daily tasks can get sedentary workers closer to national physical activity guidelines

October 9, 2014 People with deskbound or sedentary jobs who have difficulty finding time to work out still can meet national guidelines for physical activity as long as they engage in other active daily tasks. Those are the findings of a new study from researchers at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global… Read more »

ESE student awarded fellowship to study membrane technology related to water

Oct. 6, 2014 Ariel Atkinson, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School, has received a fellowship from the National Water Research Institute and American Membrane Technology Association to support her research. The competitive fellowship is given annually to two outstanding graduate students in the U.S. who are conducting original and promising… Read more »

Study considers how to increase health care enrollment for NC’s immigrants

Sept. 13, 2014 Sixty-one percent of immigrants in North Carolina have no health insurance coverage, yet the average monthly premium for insurance available through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace is within the price range many immigrants thought would be affordable for themselves or their families, according to a new report from the University… Read more »

Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after leaving the farm

Sept. 9, 2014 A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. The study was led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD,… Read more »

Diabetes drug does not increase short-term risk for pancreatic cancer, study finds

Aug. 29, 2014 A team of UNC researchers has found that drugs widely used to treat diabetes do not increase the short-term risk for pancreatic cancer. The report, “Dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitors and pancreatic cancer: a cohort study,” published online Aug. 11 and in the September print issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, was prepared by Mugdha… Read more »

BIOS students win first prize for original song and video in ASA’s ‘You’ve Got Talent’ contest

August 11, 2014 Biostatistics graduate students Avner Halevy and Nicolas Ballarini led a Gillings School of Global Public Health production team that tied for first place in the American Statistical Association’s “You’ve Got Talent!” contest. The four finalists performed during the Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 2-7 in Boston. Halevy, composer, singer and guitarist on the… Read more »

Treating depression improves quality of life for those with HIV, study finds

August 11, 2014 Antiretroviral treatment has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic condition, enabling infected adults to pay more attention to their quality of life. Yet quality of life is affected strongly by depression, which plagues HIV-infected adults at a higher rate than the general population. A new study by Brian Pence,… Read more »