Both local and national media have sought out School faculty members to comment on aspects of the national debate on health care reform, particularly after a bill was passed in March. Among those most often quoted are Tim Carey, MD, director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and adjunct epidemiology faculty… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Face it – no tooth fairy is going to swoop in and mend the mouths of children with poor oral health. But a decade of work by North Carolina public health and dental researchers at UNC has resulted in a kind of magic of its own– innovative programs that really do brighten… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Wanted: Secure job for teenage worker. Prefer no big equipment, no tractors or trucks, no heavy lifting. Safety is a top priority. So where do you find a “safe” job for teenage workers? A clothing store at the mall? A fast-food restaurant? About 77 percent of teens who work have jobs in… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Murder mysteries have given arsenic a sinister reputation, but the damage it does is no fiction. The naturally occurring compound is the most harmful human carcinogen, says Miroslav Stýblo, PhD, associate professor of nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. It affects between 60 million and 100 million people around… Read more »

April 23, 2010 If you visit Tom Butler’s hog farm in Harnett County, N.C., you might spot a covered trailer bearing the faint logo of a rodeo clown. But don’t think there’s funny business inside. The unlikely laboratory is the place where Mike Aitken, PhD, chair of UNC’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering,is conducting… Read more »

April 23, 2010 You may not hear an epidemiologist quote a politician very often, but Steven R. Meshnick, MD, PhD, has been known to. “As the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, ‘You can’t solve a problem until you first learn how to measure it,’” says Meshnick, who leads a highly collaborative Gillings Innovation… Read more »

April 23, 2010 New methods and technologies transform the teacher’s role in global education The ways we access and use information have changed radically over the last decade. Thanks to innovations such as social networking, micro-blogs and instantaneously loaded video, we can know about an event within moments of its happening, even if it happens… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Fisher heads global group providing diabetes support A peer educator in Cambodia conducts weekly group sessions, offering lessons about diabetes management and advice about physical activity and nutrition. A community health worker in rural Arizona provides support and education to medically underserved migrant workers and new immigrants with diabetes. He helps order… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Rapid development in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has led to increased life expectancy and greater economic opportunity, but it also brings the potential for significant environmental and public health threats. Since June 2008, researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have collaborated with UAE officials in an effort to… Read more »

April 23, 2010 Computational toxicology creates new ways to synthesize data How much exposure to a certain chemical is safe? What’s the right dose of a given drug? So far, agencies charged with answering these questions — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration — have not had good ways to account… Read more »