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Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility News

ESE master’s student develops chemical risk assessment interface

March 13, 2014 The following article, by Sara Mishamandani, is reprinted from the March 2014 issue of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ newsletter, Environmental Factor. The NIEHS article contains additional information, including a recording of Shapiro’s webinar tutorial. Andy Shapiro, a Master of Science in Public Health student in environmental sciences and engineering... Read more »

Data from MapMyFitness app place physical activity into neighborhood context

March 12, 2014 As an increasing number of Americans turn to technology in order to monitor and manage their health, researchers have discovered an innovative way to use one of these tools for evaluating public policy and improving access to physical activity. In “Emerging Technologies to Promote and Evaluate Physical Activity,” Kelly R. Evenson, PhD,... Read more »

Adair awarded ASN’s Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research

Feb. 26, 2014 Linda Adair, PhD, nutrition professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the American Society of Nutrition’s Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research. The award, sponsored by the Kellogg Company, is given to a member of ASN’s International Nutrition Council who is actively engaged in research to benefit populations... Read more »

Solving the Mystery of Arsenic’s Impact on Human Health

Chronic exposure to arsenic can cause serious health issues for both children and adults – including several types of cancer. Hundreds of millions of people around the world are exposed to high levels of this naturally occurring chemical in their drinking water, including many North Carolinians. While we know that arsenic exposure causes health problems,... Read more »

Partnering Across the Nation to Inform the Public about Fracking Science

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, and unconventional natural gas drilling operations continue to be polarizing subjects across the nation, and that’s no different for North Carolina. Residents, lawmakers, industry and the environmental community in the state continue to grapple with the possible effects of fracking and the associated industrial operations. In a project made possible through... Read more »

Educating Young Black Women about Breast Cancer Risk with Web-based Tools

African American women continue to be disproportionately affected by breast cancer due to late diagnoses, higher mortality rates than Caucasian women and higher incidence before the age of 40. CEHS researchers Drs. Melissa Troester and Liza Makowski are lead investigators of the UNC Chapel Hill Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (UNC BCERP), studying... Read more »