Have you heard of toddler milk? The way it’s marketed may mislead parents

May 22, 2023
Toddler milk is an ultra-processed beverage that the American Academy of Pediatrics calls “potentially harmful” for children — but sales increased 220% from 2005 to 2019. Researchers from UNC are the first to synthesize existing scientific literature around the prevalence of toddler milk use, reasons for use and how marketing trends impact consumer beliefs.

The Abstract: May 15, 2023

May 15, 2023
New publications from Rozier, Montoya and researchers from the Department of Maternal and Child Health.

Cervical cancer screening doubles when under-screened women are mailed testing kits

May 11, 2023
UNC researchers found that mailing HPV self-collection tests and offering assistance to book in-clinic screening appointments to under-screened, low-income women improved cervical cancer screening nearly two-fold compared to scheduling assistance alone.

4 Gillings faculty members honored with 2023 awards for mentorship, teaching, research and service

April 20, 2023
Four members of the Gillings School community were selected to receive the School’s most prestigious awards: Drs. Michael Hudgens (Larsh Award), Lindsey Smith Taillie (McGavran Award), Jason West (Greenberg Award) and Leah Devlin (Barr Award).

Gillings School honors 8 faculty members for teaching innovation

April 18, 2023
Students at the Gillings School have selected eight faculty members to honor for teaching innovation in the classroom, including Dr. Naim Rashid, Dr. Chantel Martin, Dr. Musa Manga, Dr. Abigail Hatcher, Dr. Melanie Studer, Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist, Dr. Anna Kahkoska and Emily Taylor.

The Abstract: April 17, 2023

April 17, 2023
Belizán is honored for trailblazing maternal and child health research, National MCH Workforce Development Center collaborates with Virginia Department of Health, and Ricketts is cited White House economic report.

New research uncovers link between neurodegenerative disease and changes in brain shape

April 14, 2023
New research from UNC and Florida State University demonstrates how neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can significantly accelerate changes in subcortical areas of the brain in older adults.

Bivalent COVID-19 boosters effectively protect against new omicron subvariants

April 12, 2023
New research led by the Gillings School shows that bivalent COVID-19 boosters are still providing effective protection from hospitalization and death, even against the most recent omicron subvariants.

Strong adolescent-parent relationships linked to improved health in young adults

April 3, 2023
New research in JAMA Network Open has found that investments in improving parent–adolescent relationships could help improve general health, mental health and sexual health, while also reducing substance use in young adulthood.

New UNC study quantifies $562M in financial risk from Hurricane Florence using novel modeling approach that evaluates risk of mortgage default and property abandonment

March 31, 2023
A new study from Carolina researchers estimates $562 million in previously unquantified financial risks arising from property value changes and uninsured flood damages in eastern North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence.

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