New food marketing regulations in Chile are reducing the use of child-targeted packaging

December 4, 2019
As part of a comprehensive effort to reduce obesity, Chile now restricts child-directed marketing for products that exceed certain thresholds for added values of sugars, saturated fats, sodium and/or calories. Child-targeted strategies are still allowed for products that do not exceed these thresholds.

UNC awarded $2.91 million to create new ultra-long-acting HIV drug delivery implant

December 2, 2019
Doctoral students Katie Mollan and Bonnie Shook-Sa, along with Dr. Michael Hudgens, are part of an investigative team that recently received a $2.91 million award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to create an ultra-long-acting implant for HIV drug delivery.

Pancreatic cancer tumor classification could optimize treatment choices

November 22, 2019
A study from the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center could help predict resistance to treatments for pancreatic cancer — one of the deadliest cancer types.

Smith recognized as an expert in early cancer detection by Expertscape

November 21, 2019
Dr. Jennifer S. Smith recently was named by Expertscape as a leading expert in the early detection of cancer.

The impact of weight management in kids with Type 1 diabetes can shape adulthood experiences

November 21, 2019
New findings from a research team lead by Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis show that weight management challenges faced by adolescents with type 1 diabetes are compounded in young adulthood and influence the habits young people form as they get older.

NC Medicaid data show progress in state's opioid epidemic, but patients need better access to treatment

November 19, 2019
A new analysis of North Carolina Medicaid data finds that, while important progress is being made in combating the state’s opioid epidemic, more work is needed to increase the rate at which Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with Opioid Use Disorder receive effective medications to treat it.

Westreich publishes new text to teach epidemiology through causality

November 18, 2019
Dr. Daniel Westreich has authored Epidemiology by Design: A Causal Approach to the Health Sciences, a new introductory textbook that explores the foundations of epidemiology through the lens of causal inference.

For cancer patients who identify as sexual and gender minorities, there is a serious research gap

November 18, 2019
Although research on cancer patients who identify as sexual and gender minorities has grown over the past few years, more studies are needed to improve cancer care delivery and outcomes for these underserved populations.

200,000 North Carolinians are in the 'Medicaid gap.' What does that mean?

November 18, 2019
North Carolinians who fall in the “Medicaid gap” are less likely to regularly use preventive care and more likely to put off needed care due to cost, finds a new study from the UNC Gillings School.

Devlin named chair of CDC Foundation’s Board of Directors

November 15, 2019
Dr. Leah McCall Devlin has been named chair of the CDC Foundation Board of Directors. The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit created by the United States Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s critical health protection work.

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