UNC and Shanghai collaborate on promising models for the global challenge of diabetes

February 3, 2020
Dr. Edwin Fisher and Peers for Progress have collaborated with colleagues in Shanghai on a paper showing the contributions of peer support to diabetes management as part of a special section of Translational Behavioral Medicine devoted to prevention and management of diabetes in varied international settings.

Correcting vaccine misinformation is a difficult process, UNC study shows

January 14, 2020
UNC-Chapel Hill researchers examined how negative media coverage of the HPV vaccine impacted vaccination rates in Denmark to better understand the damage misinformation causes.

Gillings research on broad-spectrum antiviral could aid public health response to coronavirus outbreaks

January 10, 2020
New research from scientists at the Gillings School reveals that, in mice, remdesivir is more therapeutically effective against the Middle East respiratory coronavirus (MERS-CoV) than comparative antiviral treatments. This broad-spectrum antiviral drug could help public health workers respond more rapidly to coronavirus outbreaks.

Twin presence of obesity and undernutrition reflects shifts in global food systems

December 15, 2019
Being undernourished or overweight are no longer separate public health issues.

Sustainability is key for long-term success of Nigerian family planning initiatives

December 13, 2019
Family planning programs in Nigeria are successful in influencing the population to incorporate the practice of family planning and increase the use of contraception, but a plan to address the sustainability of these effects is necessary for long-term success, according to research from Dr. Ilene Speizer.

Three students visit Germany for hands-on practicums

December 12, 2019
Master of Science in Public Health students Brandi Martin, Casey McGoun and Emily Price worked in a laboratory at the Institute of the Ruhr University in Bochum during the summer and fall of 2019.

Regulating TV ads targeted to children could reduce their exposure to junk food

December 11, 2019
Chile has mandated some of the most stringent and comprehensive regulations of food marketing. New research from the Gillings School finds that after initial regulations were put in place in 2016, preschoolers’ exposure to child-targeted advertising of unhealthy foods decreased by 35%.

Water Institute uses data to strengthen WaSH systems in Pacific Island countries

December 11, 2019
Pacific Island countries lag behind the rest of the world in terms of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) services. The Water Institute collaborated with UNICEF Pacific to investigate the problem.

When it comes to crisis response, low-income countries need a defined standard of care

December 9, 2019
In a recent commentary, faculty from the Gillings School call for more urgency in the delivery of quality care to countries experiencing extreme adversity, documenting ongoing crises in Iraq and the devastating impact they have had on human health in the region.

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.

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