Warnings on sugary drinks could reduce consumer purchasing and consumption

June 3, 2020
Warnings on sugary drinks could reduce a person's intent to purchase and consume them, according to new findings from Dr. Anna Grummon and Dr. Marissa Hall.

Study estimates COVID-19 mortality rates in South Korea, shares modeling tool

April 21, 2020
In a pre-print study, researchers discuss the mortality burden of COVID-19 in South Korea — one of the first countries to report a case outside of China. They also share a mortality rate modeling approach that relies solely on publicly available data.

New York only state to reduce income-based disparities in smoking, study finds

April 10, 2020
Lower-income Americans are more likely to smoke cigarettes than those who are more affluent. While the federal government and most states have set goals to reduce income-based disparities in tobacco use, only one state has lessened the gap.

‘100% Vitamin C’ marketing claims increase appeal of sugary fruit drinks

March 24, 2020
Sugar-sweetened beverages are a major factor in the obesity epidemic among both children and adults, and fruit-flavored drinks with added sugar are by far the most popular variety of these among children. In a new study, UNC researchers examine how adding vitamin claims, fruit images and health warnings to the labels of fruit drinks affected consumers’ perceptions.

Alcohol problems cost Baltimore more than $2 per drink

March 2, 2020
A new study models how cities can estimate the true cost of alcohol.

For adults with multiple chronic conditions, there is room for improvement in engagement with patients and families

February 18, 2020
People with multiple chronic conditions often rely on support from family members when managing treatment and making health care decisions, but few documented medical interventions exist that focus on engaging both patients and their families.

Closing liquor stores in Baltimore residential neighborhoods could prevent 22 homicides, save $27.5M each year

February 13, 2020
In the wake of the implementation of TransForm Baltimore, which included provisions to remove liquor stores from Baltimore’s residential neighborhoods, new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins University shows that closing 80 of these liquor stores could prevent 22 homicides and save $27.5 million each year.

Researchers find little progress on alcohol policy globally, call for stronger approach

February 11, 2020
Almost ten years ago, the World Health Organization adopted a voluntary global strategy for reducing harmful use of alcohol. A new survey shows it isn’t working.

Pictures on cigarette warning labels can help smokers kick the habit despite lack of effect on risk beliefs

February 5, 2020
A new study co-led by Dr. Noel Brewer has found that pictures on cigarette warning labels increase the likelihood that smokers will quit even though they do not increase belief in the risk of harm smoking can cause.

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.

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