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UNC study shows link between spanking and physical abuse

August 19, 2008 Mothers who report that they or their partner spanked their child in the past year are nearly three times more likely to state that they also used harsher forms of punishment than those who say their child was not spanked, according to a new study led by the Injury Prevention Research Center... Read more »

UNC researchers find MSG use linked to obesity

August 14, 2008 People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don’t use it to be overweight or obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill... Read more »

UNC study: common vaginal infection may increase risk of HIV infection

July 31, 2008 A common vaginal infection may make women more susceptible to contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health researchers have found. An analysis of 23 published studies, including data from more than 30,700 women from around the world, showed that women with... Read more »

Some drugs increase risk of falling

July 09, 2008 Dr. Carri Casteel Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have created a list of prescription drugs that increase the risk of falling for patients aged 65 and older who take four or more medications on a regular basis. Carri Casteel, Ph.D., a research assistant professor with the Department... Read more »

UNC to study link between sustainable farming and health

June 02, 2008 Would people and their communities be healthier if they still got food from local farms? A team of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has received a grant to study the public health impact of moving toward a local, sustainable food system. The team will establish a Gillings Innovation Laboratory... Read more »