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UNC Gillings School, RTI International to test for lead in drinking water at 300 Wake County households with young children

February 19, 2018
Private wells used for household drinking water are not routinely monitored for lead, which may put young children at risk for lead poisoning. The Gillings School and RTI International are partnering to offer free water and child blood lead tests for up to 300 Wake County, N.C., households using private wells for drinking water.

Groundbreaking study creates global estimates of environmental safety challenges in health-care facilities

February 16, 2018
A new study has produced, for the first time, estimates of the environmental conditions in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

UNC Study: Improvements in WIC packaging led to overall food choice improvements

An improvement in the food choices and nutritional content of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), packages has produced analogous changes in overall food purchase habits among program participants. Those are the findings in a new study from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study,… Read more »

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities

February 12, 2018
A new study, co-authored by Dr. Philip May, found that between 1 percent and 5 percent of the 6,000 first-graders studied have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Findings were published Feb. 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study finds self-collected specimens comparable to physician-collected specimens for STI screening accuracy

February 8, 2018
A new study in Nairobi, Kenya, found that self-collection of specimens was comparable to physician-collection for the screening of four sexually transmitted infections in a population of female sex workers.

New research on global surface ozone levels highlights regions, populations most affected by air pollution

February 7, 2018
Dr. Joseph Pinto is a co-author of an international Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report that presents analyses of ozone levels around the world. The research was led by the universities of Leicester and Edinburg and 12 other institutions.

Health indicators for newborns of breast cancer survivors may vary by cancer type

February 6, 2018
For breast cancer survivors, the risk of giving birth prematurely, and of other health concerns for their newborns, may depend upon the type of breast cancer they had, according to a study led by Dr. Hazel Nichols. The study was published Jan. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer.

Characklis and team awarded $2.5M NSF grant to study flood, drought conditions in Oregon

February 2, 2018
Dr. Gregory Characklis is part of a team awarded a $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study the variability of flood and drought conditions in Oregon and the effects of those conditions on food, water and energy production in the region.

Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq

February 2, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.

New edited volume informs breastfeeding through anthropological research

January 26, 2018
Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.