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Older overweight children consume fewer calories than do their healthy-weight peers

September 10, 2012 A new study by UNC pediatrics researchers finds a surprising difference in the eating habits of overweight children between ages 9 and 17 years compared to those younger than 9.Younger children who are overweight or obese consume more calories per day than do their healthy- weight peers. Among older overweight children, however,… Read more »

Preventive oral health program improves quality of life and often is cost-saving, study finds

August 28, 2012   A program that invests in preventive oral health care for young children at risk of dental disease not only improves overall oral health of the general public and likely improves quality of life for families but has a good chance of paying for itself in reduced hospitalizations and future dental costs,… Read more »

Top 10 in 2012: The year’s most-read news stories

Top 10 in 2012: The year’s most-read news stories January 02, 2013   One of the most-read news articles on the Gillings School of Global Public Health website in 2012 was accompanied by a photograph of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shaking the hand of a Gillings faculty member. The faculty member in the… Read more »

Adults born during early years of US obesity epidemic uniquely prone to obesity, study finds

August 03, 2012   Despite recent reports that obesity in the U.S. appears to be leveling off, young adults who were born in the 1980s may continue to be burdened by increasing rates of obesity when compared to the rest of the adult population, according to a study published in the May 2012 issue of… Read more »

Teens’ expectations of early death predict risk-taking behavior in early adulthood

August 02, 2012   Dr. Quynh Nguyen Young people who once reported thinking they had a 50 percent or less chance of surviving to age 35 are more likely to engage in risky behavior later in life than their more hopeful peers, according to a new study from researchers at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Early treatment could mean greater earning potential for people with HIV

  July 31, 2012 Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy In a first-of-its-kind health campaign in Uganda, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill show that adults with HIV who had less severe infections could work more hours per week, and their children were more likely to be enrolled in school.The finding, led by Harsha… Read more »

Poison center data play vital role in predicting methadone-related deaths

July 26, 2012   Nabarun Dasgupta A new report, published by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers, shows that data from national poison control centers may provide the best indicator of deaths by methadone overdose in the United States. Methadone is an opioid linked to 30 percent of deaths attributed to prescription painkiller… Read more »

HPV vaccine does not encourage less common HPV strains, study finds

July 26, 2012 Dr. Jennifer S. Smith A new study led by researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strengthens the argument for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in men. The research showed that the vaccine, which targets the two most common strains of the virus (HPV 16 and 18) likely would not cause… Read more »

Dad’s job may be linked to higher risk of birth defects

July 23, 2012   Dr. Tania Desrosiers Historically, women have been the focus of attention when it comes to prenatal care — and appropriately so. After all, they are the ones carrying the baby. But fathers-to-be are not off the hook. In a new study published July 9 in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, researchers at… Read more »

Study finds 75 percent of Chinese adults at risk for diabetes or heart disease

  July 23, 2012   Dr. Penny Gordon-Larsen More than three-quarters of Chinese adults have at least one risk factor for Type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, according to new data in a long-term study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and published July 19 in the journal Obesity. Rates of hypertension,… Read more »