Chile’s Law of Food Labeling and Advertising encourages notably healthier choices

August 11, 2021
Chile’s package of healthy food policies successfully decreased purchases of unhealthy food and drinks during the initial implementation phase, according to a new study. Researchers say the significant reductions in calories and nutrients of concern (sugar, sodium and saturated fat) underscore the potential for heathy food policies to significantly affect public health — even in the short-term.

SuperSNAP helps food insecure households afford healthy foods

August 11, 2021
Led by UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, a new study showed that an additional $40 per month for SNAP beneficiaries substantially increased the purchase of healthier food options for people who struggle with food insecurity.

PFAS Testing Network releases final report, shares scientific recommendations for NC

August 10, 2021
PFAS — short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — are found in many common products and have been linked to negative health effects in animals, but their health effects in humans are largely unknown. In an effort to shed light on this concerning scientific question, researchers with the PFAS Testing (PFAST) Network have submitted a comprehensive report and accompanying recommendations to the North Carolina General Assembly.

More than a mindset

August 10, 2021
A group of master’s and doctoral students is the first to pursue UNC-Chapel Hill’s new graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good. How are they applying early lessons learned to create new programs, ventures and services that make a community impact?

Concern grows over the prevalence of ultra-processed foods in American diets

August 10, 2021
Ultra-processed foods are growing more pervasive in American diets, especially for kids. Drs. Katie Meyer and Lindsey Smith Taillie have co-authored an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association that calls for action to understand the role these foods play in the American food system and develop policies to reduce their consumption.

Crisis pregnancy centers come up short in providing access to information on pregnancy options

August 9, 2021
New findings from a study co-authored by maternal and child health researchers at the Gillings School and the University of California at San Francisco suggest that crisis pregnancy centers are not meeting the needs of people seeking information on abortion.

New study aims to help stroke survivors achieve blood pressure goals

July 28, 2021
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded the Wake Forest School of Medicine and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health a $29.9 million grant to help stroke survivors prevent a second stroke by controlling blood pressure.

Gillings School maternal and child health workforce development center renewed through 2026

July 26, 2021
The Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) has received a $1.97 million award from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau, which will renew funding of the department’s National MCH Workforce Development Center for another five years.

Carolina to lead $15 million statewide COVID-19 surveillance program funded by NC Policy Collaboratory

July 26, 2021
A new surveillance program, led by UNC-Chapel Hill's Dirk Dittmer, Amir Barzin and Audrey Pettifor, will collect, sequence and share data on SARS-CoV-2 samples from across the state, providing real-time information on variants circulating in North Carolina.

The impact of anxiety and alcohol dependence on HIV therapy: New findings from Vietnam

July 23, 2021
A study of people living with HIV in Vietnam suggests that depression and anxiety can lead to lower rates of antiretroviral therapy adherence. Alcohol dependence can worsen the negative effects of anxiety in a synergistic manner, further contributing to poor therapy adherence.

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