COVID-19 creates challenges and improvements to care for youth with diabetes around the world

March 2, 2021
For pediatric diabetes clinics worldwide, the pivot to telemedicine during the pandemic has been challenging, but it has also presented opportunities for improved care, according to a new study led by Gillings School nutrition researchers.

A single vaccine dose may offer protection to those who have had COVID-19

March 2, 2021
The results in a new preprint study from UNC-Chapel Hill suggest that those who have previously had COVID-19 gain a similar level of antibody protection from one dose of vaccine as those who have never had COVID-19 gain from two doses.

Courtney Woods and the case of the contaminated current

February 25, 2021
Leaders from the Sampson County community in North Carolina welcomed Assistant Professor Dr. Courtney Woods into their local environmental justice efforts.

Gillings researchers receive $4.4M to reduce inequities in heart and lung disease

February 22, 2021
Heart and lung disease are leading causes of illness and death in the United States, and the disease burden is unequal across groups defined by race/ethnicity, sex and/or gender, and socioeconomic status. Numerous programs have been proven to reduce heart disease, but too often they are not put into practice in the communities where they are most needed.

Experts report that phthalates impair children’s brain development, call for immediate action

February 18, 2021
In a peer-reviewed article published in the American Journal of Public Health, leading scientists and health professionals identify ortho-phthalates as neurotoxic chemicals that increase children's risks for learning, attention and behavioral disorders. In particular, prenatal exposures to phthalates can contribute to attention problems in children.

Regional variations in gut microbiota could contribute to varying health effects in China

February 18, 2021
Regional factors appear to play a significant role in the diversity of gut microbiota and could predict health effects in certain populations, according to the results of a research collaboration between UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte and the National Institute for Nutrition and Health in Beijing, China.

Trainings focused on pain coping skills may also reduce depression linked with perceived discrimination among Black patients

February 16, 2021
Black patients are more likely than members of any other racial group to experience discrimination in health care settings — and discrimination has negative effects on mental health. A new study shows that over-the-phone training sessions focused on skills for coping with pain may reduce the association between discrimination experiences and depressive symptoms.

Broad spectrum antiviral proves highly effective at preventing, treating COVID-19 infection

February 9, 2021
Using a novel in vivo research model containing human lung tissue, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC School of Medicine scientists demonstrated that the experimental drug EIDD-2801 proved dramatically effective at preventing and treating SARS-CoV-2 infection.

New WHO resources leverage Gillings expertise to improve quality of care worldwide

February 8, 2021
With the need for quality health care more acute than ever, Gillings Global Advisor Sheila Leatherman and researchers at the Gillings School have collaborated with the World Health Organization to develop a set of resources that can help health and humanitarian agencies design an approach to quality care delivery in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings.

Study finds no negative economic impact from Chilean food labeling and advertising law

January 26, 2021
New research from the Global Food Research Program at UNC-Chapel Hill finds that the food and beverage sector in Chile did not face significant job losses or wage decreases 18 months after implementation of its food labeling and advertising law.

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