October 17, 2019 “Our study suggests that showing warning labels on sugary drinks is a promising strategy for addressing the obesity epidemic in the U.S.,” Dr. Grummon says. “We found that warnings would reduce obesity prevalence by more than three percentage points. While that number might sound modest, on a national scale it equates to more than five million fewer people with obesity.”
October 14, 2019 Professor Jonathan Oberlander tackled the evolving discourse political candidates are using to describe public health insurance policies in a September 2019 article for the Milbank Quarterly.
Saving mothers more effectively: With $13M, UNC faculty will build a national learning network to prevent deaths from pregnancy and childbirth
October 8, 2019 In the United States, mothers are dying. A recent America’s Health Rankings report listed the U.S. as having the highest maternal mortality rate in the world among developed countries. Now, with a total of $13 million in funding, three faculty members in the Gillings School will implement the Supporting Maternal Health Innovation Program.
October 7, 2019 A study by students and faculty at the UNC Gillings School explored whether screening tools that examine social determinants of health in children can accurately identify early indicators of risk. Based on the researchers' comprehensive review of existing literature, it remains unclear whether such screenings — which aim to consider risk factors outside traditional medical information — inform better care for children.
October 2, 2019 A randomized controlled trial from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health finds that even brief exposure to health warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages reduced purchases of those beverages, providing evidence that such warnings promote healthier drink choices.
With ~$52M in funding from NIH HEAL Initiative, Gillings School researchers join fight against national opioid crisis
October 1, 2019 To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the United States, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $945 million in funding across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. Researchers at the Gillings School are leading one of the 375 grant awards, which focuses on back pain.
September 30, 2019 A Gillings School researcher contributes to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that calls on governments and businesses to invest in family-friendly policies such as paid leave, support for breastfeeding mothers, affordable childcare and the inclusion of child benefits.
September 20, 2019 Dr. Andrew Olshan feels the best way to implement change in the evolving field of epidemiology is through developing a clear vision for how to train future students.
September 17, 2019 Past research has shown people who are highly physically active tend to live more years free of cardiovascular disease. But researchers of a study published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association wanted to look specifically at how TV viewing habits fit into the equation.
September 17, 2019 Lock-in programs for individuals at risk for opioid misuse appear to have little effect on overdoses — a finding that points to a need for improved program design.