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Student startup to combat global warming with seaweed

September 13, 2018
UNC undergraduates Lucy Best, Emily Kian and Eliza Harrison (an ESE student) make up team Phyta, a seaweed cultivation initiative hoping to win the prestigious Hult Prize.

Law intended to increase access to behavioral health care had little impact, study finds

September 8, 2018
A 2008 law that required insurance plans to offer mental health and addiction benefits at the same level as physical health benefits did not significantly reduce out-of-pocket spending on outpatient behavioral health services or increase their use, according to new research.

Study demonstrates benefits among people living with HIV who inject drugs

September 5, 2018
Gillings School researchers are part of an international team reporting promising findings related to the prevention of HIV transmission among people who are HIV-positive and use injectable drugs and their partners. The key findings of HPTN 074, part of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), were published Aug. 30 in The Lancet.

Health Scholars fill leadership roles at UNC Hospitals

August 28, 2018
“Minority leaders are underrepresented in health care, and we wanted to change that.” Jeffrey Simms smiled as he recalled the origins of the UNC Health Scholars program.

Former inmates at high risk for opioid overdose following prison release

July 19, 2018
A recent study in North Carolina found that, in the first two weeks after being released from prison, former inmates were 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than someone in the general population.

Researchers determine some prenatal predictors of contact with child protective services

July 8, 2018
Doctoral student Anna Austin led a study predicting which children are at risk for intervention by child protective services agencies. Risk factors include the mother’s marital status, educational and socio-economic levels, and whether she had experienced initimate partner violence in the year prior to the child’s birth. Photo by Petras Gagilas.

Study finds policy changes increase access to drug that reverses opioid overdoses

July 6, 2018
A new study found that laws to improve naloxone access increase access to naloxone among Medicaid beneficiaries, a group that experiences a risk of overdose death several times higher than the general population. Naloxone is a life-saving prescription medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Photo by Tom Wolf.

Barrington and team win research award for HIV/AIDS project in Guatemala

June 25, 2018
Central America’s first study to critically document the process of creating a community-based clinic for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for gay men has been selected to receive the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations’ (ICASO) 2018 Robert Carr Research Award. Dr. Clare Barrington is the leader of the UNC research team on the collaborative project.

Study examines the state of health research as seen in social media

June 19, 2018
The increasing use of social media has altered the landscape of news, including reports about health-related research. A team of researchers, many from the Gillings School, examines the ways health research is viewed through social media. Photo by Jason Howie.

Ammerman’s project, Good Bowls, offers recipe for health equity

June 15, 2018
Dr. Alice Ammerman and her team of current and former nutrition students have launched Good Bowls, a new public health initiative that aims to provide better access to nutritionally valuable food for lower-income consumers, while creating economic opportunities for local farmers and food entrepreneurs.