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Women in urban Senegal seek less biased contraceptive access

March 2, 2022

New UNC research has found that women in urban Senegal seeking family planning services tend to avoid providers with a bias that would prevent them from acquiring their preferred method of contraception. While many studies have exposed the types of biases that those seeking contraception might encounter, including those based on age, marital status and…

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Picture warnings on sodas? A promising tool to fight childhood obesity

February 1, 2022

A study published today in the journal PLOS Medicine is the first to examine in a realistic setting whether pictorial health warnings on sugary drinks — like juice and soda — influence which beverages parents buy for their children. The findings are promising: The warnings reduced parental purchases of sugary drinks for their kids by…

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Forecasting COVID-19: A conversation with Paul Delamater

January 24, 2022

For the past several months, Paul Delamater has been working with a team of researchers to forecast COVID-19 cases across North Carolina. The NC COVID-19 dashboard shows up-to-date estimates and future forecasts of SARS-CoV-2 infections, COVID-19 cases, and (coming soon) COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths in North Carolina. Here are his answers to some questions about…

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Dying Young in the USA: New report shows lower life expectancy for young Americans

January 24, 2022

 A new PRB report shows lower life expectancy for young Americans; researchers say “aggressive action” is needed to increase survival rates for infants, children, young adults. UNC sociologist Robert Hummer co-led the research team. Americans ages 15 to 24 are twice as likely to die as their peers in France, Germany, Japan and other wealthy…

Americans ages 15 to 24 are twice as likely to die as their peers in France, Germany, Japan, and other wealthy nations. Those findings came in a new report, released today by PRB, which calls for “aggressive action” by state and federal policymakers to stem death rates among those under age 25 in the United States.

In the news…January 4, 2022

January 4, 2022

Scientists Are Racing to Gauge the Threat of Omicron (Justin Lessler, The New York Times) Meet the Press - December 19, 2021 (Justin Lessler, Meet the Press) Breakthrough COVID-19 infections and deaths rose during delta, but far outpaced by the unvaccinated  (Justin Lessler, ABC News) Omicron will cause more infections, but lower hospital rates, UW…

Produce prescriptions can save money. New project asks how much?

January 4, 2022

A new project will be exploring the benefits of food prescription programs, which provide a monthly electronic benefit for participants to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. In early studies, this type of intervention has been shown to improve health outcomes. With a $765,000 grant from The Duke Endowment, this project will investigate a new facet…

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In the news…December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021

What may explain HIV’s high prevalence among trans people (Tonia Poteat, Medical News Today) Cassandra Davis is a member of Heat, Energy, and Health Equity Nexus, one of the six pre-proposal winning teams for this year's Creativity Hubs seed funding competition.

In the news….December 6, 2021

December 6, 2021

Could rural China's healthcare deal with covid-19? (Sean Sylvia, BMJ) Covid-19: Why China is sticking to “zero tolerance” public health measures (Sean Sylvia, BMJ) Commentary: NC Policy Watch (Justin Lessler)