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Extreme Floods May Be the New Normal

Over the past year alone, catastrophic rain events characterized as once-in-500-year or even once-in-1,000-year events have flooded West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and now Louisiana, sweeping in billions of dollars of property damage and deaths along with the high waters. Read More...

Study Examines Engagement & Interaction of Kids with Disabilities in Inclusive Kindergartens in China

Quality engagement in early childhood programs is critical to the development and learning of young children, particularly those with disabilities. The purpose of this study was to examine the quality of engagement and interaction of children with disabilities in inclusive kindergartens in China. Read More...

Young Campers’ Ability to Learn to Manage their Chronic Illness Pleasant Surprise to Doctors

Children and teenagers who feel in control of their chronic illness are more likely to be able to manage their condition when they become adults, a study on campers suggests. Researchers in the U.S. surveyed 163 kids aged six to 17 to understand how ready they were to transition to adult care and to take their medication as prescribed.The investigators also asked about how well the campers felt they had control of their health, based on their answers to questions such as: "If my condition worsens, it is my behaviour which determines how soon I will feel better again," versus "As to my condition, what will be will be." Those who felt confident about managing their own health and trusted their doctor were more likely to follow recommendations and learned self-management skills, the study's author's concluded in Thursday's issue of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease. Read More...

Institute Professor Weighs in on the Importance of Energy Efficiency in a Guest Column for Durham’s Herald-Sun

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill have partnered with Boston University to research the impact of including energy efficiency measures into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan aims to lower carbon emissions across the country. Their research shows increased energy efficiency measures will lead to reduced emissions, savings for consumers, and greater public health benefits. Institute professor Sarav Arunachalam co-wrote a guest column for the Durham Herald-Sun sharing the research findings. Read More...

Mark Holmes appointed new director of the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research

The UNC-Chapel Hill Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is pleased to announce that Dr. George “Mark” Holmes has been appointed as the director of the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, one of the oldest and largest academic health services research centers in the United States. Read More...