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Combination of Obesity and a Common Human Infection May Increase Anxiety Levels

Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States, with obese people having higher rates of anxiety than non-obese people. Data from a recent study reveal that this increased anxiety may be caused by an interaction between obesity and a very common human infection, which results in immunological changes in the brain. Read More...

NC Botanical Garden’s ‘WonderSphere’ wins Core77 Design for Social Impact Award

The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s (NCBG) WonderSphere, a sealed mobile chamber that enables hospitalized, immune-compromised children to touch nature without danger of infection, has won a Core77 Design for Social Impact Award. This annual award is given by the design website to projects specifically created to benefit social, humanitarian, community or environmental causes. Read More...

Preparing for the Storm

June 1 marked the first day of hurricane season. For emergency managers and state and local decision makers, particularly along our coastlines, this season that runs through November 30 can bring many challenges. One of those challenges is when to order evacuations when a storm is moving in. Read More...

Cancer Survivors with Negative Attitudes About Social Support May Have Lower Quality of Life

Cancer survivors who have been treated with stem cell transplants generally need to rely on their partner, family, friends and others for a successful recovery. Some survivors have negative attitudes about using their social network, however, and that reluctance may be decreasing their quality of life. Read More...

Extending Municipal Water Service May Reduce GI Illness in Those Who Rely on Private Wells

A study co-authored by a researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health provides new evidence that extending regulated community water service to populations currently relying on private wells may decrease the population burden of acute gastrointestinal illness. Read More...