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Oct 31, 2023

Poop, Pee and Microbes: The Complicated Ecology of Pit Latrines

The findings are relevant for efforts to both improve public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with global climate change. 

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Oct 19, 2023

N.C. Needed a Plan to Help Homeless Kids. Now It Has One.

There are more than 30,000 homeless infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children in North Carolina. A new action plan aims to bridge the gap between these children and the services that can help them. 

on left part of image, a man's lower leg is shown, with the toes of his feet pointing down. There are sensors attached to his knee and calf. On the right, a robotic prosthetic lower leg is shown flexing in a pose identical to the man's leg. In the upper right hand corner, a graph shows an erratic line that moves up and down.

Oct 18, 2023

Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve ‘Natural’ Movement, Stability

Robotic prosthetic ankles that are controlled by nerve impulses allow amputees to move more “naturally,” improving their stability. 

photograph is an aerial view of a city neighborhood, with busy streets running on either side of a park. The park has many trees, and there are large apartment and office buildings in the background.

Oct 18, 2023

Greener Neighborhoods Can Protect Us – at the Cellular Level

A new study finds that greenspace in urban environments has a positive impact on a key genetic marker associated with exposure to stress. 

a blind man sits at a desk with a computer. he is wearing headphones and reading a book written in braille.

Sep 27, 2023

State COVID-19 Websites Fail to Meet Accessibility Standards

Some members of the public, such as individuals who are blind or visually impaired, are not able to access all of the relevant information on the sites. 

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Sep 21, 2023

How Racism Shapes Black Motherhood in the U.S.

A new study underscores how being a Black mother in the U.S. involves navigating aspects of parenthood that are explicitly tied to dealing with racism. 

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Sep 14, 2023

NC State Joins JED Campus to Expand Student Mental Health Support

In partnership with The Jed Foundation, NC State will continue to assess its efforts to enhance mental health and well-being and to help prevent substance misuse and suicide. 

three signs are attached to a chain link fence. The signs read: "Don't Give Up", "You Are Not Alone", and "You Matter".

Sep 11, 2023

Study Sheds Light on Increased Reports of Suicidal Behavior in Teens

Some of the increase appears to be due to changes in how health professionals screen for and report on suicidal thoughts. 

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Aug 29, 2023

Potential Employers View Job Candidates Differently If They Post Online About Mental Health

A new study finds mental health disclosures can affect the way potential employers view job applicants. 

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Aug 22, 2023

Police Involvement May Hamstring Overdose Outreach Efforts

The study raises concerns that law enforcement’s involvement in post-overdose outreach efforts may undermine their effectiveness. 

a vial labelled "COVID-19 Vaccine" sits on a table against a yellow backdrop

Jul 20, 2023

How Partisan Politics Could Help Public Health

Study suggests partisan politics can be used to encourage the public to get vaccinated. 

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Jun 7, 2023

Fitness App Loophole Allows Access to Home Addresses

The finding raises significant privacy concerns. 

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May 31, 2023

Chemical Found in Common Sweetener Damages DNA

A new study finds a chemical formed when we digest a widely used sweetener breaks up DNA. The finding raises questions about how the sweetener may contribute to health problems. 

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Apr 28, 2023

The Future Is Now: Wrestling with Ethics, Policy and Brain-Computer Interfaces

Devices that allow computers to interface with the human brain are already here. As these technologies become more widespread, so do questions related to ethics and policy. 

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Apr 24, 2023

Study Finds Significant Variation in Anatomy of Human Guts

Researchers found significant variation in the anatomy of the human digestive system, with pronounced differences possible between healthy individuals.