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Is exercising while pregnant good for babies? Pioneering ECU research could provide answer

A researcher at East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine was recently awarded a grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) to continue her groundbreaking study of the effects that exercising while pregnant has on babies.

The funding through the AHA’s Innovative Project Award will provide Dr. Linda May, an associate professor in the Department of Foundational Sciences, a total of $200,000 over the next two years to provide physical training to pregnant women and then measure the outcomes for the infants.

 

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Unlocked and loaded: ECU experts examine data on gun safety, public health

Nearly one in 10 Americans lives in a home with a loaded and unlocked gun, according to a report released by East Carolina University’s Center for Survey Research: “Unlocked and Loaded: Guns in the Home and Safety Practices in America.”

In the report, ECU faculty members and report co-authors Dr. Ann Rafferty and Dr. Joseph Lee write, “Firearm violence is a serious public health issue and firearm presence and safe storage are key components.

Survey findings include:

  • Thirty-seven percent of American adults report there is a firearm kept in and around their home.
  • One in four American adults who report having firearms in their home report unsafe gun storage.
  • Those in firearm households earning less than $40,000 a year are more likely to report the presence of loaded and unlocked firearms in their residence.

 

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