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Epidemiology News

Survey finds ‘staggeringly high’ rate of spanking in North Carolina

June 28, 2011 A new survey finds that 30 percent of North Carolina mothers of children less than two years old say they have spanked their children in the last year.In addition, 5 percent of North Carolina mothers of three-month-old babies say they have spanked their very young children. More than 70 percent of mothers… Read more »

Landfill air pollution may be as unhealthy as it is unpleasant, study finds

June 23, 2011 Despite increased regulations on municipal solid waste since 1990, many people who live near landfills continue to report health problems associated with foul odors, pests, polluted water and traffic. A new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published online this month in Environmental Research, finds that potentially hazardous… Read more »

Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County

  June 08, 2011 Dr. Dorothy Cilenti Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, has been named interim health director for Orange County, N.C., until the Orange County Board of Health identifies a permanent replacement for former director Dr. Rosemary Summers, who retired May 31.   Cilenti is deputy director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH),… Read more »

Heiss, Hussey and Holliday win School’s highest honors for mentorship and teaching

June 02, 2011 (L-R) Dr. Gerardo Heiss, Amanda Holliday, Dr. Jon Hussey Three members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty were honored at the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, for their roles in developing the next generation of public health leaders. Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, was presented with the… Read more »

Nearly one in five young adults has high blood pressure, study shows

May 25, 2011 The number of young adults in the United States with high blood pressure may be much higher than previously reported, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Quynh Nguyen Study authors from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health include Quynh Nguyen, lead… Read more »

UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

May 24, 2011 Cancer patients may visit emergency departments when they experience medical problems, but little information is available about the frequency of or reasons for those visits. Annah Wyss, MPH A first-ever study of emergency room use by oncology patients in North Carolina was published in the May 23, 2011 online issue of the… Read more »

UNC’s minority health videoconference examines inequities as the basis for health disparities

May 24, 2011 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 17th annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health, presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will examine lessons learned from a quarter-century of health disparities initiatives.   Dr. Vic Schoenbach… Read more »

UNC’s Cervical Cancer-Free America convenes top experts to develop national prevention agenda

May 17, 2011 Launching nationwide this month, the Cervical Cancer-Free America (CCFA) initiative to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer is moving ahead with plans to establish and strengthen diverse partnerships across the country to eliminate cervical cancer. The initiative is lead by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Progress in AIDS battle, thanks to UNC study

May 17, 2011 A UNC-led research study has made a major discovery in efforts to halt the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Myron Cohen The large international clinical trial, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD, epidemiology professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has found that treating HIV-infected individuals… Read more »

Former faculty member Wagner wins AUPHA’s Graham Prize for health services research

April 28, 2011 Dr. Ed Wagner Edward H. Wagner, MD, MPH, alumnus and former epidemiology faculty member at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the 2011 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, the highest distinction for health services researchers.   Funded by The Baxter International Foundation,… Read more »