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Epidemiology News

Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults

  April 09, 2012   The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, analyzed nearly 31,000… Read more »

Six public health students receive The Graduate School’s 2012 Impact Awards

April 09, 2012 The loss of farm land, limited HIV resources, stroke evaluation, tick bites, motor-vehicle crashes and postpartum depression comprise the issues researched by six former and current public health graduate students who received Impact Awards from UNC’s Graduate School earlier this month.   The awards recognize students whose research may improve the lives… Read more »

Adolescent expectations of early death predict young adult socioeconomic status

  April 05, 2012 Adolescents’ expectations of an early death can predict their economic futures more than a decade later, according to a new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Individuals who did not expect to live to age 35 had lower levels of educational attainment and lower personal earnings… Read more »

US autism rates reach new high; NC figures higher than national average

March 29, 2012   A new study estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report March 29 that looked at data gathered in 2008 from 14 communities, including central North Carolina.   The new data show that autism… Read more »

UNC study identifies pockets of high cervical cancer rates in North Carolina

March 12, 2012 A study of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina has revealed areas where rates are unusually high. The findings indicate that education, screening, and vaccination programs in those places could be particularly useful, according to public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who authored the… Read more »

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

March 08, 2012 A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma. Tackling latent HIV in the immune system is critical to finding a cure for AIDS. The results were presented today at… Read more »

Aspirin may counteract potential trans fat-related stroke risk in older women

March 01, 2012 Share   Older women whose diets include a substantial amount of trans fats are more likely than their counterparts to suffer an ischemic stroke, a new study shows. Dr. Ka He However, the risk of stroke associated with trans fat intake was lower among women taking aspirin, according to the findings from… Read more »

Reports identify, prioritize environmental health risks in fast-growing United Arab Emirates

February 22, 2012 Share   By global standards, health risks caused by environmental factors are low in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), report new studies by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. In an effort to keep those risks low, Emirates are working with the researchers to find ways now to avoid problems… Read more »

Guidry selected as Environmental Health Sciences’ communication fellow

February 22, 2012 Share   Dr. Virginia Guidry Virginia (Ginger) Thompson Guidry, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral fellow in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, is one of ten scientists recently named as a 2012 Science Communication Fellow by Environmental Health Sciences (EHS). EHS is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to increase… Read more »

Recession and high co-pays tied to fewer colonoscopy screenings among people with health insurance

February 21, 2012 Share   The recent U.S. economic recession was the longest and most severe since World War II. During this period, personal spending on health care grew at the slowest rate in more than 50 years, suggesting that Americans used less health care.   A new study finds that these cut backs were… Read more »