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Epidemiology News

High costs, lack of insurance contribute to low rate of colorectal cancer screenings in U.S.

April 13, 2010 High out-of-pocket costs, lack of health insurance and limited access to care contribute to a relatively low rate of colorectal cancer screening in the United States, according to a new systematic review by researchers at the RTI International-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Evidence-based Practice Center.   The research, published in… Read more »

Public health students recognized for work benefiting North Carolina

April 13, 2010 Gillings School of Global Public Health students earned four of 16 Impact Awards, presented by UNC’s Graduate School. The awards were presented at the graduate student recognition ceremony held April 8 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.   Sponsored by the Graduate School’s Graduate Education Advancement Board, the Impact Awards recognize… Read more »

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs announced

  April 06, 2010 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will fund four new Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs). Projects were competitively selected for awards, and support four of the School’s five strategic initiatives: global health, water and environment, cancer and health disparities.   The new projects bring to 18 the… Read more »

Few women get enough exercise during pregnancy, study says

March 31, 2010 Fewer than 1 in 4 pregnant women meet physical activity guidelines set by doctors and health officials, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.Guidelines set by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2002 recommend pregnant women get 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise daily, or… Read more »

Meyer, adjunct professor, awarded for lifetime efforts to prevent birth defects

March 23, 2010 Dr. Robert Meyer Robert E. Meyer, PhD, adjunct professor of maternal and child health at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently received the National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s 2009 Godfrey P. Oakley Jr. Award.   The annual award, which recognizes an individual who has made significant lifetime contributions to the… Read more »

Geiger chosen to present School’s commencement address

  March 19, 2010 Dr. H. Jack Geiger The man credited with founding the nation’s first rural community health center – and inspiring a generation of public health leaders – will address the 2010 graduates of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Human rights activist, physician and epidemiologist H. Jack Geiger will… Read more »

New study identifies risks, benefits of anemia drugs

March 02, 2010 Aggressive treatment of anemia with intravenous iron and drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) may lower the risk of death for dialysis patients with severe anemia – but also may increase the risk of death among patients with milder anemia, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests.  … Read more »

U.S. children snacking more; junk calories leading the rise

March 02, 2010 Dr. Barry Popkin Children in the United States are snacking more than ever before on salty chips, candy and other junk food, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study led by Barry Popkin, PhD, and nutrition doctoral student Carmen Piernas.   Carmen Piernas The increase in snacking,… Read more »

Baric elected to American Academy for Microbiology

February 23, 2010 Dr. Ralph Baric Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the American Academy for Microbiology. He will be recognized at the Academy Fellows luncheon in San Diego on May 26, 2010.   The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership… Read more »

Brewer and Smith lead initiative to eradicate cervical cancer; NC Governor applauds plan

February 15, 2010 Asserting that no one should die from cervical cancer, public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are leading a multi-state initiative to prevent – or even eradicate – the disease.The Cervical Cancer-Free Initiative is a multi-year project aimed at preventing the disease through vaccination against human papillomavirus… Read more »