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Epidemiology News

Breastfeeding: good for babies, good for moms

September 14, 2009 Breastfeeding is great for babies and moms, offering the best nutrition along with bonding opportunities. Now, studies show that breastfeeding cuts the risk of breast cancer as well. How? Breastfeeding appears to lower the levels of cancer-related hormones. At the end of lactation, the mother’s body also gets rid of many breast… Read more »

Conquering cancer

September 14, 2009 UNC tackles cancer as a public health issue, from research to prevention to treatment to survivorship Every family has a cancer story. So does every neighbor, friend, co-worker and employer. That’s why it’s not just a statistic — it’s a human issue. And that’s why it’s not just a disease — it’s… Read more »

UNC injury research center receives $4.8 million award from CDC

  September 14, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center has received $4.8 million in renewed funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The UNC center is one of 11 Injury Control and Research Centers (ICRC) addressing injury prevention in the U.S. With the… Read more »

UNC study: Insecticide-treated bed nets reduce infant deaths in Democratic Republic of Congo

September 04, 2009 Giving insecticide-treated bed nets to nearly 18,000 mothers at prenatal clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented an estimated 414 infant deaths from malaria, a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers concludes. Dr. Andrea Biddle Co-authors of the study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

UNC study will test therapies to eradicate HIV infection

September 04, 2009 Researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have received $2.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test new therapeutic agents that may eradicate human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Dr. David Margolis David Margolis, MD, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology in the UNC… Read more »

UNC study to examine whether paying girls to attend school reduces HIV risk

August 31, 2009 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study if monetary incentives and community mobilization can help prevent young women in South Africa from becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Audrey Pettifor Audrey Pettifor, PhD,… Read more »

Siega-Riz promoted to professor of nutrition and epidemiology

August 20, 2009 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, has been promoted to the rank of professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s departments of epidemiology and nutrition, the School has announced. The promotion was effective Aug. 1. Siega-Riz has been a member of the UNC public health faculty since 1998, when… Read more »

He, nutrition faculty member, receives promotion

August 20, 2009 Dr. Ka He Ka He, MD, ScD, has been promoted to associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology, with tenure, at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The promotion is effective Sept. 1, 2009. “Dr. Ka He is a creative and talented researcher and a dedicated teacher,” says June Stevens, PhD,… Read more »

Timothy Mastro, MD elected as a member of the American Epidemiological Society

  Timothy Mastro, MD, FACP, DTM&H, Group Director of Global Health, Population & Nutrition, has been elected as a member of the American Epidemiological Society (AES), a select society that provides a scientific forum for senior epidemiologists. Epidemiology is the study of disease distribution and the determinants of health and disease risk in human populations…. Read more »

UNC researchers receive grant to protect NC food supply, advance homeland security

  August 11, 2009 How long does it take for authorities to recognize an outbreak of foodborne disease, determine what caused the illness, recall the affected foods and examine the geographic distribution of contaminated products? The time could be much shorter, thanks to a new project being developed through an award from the Institute for… Read more »