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Epidemiology News

UNC injury research center receives $4.8 million award from CDC

July 23, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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 (CDC). Dr. Carol Runyan Carol Runyan, PhD, professor of health behavior and health… Read more »

Students work to improve health status of Nicaraguans

July 16, 2009 Jennifer Horney, PhD, MPH, works on surveys with maternal and child health master’s students Mary Dickinson and Emily Treleaven. Four graduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are spending the summer in Nicaragua as part of a collaborative project between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

Peters receives Presidential award for early-career scientists

July 16, 2009 Dr. Riki Peters Ulrike (Riki) Peters, PhD, associate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Wash., was named by President Obama in July as one of 100 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals… Read more »

Rosen publishes research on HIV infection in N.C. prisons

July 09, 2009 A UNC study led by David Rosen, PhD, has found that 3.4 percent of inmates evaluated in North Carolina prisons test positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and as many as 61 percent of HIV cases in prison settings may remain undetected. Those at highest risk for HIV infection include men… Read more »

UNC Study: Digging in beach sand increases risk of gastrointestinal illness

July 09, 2009 Photo: P. Buhro Children and adults who build castles and dig in the sand at the beach are at greater risk of developing gastrointestinal diseases and diarrhea than people who only walk on the shore or swim in the surf, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

Gene found to influence waist circumference, obesity

June 26, 2009 People who are overweight or obese sometimes joke about their bodies, saying that the waist size of their “jeans” is influenced by the “genes” they inherited from their parents. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, however, suggests that this play on words has some basis in reality…. Read more »

Rositch selected as Fogarty Scholar

June 22, 2009 Anne Rositch Anne E. Rositch, doctoral student in epidemiology, was selected this spring as a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar. Beginning in July, she will live in Nairobi, Kenya, for about a year, contributing to a study that focuses on human papillomavirus, cervical precancerous lesions and HIV transmission. Under the auspices of… Read more »

Smoking, drinking, lack of exercise interact with genes to increase risk of hypertension

June 16, 2009 Cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption and lack of exercise can interact with genes to influence a person’s risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a report published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. Dr. Nora Franceschini “The three lifestyle characteristics are well-known risk factors for high blood pressure,” said Nora Franceschini, MD, lead author… Read more »

Use of herbal and other dietary supplements may have impact on cancer risk

June 15, 2009 Dr. Jessie Satia Certain herbal and specialty supplements may increase one’s risk of developing lung and colorectal cancers, while others may decrease the risk, according to a new study led by Jessie Satia, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Researchers find genes associated with onset of puberty

  June 08, 2009 The genes that may cause a normal variation in the timing of female sexual maturation have been identified, according to a researcher at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and 38 other researchers from around the world. Their findings, published in the June issue of Nature… Read more »