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Epidemiology News

Pregnancy may increase the risk of developing binge eating disorder

September 06, 2007 Pregnancy may open a window of vulnerability for developing binge eating disorder, especially for women from lower socio-economic situations, according to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers and colleagues in Norway. In a long-term study of 100,000 pregnant Norwegian women, the researchers saw an unexpected increase… Read more »

School faculty and staff recognized for service to Humphrey Fellowship Program

August 29, 2007 Two UNC School of Public Health faculty members have received teaching awards and another eight were recognized for their service as advisors to the 2006-2007 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, based in the UNC Department of Public Policy. The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished professionals from designated countries of Africa,… Read more »

Worldwide distribution of cervical cancer virus is consistent with vaccine targets

August 01, 2007 Dr. Jennifer Smith The variety of human papilloma viruses that cause invasive cervical cancer cases worldwide are largely consistent across continents, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This finding means that prophylactic vaccines currently available against these two most prevalent types of human papillomavirus… Read more »

UNC Public Health students receive awards at International Conference on Global Health

June 20, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Peggy Bentley (second from left) with winning students HIV transmission risks, including violence, male circumcision and mother-to-child transmission was the focus of research presentations by three University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public health students during the Global Health Council’s (GHC) 34th Annual International Conference on Global Health…. Read more »

Racism’s role in disease focus of minority health video conference

June 07, 2007 “Does racism make us sick?” is the question addressed by the 13th annual Summer Public Health Research Video Conference on Minority Health, sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health’s Minority Health Project and the university’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. The interactive conference will… Read more »

Taking folic acid does not reduce risk of precancerous colon tumors

June 05, 2007 Taking folic acid supplements does not reduce the risk of developing precancerous tumors in the colon and may even increase the risk, a new study has found. Photograph of Dr. Robert Sandler “We had great hope that folic acid would be a very cheap and effective agent to prevent large bowel adenomas…. Read more »

Sun exposure early in life linked to specific skin cancer gene mutation

May 30, 2007 Skin cancers often contain different gene mutations, but just how these mutations contribute to the cause of melanomas has been a mystery. A new clue comes from scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Their research indicates that early life sun exposure, from… Read more »

UNC receives Lance Armstrong Foundation grant to study head and neck cancer survivors

May 29, 2007 Treatment for head and neck cancer is particularly aggressive, affecting speech, swallowing, breathing and communication. A grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will fund research on the experiences of head and neck cancer survivors, so that health professionals can effectively manage the impact… Read more »

History of migraines associated with increased risk of retinopathy

  May 16, 2007 Middle-aged men and women with a history of migraine and other headaches are more likely to have retinopathy, damage to the retina of the eye which can lead to severe vision problems or blindness, than those without a history of headaches, according to a study from the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Commencement weekend: School of Public Health welcomes new alumni

May 15, 2007 Photograph of students lining up for commencement More commencement photographs   Despite darkening clouds that later delivered the downpour they promised, the lightheartedness of students lined up to enter Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 12, seemed to make the world a brighter place. Joined by their families, friends and faculty from the… Read more »