Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

UNC study shows state autism rates in line with national average

February 08, 2007 One of every 154 North Carolina children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate among North Carolina children is about the same as the national rate reported by the CDC, according to researchers at the… Read more »

New Zealand researcher to offer global perspective on road safety

February 05, 2007 Dr. Shane Turner, an adjunct senior fellow with the University of Canterbury, will present a lecture on road safety programs in New Zealand at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the auditorium of the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building at 301 Pittsboro St. The lecture, titled “Road Safety Trends, Targets and Safety Programs in New… Read more »

UNC School of Public Health collaborates in development of report on burden of asthma in N.C.

January 26, 2007 A new report on asthma among North Carolinians, developed with input from researchers at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health, has just been published by the North Carolina Asthma Program housed within the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Burden of Asthma in North Carolina 2006, available online… Read more »

Higher occurrence of Parkinson’s linked to low LDL cholesterol

December 18, 2006 People with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than people with high LDL levels, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; low levels of LDL cholesterol are considered an indicator of good cardiovascular health. Earlier studies have found… Read more »

Carolina sends associate professor of epidemiology to Chile on Fulbright Scholarship

November 22, 2006 Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty – an epidemiologist studying adverse birth outcomes and a scholar of American cultural engagement with Islam – have been named 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholars. Photograph of Dr. Jay Kaufman Dr. Jay Kaufman and Dr. Timothy Marr will travel to Chile and Cyprus, respectively, to… Read more »

Abdominal fat affects breast cancer survival

October 13, 2006 A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides evidence that excess abdominal fat can affect breast cancer survival. The researchers followed 1,254 women ages 20 to 54 diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 1990 and 1992. Women with a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.80, which… Read more »

UNC awarded $22 million to coordinate Hispanic Community Health Study

October 12, 2006 A $22 million federal contract to coordinate a nationwide health study of Hispanics in the United States has been awarded to the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Hispanic Community Healthy Study will examine the impact of acculturation – adapting to life in a… Read more »

UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to develop drugs for African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis

September 14, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $21.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop effective, inexpensive drugs to treat late-stage African sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis – diseases that infect and kill hundreds of thousands of people in developing nations.The grant supports the… Read more »

Exercise may increase breast cancer survival for young women

September 11, 2006 Overweight or obese young women who report moderate or vigorous physical activity during the year prior to their breast cancer diagnosis have increased five-year survival, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found. The results show a modest improvement in long-term survival for all women ages 20 to… Read more »

UNC testing new treatment for Barrett’s esophagus

September 08, 2006   UNC Hospitals is leading a nationwide clinical trial to compare the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation against standard treatment for Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that can lead to deadly gastrointestinal cancer.   Barrett’s esophagus is a condition in which repeated acid reflux causes the cells that normally line the esophagus to be… Read more »