Epidemiology News

High-fruit, low-meat diet reduces colon cancer risk, UNC study finds

March 20, 2007 People who eat a high-fruit, low-meat diet have about half the risk of developing precancerous colon polyps than those who eat a high-meat diet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. Surprisingly, the study also found that people who eat a high-vegetable, moderate-meat diet have essentially the same risk… Read more »

Rye Barcott to be School of Public Health May commencement speaker

March 20, 2007 Photograph of Rye Barcott Rye Barcott, founder and president of Carolina for Kibera, will speak at the commencement ceremony for the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, the School announced today. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Barcott, 27, currently is… Read more »

University honors 10 teachers with distinguished professorships; two from School of Public Health

March 09, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Gerardo Heiss Photograph of Dr. Mark Sobsey The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced the latest recipients of its 2007 distinguished professorships, which are among the highest campus-wide recognitions of excellence. Drs. Gerardo Heiss and Mark Sobsey from the School of Public Health are two of… Read more »

Teenagers with retail, service jobs at risk of injury, robberies, sleep deprivation

March 05, 2007 Despite federal regulations intended to protect them, many teenagers in the U.S. use dangerous equipment or work long hours during the school week, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. The national study was based on telephone surveys of 928 teenaged workers, 14 to 18 years old. The… Read more »

Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, MD, dies at 82

February 27, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Al Tyroler Dr. Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, Allumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health, died February 18, 2007. He was 82 years old. Born September 5, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tyroler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University in 1943, received… Read more »

UNC researchers develop questionnaire for predicting chronic kidney disease

  February 26, 2007 A team led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has developed a simple questionnaire to help identify individuals likely to have chronic kidney disease. The questionnaire, and the study on which it is based, are reported in the Feb. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The… Read more »

Horney and MacDonald publish article on School’s hurricane response

February 26, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Pia MacDonald “Academic Public Health Community Responds to Hurricanes: A History of the North Carolina School of Public Health Response and New Infrastructure, 1999-2006,” authored by Jennifer A. Horney, MA, MPH, and Pia D.M. MacDonald, PhD, MPH, has been published in the March-April 2007 Public Health Reports. The… Read more »

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 »