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Epidemiology News

Siega-Riz appointed to 2015 US Dietary Guidelines advisory committee

June 03, 2013 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts selected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.   Her selection was announced May 31 by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services… Read more »

Study finds link between chemical air pollutants and cardiovascular diseases

May 15, 2013   A new study that utilizes a previous novel approach has revealed clues about certain chemical properties of air pollutants and their association with cardiovascular diseases.   Dr. Karin Yeatts The study applied quantitative ion character-activity relationships (QICAR) to estimate associations of human cardiovascular diseases with a set of metal properties commonly… Read more »

Yeatts leads study to analyze incidence and burden of COPD-related emergency department visits in NC

May 08, 2013 Image courtesy of National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 15 million adults may be living with a lower respiratory ailment called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and that millions more may be unaware they have it…. Read more »

‘Obesity genes’ identified among people with African ancestry

April 15, 2013   The largest genetic search for “obesity genes” in people of African ancestry has led to the discovery of new regions of the human genome that influence obesity in these populations and others. The study, “A meta-analysis identifies new loci associated with mass index in individuals of African ancestry,” was published online… Read more »

Thirteen public health students receive Graduate School’s Impact Award

April 11, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health students won nearly a third of the 2013 Impact Awards presented at the annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, held April 10 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.   The awards won by Gillings students – 13 of them – were for… Read more »

Study: Sludge-based fertilizer may be causing human illnesses

March 11, 2013   Treated municipal sewage sludge – that is, the solids from sewage treatment – may be causing illness in people up to a mile from where the sludge is spread on land. A farmer spreads sludge to fertilize his fields. Photo courtesy of Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. Those are the findings of epidemiology… Read more »

Genomic screening to detect preventable rare diseases in healthy people

March 07, 2013 Millions of people unknowingly carry rare gene mutations that place them at high risk of developing preventable diseases such as colorectal and breast cancers and several catastrophic blood vessel disorders.Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and School of Medicine propose that screening… Read more »

Genes that control nervous system development play a role in gum disease

March 05, 2013 By simultaneously investigating millions of gene variants in more than 5,000 individuals, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveal that genes responsible for nervous system development and immune function also play a role in an insidious gum disease known as chronic periodontitis.The work is the first genome-wide association… Read more »

34th annual Minority Health Conference explores ways to improve health equity

March 01, 2013 Dr. Brian Smedley The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health presented the 34th annual Minority Health Conference on Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C.   The event, attended by… Read more »

School leaders welcome new faculty members, announce promotions

March 01, 2013 Gillings School of Global Public Health representatives have announced new faculty members and faculty promotions for the period July 2012 to Feb. 1, 2013. Promotions during the period include: Gregory Characklis, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering, effective July 1, 2012; Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition, effective Feb. 1; Jessica… Read more »