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Few women get enough exercise during pregnancy, study says

March 31, 2010 Fewer than 1 in 4 pregnant women meet physical activity guidelines set by doctors and health officials, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.Guidelines set by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2002 recommend pregnant women get 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise daily, or… Read more »

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention study impacts tobacco legislation

  March 31, 2010 The U.S. Senate cited the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention‘s Internet Cigarette Vendors (ICV) study in its unanimous decision to pass the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act, which aims to curtail the growing sales of tax-evading, low-cost cigarettes and other tobacco products over the Internet and through… Read more »

Weight Wise program helps low-income women improve health

March 22, 2010 Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge A project at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) has found that a weight loss program based in local health departments can lead to significant weight loss and improved health status for low-income, overweight women. Carmen Samuel-Hodge, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at UNC… Read more »

Sobsey selected to participate in NASA’s first LAUNCH event

March 16, 2010 Dr. Mark Sobsey University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill environmental sciences and engineering professor Mark Sobsey, PhD, is one of 10 innovators chosen to participate in the first LAUNCH event, being held March 16-18 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.   Founding partners of LAUNCH include NASA, U.S. Agency for… Read more »

Obesity impairs body’s “memory” of how to fight flu

March 15, 2010 Obesity may limit the body’s ability to develop immunity to influenza viruses, particularly secondary infections, by inhibiting the immune system’s ability to “remember” how it fought off previous similar bouts of illness, according to new research from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   The results, published in the March… Read more »

Higher prices for fast food, soda lead to weight reductions, lower diabetes risk

March 08, 2010 A new study that followed participants for 20 years shows both weight and risk for diabetes decreased for people in communities where fast food prices increased. Dr. Barry Popkin The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, led by Barry Popkin, PhD, and published in the March 8, 2010, issue of… Read more »

Better physician-patient communication needed after genomic testing, Brewer says

March 08, 2010 One in three early stage breast cancer patients who received genomic testing when deciding about treatment options felt they did not fully understand their discussions with physicians about their test results and their risk of the disease recurring, a new study has found. Dr. Noel Brewer The research, conducted by University of… Read more »

New study identifies risks, benefits of anemia drugs

March 02, 2010 Aggressive treatment of anemia with intravenous iron and drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) may lower the risk of death for dialysis patients with severe anemia – but also may increase the risk of death among patients with milder anemia, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests.  … Read more »

U.S. children snacking more; junk calories leading the rise

March 02, 2010 Dr. Barry Popkin Children in the United States are snacking more than ever before on salty chips, candy and other junk food, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study led by Barry Popkin, PhD, and nutrition doctoral student Carmen Piernas.   Carmen Piernas The increase in snacking,… Read more »

Baric elected to American Academy for Microbiology

February 23, 2010 Dr. Ralph Baric Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the American Academy for Microbiology. He will be recognized at the Academy Fellows luncheon in San Diego on May 26, 2010.   The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership… Read more »