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UNC biostatistics study deepens understanding of genomic puzzle

June 01, 2012   Dr. Matthew Nelson Researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have helped usher in a new understanding of genetic variants and disease by conducting one of the largest population studies of genome sequencing to date.   Matthew R. Nelson, PhD, adjunct associate professor of biostatistics and a principal scientific… Read more »

HIV hides soon after infection, UNC research shows

May 29, 2012 While current therapies are effective at controlling HIV, some virus remains hidden in certain CD4+ T cells, specialized immune system cells in which the virus replicates itself. This latent infection remains a significant challenge to curing HIV.A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina schools of medicine and public health… Read more »

Researchers recommend acceleration of cancer comparative effectiveness research

May 24, 2012 Research that compares the effectiveness of different cancer treatments should be accelerated – and the findings promoted and accepted – according to a recent study led by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   For the review article “Data for Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research,” published April 20 in… Read more »

M-health improves health outcomes, especially in developing countries, Thirumurthy says

May 24, 2012   An article in the May issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization suggests that use of text messaging and other mobile phone applications may be an increasingly effective and cost-efficient means of improving health outcomes, especially in developing countries. Dr. Thirumurthy Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, assistant professor of health policy… Read more »

Women’s Health Report Card shows complexities, opportunities

  May 22, 2012     Biostatistics professor Amy Herring (left) with master’s student Katie Garcia More North Carolina women are getting mammograms and colonoscopies, but fewer are receiving first-trimester prenatal care.   Those are some of the findings of the Center for Women’s Health Research’s (CWHR) 2012 North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card, which… Read more »

Culturally sensitive research in United Arab Emirates pinpoints indoor air quality risks

May 08, 2012 The rapid shift from nomadic life to modern-day culture in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has exposed the population to significant indoor air quality risks that can lead to respiratory illness, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. With… Read more »

Online retailers, shipping companies give minors access to alcohol, study finds

May 08, 2012 Minors easily can purchase alcohol online as a result of poor age verification by Internet alcohol vendors and shipping companies such as FedEx and UPS, according to new research from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Dr. Kurt Ribisl Dr. Rebecca Williams Kurt Ribisl, PhD, professor of health behavior… Read more »

School’s students engage local children in UNC’s Science Expo

  May 03, 2012 Students from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health participated in UNC’s Science Expo last month and helped educate local youth about eating healthfully and making wise choices based on sugar content in food. The Science Expo, part of a statewide program with more than 500 events in North Carolina, emphasizes… Read more »

UNC Nutrition Research Institute study identifies gene associated with male infertility

May 01, 2012 Fifteen of every 100 couples in the world who want to have children find it difficult or impossible to conceive. In about half those couples, the male partner is infertile. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute in Kannapolis have found a possible genetic cause… Read more »

One in 5 North Carolinians lacks health insurance

April 27, 2012 One in five people in North Carolina under age 65 lacked health insurance in 2010 — an increase from previous estimates completed five years earlier — according to a new study from the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM). The analysis, which compared 2004-2005 data with 2009-2010 data, showed that 291,000 non-elderly… Read more »