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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 »

Newborn brains grow vision and movement regions first

February 07, 2007 The regions of the brain that control vision and other sensory information grow dramatically in the first few months following birth, while the area that controls abstract thought experiences very little growth during the same period, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. The researchers discovered that the back… Read more »

Annual reports showcase School’s research and service achievements

February 06, 2007 The School of Public Health’s Office of Research and North Carolina Institute for Public Health have recently released annual reports, showcasing the School’s research and service activities across our state and nation and around the world. The Office of Research report, available as a PDF at www.sph.unc.edu/research/our_research_and_its_impact.html, includes several stories that highlight… 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 »

Driver licensing system reduces young drivers’ hospitalizations and medical costs, UNC study finds

January 25, 2007 North Carolina’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) system has reduced hospitalizations and resulting hospital costs by about one-third for the state’s 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to be published in the February edition of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The study, “The Effects… Read more »

Researchers study impact of laws requiring minimum nurse staffing

January 17, 2007 The UNC School of Nursing will lead a team investigating the impact of California’s minimum nurse staffing law on nurse-to-patient ratios, hospital financial performance, quality of care and nurse wages. The $1.2 million study is funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to Dr. Barbara Mark, Sarah… 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 »

Unraveling disparities

December 13, 2006 UNC researchers uncover perplexing questions about how race and ethnicity affect health, and develop new tools to help tackle health disparities Heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular diseases (including stroke) are the three leading causes of death in the United States. All three are more common among African-Americans and Hispanics than whites, according… Read more »

Exploring the causes of health disparities

December 13, 2006 The UNC School of Public Health’s explorations into the causes of health disparities and the ways that race and ethnicity affect disease are long-term and far-reaching. Our work in this area extends from studies investigating diet and physical activity changes in developing countries to explorations of the way stress affects health. Read… Read more »

Pediatric specialists often far from home

December 04, 2006 Taking your child to a pediatric subspecialist may mean a big-time travel commitment, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health have found. Although about half the children in the United States live within 10 miles of most pediatric specialists, almost one in three must travel… Read more »