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Researchers identify new cell targets for preventing growth of breast and other tumors

April 23, 2008 Researchers at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered new targets for cancer treatment aimed at blocking a key step in tumor progression. This step – the creation of new blood vessels – enables tumors to grow out of control and ultimately spread… Read more »

Early neglect predicts aggressive behavior in children

April 07, 2008 Children who are neglected before their second birthday display higher levels of aggressive behavior between ages 4 and 8, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, published today in the journal Pediatrics. Early child neglect may be as important as child abuse for predicting aggressive behavior, researchers say…. Read more »

Inactive kids face six-fold risk of heart disease by teen years, study finds

April 04, 2008 Young children who lead inactive lifestyles are five-to-six times more likely to be at serious risk of heart disease, with that degree of danger emerging as early as their teenage years, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The findings, published Friday, April… Read more »

Harmful algae taking advantage of global warming

April 03, 2008 photograph, Dr. Hans Paerl You know that green scum creeping across the surface of your local public water reservoir? Or maybe it’s choking out a favorite fishing spot or livestock watering hole. It’s probably cyanobacteria – blue-green algae – and, according to a paper in the April 4 issue of the journal… Read more »

Obesity may keep some women from getting screened for breast, cervical cancer

March 24, 2008   A review of cancer screening studies shows that white women who are obese are less likely than healthy weight women to get the recommended screenings for breast and cervical cancer, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health.The trend was not seen as… Read more »

American College of Surgeons establishes new Health Policy Institute at UNC

March 13, 2008   The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has established a new Health Policy Institute, which will be based initially at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Photograph, Dr. Tom Ricketts Dr. George F. Sheldon, Zack D. Owens distinguished professor of surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine and a former president… Read more »

Cancer risk slightly higher for women in discontinued hormone treatment trial

March 04, 2008   Photo, Dr. Gerardo Heiss A follow-up study of participants in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trial led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher, Dr. Gerardo Heiss, has found that women who were taking the combined hormone therapy of estrogen plus progestin may have an increased risk of… Read more »

Homeland Security funds UNC center to study natural disasters in coastal areas

February 27, 2008 Richard Luettich, D.Sc. When storms threaten America’s coastlines, emergency managers will have the latest scientific information to prepare and protect our coastlines and citizens, thanks to a multi-million dollar grant to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rick Luettich, D.Sc., professor of… Read more »

Doctors should watch for depression in arthritis patients

  February 20, 2008 Photo, Dr. Brenda DeVellis Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely to experience depression but are unlikely to talk to a doctor about it, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. School of Public Health faculty members Brenda M. De Vellis, PhD, Robert F. De… Read more »

Vaccine for stomach flu may be possible, UNC research shows

February 13, 2008 Every year, millions of people are infected with noroviruses – commonly called “stomach flu” – often resulting in up to 72 hours of vomiting and diarrhea. While most people recover in a few days, the symptoms can lead to dehydration and – in rare cases, especially among the elderly and infants –… Read more »