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Public Health Reviews journal reborn online with focus on “the new public health”

July 16, 2010 Dr. Kant Bangdiwala Dr. Tom Ricketts Shrikant Bangdiwala, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has announced to the School the relaunch of the journal, Public Health Reviews. Bangdiwala is a member of the journal’s editorial board and author of an article in the inaugural issue… Read more »

School researcher, alumnus contribute data on tobacco use among sexual minorities

July 12, 2010 Dr. Cathy Melvin Joseph Lee UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty member Cathy Melvin, PhD, and alumnus Joseph Lee, MPH, CPH, were leaders in providing data used in “Smoking Out a Deadly Threat: Tobacco Use in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community,” a report recently published by the… Read more »

School reaccredited by CEPH for maximum period, seven years

July 06, 2010 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health celebrated more than Independence Day this holiday weekend. On July 2, Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced the School’s reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for seven years, the maximum period of renewal. “This is great news!” Rimer said in an email… Read more »

Heart Healthy Lenoir kicks off in Kinston

July 06, 2010 More than 100 community members, policymakers, health care providers and business owners joined researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina University on June 29 to kick off the Heart Healthy Lenoir Project in downtown Kinston, N.C.   Heart Healthy Lenoir is a $10 million, five-year project focused on reducing heart disease in… Read more »

Poll shows growing support in North Carolina to increase state’s tobacco tax

  June 24, 2010 Raising taxes typically is not a popular idea, but the option of increasing cigarette sales tax has been gaining momentum in North Carolina for the past several years. Statewide polls since 2004 have shown a majority of North Carolinians support increasing the sales tax on cigarettes as a means of generating… Read more »

UNC awarded $1.7 million to curb the spread of HIV in North Carolina

June 24, 2010 A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They will study novel HIV testing methods to detect acute HIV infection and target sexual networks to curb the spread of HIV in North… Read more »

Gut bacteria could be key indicator of colon cancer risk

June 22, 2010 The human body contains more bacteria than it does cells. These bacterial communities can have a positive effect on our health, by training our immune systems and helping to metabolize the foods we eat. But they can also set us up to develop digestive disorders, skin diseases and obesity.   Now a… Read more »

UNC, NC State, SAS to develop system to quickly detect, warn of bioterrorism

June 21, 2010 North Carolina will be the national model for a new system to detect the earliest signs of an impending bioterrorism attack and provide warnings in time to minimize damage to human and animal life as well as the environment.The model, called North Carolina Bio-Preparedness Collaborative (NCB-Prepared), will alert health officials and practitioners… Read more »

UNC study helps explain why black patients with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites

June 17, 2010 A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study that follows patients with lung cancer is one of the first to suggest why patients choose not to have life-preserving lung surgery and why such surgery is sought less often by blacks.   Samuel Cykert, MD, associate professor in the UNC School… Read more »

Four UNC global health abstracts selected for presentation at APHA annual meeting

June 07, 2010 Four abstracts of work conducted by faculty members and students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been accepted for presentation at the 138th annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition, to be held Nov. 6-10 in Denver. Dr. Bruce Fried Dr. Peggy Bentley Gretchen Van Vliet Dr. Hollie… Read more »