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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 »

White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity commends HPDP’s preschool nutrition program

  May 28, 2010 A program designed by researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) to reduce obesity in preschool children was recommended by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity last week.   The task force is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity…. Read more »

HOPE program expanded to include Lenoir County

  May 24, 2010 The Community-Campus Partnership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has awarded a $20,000 grant to support public health and poverty alleviation programs in Lenoir County through its Health, Opportunity, Partnerships and Empowerment (HOPE) projects. The projects aim to improve health outcomes for low-income women by providing support and… Read more »

UNC project takes on heart disease in heart of U.S. ‘stroke belt’

  May 04, 2010 A new $10 million grant will help researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University collaborate with health-care practitioners and community leaders in Lenoir County to tackle heart disease, the county’s leading cause of death.   The UNC-ECU project aims to better understand the causes… Read more »

Patients with IBS commonly use narcotics, study finds

May 04, 2010 Doctors often unnecessarily treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with narcotics, according to a study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.   “This course of treatment is generally inadvisable because it does not improve functional status and may have adverse long term effects,” said study lead author Spencer D…. Read more »

Preventing HPV might lower risk of HIV infection in men

April 28, 2010 Men infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) are at greater risk of becoming infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) than men who are not HPV positive, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   Preventing HPV infection could be a way to slow the HIV epidemic, the researchers… Read more »

High costs, lack of insurance contribute to low rate of colorectal cancer screenings in U.S.

April 13, 2010 High out-of-pocket costs, lack of health insurance and limited access to care contribute to a relatively low rate of colorectal cancer screening in the United States, according to a new systematic review by researchers at the RTI International-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Evidence-based Practice Center.   The research, published in… Read more »

Public health students recognized for work benefiting North Carolina

April 13, 2010 Gillings School of Global Public Health students earned four of 16 Impact Awards, presented by UNC’s Graduate School. The awards were presented at the graduate student recognition ceremony held April 8 at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center.   Sponsored by the Graduate School’s Graduate Education Advancement Board, the Impact Awards recognize… Read more »

Kosorok leads NIH-sponsored research to improve clinical trials, speed new cancer therapies

April 07, 2010 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University have teamed up to find ways to design more powerful clinical trials for cancer treatments, effectively getting better and more personalized new therapies to cancer patients sooner.   The researchers have been awarded a $12.5 million,… Read more »

Four new Gillings Innovation Labs announced

  April 06, 2010 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will fund four new Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs). Projects were competitively selected for awards, and support four of the School’s five strategic initiatives: global health, water and environment, cancer and health disparities.   The new projects bring to 18 the… Read more »