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Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults

  April 09, 2012   The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, analyzed nearly 31,000… Read more »

Adolescent expectations of early death predict young adult socioeconomic status

  April 05, 2012 Adolescents’ expectations of an early death can predict their economic futures more than a decade later, according to a new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Individuals who did not expect to live to age 35 had lower levels of educational attainment and lower personal earnings… Read more »

Gene variations linked to intestinal blockage in newborns with cystic fibrosis

April 02, 2012   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers working as part of the International Cystic Fibrosis Consortium have discovered several regions of the genome that may predispose cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to develop an intestinal blockage while still in the uterus.   Dr. Fred Wright Fred Wright, PhD, professor of biostatistics… Read more »

US autism rates reach new high; NC figures higher than national average

March 29, 2012   A new study estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report March 29 that looked at data gathered in 2008 from 14 communities, including central North Carolina.   The new data show that autism… Read more »

Study unravels health impact, interplay of diet soft drinks and overall diet

March 28, 2012 Are diet sodas good or bad for you? The jury is still out, but a new UNC-led study sheds light on the impact that zero-calorie beverages may have on health, especially in the context of a person’s overall dietary habits.For the average person, the scientific evidence can seem confusing. A number of… Read more »

UN hits water target, but 1.8 billion people still drinking unsafe water, study shows

March 23, 2012 Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of the United Nations’ goal to greatly improve access to safe drinking water around the world. While major progress has been made, a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that far greater challenges persist than headline statistics suggested. On… Read more »

Hiding emotions may exacerbate depression among black men who confront racial discrimination

March 14, 2012 Enduring subtle, insidious acts of racial discrimination is enough to depress anyone, but African-American men who believe that they should respond to stress with stoicism and emotional control experience more depression symptoms, according to new findings from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.The study, “Taking It Like a Man: Masculine… Read more »

UNC study identifies pockets of high cervical cancer rates in North Carolina

March 12, 2012 A study of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina has revealed areas where rates are unusually high. The findings indicate that education, screening, and vaccination programs in those places could be particularly useful, according to public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who authored the… Read more »

Tobacco companies, convenience stores form ‘deadly alliance’ to entice kids to smoke, report says

March 09, 2012 Tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing tobacco products and fighting policies that reduce tobacco use, according to a report released today by leading public health organizations, including The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. The report says that the industry and… Read more »

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

March 08, 2012 A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma. Tackling latent HIV in the immune system is critical to finding a cure for AIDS. The results were presented today at… Read more »