Research News

Researchers issue HIV goal: drug-free remission

March 05, 2009 A group of leading academic and industry scientists has issued a challenge to researchers studying HIV/AIDS: find a way to effectively purge latent HIV infection and eliminate the need for chronic, suppressive therapy to control the disease.”The Challenge of a Cure for HIV Infection,” published in the March 6, 2009 issue of… Read more »

Unexpectedly high rates of childhood diabetes revealed by multi-center study

March 04, 2009 Rates of diabetes are significantly higher than expected among children and adolescents from five ethnic and racial groups in the United States, according to new findings by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and others. The findings are outlined in a series of papers in a supplement to… Read more »

Long-term use of nutrient supplements may increase cancer risk

February 26, 2009 Dr. Jessie Satia Long-term use of beta carotene and some other carotenoid-containing dietary supplements may increase the risk of lung cancer, especially among smokers, according to a study led by Jessie Satia, PhD. The study, which also examined use of retinol, vitamin A, lycopene and lutein, appears in the February issue of… Read more »

Energy expenditure while playing video games

Deborah F. Tate, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Health Behavior and Health Education, and Nutrition, is interested in how our behavior affects our health. Sedentary behavior is one of the main contributors to decreased energy expenditure and is a contributor to being overweight. “Screen time”, or time spent watching TV or playing video games, is… Read more »

Davis and Erwin receive Robert Wood Johnson grants to work with local health agencies

February 16, 2009 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health and a graduate student in health policy and administration have received grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to work with local North Carolina health agencies.  Dr. Mary Davis Mary V. Davis, DrPH, director of evaluation services at… Read more »

UNC study finds ‘alarming increase’ in prevalence of chronic low back pain

February 10, 2009 The proportion of people suffering from long-term, impairing low back pain has more than doubled in North Carolina since the early 1990s, according to a new study.What’s more, researchers believe the increase may be indicative of a similar trend across the country. In the study, published in the Feb. 9, 2009, issue… Read more »

New genomic test may guide breast cancer treatment

February 09, 2009 Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new genomic test designed to help clinicians predict which breast cancer patients are most likely to survive the disease and which treatments may be most effective in increasing those chances of survival.J.S. Marron, PhD, Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor of… Read more »

Doctors don’t need several obesity measures to predict heart failure

January 30, 2009 <p”> Doctors and other health care professionals are aware that a person’s risk of heart failure increases as body weight goes up. However, they don’t need to measure patients’ waists or hips to help reduce the risk for heart failure, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s… Read more »

New UNC, Duke study shows periodontal treatment doesn’t reduce preterm birth risk

January 29, 2009 Despite an apparent link between gum disease and preterm births, standard periodontal treatment does not decrease the risk of preterm birth. Nor is the treatment enough to halt periodontal disease progression in pregnant women, according to new research. The study, involving researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and… Read more »

Study finds loss of sexual desire in postmenopausal women affects health, quality of life

January 21, 2009 Dr. Andrea Biddle Women with low levels of sexual desire, often as a result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed and to suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women who report higher levels of desire, according to a new study by Andrea K. Biddle, PhD,… Read more »