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Older women with normal T-scores may not need bone mineral density screening for 15 years

  January 15, 2012 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other organizations have recommended that women ages 65 and older be routinely screened for osteoporosis using bone mineral density (BMD) screening. However, how often women should be screened is a topic that remains controversial and undecided, with no definitive scientific evidence to provide guidance.Now… Read more »

New study examines behavioral economics of colorectal cancer screening in underserved populations

January 05, 2012 Share   A new study at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will examine behavioral factors that may influence whether people pursue colorectal cancer screening and strategies that might increase screening rates in disadvantaged communities. Dr. Stephanie Wheeler Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of health policy and management in… Read more »

UNC HIV prevention research named Scientific Breakthrough of the Year

  December 22, 2011 Share   The HIV Prevention Trials Network 052 study, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD, has been named the 2011 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science. Cohen is professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Microbiology in the School… Read more »

Popkin one of most frequently cited authors among nutrition researchers

December 21, 2011 Share   Dr. Barry Popkin Barry Popkin, PhD, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is author of three of the top 10 most cited nutrition articles in Nutrition Reviews’ 70-year history.   The journal compiled the list of its… Read more »

Fewer butts means less smoking on campuses with tobacco-free policies

  December 20, 2011 Share   A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study reveals that fewer cigarette butts are being found on college campuses since new policies banning tobacco use were adopted, suggesting that restricting tobacco use on school property effectively reduces smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. The study, published online by… Read more »

Public health researchers introduce a new approach to assess arsenic in drinking water

December 13, 2011 Share   A study emerging from the labs of the UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) introduces a new approach to assess spatial and temporal trends of arsenic in drinking water. The findings may lead to the implementation of enhanced monitoring programs that target regions of concern in North Carolina. Dr. Rebecca Fry… Read more »

LaVange honored for outstanding contributions in COPD research

December 08, 2011 Share   Dr. Lisa LaVange Lisa LaVange, PhD, former professor of biostatistics and director of the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will be recognized by the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Foundation in New York on Dec. 8 for her outstanding contributions in COPD research…. Read more »

UNC researchers aim to better predict success in HIV prevention clinical trials

December 08, 2011 Share   New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine, pharmacy and public health may help explain the failure of some recent clinical trials of prevention of HIV infection, compared to the success of others that used the same drugs. The study, published online Dec. 7… Read more »

Few parents recall being told by doctors that their child is overweight

December 05, 2011 Share   A new analysis of national survey data finds that less than one-quarter of parents of overweight children recall ever being told by a doctor or other health care provider that their children were overweight. Dr. Eliana Perrin Although that percentage has increased over the last 10 years, more improvement is… Read more »

Cohen receives award for contributions to HIV prevention research

December 01, 2011 Share   Dr. Myron Cohen Myron Cohen, MD, professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the GAIA Vaccine Foundation’s 2011 Hope is a Vaccine Award. Cohen also is J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology in the UNC School of Medicine…. Read more »