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Researchers study impact of laws requiring minimum nurse staffing

January 17, 2007 The UNC School of Nursing will lead a team investigating the impact of California’s minimum nurse staffing law on nurse-to-patient ratios, hospital financial performance, quality of care and nurse wages. The $1.2 million study is funded by a grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to Dr. Barbara Mark, Sarah… Read more »

Higher occurrence of Parkinson’s linked to low LDL cholesterol

December 18, 2006 People with low levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than people with high LDL levels, according to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers.LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol; low levels of LDL cholesterol are considered an indicator of good cardiovascular health. Earlier studies have found… Read more »

Unraveling disparities

December 13, 2006 UNC researchers uncover perplexing questions about how race and ethnicity affect health, and develop new tools to help tackle health disparities Heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular diseases (including stroke) are the three leading causes of death in the United States. All three are more common among African-Americans and Hispanics than whites, according… Read more »

Exploring the causes of health disparities

December 13, 2006 The UNC School of Public Health’s explorations into the causes of health disparities and the ways that race and ethnicity affect disease are long-term and far-reaching. Our work in this area extends from studies investigating diet and physical activity changes in developing countries to explorations of the way stress affects health. Read… Read more »

Pediatric specialists often far from home

December 04, 2006 Taking your child to a pediatric subspecialist may mean a big-time travel commitment, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health have found. Although about half the children in the United States live within 10 miles of most pediatric specialists, almost one in three must travel… Read more »

Half of people at high risk don’t know they need a flu shot

November 20, 2006 Many people at high risk of flu infection mistakenly believe they’re in a low-risk group and, as a result, are much less likely to get a flu shot, a researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health has found. Photograph of Dr. Noel T. Brewer The… Read more »

Adolescent girls more active if neighborhoods have parks

November 17, 2006 Adolescent girls who live within half a mile of a public park are significantly more physically active than other girls, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. Photograph of Dr. Diane Catellier The study found that physical activity was higher for girls who lived within a mile of parks… Read more »

Zeisel selected for distinguished achievement in nutrition research

October 18, 2006   Photograph of Dr. Steven Zeisel Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD , Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics and associate dean for research at the School of Public Health, has been named winner of the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Freedom to Discover Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. Zeisel was recognized for… Read more »

Abdominal fat affects breast cancer survival

October 13, 2006 A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides evidence that excess abdominal fat can affect breast cancer survival. The researchers followed 1,254 women ages 20 to 54 diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 1990 and 1992. Women with a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.80, which… Read more »

UNC awarded $22 million to coordinate Hispanic Community Health Study

October 12, 2006 A $22 million federal contract to coordinate a nationwide health study of Hispanics in the United States has been awarded to the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Hispanic Community Healthy Study will examine the impact of acculturation – adapting to life in a… Read more »