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Non-whites at higher risk for pain with metastatic breast cancer

November 27, 2007 A new study finds significant racial differences in the risk of pain related to metastatic breast cancer. An analysis by Dr. Liana Castel of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and colleagues found that non-whites experience poorer pain control among women with this disease. The study will be published in… Read more »

Doubled calorie intake from beverages likely contributes to adult obesity

November 20, 2007 It’s not just sugary sodas that are adding to the obesity crisis – it’s fruit drinks, alcohol and a combination of other high-calorie beverages, say University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health researchers. And during the holidays, when eggnog, cocktails and spiced cider are abundant, the problem can… Read more »

First “Global Obesity Business Forum” convened in Chapel Hill

October 31, 2007 Senior food industry executives and many of the leading international nutrition scientists and medical experts convened Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 to address one of today’s most dangerous global health issues – obesity. The Global Obesity Business Forum is an initiative of the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center (IDOC) at the University of North… Read more »

Scandal of invisibility plagues countries with no civil registries

October 30, 2007 Most people in Africa and Asia are born and die without leaving a trace in any official records, giving policymakers and researchers little information on which to base public health decisions, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher and colleagues say in a paper published Oct. 29, 2007, in the… Read more »

Breast cancer patients welcome genomic test that predicts risk of recurrence

October 18, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Noel Brewer New research from the School of Public Health, UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and department of psychology in the College of Arts & Sciences finds most breast cancer patients would be receptive to a new genomic test that can determine the chance of breast cancer recurrence and… Read more »

Clean water, healthy water?

  October 05, 2007 Assessing the health risks of treated drinking water Are substances used to purify drinking water creating other dangers? That’s one of the biggest challenges the drinking water industry faces. It’s also one that Carolina School of Public Health researchers are taking a lead to investigate. Many municipalities and companies that provide… Read more »

Storm water run-off: a significant pollution source

October 05, 2007 UNC researchers explore how microbes behave in storm water Patricia Drummey samples water The nature of storm water makes it too expensive to treat for contaminants. “It doesn’t come along very often, and when it does, there’s a lot of it. As a result, building a treatment plant for these large, intermittent… Read more »

Getting water to your tap

October 05, 2007 UNC researchers study ways to imporve water distribution systems to mainain integrity of drinking water; Dual water systems may provide solution Many efforts are made by water treatment facilities across the United States to purify water meant for drinking. But when water leaves treatment plants, do the pipes that carry it maintain… Read more »

From the Neuse to the Nile

  October 05, 2007 UNC’s water research and outreach improves public health in North Carolina communities and in countries worldwide Since Thorndike Saville and Herman Baity started UNC ‘s sanitary engineering program in the 1920s, the University of North Carolina and its School of Public Health have played a crucial role in developing systems to… Read more »

Quick – what’s polluting the water?

  October 05, 2007 UNC School of Public Health researchers develop faster, better ways to warn when our waterways pose a danger to people or fish Dr. Hans Paerl At least a couple things can make a river or ocean unfit. For people, it’s microbes — such as disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoan parasites —… Read more »