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UNC, NC community colleges partner to prevent cancer

August 04, 2011 As many as half of all cancer deaths can be prevented by not smoking, reducing exposure to smoke, maintaining a healthy weight, and being physically active; and researchers have identified specific programs, also known as evidence-based interventions (EBIs), that help people change these health behaviors.Public health researchers are working with all 58… Read more »

Fasting may not be needed for children’s cholesterol tests

August 01, 2011 Physicians usually ask children to fast overnight before a cholesterol test. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that this may not always be necessary. Dr. Asheley Skinner Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Male circumcision lowers prevalence of penile precancerous lesions among African men, study finds

July 29, 2011 An international study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that among Kenyan men, circumcision is associated with a lower prevalence of human papillomavirus-associated precancerous lesions of the penis. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that plays an important role in genital cancers in… Read more »

Is prison healthier, safer than life outside?

July 29, 2011 Death rates among black male prisoners in North Carolina are lower than the state’s general African-American population, but white inmates are more likely to die from a variety of chronic and infectious diseases than Caucasian men overall, according to a new study. The finding comes from University of North Carolina at Chapel… Read more »

Kids eating convenience foods are getting more calories, less nutrition, study finds

July 27, 2011 American children are eating fewer home-cooked meals, and that could be fueling the obesity epidemic, say nutrition researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   In a study published online and in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers from UNC’s Gillings School of… Read more »

New findings from University of North Carolina-led HIV prevention study, HPTN 052

  July 21, 2011 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of public health and medicine presented detailed data from the landmark HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 052 study at the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, in Rome earlier this week. The HPTN 052 study… Read more »

NC shares health systems lessons with the nation

July 21, 2011 Since 2004, North Carolina has been the only state in the U.S. to have mandatory public health department accreditation, requiring local departments to meet standards prescribed by the N.C. Division of Public Health. To date, 55 of the state’s 85 local health departments have completed accreditation.UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s… Read more »

REACH NC allows quicker, more efficient access to School’s experts

July 19, 2011 For nearly every public health challenge, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has a team of innovative scientists quickening the pace toward a solution. But how do other scientists, students, members of the media, business leaders, legislators and others learn more about what we’re doing? Until recently, those looking for detailed… Read more »

Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postpartum depression

July 19, 2011 Women who have breastfeeding difficulties in the first two weeks after giving birth are more likely to suffer postpartum depression two months later compared to women without such difficulties. For that reason, women with breastfeeding difficulties should be screened for depressive symptoms, according to a new study by researchers at the University… Read more »

School researchers to present at international AIDS conference

July 15, 2011 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will be well represented at the 2011 meeting of the International AIDS Society (IAS), to be held July 17-20 in Rome. The research of more than a dozen faculty members, students and alumni will be presented at the conference, which is the world’s largest… Read more »