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Environmental justice advocate takes public health concerns to White House briefing

November 25, 2009 Minister Robert Campbell Minister Robert Campbell, longtime Chapel Hill, N.C., activist for social and environmental justice, visited the White House on Friday, Nov. 20, to speak about public health issues in the Rogers-Eubanks community in Chapel Hill, N.C. He met with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson and Department of Health and… Read more »

Rozier leads CDC work group recommending school-based dental sealant programs

  November 24, 2009 Dr. Gary Rozier School-based sealant programs are an effective public health approach to preventing caries, according to a November cover story in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The article is based on recommendations developed by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work group led by Gary Rozier, DDS,… Read more »

UNC study pinpoints causes of ‘runner’s knee’

November 23, 2009 From professional athletes to weekend warriors, the condition known as “runner’s knee” is a painful and potentially debilitating injury suffered by millions of people – although until now, it has been unclear just what causes it. Dr. Stephen Marshall New research by Stephen W. Marshall, PhD, and colleagues from the University of… Read more »

Nutrition’s Campbell awarded NIH Challenge Grant to bring HOPE to eastern North Carolina

November 19, 2009 Dr. Marci Campbell Marci Campbell, PhD, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $954,000 National Institutes of Health Challenge Grant to provide support to low-income women in rural eastern North Carolina to lose weight, become financially literate, and move out of poverty…. Read more »

UNC study: HPV vaccine hurts less than expected

October 21, 2009 Injections of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appear to be no more painful than other shots that prevent disease, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The finding follows anecdotal accounts and news stories that have emphasized the potential side effects of the… Read more »

UNC preparedness center surveys attitudes about flu vaccine

October 15, 2009 Sue Naorungroj, epidemiology master’s student, prepares materials about H1N1 flu. The North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness, part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, recently received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Practice-Based Research Network to determine N.C. communities’ attitudes about influenza vaccination. The assessment was planned… Read more »

UNC receives $1.47 million grant for lung transplant research

October 14, 2009 Thomas M. Egan, MD, MSc, professor of surgery in the UNC School of Medicine, has received a $1.47 million, two-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for research on perfusion and ventilation of lungs outside the body before transplant. The research could lead to a significant increase in the… Read more »

UNC receives award for its reclaimed water system, rainwater reuse

October 09, 2009 UNC recently received a national award for the reclaimed water system that began serving the main campus in April and for its innovative reuse of rainwater in a second project. The WateReuse Association gave the University its 2009 Institution of the Year award at the association’s annual symposium on Sept. 14 in… Read more »

UNC study to examine if nutritional supplements protect HIV-positive mothers, infants in Africa

October 08, 2009 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $2.2 million grant to find out if simple nutritional supplements, fortified with micronutrients and essential fats, protect the health of HIV-positive women and their infants after weaning. Dr. Peggy Bentley Margaret “Peggy” Bentley, PhD, professor of nutrition and associate… Read more »

Prenatal exposure to BPA might explain aggressive behavior in some 2-year-old girls

October 06, 2009 Daughters of women exposed to a common chemical found in some plastics while they were pregnant are more likely to have unusually aggressive and hyperactive behaviors as 2-year-olds, according to a new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Joe… Read more »