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UNC scientists discover cellular “SOS” signal in response to UV skin damage

March 15, 2007 New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified two proteins that may help protect against skin cancer. The study, which appears in the advance online edition of the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology, indicates that two proteins, named Timeless and Tipin, form a complex that regulates the… Read more »

Zeng and Lin read paper to Royal Statistical Society

  March 13, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Donglin Zeng Photograph of Dr. Danyu Lin Drs. Donglin Zeng and Danyu Lin, professors in the School’s Department of Biostatistics, read a paper to the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) at its Ordinary Meeting in London on Jan. 31, 2007. The paper provides a new statistical methodology that can… Read more »

Teenagers with retail, service jobs at risk of injury, robberies, sleep deprivation

March 05, 2007 Despite federal regulations intended to protect them, many teenagers in the U.S. use dangerous equipment or work long hours during the school week, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. The national study was based on telephone surveys of 928 teenaged workers, 14 to 18 years old. The… Read more »

UNC researchers develop questionnaire for predicting chronic kidney disease

  February 26, 2007 A team led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has developed a simple questionnaire to help identify individuals likely to have chronic kidney disease. The questionnaire, and the study on which it is based, are reported in the Feb. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The… Read more »

UNC study shows state autism rates in line with national average

February 08, 2007 One of every 154 North Carolina children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate among North Carolina children is about the same as the national rate reported by the CDC, according to researchers at the… Read more »

Newborn brains grow vision and movement regions first

February 07, 2007 The regions of the brain that control vision and other sensory information grow dramatically in the first few months following birth, while the area that controls abstract thought experiences very little growth during the same period, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. The researchers discovered that the back… Read more »

Annual reports showcase School’s research and service achievements

February 06, 2007 The School of Public Health’s Office of Research and North Carolina Institute for Public Health have recently released annual reports, showcasing the School’s research and service activities across our state and nation and around the world. The Office of Research report, available as a PDF at www.sph.unc.edu/research/our_research_and_its_impact.html, includes several stories that highlight… Read more »

UNC School of Public Health collaborates in development of report on burden of asthma in N.C.

January 26, 2007 A new report on asthma among North Carolinians, developed with input from researchers at the University of North Carolina’s School of Public Health, has just been published by the North Carolina Asthma Program housed within the North Carolina Division of Public Health. The Burden of Asthma in North Carolina 2006, available online… Read more »

Driver licensing system reduces young drivers’ hospitalizations and medical costs, UNC study finds

January 25, 2007 North Carolina’s graduated driver licensing (GDL) system has reduced hospitalizations and resulting hospital costs by about one-third for the state’s 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers to be published in the February edition of the journal Traffic Injury Prevention. The study, “The Effects… Read more »

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 »