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June 08, 2006 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health have designed an easy-to-use health literacy test to help U.S. health care workers better communicate with and care for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Shoou-Yih D. Lee The new test, SAHLSA (Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish-speaking Adults), helps… Read more »

June 07, 2006 For decades, researchers have tried to understand why breast cancer in younger black women is such a significant public health problem.Black women have fewer breast cancers than white women, but their mortality is worse. Black women under the age of 50 have a 77 percent higher mortality rate from breast cancer than… Read more »

May 05, 2006 The UNC Department of Nutrition and Sanofi-Aventis will undertake a new collaboration to perform a study on the consequences of obesity and weight change using the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC) database.”We are very grateful for this support from Sanofi-Aventis as it will enhance and complement UNC’s fight against the global… Read more »

May 02, 2006 Low-intensity therapy offered by medical doctors, combined with either medication or specialized behavior therapy, can effectively treat alcoholism, making treatment more readily available to people who need it, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and numerous other sites nationwide.The study, conducted over… Read more »

April 11, 2006 Do the obese know they are obese? Apparently not, according to a study by University of North Carolina scientists.Obese men and women are reasonably accurate when it comes to reporting their own weight, say researchers, but they are much more likely than normal weight persons to misjudge how much weight falls into… Read more »

April 02, 2006 New research out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finds that physically active adolescents are not only improving their health – they also are decreasing the chance that they will get into trouble.Among teens who fare well are skateboarders, particularly regarding their self-esteem and despite a lack of wide… Read more »

March 29, 2006 Soon-to-be mothers and their clinicians need to thoughtfully consider the positive and negative outcomes, for both mothers and babies, of cesarean delivery on maternal request, according to a new report by researchers at the RTI International-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (RTI-UNC) Evidence-based Practice Center. Cesarean delivery on maternal request is… Read more »

March 24, 2006 UNC researchers explore the genetic, environmental and individual components of obesity and weigh in with solutions West Boulevard Elementary student on Walk to School Day It’s no secret that the United States has a weight problem. Sixty-five percent of American adults are either overweight or obese according to the latest National Health… Read more »

March 07, 2006 American adults consume an estimated 21 percent of their daily calories from beverages – twice as much as the 10 percent recommended by the World Health Organization.The Beverage Guidance Panel, initiated and led by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor, wants to reverse that trend and help people understand… Read more »

March 05, 2006 A new study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers estimates that 56 percent of the liability for developing anorexia nervosa is determined by genetics.In addition, the study found that the personality trait of “neuroticism” (a tendency to be anxious and depressed) earlier in life is a significant factor… Read more »