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Repellent-treated clothing substantially reduces tick bites for outdoor workers, study finds

March 20, 2011 A pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that a group of state water quality employees who wore clothing treated with a long-lasting insect repellent were bitten by ticks substantially less often than were their colleagues who used insect spray repellents… Read more »

NIH launches largest oil spill health study

March 09, 2011 UNC epidemiologists participate in assessment of 55,000 cleanup workers   A new federal study will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill upon 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers across the United States, with a particular focus on persons in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. University… Read more »

Beil receives award for outstanding achievement in dental public health

March 08, 2011 Dr. Heather Beil Heather Beil, PhD, December 2010 alumna of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, has been selected for the American Association of Public Health Dentistry’s Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health. As first place winner, Beil will… Read more »

Study finds oral tongue cancer increasing in young, white females

March 08, 2011 A UNC study released this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology finds an increasing incidence of squamous cell carcinoma of the oral tongue in young white females in the United States over the last three decades.A team of researchers from UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read more »

Young adults with chronic illnesses have poorer educational and job outcomes

March 08, 2011 Young adults who grow up with certain chronic illness – including cancer, diabetes and epilepsy – are less likely than their healthy peers to graduate from high school, get a job and be self-supporting, according to a study by researchers at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.Those who grew up with… Read more »

Preventive dental services by physicians reduce tooth decay treatments in preschoolers

  March 03, 2011 A preventive dental program targeting preschoolers under age 4 administered by physicians instead of dentists effectively reduces the need for tooth decay-related treatment among young children, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.   Dr. Gary Rozier Dr. Sally Stearns Gary Rozier, DDS, and Sally C. Stearns, PhD,… Read more »

Interventions to reduce African-American HIV risk should target factors outside health system

February 23, 2011 A new study concludes that physicians working to reduce the risk of HIV in rural, African-American communities should target factors that operate outside the health care system. Dr. Wizdom Powell Hammond The study, “Understanding Social Capital and HIV Risk in Rural African-American Communities,” was co-authored by Wizdom Powell Hammond, PhD, assistant professor… Read more »

Martin honored by Women’s Leadership Council for mentoring students

February 22, 2011 Dr. Sandra Martin Sandra L. Martin, PhD, has been selected to receive the 2011 Carolina Women’s Leadership Council Mentoring Award for student mentoring. Martin is professor of maternal and child health and associate dean for research at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Martin said she was thrilled to be honored… Read more »

Payment, shipping bans stub out cigarette-selling websites

February 21, 2011 Bans on using credit cards to pay for cigarettes bought on Internet sites – combined with bans on commercial shippers delivering the products – appear to have effectively reduced the size and reach of the online cigarette sales industry, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.   Dr…. Read more »

FDA restrictions on outdoor cigarette ads near schools may hurt business less than industry says

February 09, 2011 When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed new rules restricting outdoor tobacco advertising near schools and playgrounds in 2009, the tobacco industry argued that such rules would lead to a near complete ban on tobacco advertising in urban areas. An article in the March 2011 issue of the American Journal… Read more »