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Ozone levels pose health risk even below current U.S. air safety standard

  April 21, 2011 Exposure to ozone even at levels below the current U.S. standard for safe and clean air poses a breathing risk for healthy people.Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working with colleagues from the Environmental Protection Agency found that breathing a level of ozone at 0.06 parts per… Read more »

NIH again funds UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center

April 06, 2011 The Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will receive a $5.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund another five years of research, the School announced today. The award is the third time NIH has provided 5-year funding… Read more »

Innovation lab seeks breakthroughs to ensure safe water

March 31, 2011 Warnings from municipalities around the world to “boil water before using” are not uncommon, especially as water distribution systems get older. The farther away from the water source one is, the greater the risk. In some countries, safe water is collected from community sources only to become unfit for drinking during transport… Read more »

Kids with asthma need more help with inhalers, UNC study says

March 29, 2011 Dr. Karin Yeatts Fewer than one in 10 children with asthma use traditional inhalers correctly, according to a new study co-authored by Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   While children have more success with newer inhaler designs, at best only one… Read more »

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 »