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Survival instincts propel ‘difficult patient’ to insist on quality care

September 10, 2008 Michelle Mayer, PhD Michelle Mayer had to become a “difficult patient” before she could get her physicians to accurately diagnose the disease that was destroying her health. And once the diagnosis was made, she had to continue to be what many physicians describe as “difficult” before she could get the best treatment… Read more »

Earp named interim chair of Health Behavior, Health Education

September 08, 2008   Dr. Jo Anne Earp Jo Anne Earp, ScD, was appointed interim chair of the UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE), Dean Barbara K. Rimer announced Friday (Sept. 5). Earp, who was HBHE chair for nine years, takes over for Edwin Fisher, PhD, professor of… Read more »

Department hosts second retrospective

September 08, 2008 The UNC School of Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior and Health Education invites students, faculty, alumni and friends to attend a department retrospective, Drs. John Hatch and Jack Geiger and The Delta Project. The event will be held in Chapel Hill on Friday, Sept.12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at… Read more »

UNC receives record $181 million grant to evaluate health, poverty and gender programs worldwide

September 08, 2008 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill up to $181 million to continue its MEASURE Evaluation project. Dr. Sian Curtis and Dr. Gustavo Angeles, faculty in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, will serve as… Read more »

Nearly half of U.S. adults will develop painful knee osteoarthritis by age 85: study

September 03, 2008 Dr. Todd Schwartz Almost half of all U.S. adults and nearly two-thirds of obese adults will develop painful osteoarthritis of the knee by age 85, a study based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests. Dr. Gary Koch Co-authors of the study include biostatistics faculty members Todd A. Schwartz,… Read more »

Bulik to discuss eating disorders at planetarium science forum

September 03, 2008   Dr. Cynthia Bulik Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, Jordan Distinguished Professor of psychiatry, professor of nutrition and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss how science has identified parts of genes that harbor risk factors at this month’s Current Science Forum on… Read more »

Gillings Innovation Lab takes novel approach to personal responses to arsenic in drinking water

August 28, 2008 The newest Gillings Innovation Laboratory at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health will tap new technology to help researchers examine individual differences in the metabolism of inorganic arsenic and in the susceptibility to adverse effects associated with chronic exposures to arsenic. The ultimate goal is to find out why… Read more »

Fisher to head diabetes peer support program, Peers for Progress

August 25, 2008   Dr. Ed Fisher Edwin B. Fisher, PhD, professor of health behavior and health education in the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, has been named Global Director of Peers for Progress, a program to promote peer support in diabetes management around the world. Peers for Progress is an initiative… Read more »

Oberlander explores McCain, Obama health care plans in NEJM perspective

August 25, 2008   Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management and social medicine at the University of North Carolina, explores the differences in the health care reform plans of Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama in a perspective published in the Aug. 21, 2008 issue of the New England Journal… Read more »

Carolina ranked 5th best public university for 8th consecutive year

August 22, 2008 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranks fifth among the nation’s best public universities for the eighth consecutive year, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine. “Carolina is consistently recognized among the five best public universities in America,” said Chancellor Holden Thorp. “We find value in assessing the various… Read more »