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Newly funded Citizen-Soldier initiative to enhance support services for National Guard, Reserve fam

  July 26, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – The Department of Defense appropriation bill, finalized this week by a joint House-Senate conference committee, includes $1.8 million in funding for a new National Demonstration Program for Citizen-Soldier Support. The collaborative program, spearheaded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is designed to serve the families… Read more »

‘Get Kids in Action’ launches online child’s BMI calculator

July 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — “Get Kids in Action,” a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health and The Gatorade Co., has launched an online body mass index, or BMI, calculator specific to children.The calculator was developed in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation –… Read more »

SHAC Outreach receives national award for innovative health promotion program

July 21, 2004 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently honored SHAC Outreach, the newest program within the UNC Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), with third place among interdisciplinary entries for the Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion.The Secretary’s Award recognizes the nation’s innovative health promotion programs designed by students. Students from… Read more »

Study examines residency’s influence in doctors’ decisions to use smoking cessation methods

July 09, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Primary-care doctors who use smoking cessation methods while training as residents are twice as likely to continue doing so in their medical practice more than eight years later, new research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows.The study, which appears in the July issue of Preventive… Read more »

Second edition of ‘Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina’ now available

July 09, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — N.C. women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer now have a newly updated 300-page resource directory to guide them through diagnosis, treatment and other issues.The second edition of the “Breast Cancer Resource Directory of North Carolina” is available, at no charge, by e-mailing bcresources@med.unc.edu or calling (800) 514-4860…. Read more »

North Carolina sees growth in supply of anesthesia providers

July 02, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Significant growth has occurred in the number of health professionals who provide anesthesia services across North Carolina, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.Between 1992 and 2002, the number of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) — nurses with advance training in anesthesia care — grew… Read more »

Public health partnership aims to decrease teen smoking

June 29, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The N.C. Institute for Public Health, a component of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, recently received a two-year grant to work toward reducing teen smoking in northeastern North Carolina.The N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission awarded the $850,000 grant, for the… Read more »

Study: mothers’ fish consumption can boost children’s development

June 25, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — When fish is not contaminated, moderate consumption of the protein-rich food source by pregnant women and young children appears to boost the children’s neurological development, a new study shows.”Our research adds to the literature suggesting that fish contains nutrients that may enhance early brain development,” said Dr. Julie Daniels,… Read more »

Study sheds new light on genetic risk for Parkinson’s disease

June 24, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — By combining the results of 22 studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found that a specific form of the gene APOE very slightly increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease, even though the same gene is protective in Alzheimer’s disease.The researchers also found that the APOE-4… Read more »

Hormone therapy appears to boost dementia risk in women over age 65

June 22, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – By taking replacement estrogen, postmenopausal women over age 65 appear to raise their risk of developing dementia by a small amount rather than reducing it as earlier research had suggested, a new national study shows.Another closely related finding from the clinical trial indicates that estrogen use also mildly adversely… Read more »