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Davis and Erwin receive Robert Wood Johnson grants to work with local health agencies

February 16, 2009 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s North Carolina Institute for Public Health and a graduate student in health policy and administration have received grants from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to work with local North Carolina health agencies.  Dr. Mary Davis Mary V. Davis, DrPH, director of evaluation services at… Read more »

UNC seeking participants for anorexia nervosa couples therapy trial

  February 11, 2009 The eating disorder anorexia nervosa has a profound effect not only on the person with the disorder, but also on their close relationships. Spouses or partners of people with anorexia typically have not been included in treatment. This leaves partners in the dark about what is happening and robs the person… Read more »

UNC study finds ‘alarming increase’ in prevalence of chronic low back pain

February 10, 2009 The proportion of people suffering from long-term, impairing low back pain has more than doubled in North Carolina since the early 1990s, according to a new study.What’s more, researchers believe the increase may be indicative of a similar trend across the country. In the study, published in the Feb. 9, 2009, issue… Read more »

New genomic test may guide breast cancer treatment

February 09, 2009 Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new genomic test designed to help clinicians predict which breast cancer patients are most likely to survive the disease and which treatments may be most effective in increasing those chances of survival.J.S. Marron, PhD, Amos Hawley Distinguished Professor of… Read more »

Public health certification exam to be offered in August

February 05, 2009 Public health students and alumni may register until May 31 for the second annual Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-29. The CPH assessment is prepared, administered and evaluated by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), an independent organization formed in 2005 to help ensure… Read more »

Building health equity is topic of UNC’s 30th Minority Health Conference

February 05, 2009 The role of internet-based programs and training to improve health education and training for training peer educators and community health workers will be the topic of the 30th annual Minority Health Conference, sponsored by the Minority Student Caucus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Rusyn appointed to new National Academies committee

February 05, 2009 Dr. Ivan Rusyn Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering, has been appointed to a new committee of the National Academies. The Standing Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions is a joint effort of the Board on Life Sciences and the Board on Environmental… Read more »

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health names its fourth Gillings Visiting Professor

February 03, 2009 Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has awarded a Gillings Visiting Clinical Associate Professorship to Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD, MPH, to develop a pilot distance-based global health learning program for public health professionals around the world. <p”> Ramaswamy, an adjunct in the… Read more »

Doctors don’t need several obesity measures to predict heart failure

January 30, 2009 <p”> Doctors and other health care professionals are aware that a person’s risk of heart failure increases as body weight goes up. However, they don’t need to measure patients’ waists or hips to help reduce the risk for heart failure, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s… Read more »

New UNC, Duke study shows periodontal treatment doesn’t reduce preterm birth risk

January 29, 2009 Despite an apparent link between gum disease and preterm births, standard periodontal treatment does not decrease the risk of preterm birth. Nor is the treatment enough to halt periodontal disease progression in pregnant women, according to new research. The study, involving researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and… Read more »