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Study finds weight gain after age 50 associated with increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer

August 03, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — Weight gain of more than 24 pounds in women older than 50 years of age – regardless of baseline weight at age 50 – is associated with a 62 percent increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer compared with women with stable weight, a new study has found.The research team,… Read more »

Major new UNC-based drinking water study suggests pregnancy fears may be overstated

  August 01, 2005 CHAPEL HILL – Fears that chemical byproducts resulting from disinfecting drinking water with chlorine boost the chances that pregnant women will miscarry were not supported by the results of a major new study. If such threats exist at all, which is uncertain, they likely are modest, it concludes.The national study, directed… Read more »

Scearce Receives SPH Award for Staff Excellence

August 01, 2005 Steve Zeisel’s office can sometimes be, well, let’s say busy. The phones ringing, people dropping by for this or that, work stacked up on the desks. Photograph of Janet Scearce But in the midst of all the activity, you can always find a smile and a gentle voice – they belong to… Read more »

Lin Receives Prestigious NIH MERIT Award

  July 29, 2005 CHAPEL HILL The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded its prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award to Dr. Danyu Lin, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics at the UNC-CH School of Public Health.The award was granted to Dr. Lin by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences,… Read more »

UNC places 15th nationally in NIH research grants; all health affairs units in top 20

July 15, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — National Institutes of Health funding for research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill jumped almost 7 percent in fiscal 2004, according to new figures just released by the federal agency.UNC faculty attracted $289.7 million in NIH funding – up from $271 million in 2003 –… Read more »

New study: many local health directors unsure of authority to curtail smoking

July 11, 2005 CHAPEL HILL – Local health department directors across North Carolina are confused about state laws covering whether their facilities can be made smoke-free, but still strongly support such policies, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.The UNC schools of medicine and public health research showed that a… Read more »

Researchers find size, cost of assisted living facilities have little influence on residents’ health

July 08, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — The size and cost of assisted living facilities have little influence on health outcomes of residents, according to a report by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.The study, believed to be the largest outcome study of assisted living… Read more »

Colon cancer prevention to be topic of webcast, broadcast Friday

June 07, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — Strategies for preventing colorectal cancer will be the topic of a Friday (June 10) program sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”Collaborating to Conquer Colorectal Cancer: Fulfilling the Promise of Prevention,”… Read more »

UNC School of Public Health faculty recognized for arthritis research

June 28, 2005 Two UNC School of Public Health faculty members have been recognized with STAR awards by the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals. Dr. Brenda Devellis, professor of health behavior and health education and Dr. Robert DeVellis, research professor of health behavior and health education will be honored for their ongoing scientific contributions to… Read more »

Study shows importance of exposure age for Hanford nuclear workers’ cancer risk

  June 20, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — The ages at which workers are exposed to low doses of ionizing radiation apparently make a difference in whether they will develop cancer, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.UNC scientists investigated deaths among workers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site… Read more »