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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 »

Margolin, former biostatistics chair, dies after long illness

January 29, 2009 Dr. Barry Margolin Barry Margolin, former chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died Jan. 28, 2009, after many years of declining health. <p”> Born in New York City in 1943, Margolin graduated summa cum laude from City College of New York in 1963… Read more »

Corbie-Smith honored for her commitment to eliminate health disparities

January 23, 2009 Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MS, associate professor of social medicine, medicine and epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine, has received the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparity’s (NCMHD) Health Disparities Leadership Award. Corbie-Smith was recognized for her ability… Read more »

Public health students work to enroll more needy residents in food stamp program

January 23, 2009 (L-R) Evans, McDougal and Baldwin get together in the School’s atrium. Graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have offered advice to the Durham Co. (N.C.) Board of Social Services about ways to increase food aid to eligible residents in the county. The students include Kat McDougal and… Read more »

Zeisel chosen to deliver prestigious Atwater Lecture

January 22, 2009 Dr. Steven Zeisel Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD, has been selected to deliver the 2009 W.O. Atwater Lecture by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). <p”> Zeisel is Kenan Distinguished Professor of nutrition and pediatrics in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine… Read more »

Study finds loss of sexual desire in postmenopausal women affects health, quality of life

January 21, 2009 Dr. Andrea Biddle Women with low levels of sexual desire, often as a result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed and to suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women who report higher levels of desire, according to a new study by Andrea K. Biddle, PhD,… Read more »