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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 »

Both pre-hospital and in-hospital delays affect stroke care, UNC researchers show

August 21, 2008 Dr. Kathryn Rose Stroke patients who can’t recall when their symptoms started or do not arrive at the hospital in a timely manner cannot be considered for medications proven to help reduce the impact of stroke but which must be given within a certain time after the stroke occurs, University of North… Read more »

National Cancer Institute honors UNC Lineberger scientists

  August 20, 2008 Photograph, Dr. Cathy Melvin A team of population scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center have been honored by the National Cancer Institute at a recent summit. Among those recognized was Cathy Melvin, PhD, research associate professor in the Department of Maternal and Child… Read more »

UNC study shows link between spanking and physical abuse

August 19, 2008 Mothers who report that they or their partner spanked their child in the past year are nearly three times more likely to state that they also used harsher forms of punishment than those who say their child was not spanked, according to a new study led by the Injury Prevention Research Center… Read more »

Rimer co-edits fourth edition of model public health textbook

August 15, 2008 Photograph, Dean Barbara K. Rimer The University of North Carolina School of Public Health has announced the Aug. 18 publication of the fourth edition of the classic public health text, Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research and Practice (Josey-Bass/Wiley, 2008), co-edited by Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor… Read more »

UNC researchers find MSG use linked to obesity

August 14, 2008 People who use monosodium glutamate, or MSG, as a flavor enhancer in their food are more likely than people who don’t use it to be overweight or obese even though they have the same amount of physical activity and total calorie intake, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

NC enacts liability protection for groups that aid in disasters

CHAPEL HILL North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley has signed into law the Liability Protection for Private Entities Act of 2008, a bill drafted by the NC Division of Public Health to improve state emergency preparedness. This successful effort was spearheaded by the Private/Public Legal Preparedness Initiative at the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, part… Read more »