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Primary care billing data can help track emerging infections, UNC pilot study finds

August 17, 2006 Billing data routinely collected by primary care providers can help public health authorities detect outbreaks of emerging infections, according to a pilot study conducted by UNC researchers. The study, published in the July/August 2006 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, tracked standardized illness codes recorded each day at a primary care… Read more »

Computer automated e-counseling improves weight loss success

August 16, 2006 Behavioral counseling that is computer automated can enhance weight loss for individuals following an Internet-based weight loss program, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Miriam Hospital in Providence, R.I. Dr. Deborah Tate “As more consumers seek information on the web, it’s… Read more »

Ribisl briefs Congressional task force on impact of Internet cigarette sales

August 10, 2006 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal legislation that would regulate buying and selling of tobacco products online could significantly reduce youth access to cigarettes via the Internet and ensure taxes are properly collected, Carolina School of Public Health faculty and alumni recently told the Congressional Task Force on Tobacco and Health. Dr. Kurt Ribisl… Read more »

Dan Okun named Tar Heel of the Week by The News & Observer

August 07, 2006   Daniel A. Okun Environmental Sciences and Engineering professor emeritus Daniel A. Okun was featured in the Sunday, Aug. 6, edition of the News & Observer (Raleigh) as the Tar Heel of the Week. The article described his illustrious career protecting and providing water to people around the world for decades. To… Read more »

UNC study shows ingredient commonly found in shampoos may inhibit brain development

August 04, 2006 An ingredient found in many shampoos and other personal care products appears to interfere with normal brain development in baby mice when applied to the skin of pregnant mice, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have discovered. When Diethanolamine (DEA) was applied to the skin of pregnant mice, the fetuses… Read more »

Tysor named Assistant Dean for Business and Finance

  August 02, 2006 Richard L. Tysor Richard L. (Rick) Tysor has been named Assistant Dean for Business and Finance, effective August 15, 2006. His responsibilities will include providing leadership and direct supervision for fiscal and human resources staff, working closely with departmental administrative managers in the School of Public Health and serving as the… Read more »

NC Center for Public Health Preparedness adds researchers

August 01, 2006 Dr. Rachel Wilfert David Bergmire-Sweat Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, and David Bergmire-Sweat, MPH, have joined the North Carolina Center for Public Health Preparedness (NCCPHP), part of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, as research associates. Wilfert, who received her MD from the Duke University School of Medicine and MPH from UNC,… Read more »

School of Public Health researchers develop emergency preparedness training for daycare providers

  July 29, 2006 Emergency preparedness and response training materials developed by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health are being used to help North Carolina daycare providers and staff members prepare for both natural and man-made disasters. The “Emergency Preparedness and Response for Child Care Training Module,”… Read more »

New course to teach beginning Spanish to U.S. health-care professionals

  July 28, 2006 Help is on the way for health-care workers who don’t know one word of Spanish but increasingly find themselves treating Latino patients. In North Carolina, a team of representatives from state government health agencies and higher education has started work on a language course designed especially for them: “!A su salud!… Read more »

Adjunct faculty Elter honored for study of link between periodontal, systemic health

July 26, 2006 Dr. John R. Elter, adjunct assistant professor of health policy and administration, recently received the 2006 Sunstar Award for most outstanding paper on the relationship between periodontal disease and systemic conditions – those that affect the entire body.The Sunstar Award screening committee selected “Relationship of Periodontal Disease and Tooth Loss to Prevalence… Read more »