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Gut bacteria could be key indicator of colon cancer risk

June 22, 2010 The human body contains more bacteria than it does cells. These bacterial communities can have a positive effect on our health, by training our immune systems and helping to metabolize the foods we eat. But they can also set us up to develop digestive disorders, skin diseases and obesity.   Now a… Read more »

UNC, NC State, SAS to develop system to quickly detect, warn of bioterrorism

June 21, 2010 North Carolina will be the national model for a new system to detect the earliest signs of an impending bioterrorism attack and provide warnings in time to minimize damage to human and animal life as well as the environment.The model, called North Carolina Bio-Preparedness Collaborative (NCB-Prepared), will alert health officials and practitioners… Read more »

UNC study helps explain why black patients with lung cancer have surgery less often than whites

June 17, 2010 A new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study that follows patients with lung cancer is one of the first to suggest why patients choose not to have life-preserving lung surgery and why such surgery is sought less often by blacks.   Samuel Cykert, MD, associate professor in the UNC School… Read more »

Videoconference examines new legislation’s potential impact upon minority health disparities

June 14, 2010 More than 1,000 people from across the country participated June 8 in the 16th annual UNC Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health. The program — “What Will Health Care Reform Mean for Minority Health Disparities?” — was presented live to a studio audience of 125 in UNC’s Tate-Turner-Kuralt… Read more »

North Carolina’s beaches cleaner than most, Noble says

June 09, 2010 When it comes to clean beaches, North Carolina is waves ahead of some other states.   Dr. Rachel Noble The water quality at North Carolina’s beaches is better than that of most of the mid-Atlantic states. In fact, the state’s eight million annual coastal visitors enjoy some of the cleanest waters in… Read more »

Diverse group of students begins competitive fellowship program

June 09, 2010 Fellows from the UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program stop at the Old Well in the center of campus. Until recently, Whitney Chrisco didn’t even know that the field of public health existed. She studied biological sciences at North Carolina State University for four years and participated in service learning activities as… Read more »

Four UNC global health abstracts selected for presentation at APHA annual meeting

June 07, 2010 Four abstracts of work conducted by faculty members and students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have been accepted for presentation at the 138th annual American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition, to be held Nov. 6-10 in Denver. Dr. Bruce Fried Dr. Peggy Bentley Gretchen Van Vliet Dr. Hollie… Read more »

Peterson instrumental in CDC’s recommendations for safe use of contraception in U.S.

June 04, 2010 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a set of recommendations for United States health care professionals to use when providing family planning counseling and services.   Dr. Herbert Peterson Herbert Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor and chair of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and… Read more »

UNC Nutrition students sweep awards at major national conference

Six students in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Nutrition have won prestigious fellowships and prizes presented at the 2009 Experimental Biology Conference in New Orleans April 18-22. The students, including Jessica Ellis, Scott Ickes, Nicole Schwerbrock (May 2009 graduate), Megan Slining, Ya Wen Teng and Natalie The, won half of… Read more »

White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity commends HPDP’s preschool nutrition program

  May 28, 2010 A program designed by researchers at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) to reduce obesity in preschool children was recommended by the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity last week.   The task force is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to reduce childhood obesity…. Read more »