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Dean’s letter to Kennedy’s widow foreshadowed career of service

March 11, 2010 Dr. Barbara K. Rimer Now that Barbara K. Rimer thinks about it, earning Master of Public Health and Doctor of Public Health degrees, the research she did, the period of leadership at the National Cancer Institute and the path that led her to be dean of the Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Higher prices for fast food, soda lead to weight reductions, lower diabetes risk

March 08, 2010 A new study that followed participants for 20 years shows both weight and risk for diabetes decreased for people in communities where fast food prices increased. Dr. Barry Popkin The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study, led by Barry Popkin, PhD, and published in the March 8, 2010, issue of… Read more »

Better physician-patient communication needed after genomic testing, Brewer says

March 08, 2010 One in three early stage breast cancer patients who received genomic testing when deciding about treatment options felt they did not fully understand their discussions with physicians about their test results and their risk of the disease recurring, a new study has found. Dr. Noel Brewer The research, conducted by University of… Read more »

Halpern awarded NICHD grant to study sexual behavior in adolescents

March 05, 2010 Dr. Carolyn Halpern Carolyn Tucker Halpern, PhD, associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, has received a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).   Halpern’s study, “Sexual Behavior Trajectories from… Read more »

New study identifies risks, benefits of anemia drugs

March 02, 2010 Aggressive treatment of anemia with intravenous iron and drugs known as erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) may lower the risk of death for dialysis patients with severe anemia – but also may increase the risk of death among patients with milder anemia, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests.  … Read more »

U.S. children snacking more; junk calories leading the rise

March 02, 2010 Dr. Barry Popkin Children in the United States are snacking more than ever before on salty chips, candy and other junk food, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study led by Barry Popkin, PhD, and nutrition doctoral student Carmen Piernas.   Carmen Piernas The increase in snacking,… Read more »

UNC-based AHEC program awarded $13.6 million to help doctors adopt electronic health records

  February 25, 2010 The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers program (AHEC) has been awarded $13.6 million to help primary care health-care providers adopt electronic health records and other health information technology. Dr. Tom Bacon The project will be led by Tom Bacon, DrPH, AHEC program director and clinical professor of health policy and… Read more »

White House to stream bipartisan meeting on health reform

February 24, 2010 When: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, 10 a.m. ESTWhere: The Blair House in Washington, D.C. Watch:   JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV     Learn more: Read the invitation from Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Congressional Leaders, 2/12/10 See the President’s remarks on the meeting, 2/9/10… Read more »

Baric elected to American Academy for Microbiology

February 23, 2010 Dr. Ralph Baric Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected to the American Academy for Microbiology. He will be recognized at the Academy Fellows luncheon in San Diego on May 26, 2010.   The American Academy of Microbiology is the honorific leadership… Read more »

N.C. Institute for Public Health joins state H1N1 Campus Campaign

February 19, 2010 With H1N1 influenza still circulating and another dangerous wave of the disease still possible, students on college campuses are particularly at risk of infection because of the close contact they have in classes, dormitories and cafeterias.   However, state records show only 5 percent of people in the college age group (19-… Read more »