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Communication with non-diabetic family members may be key for African-Americans with diabetes

October 26, 2012   A new study published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine examines interactions between African-American adults living with diabetes and their non-diabetic family members. A key finding describes ‘family diabetes silence’ as stemming from unresolved family conflict, role confusion and concerns about not knowing what to say to family members… Read more »

School researchers to present at ScienceWriters Conference 2012

October 24, 2012   Two members of the epidemiology faculty at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are presenters at the 2012 ScienceWriters Conference, held Oct. 26 – 30 in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Dr. Ralph Baric Dr. Steve Wing Ralph Baric, PhD, professor, will discuss “New vaccines I: Synthetic biology and the fight… Read more »

School celebrates Food Day Oct. 24

October 24, 2012 An engaged coalition of students, faculty members and alumni has organized a series of events to promote the second annual Food Day, a national movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food developed by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and celebrated on Oct. 24.Chapel Hill’s Food Day was coordinated… Read more »

AJPM paper addresses exertional heat illness and death among high school athletes

October 23, 2012 A study led by UNC doctoral student Zachary Kerr analyzes the causes of exertional heat illness and death among high school athletes and lists measures that can be taken to help prevent them. Zachary Kerr Kerr is a graduate research assistant in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology…. Read more »

Vizuete receives $50,000 award from the NSF I-Corps

October 22, 2012 Dr. William Vizuete The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) has awarded $50,000 to William Vizuete, PhD, and his team to develop a company that will commercialize a patented air pollution technology developed at UNC laboratories. Vizuete is associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Age of puberty among boys dropping in US, study finds

October 22, 2012 Boys in the United States appear to be entering puberty much earlier than in the past – a trend researchers caution may have important medical, psychosocial, public health and environmental implications, according to a new study released at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans and published… Read more »

Steckler selected to present the 20th annual Hochbaum lecture

October 18, 2012   Dr. Allan Steckler Allan Steckler, DrPH, professor emeritus in the Department of Health Behavior, will present the 20th annual Godfrey M. Hochbaum Distinguished Lecture on Friday, Oct. 19. A reception will follow. The lecture was established in 1988 to honor Godfrey M. Hochbaum, PhD (1916-2000), who taught in the Department of… Read more »

Two in one week: HPM students take first prize at NAHSE, Humana case competitions

October 18, 2012   Five health policy and management students had a lot to celebrate during the weekend of Oct. 11-12. Their efforts at competitive events in Louisville, Ky., and Houston yielded two first-place awards, $17,000 in prizes and Schoolwide excitement and pride at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.   From left to… Read more »

Fry appointed to National Research Council committee on arsenic

October 18, 2012 Dr. Rebecca Fry Rebecca Fry, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been invited to serve on the National Research Council’s new committee on inorganic arsenic.   The committee will provide expert guidance to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop… Read more »

Patient-reported outcomes essential to comparative effectiveness research

October 16, 2012 Patient-reported outcomes should be a standard part of evaluating the comparative effectiveness of cancer treatments, according to recommendations put forward by a multi-institution research group.In an early release article published this week online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, a research group led by Ethan Basch, MD, director of the Cancer Outcomes… Read more »