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Public health graduate student to help with revitalizing Lumber River region

June 28, 2010 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is helping to revitalize the economies of small communities across the state through its internship program, the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps (CERC).   Lindsay Moriarty The program is sending Lindsay Moriarty, a rising third-year dual-degree UNC graduate student, to work for 10 weeks with… Read more »

Public health undergraduates receive study abroad scholarships

June 25, 2010 Bachelor of Science in Public Health students Lauren Blanchet, Lauren Brown and Christopher Zieber were among 163 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill undergraduates selected in 2010 to receive scholarships and fellowships totaling about $637,000. The awards, funded by private gifts, enable students to study in other countries for a semester,… Read more »

Poll shows growing support in North Carolina to increase state’s tobacco tax

  June 24, 2010 Raising taxes typically is not a popular idea, but the option of increasing cigarette sales tax has been gaining momentum in North Carolina for the past several years. Statewide polls since 2004 have shown a majority of North Carolinians support increasing the sales tax on cigarettes as a means of generating… Read more »

UNC awarded $1.7 million to curb the spread of HIV in North Carolina

June 24, 2010 A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They will study novel HIV testing methods to detect acute HIV infection and target sexual networks to curb the spread of HIV in North… Read more »

Horney invited to work with CDC on response to oil spill

June 24, 2010 Dr. Jennifer Horney Jennifer Horney, PhD, CPH, has been asked to join a team of experts to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Horney is research assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health… Read more »

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 »