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Ricketts selected as News and Observer’s ‘Tar Heel of the Week’

May 30, 2011 Tom Ricketts has always had a pickup truck. He lives on a dirt road, gets his water from a well and doesn’t have cable TV. Yet despite his ‘rural credentials,’ the University of North Carolina professor is as worldly as they come.   Dr. Tom Ricketts So begins an article in the… Read more »

Pelvic widening continues throughout a person’s lifetime, study finds

May 25, 2011 By the age of 20, most people have reached skeletal maturity and do not grow any taller. It had been assumed that skeletal enlargement elsewhere in the body also stopped then.However, a new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found evidence that the pelvis continues… Read more »

School-led consortium identifies genomic regions that could influence severity of cystic fibrosis

  May 25, 2011 Biostatistics researchers from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health are among a team of researchers who have pinpointed regions of the human genetic makeup that contribute to the debilitating symptoms of cystic fibrosis (CF).   Their findings provide insight into the causes of the wide variation… Read more »

Nearly one in five young adults has high blood pressure, study shows

May 25, 2011 The number of young adults in the United States with high blood pressure may be much higher than previously reported, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Quynh Nguyen Study authors from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health include Quynh Nguyen, lead… Read more »

UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

May 24, 2011 Cancer patients may visit emergency departments when they experience medical problems, but little information is available about the frequency of or reasons for those visits. Annah Wyss, MPH A first-ever study of emergency room use by oncology patients in North Carolina was published in the May 23, 2011 online issue of the… Read more »

UNC’s minority health videoconference examines inequities as the basis for health disparities

May 24, 2011 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 17th annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health, presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will examine lessons learned from a quarter-century of health disparities initiatives.   Dr. Vic Schoenbach… Read more »

UNC’s Cervical Cancer-Free America convenes top experts to develop national prevention agenda

May 17, 2011 Launching nationwide this month, the Cervical Cancer-Free America (CCFA) initiative to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer is moving ahead with plans to establish and strengthen diverse partnerships across the country to eliminate cervical cancer. The initiative is lead by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Progress in AIDS battle, thanks to UNC study

May 17, 2011 A UNC-led research study has made a major discovery in efforts to halt the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Myron Cohen The large international clinical trial, led by Myron S. Cohen, MD, epidemiology professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has found that treating HIV-infected individuals… Read more »

The skinny on fat: Debate rages on pros, cons of low-fat diet

  May 11, 2011 In recent years a fierce debate has raged among nutrition experts over the wisdom of prevailing dietary guidelines that emphasize eating less saturated fat. Three experts from the School’s Department of Nutrition cut through the chatter and explain what you can do to eat healthily. The secret, they say, is balance…. Read more »

Nine public health students make the grade with Phi Beta Kappa

May 10, 2011 Stephen Gray Redding Eight undergraduates studying at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and one recent graduate were inducted this spring into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored of college honorary societies. The recently inducted students include: Rachel Tomomi Baum, a junior majoring in health policy and… Read more »