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Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy optimal for localized prostate cancer

April 17, 2012 A treatment for localized prostate cancer known as Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) does a better job at reducing certain side effects and preventing cancer recurrence than conventional conformal radiation therapy (CRT), according to a study published in the April 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The study, titled… Read more »

NAP SACC receives Blue Cross Blue Shield grant to expand program

April 16, 2012 The Nutritional and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) program, developed to help improve nutrition and physical activity environments in child care centers and programs, recently received a $600,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. NAP SACC will use the grant to develop an engaging and… Read more »

Research-poster event yields student winners, precedes Innovations lecture

April 13, 2012 Research posters about contaminated water in North Carolina and cancer screening in Kenya wowed the judges at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s annual student poster event held April 3 prior to the annual Innovations in Public Health lecture presented by imaginative researcher and chemist Joseph DeSimone, PhD.   Jen Shields… Read more »

Public health groups and individuals honored for public service

  April 12, 2012   Projects to support breastfeeding at hospitals in North Carolina, HIV-positive youth in Uganda, and the participation of Latino men in reproductive health were among those honored March 28 at an annual awards ceremony conducted by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Kathy Parry (left) and Emily Taylor accept Bryan Awards… Read more »

Characklis featured in NC Currents magazine

April 12, 2012   Dr. Greg Characklis Greg Characklis, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering, was profiled in the spring 2012 issue of NC Currents, a magazine published by the North Carolina American Water Works Association and the North Carolina Water Environment Association (NC AWWA-WEA).   The article, “Greg Characklis: Building capacity for… Read more »

UNC studies, global coalition agree: decreasing short-term greenhouse gases benefits climate, health

April 12, 2012 Recent studies by UNC environmental scientists provide support to undergird a new international effort to reduce emissions of certain climate pollutants.   The effort, called the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, was announced Feb. 16 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and includes the U.S. and… Read more »

Health care and prevention student wins teaching award

April 12, 2012   Berger with his award Alexander Berger, master’s candidate in health care and prevention at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, received an undergraduate teaching assistant award April 11 from the Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards Committee.   The award recognizes excellence in service, dedication to undergraduate students and… Read more »

Researchers identify Achilles heel of dengue virus, target for future vaccines

April 11, 2012 A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University have pinpointed the region on dengue virus that is neutralized in people who overcome infection with the deadly pathogen. The results challenge the current state of dengue vaccine research, which is based on studies in mice… Read more »

Better lung health may portend better heart health, UNC study suggests

  April 10, 2012 A large population-based study has found that lung function and obstructive airway diseases are strongly and independently associated with heart failure. Importantly, say the investigators, the association was evident in never-smokers and still evident after adjustment for smoking status and cigarette-years of smoking. Dr. Sunil Agarwal The study, published online Feb…. Read more »

Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults

  April 09, 2012   The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, analyzed nearly 31,000… Read more »