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Dean’s Lecture Series features Dan Ariely on March 26

March 17, 2010 Why does a five-cent aspirin not ease a headache when a 50-cent aspirin will?   That is one of many questions Dan Ariely, PhD, addresses with humor and insight in his 2009 book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions.   Dr. Dan Ariely Ariely will bring his wit and… Read more »

Sobsey selected to participate in NASA’s first LAUNCH event

March 16, 2010 Dr. Mark Sobsey University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill environmental sciences and engineering professor Mark Sobsey, PhD, is one of 10 innovators chosen to participate in the first LAUNCH event, being held March 16-18 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.   Founding partners of LAUNCH include NASA, U.S. Agency for… Read more »

Dilworth-Anderson honored for Alzheimer’s research

March 15, 2010 Dr. Peggye Dilworth-Anderson Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, PhD, professor of health policy and management and interim co-director of UNC’s Institute on Aging, has received the 2010 Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute Award for her contributions to research on Alzheimer’s disease.   She was honored March 9, during the seventh annual National Alzheimer’s Gala… Read more »

Obesity impairs body’s “memory” of how to fight flu

March 15, 2010 Obesity may limit the body’s ability to develop immunity to influenza viruses, particularly secondary infections, by inhibiting the immune system’s ability to “remember” how it fought off previous similar bouts of illness, according to new research from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   The results, published in the March… Read more »

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 »