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Six public health students receive The Graduate School’s 2012 Impact Awards

April 09, 2012 The loss of farm land, limited HIV resources, stroke evaluation, tick bites, motor-vehicle crashes and postpartum depression comprise the issues researched by six former and current public health graduate students who received Impact Awards from UNC’s Graduate School earlier this month.   The awards recognize students whose research may improve the lives… Read more »

Adolescent expectations of early death predict young adult socioeconomic status

  April 05, 2012 Adolescents’ expectations of an early death can predict their economic futures more than a decade later, according to a new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Individuals who did not expect to live to age 35 had lower levels of educational attainment and lower personal earnings… Read more »

Students show off dance moves in NPHW flash mob

April 05, 2012   Folks hanging out in the Armfield Atrium around lunchtime on April 4 found themselves caught up in the middle of a flash mob as a group of about 40 students kicked and wiggled through some of singer Beyonce’s fancy dance steps and her song, “Move Your Body.”   Staged during National… Read more »

Gene variations linked to intestinal blockage in newborns with cystic fibrosis

April 02, 2012   University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers working as part of the International Cystic Fibrosis Consortium have discovered several regions of the genome that may predispose cystic fibrosis (CF) patients to develop an intestinal blockage while still in the uterus.   Dr. Fred Wright Fred Wright, PhD, professor of biostatistics… Read more »

Public health students initiate virtual exchange with students in Mexico

March 30, 2012 UNC public health students engage in the videoconference. Transcending geographic barriers through the use of technology, students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and students at the Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México, dialogued about priorities in public health in Mexico and in the United states… Read more »

School celebrates National Public Health Week

March 29, 2012 Since 1995, the American Public Health Association (APHA) has designated the first full week of April as National Public Health Week, developing campaigns to educate the public, policy makers and practitioners about issues related to a given theme. With the recent release of the National Prevention Strategy, APHA staff members decided this… Read more »

US autism rates reach new high; NC figures higher than national average

March 29, 2012   A new study estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report March 29 that looked at data gathered in 2008 from 14 communities, including central North Carolina.   The new data show that autism… Read more »

Study unravels health impact, interplay of diet soft drinks and overall diet

March 28, 2012 Are diet sodas good or bad for you? The jury is still out, but a new UNC-led study sheds light on the impact that zero-calorie beverages may have on health, especially in the context of a person’s overall dietary habits.For the average person, the scientific evidence can seem confusing. A number of… Read more »

Sen awarded honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Calcutta

March 27, 2012     Dr. P.K. Sen accepts an honorary degree from his alma mater. Photo courtesy University of Calcutta. Pranab K. Sen, PhD, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Calcutta on March… Read more »

UN hits water target, but 1.8 billion people still drinking unsafe water, study shows

March 23, 2012 Recent widespread news coverage heralded the success of the United Nations’ goal to greatly improve access to safe drinking water around the world. While major progress has been made, a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicates that far greater challenges persist than headline statistics suggested. On… Read more »