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UNC researchers receive grant to protect NC food supply, advance homeland security

  August 11, 2009 How long does it take for authorities to recognize an outbreak of foodborne disease, determine what caused the illness, recall the affected foods and examine the geographic distribution of contaminated products? The time could be much shorter, thanks to a new project being developed through an award from the Institute for… Read more »

Breastfeeding even more important for child health and survival during hurricanes, other emergencies

August 04, 2009 In an emergency – when electricity, clean water and infant supplies may be unavailable – breastfeeding becomes even more important than ever. That’s why public health advocates support the theme for the 2009 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), Aug. 1-8, “Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response – Are you ready?” Dr. Miriam Labbok “Children,… Read more »

Physician trust, early screening reduces disparities for prostate cancer

July 31, 2009 Men who have a regular, ongoing relationship with a health care provider are more likely to receive prostate cancer screening and less likely to be diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, regardless of their race, according to a University of North Carolina study published in the current issue of the journal Cancer. Dr…. Read more »

UNC awarded $3.5 million to study HIV transmission prevention among newly infected

July 30, 2009 A team of researchers from the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases has received a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study HIV prevention methods among people with acute HIV infection (AHI). Dr. William Miller Dr…. Read more »

Panel discussion to address global family planning efforts

July 27, 2009 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty and area health researchers will meet July 30 for a panel discussion addressing the importance of scaling up family planning efforts around the world. Panelists will discuss the impact of family planning on maternal health, integrating HIV/AIDS services with family planning programs and increasing… Read more »

UNC researchers: Smoking rates significantly higher among homosexual men, women

July 27, 2009 Men and women who are gay or lesbian are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to smoke, according to findings from a review study carried out by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joseph Lee Joseph Lee, social research specialist with the Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Program in the UNC… Read more »

UNC injury research center receives $4.8 million award from CDC

July 23, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received $4.8 million in renewed funding from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Carol Runyan Carol Runyan, PhD, professor of health behavior and health… Read more »

Shelp heads new Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

July 23, 2009 Dr. Frank Shelp Frank E. Shelp, MD, MPH, has been named Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) by Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue. Shelp is a 2006 alumnus of the UNC Department of Health Policy and Administration, now the Department of Health Policy and Management at the… Read more »

UNC study: Nursing home interventions improve quality of care, reduce staff turnover

July 23, 2009 A study recently released by the UNC Institute on Aging has identified three workplace interventions that are improving quality of care and reducing staff turnover in North Carolina’s nursing homes. Thomas R. Konrad, PhD, research professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a… Read more »