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Biomarker test shows promise for melanoma diagnosis

February 01, 2011 A new study shows that a test of biomarkers for DNA methylation is technically feasible and could aid in earlier, more precise diagnosis of melanoma. DNA methylation is the modification of a strand of DNA in a way that alters gene expression, the means by which coded information in a gene is… Read more »

UNC-led program helps doctors, health-care centers adopt electronic health records

February 01, 2011 More than 1,500 primary health-care providers around the state are adopting electronic health records and other technology with the help of the N.C. Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. Last year, the program, headquartered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, was awarded a $13.6 million grant… Read more »

Public health school authors describe international health initiatives in NC Medical Journal

January 31, 2011 Dr. Tom Ricketts The current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal (NCMJ) includes articles by a number of faculty and staff members and students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The issue, “International Health Initiatives in North Carolina,” highlights North Carolina-based activities to improve health around the world. Commentaries… Read more »

Infants perceived as ‘fussy’ are more likely to receive solid foods too early

January 28, 2011 A new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers reasons why some mothers feed their infants complementary foods (juice, solids) before the infants are four months old, including the mothers’ perception that the infants are “fussy” and would be soothed by the introduction of complementary food…. Read more »

Formaldehyde study named best paper of the year by Society of Toxicology

January 28, 2011 A study examining the carcinogenic effects of inhaled formaldehyde, published August 2010 in Toxicological Sciences, has been named best paper of the year by the Society of Toxicology’s (SOT) Board of Publications.The paper, “Distribution of DNA Adducts Caused by Inhaled Formaldehyde is Consistent with Induction of Nasal Carcinoma but Not Leukemia,” uncovers… Read more »

Mayer-Davis and Van Horn appointed by President to national public health advisory group

January 28, 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, professor of nutrition in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor of medicine in the UNC School of Medicine, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Sharon… Read more »

Catellier leads UNC efforts to identify risks for dementia, cognitive decline

January 28, 2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers are co-leading a national study to examine whether middle-aged people’s physical health influences their risk of dementia later in life.The study aims to determine what role vascular risk factors – including hypertension, diabetes and lifestyle – experienced in middle age may play in the… Read more »

Schenck to lead NC Institute for Public Health and Public Health Leadership Program

January 24, 2011 Dr. Anna Schenck Anna P. Schenck, PhD, MPH, will become director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) and associate dean for public health practice at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, effective March 1. Schenck also leads the School’s Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP). “Anna’s leadership provides… Read more »

Baker featured on ASPH’s Feb. 1 preparedness education webcast

January 18, 2011 Dr. Ed Baker Ed Baker Jr., MD, MPH, will be one of three speakers featured on a webcast hosted by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. Baker, research professor of health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Inaugural Gillings Student Organization Service Project Awards announced

January 14, 2011 Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and GlobeMed at UNC, two student organizations strongly affiliated with UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have received the School’s first Gillings Student Organization Service Project Awards.   UNC’s Engineers Without Borders members have worked in Ciudad de Dios, Peru, since 2006. The awards provide funding support… Read more »