September 14, 2009 When Deborah Winn, PhD, began her public health graduate studies in epidemiology, she had not yet identified a research area that inspired her. “I was a graduate student shopping around for a dissertation topic,” says the 1980 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna. When leading cancer epidemiologists at the National… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Long gone are the days when a seriously ill patient had just one doctor, likely one who had known her for most of her life. Today, patients with a serious diagnosis enter a medical world filled with specialists, advanced technology and mountains of information on the Internet. “People have to navigate really… Read more »

September 14, 2009 As an epidemiologist, Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, looks for risk factors that affect our health. As a behavioral scientist, Noel Brewer, PhD, tries to understand how people make health decisions. From those different perspectives, both researchers provide important weapons in the fight against cervical cancer. Every year, about 12,000 women in the… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Like being dropped off a cliff. That’s how many patients describe the difficult transition from their initial cancer treatment to cancer survivorship, says Marci Campbell, PhD, MPH. And that’s something she and others at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are addressing. Last year, LIVESTRONG… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Breastfeeding is great for babies and moms, offering the best nutrition along with bonding opportunities. Now, studies show that breastfeeding cuts the risk of breast cancer as well. How? Breastfeeding appears to lower the levels of cancer-related hormones. At the end of lactation, the mother’s body also gets rid of many breast… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Study seeks to boost cancer screening rates through community health partnership One test that screens for colon cancer is pretty simple, but it requires taking three stool samples. That can be a daunting prospect, even for people who have the privacy of their own home and bathroom. When the patient is homeless… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Ed Hooker has been a barber for more than 20 years. He knows that keeping his customers healthy is good for them — and it’s also good for business. “I want to make sure my clients are healthy and let them know someone cares about them,” he says. “I also need to… Read more »

September 14, 2009 The drop in the number of Americans who smoke, from 42.4 percent in 1965 to just under 20 percent in 2007, is touted as one of the great public health success stories in the 20th century. Given the well-known link between smoking and lung cancer, Kurt Ribisl, PhD, is working to ensure… Read more »

September 14, 2009 When breast cancer patients believe that their disease is being adequately managed, they are likely to stick with a treatment plan, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have found. But the research project, led by Eugenia Eng, DrPH, UNC professor of health behavior and health education, also shows that when… Read more »

September 14, 2009 UNC selected as AHRQ cancer research site Using data from 2.5 million cancer patients — fully 25 percent of the nation’s cancer population — two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers are designing studies that could provide practical information on cancer treatments to health care providers and policy makers. Last… Read more »