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 »

September 14, 2009 There’s no question that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy. If you can’t kick the habit, however, you may want to rethink what dietary supplements you take each day. A new study led by Jessie Satia, PhD, suggests that supplements that contain some of the same nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can increase… Read more »

September 14, 2009 What is it about red meat and dairy products that increases people’s risk of developing colon cancer? Eric Park, PhD, research assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is determined to solve that puzzle. Park’s research focuses on the relationship between diet and cancer. He is… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Imagine you’re a cancer patient, about to discuss chemotherapy with your doctor. But first, the lab draws some blood. Now, imagine that simple act allows your oncologist to pinpoint what kind of chemotherapy you would respond to best — and rule out therapies that would do you no good. Medicine isn’t there… Read more »

September 14, 2009 It started more than a decade ago, when a group of women on Long Island became concerned about reports that the breast cancer rate in their region was above the national average. In 1993, the advocates — many of them breast cancer survivors — pressed Congress to pass a law requiring a… Read more »

September 14, 2009 “Neuroblastoma” is a big word for a cancer that affects the smallest among us and in relatively small numbers. But UNC-led research could bring huge benefits by zeroing in on risk factors, the role of genetics and whether vitamins taken by pregnant women can make a difference in whether children get neuroblastoma…. Read more »