September 14, 2009 A team of UNC health policy and management graduate students helped convince the Mississippi state legislature to require communities around the state to fluoridate their water. The students include Lauren Brown, Kim Hammersmith, DDS, Ashley Kranz, Presha Patel and Bhav Shukla, as well as Nick Mosca, Mississippi State Dental Director and student… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Adverse reactions to drugs are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. However, there may be a way to predict which people are most likely to suffer a toxic side effect from a drug before they have even taken it. A study published in the online journal Genome… Read more »

September 14, 2009 The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center 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.The UNC center is one of 11 Injury Control and Research Centers (ICRC) addressing injury prevention in the U.S. With the help of… Read more »

September 14, 2009 Genes play a role in determining who is obese, has hypertension or goes through puberty earlier than peers, according to three studies published recently by researchers in the School’s epidemiology department. Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, research assistant professor of epidemiology, and Kari E. North, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, were lead authors… Read more »

September 14, 2009 New guidelines for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy have been established by a national team of physicians and health care professionals, including Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, UNC epidemiology and nutrition professor and associate chair of the Department of Epidemiology. Siega-Riz was one of four team members who presented… Read more »

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 »