Epidemiology News

Family members most often source of whooping cough in young infants

March 27, 2007 Infants with whooping cough were most likely infected by the people they live with, according to a multi-country study led by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. The study found that parents were the source of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in 55… Read more »

UNC researchers to test worksite weight loss programs

March 21, 2007 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are recruiting more than 1,200 overweight employees at several North Carolina colleges and universities for a study of workplace weight-loss programs. The project will test four worksite-based weight-loss programs. Researchers hope to uncover cost-effective ways for employers to help employees lose weight… Read more »

High-fruit, low-meat diet reduces colon cancer risk, UNC study finds

March 20, 2007 People who eat a high-fruit, low-meat diet have about half the risk of developing precancerous colon polyps than those who eat a high-meat diet, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found.Surprisingly, the study also found that people who eat a high-vegetable, moderate-meat diet have essentially the same risk of… Read more »

Rye Barcott to be School of Public Health May commencement speaker

March 20, 2007 Photograph of Rye Barcott Rye Barcott, founder and president of Carolina for Kibera, will speak at the commencement ceremony for the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, the School announced today. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Barcott, 27, currently is… Read more »

University honors 10 teachers with distinguished professorships; two from School of Public Health

March 09, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Gerardo Heiss Photograph of Dr. Mark Sobsey The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced the latest recipients of its 2007 distinguished professorships, which are among the highest campus-wide recognitions of excellence. Drs. Gerardo Heiss and Mark Sobsey from the School of Public Health are two of… Read more »

Teenagers with retail, service jobs at risk of injury, robberies, sleep deprivation

March 05, 2007 Despite federal regulations intended to protect them, many teenagers in the U.S. use dangerous equipment or work long hours during the school week, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. The national study was based on telephone surveys of 928 teenaged workers, 14 to 18 years old. The… Read more »

Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, MD, dies at 82

February 27, 2007 Photograph of Dr. Al Tyroler Dr. Herman Alfred (Al) Tyroler, Allumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health, died February 18, 2007. He was 82 years old. Born September 5, 1924, in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Tyroler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University in 1943, received… Read more »

UNC researchers develop questionnaire for predicting chronic kidney disease

  February 26, 2007 A team led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers has developed a simple questionnaire to help identify individuals likely to have chronic kidney disease. The questionnaire, and the study on which it is based, are reported in the Feb. 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The… Read more »

Horney and MacDonald publish article on School’s hurricane response

February 26, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Pia MacDonald “Academic Public Health Community Responds to Hurricanes: A History of the North Carolina School of Public Health Response and New Infrastructure, 1999-2006,” authored by Jennifer A. Horney, MA, MPH, and Pia D.M. MacDonald, PhD, MPH, has been published in the March-April 2007 Public Health Reports. The… Read more »

UNC study shows state autism rates in line with national average

February 08, 2007 One of every 154 North Carolina children meet the criteria for autism spectrum disorder, according to a report issued today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The rate among North Carolina children is about the same as the national rate reported by the CDC, according to researchers at the… Read more »