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Connection between weight, self-esteem linked to teen’s race, gender

May 07, 2007 Among young teens, race and gender affect whether self-esteem is linked to body weight, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. “We know that for many teenagers, how they feel about their bodies and how they feel about themselves are nearly identical,” said Eliana Miller Perrin, M.D., lead study... Read more »

Number of uninsured in North Carolina on the rise

April 23, 2007 The percentage of North Carolinians under the age of 65 who lacked health insurance for a year has risen from 15.3 percent in 2000 to 17.2 percent in 2005. The proportion of uninsured residents ranged from a low of 13.4 percent in Wake County to a high of 27.5 percent in Tyrrell... Read more »

Kotch leads Duke Endowment effort to prevent child abuse in North Carolina

April 13, 2007   Photograph of Dr. Jonathan Kotch Dr. Jonathan Kotch , professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, has been awarded a prestigious Duke Endowment grant to help prevent child maltreatment in eastern North Carolina. The “Family-Friendly Child Care” program, with Kotch as principal investigator, will receive more than $682,000 over... Read more »

Training 911 dispatchers to recognize symptoms

April 02, 2007 Training 911 dispatchers to recognize the symptoms of stroke may improve the chances of getting the right help to victims sooner, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. Researchers from UNC’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine surveyed 85 emergency dispatch centers in North Carolina between 2001 and... Read more »

False-positive mammograms have long-term negative consequences

  April 02, 2007 False-positive mammograms have long-term negative consequences for women, unnecessarily increasing their anxiety, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health study. About half of American women receive a false-positive mammogram at some point in their lives. A false-positive mammogram happens when a women is told... Read more »

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 »