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Adolescent girls more active if neighborhoods have parks

November 17, 2006 Adolescent girls who live within half a mile of a public park are significantly more physically active than other girls, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found. Photograph of Dr. Diane Catellier The study found that physical activity was higher for girls who lived within a mile of parks… Read more »

Zeisel selected for distinguished achievement in nutrition research

October 18, 2006   Photograph of Dr. Steven Zeisel Steven Zeisel, MD, PhD , Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics and associate dean for research at the School of Public Health, has been named winner of the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Mead Johnson Freedom to Discover Award for Distinguished Achievement in Nutrition Research. Zeisel was recognized for… Read more »

Abdominal fat affects breast cancer survival

October 13, 2006 A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides evidence that excess abdominal fat can affect breast cancer survival.The researchers followed 1,254 women ages 20 to 54 diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 1990 and 1992. Women with a waist-to-hip ratio greater than 0.80, which indicates… Read more »

UNC awarded $22 million to coordinate Hispanic Community Health Study

October 12, 2006 A $22 million federal contract to coordinate a nationwide health study of Hispanics in the United States has been awarded to the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Hispanic Community Healthy Study will examine the impact of acculturation – adapting to life in a… Read more »

Study: High school athletes at high risk for being reinjured

October 06, 2006 A recent review of injuries in more than 15,000 high school varsity athletes in North Carolina showed that a player who had ever sustained an injury was more than twice as likely as an uninjured player to be hurt again. Photograph of Dr. Sarah Knowles “This is clinically significant because these are… Read more »

Three students awarded prizes for research posters

October 03, 2006 Photograph of poster session winner Three graduate students have been recognized for outstanding research during the School’s first Research Poster Display and Contest. William B. Allshouse, Joseph N. LoBuglio and Jon R. Sobus each received a certificate and $25 prize for their efforts. Their posters and others were displayed in the atrium… Read more »

Maternal and Child Health receives federal training grant to address health disparities

September 28, 2006 The Department of Maternal and Child Health has received a federal grant enabling the launch of a new doctoral training program in applied epidemiology aimed at addressing health inequities. The Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), awarded the department $26,000 per… Read more »

Research Poster Display and Contest: Environmental Sciences and Engineering photographs

September 25, 2006 Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session Photograph of poster session winner Photograph of poster session winner Photograph of Laurie Ringaert Photograph of poster session winner Photograph… Read more »

UNC receives Gates Foundation grant to develop drugs for African sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis

September 14, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $21.3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop effective, inexpensive drugs to treat late-stage African sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis – diseases that infect and kill hundreds of thousands of people in developing nations.The grant supports the… Read more »

Study to compare effect of public health worker skills with local health department capacity

September 14, 2006 In an effort to understand better what factors influence a well- performing local public health agency, the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina was awarded a one-year, $102,500 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The study, to be conducted at the North Carolina Institute for Public… Read more »