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UNC ranks 5th among publics: U.S. News & World Report

  August 19, 2005 CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked as the nation’s fifth best public university and stands out as a national leader in promoting student accessibility, according to U.S. News & World Report magazine.In addition, UNC posted an 11-point gain – following last year’s 21-point rise –… Read more »

Study may help with AIDS cure; new combined therapy helps remove dormant HIV in immune system cells

August 12, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — A drug known for its anti-seizure and antidepressant activity appears to be the key ingredient in a new combination therapy that may direct scientists to an AIDS cure.The new research is reported in the Saturday (Aug. 13) issue of The Lancet, the international medical journal based in England. The… Read more »

2005 N.C. Women’s Health Report Card findings issued at Raleigh press conference

August 08, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — Twenty-eight percent of North Carolina women get no regular exercise and one in four is considered obese by standard criteria. Sedentary lifestyle and obesity are taking their toll – high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and diabetes are all on the rise.Researchers announced these and other findings today (Aug. 8)… Read more »

Beyond Textbooks and TV: Team Epi-Aid Learns Through Experience

It is one thing to read or hear about the aftermath of a hurricane in the news or to study field epidemiology in class. But it is something else to experience the mayhem and distress firsthand – as a team of volunteers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health… Read more »

Study finds weight gain after age 50 associated with increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer

August 03, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — Weight gain of more than 24 pounds in women older than 50 years of age – regardless of baseline weight at age 50 – is associated with a 62 percent increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer compared with women with stable weight, a new study has found.The research team,… Read more »

Major new UNC-based drinking water study suggests pregnancy fears may be overstated

  August 01, 2005 CHAPEL HILL – Fears that chemical byproducts resulting from disinfecting drinking water with chlorine boost the chances that pregnant women will miscarry were not supported by the results of a major new study. If such threats exist at all, which is uncertain, they likely are modest, it concludes.The national study, directed… Read more »

Scearce Receives SPH Award for Staff Excellence

August 01, 2005 Steve Zeisel’s office can sometimes be, well, let’s say busy. The phones ringing, people dropping by for this or that, work stacked up on the desks. Photograph of Janet Scearce But in the midst of all the activity, you can always find a smile and a gentle voice – they belong to… Read more »

Lin Receives Prestigious NIH MERIT Award

  July 29, 2005 CHAPEL HILL The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded its prestigious Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award to Dr. Danyu Lin, Dennis Gillings Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics at the UNC-CH School of Public Health.The award was granted to Dr. Lin by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences,… Read more »

UNC places 15th nationally in NIH research grants; all health affairs units in top 20

July 15, 2005 CHAPEL HILL — National Institutes of Health funding for research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill jumped almost 7 percent in fiscal 2004, according to new figures just released by the federal agency.UNC faculty attracted $289.7 million in NIH funding – up from $271 million in 2003 –… Read more »

New study: many local health directors unsure of authority to curtail smoking

July 11, 2005 CHAPEL HILL – Local health department directors across North Carolina are confused about state laws covering whether their facilities can be made smoke-free, but still strongly support such policies, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.The UNC schools of medicine and public health research showed that a… Read more »