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‘Built environment’ influences on health to be focus of minority health conference

February 12, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The environment where we live, work and play profoundly influences our health. That intersection between health and the “built environment” will be the focus of the 26th Annual Minority Health Conference sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.Titled “Health and the Built… Read more »

Survey: active, passive smoking in N.C. middle school children boosts asthma cases 15 percent

February 10, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — One of the largest surveys ever done among North Carolina school children shows that those who sometimes smoke or are exposed to tobacco smoke at home or elsewhere suffer more asthma than their classmates.The massive University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill survey showed that childhood smoking and exposure… Read more »

‘Narratives of HIV’ events to promote understanding of epidemic’s impact

February 09, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — U.S. health officials are pushing for renewed attention to the HIV-AIDS epidemic amid a resurgence of cases. In response, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will launch “Narratives of HIV: Hearing Their Stories,” a series of awareness and educational events to provide greater understanding about the impact… Read more »

Study indicates nutritional benefits of the WIC program

February 06, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-led research team has found that preschoolers enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) show positive nutritional behaviors and intakes beyond the program’s goals.The new study is published in this month’s issue of the Journal of… Read more »

New national multicenter study: vitamins didn’t cut stroke risk

February 03, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Hopes that high doses of certain vitamins could help prevent a second stroke in people who already suffered one took a hit today as scientists released findings from a major multicenter study of that possibility.Their investigation showed no significant differences over two years between a group of 1,827 stroke… Read more »

Grant to N.C. Prevention Partners reaches more people in need across state

February 03, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — N.C. Prevention Partners, a program allied with the N.C. Institute for Public Health, received a grant last fall from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust of Winston-Salem, and has recently added two prevention programs to underserved areas statewide as a result of the funding.The N.C. Institute for Public Health… Read more »

Flu is focus of Friday’s Public Health Grand Rounds

January 28, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The public health community’s response to an especially perilous flu season is the subject of “Influenza and Beyond: Responding to Vaccine-Preventable Diseases,” a one-hour webcast and satellite broadcast Friday (Jan. 30) from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Broadcast viewers participating at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill… Read more »

UNC faculty receive grants to fund studies of families caring for Alzheimer’s patients

January 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Improving care for people suffering from the degenerative condition known as Alzheimer’s disease is the goal of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty member and colleagues who have received two grants totaling more than $600,000 from the Alzheimer’s Association and GlaxoSmithKline.The researchers plan to determine what… Read more »

Roper tapped to lead UNC Health Care System, medical school

January 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — William L. Roper, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named chief executive officer of the University of North Carolina Health Care System. The appointment, effective March 15, was announced today (Jan. 23) by UNC President Molly Corbett… Read more »

New UNC study shows lack of folic acid in late pregnancy hurts memory, thinking

January 15, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Folic acid is not just critical for brain development in embryos during the earliest stages of pregnancy, but it is a key to healthy brain growth and function late in pregnancy too, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered.Humans and other mammals lacking sufficient… Read more »