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North Carolina sees growth in supply of anesthesia providers

July 02, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Significant growth has occurred in the number of health professionals who provide anesthesia services across North Carolina, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.Between 1992 and 2002, the number of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) — nurses with advance training in anesthesia care — grew… Read more »

Public health partnership aims to decrease teen smoking

June 29, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The N.C. Institute for Public Health, a component of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, recently received a two-year grant to work toward reducing teen smoking in northeastern North Carolina.The N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission awarded the $850,000 grant, for the… Read more »

Study: mothers’ fish consumption can boost children’s development

June 25, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — When fish is not contaminated, moderate consumption of the protein-rich food source by pregnant women and young children appears to boost the children’s neurological development, a new study shows.”Our research adds to the literature suggesting that fish contains nutrients that may enhance early brain development,” said Dr. Julie Daniels,… Read more »

Study sheds new light on genetic risk for Parkinson’s disease

June 24, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — By combining the results of 22 studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have found that a specific form of the gene APOE very slightly increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease, even though the same gene is protective in Alzheimer’s disease.The researchers also found that the APOE-4… Read more »

Hormone therapy appears to boost dementia risk in women over age 65

June 22, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – By taking replacement estrogen, postmenopausal women over age 65 appear to raise their risk of developing dementia by a small amount rather than reducing it as earlier research had suggested, a new national study shows.Another closely related finding from the clinical trial indicates that estrogen use also mildly adversely… Read more »

Congressional Minority Caucus members to participate in upcoming videoconference

June 17, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health will host the 10th annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health Monday (June 21) through Thursday (June 24), featuring four members of the Congressional Minority Caucus in the opening session.The live interactive videoconference, held from… Read more »

N.C. Task Force on Genomics and Public Health releases state genomics plan to help policymakers

June 16, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — The N.C. Task Force on Genomics and Public Health, representing more than 30 public and private organizations and institutions, has issued a report to help guide state policymakers on the impact of genomics in North Carolinians’ lives.The 27-page N.C. Public Health Genomics Plan is the product of an 18-month… Read more »

UNC’s Bryan Fellows begin summer

June 10, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Five University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students — including one from the School of Public Health — will complete service projects in North Carolina this summer as recent recipients of the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Robert E. Bryan Fellowships.Named in honor of alumnus Robert E. Bryan,… Read more »

HIV infection impairs immunity to malaria in pregnant women

June 04, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — Scientists studying infections with HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — and malaria have found a strong link between the two illnesses, both major scourges in sub-Saharan Africa.One of their reports, appearing in the April 30 issue of the journal AIDS, shows that malaria makes HIV worse in… Read more »

Study: economic growth boosting women’s obesity in poorer nations

June 02, 2004 CHAPEL HILL – Around the globe, obesity has become a problem for many poorer women in most countries with upper-middle income national economies and even some with lower-middle income economies, an important new international study concludes.Increasing obesity threatens to undermine the health of women in nations previously not known for a growing… Read more »