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'Get Kids in Action' launches online child's BMI calculator

July 23, 2004 CHAPEL HILL — “Get Kids in Action,” a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health and The Gatorade Co., has launched an online body mass index, or BMI, calculator specific to children.The calculator was developed in response to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation –... Read more »

SHAC Outreach receives national award for innovative health promotion program

July 21, 2004 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently honored SHAC Outreach, the newest program within the UNC Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), with third place among interdisciplinary entries for the Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion.The Secretary’s Award recognizes the nation’s innovative health promotion programs designed by students. Students from... Read more »

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 »