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From Health-care Providers, Announcements Do More than Conversations to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

In an effort to increase uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill evaluated the effectiveness of training health-care providers either to make presumptive announcements about the vaccine or to engage in participatory conversations with families. Study results showed that only the announcement training led to a meaningful increase in vaccine initiation. Read More...

How Much Tourism is Too Much?

Tourism is booming in the Galápagos Islands and the residential population is growing as people flock there for higher wages. Ecuadorian officials are concerned with the amount of tourists and residents the islands can accommodate before losing their luster — but new research from the Galapagos Science Center and UNC College of Arts and Sciences geographer Stephen Walsh suggests solutions to maintaining that ecological sustainability.
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Study Raises Concerns About Timely Follow-up to Positive Mammogram for the Uninsured

Uninsured women under age 65 who received their mammogram at community screening clinics in North Carolina were less likely to get follow-up within a year of a positive mammogram. They also had higher odds of missing a 60-day window for follow-up care, according to a study by senior author Louise Henderson, PhD, and colleagues. Read More...

Kindergarten Readiness Camps Bring Significant Learning Gains

Students in the Family Success Alliance’s Kindergarten Readiness Camp have shown significant gains in fundamental cognitive and literacy skills. A team of researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill evaluated the program, which addresses the affects of generational poverty at four elementary schools in Orange County Schools and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Read More...

As Flood Waters Begin to Recede, Researchers Look at What’s in the Water

Much has been made across Eastern North Carolina of rivers flooding of historic levels, but for those who know the waters the best, the story isn’t all about how much water there was or where it went, but what is in it. Read More...