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Arnold School of Public Health


July 2012

Study enters new phase
The Graniteville Recovery and Chlorine Epidemiology (GRACE) Study is entering a new phase. Free lung diagnostic testing for former mill workers in Graniteville is being offered.

February 2012

Mexican-American youth at rick
A study by Dr. Jihong Liu in "Journal of Nutrition" finds that less acculturated Mexican-American youth at risk for obesity, poorer diet as they adapt to U.S. lifestyles.

December 2011

HIV/AIDS: 30 years later
Arnold School faculty continue to be at forefront of HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

July 2011

New study will examine 'food deserts' in Palmetto State
In rural, low-income areas have limited options in being able to shop for fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

What is causing weight gain?
A new study by Arnold School researchers seeks answers to why Americans aren't getting thinner.

June 2011

ADA awards grant
American Diabetes Association has awarded Dr. Anwar Merchant a grant to study possible link between periodontal microorganisms and markers of cardiovascular disease in youth.

March 2011

Center puts food, activity in 'Healthy Context'
Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities draws on expertise across campus as it develops strong research program in nutrition.

Blair named Visiting Fellow
Dr. Steve Blair has been named a Visiting Fellow at Technische Universität München, where he will work with sports medicine faculty to analyze data and write manuscripts.

RO1 grant will study allergic diseases
Dr. Wilfried Karmaus will lead a study, funded by $2.8 million from NIH, on allergic diseases. The international team also includes Dr. Hongmei Zhang from Arnold School.

January 2011

MLK Social Justice Awards
Sacoby M. Wilson, from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, receives awards during USC's annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance

Faculty featured in Breakthrough
The Winter 2011 issue of USC's Breakthrough Magazine highlights University faculty, including Wilfried Karmaus, whose research has a global impact.

November 2010

Study in JAMA
A study in Journal of the American Medical Association finds that aerobic exercise, resistance training in combination improve glycemic levels for type 2 diabetes patients.

Dr. Steve Blair receives appointment
Back from Stockholm, Sweden, Dr. Steve Blair delivers lecture at Iowa State University as the 2010 – 11 Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair in College of Human Sciences.

August 2010

Grants focus on women’s health issues
Faculty in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Exercise Science have received grants for AIDS prevention, healthy weight among pregnant women.

Epidemiology and Biostatistics faculty honored
James Hardin receives the 2010 H.O. Hartley Award from Texas A&M; Sacoby Wilson is named to Exposure Sciences Committee, National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Edith Williams awarded Pfizer Fellowship
The 2010 Pfizer Fellowship in Health Disparities will help fund Williams' study on lupus in African-American women.

Study adds insight on rotavirus
(August 2, 2010)
Arnold School researchers’ work on study in European Journal of Pediatrics sheds light on role of breastfeeding to protect infants from rotavirus infections.

July 2010

Student-led study appears in New York Times
The New York Times ’ popular Phys Ed feature has highlighted a study on men’s physical activity that was led by Tatiana Warren, a Ph.D. student in exercise science.

Does diet affect carotid artery?
(July 2010)
An Arnold School study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition identifies diet patterns that are believed to cause problems to the common carotid aretery.

October 2010

Emory epidemiologist to speak Oct. 15
(October, 2010)
Dr. Carol Hogue, a leading maternal and child health expert, will speak Oct. 15 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Her talk is open to USC faculty, students.

June 2010

Arnold School researcher leads breast cancer study
(June 16, 2010)
Dr. Robin Puett is leading a team of USC and DHEC researchers who will study a possible link between breast cancer and environmental factors, including airborne pollutants.

Dementia Dialogues a statewide outreach
(June 7, 2010)
Jan Merling in the Office for the Study of Aging has helped 13,000 South Carolinians learn how to care for people who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia.

Epidemiologist receives national honors
(June 23, 2010)
Dr. Robert McKeown earns recognition for his contributions to public health..

May 2010

Radioactive cesium plagues children of Chernobyl
(May 20, 2010)
More than 24 years after the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, a new study by Arnold School researchers finds that soil with high radioactive cesium levels may affect lung health.

April 2010

Doctoral student already making a difference
(April 2, 2010)
Anna Cass, who is pursuing her PhD in epidemiology and biostatistics, is studying hospital-acquired infections, a major concern in healthcare today.

October 2009

Program targets N. Charleston pollution
Dr. Sacoby Wilson to use $1.2 million NIH grant to help residents of seven poor neighborhoods address environmental issues in South Carolina’s third largest city.

September 2009

McKeown named Institute for Advancement of Healthcare (IAHC) interim chief
EPIBIOS chair to manage the institute over the next year as it becomes fully operational in support of partnership between USC and Greenville Hospital System.

August 2009

DASH Diet may help prevent type 2 diabetes, findings published in August issue of Diabetes Care
Arnold School researcher Dr. Angela Liese is pioneer in studying diet that features vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products for its potential to reduce risk of diabetes.

July 2009

Study finds no consensus on optimum diet
Writing in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Dr. Anwar T. Merchant reports that group of healthy Canadians tended to consume a moderate carbohydrate diet.

March 2009

Banned pesticide DDT still a public health threat
Arnold School researcher Dr. Wilfried Karmaus’ study among Michigan women shows breakdown product, DDE, may contribute to obesity.

February 2009

Diabetic youth can lower risk of hypertension
USC researcher Angela Liese says the key is a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.

July 2008

Epidemiologist Harris Pastides elected 28th president of the University of South Carolina
Harris Pastides, professor of epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and former dean of the Arnold School of Public Health, was elected USC president.

Robert McKeown, new EPI/BIOS department chair
Seventeen-year faculty veteran, USC graduate appointed chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

June 2008

Grants, contract income up over last year
Arnold officials say increase is good news at a time when winning funding support has become increasingly competitive.

S.C. Cancer Alliance honors James Burch
Assistant professor praised for ability to secure competitive grant funding.

Grants, contract income up over last year
Arnold officials say increase is good news at a time when winning funding support has become increasingly competitive.

May 2008

ASPH 2008 Hooding photos

Angela Liese will lead research center
Veteran epidemiologist to become director of USC’s Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities.

Allergy risk may be programmed in the womb
USC researcher Dr. Wilfred Karmaus finds first-borns are more likely to carry a gene variant that raises their risk of allergy.

Students, faculty, alumni earn array of honors
The Arnold School of Public Health recognized exceptional achievements by students, faculty and alumni during the 2008 Hooding Ceremony.

March 2008

USC Experts make major contributions
James Hebert and Tom Hurley were statistical coordinators for The Journal of Nutrition special supplement

Blair gift to support inactivity studies
Exercise Science professor says lack of exercise is greatest modifiable public health threat of the 21st Century.

February 2008

USC's 27th chief returning to classroom as retirement nears
USC's retiring president, and professor in EPI/BIO, will help mark the one-year anniversary of the Office of Public Health Practice.

Study involves breastfeeding women from Columbia, Charleston
Outcome may suggest diet and lifestyle changes that would enhance milk's composition, says researcher Dr. Wilfred Karmaus.

January 2008

Expert in study of obesity joins EPID/BIOS under the Faculty Excellence Initiative program
Dr. Anwar T. Merchant has joined the Arnold School as an associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Two-year study aimed at understanding the relationship between religious faith and well-being
Arnold School researchers are beginning a two-year study to better understand the relationship between religious faith and well-being.

Blair to lecture on exercise at S.C. Aging Research Conference
Dr. Steven Blair will deliver the keynote speech at the 2008 South Carolina Aging Research Conference.

Report finds effects of chlorine spill continue to affect Graniteville residents
Breathing problems and longtime emotional issues continue to worry survivors of the 2005 Graniteville train crash and chlorine spill.

Arnold School researcher helping Estonia develop system for HIV/AIDS
David Parker, epidemiology PhD student, to develop program to understand nation's burgeoning number of HIV/AIDS cases.

December 2007

Fit seniors live longer, regardless of body fat
Arnold School of Public Health report, appearing in JAMA, says obesity less of a threat to seniors than being unfit.

Mayer-Davis Leaving the Arnold School
Mayer-Davis, a nationally recognized diabetes and nutrition researcher, has accepted a faculty appointment at UNC Chapel Hill.

November 2007

New group provides support for health sciences research
Health sciences faculty who need biostatistical support or other related help with their research have a new toolbox standing by.

Being Overweight Isn't All Bad, Study Says
Carrying Excess Pounds Does Not Increase Risk of Dying from Cancer or Heart Disease, Researchers Say.

Healthy food scarce in some rural areas
People seeking healthy lifestyles can be at a disadvantage if they live in rural areas where stores offering nutritious foods are few and far between.

October 2007

Deadly chlorine spill prompts study of Graniteville survivors
Erik Svendsen is preparing for a potential public health study of the 2005 Graniteville chlorine spill and a program to identify communities facing threats of environmental disease.

September 2007

Report: rural youth more likely to be obese
The nation's first report of its kind finds rural youth more likely to be overweight or obese than their urban peers.

Arnold researchers win prestigious grants
Ten Arnold School scientists are currently conducting studies supported by prestigious RO1 research grants.

Arnold researchers part of big cancer project
Epidemiologists part of team awarded $10.7 million grant to develop colorectal cancer research center.

August 2007

Adult exercise guidelines updated
Adults need moderately intense exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week or vigorous exercise at least 20 minutes three days each week.

Williams joins Arnold School faculty under USC Centenary Plan
Dr. Williams, a research assistant professor is the newest faculty member to join the Arnold School of Public Health under the USC Centenary Plan.

June 2007

White youth in U.S. more prone to diabetes
Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis is member  of national study to determine prevalence and incidence of diabetes among U.S. youth.

Breast exam guidelines revisited
Experts say new recommendations may be needed for African-American women.

Meat increases cancer risk in older women
Dr. Susan Steck finds that a longtime diet of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat puts older women at increased risk of breast cancer.

May 2007

S.C. leaders honor healthy eating program
The healthy eating program “Dash of Faith” is the winner of a 2007 community award presented by the Healthy South Carolina Challenge.

Cancer Alliance honors Hebert and Brandt
Dr. James Hebert and Dr. Heather Brandt are among four professionals and one organization honored recently for their work in cancer control by the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.

Study reveals even small amounts of physical activity improve fitness levels for many women
Even small amounts of physical activity - as little as 75 minutes a week - can improve heart and respiratory fitness levels for many women, according to a study in the May 16 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Webster, Irwin win Arnold alumni awards
A University of South Carolina graduate who has spent his career in the battle against heart disease and another who has focused on cancer prevention are the recipients of the 2007 Norman J. and Gerry Sue Arnold alumni awards. 

Students, faculty, alumni win wide array of honors
The Arnold School of Public Health recognized exceptional achievements by students and faculty during the 2007 Hooding Ceremony on May 10 at the Koger Center for the Arts.

April 2007

Lead poisoning linked to misbehavior
Decades after lead was banned from paint and gasoline, a new five-year study of children from four U.S. cities shows that lead poisoning results not only in lower IQ scores but also learning and behavioral problems in school age urban children.

January 2007

USC professor wins 2006 Young Professional Award
Dr. Jihong Liu, an assistant professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, is the winner of the 2006 Young Professional Achievement Award presented by the Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology.

November 2006

Steven Blair, exercise guru, welcomed back
Blair is a former faculty member and an internationally recognized authority on exercise and its health benefits.

October 2006

Report reveals that one in 523 U.S. children, teens has diabetes
In the nation's first study to examine the prevalence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth of all major ethnic groups, researchers have found that about one in every 523 children and adolescents in the United States has diabetes.

September 2006

U.S. suicide rates are down, but the reason is a mystery
First, the good news: Suicide rates among younger and older Americans have been declining since the early 1990s. Now, the puzzling news: No one really knows why.

Study indicates breastfed babies less likely to become obese children
Babies who are breastfed during the first year are less likely than others to become obese during childhood, even if their mothers are obese or diabetic, according to a study published in the October issue of Diabetes Care.

Journal of S.C. Medical Association devoted to cancer disparities
In series of articles, latest issue of Journal of the S.C. Medical Association focuses on types of cancer that have devastating impact on African Americans throughout Palmetto State.

August 2006

USC researcher finds cardiac risks higher for children, teens with diabetes
A nationwide study shows that many children and teens with diabetes have multiple risk factors for cardiovascular disease, which may increase their risk for premature heart disease and death.

July 2006

USC researchers find unusually high levels of arsenic in some S.C. neighborhoods
Unusually high levels of arsenic have been found in some South Carolina neighborhoods where University of South Carolina researchers are studying possible links between chemical exposure during pregnancy and mental retardation.

James Hebert named Health Sciences Distinguished Professor
James Hebert, professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health and director of the South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, has been appointed as Health Sciences Distinguished Professor.

June 2006

Study examines effect of job-related stress on police officers
The nation's 700,000-plus police officers protect and save lives, but their own health and livelihood can be compromised by the chronic stress of their jobs, says Arnold School of Public Health researcher John Vena.

Mayer-Davis named Carolina Distinguished Professor
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, professor of epidemiology at the Arnold School of Public Health, has been named a Carolina Distinguished Professor, one of USC’s premier awards for faculty scholarship.

May 2006

Faculty, students, honor society members recognized
The Arnold School of Public Health recognized exceptional achievements by students and faculty during the 2006 Hooding Ceremony on May 4 at the Koger Center.

(thank you to Willam Hughes)