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Epidemiology News

For N.C. breast cancer patients, insurance type and distance to care can be barriers to breast reconstruction

July 28, 2016 Women were less likely to have breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy if they had Medicaid or Medicare rather than private insurance or if they lived 10 or more miles from a plastic surgeon’s office, a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center study has found. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant… Read more »

UNC Gillings Study: Antibodies from Dengue fever survivors can be used to prevent Zika infection

July 26, 2016 Antibodies derived from patients who survived Dengue fever can be used to fight the Zika virus now and potentially open the door for the development of a Zika therapeutic treatment in the not too distant future. Those are among the findings of a new study led by researchers at the University of… Read more »

NIH awards UNC $23M to help eradicate HIV

July 14, 2016 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive nearly $23 million over the next five years to continue research on their innovative “kick and kill” strategy for eradicating HIV. Worldwide, 37 million people are living with the virus. After a competitive application process, the National Institutes of Health… Read more »

Olshan elected president of Society for Epidemiologic Research

July 6, 2016 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America…. Read more »

Unprecedented alliance of scientists, physicians, health advocates agree: Toxic chemicals are hurting brain development

July 1, 2016 An unprecedented alliance of leading scientists, medical experts and children’s health advocates agree for the first time that today’s scientific evidence supports a link between exposures to toxic chemicals in food and everyday products and children’s risks for neurodevelopmental disorders. Stephanie M. Engel, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Risk of death for adults with blood cancer higher in three NC regions

June 28, 2016 Across North Carolina, the risk of death from the most common form of acute leukemia in adults was significantly higher in three regions of the state, according to a retrospective study by researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Anne Marie Meyer, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology… Read more »

Gillings epidemiologist explains Zika virus basics

You’ve probably heard of Zika fever in the last few months. It’s a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread through mosquito bites. Allison Aiello, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She’s also an expert on how viruses travel through populations…. Read more »

Antibiotic-resistant form of syphilis bacterium identified in patients in Cuba

June 16, 2016 Treponema pallidum is the bacterium that causes syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) with no preventive vaccine. Researchers recently identified a mutated form of T. pallidum, which has become resistant to treatment with the macrolide class of antibiotics, in samples from 25 syphilis patients in Cuba. Lola Stamm, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Pettifor presents at UN’s ‘High-Level Meeting to End AIDS’

June 16, 2016 A UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health epidemiologist whose research focuses on social and structural drivers of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa was an invited speaker at the United Nations’ 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, held June 8-10 in New York City. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at… Read more »

AJPH editorial proposes a ‘causal impact’ framework to improve public health decision making

June 13, 2016 In a recently published editorial, researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health departments of epidemiology and biostatistics argue that a “causal impact” framework – one that includes internal and external validation and examines the effects of population-level interventions – could improve public health decision-making. Gillings School co-authors are Daniel… Read more »