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Epidemiology News

Among women, poor blacks in the south bear greatest burden of HIV, study finds

February 23, 2017
Alexander Breskin and Drs. Adaora Adimora and Daniel Westreich are co-authors of a PLOS ONE study that identifies U.S. counties in which the prevalence of HIV is high among women, as compared to men. Black women from poor areas in the South face a disproportionately high burden of HIV.

Gillings School is top public health school at public university for NIH funding

February 16, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced that the Gillings School was the top public health school at a public university in receiving NIH funding during fiscal year 2016. The School received 107 awards, for a total of $65,454,312 in funding.

Breast cancer mortality risk associated with eating smoked or grilled meats

February 12, 2017
A recent study led by Gillings School researchers found that women who survive breast cancer may increase their risk of mortality if they have consumed high levels of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat. Drs. Humberto Parada and Marilie Gammon are co-authors of the study, which was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Diabetes mellitus associated with increased risk of death from ovarian cancer

February 12, 2017
A new study led by epidemiology doctoral student Dr. Dongyu Zhang suggests that ovarian cancer patients who also have diabetes mellitus (DM) have higher mortality rates than those without DM.

Study finds genetic variant that confirms shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics, American Indians

January 31, 2017
A new study, led by Drs. Nora Franceschini and Jianwen Cai, has found an Amerindian-specific genetic variant that influences a kidney trait in Hispanics/Latinos, thereby confirming shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians.

Study confirms that more activity, less sitting, reduces mortality risk

January 31, 2017
A new study led by Dr. Kelly Evenson reinforced findings that regular physical activity and less sedentary behavior reduces the risk of mortality.
The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, used an accelerometer to assess participants’ physical activity and sedentary behavior.

Gillings students translate summer internships into full-time jobs

January 27, 2016
Mackenzie Herzog and Sydney Jones, doctoral students in epidemiology at the Gillings School, translated summer internships into the promise of full-time jobs, with help from The Graduate School’s Richard Bland Fellowship Professional Pathways Program.

Aaron Williams, RTI executive, former Peace Corps director, selected as Gillings School’s commencement speaker

January 25, 2017
Aaron Williams will present the Gillings School’s commencement address on May 13 at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena. Williams is executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International and past director of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Cuba offers example for countries striving to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of syphilis, HIV

Currently, several countries in the Americas are poised to eliminate mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of syphilis. With the Zika virus epidemic, however, low-income countries face unanticipated challenges. Dr. Lola Stamm discusses why it is imperative that the commitment to eliminate MTCT of syphilis be sustained.

Study finds diet as effective and less expensive than drugs in treating esophageal inflammation

Dr. Daniel Erim and colleagues found that a six-food elimination diet was as effective as topical corticosteroids — and less expensive — in treating eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition in which inflamed esophageal tissue leads to a person’s difficulty in swallowing solid foods. Erim is a doctoral student in health policy and management.