Epidemiology News

Prenatal exposure to cadmium associated with increased risk of pre-eclampsia

October 6, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have demonstrated for the first time an association between levels of the toxic metal cadmium in the placenta during pregnancy and increased risk of the mother developing pre-eclampsia. The researchers also examined interactive effects of essential metals selenium and zinc with pre-eclampsia… Read more »

Seven new Royster Fellows join Gillings School

September 22, 2015 This news story is adapted from the original article by Carolina Chronicle. Each fall, new students bring their unique perspectives to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC Graduate School’s Royster Society of Fellows works to attract exceptionally talented graduate students from around the world to add their points… Read more »

UNC Lineberger grant application earns NCI’s highest recognition

September 20, 2015 The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned an “exceptional” rating from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a major grant application associated with the center’s multidisciplinary research. The rating was given to UNC Lineberger’s application to the NCI for renewal of a five-year grant that supports multidisciplinary research and shared scientific… Read more »

Co-prescribing opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines can impact overdose mortality, study finds

September 17, 2015 Mortality risk from opioid overdose has previously been measured in terms of thresholds of risk. Four scientists linked to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a new cohort study finding that dose-dependent opioid overdose risk among patients does not show evidence of a distinct risk threshold. Nabarun… Read more »

Study suggests improvements to HIV care cascade measurements

September 15, 2015 The HIV care cascade is a commonly used framework that estimates the number of HIV-infected individuals in a geographic area according to their HIV diagnosis, care and treatment status. The cascade, also commonly called a continuum, is used with surveillance data collected by state and city health departments in the United States… Read more »

Cole recognized for outstanding contributions to epidemiology

September 15, 2015 Stephen Cole, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE) Award for Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology. A professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Cole was selected to receive the award based on his significant efforts to develop and advance… Read more »

Study: Multi-intervention program helps at-risk children with asthma, reduces costs

A recent study found that a multi-level intervention program for low-income, underserved children with asthma in rural western North Carolina resulted in decreased emergency department visits, hospitalizations, school absences and improved lung function. The study was co-authored by Karin Yeatts, PhD, research assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The… Read more »

Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to date

September 7, 2015 Dense surrounding tissue can block drugs from reaching pancreatic cancer tumors, but it also can help prevent the cancer from spreading. New research led by members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain the conflicting role of the surrounding tissue, known as stroma. Lindsay A. Williams, UNC Lineberger researcher and… Read more »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

A doctoral student, his mother and the practical uses of public health science

August 23, 2015 The following article, written by Kathy Doherty for MEASURE Evaluation, was published Aug. 12 in the University Gazette and is reposted here in its entirety. Bernie Agala is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Jim Thomas, PhD, director of Carolina Population Center’s… Read more »