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Epidemiology News

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Epidemiology alumnus studies ways to optimize pediatric antiretroviral therapy

Oct. 9, 2014 A new study helps clinicians weigh immunologic benefits against viral failure risks when timing the administration of antiretroviral therapy for children who are HIV-positive. Dwight E. Yin, MD, MPH, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s epidemiology department and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri at… Read more »

Westreich receives prestigious NIH New Innovator award

October 8, 2014 Daniel Westreich, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a prestigious New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to the NIH, the award is presented to scientists proposing highly innovative approaches to major contemporary challenges… Read more »

Alumna helps develop app to personalize heart disease risk

October 8, 2014 Reprinted from newswise.com Although cardiovascular disease is largely avoidable through lifestyle modifications, it remains the nation’s number one cause of death. While annual wellness exams offer physicians the chance to advise patients on modifying cardiac risk factors, that advice can get lost easily, given the amount of information covered during a routine… Read more »

Alumna appointed to PCORI committee

October 7, 2014 Cynthia Girman, DrPH, alumna and Public Health Foundation board member at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)  methodology committee. She is also adjunct associate professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School’s UNC Center for Pharmacoepidemiology. PCORI,… Read more »

Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of myBCrisk.org, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,… Read more »

UNC partners with CDC to reduce violent deaths, injuries nationwide

Sept. 13, 2014 Each year, violence and unintentional injuries kill more Americans ages 1 to 44 years than any other cause. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counts on researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to help prevent some of these injuries and fatalities. The CDC’s National Center for Injury… Read more »

UNC researchers study resistance to common anti-malaria drug in sub-Saharan Africa

Sept. 13, 2014 The spread of drug-resistant parasites in Southeast Asia could undermine artemisinin-based antimalarial therapies and imperil global malaria control. A consortium of investigators from nine endemic countries led by Jonathan Juliano, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after leaving the farm

Sept. 9, 2014 A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. The study was led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD,… Read more »

Diabetes drug does not increase short-term risk for pancreatic cancer, study finds

Aug. 29, 2014 A team of UNC researchers has found that drugs widely used to treat diabetes do not increase the short-term risk for pancreatic cancer. The report, “Dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitors and pancreatic cancer: a cohort study,” published online Aug. 11 and in the September print issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, was prepared by Mugdha… Read more »