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Epidemiology News

Gillings epidemiologist explains Zika virus basics

January 28, 2016 You’ve probably heard of Zika fever in the last few weeks. 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… Read more »

Research led by epidemiology student now rated sixth in impact among readers of global health journal

January 21, 2016 Editors of Global Health: Science and Practice (GHSP) have announced the top 12 articles published in the journal in 2015, based on number of research citations and greatest impact. In sixth place was an article co-authored by Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health,… Read more »

Gillings School researchers engaged in NCI grant to address cancer disparities

January 21, 2016 Two three-year funding awards from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) will bolster work by the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to address disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina and across a three-state region. A three-year grant of $339,909 will support collaboration between UNC Lineberger and the Medical University of… Read more »

Epidemiology student selected for Forbes ’30 under 30′ list of rising stars

January 11, 2016 Mugdha Gokhale, MS, doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30” people to watch in health care. Magazine representatives screened more than 15,000 entrepreneurs, creative leaders and bright stars younger than 30, and selected 600 winners… Read more »

Study finds urine sampling can be effective screening tool for high-risk HPV

December 18, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that urine testing for high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) detection could provide a non-invasive, simple method for cervical cancer screening. Members of the team, including principal investigator Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Activity trackers are better at counting steps than measuring sleep, study finds

December 18, 2015 Wearable activity trackers that promise to monitor physical activity, sleep and more are becoming increasingly popular with health-conscious consumers. A recent study led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International found that the trackers are better at measuring some metrics than others. Kelly Evenson, PhD,… Read more »

ESE doctoral student wins ‘Best Paper’ award from Society for Risk Analysis

December 7, 2015 A doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has received a 2015 Best Paper Award from the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). Theodore J. Mansfield, lead author of “The Effects of Urban Form on Ambient Air Pollution and Public Health Risk: A Case… Read more »

False-positive mammograms may indicate increased risk of breast cancer later

December 2, 2015 Women with a history of a false-positive mammogram result may be at increased risk of developing breast cancer for up to 10 years after the false-positive result, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of North Carolina. “Our finding that breast cancer risk remains elevated up to 10… Read more »

Study finds more children were prescribed low-dose antidepressants after FDA issued warning

December 1, 2015 A recent study co-led by researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) added a black-box warning to all antidepressants in 2004, more young people initiated treatment on low doses of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Co-authors from the Gillings School… Read more »

Epidemiology, nutrition students honored by The Obesity Society

November 16, 2015 Students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health authored four of the seven epidemiology abstracts selected from 127 submissions for presentation at the 2015 Obesity Week conference. This annual scientific and educational event, hosted by The Obesity Society (TOS), brought together world experts in obesity research, treatment and prevention Nov. 2-7… Read more »