Epidemiology News

Cash transfers conditional on schooling do not prevent HIV infection among young women in South Africa

July 21, 2015 A phase III trial has found that conditional cash transfers for school attendance did not reduce the risk of HIV infection among young women of high school age in South Africa. Investigators from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) reported the findings July 21 at the 8th International Aids Society (IAS) Conference… Read more »

Early HIV treatment provides protection for uninfected partner, study finds

July 20, 2015 Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection provides lasting protection against the sexual transmission of the virus from infected men and women to their HIV-uninfected sexual partners. The discovery, made by investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), was reported July 20 at… Read more »

Weatherly, former parasitology professor, dies at 83

July 17, 2015 Dr. Norman Fred Weatherly, professor emeritus of parasitology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, died July 13 in Durham, N.C. He was 83. Dr. Weatherly arrived in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1962, planning on a one-year postdoctoral appointment, but never left the University of North Carolina’s public health school…. Read more »

EPID postdoc wins National Institute on Aging’s Pathway to Independence Award

July 16, 2015 Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected recently for a Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The five-year award, designed as career transition support for “highly motivated, advanced postdoctoral research scientists,” will support Menachery’s research project,… Read more »

Differences in colon cancer chemotherapy treatment among African-American and white patients

July 14, 2015 Although the incidence and mortality of colon cancer in the United States has declined over the past two decades, African-Americans still suffer worse outcomes than whites. Variations in treatment may contribute to the differences in mortality rate. Caitlin Murphy, MPH, CPH, predoctoral fellow with the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill… Read more »

Gillings School students, alumni take front and center at international epidemiology conference

July 7, 2015 UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was well represented at the recent 48th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER).  Held in Denver June 16-19, the international professional conference, sponsored by the largest general epidemiology society, was attended by 79 people associated with the School’s Department of Epidemiology, including… Read more »

Depression can be treated well in HIV care, study finds

July 3, 2015 With appropriate support, people with HIV/AIDS can be helped to manage their depression effectively, according to a new study co-led by a researcher at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. However, effective depression treatment, even when combined with brief counseling about the importance of HIV medication adherence, did not lead to… Read more »

SSRIs may increase fracture risk in middle-aged women without psychiatric disorders, study finds

June 30, 2015 The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to treat vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause. Vasomotor menopausal symptoms (VMS) include hot flashes and night sweats. Use of low-dose SSRIs for non-psychiatric conditions has increased over the past two decades, and SSRIs are… Read more »

Study finds availability of parks and recreational facilities lower in some predominantly minority neighborhoods

June 26, 2015 A new study across six regions of the United States found that the availability of physical activity resources, such as parks and recreational facilities, varies by locations’ sociodemographic characteristics. The study was led by Sydney A. Jones, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »

Early menarche may influence aggressive breast cancer in African-American women

June 18, 2015 Early age at menarche, or first menstrual cycle, could play a role in the disproportionate incidence of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancers diagnosed among African-American women, according to a study published online June 17 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The study is a result of a multicenter collaborative research… Read more »