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Epidemiology News

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 »

Study provides recommendations to prevent hospital infections through hand hygiene

August 22, 2014 It seems so simple: To stop spreading infection, health-care workers must wash their hands. Yet even after 150 years of demonstrated reduction in health-care associated infections through hand hygiene, health-care workers who must wash their hands many times a day sometimes don’t do it. Perhaps there is no sink nearby, or they… Read more »

Treating depression improves quality of life for those with HIV, study finds

August 11, 2014 Antiretroviral treatment has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic condition, enabling infected adults to pay more attention to their quality of life. Yet quality of life is affected strongly by depression, which plagues HIV-infected adults at a higher rate than the general population. A new study by Brian Pence,… Read more »

HIV infections have dropped over last decade, finds JAMA study co-authored by Gillings School alumna

July 29, 2014 A study led by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the U.S. has decreased by one-third over the past decade, offering hope that the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. may be slowing down. Amy Lansky, PhD, alumna of the… Read more »

Iron deficiency can protect against malaria, study finds

July 25, 2014 Many clinical studies have explored the relationship between iron levels, iron supplementation and malaria. Taken together, data from these studies consistently have indicated that iron deficiency reduces malaria risk, while iron supplementation increases malaria susceptibility. Because of these observations, many public health programs in regions where malaria is endemic have suspended efforts… Read more »

School’s Alumni Board announces new members

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

Alumnus wins American Society for Microbiology award

July 21, 2014 James Pearson, DrPH, alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and former director of the Virginia division of Consolidated Lab Services, in Richmond, has received the American Society for Microbiology’s Gen-Probe Joseph Public Health Award. Pearson earned Master of Public and Doctor of Public Health degrees in public health laboratory… Read more »

BIOS student wins Best Poster award at UK conference

July 11, 2014 Natalia Gouskova, doctoral candidate in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a “Best Poster” award at the Statistical Analysis of Multi-Outcome Data workshop, held June 30-July 1, at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). The winning poster was based on the paper, “Viral Suppression in HIV Studies: Combining Times… Read more »

EPID alumnus working to prevent spread of measles in Ohio

July 8, 2014 Dwight (D.J.) McFadden III, MD, MPH, health commissioner in Holmes County, Ohio, is among those Gillings School alumni who are putting their education at UNC to good use. McFadden, who received a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at the Gillings School in 1997, now works to manage a measles epidemic in… Read more »