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Epidemiology News

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 »

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 »