Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

Most breast cancer patients may not be getting enough exercise

June 9, 2014 Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than were white women. Published… Read more »

African-American women and those insured by Medicaid less likely to receive endocrine therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence

June 6, 2014 New research by Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD, and colleagues reveals that breast cancer patients insured by Medicaid and African-American breast cancer patients are less likely to receive life-saving endocrine therapy (ET) to prevent cancer recurrence. Wheeler,  assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014 Web-based and live counseling programs effectively can reduce risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and Web-based programs are particularly cost-effective, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published online May 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to a growing… Read more »

Study examines how dangerous respiratory viruses circumvent body’s defenses

May 20, 2014 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are studying how some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet tailor their defenses to get around the body’s immune system. The study, published online May 20 in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, could contribute to a better… Read more »

Commencement celebrates alumna, faculty awardees, our students

Nicole Bates is keynote speaker; Wing and Margolis receive Larsh, McGavran awards May 10, 2014 There was a lot to celebrate when the Gillings School held its 74th spring commencement on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony, which began at 1 p.m. in the Carmichael Arena on the UNC campus, featured a keynote address by a… Read more »

Young adults at risk for suicide when taking high doses of SSRI antidepressants

May 1, 2014 Antidepressant therapy has long been associated with increased risk of suicide in people under 25. There has not been a clear reason why some drugs are more likely than others to have this result and why only a subset of the young adult population is vulnerable. A collaboration of researchers at The… Read more »

Immunological study of deadly coronavirus in the Middle East offers hope of vaccine and treatment

April 30, 2014 About forty percent of the people who contract the newly emerging Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) will die during the course of the infection.  Given the recent increase of diagnosed cases in the Middle East (which recently has surged above 400 cases) and the lack of vaccines and therapeutics, researchers are… Read more »

Four public health students win Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Graduate School also honors other public health awardees April 22, 2014 Four of the 20 students recognized by UNC’s Graduate School for research that has impact upon the people of North Carolina are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. A fifth student, an advisee of epidemiology professor Ralph Baric, PhD, is affiliated… Read more »

Repellent-treated clothing reduces tick bites by 80 percent, study finds

April 17, 2014 People who work outdoors are at high risk for tick-borne diseases.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers excellent recommendations for people who work outdoors to avoid tick bites – including wearing long sleeves and long pants, tucking pants into boots or socks, spraying your skin and clothing with… Read more »