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Epidemiology News

Adolescent expectations of early death predict young adult socioeconomic status

  April 05, 2012 Adolescents’ expectations of an early death can predict their economic futures more than a decade later, according to a new study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.   Individuals who did not expect to live to age 35 had lower levels of educational attainment and lower personal earnings… Read more »

US autism rates reach new high; NC figures higher than national average

March 29, 2012   A new study estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report March 29 that looked at data gathered in 2008 from 14 communities, including central North Carolina.   The new data show that autism… Read more »

UNC study identifies pockets of high cervical cancer rates in North Carolina

March 12, 2012 A study of cervical cancer incidence and mortality in North Carolina has revealed areas where rates are unusually high. The findings indicate that education, screening, and vaccination programs in those places could be particularly useful, according to public health researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who authored the… Read more »

Drug helps purge hidden HIV virus, study shows

March 08, 2012 A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have successfully flushed latent HIV infection from hiding, with a drug used to treat certain types of lymphoma. Tackling latent HIV in the immune system is critical to finding a cure for AIDS. The results were presented today at… Read more »

Aspirin may counteract potential trans fat-related stroke risk in older women

March 01, 2012 Share   Older women whose diets include a substantial amount of trans fats are more likely than their counterparts to suffer an ischemic stroke, a new study shows. Dr. Ka He However, the risk of stroke associated with trans fat intake was lower among women taking aspirin, according to the findings from… Read more »

Reports identify, prioritize environmental health risks in fast-growing United Arab Emirates

February 22, 2012 Share   By global standards, health risks caused by environmental factors are low in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), report new studies by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers. In an effort to keep those risks low, Emirates are working with the researchers to find ways now to avoid problems… Read more »

Guidry selected as Environmental Health Sciences’ communication fellow

February 22, 2012 Share   Dr. Virginia Guidry Virginia (Ginger) Thompson Guidry, PhD, MPH, postdoctoral fellow in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, is one of ten scientists recently named as a 2012 Science Communication Fellow by Environmental Health Sciences (EHS). EHS is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 to increase… Read more »

Recession and high co-pays tied to fewer colonoscopy screenings among people with health insurance

February 21, 2012 Share   The recent U.S. economic recession was the longest and most severe since World War II. During this period, personal spending on health care grew at the slowest rate in more than 50 years, suggesting that Americans used less health care.   A new study finds that these cut backs were… Read more »

School holds photo contest to collect images of public health in NC

February 20, 2012 Share   UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced a photography competition that will celebrate public health in North Carolina. The contest is open to all current UNC students, faculty and staff members, alumni and friends. Photographs must be taken in North Carolina and will illustrate some aspect of life… Read more »

Eight faculty members win inaugural Teaching Innovation Awards

February 07, 2012 Share   Recipients of the Teaching Innovation Awards were (l-r) Drs. John Paul, Rebecca Fry, Amy Herring, Linda Adair, Charles Poole, Kurt Ribisl and Sherri Green. Awardee Dr. Diane Kelly is not pictured. Eight faculty members at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the… Read more »