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Epidemiology News

Preventing illness, preserving health

  May 16, 2012     Dr. Jennifer Smith, Dr. Peggy Bentley (holding Anneliese Bell) and former N.C. state health director and Gillings Visiting Professor Dr. Leah Devlin conduct prevention activities locally, across the state and around the world. The epicenter of public health is prevention–vaccinations to avoid diseases, hand washing to stop germs from… Read more »

Culturally sensitive research in United Arab Emirates pinpoints indoor air quality risks

May 08, 2012 The rapid shift from nomadic life to modern-day culture in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has exposed the population to significant indoor air quality risks that can lead to respiratory illness, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. With… Read more »

Rutala, Koch selected for Barr, Greenberg awards

  April 18, 2012 William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH, and Gary G. Koch, PhD, were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty at a ceremony preceding the annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 17. Rutala, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees at… Read more »

Flu vaccine less effective in protecting dialysis patients than previously believed

April 18, 2012 Vaccinating dialysis patients against the flu with the inactivated virus vaccine used to inoculate the general population might not provide effective protection, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Leah McGrath Led by Leah McGrath, epidemiology doctoral student, and Alan Brookhart, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy optimal for localized prostate cancer

April 17, 2012 A treatment for localized prostate cancer known as Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) does a better job at reducing certain side effects and preventing cancer recurrence than conventional conformal radiation therapy (CRT), according to a study published in the April 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).The study, titled… Read more »

Research-poster event yields student winners, precedes Innovations lecture

April 13, 2012 Research posters about contaminated water in North Carolina and cancer screening in Kenya wowed the judges at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s annual student poster event held April 3 prior to the annual Innovations in Public Health lecture presented by imaginative researcher and chemist Joseph DeSimone, PhD.   Jen Shields… Read more »

Researchers identify Achilles heel of dengue virus, target for future vaccines

April 11, 2012 A team of scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University have pinpointed the region on dengue virus that is neutralized in people who overcome infection with the deadly pathogen. The results challenge the current state of dengue vaccine research, which is based on studies in mice… Read more »

Better lung health may portend better heart health, UNC study suggests

  April 10, 2012 A large population-based study has found that lung function and obstructive airway diseases are strongly and independently associated with heart failure. Importantly, say the investigators, the association was evident in never-smokers and still evident after adjustment for smoking status and cigarette-years of smoking. Dr. Sunil Agarwal The study, published online Feb…. Read more »

Two-decade decline: Rate of heart attack falls among black and white adults

  April 09, 2012   The incidence of heart attack among blacks and whites has dropped significantly over the past two decades, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   The study, published online and scheduled to appear in the April 17 issue of Circulation, analyzed nearly 31,000… Read more »

Six public health students receive The Graduate School’s 2012 Impact Awards

April 09, 2012 The loss of farm land, limited HIV resources, stroke evaluation, tick bites, motor-vehicle crashes and postpartum depression comprise the issues researched by six former and current public health graduate students who received Impact Awards from UNC’s Graduate School earlier this month.   The awards recognize students whose research may improve the lives… Read more »