Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

The public’s health should not wait for solutions

May 27, 2011 The public’s health is too important to be kept waiting. All around us: New diseases emerge and spread throughout the world at sonic speed; old nemeses sometimes re-emerge in stronger, more devastating forms. Natural disasters devastate countries and reverberate around the world, challenging us to clarify our preparedness plans and training. Evidence-based… Read more »

Clues to controlling cancer

May 27, 2011 Mapping food deserts and tobacco hotspots Dr. Kurt Ribisl   Dr. Melissa Troester   Dr. William Carpenter   School researchers use a geographic information system to map neighborhoods in three counties that lack availability of fresh food and places to exercise, as well as those that have clusters of tobacco retailers. The… Read more »

Reducing risks after head injuries

May 27, 2011 For years, Steve Marshall, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, has studied the consequences of sports injuries and how to prevent injuries to athletes and others. Partly as a result of his efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Kevin Guskiewicz and Jason Mihalik, researchers based in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences’ Department… Read more »

Nearly one in five young adults has high blood pressure, study shows

May 25, 2011 The number of young adults in the United States with high blood pressure may be much higher than previously reported, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Quynh Nguyen Study authors from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health include Quynh Nguyen, lead… Read more »

UNC study examines NC cancer patient emergency department visits

May 24, 2011 Cancer patients may visit emergency departments when they experience medical problems, but little information is available about the frequency of or reasons for those visits. Annah Wyss, MPH A first-ever study of emergency room use by oncology patients in North Carolina was published in the May 23, 2011 online issue of the… Read more »

UNC’s minority health videoconference examines inequities as the basis for health disparities

May 24, 2011 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 17th annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health, presented by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Minority Health Project and UNC Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will examine lessons learned from a quarter-century of health disparities initiatives.   Dr. Vic Schoenbach… Read more »

UNC’s Cervical Cancer-Free America convenes top experts to develop national prevention agenda

May 17, 2011 Launching nationwide this month, the Cervical Cancer-Free America (CCFA) initiative to prevent and eradicate cervical cancer is moving ahead with plans to establish and strengthen diverse partnerships across the country to eliminate cervical cancer. The initiative is lead by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

Former faculty member Wagner wins AUPHA’s Graham Prize for health services research

April 28, 2011 Dr. Ed Wagner Edward H. Wagner, MD, MPH, alumnus and former epidemiology faculty member at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the 2011 recipient of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, the highest distinction for health services researchers.   Funded by The Baxter International Foundation,… Read more »

School innovators selected for inaugural ‘Innovation + Inspiration’ awards

April 26, 2011 UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced recipients of the inaugural Innovation + Inspiration Awards for faculty and staff members. Awardees are Ralph S. Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology; Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, clinical associate professor of health policy and management and nutrition; and Glenn Walters, PhD, director of the… Read more »