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Epidemiology News

Landfill air pollution may be as unhealthy as it is unpleasant, study finds

June 23, 2011 Despite increased regulations on municipal solid waste since 1990, many people who live near landfills continue to report health problems associated with foul odors, pests, polluted water and traffic. A new study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published online this month in Environmental Research, finds that potentially hazardous… Read more »

Cilenti named interim health director for Orange County

  June 08, 2011 Dr. Dorothy Cilenti Dorothy Cilenti, DrPH, has been named interim health director for Orange County, N.C., until the Orange County Board of Health identifies a permanent replacement for former director Dr. Rosemary Summers, who retired May 31.   Cilenti is deputy director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH),… Read more »

Heiss, Hussey and Holliday win School’s highest honors for mentorship and teaching

June 02, 2011 (L-R) Dr. Gerardo Heiss, Amanda Holliday, Dr. Jon Hussey Three members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty were honored at the School’s commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, for their roles in developing the next generation of public health leaders. Gerardo Heiss, MD, PhD, was presented with the… Read more »

Your gift will help a student make a difference

May 27, 2011 Dr. Edward H. Wagner Dr. Kerr L. White*   The Kerr L. White and Edward H. Wagner Scholarship in Health Care Research   The Kerr L. White and Edward H. Wagner Scholarship in Health Care Research was established by David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, and his wife, Michela Caruso, MD, to honor… Read more »

Awards and recognitions (May, 2011)

  May 27, 2011 SCHOOL First in our hearts, second in the nation In its 2012 “best graduate schools” issue, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Gillings School of Global Public Health the top public school of public health and second in the nation among all schools of public health. In additional rankings, the… Read more »

Treatment and prevention in the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt

May 27, 2011 The map beside Dr. Wayne Rosamond shows flags identifying the locations of participating hospitals in the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative. During the last 20 years, North Carolina has edged toward the top of an ignominious list. The state currently has the sixth highest incidence of stroke mortality in the nation. There’s… Read more »

Easing the wheezing — asthma can be managed

May 27, 2011 When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters much. Just ask any of the 22 million Americans — 7 percent of us — who suffer from the illness, caused by chronic inflammation of the air passages. For more than a decade, Karin Yeatts, PhD, epidemiology assistant professor at UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Swa koteka — ‘It is possible’ to prevent HIV

May 27, 2011 This high school is located in South Africa’s Cunningmore A Village, one of 24 villages in which Swa Koteka will recruit study participants. Even without engaging in risky behaviors, young girls and women who live in South Africa have a 1-in-3 chance of contracting HIV. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology… Read more »

Clothes make the man (or woman) less tasty to ticks

May 27, 2011 Dr. Steve Meshnick explores tick territory – the fields and woods so common in North Carolina. Like the flowers and blooming trees that herald spring, an unwelcome pest also reappears after the long winter — the tick. Tick-borne illnesses — including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever — are prevalent in… Read more »

Public health research annual report

May 27, 2011 Members of the School’s faculty were awarded more than $142 million for grants and contracts in fiscal year 2010. This has been a very successful year for members of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty, despite a weak economy that has resulted in shrinking pools of grant money and… Read more »