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Epidemiology News

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 »

Giving back – David Ballard and Michela Caruso

May 27, 2011 Drs. David Ballard and Michela Caruso David J. Ballard, MD, PhD, and his wife Michela Caruso, MD, are longtime supporters of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. They are regular contributors to the Annual Fund and Building Fund and are founding benefactors of the Student Health Action Coalition Endowment Fund. Ballard… Read more »

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 »