Epidemiology News

Seatbelts are pregnant drivers’ best bet to prevent auto injuries, study finds

Oct. 15, 2013   We’ve all heard it before: seatbelts save lives. For pregnant women, seatbelts could mean saving at least one life now and another in the very near future. That’s the conclusion from an exhaustive study of 878,546 pregnant drivers between 16 and 46 years old, conducted by researchers at The University of… Read more »

Baric leads study of deadly new respiratory coronavirus

Sept. 22, 2013   Adaptation is the secret to survival, so living organisms learn to be quick on their proverbial pseudopods. A virus’ skills in adapting and reproducing, however, can be lethal for its animal and human hosts, and epidemiologists must be just as agile in understanding ways a virus can replicate and change. A… Read more »

Cohen’s Fogarty grant will help train Chinese health workers to prevent, treat STDs

 Sept. 11, 2013   Myron Cohen, MD, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center to train medical personnel in southern China to prevent and treat sexually transmitted diseases, including hepatitis B and C.   Cohen is Yeargan-Bate Eminent Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology in UNC’s… Read more »

Baric to lead $10 million NIH grant

Sept. 9, 2013   A team of researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin has received a National Institutes of Health grant for more than $10 million to study the pathogenic activity of viruses including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola, highly… Read more »

NIH-funded project will investigate genetic susceptibilities in minority populations

Sept. 9, 2013 Kari North, PhD, has received a four-year, $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant that aims to uncover connections between genetic variants and some of the complex diseases that affect Hispanics and African-Americans. North is associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The grant program, CALICO II,… Read more »

High school football programs not using most effective heatstroke management measures, study finds

Sept. 6, 2013   Despite their awareness of the dangers of heatstroke, trainers in most high school football programs still do not employ the most effective measures to manage the condition.   These are the findings of a new study, “Exertional Heath Stroke Management Strategies in United States High School Football,” led by Zachary Kerr,… Read more »

Westreich, Pence and Powers join epidemiology faculty

Sept. 5, 2013 The Gillings School’s Department of Epidemiology has recruited three new tenure-track faculty members who specialize in infectiousdiseases. They are Daniel Westreich, PhD (effective May 1), Brian Pence, PhD (effective July 1), and Kim Powers, PhD (effective Sept. 1). All three are alumni of the School. “These are very significant hires for the… Read more »

Study finds genetic link in high blood pressure for African-Americans

Sept. 5, 2013   Research led by a scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has identified genes linked to high blood pressure in individuals of African ancestry. The study, “Genome-wide association analysis of blood-pressure traits in African-ancestry individuals reveals common associated genes in African and non-African populations,” was published online Aug…. Read more »

Study evaluates capability of emergency medical services to care for stroke patients

Sept. 5, 2013   What happens in the back of an ambulance can save a life.   The skills of emergency medical services (EMS) technicians – and how quickly and well they employ best practices – can be critical to a patient’s survival. This is especially true for stroke patients, who benefit significantly when their… Read more »

Moderate physical activity does not increase risk of knee osteoarthritis, study finds

Aug. 29, 2013   A new study finds that adults age 45 and older who engaged in moderate physical activity up to 2.5 hours per week did not increase their risk of developing knee osteoarthritis over a six-year follow-up period. Study participants who engaged in the highest levels of physical activity – up to five… Read more »