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Epidemiology News

Symposium gathers research teams to address opioid addiction, overdose

June 30, 2017
Drug overdoses are among the few causes of death on the rise in the United States, and more than half of these deaths are attributed to opioids. At a recent symposium, Dr. Steve Marshall urged researchers from diverse backgrounds to work together to solve what many call the worst drug crisis in American history.

New drug holds potential to defeat coronaviruses

June 28, 2017
Scientists at the Gillings School have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV.

ACL reconstructions on the rise in US, particularly among teen girls

June 16, 2017
A new study has found that, in the United States, there has been a dramatic increase in the rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions among females 13-17 years old.

Study findings suggest some individuals are genetically more vulnerable to harm from air pollution

June 9, 2017
Findings from a study led by a doctoral student of epidemiology suggest that some individuals are genetically susceptible to experiencing especially negative effects from air pollution, even when pollution levels fall below current U.S. accepted standards.

Drug company payments associated with physicians’ prescribing choices for cancer drugs

June 2, 2017
Gillings School investigators found an association between physicians receiving payments from pharmaceutical companies for meals, talks and travel and those physicians prescribing the companies’ drugs for two types of cancer. The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

UNC Gillings co-hosts conference to advance implementation science

May 17, 2017
On May 4, students, faculty and researchers from across UNC came together with representatives from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and King’s College London to share experiences with developing academic programs in implementation science.

New findings on genes, hypertension highlight importance of studying populations with African ancestry

May 17, 2017
A recent study identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry.

Gillings School celebrates 77th commencement

May 13, 2017
Families and friends of 329 new Gillings School alumni gathered on May 13 to celebrate the School’s 77th commencement. Aaron Williams, executive vice president for government relations and corporate communications at RTI International, delivered the commencement address.

Study documents trends in food and beverage consumption by infants and toddlers

May 9, 2017
A new study by doctoral candidate Gandarvaka Miles calls for policy guidance and caretaker education to help infants and toddlers achieve healthy diets.

Kaplan, former epidemiology professor, dies at 86

May 8, 2017
Dr. Bert Kaplan, an epidemiology faculty member for more than 30 years until his retirement in 1999, died Friday, May 5 at the age of 86. A colleague called him “one of the early leaders in integrating social sciences into epidemiologic thinking and practice.”