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Epidemiology News

UNC Gillings faculty member is PI of $180M USAID grant

July 1, 2014 James Thomas, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $180 million award for the Carolina Population Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) Evaluation project from the U.S. Agency for International Development… Read more »

Study in mice finds weight loss reduces progression of basal-like breast cancer

June 30, 2014 Obesity, epidemic in the U.S. and worldwide, is one of the important modifiable risk factors for breast cancer, especially a particularly aggressive subtype called basal-like breast cancer (BBC). Population studies have suggested that lifestyle interventions, including weight loss, could prevent a large proportion of this type of cancer; however, data on the… Read more »

HPM student wins young investigator award from International AIDS Society

June 28, 2014 Sarah Rutstein, health policy and management doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and medical student in UNC’s School of Medicine, has been awarded the AIDS 2014 Young Investigator Award by the International Aids Society (IAS) and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis… Read more »

Researchers find variance in controlled substance prescription monitoring programs aimed at reducing overdose deaths

June 18, 2014 A new study finds that controlled substance prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths vary tremendously by state and across time. The researchers, all with connections to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that while every state requires that prescriptions for controlled substances must be reported to… Read more »

EPID alumna Gilboa wins prize at George Washington University

June 10, 2014 Suzanne Meredith Gilboa, PhD, Gillings School alumna and epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, received the 2013 Arthur S. Flemming Award from George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. Gilboa received the award for her accomplishments as… Read more »

Most breast cancer patients may not be getting enough exercise

June 9, 2014 Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than were white women. Published… Read more »

African-American women and those insured by Medicaid less likely to receive endocrine therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence

June 6, 2014 New research by Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD, and colleagues reveals that breast cancer patients insured by Medicaid and African-American breast cancer patients are less likely to receive life-saving endocrine therapy (ET) to prevent cancer recurrence. Wheeler,  assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014 Web-based and live counseling programs effectively can reduce risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and Web-based programs are particularly cost-effective, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published online May 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to a growing… Read more »

Inaugural UNC public health MOOC hailed as great success

May 20, 2014 What is a MOOC, and can I have one? Hint: It isn’t one of these: A book designed to look like a magazine or a contemptible person (Random House) A slang term for the hordes of standard-issue, disposable bad guys in written or filmed heroic fantasy mowed down with impunity by The… Read more »

Study examines how dangerous respiratory viruses circumvent body’s defenses

May 20, 2014 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are studying how some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet tailor their defenses to get around the body’s immune system. The study, published online May 20 in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, could contribute to a better… Read more »