Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

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 »

Faculty promotions announced

Aug. 22, 2013   Leaders at Gillings School of Global Public Health have announced recent faculty promotions as of Aug. 1, 2013.             Faculty members receiving promotions are: William Carpenter, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management, effective July 1 Yufeng Liu, PhD, professor of statistics and operations research,… Read more »

Gillings researchers win Fogarty awards to promote ethics in DRC

Aug. 20, 2013   Two Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members have received the Fogarty International Center’s International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award to raise awareness and promote skills related to bioethical issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   Frieda Behets, PhD, professor of epidemiology, and Stuart Rennie, PhD, adjunct… Read more »

NIH grants $5.6M to fund new UNC osteoarthritis research center

Aug. 12, 2013 A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).   “We know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability… Read more »

NIH grants $5.6M to fund new UNC osteoarthritis research center

Aug. 12, 2013 A new multidisciplinary clinical research center (MCRC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, funded by a $5.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, seeks better ways to address the costly public health issue of osteoarthritis (OA).   “We know that arthritis is the leading cause of disability… Read more »

Pollutants from burning incense cause inflammatory response in human lung cells

 July 25, 2013   Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers have examined incense as a source of indoor air pollution in the Arabian Gulf Peninsula and found that the common practice may cause an inflammatory response in the cells of people exposed to its smoke and gaseous combustion products.   Rebecca Cohen, master’s student… Read more »

AJPM commentary asks: How much health screening does a person need?

July 09, 2013 A commentary by Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty members, published July 9 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, addresses the controversial question of how much medical screening is enough.   Dr. Russ Harris Dr. Stacey Sheridan Authors of the article, “The Times They (May Be) A-Changin’: Too Much Screening… Read more »

Research evaluates overdose death definitions used in statistics, suggests revision

July 09, 2013   According to national statistics, deaths from drug overdose have increased consistently since the early 1990s. New research, however, suggests that those numbers may not be accurate and deserve closer examination.   Dr. Nab Dasgupta Nabarun Dasgupta, PhD, 2013 epidemiology alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, worked with colleagues… Read more »