Posts Categorized: Epidemiology News

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 »

Industrial farm workers carry drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock, study finds

July 03, 2013   A new study found drug-resistant bacteria associated with livestock in the noses of industrial livestock workers but not in the noses of antibiotic-free livestock workers in North Carolina. Dr. Chris Heaney Dr. Steve Wing Dr. Jill Stewart The research, led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD, and begun while he was a… Read more »

MEASURE Evaluation awarded $15 million USAID grant

  July 02, 2013 MEASURE Evaluation, a consortium of organizations led by UNC’s Carolina Population Center, has received an award from the U.S. Agency for International Development for work in South Africa valued at $15 million over five years. Dr. Jim Thomas (Photo by Denise Ammons) The consortium is the USAID Global Health Bureau’s primary… Read more »

Epidemiology department makes fine showing at national conference

July 02, 2013 Dr. Daniel Westreich (left) discusses his prize-winning poster. Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology was well represented at the 46th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, held in Boston, June 18-21. UNC faculty presented talks and participated in panels (Andy Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the… Read more »

Bob Millikan honored with posthumous Alumni Achievement Award from UC-Davis

  June 11, 2013   The late Robert Craft Millikan will be honored with a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine during the School’s commencement ceremony on June 14. Dr. Bob Millikan Until his death in October 2012, Dr. Millikan was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished… Read more »

Health Equity Research Webcast argues for early childhood education as weapon against poverty

June 10, 2013   A panel of experts, gathered for the 19th annual National Health Equity Research Webcast on June 4, emphasized the role of comprehensive early childhood education programs in combating the effects of poverty. The program brought together a live audience on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and viewers from around the world to… Read more »

Siega-Riz appointed to 2015 US Dietary Guidelines advisory committee

June 03, 2013 Dr. Siega-Riz Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, RD, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 15 nationally recognized experts selected to serve on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.   Her selection was announced May 31 by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services… Read more »

Study finds link between chemical air pollutants and cardiovascular diseases

May 15, 2013   A new study that utilizes a previous novel approach has revealed clues about certain chemical properties of air pollutants and their association with cardiovascular diseases.   Dr. Karin Yeatts The study applied quantitative ion character-activity relationships (QICAR) to estimate associations of human cardiovascular diseases with a set of metal properties commonly… Read more »

Yeatts leads study to analyze incidence and burden of COPD-related emergency department visits in NC

May 08, 2013 Image courtesy of National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 15 million adults may be living with a lower respiratory ailment called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and that millions more may be unaware they have it…. Read more »

‘Obesity genes’ identified among people with African ancestry

April 15, 2013   The largest genetic search for “obesity genes” in people of African ancestry has led to the discovery of new regions of the human genome that influence obesity in these populations and others. The study, “A meta-analysis identifies new loci associated with mass index in individuals of African ancestry,” was published online… Read more »