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Vaccination Confidence Scale identifies parents at risk for refusing adolescent vaccines, study finds

September 3, 2015 In the United States, there is a sizable minority of parents who have concerns that lead them to refuse or delay certain vaccines for their children. The most common concerns include fears about long-term adverse effects, believing the vaccine is not truly needed and uncertainty about effectiveness. Assessing parents’ vaccination beliefs is… Read more »

Despite high rates of teen use of e-cigarettes, doctors still focus counseling efforts on traditional tobacco products

September 3, 2015 A faculty member and an alumna of the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of the first national study to examine how pediatricians and other doctors interact with teenage patients regarding e-cigarettes. Jessica K. Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of… Read more »

Team from Gillings School chosen to evaluate maternal and newborn intervention in Ethiopia

September 2, 2015 Four faculty members from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded funding to evaluate a project using a quality improvement approach to advance maternal and newborn health outcomes in Ethiopia. Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research assistant professor of maternal and child health, is the primary investigator. Ilene… Read more »

Home food environments heavily impact children’s diet, study finds

August 18, 2015 It is well documented that low socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with lower consumption of healthy foods, and that such differences in consumption patterns are influenced by neighborhood food environments. Researchers know less about the role that SES differences in the home food environment play in consumption patterns. Recently, a research team… Read more »

Study reveals need to standardize judicial process related to domestic violence protective orders

August 13, 2015 Approximately one in three women in the United States will experience physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is associated with long-term negative health consequences, creating a serious need to examine potential prevention strategies. A domestic violence protective order (DVPO) is a legal intervention that prevents contact… Read more »

UNC-IntraHealth fellows tackle pressing global health challenges

August 10, 2015 Four graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have completed research projects under the mentorship of public health experts at IntraHealth International, a global nongovernmental organization headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. The students’ participation marks the sixth year of the UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program, which aims to provide… Read more »

Gay and bisexual men willing to use at-home screening tests for anal cancer, study finds

July 28, 2015 While the incidence of most cancers affecting men has dropped in the last decade, anal cancer has become steadily more common. This increase is attributable, at least in part, to high incidence rates among men who have sex with men (MSM), especially those living with HIV/AIDS. More than 70 percent of anal… Read more »

Rimer nominated to continue as chair of President’s Cancer Panel

July 24, 2015 Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been honored by President Barack Obama with a request that she continue, for a third term, to chair the President’s Cancer Panel. Obama announced his intent to nominate Rimer and other individuals to key… Read more »

UNC evidence review finds excess tobacco marketing in neighborhoods with more low-income and more African-American residents

July 17, 2015 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sought to identify evidence of excess tobacco marketing being associated with the characteristics of who lives in a given neighborhood. Tobacco marketing in retail stores is one of the most common ways the tobacco industry reaches youth and adults. Joseph G.L. Lee,… Read more »

A picture is worth a thousand words: UNC finds images on cigarette packs warn more effectively than text

May 6, 2015 Pictures illustrating the dangers of cigarette smoking were more effective at strengthening people’s intentions to quit smoking than text warnings, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analysis of multiple research studies has found. The results, published May 6 in the journal Tobacco Control, follow growth in the use of picture-based… Read more »