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New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project receives additional five years funding from CDC

August 25, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project support for another five years surveillance of the incidence, prevalence and complications of childhood diabetes in the United States. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the primary investigator for the Carolina site, one of five clinical centers… Read more »

Study explores relationship of BMI, IQ and socioeconomic factors in Iranian preschool children

August 25, 2015 The negative impact of obesity upon children’s physical and psychological health has been established as an issue of concern in countries around the world. Studies also have shown that childhood intelligence is inversely related to negative health outcomes later in life. In exploring those two concepts, a new study aims to expand… Read more »

Health policy and management student co-authors two studies on Crohn’s disease

August 21, 2015 Daniel Erim, MD, is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Recently, Erim has co-authored two papers sharing new research on Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal pain, fatigue and malnutrition, among… Read more »

Study employs cell phones to help track flu on campus

August 19, 2015 New methods for analyzing personal health and lifestyle data captured through wearable devices or smartphone applications can help identify college students at risk of catching the flu, say researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public… 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 explores reasons for disparities in access to municipal water and sewer systems in NC

August 13, 2015 A new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examines disparities in access to municipal water and sewer services in North Carolina. The research, led by Julia Marie Naman, MSPH, 2014 Gillings School alumna, and co-authored by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Landmark study validates method for patient reporting of adverse events related to cancer drugs

August 13, 2015 Side effects experienced by patients in cancer clinical trials typically are reported by physicians, not by the patients themselves. Previous research has shown that doctors under-report these side effects. Ethan Basch, MD, associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the… 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 »

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 »