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Researchers explore breast cancer disparities at symposium to honor Millikan

March 26, 2015 A symposium co-sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health brought together leading breast cancer researchers to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality. The event, held last Friday, also honored the scientific contributions of… Read more »

Norovirus vaccine may be on horizon, study finds

March 25, 2015 To anyone who has every suffered from “the stomach flu,” take cheer – a vaccine may be on the near horizon. Noroviruses produce an estimated 300 million cases a year worldwide of what is typically labeled “stomach flu.” Not only do the infections produce extreme discomfort and misery among their victims, noroviruses… Read more »

New study indicates laparoscopic hysterectomy with morcellation may be safer than abdominal procedure

March 24, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that abdominal surgery is riskier than laparoscopic hysterectomy with morcellation in premenopausal women undergoing surgery for presumed uterine fibroids. The study was published online March 24 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers examined quality of life, short-… Read more »

Health policy and management students design fund-development strategy for local free clinic

March 19, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently designed a comprehensive fund-development strategy for a local free clinic which is administered and wholly staffed by students from UNC’s professional schools. From August to December 2014, seniors Kelly Reed, Taylor Bogart, Bri… Read more »

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, study finds

March 19, 2015 A study led by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that teens can buy electronic cigarettes easily online, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age. This first-of-its-kind, National Cancer… Read more »

Report reveals alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities; outlines way forward

March 18, 2015 A new World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF report, released March 17, calls for immediate action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries and outlines a way forward. Ryan Cronk and Dr. Jamie Bartram of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Age-related discrimination can add to health-care woes

March 17, 2015 Experiencing discrimination in the health-care system isn’t just distressing for older Americans. It can literally be bad for their health. A national survey shows that one in every three older Americans who are on the receiving end of age-related discrimination in the health-care setting will likely develop new or worsened functional ailments… Read more »

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers, study finds

March 9, 2015 You might resemble or act more like your mother, but a first-of-its-kind study reveals that mammals are genetically more like their dads. Specifically, the research shows that although we inherit equal amounts of genetic materials from our parents – i.e., the mutations that make us who we are instead of some other… Read more »

More tobacco retailers in LGB neighborhoods may explain smoking disparities

March 5, 2015 Same-sex couples are more likely to live in areas that have high levels of access to tobacco products, according to researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study – “Is there a relationship between the concentration of same-sex couples and tobacco retailer density?” – published online March 5… Read more »

Local health department staffing, services contribute to reduction in infant mortality rate, study finds

March 5, 2015 A clear relationship exists between full-time equivalent staffing, the provision of services for women and children, and a reduction of between 1 to 2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in North Carolina, according to a paper published online Feb. 17 in the American Journal of Public Health. Anna Schenck, PhD, director… Read more »