Epidemiology student featured in UNC IGHID report on reconciling guns and health
February 23, 2018
Doctoral student Josie Caves conducts research about intimate partner violence involving a firearm. “My research goal is to flesh out the circumstances where regulations can lower rates of violence,” Caves says.
Study suggests decreasing time spent depressed could improve HIV outcomes
February 21, 2018
For patients living with HIV, depression is common. A new study links greater time spent depressed with increased likelihood of missing medical appointments, increased risk of HIV treatment failure and higher mortality rates.
Study finds self-collected specimens comparable to physician-collected specimens for STI screening accuracy
February 8, 2018
A new study in Nairobi, Kenya, found that self-collection of specimens was comparable to physician-collection for the screening of four sexually transmitted infections in a population of female sex workers.
Health indicators for newborns of breast cancer survivors may vary by cancer type
February 6, 2018
For breast cancer survivors, the risk of giving birth prematurely, and of other health concerns for their newborns, may depend upon the type of breast cancer they had, according to a study led by Dr. Hazel Nichols. The study was published Jan. 4 in the International Journal of Cancer.
UNC study links low carbohydrate intake to increased risk of birth defects
January 25, 2018
Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant may want to avoid diets that reduce or eliminate carbohydrates, as such diets could increase the risk of having babies with neural tube birth defects, according to a study led by Dr. Tania Desrosiers.
Dasgupta examines social and economic factors that fuel opioid crisis
December 22, 2017
Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta is author of an American Journal of Public Health commentary that examines the deep social, economic and other societal problems that contribute to the opioid crisis in America.
New study found no increased heart attack risk in users of proton pump inhibitors
November 30, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications commonly used for conditions like acid reflux. Doctoral student Suzanne Landi led a recent study that negates earlier reports by finding no increased risk of heart attack among PPI users compared with non-users. These results have important implications for physicians and patients.
American Indians, Alaskan Natives have lower five-year cancer survival rate than whites, even in urban areas
November 29, 2017
Earlier research has found that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the lowest five-year cancer survival rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. A new study led by doctoral student Marc Emerson specifically addresses the cancer experience of American Indians and Alaskan Natives residing in urban settings.
Physician asks, ‘Global health: What’s in it for us?’
November 27, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, an American oncologist who lives and works in Malawi, makes a case for the importance of research and practice in global health. His commentary appears in the Oct. 10 issue of JAMA. (Photo courtesy of the Vermont National Guard.)
Study clarifies potential for medication-related problems in older adults with cancer
October 19, 2017
A team of six UNC researchers investigated the potential for problematic drug interactions in older cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy treatment.