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Carolina Breast Cancer Study enrolls record 3,000 participants

Nov. 25, 2013 Researchers leading the Carolina Breast Cancer Study (CBCS) have enrolled the 3,000th participant for the study’s third phase, making it the largest-ever population-based study of breast cancer in North Carolina and one of the largest in the world. This milestone completes enrollment and initiates the five- year follow-up. CBCS is conducted by… Read more »

Surratt’s Dreyfus Foundation award to further research on isoprene emissions

 Nov. 25, 2013 Jason Surratt, PhD, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $120,000 grant by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to further his research on air pollution and human health. Specifically, Surratt’s research examines how human-caused pollutants interact with natural… Read more »

HPV associated with increased risk of HIV infection in men, study finds

Nov. 20, 2013 A study of 2,519 Kenyan men conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina revealed that infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) was associated with a higher subsequent risk of infection with HIV, a precursor to AIDS. The study, published online in the journal AIDS, was authored by Jennifer Smith, PhD,… Read more »

Gillings team wins APHA’s ‘Law Abstract of the Year’ award

Nov. 14, 2013 Two recent Gillings School alumni and a former staff member at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) are co-authors of research that received the American Public Health Association’s Law Section Abstract of the Year Award. Corey Davis, JD, MSPH, an alumnus now with the National Health Law Program in Carrboro; Nabarun… Read more »

Obesity found to be major risk factor in developing basal-like breast cancer

Nov. 18, 2013 Women who are obese face an increased risk of developing an aggressive sub-type of breast cancer known as “basal-like,” according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In a study published online by the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a team led by Liza Makowski, PhD,… Read more »

Hobbs’ commentary calls for improved health leadership

Nov. 14, 2013 A commentary in the Nov. 2 issue of The Lancet calls for public health leadership in problem-solving and implementation capacity. Only through such leadership will “health systems and the people they serve enjoy sustainable positive outcomes.” The commentary, a response to a Sept. 14 article in The Lancet titled “Clinical Leadership Improves… Read more »

Gentry, NC SART collaborate with American Kennel Club to ensure animals’ safety

Nov. 14, 2013 A new disaster-relief trailer, presented on Oct. 30 to officials in Pamlico County, N.C., will shelter pets and their owners during natural or civil disasters that occur in the county’s coastal towns. Purchase of and provisions for the trailer were enabled by  a grant from the American Kennel Club (AKC) Pet Disaster… Read more »

Health care workforce must change with new system

Nov. 8, 2013 The United States has just radically remade its health care system with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “ObamaCare.” Yet the country’s training and integration of health care professionals remains moribund, stuck in outdated models that rely on a cobbled-together lattice of uncoordinated efforts that vary from… Read more »

Health care workforce must change with new system

Nov. 8, 2013 The United States has just radically remade its health care system with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “ObamaCare.” Yet the country’s training and integration of health care professionals remains moribund, stuck in outdated models that rely on a cobbled-together lattice of uncoordinated efforts that vary from… Read more »

Human-caused environmental problems cause increase in toxic algal blooms

Oct. 30, 2013 Nutrient enrichment and climate change are posing yet another concern of growing importance – an apparent increase in the toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries around the world, which threatens aquatic organisms, ecosystem health and human drinking water safety.   As this nutrient enrichment increases, coupled with warmer… Read more »