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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 »

Presentations at International AIDS Conference address HIV self-testing, economic incentives

July 28, 2015 Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, gave two oral presentations at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Vancouver, Canada, on July 20 and 21. Thirumurthy shared new research conducted in Kenya… Read more »

Cash transfers conditional on schooling do not prevent HIV infection among young women in South Africa

July 21, 2015 A phase III trial has found that conditional cash transfers for school attendance did not reduce the risk of HIV infection among young women of high school age in South Africa. Investigators from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) reported the findings July 21 at the 8th International Aids Society (IAS) Conference… Read more »

Early HIV treatment provides protection for uninfected partner, study finds

July 20, 2015 Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV infection provides lasting protection against the sexual transmission of the virus from infected men and women to their HIV-uninfected sexual partners. The discovery, made by investigators from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), was reported July 20 at… Read more »

Rate of rural hospital closures is rising, study finds

July 20, 2015 Since 2010, the rate of rural hospital closures in the United States has increased significantly. During this period, there have been three closures in North Carolina alone. To achieve a preliminary look at recent closures, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill compared the 2009 financial performance and market… Read more »