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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 »

UNC evidence review finds excess tobacco marketing in neighborhoods with more low-income and more African-American residents

July 17, 2015 Researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sought to identify evidence of excess tobacco marketing being associated with the characteristics of who lives in a given neighborhood. Tobacco marketing in retail stores is one of the most common ways the tobacco industry reaches youth and adults. Joseph G.L. Lee,… Read more »

Differences in colon cancer chemotherapy treatment among African-American and white patients

July 14, 2015 Although the incidence and mortality of colon cancer in the United States has declined over the past two decades, African-Americans still suffer worse outcomes than whites. Variations in treatment may contribute to the differences in mortality rate. Caitlin Murphy, MPH, CPH, predoctoral fellow with the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC-Chapel Hill… Read more »

New study cautions about nutritional status for women taking antiretroviral drugs

July 8, 2015 A new study led by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health highlights the nutritional impacts of antiretroviral therapy on HIV-infected breastfeeding women. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding HIV-infected women initiate lifelong therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission, but little is known about… Read more »