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Pancreatic cancer subtypes discovered in largest gene expression analysis of the disease to date

September 7, 2015 Dense surrounding tissue can block drugs from reaching pancreatic cancer tumors, but it also can help prevent the cancer from spreading. New research led by members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain the conflicting role of the surrounding tissue, known as stroma. Lindsay A. Williams, UNC Lineberger researcher and… Read more »

Vaccination Confidence Scale identifies parents at risk for refusing adolescent vaccines, study finds

September 3, 2015 In the United States, there is a sizable minority of parents who have concerns that lead them to refuse or delay certain vaccines for their children. The most common concerns include fears about long-term adverse effects, believing the vaccine is not truly needed and uncertainty about effectiveness. Assessing parents’ vaccination beliefs is… Read more »

Despite high rates of teen use of e-cigarettes, doctors still focus counseling efforts on traditional tobacco products

September 3, 2015 A faculty member and an alumna of the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors of the first national study to examine how pediatricians and other doctors interact with teenage patients regarding e-cigarettes. Jessica K. Pepper, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and 2014 alumna of… Read more »

Team from Gillings School chosen to evaluate maternal and newborn intervention in Ethiopia

September 2, 2015 Four faculty members from the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded funding to evaluate a project using a quality improvement approach to advance maternal and newborn health outcomes in Ethiopia. Kavita Singh Ongechi, PhD, research assistant professor of maternal and child health, is the primary investigator. Ilene… Read more »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project receives additional five years funding from CDC

August 25, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project support for another five years surveillance of the incidence, prevalence and complications of childhood diabetes in the United States. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the primary investigator for the Carolina site, one of five clinical centers… Read more »

Study explores relationship of BMI, IQ and socioeconomic factors in Iranian preschool children

August 25, 2015 The negative impact of obesity upon children’s physical and psychological health has been established as an issue of concern in countries around the world. Studies also have shown that childhood intelligence is inversely related to negative health outcomes later in life. In exploring those two concepts, a new study aims to expand… Read more »

Health policy and management student co-authors two studies on Crohn’s disease

August 21, 2015 Daniel Erim, MD, is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Recently, Erim has co-authored two papers sharing new research on Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal pain, fatigue and malnutrition, among… Read more »

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 »