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Matsuo recognized for outstanding achievement in dental public health

April 6, 2015 Go Matsuo, BDS, MPH, a dentist now practicing in Nagasaki, Japan, will receive a Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). Matsuo will accept the Leverett Award on April 27 at the National Oral Health Conference in Kansas… Read more »

Study finds no significant increase in pelvic pain following hysteroscopic versus laparoscopic sterilization

April 1, 2015 Hysteroscopic sterilization is a relatively new alternative to laparoscopic sterilization. During the often-outpatient procedure, a metal coil is implanted, causing permanent blockage of the fallopian tubes. Recent media reports, however, have described instances of prolonged pelvic pain in women who have undergone hysteroscopic sterilizations. A new paper, “Incidence of opioid-managed pelvic pain… Read more »

Glyburide associated with higher risk of adverse events in newborns than insulin, study finds

March 30, 2015 The prevalence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the United States has more than doubled during the last 20 years, which has increased the use of the medication glyburide to treat GDM in pregnant women. However, a new study co-authored by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings… Read more »

Researchers explore breast cancer disparities at symposium to honor Millikan

March 26, 2015 A symposium co-sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health brought together leading breast cancer researchers to share findings about the genetic and environmental factors driving disparities in the disease’s incidence and mortality. The event, held last Friday, also honored the scientific contributions of… Read more »

Norovirus vaccine may be on horizon, study finds

March 25, 2015 To anyone who has ever suffered from “the stomach flu,” take cheer – a vaccine may be on the near horizon. Noroviruses produce an estimated 300 million cases a year worldwide of what is typically labeled “stomach flu.” Not only do the infections cause extreme discomfort and misery among their victims, noroviruses… Read more »

New study indicates laparoscopic hysterectomy with morcellation may be safer than abdominal procedure

March 24, 2015 Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that abdominal surgery is riskier than laparoscopic hysterectomy with morcellation in premenopausal women undergoing surgery for presumed uterine fibroids. The study was published online March 24 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers examined quality of life, short-… Read more »

Health policy and management students design fund-development strategy for local free clinic

March 19, 2015 A team of health policy and management undergraduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health recently designed a comprehensive fund-development strategy for a local free clinic which is administered and wholly staffed by students from UNC’s professional schools. From August to December 2014, seniors Kelly Reed, Taylor Bogart, Bri… Read more »

Few online e-cigarette vendors block sales to minors, study finds

March 19, 2015 A study led by researchers at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has found that teens can buy electronic cigarettes easily online, despite a North Carolina law banning their purchase by minors and requiring online vendors to verify customer age. This first-of-its-kind, National Cancer… Read more »

Report reveals alarming lack of water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities; outlines way forward

March 18, 2015 A new World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF report, released March 17, calls for immediate action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries and outlines a way forward. Ryan Cronk and Dr. Jamie Bartram of The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Age-related discrimination can add to health-care woes

March 17, 2015 Experiencing discrimination in the health-care system isn’t just distressing for older Americans. It can literally be bad for their health. A national survey shows that one in every three older Americans who are on the receiving end of age-related discrimination in the health-care setting will likely develop new or worsened functional ailments… Read more »