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In-hospital cirrhosis deaths drop 41 percent from 2002 to 2012, study finds

April 22, 2015 A new study led by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researcher has found dramatic improvements in the survival of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure. Study findings support improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections. Monica Schmidt, MPH, doctoral candidate in health policy and management… Read more »

4 billion at risk from substandard meds; researchers tackle the challenge

April 21, 2015 Falsified and low-quality medicines represent a public health pandemic, but – until recently – not many researchers were discussing solutions to the challenge. That changed April 20, with the online publication of “The Global Pandemic of Falsified Medicines: Laboratory and Field Innovations and Policy Perspectives,” a 17-article supplement of The American Journal… Read more »

Three Gillings faculty awarded Global Health grants

April 21, 2015 Three faculty members at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health have been awarded Explorations in Global Health faculty research grants through the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Ralph Baric, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School, is the co-principal investigator on a project to explore… Read more »

Doctoral Candidate, US Army Major works on safer water for troops

When U.S. soldiers are fighting on the battlefield or behind enemy lines, they can encounter a challenge that’s almost as hazardous as enemy fire, air strikes or improvised explosive devices (IEDs): contaminated water. But a U.S. Army major is now enrolled in a PhD program at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where… Read more »

Combined sewer systems increase risk of illness after heavy rains, study finds

April 20, 2015 A new study finds that combined sewer systems can contaminate drinking water supplies with bacteria and viruses, causing severe community health impacts. Combined sewer systems collect both sewage and stormwater runoff before reaching treatment facilities. When heavy rains overload the capacity of such systems, untreated contents may be discharged into local bodies… Read more »

Nine BSPH students present work at celebration of undergraduate research

April 16, 2015 Students from four departments represented the Gillings School of Global Public Health yesterday at the 2015 UNC-Chapel Hill Celebration of Undergraduate Research. The Celebration is an annual research symposium held in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union. Undergraduate students present research and deliver talks in concurrent poster and panel sessions. The Celebration… Read more »

Gillings faculty, alumni contribute to SOPHE Health Education & Behavior journal supplement

April 14, 2015 The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) has announced the publication of a Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) journal supplement devoted to the latest research and practice on policy and environmental approaches to foster healthy communities. The April 2015 supplement, “The Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health,” comprises a… Read more »

Study explores potential impact on rural communities from proposed changes in hospital designations

April 8, 2015 Proposed minimum-distance requirements could harm high-performing Critical Access Hospitals in rural communities, according to a new study by researchers at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Study co-authors from the Gillings School include Mark Holmes, PhD, and George H. Pink, PhD. Both researchers lecture for the Department of Health… Read more »

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 »