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Combination of obesity and a common human infection may increase anxiety levels

June 22, 2016 Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders are the most common mental health problem in the United States, with obese people having higher rates of anxiety than non-obese people. Data from a recent study reveal that this increased anxiety may be caused by an interaction between obesity and a very common human infection, which results… Read more »

Antibiotic-resistant form of syphilis bacterium identified in patients in Cuba

June 16, 2016 Treponema pallidum is the bacterium that causes syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) with no preventive vaccine. Researchers recently identified a mutated form of T. pallidum, which has become resistant to treatment with the macrolide class of antibiotics, in samples from 25 syphilis patients in Cuba. Lola Stamm, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

Pettifor presents at UN’s ‘High-Level Meeting to End AIDS’

June 16, 2016 A UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health epidemiologist whose research focuses on social and structural drivers of HIV infection in sub-Saharan Africa was an invited speaker at the United Nations’ 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, held June 8-10 in New York City. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at… Read more »

Cancer survivors with negative attitudes about social support may have lower quality of life

June 15, 2016 Cancer survivors who have been treated with stem cell transplants generally need to rely on their partner, family, friends and others for a successful recovery. Some survivors have negative attitudes about using their social network, however, and that reluctance may be decreasing their quality of life. These negative attitudes, collectively referred to… Read more »

AJPH editorial proposes a ‘causal impact’ framework to improve public health decision making

June 13, 2016 In a recently published editorial, researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health departments of epidemiology and biostatistics argue that a “causal impact” framework – one that includes internal and external validation and examines the effects of population-level interventions – could improve public health decision-making. Gillings School co-authors are Daniel… Read more »

Extending municipal water service may reduce GI illness in those who rely on private wells

June 8, 2016 A study co-authored by a researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health provides new evidence that extending regulated community water service to populations currently relying on private wells may decrease the population burden of acute gastrointestinal illness. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Study examines peer support narratives written by cancer survivors for patients currently undergoing treatment

June 8, 2016 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may guide the development of methods that will help caregivers and peer counselors provide effective advice to patients undergoing an arduous cancer treatment without undermining the patients’ coping efforts or worsening their emotional distress. Yael Symes, MSPH, doctoral… Read more »

Advanced cancer patients receive high rates of aggressive care at end of life

June 6, 2016 In the last month of their lives, younger cancer patients continued to be hospitalized and receive other aggressive treatment at high rates, found a study led by The University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

June 6, 2016 Affixing pictures on cigarette packs to illustrate the dangers of smoking increased attempts by smokers to quit, according to the findings of a University of North Carolina study published online June 6 by JAMA Internal Medicine. Reducing smoking is a top public health priority because it is a leading cause of preventable… Read more »

Study finds broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

June 1, 2016 A national survey conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University has found strong support in all regions of the United States for raising the legal age of tobacco sales. Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »