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A first step in overhauling cardiovascular risk prediction

September 22, 2015 An editorial published in the September issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes lauded a recent research study for pursuing the challenging task of examining limitations to the current cardiovascular disease (CVD) events risk estimator. Michael Pignone, MD, MPH, is an adjunct professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Co-prescribing opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines can impact overdose mortality, study finds

September 17, 2015 Mortality risk from opioid overdose has previously been measured in terms of thresholds of risk. Four scientists linked to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are co-authors on a new cohort study finding that dose-dependent opioid overdose risk among patients does not show evidence of a distinct risk threshold. Nabarun… Read more »

Beauty is a balancing act – new study brings falls-prevention education to NC hair salons

September 17, 2015 According to the North Carolina Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the N.C. Division of Public Health, falls are the leading cause of injury among North Carolinians ages 65 and older. In 2013, falls resulted in 17,861 hospitalizations and 820 deaths across the state. Falls are the leading cause of emergency room… Read more »

Study suggests improvements to HIV care cascade measurements

September 15, 2015 The HIV care cascade is a commonly used framework that estimates the number of HIV-infected individuals in a geographic area according to their HIV diagnosis, care and treatment status. The cascade, also commonly called a continuum, is used with surveillance data collected by state and city health departments in the United States… Read more »

Study finds that breast cancer patients enrolled in medical homes may have improved access to health care

September 10, 2015 A new study suggests that women with breast cancer who are enrolled in Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), a patient-centered medical home (PCMH)-like program, may have improved access to primary and specialty care. A PCMH is a health care model that seeks to improve effectiveness and efficiency of treatment by linking… Read more »

Fisher highlights efficacy of peer support approaches to public health problems

September 9, 2015 On Aug. 24, Annals of Family Medicine published a special Peers for Progress supplement featuring eleven articles that address the reach, implementation and adoption of peer support for patients with diabetes and other health challenges. Edwin B. Fisher, PhD, is a professor of health behavior at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of… Read more »

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 »