Clinical trials framework proposed to bring cancer treatments to sub-Saharan Africa
July 20, 2017
In a PLOS Medicine article, Dr. Satish Gopal outlines a framework to design studies and bring cancer therapies to sub-Saharan Africa in the absence of clinical trial data specific to the region’s population and health care infrastructure. Photo by Caitlin Kleiboer.
Largest study of Hispanics/Latinos in US presents new findings about lung capacity in people of Dominican, Puerto Rican ethnicity
July 14, 2017
A new study led by Gillings School researchers has determined reference parameters for measuring lung capacity in non-Mexican American Hispanics. Accurate reference values for such measures are important for diagnosing common chronic lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and predicting mortality.
Paper records recommendations to improve safety of drinking-water wells in NC
July 13, 2017
A new paper by Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson offers recommendations that could improve the health of North Carolinians who rely on private drinking-water wells. The paper summarizes recommendations made by the Research Triangle (N.C.) Environmental Health Collaborative at a two-day well-water summit.
Symposium gathers research teams to address opioid addiction, overdose
June 30, 2017
Drug overdoses are among the few causes of death on the rise in the United States, and more than half of these deaths are attributed to opioids. At a recent symposium, Dr. Steve Marshall urged researchers from diverse backgrounds to work together to solve what many call the worst drug crisis in American history.
New drug holds potential to defeat coronaviruses
June 28, 2017
Scientists at the Gillings School have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV.
Mental well-being essential for health professionals in complex emergency settings
June 28, 2017
A new commentary co-authored by Dr. Dilshad Jaff describes the value of ensuring mental well-being for medical and health providers who work in emergency settings – so as to maintain both their effectiveness and personal resiliency.
Gillings School researchers contribute to Hurricane Matthew recovery
June 22, 2017
An article in Endeavors magazine features environmental sciences and engineering researchers who are studying the impact of fall 2016’s Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina counties.
AICR report: Strong global evidence that alcohol is bad, exercise is good for breast cancer prevention
June 21, 2017
Dr. Stephen Hursting has contributed to a new report about breast cancer risk, finding strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases the risk and vigorous exercise reduces it. Hursting helped generate a report of systematic reviews about diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer that was published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
JAMA: UNC-Cal Poly online program improves weight loss after childbirth
June 20, 2017
According to a study co-authored by Dr. Deborah Tate, an internet-based weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income women during the year following pregnancy. Photo by Mark Stosberg.
US aid to combat malaria in Africa associated with reduced risk of childhood mortality
June 16, 2017
Funding from the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 19 sub-Saharan African countries was associated with a 16 percent reduction in the annual risk of children dying before age five, according to a new study by health policy and management researchers Aleksandra Jakubowksi and Dr. Harsha Thirumurthy.