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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 »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… Read more »

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project receives additional five years funding from CDC

August 25, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth project support for another five years surveillance of the incidence, prevalence and complications of childhood diabetes in the United States. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the primary investigator for the Carolina site, one of five clinical centers… Read more »