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New studies examine e-cigarette availability, advertising effectiveness

June 27, 2014 Two new studies on e-cigarettes by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the first to examine the availability of these products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions. Both were published in a special July issue of the journal Tobacco Control. The first study, “The availability… Read more »

Doctors not adequately informing patients of cancer screening pros and cons, study finds

June 25, 2014 Though cancer screening has come a long way, physicians still do not thoroughly discuss with patients the advantages and disadvantages of these procedures before decisions are made to undergo the screenings, according to a new study co-authored by a physician from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of… Read more »

HPM student wins research award at pharmacoeconomics conference

June 20, 2014 Health policy and management doctoral student Caroleen Quach was a “Best Poster” finalist at the 19th annual conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Of the more than 1,800 poster presentations, hers was selected as one of the top 100. Quach’s study measured the impact of colorectal cancer upon… Read more »

Researchers find variance in controlled substance prescription monitoring programs aimed at reducing overdose deaths

June 18, 2014 A new study finds that controlled substance prescription monitoring programs (PMPs) aimed at reducing drug overdose deaths vary tremendously by state and across time. The researchers, all with connections to UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, found that while every state requires that prescriptions for controlled substances must be reported to… Read more »

Little difference found in effectiveness of two antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia

June 13, 2014 A UNC researcher and his colleagues have found little difference in the efficacy and side effects of two widely prescribed antipsychotic drugs, one of which came into use within the last five years. Robert M. Hamer, PhD, research professor of biostatistics at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and of psychiatry… Read more »

HPM student wins best-poster prize at Consortium of Universities for Global Health

June 10, 2014 Racquel Kelly Kohler, doctoral candidate in health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, won The Lancet and Consortium of Universities for Global Health award for best student poster at the consortium’s 2014 conference May 10-12 in Washington, D.C. In a study of cervical cancer risk among Malawian… Read more »

Most breast cancer patients may not be getting enough exercise

June 9, 2014 Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than were white women. Published… Read more »

African-American women and those insured by Medicaid less likely to receive endocrine therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence

June 6, 2014 New research by Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD, and colleagues reveals that breast cancer patients insured by Medicaid and African-American breast cancer patients are less likely to receive life-saving endocrine therapy (ET) to prevent cancer recurrence. Wheeler,  assistant professor of health policy and management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

BIOS students win half of awards presented at international symposium

June 5, 2014 Gillings School biostatistics students have won four of eight student research awards presented by the International Chinese Statistical Association and Korean International Statistic Society. Their work will be acknowledged during the 2014 Joint Applied Statistics Symposium of the two organizations, to be held June 15-18 in Portland, Ore. Winners include: Guanhua Chen… Read more »

Web-based and live counseling programs can reduce patients’ risk for heart disease

May 26, 2014 Web-based and live counseling programs effectively can reduce risk of heart disease for patients at high risk for the disease, and Web-based programs are particularly cost-effective, according to research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The work, published online May 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to a growing… Read more »