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20-year observation of adults in China shows physical activity levels in decline

April 19, 2016 As rapid cultural shifts take place in China, the country’s aging population is becoming less likely to engage in physical activity, finds a new study that followed more than 60,000 adults in China across two decades of their lives. The study did not examine physical activity in isolation, but instead analyzed changing… Read more »

Distributing self-test kits to women can promote HIV testing among men in Kenya, study finds

April 18, 2016 Self-testing is emerging as a promising approach to increasing HIV testing rates among men in sub-Saharan Africa. In a new study led by Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD, of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, researchers analyzed whether providing multiple self-testing kits to women who are at high risk of HIV acquisition… Read more »

Older black women insured by Medicare receive targeted breast cancer treatment at low rate

April 13, 2016 The advent of targeted drugs for a specific type of breast cancer – HER2 positive –dramatically has improved survival rates for women with the disease. However, a study led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals low rates of use of a targeted… Read more »

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American… Read more »

Community-academic research partnership analyzes focus groups to examine race-specific inequities in cancer treatment

April 7, 2016 A recent publication co-authored by two researchers from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shares lessons learned from a focus group analysis that examined inequities in cancer treatment. Geni Eng, DrPH, professor, and Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor, both teach in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings… Read more »

Study finds no evidence that phthalates are responsible for increased childhood obesity

April 6, 2016 Jessie Buckley, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was featured in the “Science Selection” section of Environmental Health Perspectives for her recent research on phthalates and obesity in children. The research findings show no evidence of a connection between phthalates –… Read more »

Gillings student publishes guidelines to improve reporting on mHealth interventions

April 5, 2016 A new paper led by a student researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health proposes guidelines to improve the quality of reported research on mobile health (mHealth). Smisha Agarwal Kaysin, doctoral student of maternal and child health at the Gillings School, is the lead author of a recently published… Read more »

Researchers confirm link between schistosomiasis and HIV acquisition

March 31, 2016 A comprehensive review of secondary data sources has confirmed a long-suspected link between female genital schistosomiasis (FGS) and HIV infection for women in southern Africa. A researcher from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health was one of two co-authors of the resulting article, titled “Association Between Schistosoma haematobium Exposure and… Read more »

Two UNC Gillings students selected as Innovation Next award finalists

March 30, 2016 Two students from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the finalists for the 2016 “Innovation Next” project, an award that includes $80,000 in development funds and the opportunity to work the renowned global design company IDEO to refine and execute their proposal. Created by a grant by the U.S…. Read more »

Researchers call for collaboration to better understand how air pollution impacts health

March 30, 2016 The need to understand how air pollution affects health is greater than ever, reports a new article led by Jason West, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Air pollution is among the most important risk factors for health globally, and is… Read more »