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Home test for HPV may be lifesaving for women who do not receive regular cervical cancer screenings

July 25, 2017
A new study, led by Dr. Jennifer Smith and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, finds a convenient at-home test for human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a promising tool for preventing cervical cancer in underscreened women in the United States.

Too few pre-teens receive recommended vaccinations, especially for HPV

July 24, 2017
A new study led by recent alumna Dr. Nadja Vielot finds that too few adolescents in the U.S. are obtaining recommended prophylactic vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV), a known and preventable cause of cervical and other cancers in females and males.

Water Institute researcher wins ‘Editor’s Choice’ award for journal article

July 20, 2017
David Fuente, a lead scientist at The Water Institute, was senior author of an article that won an Editor’s Choice Award from the journal Water Resources Research. Photo from Nairobi water treatment plant by Georgina Smith.

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.

NIH renews UNC Gillings environmental health sciences training grant for ninth time

July 19, 2017
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed a major training grant that the Gillings School has led since 1971. The program supports scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and engineering, many of whom have gone on to affect national environmental policy.

Surratt recognized by environmental journal as ‘highly prolific’ author

July 18, 2017
Dr. Jason Surratt was honored by Environmental Science and Technology Letters as an author who has had a high publication rate in the journal over the past five years.

Stillo to investigate communicating health risk to private well owners

July 17, 2017
Frank Stillo, a graduate student at UNC Gillings, has received a prestigious grant award to research public health communications related to clean water access in North Carolina.

Halpern selected for NIH study section

July 17, 2017
Dr. Carolyn T. Halpern has been named a member of the Community Influences on Health Behavior Student Section for the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Scientific Review, effective July 1.

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.