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Sept. 13, 2014 The spread of drug-resistant parasites in Southeast Asia could undermine artemisinin-based antimalarial therapies and imperil global malaria control. A consortium of investigators from nine endemic countries led by Jonathan Juliano, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of… Read more »

Sept. 11, 2014 A research team that includes investigators from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded $1.9 million over three years to study a new model of health delivery. Paula Song, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is principal investigator… Read more »

Sept. 11, 2014 A policy statement newly released by the American Heart Association (AHA) says that electronic cigarettes, although safer than conventional cigarettes, pose a number of risks. The statement calls for continued monitoring of the health effects of electronic cigarettes, with special attention given to youth and adolescents. The AHA policy statement, published Aug…. Read more »

Sept. 10, 2014 Mark Holmes, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School, is one of four UNC faculty members selected to receive the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prizes for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. Holmes joined the Gillings School faculty in 2010 after serving as vice president of… Read more »

Sept. 10, 2014 Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor and vice chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, has been elected to lead the International Biometric Society’s (IBS) Eastern North American Region (ENAR), the international biostatistics professional organization. Cai, who joined the Gillings School faculty in 1992, will take office as president-elect… Read more »

Sept. 9, 2014 A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. The study was led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD,… Read more »

September 3, 2014 The global prevalence of obesity and its associated chronic diseases demands that strategies be identified to halt this public health problem. Although growing evidence shows that increased intake of sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) is linked with increased energy intake, weight gain and cardiometabolic risks, few randomized clinical trials have been conducted in… Read more »

Aug. 29, 2014 A team of UNC researchers has found that drugs widely used to treat diabetes do not increase the short-term risk for pancreatic cancer. The report, “Dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitors and pancreatic cancer: a cohort study,” published online Aug. 11 and in the September print issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, was prepared by Mugdha… Read more »

August 24, 2014 Effective leadership is crucial to successful public health infrastructure, as professionals enrolled in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute have discovered. The institute, a year-long, intensive senior-level training program funded through the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, recently has completed its first… Read more »

August 23, 2014 A celebration of life for Diane Calleson will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C. Jerry Calleson writes: We will begin in the sanctuary for a time of sharing and remembrance and then move next door to the Ruffin House to mingle informally…. Read more »