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.
Alumnus Seunik completes year in inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars
July 10, 2017
Health policy and management alumnus Max Seunik has completed graduate work in the first cohort of Schwartzman Scholars at China’s Tsinghua University, where he studied global development and public policy.
MacDonald Gibson honored with ‘Best Presentation’ award at conference
July 7, 2017
Dr. Jackie MacDonald Gibson received a “Best Presentation” award at the conference of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP), held June 20-22 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
NIH-funded study to investigate pregnancy outcomes in young cancer survivors
July 5, 2017
Dr. Hazel Nichols has received NIH funding to help young women with cancer make difficult decisions about their future childbearing intentions. Annually, more than 45,000 women ages 15 to 39 are given a cancer diagnosis. Survivors need to know more about the impact of cancer treatment upon their future reproductive outcomes. Photo by Jerry Lai.
Symposium gathers research teams to address opioid addiction, overdose
June 30, 2017
Drug overdoses are among the few causes of death on the rise in the United States, and more than half of these deaths are attributed to opioids. At a recent symposium, Dr. Steve Marshall urged researchers from diverse backgrounds to work together to solve what many call the worst drug crisis in American history.
New drug holds potential to defeat coronaviruses
June 28, 2017
Scientists at the Gillings School have confirmed that an experimental antiviral treatment prevents the development of SARS coronavirus disease in mice. The drug, GS-5734, also inhibits MERS-CoV and multiple other coronaviruses (CoV), suggesting that the treatment may inhibit all CoV.
Mental well-being essential for health professionals in complex emergency settings
June 28, 2017
A new commentary co-authored by Dr. Dilshad Jaff describes the value of ensuring mental well-being for medical and health providers who work in emergency settings – so as to maintain both their effectiveness and personal resiliency.
Gillings School researchers contribute to Hurricane Matthew recovery
June 22, 2017
An article in Endeavors magazine features environmental sciences and engineering researchers who are studying the impact of fall 2016’s Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina counties.
AICR report: Strong global evidence that alcohol is bad, exercise is good for breast cancer prevention
June 21, 2017
Dr. Stephen Hursting has contributed to a new report about breast cancer risk, finding strong evidence that drinking alcohol increases the risk and vigorous exercise reduces it. Hursting helped generate a report of systematic reviews about diet, nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer that was published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).