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Gillings researchers find further evidence that bats may be evolutionary source of MERS

April 13, 2017
A collaborative team including researchers from the Gillings School has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the MERS coronavirus originated in bat populations.

Ten-year study shows steady increase in Type 1, Type 2 diabetes in US youth

April 13, 2017
A study co-led by Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis and published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the yearly rate of newly diagnosed cases of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in youth increased significantly and steadily in the years between 2002 and 2012, especially among Hispanic youth.

Wheeler visits executive mansion to mark NC’s inaugural Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month

April 12, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Wheeler (second from left) was among those invited to speak at the Governor’s Mansion in Raleigh, N.C., during an April 3 event that focused attention upon metastatic breast cancer as the second-leading cause of cancer death among women. Gov. Roy Cooper declared April Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

BIOS students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 11, 2017
Elizabeth Chase and Taylor Lagler of the Department of Biostatistics have won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Oberlander’s ‘Perspective’ considers reasons for failure of Obamacare repeal

April 6, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander, in a New England Journal of Medicine ‘Perspective’ article, discusses why the initial effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was such a monumental failure.

Valle awarded NCI grant to help young adult cancer survivors become more physically active

April 6, 2017
Dr. Carmina Valle was awarded a four-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, titled “Promoting physical activity in young adult cancer survivors using mHealth and adaptive tailored feedback strategies.”

Cancer burden will shift for people with HIV in US, study finds

April 6, 2017
Epidemiology doctoral student Jessica Islam worked with researchers at the NCI and CDC to find that the total number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the U.S. is projected to decrease through 2030. Islam and colleagues attribute the lowered cancer risk to widespread treatment with antiretroviral therapies.

Bentley wins 2017 Triangle Global Health Award

April 4, 2017
Dr. Peggy Bentley has been selected as the Triangle Global Health Consortium’s 2017 Triangle Global Health Champion. Bentley will be honored at a May 2 meeting of the consortium for her life-long commitment to advancing global health around the world and in local North Carolina communities.

Aggressive breast cancer grows faster in obese environment

April 4, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Nutrition report that the environment surrounding breast cancer cells also drives the disease.

NEJM ‘Perspective’ describes efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act

March 30, 2017
In a New England Journal of Medicine article, Dr. Jon Oberlander discusses whether the current administration and Congress can dismantle the Affordable Care Act.