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Alumna to lead Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

May 24, 2016 Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna, has been chosen as president-elect of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. She will serve in that capacity for one year before becoming president of the Society in 2017. Coyne-Beasley is professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the… Read more »

Flint water crisis confirms need for improved risk management of US drinking water

May 24, 2016 Researchers at The Water Institute at UNC, based in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have called for better leadership from utilities, greater engagement by public health officials, and federal-level guidelines and tools in an effort to adopt preventive risk management of the nation’s drinking water sources. Rachel Baum, MSPH,… Read more »

Gammon and colleagues respond to international study on exercise and cancer risk reduction

May 20, 2016 An invited commentary, co-written by two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers and a Gillings School alumna now at Emory University, concurs with the “exciting findings” of a major international study. Those findings “underscore the importance of leisure-time physical activity as a potential risk-reduction strategy to decrease the cancer burden… Read more »

Key sources of air pollution-related deaths differ among world regions

May 19, 2016 The most significant emission source sectors for global air pollution-related deaths differ among world regions, finds a new study. For example, the residential and commercial sector has the most impact on global deaths related to fine particulate matter in the air. For deaths related to ozone, the land transportation sector has the greatest influence globally…. Read more »

Stamm discusses Zika virus in JAMA ‘Viewpoint’

May 19, 2016 Much media attention has been given to the spread of Zika virus in South America, but the mosquito-borne virus also poses a seasonal threat to more than 192 million people living in the southern United States. Becoming educated about the virus and its potential impact is an important step toward defending against… Read more »

Novant Health Gift Establishes Distinguished Lecturer Fund at UNC Gillings

May 19, 2016 A gift from Novant Health will establish the “Novant Health Distinguished Lecturer Fund” at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The Novant Health Distinguished Lecturers will be chosen and presented by UNC Gillings Department of Health Policy and Management. The first of these will occur in the… Read more »

Duke’s Berger delivers Greenberg Distinguished Lectures

May 16, 2016 James O. Berger, PhD, winner of the 2016 Greenberg Distinguished Lecturer Award, presented three talks on May 12 and 13 as part of the 2016 Bernard G. Greenberg Distinguished Lecture Series. The series is hosted by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics. Berger, Arts and Sciences Professor… Read more »

Promise of nearly a year of life on targeted drug not reality for all liver cancer patients, study finds

May 16, 2016 For advanced liver cancer, there’s a single approved drug shown to offer patients a chance at longer life. But a new study co-authored by two researchers in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that this drug was notably less effective in a group of Medicare patients, who likely had… Read more »

Smokers and former smokers show COPD-like symptoms despite otherwise normal lung function

May 11, 2016 About half of current or former smokers have respiratory symptoms similar to COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and an increase of COPD-like symptom flare-ups, despite no COPD diagnosis and tests that show normal lung function. Those are the findings of a new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine titled… Read more »

Powell awarded Rockefeller Foundation grant; will deliver congressional briefing

May 11, 2016 Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, in Bellagio, Italy. Powell will use the residency, scheduled from April 11 to May 9, 2017, to further her research, “Transforming Social and Health-care… Read more »