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Extending municipal water service may reduce GI illness in those who rely on private wells

June 8, 2016 A study co-authored by a researcher at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health provides new evidence that extending regulated community water service to populations currently relying on private wells may decrease the population burden of acute gastrointestinal illness. Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Study examines peer support narratives written by cancer survivors for patients currently undergoing treatment

June 8, 2016 A new study by researchers at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may guide the development of methods that will help caregivers and peer counselors provide effective advice to patients undergoing an arduous cancer treatment without undermining the patients’ coping efforts or worsening their emotional distress. Yael Symes, MSPH, doctoral… Read more »

Advanced cancer patients receive high rates of aggressive care at end of life

June 6, 2016 In the last month of their lives, younger cancer patients continued to be hospitalized and receive other aggressive treatment at high rates, found a study led by The University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD, assistant professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School… Read more »

Pictures on cigarette packs, warning of smoking dangers, increased quit attempts among smokers

June 6, 2016 Affixing pictures on cigarette packs to illustrate the dangers of smoking increased attempts by smokers to quit, according to the findings of a University of North Carolina study published online June 6 by JAMA Internal Medicine. Reducing smoking is a top public health priority because it is a leading cause of preventable… Read more »

Study finds broad support for increasing legal age of tobacco sales

June 1, 2016 A national survey conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and East Carolina University has found strong support in all regions of the United States for raising the legal age of tobacco sales. Joseph G.L. Lee, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus selected as finalist for Service to America Medal

May 27, 2016 Allen Wilcox, PhD, Gillings School alumnus and a pioneer in reproductive epidemiology, has been selected as a finalist for a 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, a prestigious honor for federal government professionals. The service medals, also known as “Sammies,” are the “Oscars” of government service. Named for the late… Read more »

UNC epidemiology faculty member to lead groundbreaking research in global health and development funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations grant to Hospital de Câncer de Barretos in Brazil

May 27, 2016 The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health announced today that one of its faculty members is a principal investigator for a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, MPH, director of the Cervical Cancer-Free Coalition at UNC… Read more »

Gene expression patterns of normal tissue linked to breast cancer prognosis, study finds

May 26, 2016 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. Based on the finding, they believe they could use gene expression patterns – identified… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus to serve as Taiwan’s EPA director

May 25, 2016 Ying-Yuan Lee, PhD, alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named Minister of the Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan. Lee previously held a number of government positions in the Republic of China, including member of the National Parliament, Minister of the Council of Labor Affairs, Secretary-General of… Read more »

Gillings School alumnus honored for promoting healthy lifestyles in Native American communities

May 25, 2016 Anthony Fleg, MD, MPH, UNC Gillings School of Global Health alumnus, was honored recently by the U.S. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition for his work in promoting healthy lifestyles with Native American families and youth. The President’s Council Community Leadership Award is given annually to no more than 50 individuals… Read more »