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Cuba offers example for countries striving to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of syphilis, HIV

Currently, several countries in the Americas are poised to eliminate mother-to-child-transmission (MTCT) of syphilis. With the Zika virus epidemic, however, low-income countries face unanticipated challenges. Dr. Lola Stamm discusses why it is imperative that the commitment to eliminate MTCT of syphilis be sustained.

Study finds diet as effective and less expensive than drugs in treating esophageal inflammation

Dr. Daniel Erim and colleagues found that a six-food elimination diet was as effective as topical corticosteroids — and less expensive — in treating eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition in which inflamed esophageal tissue leads to a person’s difficulty in swallowing solid foods. Erim is a doctoral student in health policy and management.

Aquagenx compartment bag tests used for water quality monitoring in rural Myanmar

The Aquagenx water quality test kit, which was developed by a researcher at the Gillings School, is being used as part of an assessment of the Accelerating Water and Sanitation for All Program in remote communities in Myanmar.

Obesity prevention education has positive impact on college students, study finds

Dr. Leslie Lytle led a weight-gain prevention intervention program for people in their first and second years of college. The results, reported in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, show that online social networking and support can help prevent weight gain in this group of young adults. Lytle is professor and chair of health behavior at the Gillings School.

Ribisl co-authors Surgeon General’s report on e-cigarette use by youth and young adults

Dr. Kurt Ribisl, professor of health behavior at the Gillings School, is a co-author of the 2016 Surgeon General’s report, “E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.” Published by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, the report calls for improved regulation of e-cigarettes and increased education about health risks related to e-cigarette use.

UNC’s Gillings School named national program office for Kresge Foundation initiative

The Kresge Foundation has selected the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC) as the national program office for Kresge’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health (ELPH) initiative.

Five Gillings School junior faculty members receive development awards

Five faculty members from three departments in the Gillings School were awarded 2017 IBM Junior Faculty Development Awards.

CSCC awarded new ARIC contract

The Gillings School’s Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center has been awarded a five-year, $19 million contract by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to conduct the next phase of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study.

ESE doctoral student receives NIEHS Superfund Research Program award

Elizabeth Martin, doctoral student in environmental sciences and engineering and trainee in the UNC Superfund Research Program, has been named recipient of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ Karen Wetterhahn Memorial Award.

Faculty member says high school football is not worth health risk to young players

In an article in the journal Pediatrics, Dr. Lewis Margolis argues that high school football programs should be disbanded, given the risks to young players of the sport. Margolis is associate professor of maternal and child health at the Gillings School.