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Cai elected ENAR president

Sept. 10, 2014 Jianwen Cai, PhD, professor and vice chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Biostatistics, has been elected to lead the International Biometric Society’s (IBS) Eastern North American Region (ENAR), the international biostatistics professional organization. Cai, who joined the Gillings School faculty in 1992, will take office as president-elect… Read more »

Hog workers carry drug-resistant bacteria even after leaving the farm

Sept. 9, 2014 A new study suggests that nearly half of workers who care for animals in large industrial hog farming operations may be carrying home livestock-associated bacteria in their noses, and that this potentially harmful bacteria remains with them up to four days after exposure. The study was led by Christopher D. Heaney, PhD,… Read more »

Substituting water for sweetened beverages might reduce metabolic syndrome risk among obese Mexican women

September 3, 2014 The global prevalence of obesity and its associated chronic diseases demands that strategies be identified to halt this public health problem. Although growing evidence shows that increased intake of sugar- sweetened beverages (SSBs) is linked with increased energy intake, weight gain and cardiometabolic risks, few randomized clinical trials have been conducted in… Read more »

Diabetes drug does not increase short-term risk for pancreatic cancer, study finds

Aug. 29, 2014 A team of UNC researchers has found that drugs widely used to treat diabetes do not increase the short-term risk for pancreatic cancer. The report, “Dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitors and pancreatic cancer: a cohort study,” published online Aug. 11 and in the September print issue of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, was prepared by Mugdha… Read more »

Maternal and child health leadership institute offers essential leadership training

August 24, 2014 Effective leadership is crucial to successful public health infrastructure, as professionals enrolled in the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Maternal and Child Health Public Health Leadership Institute have discovered. The institute, a year-long, intensive senior-level training program funded through the U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, recently has completed its first… Read more »

Calleson, teacher, friend, courageous pilgrim, dies too soon

August 23, 2014 A celebration of life for Diane Calleson will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, N.C. Jerry Calleson writes: We will begin in the sanctuary for a time of sharing and remembrance and then move next door to the Ruffin House to mingle informally…. Read more »

Study provides recommendations to prevent hospital infections through hand hygiene

August 22, 2014 It seems so simple: To stop spreading infection, health-care workers must wash their hands. Yet even after 150 years of demonstrated reduction in health-care associated infections through hand hygiene, health-care workers who must wash their hands many times a day sometimes don’t do it. Perhaps there is no sink nearby, or they… Read more »

Gentry leads preparedness training exercise in NC’s Vance County

August 15, 2014 It is a stormy morning in the northern Piedmont [of North Carolina]. A commuter aircraft is having trouble reaching the Raleigh-Durham International airport. The plane crash-lands in Kerr Lake Reservoir, and 25 passengers and crew members must be found and pulled from the lake. This was the day-long preparedness exercise that faced… Read more »

UNC and MUSC collaborate to test diabetes outreach program

August 14, 2014 The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) are partnering to decrease diabetes prevalence and complications in Bamberg County, SC. The Bamberg Diabetes… Read more »

Many older emergency department patients are malnourished, study finds

August 13, 2014 More than half of emergency department patients ages 65 and older who were seen at UNC Hospitals during an eight-week period were either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. In addition, more than half of the malnourished patients had not been diagnosed previously, according to a new study by researchers at the… Read more »