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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 »

August 11, 2014 Biostatistics graduate students Avner Halevy and Nicolas Ballarini led a Gillings School of Global Public Health production team that tied for first place in the American Statistical Association’s “You’ve Got Talent!” contest. The four finalists performed during the Joint Statistical Meetings Aug. 2-7 in Boston. Halevy, composer, singer and guitarist on the… Read more »

August 11, 2014 Antiretroviral treatment has transformed HIV from a death sentence to a chronic condition, enabling infected adults to pay more attention to their quality of life. Yet quality of life is affected strongly by depression, which plagues HIV-infected adults at a higher rate than the general population. A new study by Brian Pence,… Read more »

August 8, 2014 In an Aug. 7 article in Endeavors, Susan Hardy asks the question of the hour: To vape or not to vape? Her article, which draws on the work of health behavior professor Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and health behavior postdoctoral fellow Jessica Pepper, PhD, is partially reprinted below and is available in its… Read more »

July 21, 2014 The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association announced new members of its governing board recently, including a new president, Amy Lansky, PhD. The board represents the nearly 18,000 alumni of the School, meeting quarterly with the School’s leaders to address issues of importance to alumni and current students and… Read more »

July 18, 2014 Families with young children are purchasing fewer high-calorie drinks, a behavior that may explain, in part, the recent stalling and potential reversal of childhood obesity trends in the U.S. This is among the findings of a new study, “Are food and beverage purchases in households with preschoolers changing?,” led by Christopher Ford,… Read more »

June 27, 2014 Two new studies on e-cigarettes by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health are among the first to examine the availability of these products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions. Both were published in a special July issue of the journal Tobacco Control. The first study, “The availability… Read more »

June 20, 2014 Health policy and management doctoral student Caroleen Quach was a “Best Poster” finalist at the 19th annual conference of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. Of the more than 1,800 poster presentations, hers was selected as one of the top 100. Quach’s study measured the impact of colorectal cancer upon… Read more »

June 10, 2014 Racquel Kelly Kohler, doctoral candidate in health policy and management at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, won The Lancet and Consortium of Universities for Global Health award for best student poster at the consortium’s 2014 conference May 10-12 in Washington, D.C. In a study of cervical cancer risk among Malawian… Read more »

June 9, 2014 Physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis has been linked with prolonged survival and improved quality of life, but most participants in a large breast cancer study did not meet national physical activity guidelines after they were diagnosed. Moreover, African-American women were less likely to meet the guidelines than were white women. Published… Read more »