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Burning synthetic fireplace logs may increase breast cancer risk

December 17, 2014 ’Tis the season to be burning synthetic fire logs, but a new study from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health reports that using these prepackaged fireplace staples also could increase the chances of developing breast cancer. Alexandra White, MSPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the Gillings School, is first author of the… Read more »

Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

December 11, 2014 An analysis by a team of North Carolina-based environmental and planning researchers concludes that densely populated regions with compact urban development that discourages commuting by car—widely touted as a way to increase public exercise and reduce harmful automobile emissions—may only slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. However, such… Read more »

HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »

Student commentary: NC schools must fight Ebola fears with facts, compassion

November 26, 2014 This commentary, originally published in The News and Observer (Raleigh) on Nov. 19, was written by Dirk Davis, health behavior master’s student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Last week, a Superior Court Judge in Durham ruled that a teenager who had been barred from school for fear that he… Read more »

UNC study finds lower vaccine uptake in states with higher rates of HPV-related cervical cancer

November 26, 2014 This article, written by Christina Izzo, first appeared in Oncology Nursing News on Nov. 12. It is reprinted here with permission. New data have shown that states having higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality also have low HPV vaccination rates among young women. The findings were presented at the American… Read more »

BSPH students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 19, 2014 Fourteen of the 148 undergraduates admitted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, are students at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. A student who… Read more »

Two epidemiology postdocs win research excellence awards

November 12, 2014 Anne Justice, PhD, and Vineet Menachery, PhD, postdoctoral fellows in epidemiology at the Gillings School, have received The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2014 Postdoctoral Awards for Research Excellence. They will accept their awards from Barbara Entwisle, PhD, distinguished professor of sociology and vice chancellor for research, and Mark Heise,… Read more »

ESE doctoral students awarded inaugural Dennis and Mireille Gillings fellowships for work at Institut Pasteur

November 11, 2014 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill doctoral students Maya Nadimpalli and Patsy Polston are inaugural recipients of the prestigious Dennis and Mireille Gillings Global Public Health Fellowships, a collaboration between UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Pasteur Foundation, the U.S. affiliate of Institut Pasteur. The fellowships include the… Read more »

Prenatal arsenic exposure may lead to gene reprogramming in children, study finds

October 31, 2014 A new study at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health found that prenatal exposure to inorganic arsenic may lead to detrimental health effects and gene reprogramming in children. The findings were published Oct. 10 in Toxicological Sciences, the official journal of the Society of Toxicology. Rebecca Fry, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »