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Linking maternal mortality files to violent death reporting system reveals more pregnancy-associated suicides, homicides

A recent study co-authored by Anna Austin, doctoral student of maternal and child health, and Dr. Catherine Vladutiu, Gillings School alumna and adjunct faculty member in epidemiology, revealed that violent deaths occurring during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum are under-reported. Linking traditional maternal mortality surveillance system records with the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System captured 55.6 percent more pregnancy-associated violent deaths than traditional surveillance alone.

Researchers identify new methodology for examining changes in lung cells after pollution exposure

Hang Nguyen, MS, doctoral student of environmental science and engineering in the Gillings School, is first author of a recent study that provided the initial test of a new methodology for examining the genomic response of lung cells to real-world mixtures of air pollutants.

UNC Gillings students collaborate to promote awareness of gender-based violence

The UNC Gender-Based Violence Research Group will sponsor two events in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

High up-front costs could delay access to life-saving blood cancer drugs for Medicare patients

A study led by Gillings School health policy and management researchers Aaron Winn and Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, found that cancer patients on Medicare’s Part D may face significant out-of-pocket costs before their insurance kicks in on the cost of expensive drug treatments.

Particular HPV strain linked to improved prognosis for throat cancer

Gillings School researchers including Dr. Jose Zevallos and Dr. Andrew Olshan confirmed findings that a particular strain of HPV, a virus linked to a number of cancers, resulted in better overall survival for patients with oropharyngeal cancer than patients whose tumors contained other strains of the virus.

UNC-IntraHealth fellows explored digital health, services for sex workers, other health concerns

Gillings School graduate students Michael DeFranco, Willa Dong and Kristan Rosenthal recently completed training as part of the UNC-IntraHealth Fellows Program. This year marks the seventh year of partnership between the Gillings School and IntraHealth International.

Nutrition student wins research prize in national poster competition

Gina Tripicchio, doctoral student in nutrition at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, was selected as one of three winners in a research poster competition sponsored by The Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth section.

Racial gaps persist in how breast cancer survivors function and feel during and after treatment

Gillings School professors Drs. Bryce Reeve and Andrew Olshan led a study of several thousand breast cancer survivors in North Carolina. They found differences in how African-American and white women functioned and felt during their treatment and two years post-diagnosis.

Shafer co-authors research on adult e-cigarette use, effectiveness of anti-smoking digital video ads

Paul Shafer, doctoral student in health policy and management, studies media campaigns and policies related to smoking behaviors. He is co-author of two research studies published in September — one about the reasons adults use e-cigarettes and another on whether digital video advertising increases the reach of anti-smoking campaigns.

Three UNC Gillings students selected for new national leadership program

How do we create better, more equitable health for all? That’s the question that will be explored by three Gillings School students who are part of the new Health Policy Research Scholars program. The program is led by Johns Hopkins University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.