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New study found no increased heart attack risk in users of proton pump inhibitors

November 30, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are medications commonly used for conditions like acid reflux. Doctoral student Suzanne Landi led a recent study that negates earlier reports by finding no increased risk of heart attack among PPI users compared with non-users. These results have important implications for physicians and patients.

Bowers named inaugural recipient of Breast Cancer Challenge Award

November 29, 2017
Dr. Laura Wells Bowers, postdoctoral scholar in the Hursting Lab at UNC, has received the TOS-Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Challenge Award for her presentation on obesity-associated chemotherapy resistance at the 2017 Obesity Week in Washington, D.C.

American Indians, Alaskan Natives have lower five-year cancer survival rate than whites, even in urban areas

November 29, 2017
Earlier research has found that American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the lowest five-year cancer survival rate of any racial/ethnic group in the United States. A new study led by doctoral student Marc Emerson specifically addresses the cancer experience of American Indians and Alaskan Natives residing in urban settings.

Smoke-free air laws found to have no greater financial impact on small businesses than large ones

November 25, 2017
The spread of clean indoor air laws in the U.S. has stagnated in recent years, in part due to concerns that such laws cause an undue economic burden to small businesses. Doctoral student Paul Shafer conducted a statistical analysis that disproved this anecdotal claim.

Two from Gillings School bring home prize from inaugural Healthcare Case Competition

November 17, 2017
Aditi Borde and Chelsea Anderson, both first-year graduate students in the Department of Health Policy and Management, were on the winning team for the inaugural Kenan-Flagler Business School Healthcare Case Competition, which sought solutions to the opioid crisis.

Chen, Leos recognized as outstanding social entrepreneurs with Forbes ’30 under 30’ award

November 15, 2017
Health behavior doctoral students Liz Chen and Cristina Leos were selected by Forbes magazine’s ’30 Under 30′ program as outstanding social entrepreneurs. They are two of the three co-founders of MyHealthEd, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based nonprofit organization that uses technology to make health education more accessible for teens. Photo by Brian Strickland.

Ramaswamy, others at Gillings School part of award-winning evaluation team

November 15, 2017
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy was a key member of a team that won the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award, announced by the Association on Nov. 3.

Thirteen public health undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 14, 2017
Thirteen Gillings School undergraduates were inducted recently into Phi Beta Kappa, the United States’ oldest and most honored college honorary society.

Nicotine alters gut microbiome differently in women, study finds

November 7, 2017
Studies have shown that women have greater difficulty in quitting smoking than do men, and a new study of mice by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health explores why that may be the case. Led by Dr. Kun Lu, the study finds that nicotine has a different impact upon the relationship of the brain and gut in women.

Study explores effects of early-onset puberty on romantic relationship quality

November 6, 2017
A new study led by a doctoral candidate in the Gillings School finds that girls who mature early often go on to experience lower satisfaction in romantic relationships.