May 27, 2011 Between half and two-thirds of people use the Internet to find health information, studies show. Quicker and more finely tuned analysis of those searches can provide meaningful information for public health surveillance, policy and delivery of services. Kurt Ribisl, PhD, and colleagues from Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities, use Google searches as… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Like the flowers and blooming trees that herald spring, an unwelcome pest also reappears after the long winter — the tick. Tick-borne illnesses — including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever — are prevalent in many parts of the U.S. and the world. Steven Meshnick, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology at… Read more »

May 27, 2011 More than 5 million American veterans receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Thanks to collaborations between the VA and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers, as many as 300,000 of them may be losing weight and better managing pain. Deborah Tate, PhD, associate professor of… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Rural communities with thriving hospitals may have the work of George Pink and Mark Holmes to thank. Pink, Humana Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Holmes, health policy and management assistant professor, both in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, study effective ways to measure and report hospital financial… Read more »

May 27, 2011 For years, Steve Marshall, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology, has studied the consequences of sports injuries and how to prevent injuries to athletes and others. Partly as a result of his efforts, in collaboration with Drs. Kevin Guskiewicz and Jason Mihalik, researchers based in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences’ Department… Read more »

May 27, 2011 North Carolina is the first state to require health departments to provide at least a basic level of service quality for its citizens. To date, 55 of the state’s 85 health departments are accredited. The program has become a model for the country; a nationwide program is expected to begin later in… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Coping with chronic pain is possible but challenging. Evidence shows that many patients report uncontrolled pain and that this is a source of distress for patients and their families. An important part of managing pain involves particular skills, including controlling thought patterns and learning to recognize tense muscles and relax them on… Read more »

May 27, 2011 Even without engaging in risky behaviors, young girls and women who live in South Africa have a 1-in-3 chance of contracting HIV. Audrey Pettifor, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, launched a study in March 2011 to examine the factor known to have the greatest… Read more »

May 27, 2011 During the last 20 years, North Carolina has edged toward the top of an ignominious list. The state currently has the sixth highest incidence of stroke mortality in the nation. There’s no time to waste in turning this trend around. Annually, 27,000 North Carolinians suffer strokes; one dies every two hours. These… Read more »

May 27, 2011 The public’s health is too important to be kept waiting. All around us: New diseases emerge and spread throughout the world at sonic speed; old nemeses sometimes re-emerge in stronger, more devastating forms. Natural disasters devastate countries and reverberate around the world, challenging us to clarify our preparedness plans and training. Evidence-based… Read more »