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Gillings School researchers contribute to special issue of Journal of Interpersonal Violence

September 23, 2018
This fall, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence will publish a special issue, “Preventing violence: The role of public policies in preventing intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, and sexual violence.” The issue features several articles by Gillings School researchers, including the commentary, “Leveraging Data to Strengthen Campus Sexual Assault Policies,” published online Sept. 5. Photo by Ed Yourdon.

Global health partnerships identify humanitarian solutions for victims of armed conflicts

September 22, 2018
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Aunchalee Palmquist are working with global collaborators to improve health services delivery to displaced Yazidi families in Iraq.

US sexual minorities poorer than straight peers, study finds

September 13, 2018
Sexual minorities in the United States are poorer than are their straight peers, and the income gap is even wider among women, according to research published by Gillings School researchers in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

Researchers offer most comprehensive review to date of breastfeeding’s impact on maternal health

September 1, 2018
Dr. Alison Stuebe helped conduct an expansive review of breastfeeding research to assess breastfeeding’s connection to positive maternal health outcomes and summarize the effectiveness of policies and programs that promote breastfeeding.

Providing social support to tuberculosis patients can lower rate of treatment default

August 31, 2018
A new Gillings School study has found that combining social services with tuberculosis (TB) treatments in Ukraine lowers the rate of treatment default, which improves patient outcomes and could help stymie the rates of multidrug resistance to the disease. Photo by Rogiro.

New study finds fake, low-quality medicines prevalent in the developing world

August 12, 2018
A new study by Drs. Sachiko Ozawa and James Herrington, and colleagues, found that substandard and falsified medicines, including medicines to treat malaria, are a serious problem in much of the world. In low- and middle-income countries, more than 13 percent of the essential medicines that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population fall in this category. Map design by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

A new threat to immigrants’ health: The ‘public charge’ rule

August 3, 2018
Drs. Krista Perreira and Jonathan Oberlander are co-authors of an article about a proposed federal plan that could have major life and health consequences for millions of immigrant families. Photo by Rutgers School of Nursing.

Curtis co-authored award-winning report about programs integrating HIV, TB care in Ukraine

July 28, 2018
Dr. Sian Curtis is co-author of a MEASURE Evaluation report about programs integrating HIV and tuberculosis care in Ukraine. An abstract of the report won a top prize at the International AIDS Society annual conference in Amsterdam.

Former inmates at high risk for opioid overdose following prison release

July 19, 2018
A recent study in North Carolina found that, in the first two weeks after being released from prison, former inmates were 40 times more likely to die of an opioid overdose than someone in the general population.

Researchers determine some prenatal predictors of contact with child protective services

July 8, 2018
Doctoral student Anna Austin led a study predicting which children are at risk for intervention by child protective services agencies. Risk factors include the mother’s marital status, educational and socio-economic levels, and whether she had experienced initimate partner violence in the year prior to the child’s birth. Photo by Petras Gagilas.