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Federal panel calls for urgent collaborative action to align cancer drug prices with value

Urgent action must be taken to address the dramatic rise of cancer drug prices and to better align prices with value, according to a report released on March 13 by the President’s Cancer Panel. The Panel is chaired by Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at… Read more »

Four UNC Gillings School researchers are among the world’s highly cited

March 2, 2018
Four Gillings School faculty members have been named to Clarivate Analytics’ 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list. They are Dr. Ralph Baric (epidemiology), Dr. Noel Brewer (health behavior), Dr. Hans Paerl (environmental sciences and engineering) and Dr. Barry Popkin (nutrition).

Study finds association of childhood abuse, neglect with misuse of prescription opioids in early adulthood

March 4, 2018
A new study by Gillings School investigators examines the association of childhood abuse and neglect with prescription opioid misuse in early adulthood– and the role of pain and depressive symptoms in adolescence in this association. Doctoral student Anna Austin and Dr. Meghan Shanahan are study co-authors.

Jaff co-authors survey of Syrian refugees in Jordan who could benefit from palliative care

February 28, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff is co-author of a study that reports on Syrian refugees’ need for palliative care services.

Epidemiology student featured in UNC IGHID report on reconciling guns and health

February 23, 2018
Doctoral student Josie Caves conducts research about intimate partner violence involving a firearm. “My research goal is to flesh out the circumstances where regulations can lower rates of violence,” Caves says.

Rozier, Weintraub co-author oral health paper commissioned by National Academies’ Roundtable on Health Literacy

February 22, 2018
Drs. Gary Rozier and Jane Weintraub are co-authors of a comprehensive paper on the integration of oral health, primary care and health literacy. The commissioned work is part of a series of papers aimed at informing, inspiring and activating the development, implementation and sharing of evidence-based health literacy practices and policies.

Study suggests decreasing time spent depressed could improve HIV outcomes

February 21, 2018
For patients living with HIV, depression is common. A new study links greater time spent depressed with increased likelihood of missing medical appointments, increased risk of HIV treatment failure and higher mortality rates.

UNC Gillings School, RTI International to test for lead in drinking water at 300 Wake County households with young children

February 19, 2018
Private wells used for household drinking water are not routinely monitored for lead, which may put young children at risk for lead poisoning. The Gillings School and RTI International are partnering to offer free water and child blood lead tests for up to 300 Wake County, N.C., households using private wells for drinking water.

Groundbreaking study creates global estimates of environmental safety challenges in health-care facilities

February 16, 2018
A new study has produced, for the first time, estimates of the environmental conditions in health-care facilities in low- and middle-income countries around the world.

UNC Study: Improvements in WIC packaging led to overall food choice improvements

An improvement in the food choices and nutritional content of WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), packages has produced analogous changes in overall food purchase habits among program participants. Those are the findings in a new study from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. The study,… Read more »