June 16, 2018 A survey led by Dr. Melissa Gilkey found that parents ranked cancer prevention as the most compelling reason health care providers can give for recommending the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
Picture warnings on cigarette packs change behavior because they are upsetting and memorable, study finds
May 31, 2018 In a 2014-2015 study, researchers from UNC Gillings found that pictorial warnings on cigarette packs led to more quit attempts than did text-only warnings. Now, a follow-up study has sought to identify the precise psychological mechanisms that explain why pictorial warnings are so much more effective at changing smokers’ behavior.
May 18, 2018 UNC researchers led by doctoral student Jennifer Spencer have reported in a new study that follow-through on the HPV vaccine – the percentage of those who complete the series within a year of receiving their first dose – has fallen dramatically. The drop is problematic, given that timely completion of the vaccine series protects those who are sexually active from a number of reproductive system cancers, notably cervical and anal cancers. Photo by VCU CNS.
May 17, 2018 A study led by Dr. Rebecca Naumann and other Gillings School faculty members has reviewed North Carolina’s Medicaid “lock-in” program and the program’s impact upon the number of opioid prescriptions obtained. Photo by Virginia Commonwealth University Capital News Service.
March 13, 2018 The President's Cancer Panel, chaired by Dean Barbara K. Rimer, reports that urgent action must be taken to address the dramatic rise of cancer drug prices and to better align prices with value.
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).
July 25, 2017 A new study, led by Dr. Jennifer Smith and published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, finds a convenient at-home test for human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a promising tool for preventing cervical cancer in underscreened women in the United States.
June 20, 2017 According to a study co-authored by Dr. Deborah Tate, an internet-based weight loss program led to significant weight loss in low-income women during the year following pregnancy. Photo by Mark Stosberg.
May 23, 2017 In a systematic review of the literature, Gillings School researchers consider whether and how studies of migrants’ health practices and behaviors to date have considered the migrants’ transnationalism as a factor in those practices and behaviors.
Systematic review reveals reasons for mistrust linked to colorectal cancer screenings in African-Americans
May 17, 2017 A new article in the Journal of Community Health explores the current evidence linking medical mistrust to lower colorectal cancer screening rates in the African-American community.