Maternal and Child Health Research
Speizer to lead $4M Gates Foundation grant to evaluate contraceptive method choices for youth in Africa, Asia
December 4, 2017
Dr. Ilene Speizer is principal investigator for a 4-year, $4 million Gates Foundation grant to inform programs and policies to expand contraceptive method choices for youth ages 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Photo by Frerieke.
Evidence, ethics and human rights should shape policies related to migration and health
November 10, 2017
Dr. Dilshad Jaff and colleagues offer new perspectives on the challenges of migrant health, particularly focusing on migrants with tuberculosis. They call for alliances between TB programs and migrants’ rights organizations, noting that rational public health and human rights approaches can ease the health burden for migrating people.
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.
Jaff and Margolis contribute chapter to book on ‘The Aftermath of Atrocity’
October 18, 2017
Drs. Dilshad Jaff and Lewis Margolis are co-authors of an essay, which appears in the book, Societies Emerging From Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, on the burden of mental illness in war-torn areas of the Middle East.
Study examines characteristics of deaths from drug overdose in North Carolina
October 17, 2017
According to study findings by maternal and child health doctoral student Anna Austin, death by drug overdose is an important and continuing public health concern in the U.S. The average self-inflicted drug overdose victim was 50 years old, female and white. In contrast, the average unintentional drug overdose victim was a 43-year-old male. Austin’s findings were published Oct. 10 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
Online calculator estimates the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health
September 15, 2017
Dr. Alison Stuebe led a group of researchers who developed an online calculator to estimate the impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health. The research was published online Sept. 15 in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine.
UNC team awarded $3.25M grant to study role of placenta in children’s later-life health
September 13, 2017
Researchers from the Departments of Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Health, and Biostatistics have been awarded a large grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to investigate the role of the placenta as a driver of children’s later-life health.
Abstinence-only sex education policies ‘scientifically and ethically flawed,’ review finds
September 1, 2017
Policies and programs that promote abstinence as the only option for unmarried adolescents are scientifically and ethically flawed, reports an article co-authored by Dr. Ilene Speizer. The findings were published Aug. 22 in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Photo by Now Idonoa.
Mental well-being essential for health professionals in complex emergency settings
June 28, 2017
A new commentary co-authored by Dr. Dilshad Jaff describes the value of ensuring mental well-being for medical and health providers who work in emergency settings – so as to maintain both their effectiveness and personal resiliency.
Physician researcher calls for end to destructive practice of female genital mutilation
June 9, 2017
A commentary by Dr. Dilshad Jaff calls for an end to the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting in Iraqi Kurdistan. More public health initiatives are needed, he says, to dissuade communities from employing the practice, which has lifelong physical, psychological and public health consequences for girls and women.