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Maternal and Child Health Research

Tully hopes to serve mothers, infants with innovative new bassinet

March 28, 2018
UNC Gillings’ Dr. Kristin Tully and collaborators are working to have side-car bassinets, specifically designed for mother-infant dyads, available for the U.S. market by 2020.

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.

Jaff proposes strategies to reduce traffic-related deaths, injuries in Kurdistan region of Iraq

February 2, 2018
Dr. Dilshad Jaff has analyzed the problem of road traffic accidents in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and proposes strategies to diminish the financial and human toll associated with that public health challenge. His commentary appears in the Middle East Journal of Family Medicine.

New edited volume informs breastfeeding through anthropological research

January 26, 2018
Two researchers from the Gillings School contributed to a recently published book, “Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches,” which is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in more than 20 years.

Article by three Gillings researchers is Journal of Human Lactation’s top-read post for 2017

January 26, 2018
Three researchers linked with the Gillings School’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017. Their systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

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.