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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.

Commentary calls for protecting public health by improving resiliency of water services

November 1, 2017
Drs. Jamie Bartram and Jason West are co-authors of a BMJ commentary that urges the public health sector to lobby for investment in resilient infrastructure for water services.

Shafer to represent Gillings School at APHA’s Delta Omega poster session

October 25, 2017
Doctoral student Paul Shafer will represent the Gillings School at the APHA conference as a presenter in the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health poster session.

Study clarifies potential for medication-related problems in older adults with cancer

October 19, 2017
A team of six UNC researchers investigated the potential for problematic drug interactions in older cancer patients, especially those undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

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.

New study explores unique ethical challenges of early-phase HIV cure research

October 17, 2017
A new study from the Public Health Leadership Program examines the ethics of early-phase HIV cure research, which presents unique ethical challenges because it poses high risks for research participants in the hopes of achieving a great reward.

TB still major public health threat in China due to knowledge-practice gap, study finds

October 17, 2017
Although the prevalence of tuberculosis has more than halved in China since 1990, early diagnosis remains a challenge. A new study led by Dr. Sean Y. Sylvia provides, for the first time, data on the quality of TB care found at three different levels of the Chinese rural health system.

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.

Allocation of public health research investments may disadvantage black Americans, study finds

October 10, 2017
“Do black lives matter in public health research and training?” This was the question posed in a recent study co-led by three alumni of the Gillings School, including Department of Epidemiology faculty member Dr. Shabbar Ranapurwala.

Five new Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

October 5, 2017
Five teams of Gillings School researchers and their collaborators have been awarded new funding for Gillings Innovation Laboratory awards (GILs), beginning this fall. Researchers include Drs. Orlando Coronell, Stephanie Engel, Emily Gower, Stephen Marshall, and Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, and Steven Meshnick. The awards are administered by Research, Innovation and Global Solutions, the Gillings School unit that manages programs funded by the $50 million Gillings gift.