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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.

Gray elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 22, 2018
Dr. William Gray, research professor of environmental sciences and engineering, is one of 99 new members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. Election to the Academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

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 »

Study of first-graders shows fetal alcohol spectrum disorders prevalent in US communities

February 12, 2018
A new study, co-authored by Dr. Philip May, found that between 1 percent and 5 percent of the 6,000 first-graders studied have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Findings were published Feb. 6 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study finds self-collected specimens comparable to physician-collected specimens for STI screening accuracy

February 8, 2018
A new study in Nairobi, Kenya, found that self-collection of specimens was comparable to physician-collection for the screening of four sexually transmitted infections in a population of female sex workers.

Malone named 2018 Future Faculty Fellow

February 8, 2018
Tyler Malone, a first-year doctoral student of health policy and management at the Gillings School, has been named a 2018 Future Faculty Fellow by the UNC Center for Faculty Excellence.