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Obesity may slow progress against cancer deaths 

May 12, 2021
Cancer death rates have fallen dramatically in the United States. Factor in obesity, however — as Gillings School researchers did, and the picture changes. A study published May 10 in JAMA Network Open reports that obesity-related cancer deaths are improving, but at a slowing pace.

Findings from Kenya: Male circumcision reduces HPV infections

May 10, 2021
It’s well-established that male circumcision reduces the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in men. A recent study from Kenya, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, finds that male circumcision also reduces men’s risk of infection with human papillomavirus (HPV).

Untethering mothers: Soft, comfortable sensors are first to comprehensively monitor pregnant women and their babies without wires

May 10, 2021
The first technology to link a birthing parent’s physical position during labor with vital signs is comprised of three soft, flexible wireless sensors that allow for greater movement. The devices were tested alongside traditional monitoring systems in both high- and low-resource settings, and researchers report, "Our wireless devices actually exceed the capabilities of monitoring systems currently used in top hospitals." The technology also could be used for remote monitoring between in-person appointments.

In the face of emergency, Gillings trains students to prepare and respond

May 3, 2021
When leadership at the Gillings School made plans in 2019 to launch a learning program in disaster preparedness and relief, they didn’t anticipate rolling it out in the middle of a global pandemic. But when Gillings on the Ground kicked off in October 2020, participants found that it couldn’t have been more timely.

Researchers develop method for evaluating long-term COVID-19 vaccine efficacy

April 27, 2021
The large-scale deployment of effective vaccines is globally recognized as the best way to end the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the high efficacy reported for vaccines currently in use — like Pfizer and Moderna — is based on an average follow-up time of only about two months after the second dose. The question remains: Will people need booster vaccinations?

Biden-Harris appointment continues Hughes’ commitment to healthy workplaces

April 27, 2021
Chip Hughes was planning to retire when the Biden-Harris administration called on him to serve. He saw the opportunity to work with the U.S. Department of Labor as a chance to advance his decades-long mission to improve the health and well-being of workers. In honor of this appointment, his wife, Dr. Janis Kupersmidt, along with friends, colleagues and other family members, established the Joseph “Chip” Hughes Worker Education and Training Research Fund at the Gillings School to support the next generation in continuing this work.