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Gillings leader helps write ASPPH global health criteria

August 23, 2018
Dr. Peggy Bentley of the Gillings School co-chaired the ASPPH committee responsible for the newly released global health competencies for Master of Public Health degrees.

New study finds link between teenage drinking and high-grade prostate cancer later in life

August 23, 2018
A new study has found a link between early-life alcohol consumption and aggressive, high-grade prostate cancer. The study also found that heavy cumulative alcohol consumption over the course of a man’s life had a similar association with this type of prostate cancer.

Study finds behavioral changes insufficient to prevent early childhood obesity

August 16, 2018
Results from the longest and largest obesity prevention intervention ever tested in young children showed that children and their families in low-income communities were able to make some sustainable behavioral changes to their diet and activity level. In the end, however, rates of early childhood obesity were unchanged.

Low-cost convenience samples are surprisingly good for estimating association in tobacco studies

August 14, 2018
Drs. Michelle Jeong and Noel Brewer found that data collected from low-cost convenience sampling in research experiments was comparable to that collected from state-of-the-art and costly probability sampling. The finding is useful for behavior scientists interested in gathering timely data on a budget. Photo by Patrick G. Kelley.

New study finds fake, low-quality medicines prevalent in the developing world

August 12, 2018
A new study by Drs. Sachiko Ozawa and James Herrington, and colleagues, found that substandard and falsified medicines, including medicines to treat malaria, are a serious problem in much of the world. In low- and middle-income countries, more than 13 percent of the essential medicines that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population fall in this category. Map design by UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Gillings School researcher addresses incentive disparities in HIV research

August 8, 2018
Dr. Karine Dubé shares new research into the ethics of incentives. She and her co-authors advocate for additional guidance on payments in clinical research and promote the idea of creating a database of payment practices specific to HIV research.

Chen selected for AAUW award focused on ‘expanding women’s potential’

August 7, 2018
Elizabeth Chen, doctoral student in health behavior, was awarded an AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship by the American Association of University Women. Chen is developing a scale to measure the acceptability of mobile health (mHealth) interventions among teens.

A new threat to immigrants’ health: The ‘public charge’ rule

August 3, 2018
Drs. Krista Perreira and Jonathan Oberlander are co-authors of an article about a proposed federal plan that could have major life and health consequences for millions of immigrant families. Photo by Rutgers School of Nursing.

Diabetes drug therapy found to be easier on eyes than previously suspected

August 2, 2018
New research on the impact of incretin-based therapies (IBTs) in older adults with diabetes shows this type of therapy may not increase the risk for diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that threatens sight.

NC appropriates $5M for multi-university study of GenX; Surratt to serve as lead investigator

July 30, 2018
The N.C. Policy Collaboratory has received a $5 million appropriation from the N.C. General Assembly to support water quality testing for a set of chemicals including GenX, a potentially toxic industrial compound that has been detected in the Cape Fear River. The Gillings School will manage the study, and Dr. Jason Surratt will serve as lead investigator. Graphic courtesy of The Intercept.