Immune modulator drugs improved survival for people hospitalized with COVID-19

July 15, 2022
A clinical trial led by the NIH, with support from the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Gillings School, recently showed that using infliximab or abatacept to treat adults hospitalized with COVID-19 did not shorten recovery time but did improve survival rates.

NIOSH honors UNC OSHERC faculty for program assisting workers with pandemic safety

July 14, 2022
The NIOSH COVID-19 Intergovernmental Personnel Act program, which included work from Drs. Leena Nylander-French and John Staley, was recognized as a finalist for the Bullard-Sherwood Research to Practice (r2p) Award for outstanding applications of occupational safety and safety health research to practice.

Case study shares example of closing health care disparities through antiracist organizing

July 13, 2022
Imagine a world where racial disparities in health care could be virtually eliminated. Actually, there is no need to imagine — it has already happened at a health care center in Greensboro, North Carolina, for Black and white patients with breast and lung cancer.

Public health in practice: A community partnership for youth nutrition

July 12, 2022
The Gillings School's Food Fitness and Opportunity Research Collaborative team is partnering with the Diversity Nurtures Achievements Community Youth Center in Duplin County, N.C., to invest in nutrition and education for community youth.

Fourth-generation vaping devices increase risk to immune cells

July 7, 2022
With the FDA ordering Juul to stop selling their e-cigarette devices, UNC researchers, led by Dr. Ilona Jaspers, published the first study to compare the respiratory immune health effects of different types of devices.

Climate warming could deepen environmental injustice in urban areas

July 6, 2022
Extreme heat events could become more intense and frequent, increasing the risk of harm to health and global economies and deepening climate injustices, according to new research from Dr. Yuqiang Zhang at the Gillings School.

Preventative therapy for malaria has positive effect on baby birth weight, unless intestinal pathogens are present

June 29, 2022
Recently published in eBioMedicine, this study represents work that originated with the late Gillings School professor Dr. Steve Meshnick.

Removing Medicaid prescription restrictions could improve treatment for opioid use disorder

June 24, 2022
Removing the Medicaid requirement for prior approval to fill prescriptions for buprenorphine, a common treatment for opioid use disorder, could lead to more patients gaining access to this life-saving medication.

Weber publishes 50th paper about coronaviruses and COVID-19

June 23, 2022
Infectious disease expert Dr. David Weber has reached a formidable hallmark: his 50th publication about coronaviruses and COVID-19. His research has played an important role in creating new policies and ways that we can keep ourselves and patients safe in community and hospital settings.

Public health in practice: The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center

June 14, 2022
The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center engages in public health practice that improves child care throughout North Carolina by training and supporting health professionals who work with programs to assess, plan, implement and evaluate strategies to achieve high quality, safe and healthy child care environments.

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