More than half of tuberculosis (TB) patients in Chinese hospitals are treated incorrectly, and the over-use of second-line TB drugs poses a serious problem, according to researchers from a project involving the Global Health Research Center (GHRC) at Duke Kunshan University, the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Since the fall, seven new faculty members have joined the Duke Global Health Institute. Their expertise includes health systems, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric surgery and anesthesiology, nursing, history of medicine and environmental policy.
We recently talked with Dennis Clements, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) senior advisor and professor of pediatrics, community and family medicine, and global health to learn more about why he and his wife, Martha Ann Keels, pediatric dentist and adjunct associate professor in pediatrics, established the Dennis A. Clements and Martha Ann Keels Global Health Fund.
Better oral hygiene and regular dental visits may be associated with a slower rate of cognitive decline as people age, but the strength of the evidence is weak. These findings, published recently in the Journal of the American Society of Geriatrics by nursing and global health professor Bei Wu and her colleagues, come from the first systematic review of the medical literature to examine studies focused on oral health and cognition.
This semester, professors at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) have been using a range of technology-enabled teaching approaches to take their courses beyond the walls of a traditional classroom. Using innovative technology allows professors to offer their classes to students on the other side of the world, so that students from both Durham and Duke Kunshan University (DKU) can connect with each other and learn from the same faculty members.
In a recent study, associate research professor of global health Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell and her colleagues discovered that factors that decrease the likelihood of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are not necessarily the same as those that promote positive mental health (PMH).
Last week, the new BMJ publication BMJ Global Health published a roadmap to expanding access to surgical care around the world. Duke Global Health Institute professor Gavin Yamey is one of the co-authors.
Jack Leslie, chairman of Weber Shandwick, has been named chair of the Duke Global Health Institute’s (DGHI) Board of Advisors. Leslie has served as a member of the board for the past seven years.
Michael Hu, a senior from Orlando, Florida, didn’t come to Duke knowing he would be a global health major. After a strong pre-medicine program and infectious disease research opportunities drew him to Duke, Hu applied for the global health focus cluster in his first semester to “check out” the field.
The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has awarded grants for two research projects focused on maternal, adolescent and child health—one of DGHI’s research priorities. One award was given to Sallie Permar, associate professor of pediatrics, immunology, and molecular genetics and microbiology, and the other to Eric Green, assistant professor of global health.