A third of insured people with cancer end up paying more out-of-pocket than they expected, despite having health coverage, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute--including DGHI affiliate Yousuf Zafar--have found.
Kathryn Whetten, professor of public policy and global health, thinks task sharing has the potential to narrow the mental health treatment gap in low- and middle-income countries. She’s been awarded a five-year $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health that aims to evaluate the scaling-up of task sharing mental health care in Kenya.
Developed in 2008, the Pratt Pouch—a ketchup packet-like pouch of antiretroviral drugs—has already saved thousands of lives in Ecuador, Zambia and Tanzania. And now, its reach is expanding in Ecuador and a new initiative will bring the pouch to Uganda.
Twenty years after founding Family Health Ministries, a non-profit health organization in Haiti, associate global health professor and OB/GYN physician David Walmer and his wife, adjunct associate professor Katherine Walmer, have extended their efforts to fight cervical cancer through Haiti sans Cervical Cancer, a non-profit organization they co-founded that has helped bring together some of the world’s foremost NGOs to revolutionize cervical cancer care in the country.
Exposure to ozone, long associated with impaired lung function, is also connected to health changes that can cause cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke, according to a new study of Chinese adults.
A team of hearing experts at Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) is calling for a comprehensive, worldwide initiative to combat hearing loss. In a review article published yesterday in The Lancet, DGHI affiliate Blake Wilson and colleagues highlight accessibility to screenings, treatments and preventive measures as keys to stemming the rise of hearing loss.
Effective study design and analysis are critical to any research project, and statistical literature reflects many methodological advancements for a range of study designs in the last ten to fifteen years. But scholarly articles about statistical methods are rarely published in journals commonly read by public health and global health researchers. Liz Turner, assistant professor of biostatistics, bioinformatics and global health, wanted to change that.
Duke University researchers, including DGHI professor Nimmi Ramanujam, have developed a handheld device for cervical cancer screening that promises to do away with uncomfortable speculums and high-cost colposcopes.
An intervention program for more than 1,100 United Methodist clergy in North Carolina led to improvements in weight, cholesterol and blood pressure that were sustained over 24 months. The results represent findings from the Spirited Life intervention, a program of the 10-year, $17 million Clergy Health Initiative funded by The Duke Endowment.
On May 15, a committee of experts charged by the National Academy of Medicine issued a 300-page report titled, “Global Health and the Future Role of the United States,” designed to maintain U.S. eminence in global health and make a case for continued commitment. DGHI director Michael Merson was among the 14 members of the committee who authored the report.