Digging at the Intersection of Environment and Health

November 16, 2007

In the middle of a Venn diagram where human health concerns like cancer, diabetes and asthma meet real-world environmental conditions like water pollution, lead paint and social stress, a growing collaboration of Duke researchers have begun digging.


The obesity pandemic: Growing fat together

November 08, 2007

Phil Costanzo writes Duke ChroniclePart 7 in a series on global health in the Duke Chronicle. Obesity is an important focus of global health efforts today because it is a premorbid state that can be preventable with increases in our scientific understanding of the sources of its “spread.”


NC should lead in global health research

November 06, 2007

The stories on the evening news about the tragic health problems that plague people in developing nations can seem very far removed from North Carolina. But when it comes to global health, the world is a small place indeed.

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Robert Malkin Invited to Participate on World Health Organization’s Executive Board

November 01, 2007

Robert Malkin, a professor of the practice in biomedical engineering at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering and a founder of Engineering World Health (EWH), has accepted a new role as a representative to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) beginning in January 2008, when he will attend his first board meeting and The World Health Assembly in Geneva.


Center for Health Policy PI Receives Two New Grants To Study HIV/AIDS

October 29, 2007

AIDS/HIV continues to be a major health problem in the U.S., with African-Americans in the rural south particularly at risk. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing nearly $2.5 million to fund CADET (the Carolina Alcohol and Drug Abuse Expansion Team).

Caribbean Conference Helps Chart Course for Care of Elderly

October 23, 2007

The Caribbean is facing a growing aging population and with it, an increase in cardiovascular disease. How the region is prepared to care for this aging population and the associated increase in cardiovascular disease are major health

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Improvement Still Needed in HIV Testing in High Risk Groups

October 22, 2007

Since 2000, the rates of HIV testing have remained relatively low and constant in the United States, with about one third of Americans ever having had an HIV test, and less than a quarter of the people considered at high risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS report having been tested in the past year.

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Delving into health disparities in Durham

October 11, 2007

Duke University has a beautiful campus full of relatively healthy students, staff and faculty. Our community, Durham, is not as healthy. The HIV rate is nearly double the North Carolina rate; the rate among African Americans is eight times that of European Americans. The pregnancy rate for girls under age 17 is significantly higher than the state average. Our community has high rates of every sexually transmitted disease, including syphilis and gonorrhea.