Research News

Racial Health Disparities in Brazil

April 01, 2008

Maria Ines da Silva Barbosa, PhD, began her University Seminar on Global Health on April 1 by talking about a painting. The painting showed four people: a dark-skinned grandmother, wearing typical clothing of a Brazilian domestic servant, and her mixed-blood daughter holding the fair-skinned child fathered by her white husband who was seated next to her.

Fighting Dengue Fever

February 05, 2008

Researchers have answered a puzzle about why efforts to lower the transmission of dengue virus in Thailand have not resulted in decreases in the life-threatening form of the infection.

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The Business End of Global Health

November 29, 2007

Jeffrey Moe, professor in the Health Sector Management program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, takes a look at neglected diseases through the lens of business in the eighth article the Duke Chronicle’s series on global health.

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Pill Offers Hope for Hepatitis C Virus Carriers

November 28, 2007

Researchers at Duke and other centers world-wide have found that eltrombopag (marketed as Promacta in the US and Revolade in Europe) boosted platelet counts in a majority of patients with low platelet counts and cirrhosis of the liver due to hepatitis C virus infection. Higher platelet counts enabled most patients to continue or start conventional antiviral treatment. Unlike other drugs that restore normal platelet functions but are given through infusions or injections, eltrombopag is a pill taken just once a day.

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DukeEngage funds site exploration grants

November 23, 2007

More than $45,000 in funding recently was awarded to Duke faculty and staff who submitted proposals earlier in the semester to the Duke Center for Civic Engagement (DCCE) to explore sites around the globe as potential DukeEngage programs in the coming years.

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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.”

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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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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).

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