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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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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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Duke Human Vaccine Institute Receives $7.6M Grant

October 09, 2007

The Human Vaccine Institute at Duke University Medical Center has been awarded a $7.6 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to expand its efforts to standardize and improve the quality
of a crucial blood test used in the treatment of millions of HIV patients worldwide.

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New Core for CFAR (Center for AIDS Research)

September 21, 2007

A study examining whether treatment of herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) lowers risk of becoming HIV-infected among women in Tanzania resulted in no difference in HIV infections. But did the trial take into account the issues of adherence to treatment that may have skewed results? Male circumcision may reduce transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, but does this knowledge raise the chances that a circumcised man will increase risky sexual behavior?

Confronting Neglected Diseases

Confronting Neglected Diseases

September 18, 2007

By Jeffrey Moe, PhD… In 2002 Henry Grabowski, David Ridley, and I were awarded a grant to consider the dilemma of “neglected diseases.”

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