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April 28, 2017
Dr. José F. Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the UGA College of Public Health, will be one of more than a dozen birth defects researchers to be honored at the Teratology Society’s Annual Meeting June 24 – 28, 2017 in Denver, Colorado.  The Teratology Society is an international and multidisciplinary group of scientists including researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists...
January 18, 2017
Dr. José F. Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health and head of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, penned an opinion piece on the Texas news site, The Monitor, this month. He shared his own experiences fighting the Zika virus and the need to expand disease surveillance to birth defects to global public health practiced. Excerpt: "We moved quickly to get the...
October 13, 2016
Many patients who see physicians for sinus infections expect to be prescribed an antibiotic, but for the majority of them, that course of treatment won’t be effective because their infections aren’t caused by bacteria. Unfortunately, there aren’t great tools to determine which patients will or won’t benefit from antibiotics, and the University of Georgia’s Dr. Mark Ebell is determined to change...
June 15, 2016
María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research identifying the risk factors associated with tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala and how they contribute to the spread of the disease in the Guatemalan population. Castellanos is a doctoral student studying epidemiology in the UGA College of Public Health. The...
May 2, 2016
The University of Georgia's Mark Ebell wasn't impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s. He still isn't—a subject he discusses in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Early diagnosis of mono is key in expediting proper treatment, said Ebell, a professor of epidemiology in the College of...
April 15, 2016
Corn masa flour, a staple in Hispanic cooking, is getting an added boost of nutrition, a move designed to reduce significant birth defects like spina bifida. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the announcement April 14. University of Georgia professor and maternal and child health expert José F. Cordero led a press conference of the March of Dimes and the partners that presented the...
January 20, 2016
Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Public Health have received a two-year, $358,875 grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop novel methods for converting promising predictive cancer biomarkers into clinical tests that can be used to guide patient therapeutic decisions. Kevin Dobbin and Xiao Song, both associate professors in the...
December 23, 2015
Most studies of delayed tuberculosis diagnosis focus on the adverse effect of time elapsed between the onset of symptoms to reaching diagnosis and subsequent patient outcomes and control of community transmission. A University of Georgia study takes a new angle on the issue and looks at the potential societal influence and prevention of diagnosis delay. TB is an infectious bacterial disease...
November 17, 2015
A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Those with human immunodeficiency virus—commonly known as HIV—often struggle with declining health because their immune systems can't effectively respond to common pathogens. Their immune statuses, usually measured by CD4+T cells, normally improve when given HIV...
November 10, 2015
Every year, 50,000 people die in East Africa from tuberculosis. Worldwide, 1.5 million people die from the disease. And when HIV infection is added to the mix, TB becomes even more deadly. The University of Georgia is fighting against these numbers with a new $1.49 million grant from the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health. UGA is partnering with Makerere University...
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