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Percentage of Children Eating Fast Food on a Given Day Drops, Study Finds

A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast-food restaurants also has dropped, according to a new study. (March 27, 2015)

UW Center to Use Novel Method to Screen Chemicals’ Toxicity

Tens of thousands of chemicals are currently in use, with more introduced every year. Scientists, however, have discerned the toxicity to human health for only a fraction of these, because the traditional method of testing is time-and cost-prohibitive. Thus, the need for high-capacity in vitro systems to screen chemicals for their potential health impacts is significant. (March 19, 2015)

Researchers Find HIAs Raise Awareness of Public Health

Health Impact Assessments are useful tools to promote public health because they raise awareness of health issues among decision-makers, according to a new paper from the Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington School of Public Health. (March 20, 2015)

Student Group Works to "Undo Racism"

A group of MPH students is working to "undo racism" across the School and community. (March 19, 2015)

Swab Test Holds Promise for Detecting Tuberculosis

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health helped develop a protocol to test for TB in easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving upon existing detection methods. (March 12, 2015)

Spending on Food Sanitation Linked to Fewer Illnesses

Higher spending on food safety measures correlated to lower rates of foodborne illness, according to researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Nursing. (March 12, 2015)

Close Up March 2015: Noah Simon

Noah Simon is developing open-source software that could help other scientists better understand diseases. Ultimately, that could lead to more targeted therapies and better personalized medicine. (March 4, 2015)

UW School of Public Health Ranks Sixth in Nation

The University of Washington School of Public Health once again ranked among the top public health graduate schools in the nation. (March 10, 2015)

Public Health Student Wins Sophomore President's Medal

Ashley Bobman, a public health major, was named winner of the University of Washington Sophomore President's Medal for her outstanding performance during her first two years. (March 3, 2015)

Gunshot Victims at Dramatic Risk for Future Harm

People injured by gunshot wounds in Washington state were at far greater risk of returning to the hospital with ensuing firearm-related injuries, according to a new study by the University of Washington School of Public Health. (February 23, 2015)

Greater Green Space Linked to Less Depression in Twins

Greater access to green space is associated with less depression, according to a new study of twins from the University of Washington School of Public Health. (February 18, 2015)

Study Finds Lower Pesticide Levels in People who Eat Organic Produce

Research shows that among individuals eating similar amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower levels of organophosphate pesticide exposures than those consuming conventionally grown produce. (February 11, 2015)

Close Up February 2015: India Ornelas

India Ornelas has been committed to social justice since high school. Today, she works on interventions to reduce binge drinking among Latino men and enables Navajo communities to grow more vegetables. She also works to create a culture of diversity at the School of Public Health. (February 3, 2015)

For Health Sciences Students, Intro to Farmworkers' Pain 101

Physician-anthropologist Seth Holmes discusses morality of letting immigrants wear out their bodies "so the rest of us can be healthy." (February 10, 2015)

Intervention Targets Binge Drinking Among Latino Men

A culturally adapted intervention could reduce unhealthy drinking among Latino immigrants, according to researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. (February 6, 2015)

Evidence bears out predictive model of pesticides in diet: Lower pesticide metabolite levels seen in people who eat organic produce

While health-conscious individuals understand the benefits of eating fresh fruits and veggies, they may not be aware of the volume of pesticides they could be ingesting with their vitamin C and fiber.

A study to be published in the Feb. 5 Environmental Health Perspectives is among the first to predict a person’s pesticide exposure based on information about their usual diet. (February 3, 2015)

Washington-Led NIH Panel Issues Recommendations for Low-Back Pain Research

Adopting a more uniform research approach could lead to greater and faster progress for preventing and treating low-back pain, concluded a University of Washington-led task force of the National Institutes of Health. (January 16, 2015)

Health Services Professor Named Vice Chair of US Preventive Services Task Force

David C. Grossman, professor of health services at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was appointed vice chair of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the expert panel that makes evidence-based recommendations about services such as health screenings. (January 16, 2015)

Close Up January 2015: Gary Goldbaum

Gary Goldbaum was drawn to public health after his father’s hospitalization for tuberculosis. Today he runs the Snohomish Health District, which serves more than 700,000 residents. There Goldbaum plays a role in everything from disasters and disease outbreaks to improving the fitness of 5th-graders. (December 30, 2014)

Suicidal Teens Have Easy Access to Firearms, Study Finds

More than 40 percent of American teenagers who lived in a home with a gun had easy access to it, a new study has found. The percentage who had access was the same among teens with mental health problems and suicidal tendencies. (January 9, 2015)

Grad Students Work on Rails to Trails Plan for Hoquiam

A group of first-year MPH students worked with the city council in Hoquiam (Grays Harbor County) to analyze ways to convert a former section of rail line into a bicycle path. (January 9, 2015)

SPH Will Play Key Evaluation Role Under $65 Million Grant for Healthier Washington Project

The State of Washington has just received a four-year, $65 million grant to support its transformative Healthier Washington project, and it is anticipated that the University of Washington School of Public Health will play a key role in monitoring and evaluating its success. (December 23, 2014)

Using Epidemiology to Investigate Crime

Can crime be studied – and prevented – like a disease? UW Law Professor Mary D. Fan thinks so. Fan, who worked as a federal prosecutor, is earning a PhD at the UW School of Public Health to better understand how to prevent harm before the damage reaches the criminal justice system. (December 23, 2014)

SPH Ebola Roundup

A roundup of events and news about the Ebola outbreak featuring UW School of Public Health researchers, with links to resources. (October 14, 2014)

Worksite Property Values, Nearby Built Environment Linked to More Walking

Employees at worksites with higher property values tended to do more walking, according to a study from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Nursing and the College of Built Environment. (December 16, 2014)

Polio Game Draws Players to Global Health

An interactive "Polio Eradication Game," played on a carpeted grid like a life-size chess board, may increase public interest in global health, according to a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. (December 17, 2014)

Close Up December 2014: Neil Abernethy

Neil Abernethy's research team is developing new software to better track infectious diseases. "It's a new tool for epidemiologists," he says. "It was set up to follow outbreaks of TB, but it could be used for SARS or pandemic influenza. It could also be used to see how Ebola spreads." (December 5, 2014)

Weir Named to National Institute of Standards and Technology Committee

Bruce Weir, professor of biostatistics, was recently named to the Biology/DNA committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. (December 12, 2014)

Public Health Rises to Top of Civic Agenda

Reducing obesity among children. Investing in early childhood programs. Devising strategies to reduce gun violence. These three efforts illustrate how public health has risen to the top of the civic agenda in the Pacific Northwest. (December 12, 2014)

eMPH Student sets up Immunizations at Nepal Orphanage

For her capstone project, Marina Furtado (MD, eMPH grad, 2014) set up an immunization program at a remote orphanage in the foothills of the Himalayas in northeast India. (December 4, 2014)

Millions of Unnecessary Antibiotics Prescribed to Children

Doctors prescribed antibiotics to children with respiratory tract infections at nearly twice the expected rate, researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Seattle Children's Research Institute have found. (December 4, 2014)

Students, Professor Draft APHA Resolution on Veterans' Mental Health Services

The governing council of the American Public Health Association passed a policy resolution statement on Nov. 18 that was written by Amy Hagopian and her students. (November 26, 2014)

Washington Project Seeks to Reduce Asthma Attacks in Agricultural Settings

A University of Washington School of Public Health center has launched a five-year project to reduce the exposure of children in agricultural settings to substances that trigger asthma. (November 25, 2014)

Study Links Sickle Cell Gene to Kidney Disease Risk

African-Americans who inherit the sickle cell gene have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease, according to a study co-led by Alexander Reiner, research professor of epidemiology. (November 21, 2014)

SPH Announces Two New Awards for Community Impact

Dean Howard Frumkin has announced two new $1,000 annual awards for SPH staff, faculty, and students: the Making a Difference Award and the Communicating Public Health to the Public Award. (November 19, 2014)

Close Up November 2014: Marie Ng

The world is getting fatter, and – despite progress in many countries – more people than ever are smoking. Marie Ng of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) led efforts to gather the evidence for these findings. (November 4, 2014)

I-TECH Training Data Tool Tapped by CDC for Ebola Preparedness

A web-based training data collection system designed by the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was recently tapped by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Emergency Operations Center. (November 17, 2014)

Why Ebola Aid Workers Are Quarantining Themselves When Scientists Say They Don't Need To

Some states are considering quarantine rules that exceed CDC guidelines in order to respond to concerns of the local communities. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted. (October 30, 2014)

School of Public Health Students: Making a Difference

MPH students go "mystery shopping" for Medicaid, while MHA alumni work to open a new community health clinic in north Seattle. (October 28, 2014)

Thanking the Country That Saved His Life

Walter Remak escaped Nazi Germany for the safe haven of South Africa. Today, the Walter Remak Scholarship Fund helps students in the health professions give back to the country that gave him a fresh start. (October 22, 2014)

Improving the Health of Latino Farmworkers

Protecting and improving the health of agricultural workers through research and outreach is a key mission of the School's Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center. (October 22, 2014)

Fast-food Outlets Account for 14 Percent of Children's Calories

Children receive about 14 percent of their calories from fast-food restaurants, with burger joints leading the way, according to a recent study by the UW School of Public Health. (October 22, 2014)

Jack Thompson Elected President of State Public Health Association

Jack Thompson, principal lecturer emeritus, was elected president of the Washington State Public Health Association. (October 22, 2014)

Close Up October 2014: Kristie Ebi

Kristie Ebi was one of the first experts in the US on global climate change and health. Today she works with developing countries to lessen the impact of climate change on their populations. (October 9, 2014)

Health Promotion Research Center receives $6.45 Million for Variety of Projects

The School's Health Promotion Research Center has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for six one- to five-year projects that support health promotion in a variety of areas. (October 17, 2014)

Student Analyst Group becomes Center, Grows Collaborations

The Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Program (START), which started as a faculty- and student-led effort to provide strategic analysis to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011, is expanding to become a Center in the Department of Global Health and will begin offering analysis to other organizations this fall. (October 10, 2014)

SPH Professor Authors Position Paper on Opioids

The risks of taking prescription opioids for chronic non-cancer pain such as headaches and low back pain outweigh the benefits, according to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology authored by Gary Franklin. (October 9, 2014)

Professor, MCH Navigator Team Win APHA Effective Practice Award

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section of the American Public Health Association has honored Colleen Huebner, professor of health services, and other members of the MCH Navigator Working Group with the 2014 "Effective Practice Award." (October 8, 2014)

Low-Wage Workers Would Welcome Wellness Initiatives

Low-wage employees would welcome workplace health promotion and believe it increases productivity and morale to the benefit of employers, according to a new study by the UW School of Public Health. (October 8, 2014)

What Hazards Might Lurk in Your Environmental Bubble?

Edmund Seto, a researcher and inventor in the School of Public Health, wants to heighten individuals’ awareness of their surrounding micro environments, wherever they go, and in doing so, to learn whether the information spurs healthy changes in behavior. (September 30, 2014)

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