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More Than Half of Seattle-Area Travelers Lack Pre-Trip Health Advice

More than half of Seattle-area travelers who went abroad and fell ill never sought health-related advice before they left, according to a new study led by Dr. Atar Baer. (September 11, 2014)

More Health Symptoms Reported Near “Fracking” Sites, New Study Says

A greater prevalence of health symptoms was reported among residents living close to natural gas wells, including those drilled by hydraulic fracturing, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Yale School of Public Health. (September 9, 2014)

WA Pertussis Epidemic Did Not Affect Vaccination Rates

A whooping cough epidemic in 2012 in Washington state did not significantly change statewide vaccination rates. (September 5, 2014)

Judith Wasserheit Named New Chair of Dept. of Global Health

Judith Wasserheit, the vice chair of UW's growing Department of Global Health, has been named the new chair of the Department effective Sept. 1. She is only the second chair since the Department was founded in 2007. (August 26, 2014)

National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Receives $19.7 Million Grant

The National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center, located in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received funding for another five years at $19.7 million. (August 26, 2014)

Mobile Devices to Measure Air Pollution in Low-Income Communities

Associate Professor Edmund Seto of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is working with a low-income, primarily Latino community in Imperial County, CA, to measure air pollution using mobile devices he developed. (August 22, 2014)

King Holmes Appointed to NIH Advisory Body

Dr. King Holmes, professor and chair of the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington School of Public Health, was one of nine new experts appointed to the National Institute of Health's Council of Councils. (August 22, 2014)

Study Sheds Light on Why HIV is a Persistent Infection

HIV persistence despite antiretroviral treatment depends in part on which human genes the virus integrates, according to a new study published in Science. (August 19, 2014)

Close Up August 2014: June Spector

June Spector grew up playing the violin, and noticed many of her musical friends and colleagues suffering from injuries and fine-motor disorders. As a chemistry student, she saw people exposed to hazardous chemicals in the laboratory. "Those two things made me really wonder about how people stay safe and healthy and work, and how the workforce stays healthy," Spector says. Today she works to improve the health of workers in a variety of industries, including the many Latino farmworkers who harvest our fruit and other crops in temperatures close to 100 degrees. Much of her ongoing research centers on heat-related illnesses. (August 6, 2014)

Patrick Heagerty Named New Chair of Department of Biostatistics

Dean Howard Frumkin named Professor Patrick Heagerty the new Chair of the Department of Biostatistics within the UW School of Public Health, effective Sept. 1, 2014. Heagerty will succeed Professor Bruce Weir, who has been chair for nine years. (August 5, 2014)

Allen Foundation Grant to Help Develop New Tools for Tracking Polio Virus

The University of Washington School of Public Health and PATH, a leading international health organization, received an initial $2.4 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to help develop and introduce new tools to help detect the polio virus. (August 4, 2014)

Alumna Wins Young Investigator Award at AIDS Conference

Jillian Pintye, a recent graduate of the University of Washington School of Public Health, won a Young Investigator Award at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. (July 29, 2014)

High-Schoolers get Crash Course in Public Health Disciplines

Underrepresented students from three Seattle high schools explored public health disciplines this summer through a six-week course offered by the UW School of Public Health. (July 29, 2014)

Study Finds Rise in Testicular Cancer among Young Hispanics

Testicular cancer is rising dramatically among young Hispanic men, according to a new study in Cancer co-authored by Dr. Stephen Schwartz. (July 29, 2014)

Steroid Injections Offer Little Relief for Spinal Stenosis

Steroid injections for a common form of back and leg pain known as spinal stenosis may have little or no benefit for patients, according to a new study by the UW School of Public Health and its research partners. (July 29, 2014)

More than 30 SPH Faculty Promoted

These are the faculty from the School of Public Health who received promotions effective July 1, 2014. (July 18, 2014)

Immunization Hesitancy Linked to Topical Fluoride Refusal

Parents who refused to immunize their children also tended to turn down fluoride treatments for them, according to a new study. (July 16, 2014)

Jet Pollution a Greater Health Risk Than Previously Thought

The exhaust of jets using Los Angeles International Airport were detected at twice the normal levels as far as 10 miles downwind from the airport. (July 16, 2014)

Michael Yost named new Chair of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences

Dean Howard Frumkin named Professor Michael Yost the new Chair of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), effective August 18, 2014. Professor Yost will succeed Professor David Kalman, who has been Chair of DEOHS for 16 years. (July 16, 2014)

Close Up July 2014: Walter Kukull

Walter Kukull tells us how he went from studying psychology to epidemiology and ultimately to a disease that is the third-to-fifth leading cause of death. (June 26, 2014)

Are the ACA-Inspired Networks of Healthcare Sustainable?

Q&A with Aaron Katz: Health-systems policy expert looks beyond first impressions (June 20, 2014)

A Team Approach to Combating the Wounds of War

The idea of a team-based, cross-disciplinary, integrated approach to health care is at the core of a new initiative launched last year at the University of Washington. Known as Interprofessional Education, IPE uses curricula and training opportunities to educate and engage health sciences students from six disciplines—dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. (June 18, 2014)

MPH Students Go Mystery Shopping for Medicaid

You've heard of mystery shopping, where market researchers snoop around to gather information on products or services. Well, two School of Public Health graduate students have been doing some secret shopping in the name of health care reform. (June 17, 2014)

Close Up June 2014: Donna Denno

Donna Denno is a pioneering online teacher for the UW, but she rarely posts a lecture. She tells us how she teaches and what drives her to protect vulnerable children across the globe. (June 5, 2014)

SPH Center Receives $3.75 Million CDC Grant for Healthy Aging Research

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week awarded a five-year, $3.75 million grant to the Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) in the University of Washington's School of Public Health to continue its research on healthy aging. (June 10, 2014)

A Message on Gun Violence from the Dean

Dean Howard Frumkin issued the following statement to students, staff and faculty of the School of Public Health in the wake of the Seattle Pacific University shooting. (June 6, 2014)

Determining the Health Needs of the Homeless

Hana Alicic, a Public Health major graduating this June, leads a project to address the health needs of the homeless. (June 6, 2014)

Vaccination Limits Severity of Pertussis

Young people who have been vaccinated against pertussis but still contracted the disease recovered more rapidly and suffered less severe symptoms than other pertussis patients, according to a study led by a University of Washington School of Public Health graduate student. (May 19, 2014)

Close Up May 2014: Timothy Thornton

Timothy Thornton loved math, but knew statistics might have more practical benefits. Now he's helping unlock genetic health risks for Hispanics as part of a new center within our Department of Biostatistics. (May 12, 2014)

Study Links Traffic-Related Air Pollution to Changes in Right Side of Heart

Air pollution from traffic was associated with changes in the right side of the human heart, says a study led by PhD student Peter Leary. (May 16, 2014)

Sims Named Chair of WA Insurance Exchange

Ron Sims was named new chair of the WA State Health Benefit Exchange board. (May 16, 2014)

Reducing Maternal Deaths through Realistic Trainings

Dylis Walker, associate professor of global health, is leading an effort to reduce maternal mortality in Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya. (May 16, 2014)

Depression May Increase Diabetes' Patients Risk of Kidney Failure

Diabetes patients suffering major depression were nearly twice as likely to experience end-stage kidney disease, according to a study by the UW School of Public Health and VA Puget Sound Health Care System. (May 9, 2014)

Keeping U.S. Drinking Water Safe

National Safe Drinking Water Week, May 4–10, celebrates a valuable resource. Turn on the kitchen tap in any home in Seattle and out comes water meant to quench our thirst, rinse our fruits and vegetables, and clean our dishes. At the School of Public Health, researchers are developing tools to assess risks at the tap, measuring water treatment byproducts that may pose risks to health, and providing training to water system managers and operators to better protect water sources. (May 8, 2014)

Bonderman Fellow Plans Solo Travel in Africa, South America

Senior Susan Glenn, an undergraduate in public health, won an unusual Bonderman Travel Fellowship to visit at least six countries in eight months. (May 5, 2014)

Students, Staff Celebrate Service Day

Students and staff spruced up a park, harvested vegetables and volunteered at a food center during the School's annual day of service. (May 1, 2014)

Selenium, Vitamin E Supplements Linked to Prostate Cancer

Some men who take high doses of selenium and vitamin E supplements could increase their risk of aggressive prostate cancer, according to a recent study led by Dr. Alan Kristal, professor of epidemiology. (May 1, 2014)

Global Health Passion Sparks Awards to Honor Student Work

Former UW student Patrick Ryan is a conservationist and a 'global-health junkie.' He builds drinking-water wells in Indonesia and attends global-health seminars on campus. He's also one of the School of Public Health's many donors. A recent contribution from Ryan was used to create a student award in memory of Oscar Gish, a former faculty member who passed away in 2004 but whose passion for social justice lives on. Ryan's donation also sparked an idea for an awards ceremony to honor other outstanding students. (April 22, 2014)

2014 Distinguished Alum Robert Newman: Take Risks, Think Big

When he was a medical student, Robert Newman (MPH, Epidemiology '98) spent a year in Brazil. The Portuguese language skills he picked up came in handy when he later went to Mozambique for two years with Health Alliance International. That led to a career as a global malaria expert with the CDC and WHO. Now he's a managing director at GAVI Alliance. Newman's advice? Don't be afraid to take some risks, says the School's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus. (April 25, 2014)

UW Event on April 25 honors King County workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses

A logger, an electrician, and a firefighter are among the 14 men and women who died last year in King County from job-related injuries or illnesses. An event on April 25, 2014 organized by students at the University of Washington will honor these workers and the soldiers who have died. (April 17, 2014)

Study Predicts When Herpes Least Likely to be Transmitted

A new study from the UW Schools of Public Health and Medicine estimates the viral loads below which the herpes simplex virus-2 is unlikely to be transmitted. (April 16, 2014)

In Vietnam, Reducing Harm of Battery Recycling

A team of researchers from the UW School of Public Health discovers how lead spreads through a community while creating awareness of preventive measures. (April 16, 2014)

Washington State CEOs Against Cancer Challenge

A collaboration between SPH's Health Promotion Research Center and the American Cancer Society aims to reduce cancer and improve employee health at participating organizations. (April 16, 2014)

Close Up April 2014: Peter Rabinowitz

Peter Rabinowitz grew up loving wildlife and nature. He trained falcons, studied rattlesnakes and worked as a zookeeper and a cowboy before going on to medical school. Today he fuses his passion for animals, the environment and human health in a unique UW project that looks at the health risks we share from interacting in an increasingly crowded world. (April 4, 2014)

High School Athletes Often Played with Concussion

More than two-thirds of high-school athletes who suffered concussions reported playing with symptoms, according to a study led by Frederick Rivara. (April 7, 2014)

SPH Professor Serves on IOM Panel on Mental Health in Military

Professor Donald Patrick served on an Institute of Medicine committee assessing military efforts to prevent psychological disorders among active-duty service members and their families. (April 7, 2014)

HIV-Testing Campaign Targets Latino Men

Assistant Professor Rosa Solorio launched an HIV-testing campaign targeting young Latino men who have sex with men. (April 4, 2014)

A 'love for the bugs' motivates 2014-15 Magnuson Scholar

Christine Khosropour, the School's 2014-15 Magnuson Scholar, is conducting research to better understand sexual behavior strategies for HIV prevention among men who have sex with men. (April 4, 2014)

Frequent Massage Works Best for Neck Pain, Study Finds

Got a pain in your neck? The more massage the better, a new study says. (March 26, 2014)

ACA Event Helps 50 Students Sign Up for Health Insurance

About 50 students signed up for health insurance March 17 at an event coordinated by the School of Public Health. (March 21, 2014)

Eating Fatty Fish Linked to Reduced Risk of Death, UW Study Finds

More evidence that fish is good for you: A study found that people who ate high levels of oily fish tended to live longer than those who ate no fish at all. (March 17, 2014)

Public Health Research Alongside the Community

Jennifer Bethune, a UW senior majoring in public health, is the current recipient of the Rattlinggourd Scholarship established by Dylan and Susan Wilbanks. She plans to do partner with Native communities to research community-identified health disparities and possible solutions. (March 13, 2014)

The Power of Storytelling in Native Health

A 32-page comic book called The Return, A Native Environmental Health Story, seeks to inspire Native communities with an environmental message. (March 13, 2014)

Bringing a Health Assessment to Environmental Planning

For what is probably the first time in Superfund history, a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) was part of the proposed plan for cleanup of the lower Duwamish River. (March 13, 2014)

A Personal Stake in Reducing Gun Violence

As manager of the violence and injury prevention unit at Public Health – Seattle & King County, Tony Gomez (BS, EH '84) has examined nearly every death of a child from firearms over the last 15 years. (March 13, 2014)

Exercise Program for Seniors Expands Nationally

Launched 20 years ago, EnhanceFitness was designed and rigorously tested by the School of Public Health's Health Promotion Research Center and its partners, Group Health and Senior Services, a nonprofit agency serving Seattle and King County. Today, it is one of the most widely delivered, evidence-based group-exercise programs for older adults. (March 13, 2014)

2013 Omenn Award Winners for Outstanding Scholarship

The winners of the 2013 Gilbert S. Omenn Awards for Academic Excellence share a common mission: improving the health of those most at risk. Claire Allen (MPH, Health Services '13) and Vanessa Galaviz (PhD, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences '13) won the Omenn awards -- named for the School's former dean -- which annually recognize a master's level and a PhD student for their outstanding scholarship and commitment to public health. (March 13, 2014)

New Center Explores Human and Animal Health

Bird flu. SARS. West Nile virus. These and many other emerging infectious diseases have spread to humans from the animal world. Scientists wonder where the next big outbreak will come from. The School's new Human-Animal Medicine Project, which came here from Yale University in 2013, explores these and other links between humans, animals, and the environment to improve health and prevent disease. (March 13, 2014)

Improving Survival from Cardiac Arrest and Trauma

A center at the UW School of Public Health is coordinating efforts to study which emergency medical tools and techniques work best for reviving victims of cardiac arrest and traumatic injury. (March 12, 2014)

A Global-to-Local Approach in the START Program

It's a dream assignment: Helping the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation tackle some of the world's most pressing health problems. For the last two-and-a-half years, more than two dozen UW graduate students have been doing just that, under an innovative program in the Department of Global Health called START (Strategic Analysis, Research & Training). (March 11, 2014)

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