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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)

An Appreciation of Anthony McMichael, Pioneer in Environmental Change and Health

Professor Anthony (Tony) McMichael died September 26 in Australia at the age of 71. He was a pioneer in researching the health risks of global climate change and other large-scale environmental disruptions, one of the challenges our School is committed to addressing. Among his many studies were several co-authored with Howard Frumkin, Dean of the UW School of Public Health, and Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Kristie remembers him. (September 29, 2014)

Native Communities Address Alcohol Addiction

In collaboration with three Native communities in the western United States, UW researchers are embarking on one of the largest alcohol addiction-treatment trials ever conducted among American Indian and Alaska Native adults. (September 26, 2014)

Climate Change Poses Opportunities for Public Health

Reducing fossil fuel use and adapting to climate change already underway could result in major health benefits, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. Howard Frumkin, dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health. (September 26, 2014)

Doctoral Student Finds No Link between Bras and Breast Cancer

A case-control study led by a University of Washington School of Public Health doctoral student found no association between wearing bras and increased breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women. (September 26, 2014)

Close Up September 2014: Ali Rowhani-Rahbar

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar's new research focuses on the timely issues of gun violence, concussions and injuries following marijuana use. (September 9, 2014)

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)

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