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

SPH Ebola Roundup

http://www.king5.com/story/news/health/2014/10/16/viral-load/17384493/A roundup of events and news about the Ebola outbreak featuring UW School of Public Health researchers, with links to resources. (October 14, 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)

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)

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