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Extreme heat linked to EMS call volume among certain groups
SPH News, September 20, 2017
Calls to 9-1-1 for serious emergency medical assistance increase significantly on days of extreme heat, especially in poor, elderly and urban populations, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The great nutrient collapse
POLITICO, September 15, 2017
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. A mathematician is on a mission to highlight the impact of CO2 on plant quality to human nutrition. Kris Ebi weighs in.
Health at a planetary scale
POLITICO, September 13, 2017
SPH's Howard Frumking and Harvard's Sam Myers co-author an op-ed about a new paradigm called "planetary health," and how it asserts that human beings cannot thrive over time while degrading the ecological life support systems that sustain us.
Re-analysis finds benefit in cancer screening. Should you believe it?
Forbes, September 11, 2017
A new paper suggests that testing for prostate specific antigen, which the government had previously advised against, is actually helpful. Ruth Etzioni is the paper's lead author.
Physician leaders will shape the future of medicine
Forbes, September 11, 2017
With today’s challenges in the shifting landscape of healthcare and the unpredictable fate of federal legislation , it’s essential that physicians are directly involved in healthcare leadership to navigate a better way forward for the profession and patients. Kurt O'Brien was quoted at a recent Washington State Medical Association leadership conference.
What we still don't know about the health benefits of nature
The Dirt, September 8, 2017
We know that connecting with nature is good for us, but there are still many questions that need to be answered through more credible scientific research. To get a better handle on the remaining unknowns, leading public health expert Howard Frumkin assembled a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Washington to craft a creative, ambitious research agenda, published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
HPV vaccine may even protect women who never got it
U.S. News, September 8, 2017
Fewer adult women are becoming infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a trend that includes females who have never received the HPV vaccine, a new study reports. Linda Eckert wrote an editorial accompanying the new study.
Promoting health and well-being during disaster recovery
SPH News, September 6, 2017
Nicole Errett, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a 12-month, $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study how state policies for disaster recovery planning promote health and well-being.
Road map to a sustainable, equitable food system in WA
SPH News, September 6, 2017
Members of the Washington State Food System Roundtable, including a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health, addressed the state's food issues in a report released online this summer. Called a “prospectus,” the report presents goals and strategies to achieve a 25-year vision for the state’s food system.
Height plays role in aggressive prostate cancer
SPH News, September 5, 2017
Men measuring 5 feet 9 inches and taller are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutch.
Evaluating innovative emergency communications tools
SPH News, September 1, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health have been evaluating innovative emergency communications tools, such as text messaging, to find out what it takes to turn evidence into practice to improve preparedness and response.
Naloxone can save a drug user's life, but it will not solve the opioid crisis
KUOW, August 31, 2017
Bill Radke speaks with Caleb Banta-Green about how Naloxone, the emergency overdose drug, can save a person's life in a matter of minutes.
Skagit County's new jail ready for inmates, but who will provide their medical care?
Bellingham Herald, August 31, 2017
With Skagit County set to move jail inmates into the new Community Justice Center, questions remain about who will provide medical services. Marc Stern is quoted.
Bike share and helmets: Let's be realistic
Crosscut, August 29, 2017
Frederick Rivara co-authors an op-ed on the dangers of biking without a helmet, and notes that head injuries could increase with the introduction of new bike share companies in town.
UW study questions standard herpes test
SeattlePI, August 29, 2017
A UW study is calling the standard, FDA-approved herpes test into question after the university's results showed rather large margins of error. Cites research by Anna Wald.
What the public is saying about miscarriage in 140 characters
NPR Shots, August 27, 2017
Public health researchers affiliated with the UW School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation are using Twitter to find out how people are talking about miscarriage online.
Opioids: Leading cause of drug deaths in Seattle area
SPH News, August 25, 2017
Drug deaths hit a record high of 332 in King County, in Washington state, in 2016, according to an annual report published by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI). Two-thirds of those deaths were caused by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.
The Middle East's wars are creating a lost generation
The Nation, August 25, 2017
For the children who are struggling to survive the Middle East’s ongoing wars, the impacts could be life-changing. According to a new study, led by Ali Mokdad, the trauma will likely continue to affect them decades from now, haunting the bodies, minds, and families of what scientists call a “lost generation.”
7 reasons you should never drink out of plastic water bottles
Cosmopolitan, August 25, 2017
Everyone knows that water is the healthiest thing you can drink — but science suggests drinking from plastic water bottles might not be the best thing for you or the environment. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Research agenda: How do you measure a "dose" of nature?
Newsbeat, August 24, 2017
We know that connecting with nature is good for our health, thanks to a growing body of evidence. But how do we measure a “dose” of nature? Scientists, led by Howard Frumkin, say a research effort focused on questions like this has the potential to yield public health insights.
Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes
Newsbeat, August 24, 2017
Tests commonly used to diagnose oral and genital herpes are often unreliable, missing some cases of infection and, in others, identifying an infection that does not exist, according to a new study by Anna Wald and Keith Jerome.
Helmets may be Seattle law, but many bike-share riders don't wear them
The Seattle Times, August 23, 2017
The launch of three new stationless bike-share companies in Seattle is also leading to more helmetless bike riding. Biking without a helmet is against the law, but police are focusing more on education than handing out tickets. Fred Rivara is quoted.
20 percent more smokers quit after $1 price increase
The New York Times, August 23, 2017
When the price of a pack of cigarettes increases by $1, there is a 20 percent increase in rates of quitting smoking. This comes from a study co-authored by Joel Kaufman, principal investigar of the MESA Air study.
Mixing opioids and sedatives raises overdose risk
SPH News, August 17, 2017
Patients who are prescribed both opioids and sedating drugs are six times more likely to die of an overdose than people on opioids alone, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
When he's not charting a course for the moon, this entrepreneur is planning big things for your gut
Inc., August 17, 2017
The serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Viome, Naveen Jain, is taking steps to commercialize research on microorganisms in the human gut and how they play a role in health and disease. Adam Drewnowski weighs in.
NIMH's Dr. Pamela Collins leaves NIH to head global mental health at University of Washington
NIH Global Health Matters, August 11, 2017
A champion of global mental research who helped raise its profile internationally, Dr. Pamela Y. Collins has left the NIH to join the University of Washington as director of global mental health for the Department of Global Health.
Antibiotics use by India's poultry farms endangering human lives, says expert
Hindustan Times, August 11, 2017
Ramanan Laxminarayan (MPH '99, Epi), director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, says most of the poultry feed available in the Indian market is medicated, but the majority of farmers were unaware of the presence of antibiotic growth promoters premixed in chicken feed.
UW study: Chronic depression in teens may lead to abuse of marijuana
KNKX, August 10, 2017
Middle school students who are severely depressed could be at an elevated risk of developing a problem with marijuana by the time they finish high school, according to a study conducted by Isaac Rhew.
Link between depression and marijuana use among teens
SPH News, August 9, 2017
Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, according to a new study from the UW, authored by Isaac Rhew.
How meal delivery kits represent an 'exciting prospect for the future of food'
National Post, August 9, 2017
Meal kits are not a better way to cook, but they do offer an alternative that has the power to encourage more people to actually prepare their own food, writes Claudia McNeilly. She cites research from the UW School of Public Health, authored by Adam Drewnowski and Anju Aggarwal, that found home-cooked dinners are healthier than eating out.
Priorities for little-known sexually transmitted infection
Epi News, August 8, 2017
As part of an effort to determine whether it is time for a public health control program for Mycoplasma genitalium, Lisa Manhart from the UW School of Public Health and Harold Wiesenfeld from the University of Pittsburgh, summarized what is known about M. genitalium infection in women and outlined recommendations for future research to better understand the implications of M. genitalium in women’s health.
Few U.S. gun owners get training that includes suicide prevention
Reuters, August 8, 2017
About 61 percent of firearm owners in the U.S. have received formal training in handling their guns, but only one in seven say it included prevention of suicide - the number one cause of gun deaths, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
What does all this smoke in Seattle mean for your health?
KUOW, August 3, 2017
KUOW’s Bill Radke spoke with Sverre Vedal, a pulmonary physician at the UW who studies the effects of air pollution at the School of Public Health, about what the wildfire smoke in Seattle means for our health.
Penis microbes linked to increased risk of HIV infection
Scientific American, July 31, 2017
A number of studies have investigated how circumcision affects HIV incidence in men, but few have focused on the penile microbiome, the community of microorganisms living on the penis. In a new study, researchers sought to follow up on these studies by investigating and quantifying the relationship between anaerobic bacteria in the penile microbiome and HIV risk. Jared Baeten is quoted.
Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows
The New York Times, July 31, 2017
A new study suggests India will see more suicide deaths as climate change brings hotter temperatures that damage crops and exacerbate drought. Howard Frumkin in quoted.
Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences
UW News, July 28, 2017
Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. New members include Joel Kaufman and Howard Frumkin. Shirley Beresford was elected to the society's Board.
The effective opioid treatment few doctors are using
Athena Insight, July 28, 2017
As Congress debates how many billions of dollars to spend combating the opioid epidemic, health experts are debating the best methods of treatment for opioid addiction. Caleb Banta-Green outlines the benefits of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.
Genetic health risks
KOMO 4, July 27, 2017
University of Washington medical geneticist Gail Jarvik urges caution when interpreting consumer genetic tests from 23andMe for conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Native American casinos linked to lower childhood obesity rates
SPH News, July 26, 2017
Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers. A new study of Native American casinos in California finds that an increase in slot machines is linked to lower rates of childhood obesity.
Experts: Water shutoffs causing public health emergency
The Detroit News, July 26, 2017
A panel of experts, including physicians, called for a declaration of a public health emergency in Detroit on July 26 and have accused city health officials of ignoring a hospital study which found a correlation between water shutoffs and water-related illnesses. Wendy Johnson was quoted.
Guidelines for One Health epidemiological studies
SPH News, July 26, 2017
The University of Washington Center for One Health Research has played a major role in the development of a new set of guidelines for research in One Health, a growing field that looks at linkages between the health of people, animals, and the changing ecosystems we share.
These are the climate myths being spread by a powerful Congressman
BuzzFeed News, July 26, 2017
A powerful House Republican wants the world to stop freaking out about carbon emissions and instead focus on the supposed benefits of climate change. Howard Frumkin says Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) comments extend beyond nonsense.
Study: Teen depression linked to cannabis use
King 5 News, July 26, 2017
A recent UW study found that teen depression linked to cannabis use. Isaac Rhew is interviewed.
See if you're one of the 250 million Americans whose drinking water is laced with cancer-linked pollutants
Patch, July 26, 2017
Dangerous chemicals tied to cancer, problems in pregnancy and child development issues are found in drinking water across the country, according to a new report. Scott Meschke says, "filters don't remove everything."
Washington's weed industry has a million-pound waste problem
The Stranger, July 26, 2017
About 1.7 million pounds of plant waste has been created by Washington state's legal marijuana industry since pot farms were first licensed in 2014, and while the tax man and the pot dealer are getting their cash, most of the compostable waste created by the industry is being dumped in landfills. Alumna Trecia Ehrlich is quoted.
Only 3 in 5 gun owners have received firearms training
Mother Jones, July 24, 2017
Forty percent of America’s gun owners have not received any formal firearms training, according to a new study by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar. In a new story by Mother Jones, Rowhani-Rahbar says traning programs aren't reaching a larger fraction of gun owners than they used to many years ago.
Climate change is killing us right now
New Republic, July 20, 2017
The most obvious effect of global warming is not a doomsday scenario. Extreme heat is happening today, and wreaking havoc on vulnerable bodies. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Experiencing homelessness as a pet owner
The Daily, July 20, 2017
Many homeless people face structural violence and they lack access to available resources like food, health care and housing. This often makes it difficult to take care of themselves and their pet. Amy Hagopian is quoted.
The Population Health Initiative provides grants to support interdisciplinary faculty projects
The Daily, July 19, 2017
The UW Population Health Initiative is providing faculty the chance to upstart projects that fulfill the initiatives vision: To create a world where people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Through pilot research grants, groups of two or more principal investigators from different academic departments can receive up to $50,000 in funding for their projects.
Please don't panic over the chemicals in your mac and cheese
Slate, July 19, 2017
A recent New York Times story raised concerns about tosic chemicals in mac cheese but missed some key facts, according to a new article in Slate. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Naval Research Laboratory scientists find high prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Kenya
Infection Control Today, July 18, 2017
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya, Kenya Medical Research Institute and University of Washington used a microarray to test bacteria from the intestinal tract of healthy individuals and ailing patients in Kenya and discovered a high prevalence of bacteria strains resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Judd Walson and Patricia Pavlinac were involved in the research study.
The uncertainty of the U.S. health insurance industry
KOMO Radio, July 18, 2017
KOMO Radio's Herb Weisbaum interviews Aaron Katz about President Trump's decision to "let Obamacare fail."
4 out of 10 self-defense handgun owners have received no formal firearms training
The Trace, July 18, 2017
More Americans than ever before own firearms for protection, but the percentage of people who undergo formal training on how to use their weapons has flatlined, according to a new paper by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar published in the journal Injury Prevention.
Cannabis use at 18 linked to depression in young teens
United Press International, July 17, 2017
A new study by researchers in Seattle has found adolescents with chronic or severe depression are at a higher risk of developing a cannabis-use problem at 18. Cites research by Isaac Rhew and Ann Vander Stoep.
There's no such thing as normal when it comes to aging
Columns Magazine, July 17, 2017
Julie Gardner highlights the key recommendations made by Dr. Eric Larson and Joan DeClaire in their new book called "Enlightened Aging."
Does the world's top weed killer cause cancer? Trump's EPA will decide
Bloomberg Businessweek, July 13, 2017
Roundup has revolutionized farming. Now, human health and Bayer’s $66 billion deal for Monsanto depend on an honest appraisal of its safety. Lianne Sheppard is quoted.
Q&A: Complex lessons about cancer risk from Holocaust survivors
Fred Hutch News, July 12, 2017
Throughout her research career, Beti Thompson has explored the rough edges of our health care system, calling out the inequities that set poor people and minority groups aside and lead to disparities in disease burdens, access to care and lifespan. Thompson discusses the links between extreme traumatic events and disease in a Q&A.
When it comes to diet and health, more money may not mean more problems
The Daily, July 12, 2017
On June 5, the Seattle City Council passed a sugary beverage tax of 1.75 cents per ounce on soda, sport drinks, energy drinks and fruits drinks. Notably missing was diet soda. Jessie Jones-Smith discusses the socioeconomic differences between the two and how income impacts diet and health.
Ask Brianna: How can I eat well and stay fit on a budget?
Associated Press, July 11, 2017
"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. In a recent response to a reader's question about eating well on a budget, Brianna cited the UW School of Public Health's study on cooking dinner at home.
Maternal lifestyle may impact risk of diabetes, obesity
SPH News, July 11, 2017
A new study from the School found that pregnant women who maintain total healthy lifestyles – they eat well, stay physically active, have low stress and don’t smoke – are nearly four and a half times less likely to have gestational diabetes.
The GOP's health care legislation is cruel and punitive, doctors say
Truthout, July 10, 2017
The health bill overhaul has been vexing his administration and angering the general US population. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support what Trump and the Senate aim to do with the country's health care system. Aaron Katz in quoted.
Legal fireworks are likely the most dangerous kinds
ASPPH, July 6, 2017
About 10, 500 people are treated every year for fireworks-related injuries in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A new study from the University of Washington suggests certain fireworks that are legal to buy in most states are likely the most dangerous.
Opioid prescriptions dropped but remain high, CDC says
CNN, July 6, 2017
Opioids continue to be prescribed at high rates, a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds, even as drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in the country, killing more people than guns or car accidents. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Girl power strengthens health in Nigeria
PATH Blog, July 6, 2017
By showing girls their “powerful voices,” Onyinye Edeh helps improve health and builds a new generation of role models.
Opioid prescriptions fall after 2010 peak, CDC report finds
The New York Times, July 6, 2017
The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41 percent — since then. Bruce Psaty is quoted.
Guns in America: The worrying relationship between school-bullying and gun violence
Newsweek, July 5, 2017
Maayan Simckes authors a piece for The Conversation detailing her study of bullied youth and access to a loaded gun without adult permission.
Increased gun violence risk among bullied students
ASPPH, July 3, 2017
School-age adolescents who experience bullying are three times more likely to report access to a loaded gun, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Critics: El Paso County 'pingpongs' from one troubled jail health care provider to another
The Gazette, July 2, 2017
A Miami-based correctional health care provider found a fresh start in El Paso County, winning a jail contract potentially worth up to $40 million eight months after it was banned from jails and prisons in New York state following a string of inmate deaths. Marc Stern is quoted.
Researchers to probe effect of Seattle's minimum wage hike on child-care workers
Education Week, June 30, 2017
A team of researchers at the University of Washington, studying the impact of the city's minimum wage hike, plan to take a closer look at how the wage change has affected child-care workers in the city. Jennifer Otten is quoted.
Why climate change belongs in the health care debate?
Yes Magazine, June 29, 2017
Stephen Miller talks to Howard Frumkin about climate change and how it fits into the latest government health care battles.
Study examines accuracy of melanoma biopsy findings
HS Newsbeat, June 28, 2017
Every year, millions of Americans have a suspicious mole or skin lesion biopsied and sent to a pathologist to learn whether it is a potentially deadly melanoma. New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized. Features research by Joann Elmore.
How will you die? Odds are it'll be cardiovascular disease
Counsel Heal, June 27, 2017
A recent report states that one-third of all deaths worldwide are from cardiovascular disease. In 2015 alone, 18 million people died of heart and vascular disease. Gregory Roth is quoted.
Debate: Will the GOP healthcare bill hurt or help Washington state?
KUOW, June 27, 2017
Bill Radke talks with Aaron Katz, who teaches health policy the UW School of Public Health, and retired physician Roger Stark, a healthcare analyst for the Washington Policy Center, about the new proposed health care bill.
Understanding the night shift-cancer connection
Fred Hutch News, June 26, 2017
A new study conducted by Parveen Bhatti sheds more light on how shift work damages our health — and points toward a potential workaround. Previous research by Scott Davis is also referenced.
If you feel like you're doing everything right and still can't lose weight, this could be why
Quartz, June 25, 2017
Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Kidney-on-a-chip to travel to International Space Station
HS Newsbeat, June 23, 2017
In as early as 2018, a rocket carrying a payload that includes 24 microfluidic chips about the size of credit cards will transport an extraordinary University of Washington kidney research project to the International Space Station. Edward Kelly and Ken Thummel are quoted.
Dear Jeff Bezos, please help save my patients' lives by cutting Whole Foods prices
WBUR, June 23, 2017
A primary care physician in Cambridge, Massachusetts, makes her case to Jeff Bezos that cutting Whole Foods prices could help save lives. Adam Drewnowski weighs in.
Anti-gay laws reinforce stigma, fuel HIV epidemic
SPH News, June 22, 2017
A new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health suggests laws criminalizing homosexuality, like those in Nigeria, reinforce stigma in ways that harm efforts to stop the HIV epidemic. In African countries, anti-gay laws precipitate fear and discrimination, and they block access to vital HIV prevention, care and treatment.
Senate GOP releases text of health care bill
KOMO Radio, June 22, 2017
KOMO Radio's Herb Weisbaum interviews Aaron Katz, principal lecturer of health services at the UW, about his take on the new proposed health care bill from the Senate.
An uncertain future for student health insurance
UW Daily, June 21, 2017
UW graduate students in the Masters of Public Health recently concluded a study gauging the rate of students that struggle with their health insurance plans. The group hopes that their findings will motivate UW administration to formulate a university-offered student health insurance plan.
University of Washington initiative awarded $9.3M to fight deadly malaria strains in India
GeekWire, June 20, 2017
Fighting drug-resistant malaria is one goal of the UW’s Malaria Evolution in South Asia initiative, an international collaboration and one of the 10 International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. The center recently received $9.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work. Pradipsinh Rathod, the center director, is featured.
New method to study chemical exposure saves time, money
SPH News, June 19, 2017
Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health are using a newly developed panel of zebrafish genes and a rapid testing platform to identify chemicals that trigger oxidative stress. The method is cost-effective and can be performed more quickly and with less tissue than other methods, according to a research brief released May 3.
As opioid deaths spike, new push to save overdosing users
SeattlePI, June 19, 2017
Seattle's opioid crisis is a complicated medical, political and emotional issue, but state leaders are attempting to tackle one of the most immediate concerns facing those on the front line of the fight: Keeping users alive during an overdose. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens
The Seattle Times, June 19, 2017
Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent. Howard Frumkin comments about a recent study of fatal heat conditions.
Billions to face 'deadly threshold' of heat extremes by 2100, finds study
Carbon Brief, June 19, 2017
Up to three quarters of the world’s population could be at risk from deadly heat extremes by the end of the century, a new study suggests. Kristie Ebi says the risks posed to health by heatwaves depend on socio-economic factors as well as the climate.
Deadly heat waves could endanger 74% of mankind by 2100, study says
Inside Climate News, June 19, 2017
Deadly heat waves—already a risk for 30 percent of the world's population—will spread around the globe, posing a danger for 74 percent of people on Earth by the end of this century if nothing is done to address climate change. Howard Frumkin and Jeremy Hess were quoted.
A note about Joel Kaufman and colleagues at the UW
The Lancet, June 17, 2017
The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) has awarded its prize for the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper published in 2016 to Kaufman and coauthors' Lancet Article “Association between air pollution and coronary artery calcification within six metropolitan areas in the USA."
Overcoming opioids: Easing an epidemic 1 doctor at a time
The Seattle Times, June 15, 2017
The rate of opioid prescribing has started to edge down in recent years, but it remains 56 percent higher than it was 20 years ago. People are trying to flip the script on drug marketing and push doctors toward change, but there is still more work to be done. Gary Franklin is quoted.
Two Texas counties. In one, you'll live almost a decade longer.
The Houston Chronicle, June 13, 2017
On average, residents of Polk County, Texas, die almost a decade before those of Fort Bend just 120 miles away. Based on a county-level analysis of population and mortality data over the past 35 years, Ali Mokdad and others learned that inequalities of life expectancy between counties are getting worse.
Expanding food environment research in developing countries
SPH News, June 9, 2017
Supermarkets are spreading across parts of Asia, global beverage companies are expanding into once isolated areas in Africa, and processed foods are arriving in towns where people live on $2 a day. These are just a few examples of how food environments are changing around the world. A new initiative by researchers at SPH is accelerating food environment research in developing countries to address food insecurity and malnutrition.
Seattle City Council approves tax on soda, sugary drinks
KIRO 7, June 6, 2017
The Seattle City Council voted 7-1 on Monday to approve a 1.75-cent tax on soda and sugary drinks. Judy Simon says there is a link to consumption of sugary drinks and weight.
How leaving the Paris Accord will hurt our health
Huffington Post, June 5, 2017
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord climate change agreement was derided by environmentalists who said abandoning the agreement would be a devastating setback to global efforts to combat climate change. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
City Council passes soda tax, exempting diet drinks
The Stranger, June 5, 2017
Seattle City Council members approved a 1.75 cents per ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks, but rejected efforts to lessen the disproportional impact the tax is projected have on low-income consumers. James Krieger is quoted.
Rising number of bicycle crashes highlights importance of wearing a helmet
Consumer Reports, June 2, 2017
The number of cycling injuries among adults in the U.S. rose by about 6,500 each year between 1997 and 2013, and the medical costs associated with those injuries increased 137 percent. Fred Rivara says majority of serious injuries from cycling are due to head injuries.
Women's bacteria thwarted attempt at anti-HIV vaginal gel
The New York Times, June 1, 2017
A new study published June 1 examined what stalled an early attempt at an anti-HIV gel, and found certain types of vaginal bacteria broke down the protective medication before it had time to work. Nichole Klatt, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Marijuana may make it harder to quit tobacco
SPH News, May 31, 2017
Adults who have used tobacco and currently use marijuana are twice as likely as those who have never used marijuana to be continued tobacco users, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Fentanyl overdose deaths double in Washington
ASPPH, May 31, 2017
At least 70 deaths in Washington state in 2016 were linked to fentanyl or other similar synthetic opioids, according to an investigation by state agencies and the University of Washington. As part of the study, Dr. Caleb Banta-Green analyzed 41 of the fentanyl-related deaths to find out how the drugs are being obtained and used.
Fast food vs. home-cooked meals: Comparison of nutritional values
Food 4 Better Health, May 26, 2017
Fast food can please your taste buds and is a convenient alternative to home-cooked meals due to our hectic lifestyles. However, fast food does no good other than loading you with calories. A study from the Nutritional Sciences Program at the UW School of Public Health is featured.
Health care expert dissects the GOP's plan to replace Obamacare
KUOW The Record, May 25, 2017
Bill Radke talks with Aaron Katz about his take on the American Health Care Act, what the new score from the Congressional Budget Office means for a potentially 23 million uninsured people and how Washington's failed health plan in the 90s can inform the future of health care in the country.
Facial features predict left-handedness, TB
ASPPH, May 25, 2017
People with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed, according to a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Dentistry. This link may also shed light on the origins of left-handedness, as slender jaws have also been associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB).
Op-eds: Slashing global health will hurt us all
HS NewsBeat, May 24, 2017
Paul Drain, assistant professor of global health at the UW School of Public Health and the UW School of Medicine, is the lead author of a May 24 editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine. In it, he states that the proposed 2018 federal budget jeopardizes the future of the Fogarty International Center. Additionally, Jennifer Slyker, wrote an op-ed on the same topic published May 14 in The Seattle Times.
Trouble sleeping? Air pollution may be to blame, study says
Newsweek, May 22, 2017
Air pollution alone is responsible for 7 million deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization, and now a new study from the UW School of Public Health has found that air pollution may be a predictor of poor sleep. This insight comes from data gathered in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, or MESA, which is a project led by Interim Dean Joel Kaufman.
An Iñupiaq, epidemiologist, and biostatistician
Anchorage Press, May 18, 2017
Paneen Petersen plans to use her studies in epidemiology and biostatistics to minimize cancer's impact on Native American and Alaska Native communities.
Common antimalarial safe for women in first trimester
SPH News, May 17, 2017
Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs), medications widely used against malaria, are safe to administer to women in their first trimester of pregnancy, according to new research published in PLoS Medicine. ACTs had previously been recommended at that stage of pregnancy only in life-saving circumstances.
Air pollution may increase risk of heart disease
SPH News, May 17, 2017
People living near heavily trafficked roadways may be at higher risk of heart disease due to fine particles in the air that lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Low-cost antibiotic may help to prevent malaria transmission
SPH News, May 17, 2017
A low-cost antibiotic used to treat and prevent infections, including in people living with HIV, may decrease the burden of malaria in vulnerable communities, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was a collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Maseno University.
At least 70 fentanyl-linked deaths in 2016, state reports
HS NewsBeat, May 17, 2017
The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016, according to a joint investigation of state agencies. Fentanyl drugs are a problem that appears to be increasing here, as elsewhere. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Paid family leave is an elite benefit in the U.S.
USA Today, May 17, 2017
While some of America's largest companies now provide paid family leave, a new report from PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States) shows corporate employees benefit most. Research from the Department of Health Services is cited.
Where you live may affect how much you drink, says UW study
King 5, May 17, 2017
Where you live might influence how much you drink, but how many bars or liquor stores are nearby may not be a key factor, according to a new UW School of Public Health study.
The mystery of the wasting house-cats
The New York Times Magazine, May 16, 2017
Forty years ago, feline hyperthyroidism was virtually nonexistent. Now it’s an epidemic — and some scientists think a class of everyday chemicals might be to blame. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Increasing vegetation through education
The Daily, May 15, 2017
Researchers at the UW School of Public Health are working with the Navajo Nation in New Mexico to reduce high rates of diabetes and obesity, and increase the availability of fresh foods for members of the community. Cites research by India Ornelas and Shirley Beresford; Ornelas and Kassia Rudd are quoted.
Americans lose when funds for global health research are cut
The Seattle Times, May 14, 2017
There is a perception that global health programs take taxpayer dollars out of the U.S. and helps other countries but not us. This perception is incorrect. Op-ed authored by Jennifer Slyker.
UW Regents choose site for new population health building
UW Today, May 12, 2017
The centrally located site will bring together the work of the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Department of Global Health and parts of the School of Public Health while creating easy access for collaborators from other departments across campus and guests from around the world.
SPH students win inaugural population health travel awards
UW Population Health News, May 11, 2017
Eight SPH students were among the 13 inaugural Graduate Student Conference Travel Award winners announced by the UW Population Health Initiative.
How your suburb can make you thinner
Politico, May 10, 2017
In a nation whose leaders are preoccupied with the dauntingly steep rise of health care costs, walking would seem like an easy, free way to flatten that expensive curve over the long term. Yet we don’t do it. Brian Saelens is quoted.
Airline crews say getting on a plane could make you sick
KIRO 7 News, May 9, 2017
Some airline crews say getting on a plane could make you sick. KIRO 7 News investigates reports of dangerous fumes on board planes. Clement Furlong was interviewed.
Experts issue new guidance on treatment of concussions
Newsbeat, April 27, 2017
Experts redefine the definition of 'concussion' and issue new guidance on treatment options in the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports. Richard Ellenbogen is one of the statement's authors.
Where medical marijuana is legal, illegal use climbs
Reuters, April 26, 2017
Where medical marijuana is legal, adults are more likely to use the drug illegally and are at an increased risk of cannabis use disorder, according to a new study. Beatriz Carlini is quoted.
Climate change data used to map future risk of dengue
In House, April 24, 2017
Researchers are using climate data to simulate mosquito populations and their interactions with humans in order to map current and future risk of dengue virus transmission in the United States, according to a new study published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives. The maps suggest that, as climate changes, several areas in the southeastern U.S. may see elevated risk of dengue virus transmission over time.
A march for science, a march for inclusivity
The Daily, April 24, 2017
The crowd at the March for Science in Seattl was full of members of the University of Washington community, including the Student Public Health Association and other students, faculty and staff.
Some states are making it easier to get birth control - with or without a federal mandate
FiveThirtyEight, April 24, 2017
Allowing people to pick up a year’s worth of contraceptives at once has been shown to cut down on unintended pregnancies. A 2011 study found that rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion decreased significantly when patients didn’t have to return to the pharmacy every one to three months to pick up more birth control pills. Sarah Prager is quoted.
At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2017
With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study. Not in the even-hotter South, though. Howard Frumkin is quoted about the ways climate change hurts health.
What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria
The Conversation, April 24, 2017
Malaria is one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases affecting man. Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015, 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa. Willis Simon Akhwale writes about what Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria.
Brain Gain: Foreign doctors are a vital part of the U.S. health care system, but at what cost?
The Post and Courier, April 22, 2017
The flow of doctors to the United States brings undeniable benefits, particularly the nation's poor. Once in the U.S., foreign doctors are twice as likely to practice in public hospitals and in areas of high poverty. But brain drain also is a silent educational aid program from the poor to the rich. Many African governments subsidize the educations of their health care workers, so when new doctors and nurses leave the governments' investments exit with them. Amy Hagopian in quoted.
Why Seattleites marched for science
Crosscut, April 22, 2017
On a drizzly Saturday in Seattle, thousands of scientists, supporters and enthusiasts gathered at Cal Anderson Park and marched to the Seattle Center on the 47th Earth Day. Jennifer Marroquin and Taylor Hernandez are quoted.
Henrietta Lacks’ cells are still helping protect women from cervical cancer
Huffington Post, April 21, 2017
Despite radiation therapy and surgery, Henrietta Lacks died from cervical cancer in 1951. But her cells, known to scientists as HeLa cells, have played a role in many scientific advancements ― and have helped protect other young women from the cervical cancer that took Lacks’ life. Cites research by Rachel Winer.
One Health approach essential to controlling public health threats
Infectious Disease News, April 20, 2017
According to the CDC, about 75% of newly emerging diseases and 60% of all known human infectious diseases originate in animals, which can serve as sentinels to warn us of illnesses. Addressing human, animal and environmental health systems, and recognizing how they are related, also can help guide antimicrobial stewardship. All of this falls under the One Health approach. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted in this cover story.
Fine particles in traffic pollution tied to lower ‘good’ cholesterol
Reuters, April 19, 2017
People who live near sources of heavy traffic exhaust may be at higher risk of heart disease because the fine particles in this type of pollution lower levels of “good” cholesterol needed for healthy blood flow. Griffith Bell (PhD '16 Epi) was lead author of the study and is quoted in this story.
Sugary-drinks tax could be in Seattle’s future; here’s how it’s working in Berkeley
The Seattle Times, April 18, 2017
A new study of Berkeley’s tax on sugary drinks, the first in the nation, suggests it may be accomplishing its goals. The findings come as Seattle weighs a proposal for a similar tax here. Adam Drewnowski, who was not part of the Berkeley study, is quoted.
The fourteen who forgot
BuzzFeed News, April 15, 2017
A cluster of opioid addicts in Massachusetts suddenly lost their memories, and no one knows why. Max Meehan was case number one. Gary Franklin is quoted.
Bioengineers Without Borders brings medical technology where it’s most needed
Daily Princetonian, April 14, 2017
Bioengineers Without Borders is a student organization at the UW that focuses on creating medical technologies for places that may not have access to quality health care resources. Anthony Roche is mentioned.
Traffic-related air pollution may lower HDL cholesterol, increase cardiovascular disease risk
Cardiovascular Business, April 14, 2017
Adults who were exposed to traffic-related air pollution had lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that could increase their cardiovascular disease risk, according to an epidemiological study. Griffith Bell, an alumni from the Department of Epidemiology, is mentioned. Joel Kaufman was co-author of the study.
Crooked bite may indicate early life stress, UW study suggests
NewsBeat, April 13, 2017
New research from UW investigators suggests that an asymmetric lower face is a novel marker that also captures early life stresses that occur after birth.
Kidney disease a big contributor to heart-related deaths
U.S. News and World Report, April 13, 2017
Kidney disease is a major cause of heart-related deaths worldwide, a new study reports. Bernadette Thomas is quoted.
F.D.A. will allow 23andMe to sell genetic tests for disease risk to consumers
The New York Times, April 6, 2017
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration said it would allow a company to sell genetic tests for disease risk directly to consumers, providing people with information about the likelihood that they could develop various conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Gail Jarvik is quoted.
Fruit juice not linked to obesity in children
In House, April 4, 2017
Some parents see fruit juice as a tasty way for kids to get their vitamins, while others think fruit juice may be as harmful to child health as soda. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health looked at the link between fruit juice and weight gain in children, and discovered that there’s not much to worry about.
Podcast: UW addiction expert says safe-consumption sites can ease King County heroin crisis
The Seattle Times, March 31, 2017
On Episode 30 of The Overcast, Caleb Banta-Green, principal research scientist at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the UW, provides a public health and science perspective on safe-consumption sites.
Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad
The Seattle Times, March 29, 2017
More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere. Some of those deaths are a result of air pollution that has blown across national borders. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Greatest rise in heroin use was among white people, study says
CNN, March 29, 2017
Since 1999, the number of overdoses from prescription opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illicit drugs like heroin, have quadrupled. Now, a new study looks beyond the total number of overdose deaths to get a better picture of how heroin use patterns have changed since 2001. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Biostatistics behind new Ebola vaccine strategy
In House, March 28, 2017
In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting nearly 29,000 people and killing more than 11,000. During the course of the epidemic, researchers identified an experimental Ebola vaccine that provided 100 percent protection against the disease.
For better school lunches, make them part of the lesson plan
The Christian Science Monitor, March 24, 2017
When new USDA lunch standards were introduced a few years ago, many people were worried about the outcome. In a study done by the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, researchers concluded that not only were the meals more nutritious, but the participation rates remained virtually the same even among the older students.
Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight?
CNN, March 23, 2017
Many health experts have even expressed concerns that the content of naturally occurring sugars in 100% fruit juice can have negative health effects on children, such as increasing the risk for obesity. The relationship between 100% fruit juice consumption and weight gain has been analyzed in a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Alum Brandon Auerbach (Epi) is the lead author.
Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor
The Spokesman-Review, March 21, 2017
Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates. Marc Stern is quoted.
How Seattle killed micro-housing, again
Sightline, March 20, 2017
Experts from the UW School of Public Health presented to Seattle's Construction Code Advisory Board on the impact of dense housing on public health.
Asthma study hopes
to improve disease management among Valley children
Yakima Herald, March 20, 2017
With spring coming on fast, bringing more pollen in the air and more dust stirred up by agriculture, asthma is sure to kick into high gear for many in the Yakima Valley. But in a study Farm Workers is doing with the UW, researchers and clinicians are looking for ways to minimize the effects of the respiratory condition in local children. Catherine Karr is quoted.
Italy's struggling economy has world's healthiest people
Bloomberg, March 19, 2017
While Italy is among the most developed countries, growth has stagnated for decades, almost 40 percent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it’s saddled with one of the world’s highest debt loads relative to the size of its economy. Yet Italians are in way better shape than Americans, Canadians and Brits, who all suffer from higher blood pressure and cholesterol and poorer mental health. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
9 healthy foods that cost less than $1 per serving
TIME, March 17, 2017
Great news for anyone who wants to save money and eat healthier—in other words, pretty much all of us. A new study suggests that it really is possible to do both at once. The secret? Cook more at home. Study comes from the UW School of Public Health. Anju Aggarwal is quoted.
How future superstorms could overwhelm today's wastewater infrastructure
KUOW Earth Fix, March 16, 2017
Heavy rains and a malfunction at the West Point Plant forced King County to dump million of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound. Experts say that climate change can continue to bring heavier rainstorms that overwhelm today's wasterwater infrastructure. Scott Meschke is quoted.
Some groups more affected by air pollution, heart disease than others
Department of Epidemiology, March 16, 2017
Air pollution has routinely been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but some groups are more affected than others, according to research from the UW School of Public Health.
Rural Washington will be hit hard by Republican health care plan
KUOW, March 16, 2017
Sallie Sanford talks to KUOW about the Republican health care plan and how it could affect people in Washington state.
Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill
The Seattle Times, March 16, 2017
Measures to tax vapor, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are being considered by lawmakers in Washington state. Gerry Pollet is quoted, saying people are being “tricked” into thinking vapor products are safer than cigarettes.
What does the GOP health care bill mean for Washington?
KUOW, March 15, 2017
Bill Radke speaks with Aaron Katz about the most dire predictions for how the Republican health care proposal will affect Washingtonians.
Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say
The Seattle Times, March 13, 2017
Mayor Ed Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweetened teas and more. Murray has given two reasons for the tax: improve health by reducing consumption of sugary drinks, and fund education programs aimed at improving the graduation rate of minority youth. The School's Center for Public Health Nutrition is mentioned and Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Parks, greenspace and human health
Seattle Channel, March 10, 2017
Howard Frumkin discusses the ways research has connected improvements in public health with access to green spaces, parks and recreation.
Pregnant women’s sex hormones waver with phthalate exposure
Environmental Health News, March 9, 2017
Women exposed to certain chemicals in flooring and food packaging early in pregnancy are more likely to have decreased free testosterone—hormones vital for fetal growth, according to a new study. Lead author Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Fighting the opioid epidemic, one patient at a time
Yakima Herald, March 9, 2017
In 2015, more than 33,000 people died of an opioid overdose in the United States. Nearly half of those deaths involved prescription painkillers. The situation is no different in Yakima County, where about half of the roughly 140 drug overdose deaths since 2011 have involved opioids. Michael Parchman is quoted.
The FDA asks: Can 'healthy' be redefined?
AirTalk, March 8, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration heard public comment in Maryland on March 9 to discuss modernizing the term “healthy.” Adam Drewnowski talks to AirTalk about whether the term "healthy" is misleading for consumers.
Poor diet tied to half of U.S. deaths from heart disease, diabetes
HealthDay, March 7, 2017
Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients, such as vegetables, and exceed optimal levels of others, like salt, a new study finds. Ashkan Afshin, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.
Health gardens in Lima improve mental, physical health
BBC World Service, March 6, 2017
BBC Health Check recently visited Lima, Peru, to investigate how new 'healthy gardens' and greenspaces are improving lives in the slum community of Iquitos. Joe Zunt (GH) has been working with landscape architecture student Jorge 'Coco' Alarcon and local partners to design backyard gardens that can improve air quality, reduce vector-borne diseases, and boost mental health.
New study reveals benefits of soy for breast cancer survivors
WVIK Quad Cities, March 6, 2017
A new study wades into the ongoing debate over the health benefits of tofu, soy milk and other soy products, and looks at soy's effects on breast cancer survivors, in particular. NPR's Allison Aubrey talks to several experts, including Marian Neuhouser.
It takes a dedicated team to protect our public health
Herald Net, March 4, 2017
Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District, authors an op-ed about how public health actions influence health far more than medical care.
Toxic air on board passenger jets
Charlotte NC TV Channel 9 , March 3, 2017
Pilots across the country are raising a major safety concern, claiming that the air that flight crews and passengers breathe on board planes could contain toxic fumes. Clement Furlong is quoted.
Healthy Huskies: Making wellness visible and accessible to the UW
The Daily, March 2, 2017
The new Healthy Huskies Initiative creates collaborative opportunities to promote comprehensive wellness to both the individual Husky and the UW community. Launched Feb. 17, the initiative is a collaborative effort between various departments and RSOs on campus to support the accessibility of wellness resources for all UW students. Ali Cho (Health Administration) and Micia Vergara (Public Health Major) are quoted.
Accomplishments in global change research
ASPPH, March 2, 2017
Kristie Ebi co-authored a recently published report summarizing the first 25 years of accomplishments by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Established by the Global Research Act of 1990, the USGCRP has provided strategic planning and coordination to 13 participating federal agencies working to advance the science of global environmental change.
Republican health plans could have devastating consequences for your teeth
The Washington Post, March 1, 2017
Cavities are a serious but overlooked problem in the United States. About half of all children have cavities, making them the country’s most common childhood disease. Donald Chi authors an op-ed highlighting how Republican health plans could have devastating consequences for your teeth.
UW among Peace Corps’ 2017 top volunteer-producing colleges & universities
UW Today, February 28, 2017
The Peace Corps announced Tuesday that the University of Washington ranked No. 2 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 73 Huskies currently volunteering worldwide. Nicole Peltzer, a 2014 graduate from the UW School of Public Health, is quoed.
Seattle, King County move to open nation’s first safe injection sites for drug users
The Seattle Times, February 27, 2017
Seattle and King County will create two safe-consumption sites for drug users, the first of their kind in the country, as part of an effort to halt the surge of heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths in the region, Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine announced Jan. 27. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Gov. Inslee on being a Democrat in the age of Trump
MSNBC Meet the Press, February 24, 2017
In a recent interview with Meet the Press, Governor Jay Inslee mentions the Department of Global Health's 10-year anniversary.
How ancient Neanderthal DNA still influences our genes today
Smithsonian Mag, February 24, 2017
Neanderthals may have gone extinct 30,000 years ago, but they still live on inside us. Ever since scientists discovered that Neanderthal DNA comprises roughly 2 percent of the genomes of modern humans of European and Asian heritage, they’ve speculated about how exactly those lingering genes affect us today. Story highlights findings from a study co-authored by Jonathan Wakefield.
Older workers’ physical ability not matched to job demands
ASPPH, February 23, 2017
Older workers whose physical abilities do not meet the demands of their jobs are at high risk of occupational injury, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
LEEP rather than freeze to prevent cervical cancer
MedPage Today, February 22, 2017
Cryotherapy, a medical practice that involves applying small amounts of liquid nitrogen to the body to destroy abnormal tissue, is less effective in fighting cervical precancer than a costlier electric excision process called LEEP. MPH student Sharon Green (Epidemiology) talks to MedPage Today about her three-year study of HIV-infected women in Nairobi, Kenya.
For HIV–positive women, cryotherapy less effective than LEEP in fighting cervical precancer
Healio Infectious Disease News, February 21, 2017
Cryotherapy was associated with a significantly higher risk of recurrence of cervical precancer in women with HIV than a costlier electric excision process, according to a 3-year study. The results of the study comparing cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) were presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Sharon Greene, the study's lead author, was quoted.
Two NIEHS grantees win prestigious White House awards
NIEHS Environmental Factor, February 21, 2017
Two NIEHS grantees have received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Catherine Karr was among 102 recipients honored in 2017.
In California's Imperial Valley, residents aren't waiting for government to track pollution
TruthOut, February 17, 2017
Through a partnership with the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, University of Washington, and with funding from the National Institutes of Health, California's Imperial Valley Air Quality Control project installed 40 air quality monitors throughout the valley and set up a website to gather pollution information and community-generated reports. Edmund Seto is quoted.
Q&A: Liberia's minister of health on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis
Devex, February 17, 2017
After participating in a panel about pandemic disease preparedness and response at the 10th anniversary of the UW's Department of Global Health, Bernice Dahn caught up with Devex to expand on some of the topics discussed onstage.
How gross is going barefoot in a locker room shower?
Vice, February 17, 2017
In any shared shower facility, you're going to find the the obvious post-workout body detritus—sweat, skin cells, clumps of hair. A recent survey found 62 percent of people pee in the shower on a regular basis. Some environmental activists encourage this as a way to conserve water and cut down on toilet paper use. But just how gross is it to forego footwear in the locker room? Vice asked Marilyn Roberts.
Promoting healthy nutrition in child care settings
In House, February 16, 2017
Most children in the United States spend about 33 hours a week in early child care and education settings, where they receive up to two-thirds of their daily nutrition. A new study from the UW School of Public Health suggests these environments provide a valuable opportunity to improve young children’s diet and support long-term child health.
Scientists highlight deadly health risks of climate change
CNN, February 16, 2017
The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages. These events could cause premature deaths -- and they're all related to climate change, according to a panel of experts who gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Feb. 16 for the Climate & Health Meeting. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
All sizes matter at the Everybody Every Body Show
The Daily, February 14, 2017
Self-love: that’s what the Everybody Every Body Fashion Show is all about. The annual fashion show, put on by the ASUW Student Health Consortium, presents for the ninth year in a row Feb. 21 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in the HUB. Nguyen Huynh, a senior Public Health Major is quoted.
Ignore your instincts: Talk about your failures
KUOW, February 14, 2017
How much do you really share about yourself with your social networks? You post photos of your most recent exotic vacations, fun dinners with friends, smiling family members. But do you share the failures and frustrations as well? Lauren Mittelman discusses the Vulnerability Collective.
CATCH study aims to treat HIV-infected children before symptoms appear
The Daily, February 13, 2017
The HIV Counseling and Testing for Children at Home (CATCH) study is concluding its final study after several years of conducting research in various parts of Kenya. The study does exactly as it name suggests — it tries to “catch” children who may be infected with HIV but are still asymptomatic and tries to treat them. Anjuli Wagner is quoted.
Former staff and inmates raise concern about medical care provided by private contractor at Spokane County Jail
The Spokesman-Review, February 13, 2017
NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates. County officials recently accepted preliminary bids from other correctional health care contractors. As they consider whether to replace NaphCare, they are seeking advice from Marc Stern, a correctional health care expert who once served as the state prison system’s top doctor.
Podcast on travel health
Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, February 13, 2017
Christopher Sanford (GH), a recognized expert in tropical medicine, joined Robert Herriman on Outbreak News This Week to discuss a number of travel health-related issues including vaccines, malaria, yellow fever and traveler’s diarrhea.
Melinda Gates on the importance (and lack) of big data in global health
GeekWire, February 11, 2017
Speaking at an event marking the tenth anniversary of the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Melinda Gates said that the data we have on global health is improving — in part because of projects undertaken by the Gates Foundation and other philanthropic organizations — but there’s still a long way to go.
Travel medicine: An interview with Dr. Christopher Sanford
Outbreak News Today, February 10, 2017
In 2013, United States residents made more than 61.5 million trips with at least one night outside the US. Christopher Sanford talks to Robert Herriman about travel-related health issues that include vaccines, malaria, yellow fever and more.
Sell Trump on foreign aid? Melinda Gates vows to try
The Seattle Times, February 10, 2017
Speaking Wednesday, Feb. 8, at a 10th anniversary celebration for the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and in an interview with The Seattle Times, Melinda Gates said that while U.S. funding for foreign aid accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget, it has a huge impact on people around the world. Gates says she and her husband hope to convince the Trump administration of the value of foreign aid.
Dr. Patty Garcia: Peru’s minister of health urges new approach to fighting disease
Humanosphere, February 10, 2017
Tom Paulson caught up with Patricia Garcia in Seattle where she spoke at a 10-year-anniversary celebration of the UW School of Public Health's Department of Global Health, which featured talks by Melinda Gates, Governor Jay Inslee and other luminaries describing how Seattle became a global epicenter in the fight against diseases of poverty – and what needs to come next if the world is to build on the successes made so far in select areas such as maternal and child mortality, reducing malaria and HIV mortality and other killers.
Epidemic of untreatable back and neck pain costs billions, study finds
The Guardian, February 10, 2017
Low back and neck pain is an increasingly widespread and expensive condition worldwide, costing the US alone $88 billion a year despite evidence most treatments do not work. The rising bill for treatment in the US has been uncovered in a new study by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the UW, which looked at public and private spending on all diseases in 2013. Joseph Dieleman is quoted.
Hundreds are affected by this transmitted disease
American Healthy Tips, February 10, 2017
Mycoplasma genitalium is a new addition to the list of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Lisa Manhart is quoted.
New pathway linking diet and cancer risk
In House, February 9, 2017
A low-calorie, low-fat diet, with or without exercise, could reduce the risk of cancer in women by lowering levels of oxidative stress, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Modesto teens push, bully smaller boy as others record it
San Francisco Chronicle, February 9, 2017
A video showing a Modesto boy being harassed, insulted and shoved to the ground by larger teenagers has gone viral on social media. In a report released in May, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said bullying should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids. Fred Rivara, chairman of the committee that wrote the report, is quoted
Global health leaders seek new ties to tech industry, while aiming to avoid ‘innovation addiction’
GeekWire, February 8, 2017
It’s easy to see global health as a far-off issue, one that doesn’t have much impact outside isolated parts of the world. But at a symposium on global health Feb. 8 at the University of Washington, leaders in the field argued just the opposite.
A piece of the puzzle: Genetic differences between ancestry groups
Genome Mag, February 6, 2017
Genetic differences between populations — often described by researchers as ancestry groups — are simply a piece of the larger health puzzle. Bypassing such research avenues would be a disservice to those who could potentially benefit, in the same way that cardiovascular researchers studied only men for many years. Timothy Thornton, co-investigator in the genetics analysis arm of the Hispanic health study, was quoted.
How Trump's refugee ban is affecting Iranians in the Northwest
KUOW, February 2, 2017
Bill Radke talks with Omid Bagheri and others about President Trump's executive order that limits immigration and refugee resettlement.
Little-known disease has significant economic effects
In House, January 31, 2017
Health care system spending on patients in the United States with giant cell arteritis—a little-known chronic disease of the blood vessels affecting 230,000 Americans—is $16,400 more in the first year following diagnosis compared to similar patients without the disease, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Al Gore and others will hold climate change summit canceled by CDC
The Verge, January 26, 2017
Former vice president Al Gore, the American Public Health Association, and other organizations announced today that they will hold the summit on climate change and health that was canceled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week. The UW's Center for Health and the Global Environment and Howard Frumkin are mentioned.
The polluted brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer's, dementia
Science, January 26, 2017
Some of the health risks of inhaling fine and ultrafine particles are well-established, such as asthma, lung cancer, and, most recently, heart disease. But a growing body of evidence suggests that exposure can also harm the brain, accelerating cognitive aging, and may even increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Lianne Sheppard is quoted.
Sophie the Giraffe has mold? Should parents worry?
Healthline, January 25, 2017
Sophie the Giraffe, a teething toy designed for children 18 months and under, is the latest item geared toward babies that is under fire by parents who discovered mold inside the toy’s cavity. Experts talk to Healthline about these reports and what parents can do to keep their kids healthy. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
CDC halts meeting on climate change and health
The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it recently postponed a gathering it had planned to hold next month on the effects of climate change on health. The Climate Change and Health Summit was organized to bring scientists and public-health practitioners together to discuss implementing climate-related health initiatives. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC Center for Environmental Health, was quoted.
Low hypertension awareness among adults in suburban Nepal
In House, January 18, 2017
More than 50 percent of adults with high blood pressure in suburban Nepal don’t know they have it, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.
WA soccer players, synthetic turf and cancer rates
WA Department of Health, January 18, 2017
A report by the Washington State Department of Health and the UW School of Public Health foundless cancer than expected among group of WA soccer players.
Soccer players’ cancer rate was lower than DOH expectations
Newsbeat, January 18, 2017
A group of Washington state soccer players who developed cancer did not do so at a higher-than-expected rate, compared with all soccer players of a similar age range and playing experience, the state Department of Health announced Jan. 18. Research conducted by the UW School of Public Health aimed to discern whether the rate of cancer diagnoses among soccer players reported to the research team was higher than the state’s expected rate of cancer among soccer players statewide who were ages 6 to 24 between 2002 and 2015.
Construction workers still at high risk for strains and sprains
Reuters, January 16, 2017
Despite significant improvements in the last 25 years, U.S. construction workers are still at high risk for on-the-job injuries to muscles, tendons, joints and nerves, a new study reports. June Spector, who was not involved with the study, was quoted.
Medical tourism linked to colorectal cancer screening rates
In House, January 13, 2017
Korean Americans who traveled to other countries for low-cost medical care are nearly nine times more likely to be up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening compared to those who did not engage in medical tourism, say researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
2017’s most and least recession-recovered cities
WalletHub, January 12, 2017
Local economies still struggling to rebound from the longest downturn since the Great Depression risk losing their skilled workforce or filing for bankruptcy. But, with some strategizing, they may be able to avoid such lasting consequences and extreme remedies. Marilyn Watkins offers advice on what policymakers, businesses and citizens can focus on in order to recover.
Infectious disease and child stunting in low-resource countries
In House, January 11, 2017
About 162 million children worldwide under the age of five are considered too short for their age — a growth failure called stunting. Despite efforts to improve child growth, stunting has been difficult to prevent and treat, negatively impacting child health and development. Researchers studied what causes child stunting and developed a framework to help deliver effective interventions in low-resource settings.
EHS FEST: air pollution research informs regulations, improves health
NIEHS Environmental Factor, January 11, 2017
The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) FEST was held from Dec. 5-8 in Durham, North Carolina. In the opening plenary session, SPH's Joel Kaufman shared epidemiological evidence linking air pollution with cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks and strokes.
8 things healthy people do every day
Real Simple, January 11, 2017
Experts weigh in on the small things people can do every day to stay healthy. Judy Simon is quoted.
Genetically engineered vaccine prevents malaria in mice, findings show
VOA News, January 11, 2017
Researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the University of Washington in Seattle, in conjunction with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, have developed a vaccine that uses the entire malaria-causing parasite — called P. falciparum — to stimulate a protective immune response. Stefan Kappe is quoted.
Seattle's unhealthiest neighborhoods dubbed food deserts
Seattle Magazine, January 11, 2017
More than 125,000 people in King County, in neighborhoods everywhere from West Seattle to Renton, live in places where fresh, healthy food is difficult to find—so-called “food deserts.” Adam Drewnowski comments about dietary problems that span incomes, education lewvels and cultures.
Mosquitoes are the new syringe? Seattle lab nibbles at malaria vaccine
Seattle Times, January 5, 2017
A Seattle lab’s unconventional approach to a malaria vaccine, once dismissed as crazy, worked well in early tests but faces a long road to reality. Affiliate professor Stefan Kappe (global health) is quoted.
Cultural healing and resiliency current treatment for overcoming the fallout of colonization
KTVA Alaska, January 3, 2017
The rate of death by suicide and homicide in the Kusilvak Census Area, located along the lower Yukon River, more than doubled since 1980, a rate increase higher than anywhere else in the nation. This according to a study from the UW that mapped how people in the U.S. died during those years. Abraham Flaxman is quoted.
Artificial turf and cancer risk
Oxford University Press Blog, January 3, 2017
Today’s artificial turf fields typically contain the equivalent of at least 20,000 ground-up tires. Such fields were introduced in the 1990s to make playing fields safer and safely dispose of used car tires. Scientists don’t know that crumb rubber turf causes cancer, they also don’t know that it’s safe. Tania Busch Isaksen is quoted.
Combating the global risk of antimicrobial resistance
SPH news, December 29, 2016
Veterinarians play a key role in combatting the global risk of antimicrobial resistance, say researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health. However, a new study shows that, while veterinarians are concerned about the threat of drug-resistant bugs, they face financial barriers to obtaining tests to guide therapy.
Meth bust exposes narcotics network
Kitsap Sun, December 29, 2016
A narcotics pipeline exposed this month after a nearly three-year investigation shows how money from local drug users heads to Mexico, with meth and possibly heroin heading back to Kitsap County and nearby communities. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Hospital leaders in Washington scramble to save key piece of Obamacare
Seattle Times, December 27, 2016
They want to preserve a key benefit of the law -- coverage for 600,000 Washingtonians who were uninsured. Principal lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.
Health care spending for U.S. kids jumped 56 percent in less than 20 years
U.S. News and World Report, December 27, 2016
The cost of keeping American kids physically and mentally healthy increased 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, jumping from nearly $150 billion to $233 billion for those 19 and younger. Joseph Dieleman is quoted.
The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re buying
The Washington Post, December 27, 2016
Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on health care in the United States. A new study, led by Joseph Dieleman, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals what patients and their insurers are spending that money on, breaking it down by 155 diseases, patient age and category, such as pharmaceuticals or hospitalizations.
Top 10 personal health expenses from diabetes to pregnancy
Forbes, December 27, 2016
The cost of diabetes, heart disease and back pain are taking a greater toll on the U.S. economy, with these conditions and injuries dominating personal healthcare spending, authors of a new study say. Joseph Dieleman is quoted.
My favorite fanatics of 2016
GatesNotes, December 20, 2016
Bill Gates looks back over 2016 and highlights five gifted individuals who have inspired him in their efforts to change the world. UW President Ana Mari Cauce is on the list, where Gates touts her work "to unite researchers and resources from the university and beyond to help improve the health and well-being of people around the world." The School fo Public Health is mentioned.
Concussed kids who get active early seem to recover better
MedPage Today, December 20, 2016
Children and adolescents who engaged in physical activity within seven days after sustaining an acute concussion were less likely to manifest persistent symptoms than inactive kids, according to a multicenter study. In an accompanying editorial, Sara Chrisman and Frederick Rivara agreed with the findings, but cautioned that allowing youth recovering from concussion to engage in physical activity is different than allowing full return to play.
Impacts of climate change in the Pacific
In House, December 19, 2016
Pacific island countries are among the most vulnerable in the world to the current and future health risks of climate change, according to a group of international researchers that includes Kristie Ebi from the UW School of Public Health.
Jared Baeten—aiming to see off HIV
The Lancet, December 19, 2016
Jared Baeten spoke to The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently from the HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) in Chicago. In the profile, Baeten explains his early beginnings as a global health researcher and his vital work in HIV prevention.
Glyphosate panel split on chemical's carcinogenicity
AgriPulse, December 16, 2016
Assembled to review evidence of whether glyphosate is a human carcinogen, the members of a Scientific Advisory Panel of the Environmental Protection Agency offered opinions on EPA's conclusion that the active ingredient in Roundup, the world's most widely used herbicide, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” Lianne Shepard is quoted.
Drugmakers set to gain as taxpayers foot new opioid costs
Associated Press, December 15, 2016
Critics say the answer pharmaceutical companies are pushing to address the ongoing opioid crisis boosts their profits while forcing taxpayers to shoulder the costs. Gary Franklin is quoted.
Targeted testing for children of HIV-infected adults
In House, December 14, 2016
Testing the children of HIV-infected adults already receiving care may efficiently diagnose HIV-infected children before they exhibit symptoms. By referring HIV-infected parents to have their children tested, researchers revealed many untested older children and found that prevalence of HIV was high.
Why are so many Americans dying young?
The Atlantic, December 13, 2016
For the first time since the 1990s, Americans are dying at a faster rate, and they’re dying younger. A pair of new studies suggest Americans are sicker than people in other rich countries, and in some states, progress on stemming the tide of basic diseases like diabetes has stalled or even reversed. Christopher Murray is quoted.
Where you live may determine how you die
CBS News, December 13, 2016
What causes a person’s death depends in large part on where they spend their lives, concludes a new county-level analysis of U.S. mortality data. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
How educators are informing the next generation with GBD research and tools
IHME Acting on Data, December 12, 2016
While decision-makers, researchers and clinicians around the globe regularly use Global Burden of Disease (GBD) estimates to inform their work and set policy, educators are also finding value in incorporating this research and IHME resources into their curricula. A. Gita Krishnaswamy and Stephen Bezruchka are quoted.
Homeopathic cold syrup effective for young children
In House, December 8, 2016
Homeopathic syrup is an effective treatment for reducing the severity of cold symptoms in preschool children, according to a new study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Obesity and hunger are twin crises
Take Part, December 8, 2016
Despite decades of warnings, obesity poses a growing problem worldwide. Once it was thought to afflict just affluent countries, where excess can easily become a way of life. In reality, obesity is a global issue affecting poorer countries on a grand scale. Ashkan Afshin is quoted.
Urban planning, transport and public health
In House, December 7, 2016
Well-planned cities that encourage walking, cycling and use of public transportation will help address significant global health challenges, says an international group of researchers. To create healthier, more equitable communities, researchers suggest policies are needed that reduce private motor vehicle use and prioritize alternative modes of transport.
Mumps outbreak: Why do we care and is the vaccine working?
Public Health Insider, December 7, 2016
In light of the mumps outbreak in King County, Jeff Duchin discusses why we should care about mumps and how the vaccine wrks in a blog post for Public Health - Seattle & King County.
Diesel ban by 2025: Four world capitals plan to ban diesel vehicles
Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2016
Smog-filled cityscapes have become a common scene around the world, a problem that some metropolises have battled for decades. Four mayors from major cities – Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens – recently decided to take a drastic action: They want to eliminate all diesel vehicles from their roads by 2025. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted.
WISH urges the world, global changes demand global effort
GEO TV, December 2, 2016
As 1400 health experts, academics and innovators from around the world gathered at the Qatar National Convention Center to highlight world health issues under the platform of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the focus was on working together to improve existing healthcare facilities. Dean Jamison, professor emeritus of global health, is mentioned.
Focusing on adolescents for an AIDS-free generation
Department of Global Health, December 1, 2016
This World AIDS Day, we applaud gains against the world HIV/AIDS epidemic and optimistically embark upon a new vaccine trial. But we also recognize our work is far from done especially when it comes to young people. Without a significant global transformation in priorities and resources towards adolescents, we leave them at risk of dying from a preventable and treatable disease.
The new safe sex: How one HIV drug is changing lives
Crosscut, December 1, 2016
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) consists of a daily pill taken by a HIV-negative person. When properly used, it can almost completely prevent the transmission of HIV. Joanne Stekler comments on the promising drug regimen, status disclosure in couples and outreach to under-served populations in a story published on World AIDS Day.
Op-Ed: Is global health industry too self-serving in the fight against AIDS?
Humanosphere, December 1, 2016
Washington state’s global health community is a recognized leader in the fight against many diseases of poverty including HIV/AIDS. The question is whether our region’s leadership, the way we choose to fight the pandemic, is actually doing more for us than the people we claim to be helping. Op-ed written by Joanna Diallo. a senior program manager in the Department of Global Health.
Bariatric surgery and childbirth complications
In House, November 30, 2016
In a 33-year retrospective study, researchers compared birth outcomes for infants born to mothers with a history of bariatric surgery to outcomes for infants born to mothers without weight-loss surgery. The new study showed that infants born to mothers with prior bariatric surgery had significantly higher risks for prematurity, neonatal intensive care unit admission, and being small for gestational-age status.
Focusing on adolescents for an AIDS-free generation
Department of Global Health, November 30, 2016
Globally, 2 million adolescents aged 10-19 years old are infected with HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS-related deaths are decreasing in children, youth and adults but increasing in adolescents. In an op-ed, Jennifer Slyker discusses why we need to focus on adolescents to work towards anAIDS-free generation.
Chocolate vs vegetables: The true environmental costs
BBC, November 29, 2016
When it comes to carbon emissions, certain unhealthy snacks may carry an unexpected blessing compared to healthier options. In a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Adam Drewnowski and colleagues tried to take this into account by estimating the carbon emissions for every 100 calories of different foods.
Pesticide exposures may alter mouth bacteria
HealthDay, November 28, 2016
Pesticide exposure may change the makeup of bacteria in the mouths of farm workers, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed swabs taken from 65 adult farm workers and 52 adults who didn't work on farms. All lived in Washington's Yakima Valley. Ian Stanaway and Elaine Faustman are quoted.
5 ways to tread lightly as an international volunteer
The Seattle Globalist, November 28, 2016
MPH student Anu Aryal writes about the benefits and challenges of being an international volunteer. Prior to attending UW, Aryal worked at an international nongovernmental organization supporting local partners in implementing health and sanitation projects in rural Southwestern Nepal.
Is nutritious food really pricier, and, if so, is that really the problem?
The Washington Post, November 25, 2016
Is healthful food more expensive? Is cost what stands between people and a better diet? By one very straightforward measure, healthful eating does indeed cost more. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Montreal’s strategy for hot days
Environmental Health Perspectives, November 25, 2016
Hot days can be deadly, so public health officials seek to mitigate their effects through heat action plans. These plans have been widely adopted, but little is known about how effective they really are at reducing the public health burden of high temperatures. Kristie Ebi was quoted.
Professor emeritus gives her final lecture
The Daily, November 24, 2016
The UW department of urban design and planning held an event recently celebrating the accomplishments of one of their newly retired professors. Touted as her “final lecture,” professor emeritus Anne Vernez Moudon held this event to raise money for her new fund and review the history of urban design and planning. Moudon is an affiliate faculty of the Department of Epidemiology.
An interview with Dr. Adam Drewnowski, obesity and health disparities researcher
Food Tank, November 22, 2016
Food Tank speaks with Adam Drewnowski about his research into food price as a link between climate change and obesity and the development of the Nutrient Rich Foods Index and the Affordable Nutrition Index.
Study: 3 arthritis pain drugs affect the heart equally
Associated Press, November 21, 2016
A new study gives some reassurance to arthritis sufferers who want pain relief but are worried about side effects. It finds that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain pills that are much tougher on the stomach. Bruce Psaty is quoted.
Population health is a moral imperative — here’s how we’ll solve local and global problems
The Seattle Times, November 20, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s recent gift for construction of a population health facility will greatly advance the interdisciplinary and collaborative work of UW's faculty members, students, partners and collaborators across the University, the region and the world. UW President Ana Mari Cauce and the School's Ali Mokdad discuss why population health is a moral imperative.
School of Public Health undergraduate major receives top ranking
UW Population Health News, November 17, 2016
The undergraduate Public Health Major was just ranked the best public health degree for 2016–2017 by College Choice.
Anti vax movement puts Somali American kids at risk
Seattle Globalist, November 17, 2016
Since the 2011 outbreak of measles in Minnesota, multiple studies have been conducted to find out if the vaccination rates in the Somali community are lower than the rest of the population. Research conducted by Elizabeth Wolf and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar was cited.
Pesticide exposure linked to changes in oral health
In House, November 16, 2016
Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is linked to changes in the oral microbiome, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Trump’s election has Northwest women worried about health care, birth control
The Seattle Times, November 15, 2016
Since 2012 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), preventative health care services for women, including contraception, were required to be covered without cost-sharing by most health insurance plans. Trump has indicated that he would “repeal and replace” the ACA. Aaron Katz comments on the future of women's health care and birth control.
Pathogen contamination in a clinical laundry facility
Oxford University Press Blog, November 15, 2016
The cleanliness of hospital environments, including bed sheets and patient gowns, plays a large role in the prevention of the spread of disease to hospital workers and other patients. To learn more about how bacterial pathogens are kept in check and the effectiveness of clinical laundry services in removing these bacteria, Oxford University Press asked Karen Michael.
Studies show little benefit in supplements
The New York Times, November 14, 2016
A recent study found that overall use of dietary supplements by adults in this country has remained stable from 1999 through 2012, although some supplements have fallen out of favor while the use of others has increased. Lead author Elizabeth Kantor, is an alumna of the Department of Epidemiology.
Creating strong minds and bodies: the importance of early intervention
The Seattle Times, November 11, 2016
Amy Glynn, a graduate student in the Department of Health Services executive program, wrote an opinion story about the importance of early intervention programs for children with special needs.
A soldier and a doctor on the power of nature
REI Blog, November 10, 2016
In honor of Veterans Day, REI asked a veteran and a nationally renowned medical researcher to share their views on the healing power of the outdoors. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
UW students study health impact of city street redesign
Go Anacortes, November 9, 2016
Students in Andrew Dannenberg and Fritz Wagner's Health Impact Assessment graduate course studied the health impacts of the City of Anacortes' South Commercial Avenue beautification project and will present to the city council on their findings.
Human cost of Iran-Iraq War and First Gulf War
In House, November 8, 2016
Using a new approach to measure historical war-related deaths, researchers at the UW School of Public Health confirm that nearly 240,000 people died from causes attributable to wars in Iraq from 1980 through 1993. The study used data from a survey of Iraqi households to estimate casualties of the Iran-Iraq War and the First Gulf War. Researchers then verified the mortality estimates by tracking the frequency of war-related news in the region during the time period, as covered by the New York Times.
Hospital bed sheets might spread a serious gastrointestinal disease
Pacific Standard , November 8, 2016
A new study finds signs of a tough bacteria at a hospital laundry facility. Cites research by Marilyn Roberts.
Opinion: The future of health financing — investing in data
Devex, November 8, 2016
After more than a decade of immense growth, development assistance for health (DAH) has flat lined. DAH fueled a scale up of antiretrovirals, insecticide-treated bed nets, vaccinations and a host of important global health interventions. The plateau in international funding may threaten to slow progress or even roll back these gains. Joseph Dieleman was a co-author.
The truth about dairy fats
Today's Dietitian, November 7, 2016
The connection between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease has been called into question in recent years, and so has the assumption that all saturated fat-rich foods are nutritionally equal. Experts in nutritional science weigh in on the debate. Marian Neuhouser, Mario Kratz and Judy Simon are quoted.
Growth in e-learning for developing world healthcare workers
Digital Journal, November 7, 2016
In many parts of the developing world, especially areas where pathogens pose a significant risk, resources are scarce. To help with medical training, e-learning platforms provide a way forwards. The Department of Global Health's e-learning programs are noted.
Congressional funding for Zika is welcome but not enough to protect Americans
STAT News, November 4, 2016
Eight months after President Obama requested emergency funding to support the US response to the Zika virus outbreak, Congress finally passed a $1.1 billion funding package. The funding, though welcome, is only about half of what the nation’s top health experts believe is needed to combat this new global health emergency. Michael Gale Jr. and Lakshmi Rajagopal were co-authors alongside Kristina Adams Waldorf (School of Medicine).
Summer health sciences course offers diversity scholarships
NewsBeat, November 3, 2016
Schools of medicine, dentistry and public health at the UW will jointly pilot a program next summer to prepare talented students of color for careers in the health sciences. Sara Mackenzie is quoted.
From gene editing to death traps, Seattle scientists innovate in race to end malaria
Reuters Africa, November 1, 2016
Efforts to end malaria, one of the world's deadliest diseases, which killed an estimated 438,000 people last year, are under threat as mosquitoes become increasingly resistant to public health measures. To combat rising resistance, Seattle's malaria-fighting community is developing innovations ranging from data modelling and genetic modification to single-dose drugs and sugar traps. Stephen Lim is quoted.
Geneticists should offer data to participants
Nature, November 1, 2016
Sarah Nelson, a PhD candidate in the Institute of Public Health Genetics, who had donated her genetic material for a whole-genome sequencing project, was refused access to her own data. In this article, Nelson argues that genetic researchers should consider sharing personal data with participants, if they want it.
Survey finds pesticides lingering at local homes, but below safety limits
Yakima Herald, October 28, 2016
A newly published study tracks how levels of a few hazardous pesticides linger in the air throughout the spray season. The results, not surprisingly, show that people who live very close to farms have higher levels of pesticides in and around their homes than people who live further away. Cites research by Jenna Gibbs.
UW gets $210 million from Gates Foundation for health initiative
The Washington Post, October 28, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to support what the school calls a “population health initiative.”
UW has strong presence at free Seattle/King County Clinic
NewsBeat, October 28, 2016
Volunteers from UW Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the School of Public Health joined with other agencies to deliver care at Seattle’s biggest annual free clinic. Held at Seattle Center since 2014, the clinic has grown to provide care for more than 4,000 people last year.
Reducing harm from lead battery recycling in Vietnam
NIEHS Global Environmental Health Newsletter, October 28, 2016
UW study results as a call-to-action to clean up lead contamination in Dong Mai village, a lead battery recycling center in northern Vietnam. Researchers found widespread lead contamination throughout Dong Mai village and high blood lead levels in all children they tested. William Daniell is quoted.
Accidental firearm injuries may be linked to the cycle of violence
ASPPH, October 27, 2016
Among patients hospitalized for accidental injuries, those harmed by guns are more likely to have a history of violence and are at high risk of committing a violent crime in the future. A new study suggests that patients with accidental firearm injuries would benefit from hospital-based intervention programs.
Pollution particles damage blood vessels, may lead to heart disease
Reuters, October 26, 2016
Tiny pollution particles produced by vehicle engines and industry are known to worsen heart disease and raise the risk of stroke, but a new study suggests they might also be planting the seeds for cardiovascular disease early on. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted.
Gates Foundation gives UW $210 million
New York Times/AP, October 25, 2016
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide. The new building would include space for the UW's School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
The inexcusable lack of diversity in genetic studies
Pacific Standard, October 24, 2016
Low numbers of minorities in medical genetic studies is bad for both science and society. Cites research by Alice Popejoy and Stephanie Fullerton.
How many hours a day are your kids using digital media? Seattle doctors issue new guidelines
The Seattle Times, October 20, 2016
It’s OK for babies to video-chat with grandparents and friends, but that’s about it when it comes to digital-media use, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and co-authored by SPH faculty members. For older kids, families need to make a plan. Dimitri Christakis (HServ) and Meghan Moreno (HServ) are quoted.
Pregnancy, work productivity after bariatric surgery studied
NewsBeat, October 19, 2016
JAMA and JAMA Surgery have published studies reporting postoperative experiences of bariatric-surgery patients. The research, separately examining pregnancy risks and back-to-work contributions, involved investigators from the UW School of Public Health. Brodie Parent (MS Epi 2016) and David Flum were quoted.
Service-minded student wins national family medicine honor
NewsBeat, October 17, 2016
Brianne Huffstetler Rowan, a fourth-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and recent graduate of the School of Public Health, is one of five U.S. recipients of a scholarship to pursue the specialty of family medicine.
Genomics is failing on diversity
Nature, October 12, 2016
An analysis by Alice Popejoy, a PhD candidate in Public Health Genetics, and Stephanie Fullerton, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, indicates that some populations are still being left behind on the road to precision medicine.
Widespread breast cancer screenings have led to massive overtreatment
L.A. Times, October 12, 2016
A new study finds that widespread screening has led to massive overtreatment for breast cancer, and that better treatment -- not mammography -- is the main reason that mortality has declined. Joann Elmore is quoted.
Cars vs. health: UW professors contribute to Lancet series
UW Today, October 12, 2016
Automobiles — and the planning and infrastructure to support them — are making our cities sick, says an international group of researchers now publishing a three-part series in the British medical journal The Lancet. Andrew Dannenberg is a co-author of the first of this series that explores these connections and suggests several planning alternatives for better health.
Will Michelle Obama's White House garden survive the next presidency?
CS Monitor, October 6, 2016
The garden has symbolized the first lady's effort to promote nutrition and healthy living, but it will be up to the next president to either keep the garden going or plough it under. UW SPH Nutritional Sciences research is referenced.
Can WA reduce the high number of maternal deaths?
Crosscut, October 4, 2016
Overall, the U.S. has experienced rising rates of maternal deaths in recent years, even as the rest of the world has seen improvements. Cathy Wasserman is quoted.
Two safe injection sites proposed for the Seattle area
My Northwest, October 3, 2016
The Seattle City Council was briefed Monday on a proposal for safe injection sites aimed at drug users in the region. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Snohomish Health District leader to retire in March 2017, saying he's 'worn down'
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 3, 2016
Gary Goldbaum, director of the Snohomish Health District, has announced he's retiring in March 2017. Goldbaum is an associate professor of epidemiology and adjunct associate professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health. He also earned an MPH from the School.
Sorry, your bath towels are probably pretty gross
Yahoo Beauty, September 30, 2016
To reduce bacteria buildup, Marilyn Roberts advises to launder towel frequently, dry it completely between use, and don't share if you are sick.
Stagnant air: the politics of breathing at the border
KCET, September 30, 2016
California's border with Baja California is a complex region with unique environmental issues. The San Ysidro Air Quality and Border Traffic Study, co-led by Edmund Seto, is referenced.
Evaluating cost-effectiveness in health and medicine
ASPPH, September 29, 2016
A new set of recommendations has been developed for evaluating cost-effectiveness in health and medicine. Dr. Anirban Basu was on the expert panel that reviewed the current status of cost-effectiveness analysis and updated guidelines presented by the 1996 Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine.
New red and white blood cell variants
ASPPH, September 29, 2016
Researchers have identified 16 new red blood cell variants and 16 new white blood cell variants that may be associated with diabetes, anemia or even Alzheimer’s, according to a pair of studies led by the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutch.
WA vape shops welcome new state regulations, concerned about federal rules
The News Tribune, September 28, 2016
Businesses selling e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine and other vapor products in Washington are navigating new sets of state and federal rules, a major switch for the industry that was largely unregulated until this year. A study by the UW's School of Public Health is referenced.
King County wants to open legal heroin clinics to combat epidemic
NPR, September 25, 2016
A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.
U.S. students get free ride in Cuban medical school
The Seattle Times, September 23, 2016
Hundreds of U.S. students have attended medical school tuition-free in Cuba, including a UW grad. Paul K. Drain is quoted.
Sorry, but your loofah is probably really nasty
Yahoo Beauty, September 22, 2016
An old study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that infectious bacteria could grow on multilayered shower sponges, or loofahs, literally overnight. Are these body sponges really that bad? Marilyn Roberts is quoted.
Anirban Basu on panel that updated guide to caregivers’ decisions
HS NewsBeat, September 22, 2016
A panel of experts from the U.S. and Canada has updated 20-year-old guidelines and recommendations for evaluating cost-effectiveness in health and medicine – guidelines used around the world to make healthcare decisions. Anirban Basu is quoted.
Breast cancer’s spread may be influenced by circadian gene
Business Insider, September 22, 2016
Variations in a gene involved in circadian rhythms may also promote the spread of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Amanda Phipps is quoted.
Here's where America ranks among the world's healthiest countries
Fortune, September 22, 2016
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) division released the results of its comprehensive 2015 Global Burden of Disease study. Christopher Murray is quoted.
Britain ranked 5th healthiest country, while the US is 28th on the list
DailyMail U.K., September 22, 2016
Britain is the fifth healthiest place to live in the world, new figures have revealed. Stephen Lim is quoted.
Study estimates 100k deaths from Indonesia haze
Fox News, September 19, 2016
Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia's government to tackle the annual crisis. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Normalizing conversations around drug use
KNKX, September 15, 2016
88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave talks with Caleb Banta-Green about if we’re talking about drugs, drug use and treatment in the right ways.
Aerial naled spraying: Should Miami Beach residents worry about this anti-Zika effort?
WLRN Miami, September 15, 2016
Miami Beach’s efforts to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been challenged over the past two weeks by residents worried about possible adverse health effects of the pesticide naled. Richard Fenske is quoted.
How Zika damages fetal brain
ASPPH, September 14, 2016
A UW-led study documented abnormal brain development in the offspring of a non-human primate following a Zika infection during pregnancy. The researchers’ observations of how Zika virus affected fetal brain formation in a pigtail macaque could provide a model for testing therapeutic interventions.
Antibiotics as treatment for diarrheal disease
ASPPH, September 14, 2016
Researchers are working to determine if antibiotics could help save thousands of children from dying of diarrheal disease, thanks to a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the World Health Organization.
Why we always get sick while traveling - and how to prevent it
Popular Science, September 14, 2016
Travel, sleep loss, and stress can all wreak havoc on our immune systems. Christopher Sanford is quoted.
Seattle scientists first to show monkey model of Zika damage
The Seattle Times, September 12, 2016
Seattle researchers infected a pregnant, 9-year-old macaque monkey with Zika virus, becoming the first to demonstrate the terrible effects of the disease in the fetus of a nonhuman primate. Michael Gale Jr. and
Lakshmi Rajagopal are quoted.
Commentary: Lead exposure beyond Flint—protecting our nation’s workers
Environmental Health News, September 12, 2016
Rachel Shaffer and Steven Gilbert urge in this op-ed that US standards on lead exposure in the workplace need to be updated to protect workers and their families.
Call me a consumer — just not a health care consumer
Portland Business Journal, September 12, 2016
Guest columnist Aaron Katz examines whether the health care system is better at profit-making or meeting the medical, health or financial needs of people.
ACA waiver explored by SPH students
ASPPH Friday Letter, September 9, 2016
A federal waiver under the Affordable Care Act, known as section 1332, will offer several opportunities to improve quality and extent of health insurance coverage in Washington state when the waiver becomes effective in 2017, according to a report from the University of Washington School of Public Health
Proposed ban on assault-style weapons 'makes sense'
KNKX, September 8, 2016
WA state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week said he wants to ban assault-style weapons in Washington state. Dr. Fred Rivara is interviewed.
Lead poisoning: How what we don’t know is hurting America’s children
Harvard Public Health Review, September 5, 2016
In this op-ed, global health students Tara Ness and Brianne Rowan argue for an expansion of targeted screening in children for lead exposure and a national lead poisoning surveillance system.
Tapping apps and the internet really does rev up heart health
NY Daily News, September 1, 2016
A new study shows people who use the web, pedometers and mobile apps got healthier. Ashkan Afshin is quoted.
New delivery strategy reduces HIV transmission in couples
ASPPH, September 1, 2016
The strategic delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the members of mixed-status couples substantially reduce the risk of HIV transmission, according to a new study led by Jared Baeten.
EPA grant to help develop low-cost sensors for wood smoke
ASPPH, September 1, 2016
Catherine Karr received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop low-cost air pollution sensors in rural Washington state. The devices will help Native American and Latino communities in the Yakima Valley reduce their exposure to wood smoke.
Clearing the air about climate change
American College of Physicians Internist, September 1, 2016
Climate change is a public health issue, and physicians should be aware of the potential medical consequences and be able to communicate those to patients. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
What's the best sports drink for kids?
Seattle's Child, September 1, 2016
Food experts and pediatricians weigh in on the marketing hype of sports drinks for our kids. Anne-Marie Gloster is quoted.
Tips for easy, healthy school lunches on the go
Seattle's Child, September 1, 2016
It's back-to-school time, which means a lot of packed lunches. Anne-Marie Gloster provides tips, and a handy chart, for making those lunches healthy for your little ones.
More students getting vaccinated in King County, but some kids still at risk
KUOW, August 31, 2016
Emily Fox talks with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology, about vaccination trends for students in King County.
Oregon schools face a plethora of environmental concerns
Oregon Public Broadcasting, August 29, 2016
Sheela Sathyanarayana says mold isn’t usually that bad, but it can be. Schools aren’t required to routinely test for mold.
Could Amazon reviews keep you from getting sick?
GeekWire, August 28, 2016
UW researchers have set out to harness Amazon reviews to predict food product recalls. Elaine Nsoesie is quoted.
The data-poor lives of adolescents
Aljazeera, August 27, 2016
"Data can save lives. Without it, we wouldn't know that smoking causes lung cancer and coronary disease, that helmets reduce death rates for motorcycle accidents, and that better education for women improves child survival - and much else." Op-ed by Ali Mokdad.
Malaria, cancer drug prospects emerge from open-source study
ASPPH, August 25, 2016
Researchers from around the world have successfully identified compounds that can be used to treat and prevent parasite-borne illnesses such as malaria. The project, called the Malaria Box, demonstrates how an open-source approach can foster effective data sharing.
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: places for legal drug use
The New York Times, August 25, 2016
A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts would be allowed to take drugs without fear of being arrested. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
US surgeon general sends warning letter to all doctors on opioid epidemic
CNN, August 25, 2016
For the first time, every doctor in the United States will receive a letter from the US surgeon general urging them to curb use of opioids and providing tips on prescribing the drugs. Gary Franklin is quoted.
As temperatures rocket, cities fight heat waves
ClimateWire, August 24, 2016
City leaders and emergency responders across the country are trying to figure out how to keep people safe during more frequent and intense heat waves, and how to cool urban cores. Tania Busch Isaksen is quoted.
Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria
The New York Times, August 24, 2016
The ongoing violence in Syria has taken years off of people's life expectancy, according to a new analysis. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
Local leaders take big step toward ‘safe consumption site' for addicts
KIRO7, August 23, 2016
A majority of people on King County's heroin task force support the idea of a safe consumption site. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin
The Seattle Times, August 22, 2016
The Heroin Task Force formed has endorsed opening safe-consumption sites for addicts, which would be a first in the U.S. But some say getting homeless addicts off the streets requires an even bolder move. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
Uncovering the female body’s secret protection against HIV
PBS NewsHour, August 19, 2016
As researchers uncover the complexity of bacterial communities that occupy the vagina, they are also finding ways to strengthen them, crafting new tools that not only could make women less susceptible to HIV but also improve their health overall. Scott McClelland and Alison Roxby are quoted.
The price of Zika? About $4 million per child
Wired, August 16, 2016
To talk about Zika virus control is to talk about money. Vaccine development, mosquito abatement, and even the distribution of DEET repellant takes (and currently lacks) major federal dollars. But the real price of Zika is the devastating birth defects that can appear in children born to infected women. David Pigott is quoted.
140 Seattle-area cancer patients may have been exposed to TB
The Seattle Times, August 16, 2016
About 140 cancer patients may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a health-care worker who was diagnosed with an active case of the disease, officials with the UW Medical Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance said Tuesday. Steven Pergam is quoted.
UW researchers may see benefits from easing of pot rules
The Seattle Times, August 15, 2016
Although the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it wasn’t changing pot’s standing as a controlled substance, it did loosen restrictions that could benefit local researchers. Specifically, the DEA ended the University of Mississippi’s federal monopoly on growing pot for research. Dennis Deonovan is quoted.
How much exercise do you need to prevent heart disease, cancer?
Today, August 12, 2016
New research reveals just how much exercise will make the most impact in preventing serious health issues — and it's a lot more than currently recommended. Hmwe Kyu and Anne McTiernan are quoted.
New study aims to prevent thousands of child deaths
Puget Sound Business Journal, August 12, 2016
The University of Washington, in partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, is part of the largest clinical trial, to date, examining diarrhea management. Patty Pavlinac, one of the lead researchers, is quoted.
As incomes become more unequal, so too may the rate of healthy eating
The Economist, August 11, 2016
A recent study suggests that Americans are eating more healthy foods than they were in the fairly recent past. But the study also revealed that the gap between the diets of rich and poor seems to be widening. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Heritage, UW to study wood smoke pollution
Yakima Herald, August 10, 2016
Heritage University and the University of Washington received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund a three-year project on the topic of smoke pollution.
Vulnerable groups can achieve quality diets despite income
ASPPH, August 10, 2016
For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition. However, a new study suggests that those who prioritize nutrition while food shopping have higher-quality diets regardless of gender, education, and income.
EPA Awards $750,000 STAR Grant to University of Washington for Next-Generation Air Pollution Research
EPA News Releases, August 9, 2016
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $749,999 grant to the UW to develop low-cost air pollution sensor technology and help communities learn about their local air quality.
How singeing off his eyebrows led Dr. Van Voorhis to a career in science
Puget Sound Business Journal, August 8, 2016
When his mother gave him a chemistry kit at age 8, Dr. Wesley Van Voorhis did just what every parent fears — he burned off his eyebrows. Rather than deter him from getting back on the workbench, Wesley said it made him more excited than ever.
Cab Seat Technology Addresses Driver Health Concerns
Transport Topics, August 8, 2016
Driving a truck long hours can take a toll on the body. Cab seats being developed better address driver health and comfort concerns. Peter Johnson is quoted.
Zika is starting to spread on the US mainland — here's how bad experts say it could get
Business Insider, August 4, 2016
Zika virus has finally made its way to the US mainland, and the virus is now spreading locally in Miami. That means people are getting the virus from American mosquitoes, not just ones that have bitten them while they're abroad. David Pigott is quoted.
The U.S. is disqualified in trials for "health olympics"
The Huffington Post, August 4, 2016
Let's imagine a new event, paralleling the sports Olympics, that ranks countries according to their accomplishments in producing healthy citizens. How would the U.S. perform? Stephen Bezruchka & Mary Anne Mercer co-authored the blog post.
Working across difference
The Daily, August 4, 2016
India Ornelas is focusing on ways to increase diversity in the UW School of Public Health and train students to work across difference in order to build a more diverse public health workforce.
People adapting to gradual increases in average temperatures
ASPPH, August 4, 2016
Researchers are a step closer to answering an important question about the health risks of climate change: Are people acclimatizing to higher global temperatures? A new study suggests that people can adapt to gradual increases in average global temperatures, though whether that adaptability can be sustained with the advance of climate change is yet unanswered.
Long-term health of construction workers gets new focus in UW's CM program
Daily Journal of Commerce, August 4, 2016
Students in the Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health 18-month master's degree program also receive public health training. David Kalman directs a training grant that financially supports up to three students in the program.
Feeling guilty about not flossing? Maybe there’s no need
The New York Times, August 3, 2016
For decades, the federal government — not to mention your dentist — has insisted that daily flossing is necessary to prevent cavities and gums so diseased that your teeth fall out. Turns out, all that flossing may be overrated. Philippe Hujoel is quoted.
Outdated lead standards put WA workers, families at risk
The Seattle Times, August 1, 2016
Industries with high potential for lead exposure, including construction put workers at elevated risk of lead poisoning, write Rachel Shaffer and Steven Gilbert in an op-ed.
How vaginal bacteria could be stoking HIV cases and blocking prevention
PBS NewsHour, July 18, 2016
In some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, women may have an 80 percent chance of acquiring HIV in their lifetimes. New research reveals a bacterial culprit that could increase a woman’s likelihood of contracting the virus. Jared Baeten is quoted.
Study found cuts to health programs increased low birth weight rates in Florida
WGCU, May 16, 2016
A new first-of-its-kind study found a link between county health department spending and how healthy babies are at birth. Betty Bekemeier is the lead researcher of the study.
PHAST seeks input from health departments for a new data-access dashboard
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice Communications, April 8, 2016
The Public Health Activities & Services Tracking (PHAST) Measures research project will standardize and disseminate local public health data to support decision making by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. Betty Bekemeier is the principal investigator.
Study: Infection rates correlate with public health spending
Food Safety News, March 4, 2016
Local government spending on food safety and sanitation programs may significantly influence the number of illnesses occurring in the surrounding areas, according to a new study led by Betty Bekemeier.
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