University of Washington School of Public Health
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New superbug resistant to last-line of antibiotics: study
AFP/Yahoo News, November 19, 2015
Scientists warned of the "epidemic potential" of deadly and fast-spreading bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. Professor Marilyn Roberts is quoted.
Medic whose academic prowess put Kenya on the map
The Standard (Kenya), November 19, 2015
When Peter Cherutich was awarded the 2015 Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Washington School of Public Health, he put Kenya on the map for his academic prowess and received a standing ovation after delivering his acceptance speech, the Standard reports.
Harvard professor Nancy Krieger visits UW to share about health equity
The Daily, November 18, 2015
Alumna Nancy Krieger (MPH '85) was guest speaker for the 2015 John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care. Associate Professor Donald Chi is quoted.
PhD student positioned to be leader in environmental movement
The Daily, November 17, 2015
With funding from a Bullitt Foundation Fellowship, Heather Fowler is preparing for a career in a new field of "veterinary industrial hygiene."
This is What Happens When You Donít Wash Your Sheets
Yahoo Health, November 17, 2015
Marilyn Roberts talks about what may be lurking in bed sheets. She recommends changing them at least once a week, and more often if there are bodily secretions or any potential risk factors.
New report outlines Puget Sound regionís future under climate change
UW Today, November 17, 2015
A new report by the University of Washington synthesizes relevant research about the future of the Puget Sound region and what to expect in the coming decades, and how best to prepare for that future. Tania Busch Isaksen is one of the authors.
Seattle could be the first city in the US to host safe-injection sites for heroin users
Seattle Weekly, November 17, 2015
Safe drug sites – places where people can use illicit drugs under medical supervision – are a public health no-brainer, says Caleb Banta-Green.
Understanding and rediscovering your palette
The Daily, November 17, 2015
A new course, Culinary Nutrition Science, will be offered this spring and will focus on the intersection between basic sciences, such as physics and chemistry, with sensory physiology, psychology, and nutrition, said instructor Anne-Marie Gloster said.
UW PhD candidates working to include indigenous voices in genomic research
The Daily, November 17, 2015
A long history of distrust has kept genomic research out of indigenous commmunities, but UW PhD candidates Kate West (public health genetics) and Keolu Fox (genome sciences) are working to change that.
New STD? What you should know about mycoplasma genitalium
Live Science, November 17, 2015
A little-known sexually transmitted disease that has attracted more attention lately may actually be fairly common, according to a new study. Lisa Manhart, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Air pollutants enter body through skin
Science News, November 14, 2015
Studies find common indoor air pollutants--including semivolatile phthalates--enter the body through skin. John Kissel is quoted.
What happens to childhood when you start counting steps?
New York Times, November 13, 2015
Fitness trackers and wearable devices are big business these days, and parents tend to hover close, fascinated by the details of their children’s lives. Dr. Megan Moreno, a professor of pediatrics and health services at the UW, is quoted.
Latinos, minority groups disproportionately affected by cancer-causing air toxins
The Daily, November 12, 2015
A recent study found that economically disadvantaged Latino immigrant communities are significantly more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing air toxins than comparable disadvantaged ethnic groups in the United States. Clinical Assistant Professor Eva Wong is quoted.
Student editorial: Take a stand against big tobacco
The Daily, November 12, 2015
Elizabeth Medeiros, outgoing president of the UW Student Public Health Association, urges UW leadership to take part in the 1 Day Stand against Big Tobacco by declaring UW tobacco-free for the day.
Still no charges for man accused of injuring ferry employees with high-powered laser
MyNorthwest.com, November 9, 2015
Michael Yost talks about the danger to the type of laser allegedly shined at two ferry captains, causing eye injuries.
Continuous or interrupted chest compressions during CPR?
New England Journal of Medicine, November 9, 2015
In patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, continuous chest compressions during CPR performed by EMS providers did not result in significantly higher rates of survival than did interrupted chest compressions.
Wearable Artificial Kidney earns FDA fast-track status
HSNewsBeat, November 7, 2015
A new artificial kidney that can be worn by a patient has successfully completed a first clinical trial at the UW. Professor Larry Kessler is quoted.
Keeping huskies healthy
The Daily, November 3, 2015
The UW Tobacco Action Group and Student Public Health Association joined the campaign to make the UW campus smoke-free by screening the documentary, "Merchants of Doubt."
Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis investigates causes of dementia
The Daily, November 3, 2015
For the first time, researchers are examining the causes of cognitive dysfunction across ethnicities. Research Professor Annette Fitzpatrick is quoted.
'Lifestyle choices' doesn't explain why black Americans are dying younger and in higher numbers
big think, November 2, 2015
Mary Bassett, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner and a UW SPH alumna, discusses in a short video the conditions and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities.
Is bacon actually bad for you? It may depend on your DNA
Washington Post, November 2, 2015
Ulrike Peters, research professor of epidemiology, talks about the link between diet and genes.
Debate over unionizing UW faculty 'hot and heavy'
Seattle Times, November 2, 2015
Senior Lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted extensively about an effort by a group of professors to organize under Service Employees International Union Local 925.
Putting public health on the map
Business World, November 2, 2015
Christopher Murray, professor of global health and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, explains why he and Alan Lopez developed the Global Burden of Disease and how it's helping countries inform their health policies.
Public health teams with visual design to create infographics
Health Affairs, November 2, 2015
Researchers and visual designers should work together to create infographics that convey complex scientific information to key policymakers.
Health care's fraternal twins at 50: The birth and development of Medicare and Medicaid
Jurist, November 1, 2015
Sallie Thieme Sanford, an adjunct associate professor of health services, discusses how Medicare and Medicaid are coming to resemble each other, with similar challenges and each supporting health system changes.
Seattle students don't get enough time to eat, report finds
KUOW, October 30, 2015
Elementary students in Seattle Public Schools get far less time to eat lunch than district policy requires, according to a report by University of Washington School of Public Health graduate students.
How many guns are in America? A web of state secrecy means no one knows
The Guardian, October 29, 2015
A majority of states actively restrict access to information on gun permits, the FBI must destroy background checks, and Congress bans funding for research. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Much-cited epidemiologist to address UW on health equity
HSNewsBeat, October 29, 2015
Nancy Krieger (MPH '85), a Harvard professor of social epidemiology, is a science-based advocate for social change. She will be guest speaker at this year’s UW Hogness Symposium on Health Care.
Is cheese actually addictive? UW dietitian weighs in on new research
KING 5, October 28, 2015
Clinical Instructor Judy Simon says cheese really isn't as addictive as drugs, as a recent study suggests.
Support later school start times for Seattle high schools
Seattle Times, October 27, 2015
Michelle Garrison and two other UW faculty members write that chronic sleep loss in adolescents is associated with decreased motivation and cognitive deficits with impaired attention and memory, lower academic achievement, poor school attendance and increased dropout rates.
An intolerable unimaginable heat forecast for Persian Gulf
Washington Post/AP, October 26, 2015
The heat index may reach 170 degrees in parts of the Persian Gulf if carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, a new study says. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
New recommendations for mammograms explained
Q13 Fox News, October 26, 2015
Christoph Lee, adjunct professor of health services, comments on the American Cancer Society's new guidelines for breast cancer screening.
WHO classifies red meat 'probably carcinogenic,' links it to higher colon cancer risk
Fred Hutch News, October 26, 2015
Should you stop eating red meat and processed meat? Marian Neuhouser and John Potter offer some answers in the wake of a World Health Organization working group report.
UW research leads to new recommendation against drinking while pregnant
KING 5, October 26, 2015
Research from the University of Washington's Fetal Alcohol Syndrome program helped lead to a new recommendation that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe during pregnancy. Professor Susan Astley is quoted.
Fear itself - post-traumatic stress disorder
The Economist, October 24, 2015
A mental illness caused by trauma may be one of the first to be understood in physical terms. Debra Kaysen, adjunct professor of global health, is referenced.
Making indigenous peoples equal partners in gene research
The Atlantic, October 23, 2015
A new generation of indigenous scientists -- including Kate West, a PhD student in Public Health Genetics -- is teaming up with communities, instead of treating them like guinea pigs.
Self-reported food spending closely tracks receipts
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 21, 2015
People are good at estimating how much they spend on food, both in restaurants and at home, which opens the door to new studies in nutrition economics.
American Cancer Society says start mammograms at 45, not 40
Seattle Times, October 20, 2015
New American Cancer Society breast screening guidelines recommend annual mammograms at age 45 instead of 40, switching to every other year at age 55. Affiliate Professor Ruth Etzioni helped draft the new guidelines.
The Nepalese Student Association continues to expand relief efforts
The Daily, October 18, 2015
Students continue to raise funds to aid relief efforts after the Nepal earthquake. Biraj Karmacharya, a master's student in global health, is quoted.
Action assembly rallies support for Best Starts for Kids
The Daily, October 18, 2015
Nearly 100 people gathered at the University Unitarian Church to show support for Best Starts for Kids, a new levy on the November ballot. MPH student Joseph Friedman is quoted.
Breast cancer is especially dangerous for black and Hispanic women
Huffington Post, October 16, 2015
Black and Hispanic women in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and less likely to survive the disease than white women, according to a new study led by PhD student Lu Chen.
Mapping Seattle's diverse culinary scene
The Stranger, October 14, 2015
MPH student Lisa Woo (Nutritional Sciences) maps her favorite restaurants owned by people of color.
'Smell of money' polluted this South Seattle neighborhood
KUOW, October 13, 2015
Replacing old engines that work the industrial shoreline is part of a bigger effort to clean up the Duwamish River. But critics say it's not happening fast enough. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
Ana Marie Cauce new UW president: popular on, off campus
Seattle Times, October 13, 2015
Clinical Instructor and State Rep. Gerry Pollet praised UW's new president for her "incredible depth of knowledge of the university."
11 healthy habits to start now to reduce your breast cancer risk later
Today - NBC News, October 13, 2015
Healthy habits that may significantly reduce the risk of certain types of breast cancers are presented. Anne McTiernan, research professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, October 13, 2015
Women in several racial/ethnic groups are more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced stage breast cancer across major subtypes.
Patient protesters shed light on medical debt's vicious cycle
The Stranger, October 9, 2015
Even though Medicaid expansion means more low-income people are now insured, those same patients often face higher deductibles. Aaron Katz, a health policy expert at the University of Washington's School of Public Health, thinks those patients should be able to receive charity care, too.
Events boost flu vaccine rates among restaurant workers
HSNewsBeat, October 8, 2015
Offering shots at work nearly doubles the percentage of employees immunized, according to a small pilot study led by the School's Health Promotion Research Center.
Workplace events boost flu vaccinations among restaurant workers
American Journal of Health Promotion, October 8, 2015
Offering shots at work nearly doubled the percentage of restaurant employees immunized in a small pilot study.
Why America still doesn't have any good data on guns
WIRED, October 7, 2015
No national databases exists for gun deaths, making it difficult for public health researchers to ask more complex questions. Epidemiologist Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Links Between Race/Ethnicity, Cultural Factors and Cognition
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, October 6, 2015
Race, ethnicity and a number of sociocultural factors were significantly associated with performance on cognitive tests.
UW wins $30M grant for infrastructure, doctor training
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 1, 2015
UW Medicine is one of 29 health systems and medical practices receiving a total of $685 million in grants from the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, to help providers transition to more value-based care, instead of fee-based care, post-Affordable Care Act. David Flum, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
UW faculty wants to unionize, administration not in favor
The Daily, October 1, 2015
Amy Hagopian said the push to unionize faculty began to heat up earlier this year in an effort to have better representation for faculty at the state Legislature.
Air Pollution and Your Heart
NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health, September 30, 2015
Air pollution plays a role in the development of heart disease and in triggering cardiac events. Joel Kaufman talks about the latest research and offers tips to reduce risk.
Monkeying around in remote Indonesia
College of Arts and Sciences News, September 30, 2015
Randall Kyes, adjunct research professor of global health, has been taking UW students to Indonesia for field studies for 20 years.
In Georgetown, the housing is affordable and the air unbreathable
Seattle Weekly, September 29, 2015
A pervasive cloud of dust is just the latest health hazard to threaten the residents of the largely industrial neighborhood, Seattle Weekly writes. Research from the UW and Puget Sound Sage is cited.
The 20 best full-fat foods for weight loss
Yahoo! News, September 28, 2015
UW epidemiologist Maro Kratz offers tip No. 4: consume full-fat dairy products. Acids in whole milks may actually crank up your body's calorie-burning centers, he says.
High-tech mammogram tool doesnít boost cancer detection, study shows
Seattle Times, September 28, 2015
A high-tech tool now used on more than 90 percent of U.S. mammograms doesn’t improve breast-cancer detection and may lead to missed diagnoses, a study finds. Diana Buist and Joann Elmore are quoted.
Rare choice: Could UW's next president come from within?
Seattle Times, September 26, 2015
PhD student Alice Popejoy and state Rep. Gerry Pollet, a clinical instructor, are mentioned in this story on Interim UW President Ana Marie Cauce.
'NIFTY' cup could be lifesaver for high-risk babies
KING 5, September 25, 2015
Seattle Children's Hospital, UW and PATH have collaborated on a feeding cup to help babies who can't feed properly. Christy McKinney (PhD Epidemiology '06) is quoted.
Fear undermines potential of effective overdose antidote
HSNewsBeat, September 23, 2015
Naloxone is called a 'silver bullet' but is underprescribed as clinicians and patients resist conversations about addiction to legal and illegal drugs. Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate associate professor of health services, is quoted.
Mental health care gaps in Mozambique
BMC Psychiatry, September 23, 2015
Two recent studies highlight the challenges of meeting the mental health care needs in Mozambique, which was recently estimated to have Africa’s highest suicide rate.
Majoring in food: Colleges offering more courses, degrees
Civil Eats, September 22, 2015
UW undergrads from every major flock to an ever-expanding slate of food courses. Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten is quoted.
New health professions academy for underrepresented students
HSNewsBeat, September 22, 2015
The University of Washington will create a Health Professions Academy to cultivate and recruit undergraduate students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to enter health sciences as a career. Leo Morales is quoted.
Mall walkers: The suburban exercisers keeping America wholesome
The Atlantic, September 21, 2015
After neighborhood sidewalks, shopping centers are the most popular places in the U.S. to go for a stroll. Basia Belza of the Health Promotion Research Center and her research on mall walking are referenced.
More cavities seen in kids of chronically stressed mothers
US News & World Report, September 18, 2015
Dental cavities are more common among kids whose mothers suffer from chronic stress, according to a new study by first author Erin Masterson, a PhD student in epidemiology.
Experts agree: Seattle area men are driving women to drink
Crosscut, September 18, 2015
King County women rank among the top 10 percent of heavy drinkers in the U.S., according to research by the UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Ali Mokdad, lead researcher and professor of global health, is quoted.
Why some UW faculty want to unionize
KUOW, September 18, 2015
Ross Reynolds speaks with Amy Hagopian, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, about why she's joined an effort to unionize faculty at the University of Washington.
Maternal Chronic Stress and Dental Cavities in Children
American Journal of Public Health, September 17, 2015
A study led by PhD student Erin Masterson links biomarkers for chronic maternal stress with a higher prevalence of cavities among children.
Asthmatic sea otter learns to use inhaler
KING 5, September 16, 2015
An asthmatic sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium illustrates the 'One Health' connection between animals, humans and the environment, says Associate Professor Peter Rabinowitz.
Lung cancer screening alone doesn't make smokers quit
KUOW, September 14, 2015
Participants in a lung-cancer screening study interpreted their results 'in all kinds of different ways that were not very accurate,' says Steven Zeliadt of the UW School of Public Health.
Report: Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ
CNN, September 14, 2015
Pesticide use in homes may increase the risk of children developing leukemia or lymphoma, a new report suggests. Catherine Karr is quoted.
After September 11, waiting for the big one
Huffington Post, September 11, 2015
Mary Anne Mercer reminds readers to always be prepared for disaster as she recalls the events of Sept. 11.
Schools, birth control, and parental consent
The Atlantic, September 10, 2015
The expansion of School-Based Health Centers has stoked pockets of controversy because they occasionally provide birth control. Kelly Gilmore's MPH research in Health Services is referenced.
What's killing us? It's mostly our own bad habits
NBC News, September 10, 2015
The leading causes of death have to do with bad habits, according to a report led by Ali Mokdad, professor of global health.
Feel Good Day lifts spirits of people and their†pets
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, September 9, 2015
For the first time, the semi-annual event for people experiencing homelessness offered free services for pets, too. Gemina Garland-Lewis helped arrange the animal-care side of the event.
Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Cessation
JAMA Internal Medicine, September 8, 2015
For some people, lung screening actually lowered their motivation to quit smoking.
Lung screening may not push smokers to quit
New York Times, September 7, 2015
CT chest screenings lowered the motivation of smokers to quit, according to a study led by Steven Zeliadt.
UW creating test to measure toxin exposure in airplane cabins
KOMO 4 News, September 7, 2015
Clem Furlong and his team are developing a blood test to show what's really happening in the body after a "fume event" on board a plan. Furlong is an adjunct professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.
Are Medical Marijuana Users Different from Recreational Users?
The American Journal on Addictions, September 4, 2015
Researchers explored important clinical characteristics between the two types of users.
SPH alum hired as new state medical officer in Montana
KRTV Montana, September 2, 2015
SPH Alumnus Dr. Gregory Holzman (MPH '02) is the new State Medical Officer for the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.
Increase of CO2 May Boost Anti-Malarial Plant
Climatic Change, September 1, 2015
On the bright side of climate change: a new study co-authored by Professor Kristie Ebi indicates that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide could lead to greater growth of artemesinin, a plant used to treat malaria.
Global life expectancy rises, but people live sicker for longer
Reuters, August 27, 2015
People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries. Professor Theo Vos is quoted.
The local health effects of Washington's wildfires
Crosscut, August 26, 2015
Recent fire-derived air pollution has been the worst in recent memory. Catherine Karr, associate professor and director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, is interviewed about health issues for some local residents.
U.S. kids outweigh Canadian kids, says study
CNN, August 25, 2015
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, says part of the reason for the obesity gap between the two countries could arise from differences among minority and poor groups.
What does it take to eradicate a deadly disease?
PATH, August 25, 2015
PATH and a team led by Scott Meschke have developed an all-in-one sampling kit and a processing tool to streamline testing. They are working with polio laboratories in Kenya and Pakistan to validate the performance of a new sewage-sampling kit.
UW leads huge clinical trial of mental health in rural U.S.
HSNewsBeat, August 24, 2015
Professors John Fortney and Jürgen Unützer will co-lead a three-state clinical trial comparing different approaches to providing mental health care in rural clinics.
Link between birth control and breast cancer, but no clear answers
Crosscut, August 24, 2015
Christopher Li's research findings indicate that taking hormones, including those in high-dose birth control pills, give breast cancer a better chance of developing.
Epigenetic inheritance: Holocaust study proves what Native Americans have 'always known'
Inquisitr, August 23, 2015
Adjunct Associate Professor Bonnie Duran says many health disparities found among Native Americans can be traced back through epigenetics to a "colonial health deficit."
Carwash chemical a hazard to workers, state agency warns
Seattle Times/AP, August 22, 2015
Hydrofluoric acid can cause serious burns to exposed skin, according to new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carolyn Whitaker (MS, Environmental Health-Industrial Hygiene '01) is quoted. Carly Eckert (MPH, Epidemiology '14) and David Bonauto took part in the research.
Is it Time to Revise Opioid Prescribing Guidelines (Again)?
MD, August 21, 2015
Study indicates that opioid overdoses appear to frequently occur in patients who are not chronic users with high prescribed doses of opioids, in contrast to the patient groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines. Deborah Fulton-Kehoe, the study's lead author, is quoted.
Carwash Chemical Hazardous to WA Workers
CDC, August 21, 2015
Hydrofluoric acid, a chemical commonly used in car and truck washes, can be dangerous to workers.
Climate Change and Health on the Gulf Coast
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, August 19, 2015
A public health adaption strategy is essential to reducing threats from climate change along the vulnerable Gulf Coast.
Can Twitter and Yelp really help spot a salmonella outbreak?
Washington Post, August 18, 2015
One of the biggest hurdles to halting foodborne illness outbreaks is spotting the source of the problem -- and spotting it quickly. Elaine Nsoesie, assistant professor of global health, is quoted.
Study links climate change to public health decline
The Science Times, August 18, 2015
A new study co-authored by Kristie Ebi explores climate change impacts on human health in coastal regions.
Mindful snacking helps maintain a healthy weight
HSNewsBeat, August 13, 2015
Judy Simon, clinical professor of health services, gives advice on how to snack smart.
Coke's skewed message on obesity: Drink Coke. Exercise more.
New York Times, August 13, 2015
James Kieger, clinical professor of health services, is among several contributors to the newspaper's letters section reacting to a story about Coca-Cola supporting scientists who help them deny the role sugary drinks play in causing obesity.
High-risk medical devices backed by few studies
Reuters, August 11, 2015
Many high-risk therapeutic devices get Food and Drug Administration approval with only one study proving their safety and efficacy before going to market. UW's Bruce Psaty, vice chair of the FDA Science Board, is quoted.
Drug projected at $1 million has spark mulling installment plan
Bloomberg Business, August 6, 2015
Professor Anirban Basu has proposed that the U.S. Medicare program for the elderly should subsidize gene-therapy treatments
Experimental gel partially protects against genital herpes
Fox News/Reuters, August 6, 2015
An experimental vaginal gel containing a drug used to treat the AIDS virus could prevent half of cases of genital herpes, according to a study done in South Africa. Professor Connie Celum is quoted.
Genetic Variation in Alaska Native People Linked to Warfarin Efficacy
Pharmacogenetics and Genomics, August 5, 2015
Researchers led by Alison Fohner (PhD, Public Health Genetics) found two gene variants in Alaska Native people that could affect how they metabolize the blood-thinning drug warfarin.
Risk Factors for Heat-Related Illness in WA Crop Workers
Journal of Agromedicine, August 3, 2015
Workers who were paid piece rate rather than hourly and who had to walk for more than 3 minutes to a toilet were at higher risk for heat-related illness.
Americans are cutting calories, but far from eating healthy
CNN, July 30, 2015
Obesity rates appear to be leveling off among children and adults. Professor Adam Drewnowski notes Americans are drinking more water and less sugar-sweetened beverages.
When it comes to equal access to healthy food, Washington has room for improvement
KUOW, July 28, 2015
Through a brief history lesson, a talk with UW School of Public Health professor Donna Johnson and a small experiment, journalists from RadioActive build a basic understanding of the origins and issues of modern food insecurity.
Q & A: The science behind Agent Orange and its lasting effects
HS NewsBeat, July 28, 2015
An interview with Professor John Kissel, who served on an Institute of Medicine panel that was asked to decide whether Air Force reservists who did not serve in Vietnam had been exposed to Agent Orange residue in C-123 aircraft.
Cancer Patients and Fertility Preservation
Cancer, July 27, 2015
Young adult males with cancer were more than twice as likely as female patients to report that they had discussed options to preserve their fertility before treatment, according to a study co-authored by Stephen Schwartz.
Why it's so hard to ignore your phone while you're driving
Crude Oil Spill Disaster Classes Offered As Communities See Increased Oil Train Use
KPLU, July 25, 2015
With oil-train traffic increasing, governments know they have to be prepared for the worst. Instructor John Malool is training communities on how to handle accidents.
Americans are finally eating less
New York Times, July 24, 2015
After decades of worsening diets and sharp increases in obesity, Americans' eating habits have begun changing for the better. Professor Ali Mokdad is quoted, and credited for writing an early research paper on the obesity epidemic.
Tackling non-communicable diseases to avoid premature deaths
Huffington Post, July 24, 2015
A new paper by Rachel Nugent for the Copenhagen Consensus Center argues that premature deaths in the developing world could be cut by almost a third.
Friendly reminder: Don't drink and boat
KUOW, July 24, 2015
Beth Ebel, injury prevention specialist, address the culture of drinking and boating and how we can change it.
Walking in malls for better health
KING 5, July 23, 2015
Basia Belza, adjunct professor of health services, is the author of a 48-page mall walking guide published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the School's Health Promotion Research Center.
Distinguished faculty inducted into Washington State Academy of Sciences
UW Today, July 22, 2015
Twelve University of Washington professors will be inducted into the Washington State Academy of Sciences this fall, including Shirley Beresford and Dedra Buchwald. Eric Larson, clinical professor of health services, was also named to the list.
Bird-flu vaccine needs a boost, Seattle researchers find
Seattle Times, July 21, 2015
An experimental vaccine to protect against the deadly H7N9 bird-flu virus must be paired with an adjuvant to work best, according to a study led by research professor Lisa Jackson.
How big data can make people healthier in emerging markets
Techonomy, July 21, 2015
In many emerging markets, reliable data on healthcare systems is limited or nonexistent. Professor Christopher Murray and his colleagues are trying to fill the gap.
Innovations w/Ed Begley, Jr - Trucking & Transportation
Discovery Channel , July 20, 2015
The active suspension truck seat made by Bose Corporation is profiled, and Peter Johnson talks about whole body vibration and how it contributes to back and neck pain.
New long-acting malaria drug looks promising
NBC News, July 17, 2015
Researchers have developed a new, long-acting malaria drug that they believe may help fight one of the world's biggest killers. Pradipsinh Rathod, adjunct professor of global health and one of the drug developers, is quoted.
Opioid Poisonings in WA Linked to Low-Dose Users
Medical Care, July 15, 2015
Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who are prescribed low doses and who aren't chronic users.
Senate FIFA inquiry to include plight of construction workers in Qatar desert
New York Times, July 15, 2015
Thousands of foreign laborers continue to work in Qatar on the future site of the 2022 World Cup under conditions akin to indentured servitude. UW's Theo Voss, professor of global health, is quoted.
Does your kid need a fitness tracker?
Fox News, July 12, 2015
Although researchers are in the early stages of studying the effectiveness of using fitness trackers on children, the outlook appears promising. Jason A. Mendoza, adjunct associate professor of health services, is quoted.
Enough: It's time to stop measles and misinformation
Seattle Times, July 11, 2015
Washington state needs to do more to protect citizens from measles and other diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations, write three medical experts, including Jeffrey Duchin and retired professor Edgar Marcuse.
Washington's rules on secular-religious hospital mergers blocked
KUOW, July 10, 2015
The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state Department of Health overextended its authority in expanding oversight of hospital mergers and affiliations. Sallie Sanford, adjunct associate professor of health services, is quoted
Are journalists lowballing the number of Iraqi war dead?
Columbia Journalism Review, July 7, 2015
Amy Hagopian, lead author of a study on excess deaths in Iraq, believes that even solid sampling methodology fails to accurately count the dead.
Kenyan Government Official Wins Academic Excellence Award in the U.S.
AllAfrica.com, July 7, 2015
Peter Cherutich, a deputy director of medical services in the Ministry of Health, won the School's Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence. He is the first graduate of the pioneer PhD program in global health metrics and evaluation.
Hot weather safety tips
KOMO 4 News, July 7, 2015
People who work or exercise outside are at risk of heat-related illness. June Spector, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is interviewed.
Six New Gene Locations for Colorectal Cancer Risk
Nature Communications, July 7, 2015
An international team of researchers has identified six new locations in the human genome where people could be more at risk for colorectal cancer.
Mammograms may not reduce breast cancer deaths
Reuters, July 6, 2015
A journal editorial by Joann Elmore and Ruth Etzioni is cited on a new study that suggests breast cancer screenings may not lead to fewer deaths but may lead to overdiagnosis.
Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change
The Seattle Times, July 5, 2015
The papal encyclical and the Lancet Commission report are reframing the climate issue, putting people at its center, write Dean Howard Frumkin and Stephen V. Sundborg, president of Seattle University.
Don't go in the water -- a nasty parasite thrives in swimming pools
Slate, July 2, 2015
PhD student Megan Cartwright explains why health officials are grappling with increasing outbreaks of Cryptosporidium. She is a 2015 Mass Media Fellow with the American Association of the Advancement of Science.
Investments Save Millions of Children's Lives
The Lancet, July 2, 2015
More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child.
Sugary drinks take a deathly toll
New York Times, July 1, 2015
Consumption of sugary drinks results in some 184,000 deaths worldwide each year, says a report co-authored by Stephen Lim and senior author Dariush Mozaffarian (MPH, '03).
Weight Loss, Vitamin D and Inflammation
Cancer Prevention Research, July 1, 2015
Losing weight and taking vitamin D supplements had a greater effect than weight loss alone in reducing the kind of chronic inflammation linked to some cancers.
Biostatisticians Help Pinpoint Ivory Poaching
Science, June 30, 2015
Researchers from our Department of Biostatistics supported a UW study that used DNA analysis to identify elephant poaching hotspots in Africa.
Teen suicides reach 'stunning' peak in Snohomish County
The Seattle Times/AP, June 25, 2015
The number of teen suicides in Snohomish County since September is more than double what's been recorded in previous years. Gary Goldbaum is quoted.
Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington
WTOP/Associated Press, June 22, 2015
The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities. Caleb Banta-Green is collaborating on the research.
Why sugar and honey could be as harmful as high-fructose corn syrup
Health magazine, June 19, 2015
"The science is pretty clear that normal household sugar doesn't differ from high-fructose corn syrup,” says Research Associate Professor Mario Kratz.
To vegan or not to vegan?
KING 5, June 19, 2015
Judy Simon of our Nutritional Sciences program explores the pros and cons of a vegan diet.
Transit Talks - Healthy Human Habitats
Seattle Channel, June 19, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin discusses how transit infrastructure, land use policy and public health investments help create a healthier city.
Heroin deaths spike by 58 percent in Seattle area
Seattle Times, June 18, 2015
Heroin-related deaths are increasing in King County, despite efforts to expand access to overdose and addiction treatments. Caleb Banta-Green says the trend is "distressing."
Evidence from ivory DNA identifies two main elephant poaching hotspots
UW Today, June 18, 2015
DNA evidence extracted from elephant dung and tissue can help trace the origin of illegal ivory, according to a new study co-authored by Lisa Brown, Cathy Laurie and Bruce Weir of the Department of Biostatistics.
Cancer second biggest killer after heart disease in India, accounts for 15% of all deaths in 2013
Hindustan Times, June 17, 2015
More people are dying of cancer than ever before, with cancers accounting for 15 percent of all deaths in 2013, up from 12 percent in 1990, says a new study co-authored by Lalit Dandona, clinical professor of global health.
The sphere of public health
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, June 17, 2015
The sphere of public health is low-hanging fruit for veterinarians considering a transition out of clinical practice, says Heather Fowler, a PhD student in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
New Center for Health and the Global Environment
ASPPH Friday Letter, June 16, 2015
The UW School of Public Health has opened a new center devoted to developing and promoting innovative approaches to understanding and managing the impact of global environmental change on human health.
India, China need cleaner air just to keep death rate steady
Associated Press, June 16, 2015
As populations age in the world's two largest countries, more people will become susceptible to conditions such as heart disease, cancer or stroke that are caused or exacerbated by air pollution. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted on the "enormous" opportunity for preventing premature deaths.
Health assistance to developing countries up since 1990
US News & World Report, June 16, 2015
A new study led by Joseph Dieleman, assistant professor of global health, finds an increase in health-related development assistance to low-income countries since 1990.
Antibiotics are effective in appendicitis, study says
New York Times, June 16, 2015
A large Finnish study provides the best evidence to date that most patients can be treated with antibiotics alone. David Flum, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
When the cure causes cancer later on
KING 5, June 16, 2015
Doctors are beginning to uncover how childhood cancer treatments affect survivors in adulthood. Professor Emeritus Norman Breslow is quoted.
VA to offer aid to Agent Orange C-123 reservists
Seattle Times/AP, June 15, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill after being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for disability benefits. The reversal in policy came after an Institute of Medicine report co-authored by John Kissel.
Low-fat milk is scarce in poor neighborhoods
Reuters, June 15, 2015
Less than half of U.S. shops where milk is sold carry lower-fat or skim varieties, and this healthier option is most scarce in poor and minority communities that tend to have higher rates of obesity, a new study finds. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Poor sleep, snoring before diagnosis tied to trouble for breast cancer patients
US News & World Report, June 12, 2015
Breast cancer patients who had poor sleep and frequent snoring before their cancer diagnosis appear to have lower survival rates, according to a new study led by Amanda Phipps.
A Christian religious extremist on anti-American jihad in Kenya
Humanosphere, June 11, 2015
MPH student Paul Nevin wrote about an extreme anti-abortion campaigner during his recent trip to Kenya.
2015 Awards of Excellence recognize campus, community contributions
UW Today, June 11, 2015
The University of Washington held its annual awards ceremony on June 11. Among those honored were Ann Downer, associate professor of global health, and Sanjit Kaur, a graduating senior majoring in public health.
Why The Human Side Lags Behind in One Health
Veterinary Practice News, June 10, 2015
Pioneers of the One Health movement to blend human, veterinary and environmental health are gaining respect, epidemic by epidemic, but capturing the attention of the human health care establishment remains a challenge. Peter Rabinowitz and Heather Fowler are quoted.
Snoring, Lack of Sleep and Poorer Breast Cancer Survival
Sleep, June 10, 2015
Women with breast cancer who were frequent snorers and reported less than six hours of sleep were more than twice as likely to die as women with breast cancer who slept the recommended seven to eight hours a night.
Global diabetes rates are rising as obesity spreads
New York Times, June 8, 2015
A new study from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation provides more evidence of the global shift from communicable to chronic diseases. Professor of Global Health Theo Vos is quoted.
Health officials warn of spring swimming dangers
KING 5, June 7, 2015
Tony Gomez (BS, '84), manager of injury prevention for Public Health - Seattle and King County, says life jackets probably would have saved eight of the nine people who drowned in open water last year.
New Guide to Mall-Walking Programs
ASPPH Friday Letter, June 5, 2015
Mall-walking programs show great potential for improving health in older adults with various physical disabilities, according to a new guide from the CDC and our Health Promotion Research Center.
The Nepal earthquake: What we lost at the epicenter
Huffington Post, June 5, 2015
Mary Anne Mercer reflects on her experiences in Nepal more than 30 years ago, and the public health challenges that remain in the aftermath of the earthquake.
UW groups advocate for smoke- and tobacco-free campus
The Daily, June 5, 2015
Nick Fradkin, a joint MPH-MPA student, is quoted on efforts to eliminate designated smoking areas on the UW campus.
What Seattle will look like after 2050 if we don't get real about climate change
The Stranger, June 3, 2015
Research scientist Tania Busch Isaksen, one of several experts consulted, says heat waves will kill and hospitalize an increasing number of people in King County.
Poultry flu outbreak has lessons for human health
Health Sciences NewsBeat, June 1, 2015
Avian influenza has led to the destruction of 40 million chickens and turkeys in the United States. It underscores the close relationship between human and animal health, said Peter Rabinowitz, who studies the links between human, animal and environmental health.
Long-Acting Reversible Contraception in School-Based Health Centers
Journal of Adolescent Health, June 1, 2015
School-based health centers in Seattle overcame billing, provider training and other barriers to successfully provide long-acting reversible contraception for teens who most likely would not have had access to these methods anywhere else.
How to prepare for health problems on a trip abroad
Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2015
Many travelers fear infectious disease, but more likely causes of death include being the victim of violent crime, being struck by a motor vehicle or having a heart attack or stroke, says Frank James, clinical assistant professor.
Ask Well: Floss or Brush First?
New York Times, May 29, 2015
Dentists weigh in on whether it is better to floss before or after brushing one's teeth. UW's Dr. Philippe Hujoel is quoted.
SPH Joins Alliance to Spur Healthcare Innovation
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 28, 2015
The School received a planning grant from the National Science Foundation to become the sixth site for the Center for Health Organization Transformation, an academic-industry alliance.
12 scientists kick off effort to boost grant-funding savvy
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, May 27, 2015
Alumna Cynthia Curl was selected for the Institute of Translational Health Sciences "Rising Stars" program to help promising, early-stage investigators.
Hold your horses! Equine guest attends class
Health Sciences NewsBeat , May 27, 2015
Drama--a certified therapy animal--was invited to Peter Rabinowitz's One Health class, as part of a lesson on the human-animal bond. PhD student Heather Fowler helps run the course.
Hutch opens cancer research center - 9,000 miles away
Seattle Times, May 26, 2015
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has opened a facility in Uganda, a nation with only a handful of oncologists, to focus on study and treatment of cancers caused by viral infection. Corey Casper and Stephen Gloyd are quoted.
Hot, Humid Days Raise Risk of Hospitalization and Death
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 20, 2015
Two recent studies show that hot weather in King County is associated with adverse health outcomes, including hospitalization and death.
UW Professor Discusses Treating Appendicitis with Antibiotics in New Paper
The Daily, May 20, 2015
Antibiotics may offer a surgery-free alternative for those with appendicitis, according to a paper published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine by David Flum, adjunct professor of health sciences in the UW School of Public Health.
Experts Debate Medical Tourism
The Daily, May 20, 2015
Doctors are going abroad in hopes of changing health care systems, but these doctors are providing short-term solutions, according to Stephen Bezruchka, senior lecturer of global health and health services.
Is your pet going to make you ill?
CNN, May 20, 2015
At least 20 people have come down with salmonella infections linked to contact with crested geckos bought at pet stores. Peter Rabinowitz talks about ways to minimize the risk of illness from pets.
What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?
NPR, May 16, 2015
Corey Casper, head of global oncology at the Fred Hutch, weighs in on a study that compared the colon health of 20 Pittsburgh residents and 20 South Africans who switched diets for two weeks.
Team Studies Health of Copper River Fishermen
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 15, 2015
In a pilot study, researchers are looking at the overall fitness and health risks faced by gillnet fishermen along Alaska's Copper River, famous for its salmon.
Largest US Needle Exchange Tries Free Meth Pipes in Seattle
Fox News/Reuters, May 14, 2015
A privately funded needle-swap group said it has distributed more than 1,000 pipes in Seattle in a matter of weeks. Matthew Golden, a Seattle and King County Disease Control Officer and a UW adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Appendicitis: Should You Have Antibiotics Alone Or Surgery, Too?
Forbes, May 14, 2015
David Flum, adjunct professor of health services, weighs in on the growing trend of treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone. His piece originally appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.
University Grades Are Mixed on Research for the Poor
New York Times, May 13, 2015
The University of Washington was one of only three universities to receive a B-plus grade in this report card on how well they do global health research.
Wave of electrical shocks brings DWP worker safety into question
Los Angeles Daily News, May 9, 2015
More workers suffered electric shocks or burns at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2014 than in any of the previous 10 years. Martin Cohen is quoted.
Evaluating Farmers' Market Incentives
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 8, 2015
The Center for Public Health Nutrition will help evaluate a program designed to boost consumption of fruits and vegetables among people with low income.
SPH Authors Produce 'Farm-to-Fork' Report
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 7, 2015
Many things can be done to improve America's complex food systems in ways that align with public health and nutrition goals, according to a new report for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
More People Are Getting Injured on Treadmills
Today Show, May 6, 2015
NBC interviews SPH alumna Janessa Graves (PhD, '11; MPH, '08) in the wake of Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg's death from a treadmill injury. Graves led research on the topic at the UW with Frederick Rivara, Beth Ebel and others.
Doctors Already Seeing Links Between Climate Change and Patients' Health
Grist, May 4, 2015
The nation's leading medical practitioners — with the White House behind them — are stepping forward with a diagnosis that all of us should heed, because the symptoms are becoming undeniable and the risks tremendous: Climate change is a health threat
Most Football Concussions Happen at Practice
Reuters/Fox News, May 4, 2015
High school and college football players suffer more concussions during practices than during games, according to a new study. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Reducing School Bus Pollution Improves Children's Health
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, May 1, 2015
Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in school buses could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, according to a new study.
Climate Change May Speed Asthma Spread
Scientific American, April 30, 2015
Climate change may worsen the situation for asthma sufferers, whose symptoms can be triggered by air pollution and allergies. Joel Kaufman, who coauthored a new study showing the positive effects of cleaner diesel fuels on buses--is quoted.
SPH Coordinates National Healthy Brain Research Network
ASPPH Friday Letter, April 30, 2015
The Health Promotion Research Center has been named the Coordinating Center of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Brain Research Network.
Lack of Support to Turn Nutrition Research into Policy
Preventing Chronic Disease, April 30, 2015
Some of the barriers to policy communication – especially in an academic setting – included lack of formal training and a "promotion process and professional culture that does not value the practice," the study says.
From Remote Nepal, a Warning Against Ahistorical Disaster Relief
Humanosphere, April 29, 2015
David Citrin, a medical anthropologist and global health affiliate instructor, has lived and worked in remote western Nepal since 2001. He was there when the earthquake hit and offers advice on how to make this recovery response more lasting and effective.
Blocking Smartphone Use by Teen Drivers may Reduce Crash Risks
Reuters, April 27, 2015
Filming teens while they drive and blocking cell phone signals inside their cars may both help reduce distractions that lead to crashes, a small study suggests. Beth Ebel is quoted.
Cameras, Cellphone Blocking Could Reduce Teen Distracted Driving
Pediatric Academic Societies, April 27, 2015
Blocking cellphones inside of cars and using cameras that filmed teen drivers when braking or swerving hard reduced distracted driving by nearly 80 percent.
Why Pregnant Women in Mississippi Keep Dying
Washington Post, April 24, 2015
The United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. Research from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is cited.
Reducing School Bus Pollution Improves Children's Health
Environmental Protection Online, April 24, 2015
Research led by Sara Adar found improved health and less absenteeism, especially among asthmatic children, after Washington switched to cleaner diesel fuel and adopted clean air technologies on school buses.
Turning to Big, Big Data to See What Ails the World
New York Times, April 23, 2015
The Global Burden of Disease study is a single scientific project on a scale with the moon landing or mapping the human genome.
UW Team Studies Copper River Gillnet Fishermen
The Cordova (Alaska) Times, April 22, 2015
Debra Cherry leads a team of researchers studying the health habits of commercial fishermen. "They are a rugged, independent people that face a lot of health risks," she says.
Saving Lives with Smartphones
UW, April 20, 2015
Saloni Parikh took her passion for global health and her knack for computer science halfway across the world, playing a key role in HIV-fighting research.
Obesity Substantially Ups Prostate Cancer Risk in African-American Men
KING 5, April 16, 2015
UW and Fred Hutch researchers have discovered a new risk factor for prostate cancer related to race: obesity. Epidemiologist Wendy Barrington is interviewed.
Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer in African-American Men
JAMA Oncology, April 16, 2015
The risk for African-American men quadrupled as their body-mass index increased.
Team Aims to Illuminate Cause of Rare Blinding Disease
HSNewsBeat, April 10, 2015
Ed Kelly, an adjunct professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is researching genetic therapy for a rare disease that causes small, fatty deposits to accumulate in the back of the eye.
UW Pair Author U.S. Report on Food System's Effect on Health
HSNewsBeat, April 10, 2015
MPH student Jamie Bachaus and Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten produced a report on industrialization's ill effects while exploring prospects for changes in processing and consumption.
Is The Food That's Good For You Good For The Environment?
Yahoo! News, April 9, 2015
Studies show that people believe organic foods — just by the nature of being organic — are healthier all around. The problem is: sometimes they're not. Recent UW research led by former PhD student Cynthia Curl is cited.
The New Science of Crime
The Daily, April 9, 2015
Gun violence research led by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is featured in this piece on epidemiology and crime.
The Three Passions of Howard Frumkin
Penn Medicine, April 9, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin's professional mission is "healthier places for people." He also studies the effect of the natural world on humans – that is, as a strategy to promote health.
Frumkin Commentary Says Greater Focus On The Consequentiality Of Epidemiologic Research Is Needed
The Epidemiology Monitor, April 8, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin is critical of the journal Epidemiology's policy to separate policy implications of research from actual research reports.
Are Dietary Goals for Sodium and Potassium Reasonable?
HSNewsBeat, April 7, 2015
Only about 0.3 percent of Americans now meet World Health Organization sodium and potassium targets, according to a study led by Adam Drewnowski at the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Gary Goldbaum: Washington State Innovation Model puts Public Health at Forefront
Public Health Newswire, April 2, 2015
Associate Professor Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District, shares his vision for local health systems transformation.
UW researchers look for best way to diagnose tuberculosis
UW The Daily, April 2, 2015
Gerard Cangelosi is one of many researchers worldwide working on ways to reduce TB's health impacts. His research on an alternative method to diagnose TB is detailed.
Closing the Cancer Divide
Fred Hutch News Service, April 1, 2015
A global oncology summit at Fred Hutch seeks to make cancer a priority worldwide -- Dean Howard Frumkin, Global Health Chair Judith Wasserheit and Corey Casper are quoted.
Percentage of Children Eating Fast Food Drops
JAMA Pediatrics, March 31, 2015
A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast-food restaurants also has dropped.
UW Faculty Team for Five-Year Study of Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase
UW Today, March 31, 2015
Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten will be part of an interdisciplinary team from the University of Washington to study the impact of Seattle's decision to raise the minimum wage to $15. Among the study questions: Does it improve quality of life measures, including health, nutrition and daily family life?
Kids' Fast Food Consumption on the Decline
Reuters, March 30, 2015
The number of U.S. kids eating fast food on any given day went down between 2003 and 2010, according to a study from the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin and his Disease Detectives are on the Case(s)
The Seattle Times, March 26, 2015
Jeffrey Duchin's job as chief epidemiologist for Public Health - Seattle & King County puts him on the front lines of every scary germ and virus to hit the news.
More EMS Providers at Scene, Better Heart Attack Survival
Resuscitation, March 26, 2015
Dispatching 7 or 8 emergency medical services providers to a cardiac arrest scene improves the odds a life will be saved.
Three drinks a day may raise risk of liver cancer; coffee may lower it
The Seattle Times, March 25, 2015
Three or more alcoholic drinks a day can cause liver cancer, according to an international panel that includes Research Professor Anne McTiernan. Now some good news: Drinking coffee lowers the cancer risk.
'Angelina Effect,' Again? Star's Candor Boosts Awareness, Cancer Experts Say
The Seattle Times, March 24, 2015
Actress Angelina Jolie's willingness to talk about her preventive cancer surgeries raises awareness about genetic risk and options, experts say. Robyn Andersen is quoted.
HBO Real Sports: Student Athletes Healthcare
NBC Sports, March 24, 2015
Former college student-athletes who were injured are on their own to pay medical bills when they leave school. Richard Gleason explains who is covered by the workers' compensation system.
Bellingham Council Could Weigh in on State Fish Consumption, Pollution Rules
Bellingham Herald, March 21, 2015
The state's Department of Ecology may revise the acceptable risk of getting cancer from eating fish exposed to toxins. Frank James is quoted.
Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food
Eco-watch, March 20, 2015
Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Certified Naturally Grown, a pesticide-free method of farming. Alumna Cynthia Curl is quoted.
Transforming Global Health with Metrics: Chris Murray
Humanosphere, March 20, 2015
Humanosphere interviews Christopher Murray, professor of global health and director of the UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Murray is the focus of an upcoming book, Epic Measures.
WHO Goals on Sodium, Potassium 'Unfeasible'
BMJ Open, March 20, 2015
Only three in 1,000 Americans meet World Health Organization guidelines for limiting salt intake and getting enough potassium.
Tiny Particles Delay Study of Coal Port Proposal
Crosscut, March 19, 2015
An environmental impact statement for a proposed coal-export terminal in Whatcom County has been delayed by disagreements over how to study particulate matter. Frank James is quoted.
Breast Biopsy Results May Not be Accurate, UW Study Finds
The Seattle Times, March 17, 2015
Women who have breast biopsies to diagnose cancer might want to think twice about the results of the procedures, according to a new study led by Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology.
Emerging Market Medical Education Goes Digital
Forbes, March 17, 2015
The Department of Global Health is cited as a "a leader in the use of distance learning technologies for low-resource settings." Michael Chung is quoted.
Early X-rays Might Not Help Elderly with New Back Pain
Fox News/Reuters, March 17, 2015
Older people with a new episode of back pain shouldn’t be sent right away for x-rays or other imaging studies, suggests new research led by Jeffrey Jarvik, professor of health services.
UW's 'Pushing Hand' Gave Rise to Huge Ethiopia Health Center
HSNewsBeat, March 17, 2015
The clinic is designed to accommodate 370,000 patient visits and train 285 healthcare students every year – a size and scope unprecedented in Ethiopia. King Holmes and Scott Barnhart are quoted.
Early Imaging for Older Adults with Back Pain
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 2015
Older people with back pain who received early x-rays, CT scans or MRIs were no better off, but they had higher medical costs.
Aspirin, Colon Cancer and Your Genes
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 2015
Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can protect against some cancers, but it depends on a person's DNA.
Interpreting Breast Biopsy Specimens
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 2015
Pathologists generally agreed on cases of invasive cancer, but differed widely on more subtle abnormalities.
State's E-cig Rules Could Become Toughest in US
KING 5, March 16, 2015
Bill sponsor Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, who teaches public health at the UW, calls the proposal a "game changer."
UW Expert Part of International Research Project on Female Genital Cutting
UW Today, March 13, 2015
A new project co-led by Bettina Shell-Duncan, adjunct professor of global health, hopes to reduce female genital cutting in 10 target countries.
Students, Staff Push for More Suicide Prevention Resources on Campus
KING 5, March 12, 2015
Undergraduate Juliana Borges (Public Health major) is featured in this video segment on suicide awareness and prevention efforts on the UW campus.
For Young People In Rural Areas, Suicide Poses A Growing Threat
NPR, March 10, 2015
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and those who live in rural areas are especially at risk. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Cancer's Heterogeneity: Modeling Tumor's Diversity
Biomedical Computation Review, March 10, 2015
Some researchers are using computational modeling to better understand cancer's heterogeneity. Daniela Witten, associate professor of biostatistics, is quoted.
Connecting Moms To Midwives In Timor-Leste
NPR, March 6, 2015
Gena Barnabee (MPH '14) is featured on her experience working on a global health project in Timor-leste.
Children's Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says
The New York Times, March 4, 2015
Researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
Study: Socioeconomic Factors Affect Obesity, Not Weight Change
KING 5, March 4, 2015
A new study by Adam Drewnowski and colleagues found that while socioeconomic factors can predict widespread obesity, they do not predict short-term weight change.
Study: How microbiome affects liver's response to medication
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, March 3, 2015
Julia Yue Cui is studying why the livers of children and adults often react quite differently to therapeutic drugs, by investigating bacteria that reside in the intestines and compose the gut microbiome.
Can These Daily Meds Give You Dementia?
msn, March 2, 2015
Regularly taking a certain class of over-the-counter or prescription drugs might increase your risk for developing dementia down the line, finds a new study led by Sascha Dublin.
The Spread of Western Disease: 'The Poor are Dying More and More Like the Rich'
The Guardian, March 2, 2015
For the first time, more people in developing countries die from strokes and heart attacks than infectious diseases, but there are cost effective ways to save lives. A paper by Rachel Nugent, clinical associate professor of global health, is the focus.
Studies explore concerns about natural-gas production and health
The Dallas Morning News, March 2, 2015
Among other studies just published in a special journal issue on fracking and health, one led by Peter Rabinowitz and others found that natural gas extraction may impact the health of animals living nearby.
Swab Test Holds Promise for Detecting Tuberculosis
Scientific Reports, March 2, 2015
Researchers have helped develop a protocol to test for TB in easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving upon existing detection methods.
Palliative Care Expert Stuart Farber Remembered as Physician Who Listened
Tacoma News-Tribune, March 2, 2015
Stu Farber, who founded and directed the Palliative Care Service at the UW Medical Center, died at home after a battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Randall Curtis is quoted.
Gunshot Victims Have High Risk Of Being Shot Again In The Future, UW Researchers Find
KPLU, February 24, 2015
People who survive gunshot wounds have a high risk of being the victim of a firearm again.
Are Patients Considering Death With Dignity Getting All the Information They Need?
Seattle Weekly, February 24, 2015
State Senate Bill 5919 would require doctors treating patients who want to avail themselves of Washington's Death With Dignity Act to inform them about possible cures and treatments. Helene Starks, adjunct associate professor of human services, is quoted.
Green Space, Physical Activity and Mental Health
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, February 23, 2015
A study led by PhD student Hannah Cohen-Cline found that greater access to green space is associated with less depression in twins.
Gunshot Victims at Risk for Future Violent Victimization
Annals of Internal Medicine, February 23, 2015
People injured by gunshot wounds in WA state were at far greater risk of returning to the hospital with ensuing firearm-related injuries.
Gun Injuries are a Public Health Emergency, Nine Organizations Say
Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2015
Seven medical specialty societies, the American Bar Assn. and the American Public Health Assn. joined forces to declare gun-related injuries "a public health crisis" that should be studied and solved "free of political influence or restriction." New School of Public Health research on firearms-related hospitalizations is cited.
Evaluating Public Health Impact Assessments
Preventing Chronic Disease, February 19, 2015
Health Impact Assessments are useful tools to promote public health because they raise awareness of health issues among decision-makers, a new study says.
Fatal Accidents as a Global Health Crisis
New York Times, February 16, 2015
Worried about what to worry about? Accidents should move higher up your list. The New York Times digs into research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to look at the health impact of accidents.
How Anti-Vaxxers Could Weaken the Seattle-Area Economy
Puget Sound Business Journal, February 13, 2015
A potential outbreak of measles could have a ripple effect through the local economy, as parents are forced to take time off work to care for sick kids, says infectious disease specialist Jeff Duchin.
Should I Eat Pizza?
TIME, February 12, 2015
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, says it can be a vehicle for whole grains, cheese, tomatoes and even fruit.
Heroin Summit at UW Reveals Growing Epidemic, Increase in Crime
KIRO TV, February 10, 2015
Experts on heroin gathered at the University of Washington on Monday to reveal an epidemic being fueled in western Washington by young adults and three Mexican drug cartels. They said it all goes back to prescription painkiller addiction.
Public Health Struggles to Find Ways to Stem Concerns of Vaccine Refusers
CTV News (Canada), February 9, 2015
This story by The Canadian Press agency cites SPH research on a pertussis outbreak, media coverage and vaccination rates.
A Never-Ending Genetic Quest: Mary-Claire King's Pioneering Work
New York Times, February 9, 2015
A Q-and-A with famous geneticist Mary-Claire King on the breast-cancer gene and human rights.
Battle Over E-cigarette Restrictions Lighting Up in State Legislature
My Northwest.com, February 6, 2015
An adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee cites a report by a team of researchers from the School of Public Health, which found e-cigarette use tripled among high school students between 2011 and 2013.
Health, Labeling Concerns Erupt in Wake of Governor's E-cigarette Tax Proposal
North Kitsap Herald, February 6, 2015
Rep. Gerry Pollet, clinical instructor at the UW School of Public Health, is prime sponsor of bill targeting e-cigarettes as a "burgeoning public health crisis."
Intervention Targets Binge Drinking Among Latino Men
Substance Abuse/ASPPH, February 5, 2015
A culturally adapted intervention could reduce unhealthy drinking among Latino immigrants.
Evidence Bears Out Predictive Model of Pesticides in Diet
Environmental Health Perspectives, February 5, 2015
A new study suggests that eating organically grown vegetables will lower pesticide levels in your body.
Pollutants differ on the farm, but still play role in asthma
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, February 4, 2015
Catherine Karr is investigating air pollution in the Yakima Valley and how it may affect
children who suffer from asthma.
Health Benefits of Addressing Climate Change
Newsweek, February 4, 2015
The world is quickly approaching a point where the question isn’t whether to respond to climate change—it’s how, writes Kristie Ebi and co-authors in this op-ed.
A Failed Trial in Africa Raises Questions About How to Test H.I.V. Drugs
New York Times, February 4, 2015
Global health researchers Jeanne Marrazzo and Jared Baeten comment on the practice of paying stipends to participants in clinical trials.
Team Discovers Stories Behind 'Super-Utilizer' Patients
HSNewsBeat, February 2, 2015
Social and economic hardship explains why some patients return to the hospital time and again, a team of University of Washington students -- including two from the School of Public Health -- found in a six-month project.
Grad student advises guardians of state's watersheds
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, January 28, 2015
Jon Nagata coordinated workshops with the state to help water-treatment operators and managers implement source water-protection strategies.
Higher Dementia Risk Linked to More Use of Common Drugs
Science Daily, January 26, 2015
Researchers, including Eric Larson, found a link between commonly used medications with "anticholinergic" effects with increased risk for dementia.
Certain Over-the-Counter Drugs Linked to Dementia
JAMA Internal Medicine, January 26, 2015
Certain kinds of common medications, including antihistamines such as Benadryl, were linked to a significantly increased risk for developing dementia.
Case Sparks Debate About Teen Decision Making in Health
US News & World Report, January 23, 2015
A Connecticut teen is being given chemotherapy against her will. Douglas Diekema, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
State May Update Distracted Driving Laws
KING 5, January 23, 2015
Beth Ebel (Epidemiology, Health Services) and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are pushing lawmakers to increase penalties for distracted driving.
New fracking study finds link between proximity to gas wells, negative health symptoms
The Pump Handle, January 21, 2015
A study led by Peter Rabinowitz found that people living near natural gas wells may be at increased risk for adverse health impacts, including skin and respiratory conditions.
Lessons Learned from WA's Prescription Opioid Epidemic
American Journal of Public Health, January 21, 2015
Strong collaborations led to a substantial reversal of the epidemic in Washington state.
Battling the Epidemic: UW Grad's Fight Against Ebola
The Daily, January 20, 2015
Karin Huster (MPH '13), who returned from Sierra Leone, is profiled. Katie Wakefield is quoted on the value of the MPH program.
MRSA kits reveal trouble in fire stations
King 5, January 20, 2015
Study led by Marilyn Roberts finds more than half of the 33 fire stations taking part in a survey tested positive for MRSA.
More Consumers Using Menu-Calorie Counts, But Most till Don't, Study Says
The Seattle Times, January 20, 2015
A study led by Roxana Chen (PhD '14) found that posting calories on restaurant menus in King County tripled awareness after mandatory labeling took effect.
Menu Label Law Raised Awareness of Calories
American Journal of Public Health, January 20, 2015
Awareness of calorie counts tripled after a King County menu-labeling law took effect for fast-food restaurants.
Recommendations for Low-Back Pain Research
HSNewsBeat, January 16, 2015
Adopting a more uniform research approach could lead to greater and faster progress for preventing and treating low-back pain.
Rates for Sexually-Transmitted Diseases Decline as Partners get Free Antibiotics
The Seattle Times, January 15, 2015
A Washington state program that gives people with chlamydia or gonorrhea free antibiotics for their partners boosted use of the medicine and may have cut infection rates, a new study finds. Matthew Golden is quoted.
Health Sciences Schools, UW Medical Center Name MLK Honorees
HSNewsBeat, January 14, 2015
Six students, including Heather Fowler of the School's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, are honored for their community service.
Should Transgender Inmate Have Been Denied Vaginal Stent, Vibrator?
Indianapolis Star, January 13, 2015
Marc Stern, health services professor, is quoted in a piece about the medical rights of prisoners.
Majority of U.S. Counties Lack Access to Key Opioid Addiction Treatment Drug, UW Study Finds
Puget Sound Business Journal, January 13, 2015
More than half of U.S. counties don't have access to a drug that can be key in helping people overcome opiate addictions. Health services researcher Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Neighbors Hope To Derail Vancouver Oil Terminal
Oregon Public Radio, January 12, 2015
Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted in a piece about what could become the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.
Adopting Clean-Fuels Standard is a Public Health Imperative
The Seattle Times, January 9, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin co-authors an op/ed piece calling for a clean-fuels standard to help save lives and protect the health of people suffering from asthma and other lung and heart diseases.
Heather Fowler Selected for MLK Jr. Community Service Award
DEOHS News, January 9, 2015
Doctoral student Heather Fowler will be honored with a community service award on January 15 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute event.
Noah Simon Named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List
Forbes, January 8, 2015
Noah Simon, assistant professor of biostatistics, was named to the magazine's list of top young scientists for his work in finding patterns that help understand what causes disease.
Seattle Researchers Test Potential Malaria Vaccine on 10 Volunteers
KING 5, January 8, 2015
It's meal-time for the mosquitoes. Stefan Kappe and James Kublin are interviewed on research to test a vaccine against malaria.
Seattle Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves in Battle Against Malaria
The Seattle Times, January 5, 2015
After a decade of studies, scientists at Seattle BioMed will begin testing a new vaccine strategy for malaria. Affiliate Professor of Global Health Stefan Kappe is featured; Tristan Victoroff (MPH '10) is quoted.
UW-Led Panel Drives New NIH Back-Pain Research Standards
HSNewsBeat, December 31, 2014
Research studies of chronic low-back pain should be more consistent in design, in order to progress faster toward better treatment, the National Institutes of Health said. The new standards were published by a task force co-chaired by Richard Deyo, affiliate professor of Health Services.
Food Safety Spending Linked to Reduction in Illness
American Journal of Public Health, December 31, 2014
More spending by local health departments on food safety and sanitation was strongly associated with fewer cases of foodborne illness.
US bishops take aim at sterilization
ProPublica, December 30, 2014
Sarah Prager is quoted in this story on Catholic hospitals' rules on tubal ligations.
Teens Have Easy Access to Guns
JAMA Psychiatry, December 30, 2014
One-third of U.S. teens lived in homes with easy access to guns, even when they had mental health problems.
What Might the Tsunami Have Looked Like on Social Media?
BBC News, December 29, 2014
Professor Emeritus Mark Oberle, who was in Thailand 10 years ago during the tsunami, is quoted in this piece on whether social media has transformed our understanding and ability to respond to major disasters.
$65 Million Grant for Healthier Washington Project
SPH News, December 29, 2014
The School will play a key role in monitoring and evaluating the State of Washington's transformative Healthier Washington project.
Prof Recalls Surviving Tsunami that Killed 225,000 in 2004
HS, December 29, 2014
Prof. Emeritus Mark Oberle recalls aiding the wounded in the tsunami in Thailand, while sharing lessons learned on how to be prepared for disasters.
A Nurse's Desperate Plea: Show Me The Ebola Money
NPR, December 23, 2014
Alumna Karin Huster (MPH '13) writes a passionate piece from Sierra Leone, where she is working as a nurse in an Ebola treatment unit.
Our health will benefit from taking action on climate change
The News Tribune, December 21, 2014
In Chair Michael Yost's response to Governor Jay Inslee's climate change proposal, he points to an added benefit of cutting carbon pollution: "cleaner air for our lungs."
Global Population Living Six Years Longer than in 1990, Study Says
Fox News, December 18, 2014
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria.
The Health Concerns Behind New York State's Fracking Ban
The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, December 18, 2014
Peter Rabinowitz, lead author on one of the health studies cited by the New York State Department of Health, weighs in on the state's ban on fracking.
We're failing teenagers when it comes to sexual health
The Seattle Times, December 18, 2014
Mental health, sexual violence, HIV and reproductive issues are leading causes of death and disability among adolescents, writes Donna Denno, associate professor of global health.
Life Expectancy Increases Globally
The Lancet, December 18, 2014
Global life expectancy increased more than six years between 1990 and 2013, according to a new study led by Christopher Murray and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy
Northwest Public Radio, December 15, 2014
Congress reversed a provision that prevented Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program vouchers to be used on white potatoes. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Fred Hutch, China partner to collect samples of all types of cancer
Fred Hutch News, December 11, 2014
About a dozen leading researchers from China and across the United States came to the Fred Hutch campus this week for a two-and-a-half day workshop. Terrance Kavanagh and Edmund Seto are quoted.
Confirming What We Already Know: Human Health Is Linked To Nature
Ecosystem Marketplace, December 10, 2014
An opinion piece co-authored by Dean Howard Frumkin reminds us that contact with nature can help counter obesity, depression and other ailments.
Seattle Town Hall: Health as a Human Right
Seattle Channel, December 10, 2014
A panel talks about the health disparities in King County that hit immigrants, refugees, and low-income populations particularly hard. The speakers are Global to Local Executive Director Adam Taylor, community health promoter Aisha Dahir, and Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, director of the Northwest Center for Community Health Practice at the UW School of Public Health.
Should I Eat Greek Yogurt?
Time, December 4, 2014
Mario Kratz says a high intake of Greek yogurt may help prevent weight gain.
Battling Ebola: A View From the Front Line
Web MD, December 3, 2014
Jeri Sumitani, of I-TECH South Africa, is volunteering to help with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. She is blogging for WebMD Health News during her six-week stay.
At Height of AIDS Crisis, Nurse Ran Secret Leftover Drug Pipeline
The Seattle Times, December 2, 2014
For two decades, Carol Glenn was at the center of an unsanctioned international drug recycling network that provided HIV/AIDS medications to needy patients around the world. Jorge Sanchez, affiliate associate professor of global health, is quoted.
Kids Keep Moving for Points and Prizes in Fitness Program
The Herald, November 25, 2014
Fifth-graders in Snohomish County are wearing fitness monitors to see if they can increase their activity levels. The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice is conducting research on the Gear Up & Go! program.
Polio Game Boosts Interest in Public Health
Games for Health Journal, November 25, 2014
A life-size 'polio eradication game' may increase interest and awareness in global health.
The Rainier Ave. Problem: Speeding Crashes, Pedestrian Fatalities
Crosscut, November 24, 2014
The city of Seattle is improving safety on one of Seattle's most dangerous streets. An SPH study is cited in raising the profile of the timing of crossing signals.
As Heroin Fatalities Rise, Some see Hope in 'Bupe'
The Seattle Times, November 22, 2014
The crackdown on prescription pain medication has boosted use of heroin, but few doctors have signed up to provide what's called an effective treatment alternative to methadone. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
2014's Best & Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer
WalletHub, November 20, 2014
WalletHub interviews Anirban Basu on policies and public health efforts to reduce smoking.
Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health
Wired, November 19, 2014
Howard Frumkin says climate change is "the biggest health challenge in the coming century."
Just One Sickle Cell Gene May Raise Kidney Disease Risk
Futurity, November 18, 2014
Inheriting the sickle cell gene from just one parent won't trigger the painful illness, but it may elevate the risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study. Epidemiologist Alexander Reiner is quoted.
Effect of Anti-HIV Medication on Pregnancy, Birth Outcomes
Journal of the American Medical Association, November 13, 2014
Taking anti-HIV medication did not result in significant differences in pregnancies, birth outcomes and infant growth among heterosexual African couples where the male was HIV-positive and the female was not.
Why We Don't Know The Real Ebola Mortality Rate In The U.S.
FiveThirtyEight, November 13, 2014
How should statisticians and public health experts combine the radically different survival rates for Ebola patients in the US and West Africa? Elizabeth Halloran is quoted.
Seeing Through Smoke: The Effects of Tobacco
The Daily, November 13, 2014
The UW's Tobacco Cessation Program works to help students, employees and patients of Hall Health. Patricia Atwater is featured; Abigail Halperin and Colin Maloney (MPH '14) are quoted.
Sickle Cell Gene Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease
Journal of the American Medical Association, November 13, 2014
African-Americans who inherit the sickle cell gene have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease.
Chemical from plastic found in high levels in infant diets
KOMO 4 News, November 11, 2014
Sheela Sathyanarayana led research that found a child's diet contains high levels of phthalates, a chemical associated with neuro developmental issues and changes in behavior.
Politics Gets in the Way of Signing up for Health Insurance
Washington Post, November 10, 2014
An study led by Anirban Basu surveyed WA state residents about the state's health insurance marketplace.
Political Polarization and Health Insurance
National Bureau of Economic Research, November 10, 2014
Political views may play a role in whether uninsured Washington residents decide to sign up for health insurance through the state's marketplace.
Killing pain: How safe are opioids?
The Daily, November 6, 2014
Gary Franklin has led efforts to reduce the use of prescription pain relievers for non-cancer pain.
Worksite Property Values Linked to More Walking
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 6, 2014
Employees also walked more and ate more fruits and vegetables if they worked in neighborhoods with a greater density of residential units.
Marysville Deaths Show Need to Reach Troubled Teens Online
The Seattle Times, November 5, 2014
The school shooting in Marysville and its aftermath offer a stark look into how distressed teens use social media to share problems they might previously have discussed with a school counselor. Juliana Borges, a UW student majoring in public health, is quoted.
The Nate Silver of Public Health
OZY/USA Today, November 5, 2014
Abraham Flaxman, assistant professor of global health, is profiled for his innovative efforts to use big data to monitor the spread of disease.
UW Ebola preparedness plans reflect changing situation
UW Today, November 5, 2014
The University of Washington is examining its readiness plans and advising employees and students on Ebola. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
An Epidemic of Thyroid Cancer?
New York Times, November 5, 2014
H. Gilbert Welch (MPH, '90) highlights the importance of identifying and controlling epidemics of medical care; in this case, thyroid cancer in South Korea.
Chest Radiation for Childhood Wilms Tumor Linked to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
Cancer, November 4, 2014
Young girls who survived Wilms tumor, a rare childhood kidney cancer, were at higher risk for breast cancer later in life because of their exposure to radiation, according to a study led by Norman Breslow.
The Brains Behind Seattle Center's Smashing Health-Care Event
The Seattle Times, November 2, 2014
Columnist Jerry Large quotes Tao Kwan-Gett in this feature about Julia Colson, who organized the Remote Area Medical clinic at Seattle Center.
Health-Care Providers Prefer E-mail for Public Health Alerts
Public Health Reports, November 1, 2014
Most health care providers prefer receiving public health alerts and advisories by e-mail, but younger providers favor text messages.
Why Ebola Aid Workers Are Quarantining Themselves When Scientists Say They Don't Need To
Huffington Post, October 30, 2014
Some states are considering quarantine rules that exceed CDC guidelines in order to respond to concerns of the local communities. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Africa's Top Health Challenge: Cardiovascular Disease
The Atlantic, October 30, 2014
High blood pressure affects nearly one in two Africans over the age of 25. Rachel Nugent, clinical associate professor of Global Health, is quoted.
Bill Foege on How to Make Ebola Worse
Humanosphere, October 29, 2014
William Foege, credited with devising the strategy that rid the world of smallpox, offers his perspective on the finger-pointing surrounding the Ebola hysteria.
Gov. Inslee Climate Plans: Heavy Winds Ahead
Crosscut, October 29, 2014
The governor of Washington state readies a measure to limit carbon emissions. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Football Injuries Lead to Steady Stream of High School Forfeitures
New York Times, October 29, 2014
Scattered across the American landscape this fall are examples of high school football games and seasons canceled over concerns about the dwindling number of healthy players. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Impact of New Technology on 911 Call Centers
ASPPH Friday Letter, October 29, 2014
The School received a four-year $1.8 million grant to investigate the impact of new digital technologies on 911 call center workers.
UW Software to Help Agencies Track Epidemics like Ebola
KING 5, October 28, 2014
Associate Professor Neil Abernethy tells KING 5 how his new software, "Outbreak Investigator," could help track diseases such as Ebola.
This Mammogram Saves Lives and Money
Time, October 28, 2014
Researchers led by Christoph Lee, adjunct assistant professor of health services, found that for women with dense breasts, who often need repeat mammograms, adding on 3D screening to a traditional digital mammogram actually costs less in the long run.
Revamping Doctors' Orders: Quality Care at Lower Cost
The Seattle Times, October 25, 2014
More providers and insurers are turning to accountable care organizations as a preferred way of providing health coverage. Jeff Harris, professor and vice chair of Health Services, is quoted.
Downstream effects of tossed meds, care products studied
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, October 15, 2014
Chemicals in shampoo, toothpaste and medicines are being detected in surface waters and fish nationwide, and Evan Gallagher and Andrew Yeh, among others, are investigating whether these chemicals are in south Puget Sound and their effects on fish.
Scarier Than Ebola
New York Times, October 14, 2014
Columnist Frank Bruni writes there are lots of other public health issues to be worried about. He quotes Jeffrey Duchin, an adjunct professor of Epidemiology.
Your Dog Probably Won't Give You Ebola - But It Could Give You Lots of Other Things
The Atlantic CityLab, October 10, 2014
Your dog really could make you sick. Researchers estimate that there are roughly 4 million pet-derived human infections in the U.S. per year, costing the public upwards of $300 million in medical expenses. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Steps proposed to end opioid painkiller deaths
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, October 10, 2014
The danger of overdoses from prescription pain medication led Gary Franklin to help develop guidelines for prescribers.
Researchers Investigate A Wearable Kidney
The Daily, October 9, 2014
Larry Kessler, professor and chair of health services, explains how the Wearable Artificial Kidney now under trial at the UW could dramatically improve the lives of dialysis patients.
Duwamish River Superfund Cleanup is a Natural and Social Project
DNA Linked to How Much Coffee You Drink
Associated Press, October 7, 2014
Variations in certain genes may modify coffee's effect on a person's health, new research shows. Study co-author Marian Neuhouser says identifying genes related to consumption may one day help doctors identify patients who need extra help in cutting down on coffee.
Tackling Global Warming will Improve Health, Save Lives, and Save Money
The Guardian, October 6, 2014
A recent study released in JAMA and co-authored by Dean Howard Frumkin provides a thorough review showing how climate change affects human health. Perhaps more importantly, the paper also describes how tackling climate change leads to many health and economic benefits.
Code of Conduct Would Curtail Ill Effects of NGOs' Help
HSNewsBeat, October 2, 2014
Health Alliance International is taking on one of the most vexing problems – uncoordinated care among nongovernmental organizations. The alliance is headed by James Pfeiffer, professor of global health.
Risks of Taking Prescription Opioids Outweigh Benefits
Neurology, September 30, 2014
The risks of taking prescription opioids for chronic non-cancer pain such as headaches and low back pain outweigh the benefits, according to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology.
High-fiber Laxatives Linked to Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancer
American Journal of Gastroenterology, September 16, 2014
A study led by PhD student Jessica Citronberg found frequent use of fiber-based laxatives reduces the risk for colorectal cancer while use of non-fiber laxatives increases the risk.
Millions of Unnecessary Antibiotics Prescribed to Children
Pediatrics, September 15, 2014
Doctors prescribed antibiotics to children with respiratory tract infections at nearly twice the expected rate.
Key Lessons for Health Payment Reform
Milbank Quarterly, September 9, 2014
A UW evaluation team found four key lessons in implementing value-based health payment reform.
Fast Food Provides 14 Percent of Kids' Calories
PLOS One, July 25, 2014
Children get 14 percent of their calories from fast-food restaurants, with burger joints leading the way, says a study from the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition.
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