KIRO-TV, May 16, 2013
John Kissel talks about lead contamination in soil in a KIRO-TV investigation of a site outside of Index, Wash., where a shooting range once operated.
Annals of Neurology, May 9, 2013
Eating peppers and other foods that contain nicotine may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease.
ABC News Australia, May 8, 2013
Adam Drewnowski,/a>, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, says government departments need to be held responsible for Australia's excessive weight crisis.
KING 5 TV, May 8, 2013
Aaron Katz, professor of Health Services, comments on the government's release of data comparing hospital charges.
New York Times Well Blog, May 6, 2013
A new study suggests that men with prostate cancer who take statins may have a lower risk of dying from the disease than those who do not.
Bloomberg Businessweek, May 6, 2013
Many large companies have wellness programs that measure factors such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Wellness programs alone won't deliver savings or make employees healthier, says Jeffrey Harris, professor of health services.
The Herald, May 6, 2013
A King County ordinance requires chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to provide nutritional information about each menu item. A UW study found that the number of calories listed declined after labeling regulations took effect.
Healio, May 6, 2013
Nearly four of every five breast cancer survivors do not meet national exercise recommendations 10 years after their diagnosis, study results showed.
At 2-year follow-up, 34% of women included in the study met US physical activity guidelines. The adherence rate increased to 39.5% at 5 years but fell to 21.4% at 10 years after diagnosis.
“Most breast cancer survivors are not following even the minimum recommendations for physical activity and their activity levels significantly decline over time,” Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, Research Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, told HemOnc Today.
The Seattle Times, May 5, 2013
Gluten-free foods can be highly processed and full of sugar, fat and other unhealthy ingredients, writes Nutritional Sciences Program graduate student Carrie Dennett.
The Daily, May 1, 2013
Kate Cole, who graduated from the School of Public Health last June, pushed for a smoke-and-tobacco-free policy on the UW campus. But the student Senate say it would infringe on individual rights.
ABC News, April 30, 2013
Epidemiologist Beth Ebel cautions against texting while crossing the street.
KUOW, April 30, 2013
New US guidelines recommend that every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. Joanne Stekler, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
New York Times, April 29, 2013
In the New York Times' Room for Debate section, Michael Silverstein, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, proposes ways to strengthen OSHA.
Seattle Times, April 26, 2013
Cancer is now a major and growing public-health challenge in Africa and other developing countries, writes guest columnist Kingsley Ikenna Ndoh, a Nigerian doctor pursuing his MPH.
Humanosphere, April 26, 2013
Federal health officials announced they are halting a study of an experimental AIDS vaccine due to evidence the vaccine didn't protect against HIV infection. Julie McElrath and James Kublin are quoted.
Time, April 26, 2013
Smog and car exhaust can take a toll on the heart, and the latest research by Sara Adar and Joel Kaufman explores how.
The Daily, April 25, 2013
One of this year’s Magnuson Scholars, Cynthia Curl, is pleased to be recognized for the importance of her research in the School of Public Health. Her work revolves around identifying the health effects of consuming pesticides in food.
Forbes, April 25, 2013
Breathing particulate-laden air may be hardening your arteries faster than normal, according to research led by the University of Michigan and University of Washington School of Public Health.
United Press International, Inc., April 25, 2013
Study led by Sara Adar and Joel Kaufman finds higher concentrations of fine particulate air pollution were linked to a faster thickening of the inner two layers of the common carotid artery.
Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2013
Spending adolescence in the 'stroke belt' of the southeastern United States could make people more vulnerable to stroke later in life. Ali Mokdad, professor of global health, is quoted.
UW Today, April 23, 2013
The 65 workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington state this past year will be remembered at a ceremony organized by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the School of Public Health.
Occupational Health & Safety, April 23, 2013
Gary Franklin says new rules for prescribing pain medication have made a difference: there are fewer deaths among injured workers.
UW News, April 23, 2013
Nancy Simcox and the DEOHS Student Advisory Group led efforts to commemorate Worker Memorial Day at the UW.
PLoS Medicine, April 23, 2013
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis.
Reuters, April 22, 2013
A government panel says there is not enough evidence to recommend universal screening to find people at risk of suicide. Professor David Grossman, who served on the task force, is quoted.
Seattle Times, April 20, 2013
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed constitutes a human health hazard, writes Marilyn Roberts.
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2013
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed constitutes a human health hazard, writes Professor Marilyn C. Roberts.
Health & Place, April 19, 2013
Neighborhood walkability was not independently associated with greater walking among post-menopausal women when individual characteristics such as income and education were taken into account.
The Daily, April 19, 2013
Abraham Flaxman, assistant professor of global health, has developed a new algorithm that can predict a patient’s risk and probability of mortality within 30 days of having a heart attack.
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, April 18, 2013
Patients with chronic kidney disease who had slower walking speeds had a greater risk of death, according to a study by Baback Roshanravan and colleagues.
Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation, April 15, 2013
Debby W. Tsuang, M.D., M.Sc., an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, with the support of a NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant, used innovative family-based methods to study genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia.
Washington Post, April 15, 2013
Incoming professor Peter Rabinowitz will establish a One Health Center, an initiative founded on the idea that closer collaboration between physicians and veterinarians can benefit all species.
Emory University, April 11, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin and more than 400 other scientists, doctors and technical experts from 80 countries have signed the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication.
The Lund Report, April 10, 2013
During a keynote address at the 10th annual Western Regional International Health Conference in Portland, School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin stressed the need to build healthier cities.
SPH Website, April 10, 2013
DEOHS Graduate Student Cynthia Curl was named the 2013-14 SPH Magnuson Scholar for her research on pesticides, diet, and health effects.
The Seattle Times, April 8, 2013
While alcohol consumption is considered a risk for getting breast cancer, moderate drinking holds cardiovascular benefits that can increase longevity for the cancer survivors, says a new study led by Polly Newcomb.
UW Today, April 4, 2013
The intersection of global health and the arts – dance, photography, cinema, theater and music – will be explored at the UW as part of Global Health Week April 15 - 20.
International Examiner, April 3, 2013
Health policy experts like Susan Allan expect that the Medicaid expansion will save the state money, since the federal government will pick up the tab on new enrollees.
Deccan Herald, April 3, 2013
Rapid rollout of institutional child delivery in the last five years without adequate trained manpower in rural India has spawned a new problem of “maternal morbidity” in which women suffer from serious health consequences. Abhijit Das is quoted.
ABC News, April 2, 2013
Samoa Air has just become the world's first airline with pay-as-you-weigh pricing -- asking heavier passengers to fork over more money for their fares. Andy Dannenberg is quoted.
Humanosphere, March 29, 2013
In this podcast interview, Global Health Department Chair King Holmes describes the evolution of what we now call global health, how Seattle established its leadership and where it’s all headed.
Seattle Times, March 27, 2013
Some residents of the Duwamish Valley in south Seattle have more health problems than residents elsewhere in the city, an EPA-funded study finds. Bill Daniell is quoted.
JAMA Internal Medicine, March 26, 2013
Women ages 50-74 who received a mammogram every two years rather than annually are not at increased risk of developing advanced breast cancer or large tumors.
KOMO 4 News, March 26, 2013
Researchers have found there are not enough Spanish-language resources available for Latina patients, which means it can take too long to diagnose breast cancer following a mammogram. Beti Thompson is quoted.
KPLU, March 25, 2013
A study in Seattle suggests people don't necessarily walk more just because they live in a walkable area. Brian Saelens is quoted.
NBC News, March 22, 2013
Seattle is poised to become the first city in the nation to provide direct funding for research into the causes and effects of gun violence. Epidemiologist Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Bloomberg Businessweek, March 21, 2013
Sharon Terry heads the Genetic Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit network linking patient groups and researchers. Kelly Edwards is quoted.
The Lancet, March 20, 2013
Global Health Chair King Holmes has been awarded the Gairdner Foundation’s 2013 prize for Global Health, honoring his research in the field of STDs. This UW Today story has more details.
New America Media, March 19, 2013
The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Life for Seniors (PEARLS), a program developed at the School of Public Health in the late 1990s, uses a problem-solving approach to help people 55 or older overcome minor depression before it becomes major.
Web MD, March 18, 2013
The finding of an increase in the risk of ovarian cancer with night shift work is consistent with those found for breast cancer, writes research assistant professor of epidemiology Parveen Bhatti, PhD, and colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
NBCNews.com, March 18, 2013
A study shows many women suffer intense stress after being called back for a follow-up after a mammogram -- and that the stress lasts long after other tests show they are cancer-free.
New York Times, March 15, 2013
This book review of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss, mentions research on obesity by Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology.
The Seattle Times, March 15, 2013
With a grant from the EPA, a group of researchers and students is experimenting with ways to capture fog and wring out its moisture for irrigation and other uses in Peru. Global health faculty members Susan Bolton and Ben Spencer are quoted.
BBC News, March 14, 2013
A study led by Parveen Bhatti of more than 3,000 women suggested that working overnight increased the risk of early-stage cancer by 49 percent compared with doing normal office hours.
UW Today, March 13, 2013
The School of Public Health ranked sixth in the nation in 2011, according to US News & World Report. The Department of Biostatistics tied for third among all biostatistics and statistics programs (combined) and was also tied for first in biostatistics programs alone.
KPLU, March 11, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to clean up the polluted Duwamish River in south Seattle. The School of Public Health is working with local residents on a Health Impact Assessment of the cleanup plan.
The Daily, March 11, 2013
The most comprehensive analysis of global health in the world now allows for country-by-country comparison and features new data visualization tools.
The Daily, March 7, 2013
The School's Field Research and Consultation Group, led by Martin Cohen, examines the dangers to health posed by lead in the smoke of fired bullets.
The Daily, March 5, 2013
Daniela Witten, assistant professor of Biostatistics, was one of three UW faculty to receive a two-year, $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowship.
Annals of Internal Medicine, March 5, 2013
Screening for colorectal cancer doubled when patients who had not been screened regularly were identified though electronic health records and contacted automatically by mail.
HealthDay, February 27, 2013
New study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana: Contaminated diet contributes to phthalate and bisphenol A exposure.
King 5, February 27, 2013
High fat dairy, spices found to contain high levels of chemical used in plastic. Study by Sheela Sathyanarayana.
Nature Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, February 27, 2013
A study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana finds we may be exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates in our diet.
Fox News, February 25, 2013
Screening heavy smokers for lung cancer with a CT scan could potentially prevent thousands of deaths from lung cancer a year, a new study suggests. Larry Kessler, chair of health services, comments.
NPR, February 25, 2013
A study in Nature Climate Change says that global warming will noticeably reduce the amount of time people can spend working and playing safely outside. Dean Howard Frumkin is interviewed.
New York Times, February 21, 2013
Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a UW study found.
Reuters, February 21, 2013
Most women had inaccurate perceptions about the safety and effectiveness of intrauterine devices (IUDs) in preventing pregnancy, according to research led by Lisa Callegari, an epidemiology master's student and a clinical assistant professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Pediatrics, February 18, 2013
Parents of preschool-aged children who switched to less violent screen content found their children behaved better, according to a study led by Dimitri Christakis.
KING 5 TV, February 14, 2013
How will the Affordable Care Act affect businesses? Senior Lecturer in Health Services Aaron Katz explains.
Seattle Times, February 13, 2013
Richard Gleason is quoted on safety measures for workers in Seattle Times story on employees suing gun range over lead exposure.
Contraception, February 10, 2013
Most women seeking primary care have inaccurate perceptions about the effectiveness and safety of intrauterine contraception.
King 5, February 6, 2013
Sheela Sathyanarayana discusses how low level pollution might negatively impact unborn children.
The Daily, February 5, 2013
More than 250 people gathered at Town Hall Seattle to hear panelists from the School of Public Health and King County bring a public-health perspective to to the issue of gun violence.
Crosscut, February 4, 2013
Gun violence extracts a heavy toll on our communities and requires public health solutions. SPH faculty contribute to a guest editorial calling for better data and more effective policies.
News Nest (Nigeria), February 3, 2013
Africa has a great window of opportunity to prevent avoidable deaths due to cancer, writes Global Health MPH candidate Kingsley Ndoh.
UW Today, February 1, 2013
A new Center for Global Oral Health will be led by Timothy DeRouen and will work with the School of Public Health.
RadioMD Healthy Children, January 30, 2013
Associate Professor Catherine Karr talks about children and pesticide exposure on RadioMD.
The Daily, January 29, 2013
Policies on gun control should be based on evidence, not opinion, says epidemiologist Fred Rivara. But Rivara said he stopped researching guns in the mid ’90s when federal funds for gun research dried up.
YouTube, January 25, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin reviews the School’s achievements in 2012 and talks of future plans and challenges in his annual State-of-the-School address.
BBC News, January 25, 2013
The origins of HIV can be traced back millions rather than tens of thousands of years, UW research suggests. Michael Emerman, affiliate professor of global health, is quoted.
The Daily, January 23, 2013
UW Graduate School welcomes new dean: David Eaton.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 23, 2013
Working night shifts was linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women 50 or older, according to a study led by Parveen Bhatti.
Science News, January 22, 2013
A new study suggests that half of U.S. babies don't get routine vaccinations on time, some of them because parents put off the shots. Epidemiologist Edgar Marcuse is quoted.
The Prostate, January 17, 2013
Regularly eating certain deep-fried foods is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, says a new study by SPH and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
MIT Technology Review, January 17, 2013
Researchers found they could tie people's identities to supposedly anonymous genetic data by cross-referencing it with information available online. Epidemiologist Wylie Burke is quoted.
Eurekalert, January 16, 2013
Children age 12 to 35 months who receive DTaP vaccine in their thigh muscle rather than their arm are around half as likely to be brought in for medical attention for an injection-site reaction.
"These local reactions are the most common side effect of vaccinations," said study leader Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, a research professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
NWCPHP News, January 16, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin highlights achievements for the year while reviewing progress toward the School's strategic goals.
Pediatrics, January 14, 2013
Injection in the thigh rather than the arm is associated with fewer local reactions to the DTaP vaccine in children 12 to 35 months old, says a study led by Lisa Jackson.
KUOW, January 14, 2013
Health Services Lecturer Aaron Katz discusses the impact of Medicaid expansion with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.
Maclean's, January 11, 2013
The success of the vaccine is being watched closely by scientists who see it as a model for future vaccines targeted to adolescents. Vivien Tsu, an epidemiologist, is quoted.
The Seattle Times, January 9, 2013
Jackson Orem gave up the potential for a lucrative practice in the U.S. in order to return home to Uganda, where as the country's only cancer doctor he saw 10,000 patients a year. Now he's at the forefront of improving and expanding cancer care there.
In 2004, he began working with Dr. Corey Casper, an adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington and others from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
UW Today, January 8, 2013
David L. Eaton, associate vice provost for research and professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, has been selected as dean of the Graduate School, effective March 15.
The Daily, January 8, 2013
A short film about a new cancer-fighting tool innovated by a team of professionals at UW called tumor paint became a finalist in a film competition about things that are changing the world. Professor Richard Ellenbogen is quoted.
KUOW, January 7, 2013
Health officials are betting a new kind of midwife, one trained in a clinical setting, can offer a solution to Mexico's maternal-death problem. Dilys Walker, associate professor of global health, is quoted.
Seattle Times, January 6, 2013
We need to anticipate the effects of climate change, and prepare for them, to protect the public, writes Dean Howard Frumkin.
Sightline, January 4, 2013
Findings from MPH student Jill Schulte's study with King County shows traffic disproportionately affects the poor and people of color.
Seattle Magazine, January 1, 2013
Mary-Claire King, an adjunct professor epidemiology and a pioneering Seattle geneticist who discovered the breast cancer gene, is the subject of a new movie.
Annals of Internal Medicine, January 1, 2013
Distribution of heroin overdose antidote kits containing naloxone is likely to reduce overdose deaths and is highly cost-effective.
JAMA Surgery, January 1, 2013
The rate of lung cancer deaths is higher in African-Americans than Whites and highest in African-Americans living in the most segregated counties, a new study finds.
UW Today, December 31, 2012
Daniela Witten, assistant professor of Biostatistics, was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of top young researchers in the field of science and health care.
UW Today, December 31, 2012
Giving heroin users kits with the overdose antidote naloxone is a cost-effective way to prevent overdose deaths and save lives, according to a study co-authored by Sean Sullivan.
The Herald, December 28, 2012
Flu is widespread this year. "It's aggressive, early and severe," says epidemiologist Gary Goldbaum.
New York Times, December 22, 2012
Some parents and researchers worry that Lego's branching out into video games and other products results in children using their imagination less. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2012
Frederick Rivara and Arthur Kellermann (SPH MPH grad) used to conduct research on preventing injuries and deaths due to firearms. Now they accuse the gun lobby of squelching such research in a new Viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
University of Washington, December 19, 2012
Increasing evidence shows urban and rural children are regularly exposed to low levels of pesticides that can have serious long-term health effects, according to a report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Catherine Karr, an adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, co-authored both papers.
UW Today, December 19, 2012
Increasing evidence shows urban and rural children are regularly exposed to low levels of pesticides that can have serious long-term health effects, according to a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Catherine Karr is a co-author.
Nature Medicine, December 18, 2012
Depression surpassed asthma to claim the number one spot of disability burden in youth in the US and Canada, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Jurgen Unutzer is quoted.
Salon, December 17, 2012
Epidemiologist Fred Rivara said there is no data supporting the argument that arming citizens will lessen the death toll in massacres like the one in Connecticut.
New York Times, December 17, 2012
Almost a third of pedestrians crossing busy intersections were listening to music, texting or talking on a cellphone, according to a Seattle study led by Beth Ebel.
Seattle Times, December 16, 2012
Dr. Corey Casper has worked with Jackson Orem, a physician who returned to his country, Uganda, to improve cancer care.
The Lancet, December 13, 2012
The largest study of its kind shows that people are living longer but suffering from more disability from chronic diseases and injuries such as back and neck pain.
UW TV, December 13, 2012
Dean Howard Frumkin talks with UW 360 about what makes places healthy.
KUOW, December 13, 2012
Bob Quinn was a public health maverick who played a critical role in HIV prevention, says researcher Caleb Banta-Green.
Bloomberg, December 9, 2012
Sharing the benefits of DNA science across social and class lines is one of the next big challenges facing genome researchers. Professor Mary-Claire King is quoted.
Journal of Safety Research, December 1, 2012
Ergonomics researchers have found that the type of traction chain used on heavy equipment vehicles can impact a driver's exposure to whole body vibration.
Human Resources for Health, November 26, 2012
Cameroon could expand access to oral health care by using more mid-level dental providers, according to a study led by Global Health MPH graduate Leo Achembong.
New York Times, November 25, 2012
The US Food and Drug Administration has begun reviewing hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries to mostly older people from the metal rails used on hospital beds and in home care. Professor Larry Kessler is quoted.
Washington Post, November 22, 2012
William Foege praises pharmaceutical company Merck for distributing the drug Mectizan to combat river blindness.
MyNorthwest.com, November 20, 2012
If you think health care workers and teachers are at the highest risk of getting the flu in Washington, you'd be wrong. The first-ever research into who gets the flu most in this state is out. Janitors top the list.
The Daily, November 19, 2012
The UW's Hall Health is expanding its tobacco cessation program, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe. Abigail Halperin is quoted.
CNN, November 19, 2012
Accidental overdoses are now a leading cause of accidental deaths in the US, surpassing car crashes. Research Professor Gary Franklin is quoted.
Seattle Times, November 16, 2012
Improving access to food sources should be part of good urban design, write guest columnists Adam Drewnowski and Anne Vernez Moudon.
Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, November 16, 2012
Exposure to low levels of air pollution in the Puget Sound area has modest effects on fetal growth, with important public health implications, says a study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana.
Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2012
A crowd-sourcing effort in Philadelphia mapped AEDs, portable devices that can jump-start the heart. Mickey Eisenberg is quoted.
PLoS One Journal, November 12, 2012
Janitors, cleaners and secretaries appear to be more likely to catch the flu, while truck drivers and construction workers are least likely.
TedX YouTube Channel, November 10, 2012
Nutrition Reviews, November 9, 2012
Vitamin D is associated with lower rates of tooth decay, according to a review of two dozen studies by Philippe Hujoel.
Department of Global Health News, November 8, 2012
Work by Assistant Professor Amy Hagopian led the American Public Health Association to adopt a policy statement opposing military recruiting in the nation’s primary and secondary schools.
The Guardian, November 8, 2012
In the first cost-benefit analysis of its kind, Dean Jamison and Robert Hecht say that a small amount of additional funds devoted to vaccine research could have substantial impact in bringing breakthroughs forward.
SPH News, November 7, 2012
The American Public Health Association urged Congress to modernize the nation's Clean Water Act to protect coastal water quality. The resolution was written by six University of Washington public health graduate students.
New York Times, November 5, 2012
Thirty-five diseases — including drug-resistant gonorrhea — can be transmitted sexually, and the industry tests for only four, says King Holmes, chairman of the global health department.
The Daily, November 2, 2012
The Department of Global Health has started a new a doctoral degree program that is the first of its kind to focus on global health metrics and implementation science. Assistant Professor Kenneth Sherr is quoted.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology, November 1, 2012
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be a risk factor for vascular diseases, according to a new study led by research scientist Ranjini Krishnan.
Humanosphere, October 31, 2012
"We now know that a vaccine against HIV is truly possible," says James Kublin, clinical associate professor of global health.
KING 5 TV, October 30, 2012
About a third of cyclists in the Seattle area don't wear helmets. Epidemiologist Fred Rivara believes many injuries would be prevented if officers enforced King County's helmet law.
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 29, 2012
"We've begun to get reports of confirmed influenza infections in our community, including our schools," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
Med Page Today, October 26, 2012
Chronic exposure to air pollution linked to atherosclerosis in published study. Research Scientist Ranjini Krishnan, lead author of the article, is cited.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, October 22, 2012
Cancer epidemiologist John Potter, M.D., Ph.D., a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, has been selected to receive a medal of honor from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer for his research contributions in nutrition, diet and cancer.
The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2012
Study led by Kay Teschke (PhD, Industrial Hygiene and Safety, 1994) finds cyclists far safer if they ride on a physically separated bike lane than alongside cars on busy city streets.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, October 18, 2012
Uncovering colon cancer’s genetic roots is the focus of a new $13 million, four-year, National Cancer Institute-funded project at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Ulrike (Riki) Peters, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, will lead the effort.
The Oregonian, October 18, 2012
The U.S. government will rely on 11 health research centers to evaluate medical practices and treatments. One is the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, which partners with the UW's Center for Comparative and Health System Effectiveness (CHASE Alliance).
Health Behavior News Service, October 17, 2012
Depressive and anxiety disorders occur in a fifth of patients visiting primary care physicians, but aren't always recognized, says Wayne Katon.
UW News, October 16, 2012
Three faculty members from the UW School of Public Health, including Andy Stergachis, professor of epidemiology, were elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Their election brings the total number of UW faculty members in the Institute of Medicine to 56.
UW School of Public Health News, October 15, 2012
Chris Elias, Thomas Fleming and Andy Stergachis have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.
UW Today, October 8, 2012
Take away the car, and food deserts — areas where low-income people have limited access to low-cost, nutritious food — appear to fill the map. Research by Professor Adam Drewnowski is cited.
The Daily, October 8, 2012
A research team led by Ali Shojaie, assistant professor of Biostatistics, is investigating the connection between people’s social network and their physical health — specifically, their weight.
New York Times, October 6, 2012
J. Randall Curtis, adjunct professor of health services, discusses the clash of decision-making within the family in life-support cases.
Johns Hopkins Public Health News Center, October 5, 2012
Epidemiologist William Foege received the Dean's Medal from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for playing a leading role in many of the public health campaigns of the past half-century.
US News & World Report, October 4, 2012
Home hemodialysis equipment is becoming easier to use, but is available to less than 2 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease, says nephrologist and epidemiologist Bessie Young.
Viewpoint, October 4, 2012
Yolanda Sanchez (MS/MPA, Environmental Health/Public Affairs, 2007) is profiled in UW Viewpoint.
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, October 4, 2012
Only a fraction of patients with kidney disease use home hemodialysis, despite its benefits and cost-effectiveness, says a review led by Bessie Young.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, October 3, 2012
TOP TIPS FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION from Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., Research Professor of Epidemiology at the Univeristy of Washington, and author of “Breast Fitness” (St. Martin’s Press).
Viewpoint magazine, October 1, 2012
Yolanda Sanchez, MS, Environmental Health, ’07, is profiled for her work protecting the environment for the EPA.
American Journal of Public Health, October 1, 2012
"Food deserts" dramatically increase in the Seattle area if you take away the car and factor in walking.
Seattle Times, September 29, 2012
Federal disease detectives have been combing through medical records, trying to figure out why Washington state is in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. Epidemiologist Edgar Marcuse is quoted.
SPH News, September 28, 2012
How does Twitter affect obesity? How can we engage diverse groups on the issue of climate change and health? These are some of the research studies funded by five innovative pilot grants just awarded by the School.
School of Public Health News, September 27, 2012
Peter Johnson and his colleagues are testing computer devices and desks to see what designs keep workers healthier and more productive.
Quest Online, September 24, 2012
Like many of us, Dr. Mario Kratz spends a lot of time obsessing over fat. But his attention isn’t focused on his waistline. Dr. Kratz is a nutrition researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
Workforce, September 24, 2012
Washington state is ahead of the curve when it comes to health care reform. William Dowling, professor of Health Services, is quoted.
Wenatchee World, September 21, 2012
Joel Kaufman recommends that people who live in the Wenatchee Valley should take precautions to limit exposure to smoke from the forest fires, but not to be worry about long-term health effects.
KING 5 TV, September 20, 2012
KING 5 interviews MPH grad Joy Gilroy, of the Washington Association of Local Public Health Officials, about efforts to change how local jurisdictions can prevent teen smoking.
UW Today, September 20, 2012
Angela Gonzales is cycling from Washington to California to raise money for cancer patients at the Hopi Reservation. She and Rachel Winer study human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, in American Indian populations.
New York Times, September 19, 2012
Washington state boasts of cutting-edge vaccine research, but when it comes to getting children immunized, until recently, the state was dead last. Maxine Hayes is quoted.
Fox News, September 12, 2012
Smoke from the Idaho wildfire posed a health risk to a small mountain town that was the staging area for firefighters battling the blaze, health officials said. Joel Kaufman comments.
Chicago Tribune, Reuters, September 12, 2012
Smoke from wildfires in Idaho and Washington states poses short-term health problems, but research on long-term effects is limited. Professor Joel Kaufmann is quoted.
KUOW, September 12, 2012
KUOW profiles a Tongan woman fighting foreclosure in her South Seattle home. Barbara Burns McGrath, an epidemiologist and research associate professor of psychosocial and community health, is quoted.
Columns magazine, September 10, 2012
The USDA says healthy food is cheaper than junk food. But the agency measures food costs per gram as opposed to per calorie, making vegetables appear cheaper, says Adam Drewnowski, director of Nutritional Sciences.
Nature, September 10, 2012
Scientists co-led by Paul Edlefsen used genetic sequencing to discover new evidence that the first vaccine shown to prevent HIV infection in people also affected the viruses in those who did become infected.
PLoS One Journal, September 5, 2012
Men in Kenya who received daily text messages after they were circumcised were more likely to attend a follow-up visit to check for complications from the procedure, according to a study led by Thomas Odeny, a post-graduate fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Columns magazine, September 1, 2012
Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Bill Foege says the global health community has to start focusing more on chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. He also talks about his award, vaccines and the importance of optimism.
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, September 1, 2012
People seeking to build a healthier environment through better nutrition can learn from the policy-making experiences in the Seattle area, according to a new study led by Donna Johnson.
Seattle Times, August 31, 2012
MIT named Abraham Flaxman one of "35 Innovators Under 35." Flaxman took abstract mathematics and applied it to video games, then turned his talents to global public health.
UW Today, August 28, 2012
A UW podcast celebrates physician John Snow's 1854 map of a cholera outbreak in London. It was a major public health achievement that marked the beginning of modern epidemiology.
New York Times, August 26, 2012
R. Palmer Beasley, a former SPH professor credited with saving millions of lives through his work on Hepatitis B, has died at the age of 76. A past interview with him is available here.
Seattle Times, August 26, 2012
The health benefits of circumcision outweigh the negatives, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. Professor Douglas Diekema is quoted.
New York Times, August 21, 2012
Fathers worried about gaining weight should pay more attention to overall diet than to nutrition labels, says Adam Drewnowski of the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Seattle Times, August 20, 2012
Community health workers inspect residences for triggers such as dust, poor ventilation and mold that can aggravate asthma. Jim Krieger, MPH grad and clinical professor, is featured.
U.S. News, August 16, 2012
If you are trying to lose weight, adopting three key strategies will boost your chances of success, new research suggests.
Keep a food journal, avoid eating out often and don't skip meals.
"Greater food-journal use predicted better weight-loss outcomes, whereas skipping meals and eating out more frequently were associated with less weight loss," writes Dr. Anne McTiernan, a research professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, August 16, 2012
Scientific evidence on climate change's impact to human health bolsters Clark County Public Health's community planning initiatives.
The Guardian, August 10, 2012
Professor Ali Mokdad suggests ways to fight chronic disease. He cites examples from the city of New York.
Seattle Times, August 7, 2012
The US only ranks 34th when it comes to life expectancy, Stephen Bezruchka says in a guest column for The Seattle Times.
USA Today, August 6, 2012
Changing the type of DVDs, video and TV that preschoolers watch may help them sleep better at night. Michelle Garrison of Health Services is quoted.
Pediatrics, August 6, 2012
Preschool-age children who switched from violent media content to programs like "Sesame Street" slept much better at night. The study was led by Michelle Garrison, acting assistant professor of health services.
Seattle Times, August 4, 2012
In the past few years, asthma patients have seen technology make the disease more manageable. Professor Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
The Quarterly Consult, August 3, 2012
Sheela Sathyanarayana addresses questions about exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.
NPR, August 3, 2012
Scientists say the current vaccine against whooping cough may be less reliable than an older version, but the vaccine is still the most powerful weapon there is for slowing down the epidemic, says Maxine Hayes of Health Services.
NBCNews.com, August 1, 2012
People often think they are losing weight when they really aren't, a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows.
Seattle Times, August 1, 2012
Women with metastatic breast cancer treated with a combination of two estrogen-blocking drugs survived more than six months longer than those who took just one of the drugs at a time, according to a study co-authored by William Barlow.
UW Today, August 1, 2012
HIV care providers in sub-Saharan Africa should be deworming children, UW global health researchers say. PhD student Helen Gerns and Judd Walson are featured.
Journal of Virology, August 1, 2012
Michael Gale and colleagues have shed light on why the human body cannot adequately fight off HIV.
Crosscut, July 27, 2012
Susan Allan of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice comments on how the Affordable Care Act could affect disadvantaged Asia-Pacific Islanders in the Seattle area.
New York Times, July 25, 2012
More older people are seeking help for depression, but the medical profession doesn't treat them very well yet, says Professor Jurgen Unutzer.
The Seattle Times, July 24, 2012
Seattle researchers are engineering a kidney tissue chip to predict drug safety. David Eaton is part of the research team.
NPR, July 24, 2012
Renee Heffron, a postdoctoral fellow in global health, explains research on HIV that has earned her a Young Investigator Award at the International AIDS Conference.
UW Today, July 24, 2012
Professor David Eaton will be part of a UW project team engineering and testing a kidney tissue chip designed to predict the safety of drugs.
KUOW, July 19, 2012
People who fish from the polluted Duwamish River may already experience health disparities, says William Daniell .
KUOW, July 19, 2012
The Duwamish is an industrial river, but will it ever be clean enough so that people can safely eat the fish? KUOW's special report quotes Professor Bill Daniell.
Reuters, July 19, 2012
Chain restaurants in the Seattle area made changes for the better after a law forced them to put nutrition information on their menus, a study by researcher Barbara Bruemmer finds.
US News & World Report, July 13, 2012
New research from Anne McTiernan and colleagues shows that overweight older women who kept track of what they ate lost six more pounds than those who didn't.
CNN, July 11, 2012
A drug widely used to treat HIV is also highly effective at preventing infection in HIV-free individuals, according to new research led by Jared Baeten.
New York Times, July 9, 2012
Global maternal deaths could be reduced by nearly one-third if women had better access to contraceptives, a study says. Rachel Nugent, professor of global health, is quoted.
Seattle Times, July 8, 2012
Because fish can harbor toxic chemicals, the state of Washington wants to know how much fish people eat. Affiliate Professor Patricia Cirone is quoted.
New York Times, July 7, 2012
A university developed a new approach to cancer treatment in a race to treat one of its own researchers. Wylie Burke, a bioethics expert and epidemiologist, is quoted.
US News & World Report, July 6, 2012
Parents can take steps to prevent exposing their infants to bisphenol A, a chemical linked to hormone disruptions, says environmental health pediatrician Sheela Sathyanarayana.
KPLU, July 5, 2012
Despite their healthier image, Japanese-Americans have a higher-than-average risk of diabetes, according to Tsukasa Namekata, clinical associate professor of health.
The Seattle Times, July 4, 2012
A Danish study suggests a few drinks per week during pregnancy has no effect on children's intelligence or activity levels. Two University of Washington professors looked at the study and conclude what most research shows; It is not safe to drink during pregnancy.
Huffington Post, July 3, 2012
Experts fear more spikes in extreme high temperatures. After the elderly, young people remain the most vulnerable to heat waves. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Green Source, July 1, 2012
The impact of the built environment on public health is becoming more widely appreciated. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
The Guardian, June 29, 2012
Wildfires offer a preview of the disasters climate change could bring. Dean Howard Frumkin explains the public health impacts, from intense air pollution to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fox News, June 29, 2012
People who don't exercise much and are at risk of diabetes are less likely to get the disease if they walk more, according to PhD alumna Amanda Fretts.
Seattle Times, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. Now it's time to move forward, Professor Bob Crittenden says in a Seattle Times guest column.
KING 5 TV, June 26, 2012
A local food bank offers healthier options to clients, including more fruits and vegetables. Research by the Center for Public Health Nutrition is mentioned.
The Oregonian, June 26, 2012
A Pacific Northwest program treats Native Americans for addiction, while Professor Karina Walters walks with Choctaws along portions of the Trail of Tears.
PLoS One Journal, June 22, 2012
More than a quarter of pregnant women in Uganda who had access to insecticide-treated mosquito nets did not regularly use them, according to a study led by Laura Sangare, former senior fellow in Global Health.
The Daily, June 20, 2012
Thomas Burbacher--who studies the impact of environmental chemicals on a child's development--has a personal story that ties into the need for research with nonhuman primates.
Indian Express, June 20, 2012
Health officials in India have banned serological tests for tuberculosis because of their inaccuracy. Research by Karen Steingart of Health Services is cited.
Washington Post, June 19, 2012
Lower-cost supermarkets had more obese shoppers, according to a new study by Adam Drewnowski and colleagues that links obesity rates to food prices.
Washington Post, June 16, 2012
Washington state’s experiment with universal access to health insurance provides a case study for the fate of the federal law. Health Services lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.
The Guardian, Nigeria, June 13, 2012
MPH student Tolu Okitika wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian on environmental health issues in Nigeria.
The Guardian (Nigeria), June 13, 2012
Graduate student Tolu Okitika suggests ways to deal with diesel fumes, lead poisoning and other environmental health problems in Nigeria in this guest column.
New York Times, June 12, 2012
Thyroid cancer is prevalent among victims of Chernobyl, but studies have not indicated an increase in leukemia, says Scott Davis, chairman of the department of epidemiology.
Humanosphere, June 8, 2012
Grad student Nathan Furukawa says maybe it’s time for activists to use humor when trying to raise awareness about the growing gap between rich and poor.
Huffington Post, June 8, 2012
Chinese-made shoes confiscated at the Port of Seattle contained three times the legal limit of lead and posed a hazard to children, says environmental health professor Steven Gilbert.
Washington Post, June 8, 2012
Philadelphia is trying to make healthy food more available, but experts question whether people will eat better. Adam Drewnowski, director of nutritional sciences, is quoted.
Huffington Post, June 7, 2012
Shoes contaminated with lead pose risk to children, says Steven Gilbert.
Jerusalem Post, June 4, 2012
Children whose mothers put on too many pounds when pregnant tended to have long-lasting health problems, including a tendency to be overweight themselves as adults. Epidemiologist David Siscovick took part in this new research.
Bloomberg, May 31, 2012
Is the White House making contingency plans in case the Supreme Court strikes down the federal health care law? Professor Bob Crittenden is quoted.
Seattle/Local Health Guide, May 29, 2012
A mother’s dry, nagging cough almost kills her newborn daughter. In this video, Professor Douglas Diekema says it’s frustrating to see children die from pertussis, a preventable disease.
Washington Post, May 29, 2012
President Obama has awarded epidemiologist William Foege the Medal of Freedom. The President praised Foege for playing a key role in eradicating smallpox. Read a profile of Foege and watch the ceremony.
NPR, May 25, 2012
The Seattle area has a high survival rate from cardiac arrest, thanks to emergency dispatchers who coach bystanders on CPR. Professor Mickey Eisenberg launched the program.
Seattle P-I, May 24, 2012
The value of one's home may be a better predictor of obesity for women, according to a new study co-authored by graduate student Colin Rehm and Professor Adam Drewnowski.
The Daily, May 22, 2012
Jennifer Balkus, outstanding doctoral student in epidemiology, and other SPH students working in Kenya are featured in The (UW) Daily.
May 22, 2012
Many children play with touch-screen devices, but little research has been done on the impact of the new technology, says Professor Dimitri Christakis.
UW Today, May 21, 2012
The risk of a heart attack, hip fracture or other major medical event rises when Vitamin D levels fall in older adults. Ian de Boer and other UW scientists offer insight into just how much Vitamin D the body needs.
Tri-City Herald, May 20, 2012
More than 1,000 lives have been saved, thanks to Washington’s 10-year-old seat belt law. “Buckling up is the routine,” says Beth Ebel of the epidemiology department.
NPR, May 17, 2012
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on a law that tries to balance a company’s trade secrets with the public’s right to know which chemicals they use when drilling for natural gas.
Seattle Times, May 16, 2012
Heroin use and prescription-opiate overdoses are on the rise. Caleb Banta-Green, of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and co-authors suggest what patients, family members and doctors should do to save lives.
Seattle Times, May 15, 2012
Scientists are testing the first vaccine against leishmaniasis, a disease that affects 12 million people. “For every death you see, there are at least 10 people who have it,” said Steve Reed of the Infectious Disease Research Institute.
KUOW, May 14, 2012
A new study in Nature says breast cancer isn’t really just one disease. It’s more like 10. Chris Li, research professor of epidemiology, says the research could ultimately help scientists better treat breast cancer.
Science Daily, May 11, 2012
To help resolve this debate, University of Washington researchers conducted an observational study. They wanted to learn how much vitamin D must be circulating in the blood to lower the risk of a major medical event. This category included heart attack, hip fracture, diagnosis of cancer, or death.
Their findings are reported May 1, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Ian de Boer, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UW School of Public Health.
UW Today, May 11, 2012
An $8.1 million grant will fund the development of new drugs to treat some of the world’s most dangerous diseases, including Ebola, plague, Japanese encephalitis and other lethal pathogens. Michael Gale Jr., adjunct professor of global health, is principal investigator.
Seattle-King County Public Health, May 10, 2012
According to Seattle-King County Public Health, the county is experiencing the worst whooping cough outbreak in 10 years. One hundred cases were reported in the first three months of the year alone. Information on free vaccinations for the uninsured and fact sheets about the disease can be found at the county website.
Crosscut.com, May 8, 2012
A diagnostic laboratory test could identify young children at risk of developing autism. James Woods talks with Crosscut about this research.
Washington Post, May 7, 2012
New research questions whether proximity to healthy foods leads to better diets. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, notes that grocery stores with fresh produce are also likely to stock things like chips and cookies.
ENews Park Forest, May 7, 2012
Alterations in chromosomes appear to increase with age and have been associated with a greater risk of cancer, two new studies show. One of the research projects was led by scientists Cathy Laurie and Cecelia Laurie of the Department of Biostatistics.
KPLU-FM, May 4, 2012
Dartmouth President Jim Kim has been chosen next president of the World Bank. His selection generated some controversy, but King Holmes, chair of the Global Health Department, says the move was “brilliant.”
KUOW, May 2, 2012
An outbreak of pertussis – or whooping cough – has struck Washington State. Is the anti-vaccine movement to blame? Gary Goldbaum, director of the Snohomish Health District, weighs in on this KUOW radio talk show.
KUOW, April 30, 2012
The UW recently held a memorial for 69 people who died on the job last year in Washington State. Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, says immigrant workers in the field are at particular risk.
The Atlantic, April 30, 2012
Just thinking about your phone can lead to a car crash, according to research by UW scientists, including Beth Ebel of the epidemiology department.
Time, April 27, 2012
Where people live – including the availability of parks and access to nutritious food – affects the health of their children, according to several new studies. Brian Saelens, author of one of the studies, is quoted.
The Seattle Times, April 27, 2012
An unusual debate is under way in China: should it adopt a British-style or American-style health-care system? Dean Jamison is quoted in this Seattle Times op/ed.
Humanosphere, April 26, 2012
William Foege has been selected by President Obama to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House has announced. Foege, a UW epidemiologist and former head of the CDC, helped lead efforts to eradicate smallpox.
Investigate West, April 26, 2012
Study will identify potential impacts to community from Duwamish River cleanup, explains William Daniell.
Bangkok Post, April 25, 2012
Malaria resistant to treatment with artemisinin, a current standard therapy, has spread from Cambodia to the Thai-Myanmar border, according to studies in The Lancet and the journal Science. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says 1.2 million people die from malaria each year.
KUOW, April 24, 2012
James Woods talks with KUOW about a potential biomarker for autism.
The New York Times, April 23, 2012
Washington State leads a new effort to prevent patients from becoming addicted to painkillers. Research by Gary Franklin is cited in this New York Times article.
The Seattle Times, April 20, 2012
Heroin deaths are on the rise in the Pacific Northwest. Caleb Banta-Green (HServ) and others are pushing for pharmacies to stock Naxolone, a lifesaving opium antidote that is legal in Washington state but hard to find.
USA Today, April 18, 2012
An expert panel of the Institute of Medicine recommends the FDA work with counterparts throughout the world to assure the quality of food and drugs. Andy Stergachis (Epi, GH, HServ) was one of 14 panel members.
BusinessWeek, April 17, 2012
Joann Elmore of our Epidemiology department challenges the notion that early cancer detection is always better. In an April 3 editorial for Annals of Internal Medicine, co-authored with Dr. Suzanne Fletcher of Harvard Medical School, she calls for better diagnostic tools and suggests doctors alert women to the phenomenon of overdiagnosis. While some cancers will be fatal without treatment, up to a quarter can be safely observed without intervention, they write.
Huffington Post, April 16, 2012
Many OB/GYNs underestimate their patients’ exposure to toxic chemicals and the risks to their babies – even painting the nursery could be harmful. Sheela Sathyanarayana of our Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit is quoted in a Huffington Post article where she also suggests precautions pregnant women can take.
The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2012
Doctors should respect parents’ concerns about vaccines, but should also explain the risks of getting a vaccine later than recommended. Douglas Diekema (HServ) is quoted in a Wall Street Journal health blog.
The Daily, April 12, 2012
Will Bond (BS, 2012) shares his job success, stemming from his Environmental Health internship at Amazon, with the UW’s The Daily.
The Press-Enterprise, April 11, 2012
Older women living in places with high levels of fine-particle pollution had a much greater risk of first-time stroke, according to a California study. Joel Kaufmann says air pollution is also linked to heart attacks.
FHCRC, April 10, 2012
The first large-scale U.S.-based study to evaluate the link between an injectable form of progestin-only birth control and breast cancer risk in young women has found that recent use of a year or more doubles the risk. The results of the study, led by breast cancer epidemiologist Christopher I. Li, M.D., Ph.D., of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Research Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, are published online ahead of the April 15 print issue of Cancer Research.
Institute of Medicine, April 9, 2012
The IOM committee charged with reviewing flawed research at Duke University reported larger problems in using genetic signatures to guide cancer treatment. The committee was chaired by Gilbert Omenn, former SPH Dean, and included Tom Fleming, Health Services Chair Larry Kessler, and Daniela Witten. Articles in Nature and Science have highlighted the report.
New York Times, April 8, 2012
Gary Franklin's research on doctor-prescribed painkillers and overdoses cited in article about Washington state's new law limiting opioid prescriptions.
KPLU, April 6, 2012
Becky Bartlein (MPH in GH 2010) is one of many health professionals working to ensure a safe supply of drugs around the world. She is research coordinator for the UW Global Medicines Program and was recently profiled on Humanosphere, KPLU’s blog on global health.
CTV News, April 4, 2012
A pneumococcal vaccine for children has worked so well it’s also reduced the number of cases in adults. The drug-maker Pfizer now faces a challenge trying to promote widespread use of the vaccine for adults, says Jeffrey Duchin, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
UW 360, April 4, 2012
Starting April 4, UWTV is airing a segment about DEEDS and MESA air pollution research, featuring Joel Kaufman (DEOHS, Epi) and Julie Fox (DEOHS). The show, UW360, is on the website and airs weekly on Wednesdays at 10 pm and Sundays at 9 pm. It will also air on KOMO-TV Sat., April 28, at 4:30 pm.
King 5, April 3, 2012
Sheela Sathyanarayana talks to King 5 about how mothers can reduce exposure to environmental chemicals.
The Irish Times, March 30, 2012
Research shows death rates drop during recessions and increase during boom times. Health Services professor Stephen Bezruchka says economic downturns lead to a decrease in overeating, smoking and drinking, and road accidents, not to mention less work-related stress.
Weekday, KUOW, March 27, 2012
Two faculty members were recent guests on KUOW's Weekday show, discussing the Supreme Court review of President Barack Obama's health care act. Sallie Sanford, a law professor who is adjunct faculty in Health Services and Aaron Katz (HServ, GH) who studies health policy, were interviewed. Hear Sanford’s and Katz’s interviews.
KUOW, March 27, 2012
Findings from studies led by Joel Kaufman can help us understand the health effects from diesel exhaust exposure, such as from the increased coal train traffic in the Pacific Northwest.
UW Arts & Sciences YouTube, March 22, 2012
A UW documentary, “Timeless Discoveries,” highlights groundbreaking research at the university. Global Health's Pradip Rathod and team members are featured for their work in trying to eliminate malaria, which kills about 1 million people a year.
ISPOR, March 21, 2012
Department of Health Services Professor Donald Patrick has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the ISPOR Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award for noteworthy contributions to the science of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.
Brandon Sun, March 21, 2012
"It may have worked too well in children to make it necessary in adults. It's quite possible," admits Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, head of the communicable disease epidemiology and immunization section of Seattle and King County Public Health Department. He is also a professor of medicine and epidemiology in the school of public health at the University of Washington.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, March 16, 2012
“This is the first attempt to quantify the impact of changes in smoking behaviors on lung cancer mortality based on detailed reconstruction of cigarette smoking histories,” said lead author Suresh H. Moolgavkar, M.D., Ph.D., an epidemiologist, biostatistician and mathematical modeler in the Hutchinson Center’s Public Health Sciences Division and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
US News & World Report, March 14, 2012
US News & World Report recently released its annual ranking of graduate schools. Schools of Public Health were not re-ranked and remain unchanged from previously, with SPH ranked sixth in the nation. The Department of Biostatistics remains third among statistics departments, and the MHA program remains eighth among healthcare management programs.
Washington Post, March 9, 2012
Most children and adolescents who bump their heads recover normally. But some have persistent problems, including forgetfulness and fatigue, according to a new study. Frederick Rivara is quoted in The Washington Post, Fox News and Time.
msn.com, March 7, 2012
Teens who saw more alcohol use in the movies were more likely to engage in binge drinking themselves, researchers say. Dimitri Christakis (HServ) comments on a new study of more than 16,000 teens in six European countries.
Seattle Times, March 7, 2012
On average, postmenopausal women who took an estrogen-only hormone for five to seven years after a hysterectomy had less risk of breast cancer. But researcher Garnet Anderson (Biostat) says taking a pill shouldn’t be the first approach to preventing the disease.
March 2, 2012
Not all carbohydrates are created equal .... A study led by Drs. Marian Neuhouser, Affiliate Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Johanna Lampe, Research Professor of Epidemiology finds a 'slow carb' diet may reduce heart disease and cancer risk.
Seattle PI, March 2, 2012
Mid-morning snackers might be among the group that looses less weight, says the senior author of the study, Anne McTiernan, M.D., director of the Prevention Center at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Research Professor of Epidemiology, UW. Mid-morning snackers also reach for more snacks during the day than the women who are more successful at losing weight.
UW Today, March 2, 2012
Local health departments have been hit hard by a drop in funding. Betty Bekemeir (HServ) will study how cutbacks affected four states, from the health of mothers and babies to infectious disease control.
Chicago Tribune, February 28, 2012
Visceral leishmaniasis, called the “parasitic version of HIV/AIDS,” affects 12 million people. The Infectious Disease Research Institute has launched the first clinical trial of a new vaccine in India and Washington state. Steven Reed (GH) led the research effort.
Anchorage Daily News, February 28, 2012
A proposal before the Alaska Legislature would give judges flexibility when handing down criminal sentences to people who were born with effects caused by their mother drinking during pregnancy.
MSN.com, February 22, 2012
Breast cancers in women in their 40s had a better prognosis if first discovered by mammograms rather than found by doctors or the women themselves. “They have an earlier diagnosis, earlier stage, better prognosis,” said study author Judith Malmgren (Epi).
The Columbian, February 21, 2012
A new study predicts a major shortage of home-care workers in Washington state in 20 years, thanks to high turnover and a growing senior population. Amy Hagopian (GH, HServ) and co-authors explain the crisis. Their report is also cited in The Seattle Times.
Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2012
More doctors are asking families who refuse to immunize their children to leave their practices. Douglas Diekema (HServ) is quoted in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Wall Street Journal, February 16, 2012
Cardiac arrest kills about 300,000 people a year. More than half die within two hours, before they make it to a hospital. Research by Graham Nichol (Biostat) is cited in The Wall Street Journal on what’s being done to improve those outcomes.
UW Today, February 15, 2012
One of the world’s poorest communities is getting a makeover, thanks to faculty and students from the Department of Global Health. They’ve built a new park and walkways, and have been working to improve the health of residents in a huge impoverished district north of Lima.
New York Times, February 15, 2012
Obesity has become the largest health problem in the US, and a new report suggests blood tests for all 9- to 11-year-olds. But Bruce Psaty (Epi, HServ) and Frederick Rivara (Epi) say children could end up on medication regimes that aren’t justified.
Washington Fire Chiefs, February 10, 2012
The Field Research & Consultation Group recently released a new booklet for firefighters: "Prevent MRSA."
KING 5 , February 10, 2012
Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove chemicals found in drugs (including cancer drugs) and personal care products. More testing needs to be done to determine the extent of the problem, says researcher John Kissel (DEOHS).
Bloomberg, February 10, 2012
A Yale University lecturer says U.S. agricultural policy has led to a national obesity epidemic. He cites research by Adam Drewnowski (Epi), of the Nutritional Sciences Program, showing that government subsidies cause the least healthy food to be the cheapest.
King 5, February 9, 2012
John Kissel says that there is not enough testing of waste water treatment facilities to know how much of the chemicals found in drugs and personal care products remain in the water and their effects on human and environmental health.
The Huffington Post, February 7, 2012
The government says we should eat less salt. But is it possible to change our diets enough? Research by visiting scholar Matthieu Maillot and Adam Drewnowski (Epi) of the school’s Nutritional Sciences Program shows the new targets are not practical and would require “large deviations” in the kinds of food we eat.
Nature, February 7, 2012
The federal agency missed a self-imposed deadline to release recommendations for regulation of dioxins. David Eaton (DEOHS), chairman of a National Academies of Sciences’ committee evaluating health risks from dioxin, is quoted.
Great Lakes Echo, February 7, 2012
Marilyn Roberts recommends that people take precautions against exposure to MRSA.
Seattle Times, February 3, 2012
Economic and environmental impacts shouldn’t be the only factors when creating transportation policy. Planners should also consider people’s health and well-being, says Dean Howard Frumkin in a personal guest column.
UW Today, February 2, 2012
Diabetes risk is greater for those who eat processed meats, according to a study of Native American communities in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. David Siscovick (Epi) was senior author and Amanda Mae Fretts (PhD alum, Epi) led the research team.
The Lancet, February 2, 2012
Nearly twice as many people are dying from malaria than previously thought, according to a new study led by Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Stories appeared globally, from Agence France-Presse and NPR to The Hindu.
DEOHS, January 19, 2012
PhD Candidate Vanessa Galaviz (DEOHS) just received the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Volunteer Award.
The Daily Astorian, January 17, 2012
Mount Adams' glaciers have shrunk by nearly half since 1904. Richard Fenske (DEOHS) and Richard Hoskins (Epi) have been involved with the Climate Impacts Group quoted in the article.
The Star, January 15, 2012
In view of the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, parents should monitor what their children are eating. “It’s easy for children to overeat energy-dense foods” such as chocolate bars, warns Professor Adam Drewnowski (Epi). Fresh fruit would make a better snack, he said.
US News , January 12, 2012
A study of heterosexual couples in sub-Saharan Africa finds that the amount of the HIV-1 virus in the blood of an infected partner is the most important risk factor for sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. James Hughes (Biostat) is quoted.
Journal of the American Medical Association, January 12, 2012
Would proactive outpatient care prevent hospitalization for some people with dementia? Among a group age 65 years or older, incident dementia was significantly associated with increased risk of hospitalization, including for other diseases such as bacterial pneumonia and urinary tract infection. Elizabeth Phelan (HServ) is a coauthor.
EcoCity 2011 YouTube, December 28, 2011
Business Week, December 22, 2011
Professor and chair Larry Kessler (HServ) has joined a consumer group asking the FDA to withdraw the Wingspan stent, associated with higher rates of stroke and death.
Investigate West, December 20, 2011
Heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure and more are all linked to wood smoke pollution, and the Pacific Northwest has more than its share. DEOHS' Mike Yost, who has tracked wood smoke levels in the region, comments.
Investigate West, December 16, 2011
Michael Yost says that biofuel use has advantages, but cautions that biofuel emissions contribute to air pollution in Northwest.
Deseret News, December 15, 2011
A new HUD study shows that where you live - the characteristics of your neighbors and your neighborhood - plays a role in your health. Adam Drewnowski's obesity research is cited.
Washington Post, December 15, 2011
A new report says spending to improve health in developing countries has continued to grow during the recession, although at only half the pace of a decade ago. Chris Murray of IHME, which produced the report, is quoted.
Seattle Met, December 14, 2011
PhD student Eyob Mazengia, who is a restaurant inspector for the Seattle and King County Public Health department, is profiled in Seattle Met.
USA Today, December 13, 2011
Hoping your kid will be a genius is nothing new. But "playing with simple blocks can teach kids far more than videos, mini-laptops, and products that claim to turn babies into Einsteins," says Health Services' Dimitri Christakis.
Seattle Weekly, December 12, 2011
Does injectable birth control make women more vulnerable to HIV? Seattle Weekly's Keegan Hamilton talks with researchers Jared Baeten, Connie Celum, and Renee Heffron about their controversial findings.
AEHAP, December 6, 2011
Undergraduate Anna Fretheim is an "extraordinary student"
Seattle Times, December 6, 2011
Clinical instructor Gerry Pollet (HServ) has been appointed to a state House seat in North Seattle's 46th Legislative District. Pollet is executive director of Heart of America Northwest, a watchdog group for the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear reservation.
health.com, December 6, 2011
People with type 2 diabetes who also have depression are at higher risk for dementia, according to a new study led by Health Services' Wayne Katon.
Seattle Times, December 6, 2011
More than 12,000 WA seniors took part in EnhanceFitness training through Senior Services in 2010. The program was developed by researchers at our Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) and GHRI.
Huffington Post, December 5, 2011
New metrics are needed for fish consumption in Washington state to protect public health. Professor Elaine Faustman (DEOHS) and Frank James (HServ), Health Officer for San Juan County Health Department, are interviewed.
Occupational Health & Safety, December 5, 2011
A new study shows that improving medical care for injured workers by using Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs) can significantly reduce lost work time. Researchers Tom Wickizer (HServ) and Gary Franklin (DEOHS & HServ) are mentioned.
EHS Today, December 1, 2011
Jeffrey Walls (MS student, Exposure Sciences) was awarded the 2011 Future Leader in EHS scholarship.
Environmental Health Perspectives, December 1, 2011
The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures is an effort to revitalize and rationalize how we manage hazardous industrial and naturally occurring chemicals. Dean Howard Frumkin is interviewed.
Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, November 30, 2011
Investing in occupational health "best practices" improves outcomes for injured workers, study finds. Gary Franklin led the creation of the Centers of Occupational Health and Education.
MSNBC, November 29, 2011
New findings from Hutch researchers led by Epi's Anne McTiernan suggest that skipping that morning snack can help women dieters lose more weight.
Seattle Magazine, November 28, 2011
The USDA Food Desert Locator showed "nutritional wastelands" cropping up all over Seattle. Seattle Magazine interviewed Adam Drewnowski to find out more.
Seattle Times, November 28, 2011
In 2010, 6% of Washington's public school parents opted not to vaccinate their kids. Health Services' Mary Selecky, WA secretary of health, comments.
KPLU, November 22, 2011
A new study shows that Washington's smoking prevention measures of the past 10 years have saved millions of dollars in hospital visits. Jeff Harris of HPRC comments on the success.
November 14, 2011
Hilary Zetlen (MPH, Environmental & Occupational Health, 2011), who received a Bonderman Travel Fellowship, is blogging about her year of travel overseas.
Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services e-newsletter. 11/1/20, November 3, 2011
Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services congratulates HPRC on its 25th anniversary and mentions EnhanceFitness, PEARLS, and the healthy Aging Partnership.
KGMI, November 3, 2011
PhD student Chad Weldy, an environmental toxicologist, discusses the health effects of diesel exhaust on KGMI in Bellingham.
Careers Out There, November 2, 2011
Alumna Meagan Yoshimoto-Clark, an industrial hygienist, is featured on Careers Out There.
Seattle Times, November 1, 2011
Tainted food is everywhere, and if you think you're being thoroughly protected, think again. Epi's John Kobayashi and DEOHS lecturer Charles Easterberg are mentioned.
Washington Post, October 31, 2011
Adolescents with at least one parent in the military have a higher risk of violence, according to a study led by alum Sarah Reed. The study analyzed data from over 10,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Washington public schools. Study findings were presented October 31 at APHA's Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
King 5, October 28, 2011
Marilyn Roberts and Nancy Simcox are sending environmental sampling kits to Washington state fire station personnel to determine how widespread MRSA bacteria really is.
US News & World Report: HealthDay, October 28, 2011
A new study shows that children can face a lifetime of problems after suffering head injuries, especially those that involve a brain injury or hemorrhage. Fred Rivara, lead author, is quoted.
MSNBC, October 24, 2011
Back pain sufferers can benefit from both yoga and stretching exercises, reports a new study from Group Health Research Institute. Epi's Karen Sherman, who led the study, and Health Services' Rick Deyo are quoted.
Techflash, October 20, 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that kids under two should have minimal "screen time." Dimitri Christakis' research on babies and videos is mentioned.
US News & World Report: Health, October 20, 2011
New studies show that getting a seasonal flu shot while pregnant protects newborns from the flu for months after birth and won't cause a miscarriage. Global Health's Kathleen Neuzil is quoted.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 10, 2011
In this video, Howard Frumkin discusses the benefits of walkable communities as they relate to health, the environment and social interaction.
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