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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.
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.
Do I Have Enterovirus? What to Know About Virus Grabbing Headlines
NBC News, September 30, 2014
Epidemiologist Jeff Duchin is quoted in this story on the symptoms and treatment for Enterovirus D-68.
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.
An Appreciation of Anthony McMichael, Pioneer in Environmental Change and Health
UWSPH News, September 29, 2014
Professor Anthony (Tony) McMichael, a pioneer in studying environmental change and health, died September 26 in Australia at the age of 71. Professor Kristie Ebi remembers him.
Stagnant Vaccination Rates in Washington State
The Daily, September 29, 2014
The Daily explores research on the recent pertussis epidemic led by former MPH student Elizabeth Wolf. Research by PhD student Russell Barlow also is cited.
Smoke a Bowl, Flush the Bowl: This UW Scientist Wants to Test the State's Toilet Water for Weed
Seattle Weekly, September 29, 2014
UW Drug Use Epidemiologist Caleb Banta-Green hopes that soon he'll be able to snag dozens of vials of Washington State sewage. The reason? To see how much pot we're smoking.
For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good
Time, September 29, 2014
Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients' daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement authored by Gary Franklin on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not related to cancer.
Wearable Tech Goes to the Doctor: UW to Test 'Wearable' Artificial Kidney
Puget Sound Business Journal, September 23, 2014
Undergoing dialysis is a constricting process; a patient has to sit in a chair, attached to a machine for hours at a time, multiple times a week. But soon, things could change.
Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health
Huffington Post, September 22, 2014
Biking, walking and other active forms of transportation are just a few ways that reducing our use of fossil fuels may benefit not only the planet but also our health and the economy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday. Dean Howard Frumkin was a co-author.
Climate Change Poses Opportunities for Public Health
Journal of the American Medical Association, September 22, 2014
Reducing fossil fuel use and adapting to climate change already underway could result in major health benefits.
How the Aid and Development Industry Helped Cause Africa's Ebola Outbreak
Humanosphere, September 19, 2014
James Pfeiffer, a medical anthropologist and professor of global health, discusses the root causes of the massive outbreak of Ebola now ravaging West Africa. It is the aid and development community – the same folks now responding to the rescue.
Vaccination Rates Not Affected by Pertussis Outbreak
JAMA Pediatrics, September 17, 2014
A whooping cough epidemic in 2012 in Washington state did not significantly change statewide vaccination rates.
Wearable Artificial Kidney Safety Test Receives Go-Ahead
HSNewsBeat, September 16, 2014
Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. Larry Kessler, professor of health services, is a member of the research team.
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.
A Plea for Help from the Front Lines of Ebola
The Seattle Globalist, September 15, 2014
Karin Huster (MPH '13) is in Liberia to train healthcare workers in Ebola management.
Judy Wasserheit: Positively Global
The Lancet, September 12, 2014
The Lancet profiles Judy Wasserheit, new chair of the Department of Global Health.
More Health Symptoms Reported Near Fracking Sites
Environmental Health Perspectives, September 10, 2014
Residents living close to natural gas wells reported more skin conditions and upper respiratory symptoms than those living more than 2 km away.
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
Health Care Heroes: Trio of SPH Grads Lead WA's Health Care Reform Efforts
Columns magazine, September 5, 2014
Leading the state during this historic sea change in public health are three UW School of Public Health alumni at the Health Care Authority (HCA), the agency that oversees Washington's two top health care purchasers. Dorothy Teeter, '79, serves as HCA director, MaryAnne Lindeblad, '97, directs the state's Medicaid program, and Dan Lessler, '92, is the chief medical officer for HCA.
Opportunities Lost -- Could Ebola Have Been Better Contained?
The World Post, September 5, 2014
Scott Barnhart and Amy Hagopian write that Africa's health systems need to be strengthened.
Bras Causing Breast Cancer? Study Debunks Belief
Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 5, 2014
There is no association between bra wearing and increased breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women, according to a population-based case-control study led by PhD student Lu Chen of the Department of Epidemiology.
No Link between Bras and Breast Cancer
Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, September 5, 2014
A case-control study led by a UW SPH doctoral student found no association between wearing bras and increased breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women.
Collaborative Care Improves Depression in Teens
Journal of the American Medical Association, September 3, 2014
Teenagers showed improvements in their symptoms of depression after a year-long collaborative care intervention.
America's Growing Food Inequality Problem
Washington Post, September 2, 2014
Income inequality isn't the only gap the U.S. needs to mind these days; the country is amassing a sad and expensive discrepancy between what its poor and rich eat. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Climate Change: A Chronic Health Problem for the 21st Century
Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet, August 29, 2014
Health officials need to be a much bigger part of decisions about how to reduce and deal with the effects of climate change, says Professor Kristie Ebi.
How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella
NPR, August 28, 2014
Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney and member of the SPH Dean's Council, is interviewed for this "Morning Edition" piece on the problem of salmonella in chickens.
National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Receives $19.7 Million Grant
ASPPH Friday Letter, August 28, 2014
The National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center in the Department of Epidemiology has received funding for another five years at $19.7 million
New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice in Minutes
UW Today, August 27, 2014
UW researchers have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians. James Stout is a member of the research team.
Insights to Successful Depression Care for Women
HSNewsBeat, August 27, 2014
Wayne Katon is interviewed about his latest study on how collaborative care is an effective model for treating depression in women.
Low-wage Workers Would Welcome Wellness Initiatives
American Journal of Health Promotion, August 27, 2014
Low-wage employees would welcome workplace health promotion and believe it increases productivity and morale to the benefit of employers.
Health: Your Zip Code is More Important Than Your Genetic Code
KIRO Radio, August 26, 2014
Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett, director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, explains the many environmental factors that influence your health.
Louisville's Urban Heat Islands are Among Most Intense, Fastest-Growing in the U.S., Report Says
WFLP Louisville, August 20, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on the health effects of heat after a report ranks Louisville among the top 10 U.S. cities with a serious urban heat island effect.
Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste
Huffington Post, August 16, 2014
Mary Anne Mercer writes about a Health Alliance International project that uses mobile phones to send health messages to pregnant women. Program Director Susan Thompson is quoted.
UW Program Seeks to Grow Better Farmers and Consumers
The Seattle Times, August 15, 2014
The School of Public Health supports the UW farm, where more than 60 graduate and undergraduate students (along with volunteers and interns) plant, tend and harvest fruit and vegetables.
Pursuing Health Equity Lands Grad Student on Global Stage
HSNewsBeat, August 11, 2014
A Q and A with Jillian Pintye, who accepted a prestigious Young Investigator Award at the 20th International AIDS Conference. Pintye studied epidemiology and global health at the UW and is now a PhD student at UW's School of Nursing.
Editorial: Find a new leader like David Fleming for Public Health - Seattle & King County
The Seattle Times, August 10, 2014
The Seattle Times editorial board says David Fleming's successor at Public Health - Seattle & King County should adopt and continue some of the same strategies that made him such an effective leader. Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, is quoted.
Ebola Virus: How Contagious?
Web MD, August 6, 2014
Ebola is much less contagious than many other more common diseases. The virus, much like HIV or hepatitis, is spread through blood or bodily fluids and is not airborne. Many factors come into play, says epidemiologist Jeff Duchin.
Most Travelers Who Fall Ill Lack Pre-Trip Health Advice
HSNewsBeat, August 6, 2014
More than half of Seattle-area travelers surveyed who went abroad and fell ill had not consulted with a healthcare provider or other source of health-related travel advice before they set off on their trip, according to a study led by epidemiologist Atar Baer.
Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?
Washington Post, August 5, 2014
Climate change could hasten the spread of the virus, but the linkages are complicated, according to limited scientific literature on the topic. Kris Ebi, an expert on climate change and health, is quoted.
Mammograms Benefit Women 75 and Older
Radiology, August 5, 2014
Regular mammograms for women 75 and older detects cancer in earlier stages, according to a new study led by Dr. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology.
Seattle Scientists Seek an Ebola Cure
The Seattle Times, August 2, 2014
Two Seattle teams are studying ways to treat the virus and how some people survive the infection that kills so many. Michael Gale Jr., adjunct professor of global health, is featured.
Big Potential in Going Small
Alaska Airlines Magazine, August 1, 2014
Researchers across the US and around the world are using nanotech methods to create new and better products, including those that treat disease. Terrance Kavanagh and studies in the UW Nanotoxicology Center on the impacts of nanotechnology on human health are mentioned.
Study Sheds Light on Why HIV is a Persistent Infection
Science, August 1, 2014
HIV persistence despite antiretroviral treatment depends in part on which human genes the virus integrates.
Building Connections - the Global to Local Initiative's Connection Desk
The Daily, July 30, 2014
Tao Kwan-Gett is quoted in this feature on one of the Global to Local Initiative's efforts to reduce health disparities in south King County.
Facing Budget Crunch, Health Chief Quits to Make Way for New Leadership
The Seattle Times, July 29, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on the resignation of David Fleming as director of Public Health - King County & Seattle, calling him one of the best local public health officials in the country.
Sewage Test: Will You Smoke Pot Now that it's Legal?
KOMO 4 News, July 24, 2014
No one really knows how much marijuana use in Washington state will change now that it's legal. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Deadly 'superbug' is spreading in US hospitals
CNBC, July 24, 2014
"Superbug" known as CRE has increased in community hospitals and MRSA has been found in fire stations. Study led by Marilyn Roberts is mentioned.
Sean D. Sullivan Named Dean of UW School of Pharmacy
UW Today, July 22, 2014
Sean D. Sullivan, professor of Health Services, was named new dean of the UW School of Pharmacy.
Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses
KPLU, July 21, 2014
Fighting fires is a dangerous job, and new research on firehouses around Washington state has revealed another hazard — one that lurks on firefighters' boots, their trucks and even their TV remotes. Marilyn Roberts is interviewed on the threat of MRSA.
Back Pain Needn't Hurt You in the Wallet
Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2014
Try not to panic, experts say, if you experience sudden back pain. Jeffrey Jarvik, professor of health services, is quoted.
Research Community Mourns Loss Of AIDS Research Leader
KUOW, July 18, 2014
King Holmes and Connie Celum talk about the legacy of Joep Lange, a leading AIDS researcher killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
Testicular Cancer Rate Rising Among Young Latinos
KUOW, July 16, 2014
Testicular cancer is on the rise among young Latinos, according to a new study. Stephen Schwartz, professor of epidemiology, was a co-author.
Signs Of Alzheimer's Disease: How To Tell If You're At Risk
The Huffington Post, July 14, 2014
Paul Crane and Wayne Katon discuss some possible warning signs for the most common form of dementia.
Young Hispanics See Rise in Testicular Cancer
Cancer, July 14, 2014
Testicular cancer is rising dramatically among young Hispanic men, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. Stephen Schwartz, professor of epidemiology.
Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer
KPLU, July 10, 2014
Rachel Katzenellenbogen recently received a $2 million grant to decipher how the human papillomavirus attacks our cells.
Screen Time Overload: It's Not all Bad News
Today/NBC News, July 9, 2014
Nearly three quarters of kids aged 12 to 15 spend more than two hours a day in front of a computer or TV screen, according to a new government report. NBC News interviews Dimitri Christakis to help put the report in perspective.
Phthalates are out of infants' toys but a heavy dose is still in their food
The Washington Post, July 8, 2014
A new study led by Samantha Serrano and Sheela Sathyanarayana shows that an infant with a typical diet is consuming more phthalates than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.
UW Study: Gun Victims More Likely to be Shot Again
AP/KIRO TV, July 7, 2014
People hospitalized with a gunshot wound are 30 times more likely to come back to the hospital with another firearm injury than those hospitalized for another medical reason, according to a new study led by Frederick Rivara and commissioned by the Seattle City Council.
Rats Captured on Video in Seattle Grocery Store
KIRO TV, July 7, 2014
Associate Professor Scott Meschke talks about the health risks connected with eating food touched by rats.
Four Years After Deadly Blast, Tesoro Mostly Unscathed
KUOW, July 6, 2014
Tesoro refinery fights government accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm's way. Richard Gleason comments on industrial accidents and workplace-safety violations.
The Work of Public Health is Overlooked and Underfunded
The Herald, July 6, 2014
Public health works every day to prevent disaster, large and small, but this work is done quietly in the background, writes Gary Goldbaum.
Study Finds Little Benefit, Some Harm from Steroid Shots for Back Pain
Reuters Health, July 3, 2014
Steroid injections widely used to treat back pain offer little or no real benefit, according to a new study of 400 patients conducted by several SPH faculty members.
Infant Diet Exceeds EPA Guidelines for Phthalate Exposure
Environmental Health, July 3, 2014
New findings show that adolescents and infants may be especially vulnerable to high exposures of endocrine-disrupting phthalates in their diet, exceeding even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines.
Steroid Injections Offer Little Relief for Spinal Stenosis
New England Journal of Medicine, July 3, 2014
Steroid injections for a common form of back and leg pain known as spinal stenosis may have little or no benefit for patients.
Study: HIV Drug Could Reduce Risk Of Genital Warts
CBS Seattle, July 2, 2014
Truvada, a combination of two drugs used for the treatment of HIV, may help reduce the risk of getting genital herpes, according to a study led by Connie Celum.
Immunization Hesitancy Linked to Topical Fluoride Refusal
American Journal of Public Health, July 1, 2014
Parents who refused to immunize their children also tended to turn down fluoride treatments for them.
Doctors Fail To Counsel Pregnant Women On Toxic Chemical Risks
Huffington Post, June 25, 2014
A national survey finds doctors reluctant to counseling pregnant patients about environmental health hazards. Sheela Sathyanarayana--who is quoted--published suggestions for doctors on the subject in 2012.
A Prescription for Public Health: Seattle Parks Measure
Crosscut, June 20, 2014
Research suggests Seattle was on the right track when it laid out a network of parks. Now we need to expand public access, writes Dean Howard Frumkin.
Global Issues at Play in Book of Study-Abroad Student Letters
UW Today, June 20, 2014
Two Public Health majors, Nicole Okada (since graduated) and Margaret Babayan, were among the 22 "Letterwallahs" writing personal letters to an idea, a thing (a rice dish), a person (a beggar girl), an idea, as part of their summer study last year in Bangalore, India.
Health Department Cuts Linked to Low Birth Weights
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, June 20, 2014
Cuts in local health department spending on maternal and child health programs are linked to increased rates of underweight babies.
Heat-Related Illness in WA Agriculture, Forestry Workers
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, June 20, 2014
Heat-related illnesses in agricultural and forestry workers in Washington state are an important public health problem and likely under-recognized and under-reported.
Discovery of 'Broken Gene' Could Advance Heart Disease Research
MyNorthwest.com, June 19, 2014
New research, done in part in Seattle, reveals that low triglyceride levels might significantly reduce your chance of heart disease. Alex Reiner, research professor in epidemiology, is quoted.
Pregnant Women Should Eat More Fish, Unless It Was Caught In Puget Sound
KUOW, June 19, 2014
Marcie Sillman speaks with William Daniell about Washington's fish consumption rate — a little number that has a big impact.
Boeing, health-care providers join forces in bid to curb costs
The Seattle Times, June 13, 2014
Jeffrey Harris, director of the Health Promotion Research Center, is quoted on the use of accountable care organizations to improve patient health while reining in costs.
Doctors to be Educated on Nitrates in Lower Valley Water
Tri-City Herald, June 13, 2014
Federal environmental health experts and a team of pediatricians from the UW will arrive in the Yakima Valley this summer to train local health care providers in recognizing the health hazards associated with nitrate contamination in groundwater. Associate Professor Catherine Karr is quoted.
Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets
KPLU, June 12, 2014
Researchers led by SPH alumna Janessa Graves found that when a city gets a bike share program, it sees more head injuries: The risk goes up about 14 percent.
State Not Producing Enough Graduates in High-Tech Fields
KING-5, June 10, 2014
Nadia Arang, a microbiology student minoring in global health, shows how to dissect a mosquito in a Seattle BioMed lab. She was featured as part of story on state scholarships for STEM students.
Students Dive into Knotty Issue: High-Use Patients
HSNewsBeat, June 10, 2014
A group of UW students are working as "hotspotters" to better understand why some people becoming high utilizers of health care. Two SPH students, Anastasia Mallillin and Allen Roberts, are on the UW team.
Big Boost in Awards for State's STEM College Scholarships
The Seattle Times, June 9, 2014
A state-sponsored scholarship program helps students in tech and science fields. Global health student Nadia Arang was able to conduct malaria research at Seattle BioMed.
UW's Twinfest Celebrates Twin Culture, And Their Unique Contribution To Science
KPLU, June 6, 2014
Glen Duncan, director of the UW Twin Registry, says twins offer a very unique kind of natural experiment that helps scientists study difficult questions.
Reported Concussions Have Doubled Since Lystedt Law
HSNewsBeat, June 5, 2014
The number of concussions reported by coaches in Seattle public high schools has more than doubled since the Zackery Lystedt Law came into effect in 2009, according to UW researchers, including David Yanez III, associate professor of Biostatistics.
Three Plans to Stop Rape in the Fields
PBS, June 5, 2014
Various groups, including a UW-sponsored public health campaign, have jump-started new projects to tackle sexual harassment and abuse in the agricultural industry. Victoria Breckwich Vásquez is quoted.
Profile of a Global Health Prankster, Bill Foege
Humanosphere, June 3, 2014
A profile of William Foege, global health hero and an affiliate professor of epidemiology at SPH.
Lessons From the Woman Who Discovered the BRCA Cancer Gene
Time, June 2, 2014
Mary-Claire King, the legendary researcher, talks about work-life balance, the importance of trusting hunches, and her stunning scientific discovery.
Mobile Medicine: Three Projects to Stop the Spread of HIV in Africa
Columns magazine, June 2, 2014
How can smart phones prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission? Three approaches are gaining attention for their innovative use of technology to improve access to safe breast milk, patient education and HIV testing at home. Dr. Carey Farquhar and student Saloni Parikh are featured.
Kit System Estimates High MRSA Levels in Fire Stations
American Journal of Infection Control, June 1, 2014
A new kit system developed by environmental health researchers turned up evidence that the MRSA "superbug" contaminates living areas in WA state fire stations and may pose risks to the health of fire personnel.
LAX pollution goes 5X farther than we thought
Futurity.org, May 29, 2014
DEOHS researchers contributed to a study that found emissions from airplanes at Los Angeles International Airport increase ultrafine particle number concentrations more than 10 miles east of the airport.
As Obesity Rises, Chinese Kids Are Almost as Fat as Americans
Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2014
China is now No. 2 for obesity, with its number of obese residents outstripped only by the U.S. Its obesity rate has skyrocketed over the last three decades, according to UW research led by Marie Ng.
Effort to stymie sex abuse of female farmworkers
UW Health Sciences Newsbeat, May 29, 2014
Study on sexual harassment of female farmworkers women leads to education and outreach campaign on prevention. Team from the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is collaborating with partners in Eastern Washington.
Planes' Exhaust Could be Harming Communities up to 10 Miles from LAX
Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2014
High levels of potentially harmful exhaust particles from jets using Los Angeles International Airport have been detected in a broad swath of densely populated communities up to 10 miles east of the runways, according to a new study involving the UW and scientists from the Department of Occupational and Health Sciences.
Nearly One-Third of World is Overweight or Obese
The Lancet, May 29, 2014
More than 2 billion people are either obese or overweight, presenting a major global public health epidemic.
Airport Pollution Travels Much Farther than Thought
Environmental Science and Technology, May 29, 2014
School of Public Health researchers contributed to a recent study that suggests air pollution from jets could be a much greater health risk than was formerly thought.
Many Travelers Who Fell Ill Didn't Seek Health Advice
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, May 29, 2014
More than half of Seattle-area travelers who went abroad and fell ill never sought health-related advice before they left, according to a new study led by Dr. Atar Baer.
The Whole World is Getting Fatter, New Survey Says
NBC News, May 27, 2014
The whole world is steadily becoming more obese, a new UW-led study shows. Ali Mokdad and Christopher Murray are quoted.
The Wages of Low Pay
Al Jazeera America, May 23, 2014
Tao Kwan-Gett's story of a mother who had little time to care for her child is cited in David Cay Johnston's opinion piece on low wages.
Climate Blues: How Environmentalists Chill Out in a Warming World
NBC News, May 23, 2014
Stronger communities could be a silver lining to environmental disasters, notes Dean Howard Frumkin. "We might actually improve mental health" by creating strong community networks and taking up proactive steps like walking and biking more and driving less, he says.
Why Is It So Hard To Find The Price Of A Medical Procedure?
KUOW, May 23, 2014
KUOW's Steve Scher talks with Sean Sullivan about the importance of transparency for health care costs and what individuals can do to find out the expense of their health services.
Q&A: Outbreaks Underscore Value of Measles Vaccination
HSNewsBeat, May 22, 2014
NewsBeat interviews Jeffrey Duchin, adjunct professor of epidemiology, on recent measles cases.
Wastewater a Source of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Study
Reuters, May 22, 2014
Wastewater from cities and hospitals releases some antibiotic-resistant bacteria into the environment, according to a new French study. John Scott Meschke, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
Hurricane Season Heightens Anxieties For Victims of Past Storms
NBC News, May 21, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin says it's crucial to keep "social bonds" intact after a disaster.
Where Are U.S. Healthcare Costs Going?
HSNewsBeat, May 21, 2014
Associate Professor Anirban Basu, a health economist in the School of Public Health's Department of Health Services, is interviewed on what factors are driving health care costs.
CIA: No More Vaccination Campaigns in Spy Operations
Washington Post, May 19, 2014
Three years after the CIA used an immunization survey as a cover in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, the White House has promised that the agency will never again use a vaccination campaign in its operations, an official said Monday. The action came in response to a letter from the deans of 12 U.S. public health schools, including Dean Howard Frumkin of SPH.
Protect Water and Health by Updating State's Fish-Consumption Rate
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2014
Washington state should make water-quality standards more protective of health by adjusting the fish-consumption rate, according to guest columnists Frank James and Catherine O'Neill.
Recess, Once Free Time, Gets An Overhaul
KUOW, May 15, 2014
Dimitri Christakis comments on a new trend for structured recesses at schools.
African Governments' Exploitation of Homophobia Harms All of Us
Humanosphere, May 15, 2014
Guest op-ed by Anthony Natif, a pharmacist in Uganda and UW global health student, Toyosi Adejumo, a Nigerian physician, and Nathan Furukawa (MPH '12), a medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Washington Investigates Pesticide Illnesses Related To Fruit Trees
Earthfix, May 15, 2014
Washington state officials are investigating reports of pesticide-related illness. Richard Fenske is quoted.
County Survey: For Medicaid Patients, Access to Primary Care May Not be as Advertised
The Seattle Times, May 13, 2014
Two MPH students working under Eli Kern took part in an assessment of the success and the impact of King County's effort to enroll the uninsured in health insurance, both private and public, made available through the Affordable Care Act.
New Community Air Monitoring Project Launches in Imperial County
Imperial Valley News, May 12, 2014
The School is working with a California community to deploy air-quality monitors. Edmund Seto is quoted.
Marijuana-Using Drivers and Their Passengers
JAMA Pediatrics, May 12, 2014
More under-age high school students drive after using marijuana than after drinking, says a study co-authored by Frederick Rivara.
New Care Approach Eases Depression Among Women
HSNewsBeat, May 7, 2014
Women who received collaborative care for depression at UW obstetrics and gynecology clinics showed fewer symptoms after treatment than women receiving usual depression care in the same setting, according to new research. Wayne Katon and Susan Reed are quoted.
Elevated CO2 Robs Crops of Nutrients, Say Scientists
Christian Science Monitor, May 7, 2014
Thanks to rising carbon dioxide levels, wheat, rice, and soybeans could have lower levels of zinc and iron in the future, according to new research. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
UW Students Help Combat Food Insecurity on Campus
The Daily, May 7, 2014
Many college students turn to food pantries to boost their access to healthy foods, a UW survey finds. Leah Todd, a junior majoring in public health, is quoted.
Cuts to Local Mom-Child Services Linked to Underweight Infants
HSNewsBeat, May 7, 2014
Reductions in local health departments' spending on maternal and child health programs are strongly related to increased rates of low-birth-weight babies, according to a study led by Betty Bekemeier, adjunct associate professor of health services.
New Care Approach Eases Depression Among Women
HSNewsBeat, May 7, 2014
Women who received collaborative care for depression at two UW obstetrics and gynecology clinics showed fewer symptoms after treatment than women receiving usual depression care in the same setting, new research says.
Ron Sims to Lead Board Overseeing State's Health Insurance Exchange
The Seattle Times, May 5, 2014
Gov. Jay Inslee has named Ron Sims, head of the SPH Dean's Council, as the new chair of the Washington Health Insurance Exchange Board. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Hepatitis C Drug's Cost Pits State vs. Insurer
The Olympian, May 5, 2014
A new drug to treat hepatitis C is boosting patients' odds of recovery, but it's causing a major insurer in Washington and the state's prison system to wonder how they're going to pay for it. Stephen Polyak, a research professor in the departments of global health and laboratory medicine, is quoted.
Maternal Deaths in Childbirth Rise in the U.S.
Washington Post, May 2, 2014
The US is one of just eight countries to see a rise in maternal mortality over the past decade, said researchers for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Over-35 Pregnant Smokers Risk Baby Heart Effects
BBC News, May 2, 2014
Babies born to women over 35 who smoke are at greater risk of having specific heart defects, suggests research led by Patrick M. Sullivan, a master's student in epidemiology.
How to Raise Bangladesh Labor Conditions a Year after Factory Collapsed
The Seattle Times, May 2, 2014
MPH graduate Nadia Mahmud writes in a guest column that plenty of work still needs to be done to improve working conditions in Bangladesh a year after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed.
Right-Heart Changes Linked to Air Pollution
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, May 1, 2014
Air pollution from traffic was associated with changes in the right side of the human heart.
The Public Health Benefits Of Raising Smoking Age To 21
KUOW, April 24, 2014
Abigail Halperin, senior lecturer in health services, says raising the legal age of smoking in Washington state to 21 will reduce youth smoking rates.
Public Health and the Prevention of War
American Journal of Public Health, April 17, 2014
Public health practitioners and academics have an obligation to take a lead role in the prevention of war, says a new report co-authored by Amy Hagopian.
Progress, Challenges as Medicaid Rolls Swell in State
Seattle Times, April 16, 2014
With Medicaid enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that's already stretched thin in places. Sallie Thieme Sanford, adjunct assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
In Vietnam, reducing harm of battery recycling
Health Sciences NewsBeat, April 14, 2014
DEOHS team of researchers discovers how battery recycling in a community can lead to lead exposures, creates awareness of preventive measures.
Tobacco Action Group Screens 'Addiction Incorporated'
The Daily, April 10, 2014
Students and faculty at UW Seattle met in Thomson Hall to watch "Addiction Incorporated" with members of the UW Tacoma campus over Skype Thursday night as a part of National Public Health Week. Graduate student Ragan Hart and Assistant US Surgeon General Patrick O'Carroll, a faculty member, are quoted.
Tracking Elephant Poachers Through Tusks
The Daily, April 9, 2014
UW scientists are using statistical methods and genetic information on elephant tusks and scat to pinpoint where poaching occurs. Bruce Weir, chair of Biostatistics, is quoted.
Your Inner Fish, Episode 3
PBS, April 9, 2014
Thomas Burbacher and others in the Infant Primate Research Laboratory are featured in this PBS series demonstrating how learning differs between humans and monkeys.
Naloxone 'Stigma' a Barrier to Prescribing?
MedPage Today, April 9, 2014
Researchers who work with naloxone, an antiode for opium overdose, say the stigma surrounding its use may be a barrier to wider uptake among both patients and doctors. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
'U Text. U Pay': Crackdown on Distracted Driving in WA State
KOMO 4 News, April 8, 2014
Law enforcement agencies are targeting drivers who are talking on hand-held cell phones, texting or otherwise not paying attention to the road. Dr. Beth Ebel and UW research are cited.
Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift
NPR, April 8, 2014
International development aid has hit an all-time high ($31.3 billion in 2013), despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way
NPR, April 7, 2014
The Washington State Department of Health has published the schedule of a woman infected with measles who attended a concert in Seattle. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
LGBT Issues Should be Key Part of Global-Health Conversation
Seattle Times, April 4, 2014
Global-health initiatives and LGBT rights don’t often intersect, but local activists would like to change that. Grad sudent Mariel Boyarsky is quoted.
Loud noise may raise risk for workplace injuries
Reuters, April 3, 2014
Workers who regularly experience noise levels of 100 decibels or more have double the risk of being hospitalized for a job injury, and for those who have hearing loss, the risk is even greater. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Q&A: Climate chaos implications, misperceptions
HSNewsBeat, April 3, 2014
Transition to low-carbon lifestyle won't be as painful as we think, but action is needed now, says Dean Howard Frumkin.
Mammograms Save Lives, But They're also Overrated, New Study Says
Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2014
The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms -- and having them less frequently -- remains controversial. Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Survivor in Helicopter Crash Faces a Long Recovery
The Seattle Times, April 1, 2014
Richard Newman(MPH '09) is keeping a positive attitude despite his serious condition, his partner says.
A New Measure of Food Deserts
Sightline Daily, March 31, 2014
How close you live to a grocery store here has no correlation with how obese you are or even how many fruits and vegetables you eat. What does matter, the researchers found, is where you choose to shop for food.
Study Explores Why Most Boaters Won't Wear Life Jackets
Injury Prevention, March 31, 2014
Most adults don't wear life jackets when boating in western Washington state, but they are more likely to put one on when a child is on board.
Depression and Diabetes Don't Play Nice with Kidneys
dailyRX, March 28, 2014
A recent study co-led by Bessie Young found that symptoms of major depression were associated with an increased risk of kidney failure in diabetes patients.
How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene
NPR, March 27, 2014
Geneticist and epidemiologist Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.
Research Casts Doubt on Whether Soda Taxes Curb Obesity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 26, 2014
A new study co-authored by Nathan Tefft, assistant professor of health services, suggests taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages don't reduce calorie intake.
Find the Best Phone-Screen Size for You
The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2014
Bigger screens are better for faster typing. Article cites research done in Peter Johnson's laboratory on tablets and other mobile devices.
Study Predicts When Herpes Least Likely to be Transmitted
Journal of the Royal Society, March 26, 2014
Antiviral therapies that maintain viral load below a certain level could prevent most if not all transmissions of herpes.
Selenium, Vitamin E Supplements Linked to Prostate Cancer
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 26, 2014
Some men who take high doses of selenium and vitamin E supplements could increase their risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
The Surprising Places Where People Are Quitting Smoking
Time, March 24, 2014
Researchers at the the University of Washington looked at how smoking rates broke down by county, and found that Southern counties, such as those in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, have the highest smoking rates, whereas those in Utah and Western sates have some of the lowest. Christopher Murray, professor of global health, is quoted.
A Networked Approach to Fighting the TB Pandemic
Scientific American, March 24, 2014
David Sherman, affiliate professor of global health, marks World TB Day with a guest piece on the current state of TB science.
Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change
America Weekend radio show, March 23, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin is interviewed about a new report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that says more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening.
Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly
KUOW, March 21, 2014
The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians. A study by School of Public Health graduate students found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard.
Rainier Avenue Traffic Lights Retiming: A Benefit to Public Health
The Seattle Times, March 18, 2014
In a letter to the editor, Dean Howard Frumkin cites the work of UW students in gathering research that led Seattle transportation officials to retime signal lights along busy Rainier Avenue.
Researchers Studying A 'Chocolate Pill' To Help Prevent Heart Disease
KUOW, March 18, 2014
Can chocolate cut down on heart disease? Garnet Anderson, affiliate professor of biostatistics, and colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are trying to find out with a trial of a pill containing the ingredients that give cocoa its distinctive flavor.
The Big Data Blog: Daniela Witten
AAAS news, March 17, 2014
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Daniela Witten discusses how Big Data can be used to solve problems in genomics and biomedical sciences.
Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap
New York Times, March 15, 2014
As incomes have diverged between the country's richest counties, like Fairfax County, Va., and its poorest ones, like McDowell County, W.Va., so have the life expectancies of their residents. Christopher Murray is quoted.
High School Athletes Often Playing with Concussions
Reuters, March 14, 2014
More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren't aware of the injury, according to a new study. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Vaccination Limits Severity of Pertussis
Clinical Infectious Diseases , March 14, 2014
Young people vaccinated against pertussis but who still contracted the disease recovered more rapidly than other pertussis patients.
Omega-3s May Ward Off Cancer And Death
Prevention, March 13, 2014
A recent study shows consumption of two types of omega-3 fatty acids can lower a person's risk of death from cancer. The School of Public Health is cited.
Distance to Supermarket Makes No Difference to Diet
American Journal of Public Health, March 13, 2014
Only one-third of shoppers in the Seattle area regularly went to the closest supermarket.
The Cure for Global Poverty: Health
Humanosphere, March 12, 2014
Researchers discover a powerful cure for poverty and inequality -- health. Dean Jamison, professor of global health, is quoted.
Soda Taxes Do Little to Decrease Obesity
Health Economics, March 10, 2014
A new study casts doubt on whether taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages reduce obesity.
Car Fumes Alter Shape of Heart
The Australian, March 8, 2014
Air pollution from traffic changes the right side of the heart, according to a new study led by Peter Leary, a PhD student in the School's Department of Epidemiology. Enlarged right ventricles are known to raise the risk of heart attacks.
Fitness Trackers Could Boost Kids' Health, But Face Challenges, Experts Say
Fox News, March 3, 2014
With fitness trackers all the rage, some technology companies and health researchers are looking at whether the devices could benefit a particular group: kids. Michelle Garrison, adjunct research assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
Two Spine Surgeons Three Times Safer Than One
Spine Deformity, March 3, 2014
New research with Group Health and Virginia Mason shows patients were three times less likely to develop major complications when two spine surgeons were in the operating room and other factors were at play.
Frequent Massage Works Best for Neck Pain
Annals of Family Medicine, March 1, 2014
Several 60-minute massages per week for four weeks were more effective in treating chronic neck pain than fewer or shorter sessions.
Depression May Increase Diabetes' Patients Risk of Kidney Failure
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, March 1, 2014
Diabetes patients suffering major depression were nearly twice as likely to experience end-stage kidney disease.
Fighting Poverty with Mushrooms, Green Things & Social Enterprise
Humanosphere, February 28, 2014
A food aid project from the Philippines to produce and store energy bars for use in emergencies won the $10,000 global health prize in a UW competition. Judith Wasserheit, vice chair of the global health department, is quoted.
What Will the Nutrition Facts Label Look Like in the Future?
KUOW, February 27, 2014
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, talks with KUOW about the US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts label on food and drink packages.
High School Athletes Often Play with Concussions
American Journal of Sports Medicine, February 25, 2014
Sixty-nine percent of high school athletes who had concussions reported playing with symptoms, and 40 percent reported their coaches weren't aware.
Concussions and High School Athletes
The American Journal of Sports Medicine, February 25, 2014
More than two-thirds of high-school athletes who suffered concussions reported playing with symptoms, despite a new law in WA designed to protect young athletes.
Author Challenges Conventions of Addiction Treatments
Health Sciences NewsBeat, February 24, 2014
Dr. Gabor Mate, author of "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction," spoke to more than 100 health-sciences students. Health, he said, is a psychological issue as much as a physical issue.
Repeat Domestic Violence More Likely When Weapons Used
Violence Against Women, February 23, 2014
Men who used a weapon against their female partners were more likely to commit a follow-up act of violence.
Lack of Drug Safety Monitoring in Poor Countries Threatens Global Health Progress
Humanosphere, February 21, 2014
Andy Stergachis, director of the UW's Global Medicine Program, co-authored a report on what can be done about the lack of drug safety surveillance in poor countries.
UW Student in Kiev Sees Destruction and Dignity
Seattle Times, February 21, 2014
Jennifer J. Carroll, a UW graduate student working toward a PhD in sociocultural anthropology and an MPH in epidemiology, offers a unique perspective on the protests in Ukraine. She lives in Kiev, where she is studying drug-addiction issues.
Heroin Overdose 'Cure' Exists, But Can Users Find It?
NBC News, February 20, 2014
The crusade to expand the availability of naloxone -- an antidote for heroin overdoses -- has taken on a new urgency. Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
Researchers Concerned about the Health of Science
The Daily, February 19, 2014
The National Institutes of Health is concerned about the number of non-reproducable studies being published. More emphasis on statistics and ethics is needed. Stephanie Malia Fullerton is quoted.
Want Better Medicines? Demand Better Safety Surveillance
Impatient Optimists, February 17, 2014
A report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, co-authored by Andy Stergachis, calls for a new strategy to ensure that new drugs and vaccines are effective and safe in low- and middle-income countries.
Strengthening Post-Market Safety Surveillance
Gates Foundation, February 17, 2014
A new report calls for strategies to ensure the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
University Faculty Lecture "Achieving Health for All in the 21st Century"
UW TV, February 11, 2014
Dr. Stephen Gloyd provides evidence and personal stories that illustrate both the positive impact of recent advancements in global health and the pervasive forces that continue to produce growing inequality between rich and poor, in his lecture "Achieving Health for All in the 21st Century."
UW Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign
The Daily, February 11, 2014
The School of Public Health, UW Traffic Services, and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center have teamed up to launch a campaign on pedestrian safety around campus and the U-District.
Data on today's youth reveal childhood clues for later risk of STDs
University of Washington, February 11, 2014
"A lot of prevention happens after the fact," said co-author Lisa Manhart, an associate professor of epidemiology at the UW Center for AIDS and STD.
Visualizing the Global Rise of Cancer
Humanosphere, February 7, 2014
Global cancer cases are rising mostly due to population growth and more people living longer in low- and middle-income countries, according to a post by the UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Washington State Officials Want To Lift Veil On Health Care Pricing
Kaiser Health News/Seattle Times, February 5, 2014
Professor Doug Conrad is quoted on efforts in WA state to create a database listing hundreds of medical procedures, what they will cost at clinics and hospitals statewide, and information about the quality of the medical providers.
Does Caregiving Cause Psychological Stress? Study Says, it Depends
UW Today, February 4, 2014
The associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing -- and less so on the difficulty of caregiving. New UW research cites the work of Jack Goldberg and Dedra Buchwald of the Department of Epidemiology.
Eating Fatty Fish Linked to Reduced Risk of Death
American Journal of Epidemiology, February 3, 2014
People who consumed high levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids -- found in dark fish and fish-oil supplements -- tended to live longer.
West Virginia Official Says He 'Can Guarantee' Some People Inhaling Formaldehyde After Chemical Spill
Huffington Post/AP, January 29, 2014
A state official said he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in traces of a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill, but federal health guidelines say people need to breathe "a lot of it" to be a problem. Dean Howard Frumkin, an environmental health specialist, is quoted.
How Crunching Big Data Could Save Our Lives
KUOW, January 28, 2014
KUOW interviews Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics, about why she is teaching machines to read the data inside human bodies.
'Achieving Health for All' is Topic of 38th Annual Faculty Lecture Feb. 6
UW Today, January 27, 2014
Dr. Stephen Gloyd, UW professor of global health and health services, will deliver the 38th Annual University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Kane Hall Room 130. His talk is titled, "Achieving Health for All in the 21st Century: Globalization, Growing Inequity and Creative Responses."
Seen a Tesla today? Electric cars turn up fastest in Washington state
The Seattle Times, January 25, 2014
David Eaton, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, explains why he is a proud Tesla car owner in this article about the high-tech, fully electric car.
Younger Female Soccer Players Continue to Play with Concussion Symptoms
Fox News, January 21, 2014
A new UW study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has revealed that middle-school female soccer players are also at an elevated risk for mild traumatic brain injury on the playing field.
Law's Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups
New York Times, January 20, 2014
As health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act sputters to life, it is already having a profound effect on the lives of poor Americans. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.
Girls Frequently Play Soccer with Concussion Symptoms
JAMA Pediatrics, January 20, 2014
Concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and most girls continue playing through their symptoms.
New Genital Herpes Treatment Shows Promise
Fox News/Live Science, January 16, 2014
A new drug appears to combat the virus that causes genital herpes, according to a new study led by Dr. Anna Wald.
New Drug Targets Genital Herpes
New England Journal of Medicine, January 16, 2014
A new drug shows effectiveness against the virus that causes genital herpes, according to a study led by Dr. Anna Wald.
How to Achieve Better Mental Health Care for Lower Costs in Obamacare
The Seattle Times, January 11, 2014
With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, states have an unprecedented opportunity to improve mental health care, according to guest columnists Wayne Katon, adjunct professor of health services, and Jürgen Unützer, adjunct professor of global health and health services.
The Hutch Hires New Co-Director for HICOR Cancer Prevention Institute
Puget Sound Business Journal, January 9, 2014
The Seattle-based Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research has hired a new co-director from the Duke Cancer Institute to head up the organization's cancer prevention efforts. Gary Lyman will also hold an appointment at UW SPH.
Smoking Prevalence Remains High Worldwide
Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2014
Although smoking rates in the last three decades have declined drastically in the US and more moderately worldwide, there are still more smokers today than ever, UW research finds.
Flu Shots Urged as Illnesses and Deaths Reported
The Seattle Times, January 8, 2014
As peak flu season begins, the number of cases is increasing in King County, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. It's not too late to get vaccinated, says Jeff Duchin, adjunct professor of epidemiology.
Global Smokers Grow to Nearly 1 Billion
Journal of the American Medical Association, January 8, 2014
Global population growth and high smoking rates among males in some countries are driving the increase, according to a new study led by Dr. Marie Ng.
Year After Cell Tower Climber Fell, Question Remains: Who To Blame?
KUOW, January 6, 2014
Safer cell-phone tower climbing regulations are needed, say experts in a story about a Washington worker who fell from a tower due to an improperly installed climbing mount. Richard Gleason is quoted.
World Shifts Focus to Hidden Hunger as Global Obesity Expands
Al Jazeera America, January 6, 2014
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has expanded by more than 260 percent since 1980, but many children are undernourished. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.
Data-Sharing Network to Give Assist to Children's Health
The Seattle Times, January 5, 2014
Seattle Children's hospital will share patient data with other children's hospitals around the country to help improve treatments and speed research. Rita Mangione-Smith, adjunct professor of health services, is co-principal investigator for the project.
People Behind the Washington State Health Exchange: Douglas Conrad
Puget Sound Business Journal, January 3, 2014
The Puget Sound Business Journal profiles Douglas Conrad, professor of health services, as a member of the board governing Washington's health exchange.
Brain Death Ignites Debate
NBC News, January 2, 2014
A California hospital and family are embroiled in a legal and medical fight that has reignited the debate about when machines keeping a severely brain-damaged person alive should be turned off. J. Randall Curtis, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
Ski Helmet Use Isn't Reducing Brain Injuries
New York Times, December 31, 2013
UW research (by senior author Dr. Fred Rivara) is cited in this article on brain injuries from skiing and snowboarding.
Breast-Feeding Longer than Six Months Tied to Better Cognitive, Motor Development
CBS/Reuters, December 25, 2013
Breast-feeding for more than six months leads to higher scores on cognitive, language and motor development tests as toddlers. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, adjunct professor of health services, comments.
Exercise Program for Seniors Lowers Healthcare Costs
ASPPH Friday Letter, December 20, 2013
Lower health care costs, fewer unplanned hospitalizations, and fewer deaths among Medicare enrollees were results suggested by evidence from a report on a community-based exercise program for older adults.
Pay-for-Performance Did Not Affect Quality of Care
Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, December 20, 2013
A large-scale, state-wide, pay-for-performance program among physician group practices in Washington State found no significant positive effect on general clinical quality.
Report: States Failing on Public Health Front
MedPage, December 17, 2013
Most states scored 50 percent or lower on a report card assessing their ability to respond to infectious disease threats, according to a new analysis. Jeff Duchin is quoted.
A Victory for Rwanda: Winning the Battle Against Disease and Death
US News & World Report, December 17, 2013
The African country synonymous with violence is winning the battle against disease and death. A 1993 report co-authored by Dean Jamison, professor of global health, is mentioned.
Steadily Stay on Course to End Gun Deaths
The Seattle Times, December 15, 2013
Several UW faculty members talked about protecting children from gun violence at a Town Hall Seattle forum.
Are Toxic Chemicals In Building Materials Making Us Sick?
Huffington Post, December 12, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on the healthy building movement -- structures that are not only green but also protect human health by minimizing chemical exposures.
Hundreds of WA day cares located near pollution-clogged roadways
King 5, December 12, 2013
Children in day care facilities may be exposed to roadway traffic pollution. Joel Kaufman and Catherine Karr are quoted.
Exercise May Slow Decline in Kidney Function
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, December 12, 2013
Exercise could have a powerful effect on maintaining the health of patients with kidney disease.
Treating the Cow to Save the Kid: Where Human and Animal Health Intersect
KPLU, December 11, 2013
A new study in Kenya led by Peter Rabinowitz will investigate gut bacteria shared between humans and animals and how these might influence malnutrition.
Science,Vaccines and Women's Health Suffer Deadly Setbacks in India
Humanosphere, December 11, 2013
Vivien Tsu, an SPH epidemiologist and women's health expert at PATH, comments on an HPV study in India that has generated controversy.
Dr. Maxine Hayes, State Health Officer, to Leave Post
The Seattle Times, December 11, 2013
Dr. Maxine Hayes, clinical professor of health services, will step down after 16 years of advising governors and secretaries of health not only on influenza outbreaks, but on a wide variety of public-health issues, including disease investigation, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and emergency response.
Early life exposure to diesel exhaust linked to heart failure in mice
Environmental Health News, December 11, 2013
New findings show early life exposure to diesel exhaust is linked to heart failure in mice. Lead author Chad Weldy (PhD, Tox, 2012) is quoted.
Switching to Healthier Eating May Cost You More
HealthDay, December 6, 2013
A new research review says a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish costs about $1.50 more per day per person compared to a diet high in processed grains and meats, fat, sugar and convenience foods. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Lack of Research Hobbling Informed Gun Policy Making
CNN, December 4, 2013
In an op-ed piece, Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, comments on the state of research into guns in the past two decades.
Find a Permanent Site to Replace Nickelsville for Homeless People
The Seattle Times, December 4, 2013
In an op-ed piece, graduate student Derek Low argues that homeless people need a place to pitch a tent, not more case managers.
NORAD's Santa Tracker Draws Criticism with Fighter Jet Escort
Fox News, December 4, 2013
A North American Aerospace Defense Command website showing Santa Claus delivering presents while flanked by fighter jets has some child advocates raising concerns. Amy Hagopian, associate professor of global health, is quoted.
Uncoding the Risk
The Daily, December 4, 2013
A team of UW researchers is leading an exploratory study to determine the logistics, benefits and concerns of expanding the role of more comprehensive genetic testing for couples prior to conception.
Project to Gauge Effects of Affordable Care Act in Washington State
UW Today, December 3, 2013
Washington state residents, policymakers, educators, and medical and public health workers will soon know much more about how the Affordable Care Act has affected them, thanks to a new initiative called UW-SHARE from the UW School of Public Health.
Rare Cancer Treatments, Cleared by F.D.A. but Not Subject to Scrutiny
New York Times, December 3, 2013
When federal regulators permitted the sale of an unproved device that uses intense heat to combat cancer, they did so to give hope to some women desperately ill with cervical cancer. Larry Kessler, chair of health services, is quoted.
Helping Immigrant Victims of Torture Heal in Puget Sound Region
The Seattle Times, November 30, 2013
Harborview's International Medical Clinic is part of coalition helping torture victims. Global Health Adjunct Profesor Carey Jackson is quoted.
The Good News About The Global Epidemic Of Dementia
Red Orbit, November 29, 2013
Dr. Eric B. Larson co-authored an article in The New England Journal of Medicine discussing several recent studies showing that age-adjusted rates for dementia are declining in aging populations.
Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child
The Seattle Times, November 28, 2013
Vaccination is largely recognized as one of the most significant public health interventions in the past century but Washington has one of the highest rates of vaccine exemption in the U.S., writes Katie McCabe, a graduate student in Health Systems and Policy.
Clues for Future HIV Vaccines
New England Journal of Medicine, November 28, 2013
Results of a clinical trial for a preventive HIV vaccine were disappointing, but should provide useful information as new vaccine regimens are developed.
Multivitamins May Help Fight HIV Progression, Study Suggests
HealthDay, November 26, 2013
New research from Africa suggests that basic multivitamin and selenium supplements might greatly lower the risk that untreated people with the AIDS virus will get sicker over a two-year period. Jared Baeten, associate professor of global health, is quoted.
Some See Only Good or Bad in Needle Exchange
The Olympian, November 25, 2013
One of the most visible signs of heroin's resurgence in Olympia is the increase in dirty, discarded needles being found downtown. Caleb Banta-Green, epidemiologist with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.
King County Unveils Discounts for Gun-Safety Devices
The Seattle Times, November 25, 2013
About 70 King County children have died of gunshot wounds since 1999, and a new program aims to address the issue through discounted gun-safety devices. Tony Gomez, clinical instructor of health services, is quoted.
UW researchers developing herpes vaccine
KING 5 TV, November 23, 2013
Researchers are making progress in testing a genital herpes vaccine that seems to make the outbreaks less severe. Anna Wald, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Study Reveals Childhood Clues for Later Risk of STD
Journal of Adolescent Health, November 23, 2013
Children who enjoyed school, grew up in well-managed households, and had friends who stayed out of trouble reported fewer sexually transmitted diseases as young adults.
Studies to Probe Confluence of Human, Animal and Environmental Health in Africa
UW Today, November 22, 2013
Several UW researchers are working on disease prediction and control by looking at interrelationships of people, other living creatures and their habitats. Projects headed by Peter Rabinowitz and Ali Mokdad were two proposals awarded Grand Challenges in Global Health Exploration Round 11 Grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Funds Research into Brain Injuries
The Seattle Times, November 20, 2013
UW and Group Health researchers will take part a two-year, $2.4 million study with the Allen Institute for Brain Science to examine brains at the structural, cellular and molecular levels, looking for changes related to traumatic-brain injury.
Air Pollution as a Heart Threat
New York Times Well Blog, November 19, 2013
There is now a pile of evidence, sometimes startling, that air pollution also plays a role in heart attacks and strokes. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
How to Beat Six Everyday Infection Spreaders
ABC News, November 19, 2013
The key to staying safe -- and sane -- in a world crawling with germs is knowing which ones are worth worrying about. H. Hunter Handsfield, clinical professor emeritus of epidemiology, is quoted.
Air Pollution as a Heart Threat
New York Times Well Blog, November 19, 2013
There is now a pile of evidence, sometimes startling, that air pollution also plays a role in heart attacks and strokes. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
Breast MRI Use Increasing Among U.S. Women
Reuters, November 19, 2013
More and more American women are undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging to screen for cancer, according to two new studies. Karen Wernli, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
Framework for Investing in Women's and Children's Health
The Lancet, November 19, 2013
Increasing health expenditures by $5 per person per year up to 2035 in 74 high-burden countries could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits.
A Case for Investment in Women's and Children's Health
The Lancet, November 19, 2013
Increasing health expenditures by $5 per person per year over the next two decades in 74 countries could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits.
High-Risk Women Get Breast MRI -- But Room Remains for Improvement
Science Codex, November 18, 2013
A large national study in JAMA Internal Medicine has found the rate of women receiving breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) nearly tripled from 2005 to 2009: from four to 11 exams per 1,000 women. Karen Wernli, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
Use of Breast MRI Nearly Triples
JAMA Internal Medicine, November 18, 2013
The number of women using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nearly tripled from 2005 to 2009, according to a study led by Dr. Karen J. Wernli.
Maternal Smoking May Harm Infant Immunity
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, November 15, 2013
Maternal smoking is associated with both respiratory and non-respiratory infections in infants, resulting in increased risk for hospitalization and death, according to a study led by former PhD student Michael Metzger.
Uneasy Neighbors: Proposed Oil Terminal Fuels Concern About Toxic Air in Fruit Valley
The Columbian, November 14, 2013
Fruit Valley residents say they want the companies planning an oil transfer facility to listen to the community. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Uneasy Neighbors: Proposed Oil Terminal Fuels Concern About Toxic Air in Fruit Valley
The Columbian, November 14, 2013
Fruit Valley residents say they want the companies planning an oil transfer facility to listen to the community. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
CDC Grant Sets Pace for Mall Walking
The Daily, November 13, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a $125,000 grant for adjunct health services professor Basia Belza and four out-of-state partners to create a Mall Walking Program Resource Guide. Laura Farren of the Health Promotion Research Center is quoted.
Health Care Enrollment Tour Stops at UW
UW Today, November 12, 2013
Washington Healthplanfinder’s mobile enrollment tour stopped at the UW as part of its statewide effort to connect residents with insurance plans through the new online marketplace. Grad student Rekha Ravindran is quoted.
UW's Founder of Global Health Department is Stepping Down
Puget Sound Business Journal, November 11, 2013
Dr. King Holmes tells the Puget Sound Business Journal about some of the major changes he's seen in global health.
Wash. trails Calif. on rules to protect students from road pollution
King 5, November 7, 2013
A King 5 news story investigates the health effects of diesel exhaust on children's health, particularly on those children who attend schools next to busy roadways. Catherine Karr is quoted.
Seattle Non-Profit's Role In Newly Approved Vaccine For Deadly Brain Disease
KUOW, November 7, 2013
Kathy Neuzil, clinical professor of global health, tells KUOW radio about a vaccine for the deadly brain disease Japanese encephalitis.
New research from UW Bothell professor adds fuel to coal-train fight
Seattle Times, November 5, 2013
A study by department researchers on air pollution in South Seattle is mentioned in this news story on coal trains and pollution.
Local Doctors Link Pesticides to Infertility in Women
KOMO 4 News, November 5, 2013
Researchers have discovered two pesticides they believe cause an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that can lead to infertility in women. Dr. Kristen Upson, who received her PhD from the UW School of Public Health, is quoted.
Two Pesticides Linked to Reproductive Disease
Environmental Health Perspectives, November 5, 2013
Two organochloride pesticides were associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that can lead to infertility. Research was led by Dr. Kristen Upson, former PhD student in epidemiology.
Caregiver Stress Depends Largely on Genes, Upbringing
Annals of Behavioral Medicine, November 1, 2013
Associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing, and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.
Freaknight Promoters Reach Out to UW Researchers
The Daily, October 31, 2013
Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate assistant professor of health services, helps organizers of a two-day Halloween-themed event reach out to partygoers about drug safety.
Young Athletes' Concussions Often Unreported
US News & World Report, October 30, 2013
A "culture of resistance" in many youth sports often keeps athletes from reporting concussions and obtaining needed treatment, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, was vice-chair of the IOM committee that reported the findings.
Municipal Wastewater as a Population Measure of Hidden Health Behaviors
IHME News, October 30, 2013
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services Caleb Banta-Green explains how municipal wastewater can be used as a population measure of hidden health behaviors – particularly illegal drug use.
The Animals Inside Us
Ozy.com, October 30, 2013
Peter Rabinowitz is quoted in an article on the founder of the annual Zoobiquity Conference that brings physicians and vets together.
Panel Recommends More Research on Concussions
IOM News, October 30, 2013
Drs. Fred Rivara and Nancy Temkin were members of a national panel on concussions recommending more data, better helmets and a change of culture in youth sports.
India Breast Cancer Surge Hinders Private Exams for Women
Bloomberg News, October 29, 2013
Breast cancer is India's fastest-growing disease. Global Health Professor Benjamin Anderson is quoted.
Physician Offers Fresh Perspective on Impacts of Shipping Coal
Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2013
Dr. Frank James, a member of Whatcom Docs, shares his concerns over the public health impacts of exporting coal.
Night Owls: Evening Degree Students Share Their Experiences
The Daily, October 29, 2013
Evening degree programs at the University of Washington include Health Informatics and Health Information Management.
New Study Looks into Deaths Caused by Iraq War
The Daily, October 29, 2013
A new study led by the Department of Global Health estimates nearly half a million people in Iraq died from causes attributable to the war and the breakdown in health services. Associate Professors Amy Hagopian and Abraham Flaxman are quoted.
As Helen Hunt Plays Her in a Movie, the Real Mary-Claire King Still Studies Breast Cancer
Washington Post, October 28, 2013
The Washington Post profiles Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine and genome sciences, and adjunct professor of epidemiology.
UW Work Contributes To Largest International Study of Alzheimer's Genes
UW Today, October 28, 2013
Several SPH scientists were part of the worldwide collaborative effort to understand how this devastating disease originates, and who might be susceptible.
New Study by UW Researchers Finds 45 Percent of Washington's Distracted Drivers are Texting
UW Today, October 28, 2013
A new study of 7,800 drivers in major intersections in six Washington counties has found 8.1 percent of drivers in the state are driving distracted. Dr. Beth Ebel was principal investigator.
Can Integrative Oncology Extend Life in Advanced Disease?
Medscape, October 25, 2013
Integrative oncology might be helping to extend the lives of patients with advanced cancer, new research indicates. Leanna Standish is quoted.
Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory
NPR, October 25, 2013
There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems. Paul Crane, adjunct associate professor of health services, is quoted.
Patient Case Takes Health Care Students on an Interprofessional Learning Journey
UW Today, October 25, 2013
Students from across the health professions schools, including the School of Public Health, work together in the same teams solving real health challenges. The curriculum is part of the Interprofessional Education Initiative: Vision for a Collaborative Future, launched last year by the UW Board of Health Sciences Deans.
Panel to Discuss Making a Difference During Health-Care Reform
UW Today, October 24, 2013
UW faculty, staff and students are invited to a panel discussion on the “Affordable Care Act: How You Can Make a Difference,” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Hogness Auditorium at the UW Health Sciences Center. Story mentions several SPH faculty members and a master's student.
Dr. Gary Goldbaum Honored for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology
Lake Stevens Journal, October 24, 2013
Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District, received the 2013 Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology. He continues to teach at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Developed Nations Can Do 'Better Job' on STIs, Scientist Warns
Globe and Mail, October 23, 2013
People in developed nations have grown complacent and allowed sexually transmitted diseases to spread again, King Holmes, director of the Center for AIDS and STD, warned.
Your Guide To Avoiding Foodborne Illness
KUOW, October 20, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year, roughly one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illness. How can you protect yourself? Marcie Sillman talks with Associate Professor Scott Meschke.
Five-Year Cooperative Agreement with CDC to Train and Mentor Zimbabwe Medical Staff
I-TECH News, October 18, 2013
A new award to I-TECH seeks to fight the spread of HIV in Zimbabwe by rapidly scaling up training and mentoring of the country’s medical staff. Executive Director Ann Downer is quoted.
Project Aims to Make Mall Walking More Accessible
UW Today, October 17, 2013
A new project -- funded through the Health Promotion Research Center -- aims to evaluate whether mall walking programs are effective, and whether they can lead to larger-scale increases in walking. Basia Belza is quoted.
Meds That Prevent HIV Infection Don't Spur Risky Behavior: Study
US News & World Report, October 17, 2013
HIV-negative heterosexuals who take drugs that protect them from contracting the AIDS virus from their HIV-positive partners don't engage in more risky sexual behaviors, according to a new UW study. Jared Baeten is quoted.
Study Estimates Nearly 500,000 Iraqis Died in War
Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2013
New research on the human cost of the war in Iraq estimates that roughly half a million men, women and children died between 2003 and 2011 as a direct result of violence or the associated collapse of civil infrastructure.
New Estimates of Iraq War Deaths
PLOS Medicine, October 15, 2013
A new study led by Amy Hagopian estimates nearly half a million people died from war-related causes in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.
Initiative Draws Faculty, Students into Collaborative Health Care
UW Today, October 15, 2013
The UW schools of health sciences have formed a new initiative to teach and deliver health care across disciplines, a team-based approach that is gaining recognition nationally and is expected to make health care more efficient and effective.
Effect of Age on the Risk of Fever and Seizures Following Immunization With Measles-Containing Vaccines in Children
JAMA Pediatrics, October 14, 2013
UW Study Links Obesity To Socioeconomic Status
KUOW, October 14, 2013
For years, researchers have been connecting the dots between socioeconomic status and obesity rates. A new study from the University of Washington makes those connections even stronger.
Study Highlights Timely Immunization for Measles
JAMA Pediatrics, October 14, 2013
Delaying administration of vaccines containing measles could increase the already small risk of seizures.
Study identifies 4 genetic variants linked to esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus
Eureka Alert, October 13, 2013
Study IDs 4 Genetic Variants Linked to Esophageal Cancer and Barrett's Esophagus
Science Codex, October 13, 2013
An international consortium has identified four genetic variants associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer and its precursor, a condition called Barrett's esophagus. Thomas Vaughan is corresponding author.
Genetic Variants and Esophageal Cancer Risk
Nature Genetics, October 13, 2013
SPH researchers co-led an international consortium that has identified four genetic variants associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer and its precursor.
The New Face of Heroin: Much Younger Suburban, Rural Teens
Q13 Fox News, October 10, 2013
Heroin use is on the rise among many young people. Caleb Banta-Green, research scientist with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.
The Young and the Care-Less
The Daily, October 9, 2013
Inderpal Virk, a student in the executive master's program, is quoted on a feature story about signing up the "Young Invincibles" for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Texting While Driving Common But Hard to Catch
Spokane Spokesman-Review, October 8, 2013
A new study from the UW found that 8 percent of drivers observed at intersections in six counties in the state were distracted by an electronic device behind the wheel, and among those, 45 percent were typing on their phones.
Obesity Linked to Socioeconomic Status
International Journal of Obesity, October 8, 2013
A new UW study uses health-care records and census tract data to link obesity to socioeconomic status in King County.
Premium Poultry Still Laden with Contaminants
Arizona Daily Sun, October 8, 2013
New research finds that premium poultry consumers are not getting what they're paying for. Professor Marilyn Roberts is quoted.
Attitude on Healthy Eating Matters More than Where You Shop
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, October 7, 2013
Having a positive attitude towards healthy foods may be more important to diet quality than where people shop for groceries.
Various Oral Estrogen Drugs May Differ in Cardiovascular Risk
HCP Live, October 4, 2013
Exercise, Weight Control Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer
USA Today, October 2, 2013
About 25 percent of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity, says Anne McTiernan, research professor of epidemiology based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
UW Research: Will Mapping Parents' DNA Help Offspring or Just Freak People Out?
seattlepi.com, September 30, 2013
The more we learn about mutations in our DNA, the more it seems like we're running around in a dark room littered with sharp objects. UW researchers, including Gail Jarvik and Wylie Burke, want to find out if all this knowledge does us any good.
Pfizer's Premarin for Menopause Linked to Blood Clot Risk
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 30, 2013
Pfizer's Premarin for menopause may be tied to a higher risk of blood clots than another common estrogen treatment called estradiol, a UW study led by Nicholas Smith found.
Less Blood Clot Risk Linked to Estradiol than Premarin Pills
JAMA Internal Medicine, September 30, 2013
Women who used estradiol to relieve menopause symptoms had less risk of developing blood clots in their legs and lungs than they did when using conjugated equine estrogens.
Yoga in menopause may help insomnia--but not hot flashes
Group Health Research Institute, September 27, 2013
Diesel dust contamination the worst in Georgetown, South Park
King 5, September 26, 2013
A collaborative project with neighborhood residents, looking at diesel air pollution in South Seattle, is profiled in this news report. Julie Fox is interviewed about the UW's role.
NIH expands nationwide network of Vaccine and Treatment
nih.gov, September 26, 2013
Nonprofit Brings Researchers, Pharma Together to Treat Neglected Diseases
KOMO 4 News, September 24, 2013
A Seattle-based nonprofit is coordinating partnerships between medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies to address diseases that are typically neglected by drug developers. Wesley Van Voorhis, adjunct professor of global health, and Ken Stuart, affiliate professor of global health and founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, are quoted.
Affordable Care Act Limits Aid to Families Who Can't Afford Employer's Insurance
KING 5 TV, September 24, 2013
A glitch in the Affordable Care Act could cost families thousands of dollars in healthcare premiums. Aaron Katz, principal lecturer in health services, is quoted.
GMOs: Tolerable or Pressing Health Risk?
The Olympian, September 23, 2013
Professor Michael Rosenfeld comments on a ballot initiative in Washington state that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Report: Environmental Chemicals Pose Pregnancy Risk
USA Today/Associated Press, September 23, 2013
A new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cites the dangers of prenatal exposure to certain chemicals. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
UW SPH Grad Honored with White House Champion of Change Award
The Seattle Times, September 23, 2013
When severe weather hit the Puget Sound area last year, Mohamed Ali (MPH, '08) found himself uniquely qualified to serve as a go-between for public-health agencies and the largely immigrant, non-English-speaking Somali community.
Doors open for migrant students
The Seattle Times, September 17, 2013
Undergraduate Jose Carmona — who interned in the department's Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center — is featured in this news article on the UW's College Assistance Migrant Program.
City Council to debate safety of mercury in dental fillings
The Daily Californian News, September 16, 2013
Proposals introduced in Berkeley, California address the use of dental amalgam--which contains mercury--in teeth fillings. Research by Jim Woods is cited.
How the Spaces Around Us Dictate Our Health
The Seattle Times, September 14, 2013
The world of design and health care need to converge to create great habitats, according to guest columnists Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, and Daniel Friedman, former dean of the College of Built Environments.
15 UW Faculty Members Named to State Academy of Sciences
UW Today, September 13, 2013
Neighborhoods and UW Team Up to Measure Diesel Exhaust Pollution in South Seattle
UW Today, September 13, 2013
Residents of the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods in south Seattle are likely exposed to higher levels of diesel exhaust than residents of Beacon Hill and Queen Anne.
Germline Missense Variants in the BTNL2 Gene Are Associated with Prostate Cancer Susceptibility
Cancer Epi Biomarkers & Prevention, September 12, 2013
Initial Positive Results Reported on Vaccine to Treat Genital Herpes
UW Today, September 12, 2013
Initial positive results reported on vaccine to treat genital herpes
UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine, September 12, 2013
The vaccine is the first to significantly reduce the frequency of viral shedding -- the surfacing of herpes virus on the genitals -- and appears to activate T cell immune responses to the virus.
Study Finds Drivers in WA State Busy on Cellphones, Texting
The Seattle Times, September 8, 2013
One in 12 drivers were using cellphones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel on Washington roads — and half of those were texting — in the first study of its kind in the state.
Blood pressure medication linked to breast cancer risk
FHCRC, September 5, 2013
Coffee protective against prostate CA recurrence
The Clinical Advisor, September 5, 2013
Seattle to Step Up Pedestrian Safety Near Schools
Seattle Times, September 5, 2013
Seattle's expected $14.8 million windfall from speed-enforcement cameras could boost pedestrian safety for children walking to more than 20 schools. Dr. Beth Ebel is quoted on mortality rates in low-speed crashes.
Exhaust, Diesel Fumes Foul Schools
KING 5 TV, September 5, 2013
A KING-5 TV and InvestigateWest story reveals the public health threats of locating schools too close to high-traffic areas. Reporters cite an email by Catherine Karr as well as UW research on air pollution; a biostatistics graduate student is also quoted.
Researchers Hope to Protect Against Another HIV-Like Outbreak
UW Today, September 4, 2013
An international research team from the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Jahangirnagar University has been examining transmission of a virus from monkeys to humans in Bangladesh. Maxine Linial is quoted.
CDC Spotlight on the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 4, 2013
The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, which houses a CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), is featured in this article on how a real-life emergency situation led to social media training for the region.
UW's Big Bet on Cheap Classes
Seattle Weekly, September 3, 2013
Matthew Sparke, adjunct professor of global health, is featured in this in-depth piece on the potential sea change in education brought by low-cost online courses
In Texas and Beyond, Hot Spots for Vaccine Refusers Alarm Officials
NBC News, August 31, 2013
An outbreak of measles among unimmunized members of a Texas megachurch is fueling new health worries about pockets of vaccine-wary parents. Ed Marcuse, professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, is quoted.
Panel Again Delays Vote on Health-Exchange Insurance Plans
Seattle Times, August 30, 2013
Doug Conrad, professor of health services, voted against the motion to delay certification of health plans to be offered through the state’s new online health insurance marketplace.
Washington Study Suggests Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease
ASPPH Friday Letter, August 30, 2013
Dr. Kristen Upson, the lead author of this study, earned a PhD in epidemiology earlier this year from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.
The Murky Distinction Between Educational and 'Mindless' Screen Time
Globe and Mail, August 30, 2013
For parents, the iPad revolution puts a new spin on an old dilemma: How much screen time is appropriate for school-age children? Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
Nutrition: Get Ready for Race Day with the Right Food Choices
UW Blog Down to Washington, August 30, 2013
Dr. Elizabeth Kirk of Nutritional Sciences gives advice on what food and liquids can help prepare runners for big races.
Pet Therapy Project Serves as Crowdfunding Guinea Pig
Group Health Research News, August 29, 2013
Jessica Chubak is leading a crowdfunding effort to raise money for research on pet therapy visits for children with cancer.
Marijuana Top Illegal Drug Used Worldwide
Associated Press, August 28, 2013
Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse. Global Health Professor Theo Vos is quoted.
Coal Export Expansion Proposal Kicks Up Dust
Powell River (BC) Peak, August 27, 2013
Dr. Frank James explains the potential health impacts of a proposal to increase coal exports from a British Columbia port.
Microneedle Patch Could Replace Standard TB Skin Test
UW Today, August 26, 2013
A UW-led research team has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test.
Doctors Can Help Prevent Teen Smoking, Panel Says
USA Today, August 26, 2013
Nearly one in five teens leaves high school as a smoker, and reducing that number could be as simple as a chat with a doctor. David Grossman, professor of health services, is quoted.
Check Your Attitude at the Grocery Store Door
Daily Rx News, August 26, 2013
Positive attitudes towards healthy eating were linked to better diet quality, according to a study led by Anju Aggarwal of the Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Microneedles Devised for Easy-to-Use TB Skin Test
Advanced Healthare Materials, August 26, 2013
A UW team has created tiny, biodegradable needles for diagnosing tuberculosis that promise to be easier to use, more accurate, and less painful than hypodermic needles.
Breast-Feeding Moms Get Help in Health-Care Plan
The Seattle Times, August 25, 2013
Breast-feeding babies has many health advantages, but few mothers know they can get help — and equipment — to help them adopt the practice through the Affordable Care Act and their insurance companies. Senior Lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.
The Impact of Downturns on Physical and Mental Health
The Economist, August 24, 2013
The Economist looks at evidence linking physical health to economic downturns. Stephen Bezruchka is quoted.
Indoor Tanning, Melanoma on the Rise in Young, White Women
Petri Dish blog, August 21, 2013
Dr. Margaret M. Madeleine discusses risk factors for melanoma and skin cancer in the wake of a new CDC study on indoor tanning associated with an increased risk of skin cancer.
E-cigarettes: New 'Smoke,' Same Concerns
The Herald, August 19, 2013
Is this non-tobacco activity banned under the state's tough indoor smoking ban? Gary Goldbaum of the Snohomish Health District comments.
Toy Industry Seeks to Defend Benefits of Apps for Children, but Scientific Evidence is Scant
Washington Post, August 14, 2013
The market for mobile technology for children has boomed, but despite advertising claims there are no major studies that show whether the technology is helpful or harmful. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
Annual Stool-Based Tests an Alternative to Colonoscopy
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, August 8, 2013
Most people can avoid the need for invasive colorectal cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopy, by following a regimen of annual stool-based tests.
Lack of Awareness of Good Samaritan Overdose Law
Journal of Urban Health, July 31, 2013
Few Seattle police officers and paramedics knew about a Good Samaritan drug overdose law a year after it was enacted, and those who did had mixed opinions about it.
Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease
Environmental Health, July 25, 2013
Phthalates, man-made chemicals used in a variety of products, may have endocrine-disruptive effects in reproductive-age women, increasing or decreasing their risk of endometriosis.
Shared Values Lead to Successful Nutrition Policy Strategies
Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, June 19, 2013
Unlikely allies should consider forming strategic partnerships based on shared values to create successful nutrition policy agendas, according to a study led by the Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Weekly Yoga Classes Effective in Reducing Back Pain in Low-Income Minorities
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 13, 2013
Once-a-week yoga classes were effective in easing back pain in predominantly low-income, minority adults.
Most US Women Don't Get Paid Maternity Leave
Maternal Child Health Journal, April 13, 2013
Most women receive limited paid leave every year to manage health-related family issues, says a study led by PhD student Megan Shepherd-Banigan.
Recognizing Your Policy Power
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice News, April 3, 2013
Summer Institute faculty member Patricia Lichiello speaks about her 20 years of health policy work and why she is excited to help public health practitioners enhance their policy skills.
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