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How Seattle killed micro-housing, again
Sightline, March 20, 2017
Experts from the UW School of Public Health presented to Seattle's Construction Code Advisory Board on the impact of dense housing on public health.
Asthma study hopes
to improve disease management among Valley children
Yakima Herald, March 20, 2017
With spring coming on fast, bringing more pollen in the air and more dust stirred up by agriculture, asthma is sure to kick into high gear for many in the Yakima Valley. But in a study Farm Workers is doing with the UW, researchers and clinicians are looking for ways to minimize the effects of the respiratory condition in local children. Catherine Karr is quoted.
9 healthy foods that cost less than $1 per serving
TIME, March 17, 2017
Great news for anyone who wants to save money and eat healthier—in other words, pretty much all of us. A new study suggests that it really is possible to do both at once. The secret? Cook more at home. Study comes from the UW School of Public Health. Anju Aggarwal is quoted.
How future superstorms could overwhelm today's wastewater infrastructure
KUOW Earth Fix, March 16, 2017
Heavy rains and a malfunction at the West Point Plant forced King County to dump million of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound. Experts say that climate change can continue to bring heavier rainstorms that overwhelm today's wasterwater infrastructure. Scott Meschke is quoted.
Some groups more affected by air pollution, heart disease than others
Department of Epidemiology, March 16, 2017
Air pollution has routinely been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but some groups are more affected than others, according to research from the UW School of Public Health.
Rural Washington will be hit hard by Republican health care plan
KUOW, March 16, 2017
Sallie Sanford talks to KUOW about the Republican health care plan and how it could affect people in Washington state.
Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill
The Seattle Times, March 16, 2017
Measures to tax vapor, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are being considered by lawmakers in Washington state. Gerry Pollet is quoted, saying people are being “tricked” into thinking vapor products are safer than cigarettes.
What does the GOP health care bill mean for Washington?
KUOW, March 15, 2017
Bill Radke speaks with Aaron Katz about the most dire predictions for how the Republican health care proposal will affect Washingtonians.
Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say
The Seattle Times, March 13, 2017
Mayor Ed Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks such as sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks, sweetened teas and more. Murray has given two reasons for the tax: improve health by reducing consumption of sugary drinks, and fund education programs aimed at improving the graduation rate of minority youth. The School's Center for Public Health Nutrition is mentioned and Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Parks, greenspace and human health
Seattle Channel, March 10, 2017
Howard Frumkin discusses the ways research has connected improvements in public health with access to green spaces, parks and recreation.
Pregnant women’s sex hormones waver with phthalate exposure
Environmental Health News, March 9, 2017
Women exposed to certain chemicals in flooring and food packaging early in pregnancy are more likely to have decreased free testosterone—hormones vital for fetal growth, according to a new study. Lead author Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Fighting the opioid epidemic, one patient at a time
Yakima Herald, March 9, 2017
In 2015, more than 33,000 people died of an opioid overdose in the United States. Nearly half of those deaths involved prescription painkillers. The situation is no different in Yakima County, where about half of the roughly 140 drug overdose deaths since 2011 have involved opioids. Michael Parchman is quoted.
The FDA asks: Can 'healthy' be redefined?
AirTalk, March 8, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration heard public comment in Maryland on March 9 to discuss modernizing the term “healthy.” Adam Drewnowski talks to AirTalk about whether the term "healthy" is misleading for consumers.
Poor diet tied to half of U.S. deaths from heart disease, diabetes
HealthDay, March 7, 2017
Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients, such as vegetables, and exceed optimal levels of others, like salt, a new study finds. Ashkan Afshin, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.
Health gardens in Lima improve mental, physical health
BBC World Service, March 6, 2017
BBC Health Check recently visited Lima, Peru, to investigate how new 'healthy gardens' and greenspaces are improving lives in the slum community of Iquitos. Joe Zunt (GH) has been working with landscape architecture student Jorge 'Coco' Alarcon and local partners to design backyard gardens that can improve air quality, reduce vector-borne diseases, and boost mental health.
New study reveals benefits of soy for breast cancer survivors
WVIK Quad Cities, March 6, 2017
A new study wades into the ongoing debate over the health benefits of tofu, soy milk and other soy products, and looks at soy's effects on breast cancer survivors, in particular. NPR's Allison Aubrey talks to several experts, including Marian Neuhouser.
Toxic air on board passenger jets
Charlotte NC TV Channel 9 , March 3, 2017
Pilots across the country are raising a major safety concern, claiming that the air that flight crews and passengers breathe on board planes could contain toxic fumes. Clement Furlong is quoted.
Healthy Huskies: Making wellness visible and accessible to the UW
The Daily, March 2, 2017
The new Healthy Huskies Initiative creates collaborative opportunities to promote comprehensive wellness to both the individual Husky and the UW community. Launched Feb. 17, the initiative is a collaborative effort between various departments and RSOs on campus to support the accessibility of wellness resources for all UW students. Ali Cho (Health Administration) and Micia Vergara (Public Health Major) are quoted.
Accomplishments in global change research
ASPPH, March 2, 2017
Kristie Ebi co-authored a recently published report summarizing the first 25 years of accomplishments by the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Established by the Global Research Act of 1990, the USGCRP has provided strategic planning and coordination to 13 participating federal agencies working to advance the science of global environmental change.
Republican health plans could have devastating consequences for your teeth
The Washington Post, March 1, 2017
Cavities are a serious but overlooked problem in the United States. About half of all children have cavities, making them the country’s most common childhood disease. Donald Chi authors an op-ed highlighting how Republican health plans could have devastating consequences for your teeth.
UW among Peace Corps’ 2017 top volunteer-producing colleges & universities
UW Today, February 28, 2017
The Peace Corps announced Tuesday that the University of Washington ranked No. 2 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 73 Huskies currently volunteering worldwide. Nicole Peltzer, a 2014 graduate from the UW School of Public Health, is quoed.
Seattle, King County move to open nation’s first safe injection sites for drug users
The Seattle Times, February 27, 2017
Seattle and King County will create two safe-consumption sites for drug users, the first of their kind in the country, as part of an effort to halt the surge of heroin and prescription opioid overdose deaths in the region, Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine announced Jan. 27. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Gov. Inslee on being a Democrat in the age of Trump
MSNBC Meet the Press, February 24, 2017
In a recent interview with Meet the Press, Governor Jay Inslee mentions the Department of Global Health's 10-year anniversary.
How ancient Neanderthal DNA still influences our genes today
Smithsonian Mag, February 24, 2017
Neanderthals may have gone extinct 30,000 years ago, but they still live on inside us. Ever since scientists discovered that Neanderthal DNA comprises roughly 2 percent of the genomes of modern humans of European and Asian heritage, they’ve speculated about how exactly those lingering genes affect us today. Story highlights findings from a study co-authored by Jonathan Wakefield.
Older workers’ physical ability not matched to job demands
ASPPH, February 23, 2017
Older workers whose physical abilities do not meet the demands of their jobs are at high risk of occupational injury, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
LEEP rather than freeze to prevent cervical cancer
MedPage Today, February 22, 2017
Cryotherapy, a medical practice that involves applying small amounts of liquid nitrogen to the body to destroy abnormal tissue, is less effective in fighting cervical precancer than a costlier electric excision process called LEEP. MPH student Sharon Green (Epidemiology) talks to MedPage Today about her three-year study of HIV-infected women in Nairobi, Kenya.
For HIV–positive women, cryotherapy less effective than LEEP in fighting cervical precancer
Healio Infectious Disease News, February 21, 2017
Cryotherapy was associated with a significantly higher risk of recurrence of cervical precancer in women with HIV than a costlier electric excision process, according to a 3-year study. The results of the study comparing cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) were presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Sharon Greene, the study's lead author, was quoted.
Two NIEHS grantees win prestigious White House awards
NIEHS Environmental Factor, February 21, 2017
Two NIEHS grantees have received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Catherine Karr was among 102 recipients honored in 2017.
In California's Imperial Valley, residents aren't waiting for government to track pollution
TruthOut, February 17, 2017
Through a partnership with the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, University of Washington, and with funding from the National Institutes of Health, California's Imperial Valley Air Quality Control project installed 40 air quality monitors throughout the valley and set up a website to gather pollution information and community-generated reports. Edmund Seto is quoted.
Q&A: Liberia's minister of health on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis
Devex, February 17, 2017
After participating in a panel about pandemic disease preparedness and response at the 10th anniversary of the UW's Department of Global Health, Bernice Dahn caught up with Devex to expand on some of the topics discussed onstage.
How gross is going barefoot in a locker room shower?
Vice, February 17, 2017
In any shared shower facility, you're going to find the the obvious post-workout body detritus—sweat, skin cells, clumps of hair. A recent survey found 62 percent of people pee in the shower on a regular basis. Some environmental activists encourage this as a way to conserve water and cut down on toilet paper use. But just how gross is it to forego footwear in the locker room? Vice asked Marilyn Roberts.
Promoting healthy nutrition in child care settings
In House, February 16, 2017
Most children in the United States spend about 33 hours a week in early child care and education settings, where they receive up to two-thirds of their daily nutrition. A new study from the UW School of Public Health suggests these environments provide a valuable opportunity to improve young children’s diet and support long-term child health.
Scientists highlight deadly health risks of climate change
CNN, February 16, 2017
The future is expected to hold more deadly heat waves, the fast spread of certain infectious diseases and catastrophic food shortages. These events could cause premature deaths -- and they're all related to climate change, according to a panel of experts who gathered at the Carter Center in Atlanta on Feb. 16 for the Climate & Health Meeting. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
All sizes matter at the Everybody Every Body Show
The Daily, February 14, 2017
Self-love: that’s what the Everybody Every Body Fashion Show is all about. The annual fashion show, put on by the ASUW Student Health Consortium, presents for the ninth year in a row Feb. 21 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. in the HUB. Nguyen Huynh, a senior Public Health Major is quoted.
Ignore your instincts: Talk about your failures
KUOW, February 14, 2017
How much do you really share about yourself with your social networks? You post photos of your most recent exotic vacations, fun dinners with friends, smiling family members. But do you share the failures and frustrations as well? Lauren Mittelman discusses the Vulnerability Collective.
CATCH study aims to treat HIV-infected children before symptoms appear
The Daily, February 13, 2017
The HIV Counseling and Testing for Children at Home (CATCH) study is concluding its final study after several years of conducting research in various parts of Kenya. The study does exactly as it name suggests — it tries to “catch” children who may be infected with HIV but are still asymptomatic and tries to treat them. Anjuli Wagner is quoted.
Former staff and inmates raise concern about medical care provided by private contractor at Spokane County Jail
The Spokesman-Review, February 13, 2017
NaphCare and Spokane County Jail both have had issues with medical care for inmates. County officials recently accepted preliminary bids from other correctional health care contractors. As they consider whether to replace NaphCare, they are seeking advice from Marc Stern, a correctional health care expert who once served as the state prison system’s top doctor.
Podcast on travel health
Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, February 13, 2017
Christopher Sanford (GH), a recognized expert in tropical medicine, joined Robert Herriman on Outbreak News This Week to discuss a number of travel health-related issues including vaccines, malaria, yellow fever and traveler’s diarrhea.
Melinda Gates on the importance (and lack) of big data in global health
GeekWire, February 11, 2017
Speaking at an event marking the tenth anniversary of the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Global Health on Wednesday, Feb. 8, Melinda Gates said that the data we have on global health is improving — in part because of projects undertaken by the Gates Foundation and other philanthropic organizations — but there’s still a long way to go.
Travel medicine: An interview with Dr. Christopher Sanford
Outbreak News Today, February 10, 2017
In 2013, United States residents made more than 61.5 million trips with at least one night outside the US. Christopher Sanford talks to Robert Herriman about travel-related health issues that include vaccines, malaria, yellow fever and more.
Sell Trump on foreign aid? Melinda Gates vows to try
The Seattle Times, February 10, 2017
Speaking Wednesday, Feb. 8, at a 10th anniversary celebration for the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health and in an interview with The Seattle Times, Melinda Gates said that while U.S. funding for foreign aid accounts for less than 1 percent of the federal budget, it has a huge impact on people around the world. Gates says she and her husband hope to convince the Trump administration of the value of foreign aid.
Dr. Patty Garcia: Peru’s minister of health urges new approach to fighting disease
Humanosphere, February 10, 2017
Tom Paulson caught up with Patricia Garcia in Seattle where she spoke at a 10-year-anniversary celebration of the UW School of Public Health's Department of Global Health, which featured talks by Melinda Gates, Governor Jay Inslee and other luminaries describing how Seattle became a global epicenter in the fight against diseases of poverty – and what needs to come next if the world is to build on the successes made so far in select areas such as maternal and child mortality, reducing malaria and HIV mortality and other killers.
Epidemic of untreatable back and neck pain costs billions, study finds
The Guardian, February 10, 2017
Low back and neck pain is an increasingly widespread and expensive condition worldwide, costing the US alone $88 billion a year despite evidence most treatments do not work. The rising bill for treatment in the US has been uncovered in a new study by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the UW, which looked at public and private spending on all diseases in 2013. Joseph Dieleman is quoted.
Hundreds are affected by this transmitted disease
American Healthy Tips, February 10, 2017
Mycoplasma genitalium is a new addition to the list of common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Lisa Manhart is quoted.
New pathway linking diet and cancer risk
In House, February 9, 2017
A low-calorie, low-fat diet, with or without exercise, could reduce the risk of cancer in women by lowering levels of oxidative stress, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Modesto teens push, bully smaller boy as others record it
San Francisco Chronicle, February 9, 2017
A video showing a Modesto boy being harassed, insulted and shoved to the ground by larger teenagers has gone viral on social media. In a report released in May, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine said bullying should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids. Fred Rivara, chairman of the committee that wrote the report, is quoted
Global health leaders seek new ties to tech industry, while aiming to avoid ‘innovation addiction’
GeekWire, February 8, 2017
It’s easy to see global health as a far-off issue, one that doesn’t have much impact outside isolated parts of the world. But at a symposium on global health Feb. 8 at the University of Washington, leaders in the field argued just the opposite.
A piece of the puzzle: Genetic differences between ancestry groups
Genome Mag, February 6, 2017
Genetic differences between populations — often described by researchers as ancestry groups — are simply a piece of the larger health puzzle. Bypassing such research avenues would be a disservice to those who could potentially benefit, in the same way that cardiovascular researchers studied only men for many years. Timothy Thornton, co-investigator in the genetics analysis arm of the Hispanic health study, was quoted.
How Trump's refugee ban is affecting Iranians in the Northwest
KUOW, February 2, 2017
Bill Radke talks with Omid Bagheri and others about President Trump's executive order that limits immigration and refugee resettlement.
Little-known disease has significant economic effects
In House, January 31, 2017
Health care system spending on patients in the United States with giant cell arteritis—a little-known chronic disease of the blood vessels affecting 230,000 Americans—is $16,400 more in the first year following diagnosis compared to similar patients without the disease, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Al Gore and others will hold climate change summit canceled by CDC
The Verge, January 26, 2017
Former vice president Al Gore, the American Public Health Association, and other organizations announced today that they will hold the summit on climate change and health that was canceled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week. The UW's Center for Health and the Global Environment and Howard Frumkin are mentioned.
The polluted brain: Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer's, dementia
Science, January 26, 2017
Some of the health risks of inhaling fine and ultrafine particles are well-established, such as asthma, lung cancer, and, most recently, heart disease. But a growing body of evidence suggests that exposure can also harm the brain, accelerating cognitive aging, and may even increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Lianne Sheppard is quoted.
Sophie the Giraffe has mold? Should parents worry?
Healthline, January 25, 2017
Sophie the Giraffe, a teething toy designed for children 18 months and under, is the latest item geared toward babies that is under fire by parents who discovered mold inside the toy’s cavity. Experts talk to Healthline about these reports and what parents can do to keep their kids healthy. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
CDC halts meeting on climate change and health
The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it recently postponed a gathering it had planned to hold next month on the effects of climate change on health. The Climate Change and Health Summit was organized to bring scientists and public-health practitioners together to discuss implementing climate-related health initiatives. Howard Frumkin, former director of the CDC Center for Environmental Health, was quoted.
The plan to test cities’ sewage for drugs is a new form of mass surveillance
Motherboard, January 23, 2017
Across the globe, researchers at wastewater treatment plants are testing for psychoactive substances passed by drug users through their feces and urine. The data can be incredibly valuable, letting scientists and law enforcement quickly track drug use trends and identify new substances on the market. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Low hypertension awareness among adults in suburban Nepal
In House, January 18, 2017
More than 50 percent of adults with high blood pressure in suburban Nepal don’t know they have it, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.
WA soccer players, synthetic turf and cancer rates
WA Department of Health, January 18, 2017
A report by the Washington State Department of Health and the UW School of Public Health foundless cancer than expected among group of WA soccer players.
Soccer players’ cancer rate was lower than DOH expectations
Newsbeat, January 18, 2017
A group of Washington state soccer players who developed cancer did not do so at a higher-than-expected rate, compared with all soccer players of a similar age range and playing experience, the state Department of Health announced Jan. 18. Research conducted by the UW School of Public Health aimed to discern whether the rate of cancer diagnoses among soccer players reported to the research team was higher than the state’s expected rate of cancer among soccer players statewide who were ages 6 to 24 between 2002 and 2015.
Construction workers still at high risk for strains and sprains
Reuters, January 16, 2017
Despite significant improvements in the last 25 years, U.S. construction workers are still at high risk for on-the-job injuries to muscles, tendons, joints and nerves, a new study reports. June Spector, who was not involved with the study, was quoted.
Medical tourism linked to colorectal cancer screening rates
In House, January 13, 2017
Korean Americans who traveled to other countries for low-cost medical care are nearly nine times more likely to be up-to-date with colorectal cancer screening compared to those who did not engage in medical tourism, say researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
2017’s most and least recession-recovered cities
WalletHub, January 12, 2017
Local economies still struggling to rebound from the longest downturn since the Great Depression risk losing their skilled workforce or filing for bankruptcy. But, with some strategizing, they may be able to avoid such lasting consequences and extreme remedies. Marilyn Watkins offers advice on what policymakers, businesses and citizens can focus on in order to recover.
Infectious disease and child stunting in low-resource countries
In House, January 11, 2017
About 162 million children worldwide under the age of five are considered too short for their age — a growth failure called stunting. Despite efforts to improve child growth, stunting has been difficult to prevent and treat, negatively impacting child health and development. Researchers studied what causes child stunting and developed a framework to help deliver effective interventions in low-resource settings.
EHS FEST: air pollution research informs regulations, improves health
NIEHS Environmental Factor, January 11, 2017
The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) FEST was held from Dec. 5-8 in Durham, North Carolina. In the opening plenary session, SPH's Joel Kaufman shared epidemiological evidence linking air pollution with cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks and strokes.
8 things healthy people do every day
Real Simple, January 11, 2017
Experts weigh in on the small things people can do every day to stay healthy. Judy Simon is quoted.
Genetically engineered vaccine pevents malaria in mice, findings show
VOA News, January 11, 2017
Researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Research at the University of Washington in Seattle, in conjunction with the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, have developed a vaccine that uses the entire malaria-causing parasite — called P. falciparum — to stimulate a protective immune response. Stefan Kappe is quoted.
Seattle's unhealthiest neighborhoods dubbed food deserts
Seattle Magazine, January 11, 2017
More than 125,000 people in King County, in neighborhoods everywhere from West Seattle to Renton, live in places where fresh, healthy food is difficult to find—so-called “food deserts.” Adam Drewnowski comments about dietary problems that span incomes, education lewvels and cultures.
Mosquitoes are the new syringe? Seattle lab nibbles at malaria vaccine
Seattle Times, January 5, 2017
A Seattle lab’s unconventional approach to a malaria vaccine, once dismissed as crazy, worked well in early tests but faces a long road to reality. Affiliate professor Stefan Kappe (global health) is quoted.
Cultural healing and resiliency current treatment for overcoming the fallout of colonization
KTVA Alaska, January 3, 2017
The rate of death by suicide and homicide in the Kusilvak Census Area, located along the lower Yukon River, more than doubled since 1980, a rate increase higher than anywhere else in the nation. This according to a study from the UW that mapped how people in the U.S. died during those years. Abraham Flaxman is quoted.
Artificial turf and cancer risk
Oxford University Press Blog, January 3, 2017
Today’s artificial turf fields typically contain the equivalent of at least 20,000 ground-up tires. Such fields were introduced in the 1990s to make playing fields safer and safely dispose of used car tires. Scientists don’t know that crumb rubber turf causes cancer, they also don’t know that it’s safe. Tania Busch Isaksen is quoted.
Combating the global risk of antimicrobial resistance
SPH news, December 29, 2016
Veterinarians play a key role in combatting the global risk of antimicrobial resistance, say researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health. However, a new study shows that, while veterinarians are concerned about the threat of drug-resistant bugs, they face financial barriers to obtaining tests to guide therapy.
Meth bust exposes narcotics network
Kitsap Sun, December 29, 2016
A narcotics pipeline exposed this month after a nearly three-year investigation shows how money from local drug users heads to Mexico, with meth and possibly heroin heading back to Kitsap County and nearby communities. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Hospital leaders in Washington scramble to save key piece of Obamacare
Seattle Times, December 27, 2016
They want to preserve a key benefit of the law -- coverage for 600,000 Washingtonians who were uninsured. Principal lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.
Health care spending for U.S. kids jumped 56 percent in less than 20 years
U.S. News and World Report, December 27, 2016
The cost of keeping American kids physically and mentally healthy increased 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, jumping from nearly $150 billion to $233 billion for those 19 and younger. Joseph Dieleman is quoted.
The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country. Here’s what we’re buying
The Washington Post, December 27, 2016
Last year, we spent $3.2 trillion on health care in the United States. A new study, led by Joseph Dieleman, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals what patients and their insurers are spending that money on, breaking it down by 155 diseases, patient age and category, such as pharmaceuticals or hospitalizations.
Top 10 personal health expenses from diabetes to pregnancy
Forbes, December 27, 2016
The cost of diabetes, heart disease and back pain are taking a greater toll on the U.S. economy, with these conditions and injuries dominating personal healthcare spending, authors of a new study say. Joseph Dieleman is quoted.
My favorite fanatics of 2016
GatesNotes, December 20, 2016
Bill Gates looks back over 2016 and highlights five gifted individuals who have inspired him in their efforts to change the world. UW President Ana Mari Cauce is on the list, where Gates touts her work "to unite researchers and resources from the university and beyond to help improve the health and well-being of people around the world." The School fo Public Health is mentioned.
Concussed kids who get active early seem to recover better
MedPage Today, December 20, 2016
Children and adolescents who engaged in physical activity within seven days after sustaining an acute concussion were less likely to manifest persistent symptoms than inactive kids, according to a multicenter study. In an accompanying editorial, Sara Chrisman and Frederick Rivara agreed with the findings, but cautioned that allowing youth recovering from concussion to engage in physical activity is different than allowing full return to play.
Impacts of climate change in the Pacific
In House, December 19, 2016
Pacific island countries are among the most vulnerable in the world to the current and future health risks of climate change, according to a group of international researchers that includes Kristie Ebi from the UW School of Public Health.
Jared Baeten—aiming to see off HIV
The Lancet, December 19, 2016
Jared Baeten spoke to The Lancet Infectious Diseases recently from the HIV Research for Prevention Conference (HIVR4P) in Chicago. In the profile, Baeten explains his early beginnings as a global health researcher and his vital work in HIV prevention.
Glyphosate panel split on chemical's carcinogenicity
AgriPulse, December 16, 2016
Assembled to review evidence of whether glyphosate is a human carcinogen, the members of a Scientific Advisory Panel of the Environmental Protection Agency offered opinions on EPA's conclusion that the active ingredient in Roundup, the world's most widely used herbicide, is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” Lianne Shepard is quoted.
Drugmakers set to gain as taxpayers foot new opioid costs
Associated Press, December 15, 2016
Critics say the answer pharmaceutical companies are pushing to address the ongoing opioid crisis boosts their profits while forcing taxpayers to shoulder the costs. Gary Franklin is quoted.
Targeted testing for children of HIV-infected adults
In House, December 14, 2016
Testing the children of HIV-infected adults already receiving care may efficiently diagnose HIV-infected children before they exhibit symptoms. By referring HIV-infected parents to have their children tested, researchers revealed many untested older children and found that prevalence of HIV was high.
Why are so many Americans dying young?
The Atlantic, December 13, 2016
For the first time since the 1990s, Americans are dying at a faster rate, and they’re dying younger. A pair of new studies suggest Americans are sicker than people in other rich countries, and in some states, progress on stemming the tide of basic diseases like diabetes has stalled or even reversed. Christopher Murray is quoted.
Where you live may determine how you die
CBS News, December 13, 2016
What causes a person’s death depends in large part on where they spend their lives, concludes a new county-level analysis of U.S. mortality data. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
How educators are informing the next generation with GBD research and tools
IHME Acting on Data, December 12, 2016
While decision-makers, researchers and clinicians around the globe regularly use Global Burden of Disease (GBD) estimates to inform their work and set policy, educators are also finding value in incorporating this research and IHME resources into their curricula. A. Gita Krishnaswamy and Stephen Bezruchka are quoted.
Homeopathic cold syrup effective for young children
In House, December 8, 2016
Homeopathic syrup is an effective treatment for reducing the severity of cold symptoms in preschool children, according to a new study in Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Obesity and hunger are twin crises
Take Part, December 8, 2016
Despite decades of warnings, obesity poses a growing problem worldwide. Once it was thought to afflict just affluent countries, where excess can easily become a way of life. In reality, obesity is a global issue affecting poorer countries on a grand scale. Ashkan Afshin is quoted.
Urban planning, transport and public health
In House, December 7, 2016
Well-planned cities that encourage walking, cycling and use of public transportation will help address significant global health challenges, says an international group of researchers. To create healthier, more equitable communities, researchers suggest policies are needed that reduce private motor vehicle use and prioritize alternative modes of transport.
Mumps outbreak: Why do we care and is the vaccine working?
Public Health Insider, December 7, 2016
In light of the mumps outbreak in King County, Jeff Duchin discusses why we should care about mumps and how the vaccine wrks in a blog post for Public Health - Seattle & King County.
Diesel ban by 2025: Four world capitals plan to ban diesel vehicles
Christian Science Monitor, December 2, 2016
Smog-filled cityscapes have become a common scene around the world, a problem that some metropolises have battled for decades. Four mayors from major cities – Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens – recently decided to take a drastic action: They want to eliminate all diesel vehicles from their roads by 2025. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted.
WISH urges the world, global changes demand global effort
GEO TV, December 2, 2016
As 1400 health experts, academics and innovators from around the world gathered at the Qatar National Convention Center to highlight world health issues under the platform of the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), the focus was on working together to improve existing healthcare facilities. Dean Jamison, professor emeritus of global health, is mentioned.
Focusing on adolescents for an AIDS-free generation
Department of Global Health, December 1, 2016
This World AIDS Day, we applaud gains against the world HIV/AIDS epidemic and optimistically embark upon a new vaccine trial. But we also recognize our work is far from done especially when it comes to young people. Without a significant global transformation in priorities and resources towards adolescents, we leave them at risk of dying from a preventable and treatable disease.
The new safe sex: How one HIV drug is changing lives
Crosscut, December 1, 2016
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) consists of a daily pill taken by a HIV-negative person. When properly used, it can almost completely prevent the transmission of HIV. Joanne Stekler comments on the promising drug regimen, status disclosure in couples and outreach to under-served populations in a story published on World AIDS Day.
Op-Ed: Is global health industry too self-serving in the fight against AIDS?
Humanosphere, December 1, 2016
Washington state’s global health community is a recognized leader in the fight against many diseases of poverty including HIV/AIDS. The question is whether our region’s leadership, the way we choose to fight the pandemic, is actually doing more for us than the people we claim to be helping. Op-ed written by Joanna Diallo. a senior program manager in the Department of Global Health.
Bariatric surgery and childbirth complications
In House, November 30, 2016
In a 33-year retrospective study, researchers compared birth outcomes for infants born to mothers with a history of bariatric surgery to outcomes for infants born to mothers without weight-loss surgery. The new study showed that infants born to mothers with prior bariatric surgery had significantly higher risks for prematurity, neonatal intensive care unit admission, and being small for gestational-age status.
Focusing on adolescents for an AIDS-free generation
Department of Global Health, November 30, 2016
Globally, 2 million adolescents aged 10-19 years old are infected with HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS-related deaths are decreasing in children, youth and adults but increasing in adolescents. In an op-ed, Jennifer Slyker discusses why we need to focus on adolescents to work towards anAIDS-free generation.
Chocolate vs vegetables: The true environmental costs
BBC, November 29, 2016
When it comes to carbon emissions, certain unhealthy snacks may carry an unexpected blessing compared to healthier options. In a paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Adam Drewnowski and colleagues tried to take this into account by estimating the carbon emissions for every 100 calories of different foods.
Pesticide exposures may alter mouth bacteria
HealthDay, November 28, 2016
Pesticide exposure may change the makeup of bacteria in the mouths of farm workers, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed swabs taken from 65 adult farm workers and 52 adults who didn't work on farms. All lived in Washington's Yakima Valley. Ian Stanaway and Elaine Faustman are quoted.
5 ways to tread lightly as an international volunteer
The Seattle Globalist, November 28, 2016
MPH student Anu Aryal writes about the benefits and challenges of being an international volunteer. Prior to attending UW, Aryal worked at an international nongovernmental organization supporting local partners in implementing health and sanitation projects in rural Southwestern Nepal.
Is nutritious food really pricier, and, if so, is that really the problem?
The Washington Post, November 25, 2016
Is healthful food more expensive? Is cost what stands between people and a better diet? By one very straightforward measure, healthful eating does indeed cost more. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Montreal’s strategy for hot days
Environmental Health Perspectives, November 25, 2016
Hot days can be deadly, so public health officials seek to mitigate their effects through heat action plans. These plans have been widely adopted, but little is known about how effective they really are at reducing the public health burden of high temperatures. Kristie Ebi was quoted.
Professor emeritus gives her final lecture
The Daily, November 24, 2016
The UW department of urban design and planning held an event recently celebrating the accomplishments of one of their newly retired professors. Touted as her “final lecture,” professor emeritus Anne Vernez Moudon held this event to raise money for her new fund and review the history of urban design and planning. Moudon is an affiliate faculty of the Department of Epidemiology.
An interview with Dr. Adam Drewnowski, obesity and health disparities researcher
Food Tank, November 22, 2016
Food Tank speaks with Adam Drewnowski about his research into food price as a link between climate change and obesity and the development of the Nutrient Rich Foods Index and the Affordable Nutrition Index.
Study: 3 arthritis pain drugs affect the heart equally
Associated Press, November 21, 2016
A new study gives some reassurance to arthritis sufferers who want pain relief but are worried about side effects. It finds that Celebrex, a drug similar to ones withdrawn 12 years ago for safety reasons, is no riskier for the heart than some other prescription pain pills that are much tougher on the stomach. Bruce Psaty is quoted.
Population health is a moral imperative — here’s how we’ll solve local and global problems
The Seattle Times, November 20, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s recent gift for construction of a population health facility will greatly advance the interdisciplinary and collaborative work of UW's faculty members, students, partners and collaborators across the University, the region and the world. UW President Ana Mari Cauce and the School's Ali Mokdad discuss why population health is a moral imperative.
School of Public Health undergraduate major receives top ranking
UW Population Health News, November 17, 2016
The undergraduate Public Health Major was just ranked the best public health degree for 2016–2017 by College Choice.
Anti vax movement puts Somali American kids at risk
Seattle Globalist, November 17, 2016
Since the 2011 outbreak of measles in Minnesota, multiple studies have been conducted to find out if the vaccination rates in the Somali community are lower than the rest of the population. Research conducted by Elizabeth Wolf and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar was cited.
Pesticide exposure linked to changes in oral health
In House, November 16, 2016
Pesticide exposure in farmworkers from agricultural communities is linked to changes in the oral microbiome, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Trump’s election has Northwest women worried about health care, birth control
The Seattle Times, November 15, 2016
Since 2012 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), preventative health care services for women, including contraception, were required to be covered without cost-sharing by most health insurance plans. Trump has indicated that he would “repeal and replace” the ACA. Aaron Katz comments on the future of women's health care and birth control.
Pathogen contamination in a clinical laundry facility
Oxford University Press Blog, November 15, 2016
The cleanliness of hospital environments, including bed sheets and patient gowns, plays a large role in the prevention of the spread of disease to hospital workers and other patients. To learn more about how bacterial pathogens are kept in check and the effectiveness of clinical laundry services in removing these bacteria, Oxford University Press asked Karen Michael.
Studies show little benefit in supplements
The New York Times, November 14, 2016
A recent study found that overall use of dietary supplements by adults in this country has remained stable from 1999 through 2012, although some supplements have fallen out of favor while the use of others has increased. Lead author Elizabeth Kantor, is an alumna of the Department of Epidemiology.
Creating strong minds and bodies: the importance of early intervention
The Seattle Times, November 11, 2016
Amy Glynn, a graduate student in the Department of Health Services executive program, wrote an opinion story about the importance of early intervention programs for children with special needs.
A soldier and a doctor on the power of nature
REI Blog, November 10, 2016
In honor of Veterans Day, REI asked a veteran and a nationally renowned medical researcher to share their views on the healing power of the outdoors. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
UW students study health impact of city street redesign
Go Anacortes, November 9, 2016
Students in Andrew Dannenberg and Fritz Wagner's Health Impact Assessment graduate course studied the health impacts of the City of Anacortes' South Commercial Avenue beautification project and will present to the city council on their findings.
Human cost of Iran-Iraq War and First Gulf War
In House, November 8, 2016
Using a new approach to measure historical war-related deaths, researchers at the UW School of Public Health confirm that nearly 240,000 people died from causes attributable to wars in Iraq from 1980 through 1993. The study used data from a survey of Iraqi households to estimate casualties of the Iran-Iraq War and the First Gulf War. Researchers then verified the mortality estimates by tracking the frequency of war-related news in the region during the time period, as covered by the New York Times.
Hospital bed sheets might spread a serious gastrointestinal disease
Pacific Standard , November 8, 2016
A new study finds signs of a tough bacteria at a hospital laundry facility. Cites research by Marilyn Roberts.
Opinion: The future of health financing — investing in data
Devex, November 8, 2016
After more than a decade of immense growth, development assistance for health (DAH) has flat lined. DAH fueled a scale up of antiretrovirals, insecticide-treated bed nets, vaccinations and a host of important global health interventions. The plateau in international funding may threaten to slow progress or even roll back these gains. Joseph Dieleman was a co-author.
The truth about dairy fats
Today's Dietitian, November 7, 2016
The connection between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease has been called into question in recent years, and so has the assumption that all saturated fat-rich foods are nutritionally equal. Experts in nutritional science weigh in on the debate. Marian Neuhouser, Mario Kratz and Judy Simon are quoted.
Growth in e-learning for developing world healthcare workers
Digital Journal, November 7, 2016
In many parts of the developing world, especially areas where pathogens pose a significant risk, resources are scarce. To help with medical training, e-learning platforms provide a way forwards. The Department of Global Health's e-learning programs are noted.
Congressional funding for Zika is welcome but not enough to protect Americans
STAT News, November 4, 2016
Eight months after President Obama requested emergency funding to support the US response to the Zika virus outbreak, Congress finally passed a $1.1 billion funding package. The funding, though welcome, is only about half of what the nation’s top health experts believe is needed to combat this new global health emergency. Michael Gale Jr. and Lakshmi Rajagopal were co-authors alongside Kristina Adams Waldorf (School of Medicine).
Summer health sciences course offers diversity scholarships
NewsBeat, November 3, 2016
Schools of medicine, dentistry and public health at the UW will jointly pilot a program next summer to prepare talented students of color for careers in the health sciences. Sara Mackenzie is quoted.
From gene editing to death traps, Seattle scientists innovate in race to end malaria
Reuters Africa, November 1, 2016
Efforts to end malaria, one of the world's deadliest diseases, which killed an estimated 438,000 people last year, are under threat as mosquitoes become increasingly resistant to public health measures. To combat rising resistance, Seattle's malaria-fighting community is developing innovations ranging from data modelling and genetic modification to single-dose drugs and sugar traps. Stephen Lim is quoted.
Geneticists should offer data to participants
Nature, November 1, 2016
Sarah Nelson, a PhD candidate in the Institute of Public Health Genetics, who had donated her genetic material for a whole-genome sequencing project, was refused access to her own data. In this article, Nelson argues that genetic researchers should consider sharing personal data with participants, if they want it.
Survey finds pesticides lingering at local homes, but below safety limits
Yakima Herald, October 28, 2016
A newly published study tracks how levels of a few hazardous pesticides linger in the air throughout the spray season. The results, not surprisingly, show that people who live very close to farms have higher levels of pesticides in and around their homes than people who live further away. Cites research by Jenna Gibbs.
UW gets $210 million from Gates Foundation for health initiative
The Washington Post, October 28, 2016
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to support what the school calls a “population health initiative.”
UW has strong presence at free Seattle/King County Clinic
NewsBeat, October 28, 2016
Volunteers from UW Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the School of Public Health joined with other agencies to deliver care at Seattle’s biggest annual free clinic. Held at Seattle Center since 2014, the clinic has grown to provide care for more than 4,000 people last year.
Reducing harm from lead battery recycling in Vietnam
NIEHS Global Environmental Health Newsletter, October 28, 2016
UW study results as a call-to-action to clean up lead contamination in Dong Mai village, a lead battery recycling center in northern Vietnam. Researchers found widespread lead contamination throughout Dong Mai village and high blood lead levels in all children they tested. William Daniell is quoted.
Accidental firearm injuries may be linked to the cycle of violence
ASPPH, October 27, 2016
Among patients hospitalized for accidental injuries, those harmed by guns are more likely to have a history of violence and are at high risk of committing a violent crime in the future. A new study suggests that patients with accidental firearm injuries would benefit from hospital-based intervention programs.
Pollution particles damage blood vessels, may lead to heart disease
Reuters, October 26, 2016
Tiny pollution particles produced by vehicle engines and industry are known to worsen heart disease and raise the risk of stroke, but a new study suggests they might also be planting the seeds for cardiovascular disease early on. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted.
Gates Foundation gives UW $210 million
New York Times/AP, October 25, 2016
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is giving the University of Washington $210 million to help build a new facility to advance efforts to improve the health and well-being of people worldwide. The new building would include space for the UW's School of Public Health, the Department of Global Health and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
The inexcusable lack of diversity in genetic studies
Pacific Standard, October 24, 2016
Low numbers of minorities in medical genetic studies is bad for both science and society. Cites research by Alice Popejoy and Stephanie Fullerton.
How many hours a day are your kids using digital media? Seattle doctors issue new guidelines
The Seattle Times, October 20, 2016
It’s OK for babies to video-chat with grandparents and friends, but that’s about it when it comes to digital-media use, according to new guidelines released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and co-authored by SPH faculty members. For older kids, families need to make a plan. Dimitri Christakis (HServ) and Meghan Moreno (HServ) are quoted.
Pregnancy, work productivity after bariatric surgery studied
NewsBeat, October 19, 2016
JAMA and JAMA Surgery have published studies reporting postoperative experiences of bariatric-surgery patients. The research, separately examining pregnancy risks and back-to-work contributions, involved investigators from the UW School of Public Health. Brodie Parent (MS Epi 2016) and David Flum were quoted.
Service-minded student wins national family medicine honor
NewsBeat, October 17, 2016
Brianne Huffstetler Rowan, a fourth-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine and recent graduate of the School of Public Health, is one of five U.S. recipients of a scholarship to pursue the specialty of family medicine.
Genomics is failing on diversity
Nature, October 12, 2016
An analysis by Alice Popejoy, a PhD candidate in Public Health Genetics, and Stephanie Fullerton, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, indicates that some populations are still being left behind on the road to precision medicine.
Widespread breast cancer screenings have led to massive overtreatment
L.A. Times, October 12, 2016
A new study finds that widespread screening has led to massive overtreatment for breast cancer, and that better treatment -- not mammography -- is the main reason that mortality has declined. Joann Elmore is quoted.
Cars vs. health: UW professors contribute to Lancet series
UW Today, October 12, 2016
Automobiles — and the planning and infrastructure to support them — are making our cities sick, says an international group of researchers now publishing a three-part series in the British medical journal The Lancet. Andrew Dannenberg is a co-author of the first of this series that explores these connections and suggests several planning alternatives for better health.
Will Michelle Obama's White House garden survive the next presidency?
CS Monitor, October 6, 2016
The garden has symbolized the first lady's effort to promote nutrition and healthy living, but it will be up to the next president to either keep the garden going or plough it under. UW SPH Nutritional Sciences research is referenced.
Can WA reduce the high number of maternal deaths?
Crosscut, October 4, 2016
Overall, the U.S. has experienced rising rates of maternal deaths in recent years, even as the rest of the world has seen improvements. Cathy Wasserman is quoted.
Two safe injection sites proposed for the Seattle area
My Northwest, October 3, 2016
The Seattle City Council was briefed Monday on a proposal for safe injection sites aimed at drug users in the region. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Snohomish Health District leader to retire in March 2017, saying he's 'worn down'
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 3, 2016
Gary Goldbaum, director of the Snohomish Health District, has announced he's retiring in March 2017. Goldbaum is an associate professor of epidemiology and adjunct associate professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health. He also earned an MPH from the School.
Sorry, your bath towels are probably pretty gross
Yahoo Beauty, September 30, 2016
To reduce bacteria buildup, Marilyn Roberts advises to launder towel frequently, dry it completely between use, and don't share if you are sick.
Stagnant air: the politics of breathing at the border
KCET, September 30, 2016
California's border with Baja California is a complex region with unique environmental issues. The San Ysidro Air Quality and Border Traffic Study, co-led by Edmund Seto, is referenced.
Evaluating cost-effectiveness in health and medicine
ASPPH, September 29, 2016
A new set of recommendations has been developed for evaluating cost-effectiveness in health and medicine. Dr. Anirban Basu was on the expert panel that reviewed the current status of cost-effectiveness analysis and updated guidelines presented by the 1996 Panel on Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine.
New red and white blood cell variants
ASPPH, September 29, 2016
Researchers have identified 16 new red blood cell variants and 16 new white blood cell variants that may be associated with diabetes, anemia or even Alzheimer’s, according to a pair of studies led by the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutch.
WA vape shops welcome new state regulations, concerned about federal rules
The News Tribune, September 28, 2016
Businesses selling e-cigarettes, liquid nicotine and other vapor products in Washington are navigating new sets of state and federal rules, a major switch for the industry that was largely unregulated until this year. A study by the UW's School of Public Health is referenced.
King County wants to open legal heroin clinics to combat epidemic
NPR, September 25, 2016
A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.
U.S. students get free ride in Cuban medical school
The Seattle Times, September 23, 2016
Hundreds of U.S. students have attended medical school tuition-free in Cuba, including a UW grad. Paul K. Drain is quoted.
Sorry, but your loofah is probably really nasty
Yahoo Beauty, September 22, 2016
An old study published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology found that infectious bacteria could grow on multilayered shower sponges, or loofahs, literally overnight. Are these body sponges really that bad? Marilyn Roberts is quoted.
Anirban Basu on panel that updated guide to caregivers’ decisions
HS NewsBeat, September 22, 2016
A panel of experts from the U.S. and Canada has updated 20-year-old guidelines and recommendations for evaluating cost-effectiveness in health and medicine – guidelines used around the world to make healthcare decisions. Anirban Basu is quoted.
Breast cancer’s spread may be influenced by circadian gene
Business Insider, September 22, 2016
Variations in a gene involved in circadian rhythms may also promote the spread of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Amanda Phipps is quoted.
Here's where America ranks among the world's healthiest countries
Fortune, September 22, 2016
The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) division released the results of its comprehensive 2015 Global Burden of Disease study. Christopher Murray is quoted.
Britain ranked 5th healthiest country, while the US is 28th on the list
DailyMail U.K., September 22, 2016
Britain is the fifth healthiest place to live in the world, new figures have revealed. Stephen Lim is quoted.
Study estimates 100k deaths from Indonesia haze
Fox News, September 19, 2016
Indonesian forest fires that choked a swath of Southeast Asia with a smoky haze for weeks last year may have caused more than 100,000 deaths, according to new research that will add to pressure on Indonesia's government to tackle the annual crisis. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Normalizing conversations around drug use
KNKX, September 15, 2016
88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave talks with Caleb Banta-Green about if we’re talking about drugs, drug use and treatment in the right ways.
Aerial naled spraying: Should Miami Beach residents worry about this anti-Zika effort?
WLRN Miami, September 15, 2016
Miami Beach’s efforts to control Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been challenged over the past two weeks by residents worried about possible adverse health effects of the pesticide naled. Richard Fenske is quoted.
How Zika damages fetal brain
ASPPH, September 14, 2016
A UW-led study documented abnormal brain development in the offspring of a non-human primate following a Zika infection during pregnancy. The researchers’ observations of how Zika virus affected fetal brain formation in a pigtail macaque could provide a model for testing therapeutic interventions.
Antibiotics as treatment for diarrheal disease
ASPPH, September 14, 2016
Researchers are working to determine if antibiotics could help save thousands of children from dying of diarrheal disease, thanks to a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the World Health Organization.
Why we always get sick while traveling - and how to prevent it
Popular Science, September 14, 2016
Travel, sleep loss, and stress can all wreak havoc on our immune systems. Christopher Sanford is quoted.
Seattle scientists first to show monkey model of Zika damage
The Seattle Times, September 12, 2016
Seattle researchers infected a pregnant, 9-year-old macaque monkey with Zika virus, becoming the first to demonstrate the terrible effects of the disease in the fetus of a nonhuman primate. Michael Gale Jr. and
Lakshmi Rajagopal are quoted.
Commentary: Lead exposure beyond Flint—protecting our nation’s workers
Environmental Health News, September 12, 2016
Rachel Shaffer and Steven Gilbert urge in this op-ed that US standards on lead exposure in the workplace need to be updated to protect workers and their families.
Call me a consumer — just not a health care consumer
Portland Business Journal, September 12, 2016
Guest columnist Aaron Katz examines whether the health care system is better at profit-making or meeting the medical, health or financial needs of people.
ACA waiver explored by SPH students
ASPPH Friday Letter, September 9, 2016
A federal waiver under the Affordable Care Act, known as section 1332, will offer several opportunities to improve quality and extent of health insurance coverage in Washington state when the waiver becomes effective in 2017, according to a report from the University of Washington School of Public Health
Proposed ban on assault-style weapons 'makes sense'
KNKX, September 8, 2016
WA state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week said he wants to ban assault-style weapons in Washington state. Dr. Fred Rivara is interviewed.
Lead poisoning: How what we don’t know is hurting America’s children
Harvard Public Health Review, September 5, 2016
In this op-ed, global health students Tara Ness and Brianne Rowan argue for an expansion of targeted screening in children for lead exposure and a national lead poisoning surveillance system.
Tapping apps and the internet really does rev up heart health
NY Daily News, September 1, 2016
A new study shows people who use the web, pedometers and mobile apps got healthier. Ashkan Afshin is quoted.
New delivery strategy reduces HIV transmission in couples
ASPPH, September 1, 2016
The strategic delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the members of mixed-status couples substantially reduce the risk of HIV transmission, according to a new study led by Jared Baeten.
EPA grant to help develop low-cost sensors for wood smoke
ASPPH, September 1, 2016
Catherine Karr received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop low-cost air pollution sensors in rural Washington state. The devices will help Native American and Latino communities in the Yakima Valley reduce their exposure to wood smoke.
Clearing the air about climate change
American College of Physicians Internist, September 1, 2016
Climate change is a public health issue, and physicians should be aware of the potential medical consequences and be able to communicate those to patients. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
What's the best sports drink for kids?
Seattle's Child, September 1, 2016
Food experts and pediatricians weigh in on the marketing hype of sports drinks for our kids. Anne-Marie Gloster is quoted.
Tips for easy, healthy school lunches on the go
Seattle's Child, September 1, 2016
It's back-to-school time, which means a lot of packed lunches. Anne-Marie Gloster provides tips, and a handy chart, for making those lunches healthy for your little ones.
More students getting vaccinated in King County, but some kids still at risk
KUOW, August 31, 2016
Emily Fox talks with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Adjunct Professor in Epidemiology, about vaccination trends for students in King County.
Oregon schools face a plethora of environmental concerns
Oregon Public Broadcasting, August 29, 2016
Sheela Sathyanarayana says mold isn’t usually that bad, but it can be. Schools aren’t required to routinely test for mold.
Could Amazon reviews keep you from getting sick?
GeekWire, August 28, 2016
UW researchers have set out to harness Amazon reviews to predict food product recalls. Elaine Nsoesie is quoted.
The data-poor lives of adolescents
Aljazeera, August 27, 2016
"Data can save lives. Without it, we wouldn't know that smoking causes lung cancer and coronary disease, that helmets reduce death rates for motorcycle accidents, and that better education for women improves child survival - and much else." Op-ed by Ali Mokdad.
Malaria, cancer drug prospects emerge from open-source study
ASPPH, August 25, 2016
Researchers from around the world have successfully identified compounds that can be used to treat and prevent parasite-borne illnesses such as malaria. The project, called the Malaria Box, demonstrates how an open-source approach can foster effective data sharing.
Seattle’s potential solution for heroin epidemic: places for legal drug use
The New York Times, August 25, 2016
A task force established to combat a heroin epidemic in the Seattle metropolitan area has endorsed a strategy of establishing places where addicts would be allowed to take drugs without fear of being arrested. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
US surgeon general sends warning letter to all doctors on opioid epidemic
CNN, August 25, 2016
For the first time, every doctor in the United States will receive a letter from the US surgeon general urging them to curb use of opioids and providing tips on prescribing the drugs. Gary Franklin is quoted.
As temperatures rocket, cities fight heat waves
ClimateWire, August 24, 2016
City leaders and emergency responders across the country are trying to figure out how to keep people safe during more frequent and intense heat waves, and how to cool urban cores. Tania Busch Isaksen is quoted.
Violence has taken years off of life expectancy in Syria
The New York Times, August 24, 2016
The ongoing violence in Syria has taken years off of people's life expectancy, according to a new analysis. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
Local leaders take big step toward ‘safe consumption site' for addicts
KIRO7, August 23, 2016
A majority of people on King County's heroin task force support the idea of a safe consumption site. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Seattle could open housing for homeless where it’s OK to use heroin
The Seattle Times, August 22, 2016
The Heroin Task Force formed has endorsed opening safe-consumption sites for addicts, which would be a first in the U.S. But some say getting homeless addicts off the streets requires an even bolder move. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
Uncovering the female body’s secret protection against HIV
PBS NewsHour, August 19, 2016
As researchers uncover the complexity of bacterial communities that occupy the vagina, they are also finding ways to strengthen them, crafting new tools that not only could make women less susceptible to HIV but also improve their health overall. Scott McClelland and Alison Roxby are quoted.
The price of Zika? About $4 million per child
Wired, August 16, 2016
To talk about Zika virus control is to talk about money. Vaccine development, mosquito abatement, and even the distribution of DEET repellant takes (and currently lacks) major federal dollars. But the real price of Zika is the devastating birth defects that can appear in children born to infected women. David Pigott is quoted.
140 Seattle-area cancer patients may have been exposed to TB
The Seattle Times, August 16, 2016
About 140 cancer patients may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a health-care worker who was diagnosed with an active case of the disease, officials with the UW Medical Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance said Tuesday. Steven Pergam is quoted.
UW researchers may see benefits from easing of pot rules
The Seattle Times, August 15, 2016
Although the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it wasn’t changing pot’s standing as a controlled substance, it did loosen restrictions that could benefit local researchers. Specifically, the DEA ended the University of Mississippi’s federal monopoly on growing pot for research. Dennis Deonovan is quoted.
How much exercise do you need to prevent heart disease, cancer?
Today, August 12, 2016
New research reveals just how much exercise will make the most impact in preventing serious health issues — and it's a lot more than currently recommended. Hmwe Kyu and Anne McTiernan are quoted.
New study aims to prevent thousands of child deaths
Puget Sound Business Journal, August 12, 2016
The University of Washington, in partnership with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, is part of the largest clinical trial, to date, examining diarrhea management. Patty Pavlinac, one of the lead researchers, is quoted.
As incomes become more unequal, so too may the rate of healthy eating
The Economist, August 11, 2016
A recent study suggests that Americans are eating more healthy foods than they were in the fairly recent past. But the study also revealed that the gap between the diets of rich and poor seems to be widening. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Heritage, UW to study wood smoke pollution
Yakima Herald, August 10, 2016
Heritage University and the University of Washington received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund a three-year project on the topic of smoke pollution.
Vulnerable groups can achieve quality diets despite income
ASPPH, August 10, 2016
For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition. However, a new study suggests that those who prioritize nutrition while food shopping have higher-quality diets regardless of gender, education, and income.
EPA Awards $750,000 STAR Grant to University of Washington for Next-Generation Air Pollution Research
EPA News Releases, August 9, 2016
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $749,999 grant to the UW to develop low-cost air pollution sensor technology and help communities learn about their local air quality.
How singeing off his eyebrows led Dr. Van Voorhis to a career in science
Puget Sound Business Journal, August 8, 2016
When his mother gave him a chemistry kit at age 8, Dr. Wesley Van Voorhis did just what every parent fears — he burned off his eyebrows. Rather than deter him from getting back on the workbench, Wesley said it made him more excited than ever.
Cab Seat Technology Addresses Driver Health Concerns
Transport Topics, August 8, 2016
Driving a truck long hours can take a toll on the body. Cab seats being developed better address driver health and comfort concerns. Peter Johnson is quoted.
Zika is starting to spread on the US mainland — here's how bad experts say it could get
Business Insider, August 4, 2016
Zika virus has finally made its way to the US mainland, and the virus is now spreading locally in Miami. That means people are getting the virus from American mosquitoes, not just ones that have bitten them while they're abroad. David Pigott is quoted.
The U.S. is disqualified in trials for "health olympics"
The Huffington Post, August 4, 2016
Let's imagine a new event, paralleling the sports Olympics, that ranks countries according to their accomplishments in producing healthy citizens. How would the U.S. perform? Stephen Bezruchka & Mary Anne Mercer co-authored the blog post.
Working across difference
The Daily, August 4, 2016
India Ornelas is focusing on ways to increase diversity in the UW School of Public Health and train students to work across difference in order to build a more diverse public health workforce.
People adapting to gradual increases in average temperatures
ASPPH, August 4, 2016
Researchers are a step closer to answering an important question about the health risks of climate change: Are people acclimatizing to higher global temperatures? A new study suggests that people can adapt to gradual increases in average global temperatures, though whether that adaptability can be sustained with the advance of climate change is yet unanswered.
Long-term health of construction workers gets new focus in UW's CM program
Daily Journal of Commerce, August 4, 2016
Students in the Construction Management Occupational Safety and Health 18-month master's degree program also receive public health training. David Kalman directs a training grant that financially supports up to three students in the program.
Feeling guilty about not flossing? Maybe there’s no need
The New York Times, August 3, 2016
For decades, the federal government — not to mention your dentist — has insisted that daily flossing is necessary to prevent cavities and gums so diseased that your teeth fall out. Turns out, all that flossing may be overrated. Philippe Hujoel is quoted.
Outdated lead standards put WA workers, families at risk
The Seattle Times, August 1, 2016
Industries with high potential for lead exposure, including construction put workers at elevated risk of lead poisoning, write Rachel Shaffer and Steven Gilbert in an op-ed.
Malaria, cancer drug prospects emerge from open-source test
HS NewsBeat, July 28, 2016
In what is being called the first-ever test of open-source drug-discovery, researchers from around the world have successfully identified compounds to pursue in treating and preventing parasite-borne illnesses such as malaria as well as cancer. Wesley Van Voorhis helped lead the project.
Patients in ‘immediate danger,’ but state didn’t stop pain doctor for years
Seattle Times, July 28, 2016
State regulators suspended the medical license of a Seattle pain doctor to protect patients from harm. Gary Franklin--medical director for L&I--is quoted.
Effects of Seattle wage hike may be overshadowed by strong economy
UW Today, July 27, 2016
The true effect to low-income workers of Seattle’s minimum wage increase to $11 in 2015 was about 73 cents, researchers say, keeping in mind that the area’s strong economy might well have boosted wages anyway. Jennifer Otten is a co-investigator in the ongoing study.
Second opinions on breast biopsies reduce misdiagnoses
ASPPH, July 27, 2016
Obtaining a second opinion could significantly improve the accuracy of breast cancer biopsies, according to a study from the University of Washington. Joann Elmore (Epi) is quoted.
Climate change puts Europe at risk for dengue epidemic
ASPPH, July 27, 2016
Increasing temperatures over the next several decades will expand the seasonal window of opportunity for mosquitos to transmit dengue fever in Europe, putting much of the continent at risk for an epidemic. Kristie Ebi (Global Health, DEOHS) is quoted.
UW, Kenya team on HIV oral health project
School of Dentistry, July 26, 2016
The UW Department of Global Health and the UW School of Dentistry are joining forces with the University of Nairobi in an ambitious effort to combat the oral consequences of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among Kenya’s children.
Vaginal ring may be highly effective against HIV
ASPPH, July 21, 2016
Consistent use of a monthly vaginal ring can significantly reduce the spread of HIV, according to new data analyses led by researchers from the UW School of Public Health.
Heroin deaths drop in King County, but addiction still a serious problem
The Seattle Times, July 20, 2016
Overdose deaths tied to heroin fell by 15% in King County last year, but the number is still far higher than in the past. There are other signs, too, that heroin addiction remains a serious problem. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Vaginal ring may cut HIV infection risk if used correctly
AIDS.gov, July 20, 2016
A new exploratory analysis of data from the ASPIRE study has found that using a drug-infused vaginal ring most or all of the time reduced the risk of HIV infection in women by at least 56 percent. Research by Jared Baeten and Elizabeth Brown is cited.
Mixed progress in worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS
HealthDay, July 20, 2016
The number of HIV/AIDS deaths worldwide each year has fallen since peaking in 2005, but the number of new HIV infections is up in 74 countries, according to a new study. Haidong Wang is quoted.
Traumatic brain injury not linked to Alzheimer’s
ASPPH, July 19, 2016
A large, multi-institution study has found no connection between suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) with loss of consciousness and later development of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Eric Larson and Paul Crane authored the study.
We’d know more about gun violence if the U.S. lifted research funding ban
Quartz, July 19, 2016
"Our understanding of the 372 mass shootings that took place last year alone has been massively stunted by a lack of federal funding for research into gun violence," writes Quartz reporter Olivia Goldhill. Research by Dr. Fred Rivara is cited.
“Knockout” head injuries linked to Parkinson’s, but not Alzheimer’s
Scientific American, July 19, 2016
An analysis of three studies found no association between unconsciousness-causing traumatic brain injuries and Alzheimer’s disease or general dementia — but it did find a strong association between TBI and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Paul Crane is quoted.
The truth about having a safe mixed HIV status relationship
attn:, July 18, 2016
Jared Baeten offers his insight on HIV transmission, ART therapy, and PrEP — an FDA approved drug that an HIV negative partner can take to prevent transmitting the virus from an HIV positive partner.
Should marijuana be legal?
WalletHub, July 18, 2016
Experts weigh in on the question of marijuana legaliziation. Janet Daling, professor emeritus, is quoted.
The strange death of José de Jesús
The Marshall Project, July 18, 2016
What the unusual death of a man in an U.S. immigrant detention center tells us about conditions —especially mental health services— inside the immigrant detention system. Marc Stern is quoted.
How vaginal bacteria could be stoking HIV cases and blocking prevention
PBS NewsHour, July 18, 2016
In some parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, women may have an 80 percent chance of acquiring HIV in their lifetimes. New research reveals a bacterial culprit that could increase a woman’s likelihood of contracting the virus. Jared Baeten is quoted.
How safe is condomless sex when partner with HIV takes meds?
U.S. News, July 13, 2016
HIV transmission is highly unlikely among straight couples who have sex without condoms when one partner carries the virus but takes medication, new research suggests. For gay couples in the same scenario, the risk seems to be only slightly higher. Jared Baeten is quoted.
A cavity-fighting liquid lets kids avoid dentists’ drills
The New York Times, July 13, 2016
Nobody looks forward to having a cavity drilled and filled by a dentist. Now there’s an alternative: an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on cavities to stop tooth decay — painlessly. Peter Milgrom is quoted.
The surprising ties between poverty, gentrification and asthma
Crosscut, July 13, 2016
There’s a map that simultaneously illustrates Seattle’s rich/poor divide, and shows how quality of life can differ in unexpected and dramatic ways across that divide. It focuses on adult hospitalization rates for asthma, organized by zip code. James Stout is quoted.
Delayed care faulted in immigrants’ deaths at detention centers
The New York Times, July 11, 2016
Deficient medical care contributed to at least seven immigrants’ deaths in federal detention, according to a report published by Human Rights Watch, an advocacy group. Dr. Marc Stern (HServ) is quoted.
Certain immigrant communities may be at risk for future outbreaks
ASPPH, July 11, 2016
Parents born in certain countries are less likely than others to vaccinate their children, according to a study that analyzed data on about 277,000 children living in Washington state.
Parkinson’s head trauma link looks even stronger
Time, July 11, 2016
A new study finds stronger reason to be concerned about the long term effects of head injuries, particularly when it comes to Parkinson’s disease. Paul Crane is lead author of the study.
How a hotline helped control dengue outbreaks
The Atlantic, July 11, 2016
A team of Pakistani scientists created a phone service that could accurately point health workers to areas where the disease was emerging. Elaine Nsoesie (Global Health) is quoted.
Holes remain in new inmate care contract with Centurion
The New Mexican, July 8, 2016
When New Mexico was considering bids for a new prison health care contractor earlier this year, Dept. of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel said whoever won the contract would face performance measures unlike any seen before. Marc Stern (HServ) is quoted.
Expanded access to heroin treatment not enough to curb epidemic
MyNorthwest, July 8, 2016
In the nation’s ongoing battle with the ever-growing heroin epidemic, the Obama administration announced a major change to rules that should make it easier for doctors to prescribe medication to treat the addiction. But local experts say the important step still leaves us far short in the fight. Caleb Banta-Green (HServ) is quoted.
UW researchers discuss data, trends of gun violence in U.S.
HS NewsBeat, July 7, 2016
New research by Drs. Fred Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi) rindicates that gunshot survivors are four times more likely to die from a firearm injury than other patients. Their research is trying to change this statistic and the quality of life of their patients
Washington Professor Chairs EPA Panel to Review Nitrogen Oxides Standards
ASPPH Friday Letter, July 7, 2016
Lianne Sheppard was selected to chair a 17-member committee that advises the EPA on air quality standards for oxides of nitrogen.
Ample research shows bad air can hurt you — and not just your lungs
Center for Health Journalism, July 7, 2016
Air pollution is a health risk for people in communities across the United States. Study led by Joel Kaufman is referenced.
Barriers and opportunities for Seattle food waste
ASPPH, July 6, 2016
A new report, led by Jennifer Otten (Nutritional Sciences, HServ), analyzes current food waste prevention and recovery efforts and advises on local strategies.
Disparities in traumatic brain injury care for children
ASPPH, July 6, 2016
Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries, and who are from poorer families that don’t speak English well, may not get the critical care they need. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar (Epi) is a co-author of the study.
Labor unions are boons for community health, study finds
HS NewsBeat, July 6, 2016
Labor unions, whose numbers are at historic lows in the United States, help to build a culture of health in the workplace and beyond, according to a report from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Improve Your Posture: Learn the 3 Curves of the Spine
The Whole U, July 1, 2016
Faculty Peter Johnson and June Spector share tips for better posture on the job.
If Congress can’t act on gun control, local communities must
The Seattle Times, June 28, 2016
"We need support to strengthen gun laws at every level, from within our own communities all the way to the halls of Congress." Op-Ed by Jeffrey Duchin (Epi).
Second opinions notably reduce breast-biopsy misdiagnoses
HS NewsBeat, June 28, 2016
“The millions of women undergoing breast biopsy each year rely on us for a correct diagnosis,” said Dr. Joann Elmore (Epi). “Our ultimate goal is to improve health and healthcare for these women, which begins with a correct diagnosis.”
Ebola simulation exposes risks to clinical caregivers
ASPPH, June 23, 2016
A new paper coauthored by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health documents how a systematic healthcare simulation can help develop clinical care protocols to identify safety threats while caring for infectious patients.
Seoul wants ‘smartphone zombies’ to read road signs instead
The Washington Post, June 22, 2016
Government surveys have found that millions of South Koreans are "addicted" to smartphone usage, and many more to the internet in general. A survey, co-authored by Frederick Rivara, found that nearly one-third of Americans are busy texting or working on a smartphone at dangerous road crossings.
Hidden harm: US healthcare emits more greenhouse gas than entire UK
Reuters Health, June 22, 2016
If the U.S. healthcare sector were ranked as a nation, it would be the world’s 13th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, more than all of the UK, a new study finds. Dean Howard Frumkin, who wasn’t involved in the current study, commended it for shining a light on healthcare pollution.
What runners and cyclists need to know about our air pollution
The Seattle Times, June 21, 2016
A local runner explores what the recent air-pollution study, led by Dr. Joel Kaufman (DEOHS), could mean to people who like to exercise in the urban outdoors.
Federal agencies don’t fund big gun-violence research. Can California?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 21, 2016
It has been 20 years since Congress effectively barred the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding gun-violence research. Now advocates for such research say a proposed center in the University of California system will "fill the gap" left by those restrictions. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
'Rare, dangerous' heat headed to parts of the western US
The New York Times, June 20, 2016
It's a dry heat, Phoenix residents like to say about Arizona's hot weather. That bravado may vanish as the thermometer flirts with 120 degrees this weekend. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
UW students head to Nepal for hands-on learning
The Seattle Times, June 20, 2016
The University of Washington will hold an exploration seminar in Kathmandu, Nepal, in August as part of its year-old Nepal Studies Initiative. NSI co-directors Biraj Karmacharya, former PhD student in epidemiology, and David Citrin, affiliate instructor of global health, as well as Trinell Carpenter, a public health major and participant in the upcoming Nepal seminar, are quoted.
OSHA amplifies efforts to limit construction workers' noise exposures
Business Insurance, June 15, 2016
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has started the process for a potential — and some argue long overdue — Noise in Construction standard. Richard Gleason is quoted.
Digital disabilities — text neck, cellphone elbow — are painful and growing.
The Washington Post, June 13, 2016
Nearly a decade after the smartphone’s arrival, evidence of tech-caused digital disabilities is emerging. Debra Milek warns that "discomfort may be an early indicator of future injury" when using devices.
Get real about minimizing risk of future Zika and Ebola cases
Seattle Times, June 11, 2016
Unreliable funding of public health agencies exposes communities unnecessarily to threats like the Zika virus. An always-prepared national public health system requires sustained support, not the same old political theater. Op-Ed by David Fleming, Dean's Council member and Clinical Associate Professor in Epidemiology.
FOJBI Friday: Rachel Shaffer Talks Toxicology
NPR, June 10, 2016
PhD student Rachel Shaffer was featured on NPR as part of Joe's Big Idea.
Mapping wealth and diet quality
ASPPH, June 9, 2016
The University of Washington School of Public Health and collaborating institutions have developed a method for measuring socioeconomic status and connecting it to measures of diet quality.
The 11 most impressive social good innovations from May
Mashable, June 6, 2016
Dr. Christy McKinney, UW SPH alumna, worked with researchers from Seattle Children's Hospital and PATH to design an innovative feeding cup for high-risk newborns who have difficulty breastfeeding.
Air pollution harms your heart
The Lancet, June 6, 2016
The MESA Air Study, led by Joel Kaufman (DEOHS), supports the case for global efforts of pollution reduction in prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Early childhood lasts a lifetime
Northwest Public Health magazine, June 6, 2016
Addressing our hardest health challenges at their core means recognizing that health’s “core” is a person’s earliest stage of development—as a zygote or first cell, writes Stephen Bezruchka.
Why the Pain Drug That Killed Prince Can Be Especially Dangerous
Scientific American, June 6, 2016
Prince’s death was caused by an accidental overdose of the powerful opioid drug fentanyl. Gary Franklin is quoted
Traversing a ‘two-way street’ between research, clinical care
NewsBeat, June 3, 2016
Phillip Hwang is researching links between sleep medications and Alzheimer's among military veterans with post-traumatic stress.
Patient trial validates wearable artificial kidney concept
NewsBeat, June 3, 2016
The results of an exploratory clinical trial indicate that a wearable artifical kidney could be developed as a viable, new dialysis technology. Dr. Larry Kessler (HServ) was a key member of the team.
Major malaria discovery
ASPPH, June 3, 2016
Severe malaria is responsible for at least 400,000 deaths every year, according to the World Health Organization. The University of Washington teamed up with the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Goa Medical College in India to find out what causes severity in the life-threatening disease.
Ocean 'dandruff' a new tool for marine biologists
East Bay Times, June 2, 2016
Scientists are using DNA to identify fish and other marine creatures by scrutinizing DNA flecks, a new technique that promises to help scientists keep better track of rare or endangered marine species. Jesse Port (PhD, 2012) is quoted.
EcoConsumer on KOMO4 News: Safe in the Sun
KOMO 4, June 2, 2016
Sheela Sathyanarayana shares tips – think sun-protective clothing, and lotion or stick sunscreen – for staying safe in the hot Seattle summer sun.
Population Health Forum
Population Health Forum, June 1, 2016
Find links to several articles and chapters written by Stephen Bezruchka.
Many Americans Don’t Understand How They Could Catch Zika Virus, Poll Finds
HealthDay News, May 31, 2016
A new HealthDay/Harris Poll finds that Americans are becoming more informed about the Zika virus, but there is still a significant lack of understanding regarding the ways Zika can be transmitted. Jeffrey Duchin, adjuct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Air pollution is a real heartbreaker. No, really
Grist, May 27, 2016
A new 10-year UW study links living with air pollution to serious heart disease.
Not quite a breath of fresh air
UW Daily, May 26, 2016
Researchers at the University of Washington discuss whether a decline in pollution levels is enough to no longer pose a major threat to children who are particularly sensitive to poor air quality. Professors Joel Kaufman and Sverre Vedal from DEOHS are quoted.
Designed in Seattle, this $1 cup could save millions of babies
The Seattle Times, May 24, 2016
SPH alumna Christy McKinney partners with Seattle Children's Hospital and PATH to design an innovative feeding cup intended to help high-risk newborns who have difficulty breastfeeding.
Want a better higher education system? Raise taxes
The Seattle Times, May 24, 2016
Guest columnists from the University of Washington, including the School of Public Health's Aaron Katz, argue the need for new or higher taxes to change the state's higher-education system.
Study shows disparities in treatment for children with traumatic brain injuries
UW Today, May 23, 2016
A University of Washington study found that already disadvantaged children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face significant barriers to getting the physical therapy and mental health care they need. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, assistant professor of epidemiology, is a co-author.
What UW is doing to fight Zika
Department of Global Health News, May 20, 2016
More than 2.7 billion people live in areas where the Zika Virus may soon spread, with potentially devastating effects for infants born in those areas. In response, faculty from across the University of Washington are working to stop the spread and effects of the Zika virus using a variety of approaches and disciplines.
Opioid prescriptions drop for first time in two decades
The New York Times, May 20, 2016
After years of relentless growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996. Bruce Psaty, UW professor of medicine (general internal medicine) and epidemiology, is quoted.
Appeal of 'genetic puzzles' leads to National Medal of Science for UW's Mary-Claire King
UW Today, May 19, 2016
The UW's Mary-Claire King, former adjunct professor of epidemiology at SPH, was awarded the nation's highest scientific honor by President Obama.
Addiction and homelessness: Fixing the vicious cycle
Crosscut, May 19, 2016
Only one in three heroin users has stable housing. The other two are either homeless, on the verge of being homeless or in jail. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Lead poisoning: Where the hidden danger lies
The News Tribune, May 17, 2016
Lead house paint that dates from before the 1978 federal ban is the No. 1 source of lead poisoning of children in the United States, and children who live in older homes can be exposed through peeling paint. Catherine Karr, DEOHS, is quoted.
Seattle researchers use big data, advanced computing to make major malaria discovery
Puget Sound Business Journal, May 16, 2016
Scientists at Seattle's Center for Infectious Disease Research, UW's Department of Global Health and Goa Medical College in India have done groundbreaking research into what makes some malaria cases severe and potentially life-threatening.
Saving lives through gun research
UW Medicine Pulse Podcast, May 16, 2016
According to new research by University of Washington’s School of Public Health, gunshot survivors are four times more likely to die from firearms than other patients. Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, assistant professor of epidemiology, are interviewed.
Study found cuts to health programs increased low birth weight rates in Florida
WGCU, May 16, 2016
A new first-of-its-kind study found a link between county health department spending and how healthy babies are at birth. Betty Bekemeier is the lead researcher of the study.
UW-led suicide prevention initiative planned for Washington colleges and universities
UW Today, May 11, 2016
The University of Washington is leading a new, four-year collaboration aimed at promoting mental health and preventing suicide at colleges and universities around the state. Micia Vergara, a public health student, is quoted.
Cancer drug prices climb after market launch
Health Affairs, May 10, 2016
Researchers found large increases in oral anticancer drug costs even with growing market competition. Sean Sullivan (HSERV) co-authored the report.
Is rusty cookware safe?
Fox News, May 10, 2016
Experts agree that a little bit of rust on cookware isn't likely to harm you. James Woods, research professor emeritus (DEOHS), is quoted.
Bullying is a serious public health problem
New York Times, May 10, 2016
A new report identifies bullying as a "serious public health problem," and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids. Frederick Rivara (Epi) is chairman of the committee that wrote the report.
Bullying a public health problem
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, May 10, 2016
Bullying is a serious public health problem that occurs in both school settings and digital social spaces, according to a new report chaired by Fred Rivara.
Lead poisoning in WA boy traced to sheepskin rugs
The Seattle Times, May 9, 2016
A 16-year-old Central Washington boy was exposed to high levels of lead from a strange source: sheepskin rugs he slept with at night. Catherine Karr (DEOHS) is quoted.
Panel iterates dangers of the Zika virus and potential for U.S. outbreak
UW Daily, May 9, 2016
With the first case of the Zika virus confirmed in King County, there is growing concern that the virus will spread throughout the state and the entire country. Jeffrey Duchin (Epi) and Paul Yager (GH) are quoted.
New FDA e-cigarette rules leave fans, foes sharply divided
The Seattle Times, May 6, 2016
Local vapers criticized the federal FDA’s new rules aimed at overhauling the largely unregulated e-cigarette industry. But area health advocates and politicians said they welcomed the oversight. Rep. Gerry Pollet (Health Services), D-Seattle, is quoted.
SPH alumna named Gates Cambridge Scholar
UW Academic Affairs, May 6, 2016
School of Public Health alumna Miriam Alvarado (MPH '13) was selected for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This highly competitive program fully funds a graduate degree and all associated expenses at Cambridge University.
Are Seattle schools prepared for heroin epidemic?
Crosscut, May 6, 2016
Naloxone – which can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose – has been in the limelight lately. But should it be stocked in schools? Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
New federal rule on silica exposure is "way overdue"
KPLU, May 4, 2016
A tougher federal rule on silica exposure will take effect in June. Noah Seixas explains how workers can get exposed when they cut or grind concrete or stone.
That plastic container you microwave in could be super-toxic
Time, May 4, 2016
Several chemicals in pliable plastic can leach into your food when you heat it. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
New map finds 2 billion people at risk of Zika virus
eLife Sciences, May 3, 2016
A new global map calculating when and where Zika virus is likely to spread shows 2 billion people could be in the Zika zone.
UW president: Place of birth or ethnicity should not determine your health
Puget Sound Business Journal, May 3, 2016
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce is challenging the people and companies in the Puget Sound area to come up with solutions to improve the health of people in the region and across the country.
Why your salmon fillet could be full of cocaine
Vice, May 2, 2016
Researchers found that wastewater in Puget Sound contained Valium, Zoloft, OxyContin, caffeine, nicotine fungicides, and antiseptics. UW research is cited.
Withholding recess is common in Seattle elementary schools
KUOW, May 2, 2016
Withholding recess is banned in ten states. But it’s still allowed in Seattle Public Schools, often as a form of discipline. Dr. Pooja Tandon is quoted.
Studies confirm poor well-being in veterinary professionals, students
JAVMA News, May 1, 2016
Researchers are looking at how occupational health factors into mental health outcomes for veterinarians. Peter Rabinowitz, Heather Fowler, and the training program in Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface are mentioned.
Q&A: What experts say about lead in water and what you should do, expect
The News Tribune, April 29, 2016
Experts weigh in about lead suspected in Tacoma's drinking water. Catherine Karr explains the heath effects from lead exposures, particularly in children.
San Ysidro residents brace for a busier border
Voice of San Diego, April 25, 2016
The border expansion between the US and Mexico has heightened health concerns among San Ysidro residents. So residents, led by Casa Familiar, have obtained funding from CalEPA to do their own air-pollution study. Edmund Seto is involved in the project.
Study addresses widely used drugs for surviving cardiac arrest
New England Journal of Medicine, April 21, 2016
Two heart rhythm medications given by paramedics to patients who failed defibrillation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest improved the likelihood of the patient surviving.
UW & Cape Town team up to take on TB
GeekWire, April 21, 2016
The University of Washington is teaming up with the University of Cape Town’s South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative (SATVI) for a long-term study of a new TB test, which would diagnose early-stage patients more easily and halt the spread of the disease. Dr. Gerard Cangelosi is leading the study.
Why living around nature could make you live longer
Washington Post, April 19, 2016
Living closer to nature is better for your health, new research suggests — and may even extend your life. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted on the power of "Vitamin N."
No price increases after Seattle's initial minimum wage hike
SPH News, April 18, 2016
One year after the wage hike took effect, researchers have found scant evidence of any impact on prices – good news from a public health perspective.
Mall walking for health
Washington Post, April 15, 2016
Walking outdoors can be hazardous due to unpredictable conditions, especially for seniors. That's where shopping malls come in. CDC's Mall Walking Guide, co-authored by Basia Belza (HPRC), is cited.
Climate change far more than an environmental issue
USA Today, April 14, 2016
Experts say climate change could devastate human health, the economy and national security, making the world a more dangerous place to live and widening the gap between the rich and the poor. Howard Frumkin talks about consequences to human health.
Fast Foodies May Be Exposed To Highly ‘Toxic,’ Potentially ‘Cancer-Causing’ Chemicals, New Fast Food Study Reveals
Inquisitr, April 13, 2016
Deadly toxin levels are linked to fast food consumption. According to Sheela Sathyanarayana, children are more likely to be exposed to these toxins than anyone else.
High-impact free clinics address unmet health needs
ASPPH Friday Letter, April 13, 2016
Large-scale free clinics such as the Seattle/King County Clinic can play an important role in connecting individuals to services in the community, a new report says.
Even low levels of air pollution appear to affect a child’s lungs
Science Daily, April 12, 2016
Dramatic improvements in air quality in U.S. cities since the 1990s may not be enough to ensure normal lung function in children, according to new research. Cora Sack and Joel Kaufman--who coauthored an editorial in the same journal where the results appeared--are quoted.
The dubious science of Dr. Luke's Core brand: inside the premium bottled water industry
The Guardian, April 9, 2016
Manufacturers advertise premium bottled waters in the US as a more hydrating, healthful version of water than what flows from the tap. But leading experts say that's not true. Gretchen Onstad is quoted.
CDC's opioid Rx guidelines follow Washington’s lead
Health Sciences NewsBeat, April 8, 2016
The just-released CDC guidelines on opioid prescriptions for chronic pain resemble the Washington state guidelines that Gary Franklin and others at the UW helped develop.
PHAST seeks input from health departments for a new data-access dashboard
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice Communications, April 8, 2016
The Public Health Activities & Services Tracking (PHAST) Measures research project will standardize and disseminate local public health data to support decision making by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. Betty Bekemeier is the principal investigator.
Will Seattle's gun tax survive court challenge?
Seattle Times (Stateline), April 7, 2016
Seattle's gun tax was designed to fund research into reducing injuries from gun violence. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is quoted.
Researchers to test oral swabs for TB diagnosis
ASPPH Friday Letter, April 6, 2016
Researchers at SPH and the University of Cape Town in South Africa plan to partner on a two-year study to test a lower-cost, simpler and safer method in diagnosing tuberculosis.
Federal report says global warming making US sick
Associated Press, April 4, 2016
The Obama administration issued a report outlining major threats to public health from climate change; Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Study: reduce chemicals by switching cosmetics
KOMO, April 4, 2016
A UC Berekley study saw a significant drop in levels of chemicals found in teenagers who wore makeup and lotions without parabens and phalates. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Deep brain stimulation helps UW prof live with Parkinson’s
Health Sciences NewsBeat, March 31, 2016
Getting up from a chair once posed a challenge. Now Steven Gilbert walks more than five miles a day with the help of an implanted device.
Turning the tide on HIV
The Daily, March 31, 2016
A vaginal ring containing a microbidide lowered the risk of HIV in African women. Professors Jared Baeten and Connie Celum are quoted.
Obama announces new moves to fight opioid and heroin abuse epidemic
CNN, March 29, 2016
President Obama's package of new initiatives includes efforts to expand addiction treatment and increase coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
New plans for Nutrition Sciences Program
The Daily, March 28, 2016
Culinary Nutrition Science, a new three-credit course designed for hands-on kitchen demonstrations of modern culinary techniques, and Coffee: Cultivation to Cupping, a one-credit seminar, are new additions to the Nutritional Sciences curriculum.
Why read another article about Ebola? So we can learn from our mistakes
NPR Goats and Soda blog, March 27, 2016
This month marks two years since the first Ebola cases were confirmed in Guinea. The time has come for recollection and reflection, frank opinions and lessons learned, writes MPH alumna Karin Huster.
How much should that drug cost? Depends what disease it treats
STAT, March 22, 2016
A new drug-pricing scheme is gaining traction that would base payments on how well a medicine actually works. Adjunct Professor Lou Garrison is quoted.
Mind-based therapies may ease lower back pain
New York Times, March 22, 2016
A new study led by Daniel Cherkin, an affiliate professor of health services, finds that many people may find relief for lower back pain through meditation.
Mindfulness meditation eases low back pain
JAMA, March 22, 2016
Chronic low-back pain can be alleviated by mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapy, according to a study led by Daniel Cherkin.
Kids’ jewelry sold at JC Penney, Dillard’s tested off the charts for toxic metals
The Seattle Times, March 18, 2016
The state Department of Ecology show chances are dangerously high that some kids' dresses adorned with jewelry are loaded with toxic metals. Steven Gilbert is quoted.
How a flame retardant exerts its toxic effects
Toxicology Letters, March 16, 2016
New findings led by Lucio Costa shed light on how one flame retardant causes toxicity in the brain.
Team to research diabetes prevention in Latino youth
SPH News, March 11, 2016
Professor Donald Patrick is a member of a team that received a five-year, $3.1 million grant to research diabetes-related disparities among Latino youth.
Safe gun storage may keep kids alive, but laws vary by state
The Chronicle of Social Change, March 10, 2016
Despite the prevalence of easily accessible guns, “a 60 to 70 percent reduction in unintentional or self-inflicted injury and death can result from safe firearms practices,” said Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, public health researcher and assistant professor at the University of Washington.
New school lunch standards are working. So why does Congress want to knock them down?
Washington Post, March 9, 2016
A pediatrician writes about important federal efforts to improve children's health through more nutritious school lunches. A study from the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition is referenced.
EPA Administrator speaks in Seattle about public health and water crisis
KPLU, March 9, 2016
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, spoke to students and faculty at the University of Washington’s schools of public health and public policy.
Changing to low-fat diet improved quality of life in older women
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, March 8, 2016
Changing to a diet low in fat was linked to small but significant improvements in older women’s general health, vitality, and physical ability to perform everyday activities.
Portland's toxic air: Soil tests so far show little long-term health risk
The Oregonian, March 8, 2016
The Oregonian has taken dozens of soil samples from Portland neighborhoods located in hot spots for toxic pollution. Catherine Karr is quoted.
UW students celebrate self-love at annual Everybody Every Body Fashion Show
The Daily, March 8, 2016
Event organizer and public health student Lindsey Kirkham is quoted about our "toxic obsession" with beauty.
Center formalizes nurses' role in Global Health initiative
HSNewsBeat, March 8, 2016
In response to huge demand by students and faculty, the University of Washington School of Nursing has launched a center to elevate and promote global health nursing activities both locally and abroad. Two global health faculty members, Pamela Kohler and Sarah Gimbel, are co-directors.
Do U.S. global AIDS dollars build stability, less violence? Hard to prove
Politifact, March 4, 2016
Assistant Professor of Global Health Joseph L. Dieleman is quoted in this article examining claims by Sens. Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Bill Frist, R-Tenn, that global health aid is in the national interest.
Study: Infection rates correlate with public health spending
Food Safety News, March 4, 2016
Local government spending on food safety and sanitation programs may significantly influence the number of illnesses occurring in the surrounding areas, according to a new study led by Betty Bekemeier.
The surprising role of Netflix in global health
watsi blog, March 3, 2016
How Christopher Murray came up with the Global Burden of Disease project.
Freebies may be the key to safe gun storage program
The Trace, March 2, 2016
A new study concludes that intervention efforts that give participants equipment to properly store their firearms show the most promise.
Did school lunch changes improve nutrition?
Contemporary Pediatrics, March 2, 2016
Participation rates in school lunches remained unchanged while the nutritional quality of the meals improved, according to new research. Study co-author Mary Podrabsky is quoted.
Pediatrician: Children spend 'alarming' amount of time watching TV
Chicago Tribune, March 2, 2016
On average, children now start watching TV at 4 months, compared to an average age of 4 years old in the 1970s, pediatrician and epidemiologist Dr. Dimitri Christakis said Wednesday.
New task force to tackle heroin epidemic in Seattle, King County
The Seattle Times, March 1, 2016
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced a task force to find ways to reach heroin and expand treatment options. Caleb Banta-Green, a member of the new panel, is quoted.
How gut microbiota impacts HIV disease
Scientific American, March 1, 2016
A new understanding of the role gut microbiota plays in HIV disease is beginning to emerge, suggesting potential new strategies to manage the infection. Assistant Professor of Pathobiology Nichole Klatt is quoted.
Multimodal Care Reduces All-Cause Mortality in Opioid Users
Medscape, February 29, 2016
Care with multifaceted interventions may reduce the all-cause mortality risk for patients receiving long-term opioid therapy. Gary Franklin comments on the study.
Ammonia study fuels concerns over dairy emissions
Yakima Herald, February 29, 2016
A recent survey showing “slight improvement” in air pollution releases from Yakima County dairies isn’t easing the concerns of neighbors and environmentalists. Catherine Karr is quoted.
Zika virus: Expert weighs in on executing an effective response and whether to quarantine travelers
Big Cities Health Coalition, February 25, 2016
Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County and an adjunct professor of epidemiology, discusses some of the unique challenges in the U.S. arising from the sudden emergence of the Zika virus.
Zika: Q&A with the mapping expert
Wellcome Trust blog, February 23, 2016
Simon Hay, professor of global health and director of geospatial science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, discusses his work putting together a map for the Zika virus.
Drugs found in Puget Sound salmon from tainted wastewater
Seattle Times, February 23, 2016
Researchers from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences took part in a study that found an alphabet soup of drugs and other personal-care products in sewage-treatment wastewater and in the tissue of juvenile chinook in Puget Sound.
Vaginal ring reduces HIV risk in women
New England Journal of Medicine, February 22, 2016
A monthly vaginal ring containing dapivirine reduced the risk of HIV-1 infection among African women.
UW researcher: Vaginal ring 'great step forward' in HIV prevention
The Seattle Times, February 22, 2016
A monthly vaginal ring infused with a microbicide helped prevent HIV infection in about a third of women overall — and more than half who used the device faithfully, according to results of two new studies in Africa, including one led by Jared Baeten, professor of global health and epidemiology.
Following Flint, unanswered questions about Washington’s lead poisoning
Crosscut, February 22, 2016
Testing in WA state for at-risk children lags behind other states, Crosscut reports. Affiliate Professor Steven Gilbert is quoted.
Vaginal ring with drug lowers H.I.V. rates in African women
New York Times, February 22, 2016
A vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral drug was found to have lowered HIV rates in African women by 27 percent. Professor Jared Baeten co-led the study.
Panel undecided on screening all kids for autism
Health, February 16, 2016
There’s not enough good data to determine whether there’s value in routinely screening all young children for autism, an influential panel of U.S. health experts said Tuesday. David Grossman, professor of health services at the UW and vice chair of the panel, is quoted.
Your Neanderthal inheritance could affect your mood, your skin and your smoking habits
Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2016
It's been 40,000 years since the Neanderthals disappeared, but their lingering genetic legacy may be influencing your health, according to a new study. Gail Jarvik, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Training for the future: Building sustainable health systems, one doctor at a time
Oxfam America, February 11, 2016
A feature on Dr. Kassahun Desalegn Bilcha, founder and director of the King Holmes Continuous Professional Development Center in Ethiopia. Holmes is a professor of global health.
Guns, car crashes and drugs cut US male life expectancy by a year, research says
The Guardian, February 9, 2016
Gun injuries, car crashes and drug poisoning account for more than one year of shortened life expectancy in American men compared with men in other high-income countries. UW professor Fred Rivara calls the role of firearms in life expectancy "a national disgrace."
State studies crumb-rubber in athletic fields, cancer cases
Everett Herald, February 5, 2016
The state Department of Health is investigating whether soccer players who competed on crumb rubber fields have higher rates of cancer. The School asked the state to look into data collected by a UW soccer coach.
We Can Expect More Outbreaks Like Zika As The Climate Changes
Huffington Post, February 3, 2016
The factors leading to the current Zika outbreak won't be clear for some time, but environmental health experts say there's a good chance such infectious diseases will become more common as the global climate warms. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
Extreme heat in WA increases EMS calls
Environmental Health, January 28, 2016
Higher temperatures and humidity led to increased calls from workers to emergency medical services, according to a new study led by PhD student Miriam Calkins.
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