University of Washington School of Public Health
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Hot, Humid Days Raise Risk of Hospitalization and Death
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 20, 2015
Two recent studies show that hot weather in King County is associated with adverse health outcomes, including hospitalization and death.
UW Professor Discusses Treating Appendicitis with Antibiotics in New Paper
The Daily, May 20, 2015
Antibiotics may offer a surgery-free alternative for those with appendicitis, according to a paper published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine by David Flum, adjunct professor of health sciences in the UW School of Public Health.
Experts Debate Medical Tourism
The Daily, May 20, 2015
Doctors are going abroad in hopes of changing health care systems, but these doctors are providing short-term solutions, according to Stephen Bezruchka, senior lecturer of global health and health services.
Is your pet going to make you ill?
CNN, May 20, 2015
At least 20 people have come down with salmonella infections linked to contact with crested geckos bought at pet stores. Peter Rabinowitz talks about ways to minimize the risk of illness from pets.
What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?
NPR, May 16, 2015
Corey Casper, head of global oncology at the Fred Hutch, weighs in on a study that compared the colon health of 20 Pittsburgh residents and 20 South Africans who switched diets for two weeks.
Team Studies Health of Copper River Fishermen
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 15, 2015
In a pilot study, researchers are looking at the overall fitness and health risks faced by gillnet fishermen along Alaska's Copper River, famous for its salmon.
Largest US Needle Exchange Tries Free Meth Pipes in Seattle
Fox News/Reuters, May 14, 2015
A privately funded needle-swap group said it has distributed more than 1,000 pipes in Seattle in a matter of weeks. Matthew Golden, a Seattle and King County Disease Control Officer and a UW adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Appendicitis: Should You Have Antibiotics Alone Or Surgery, Too?
Forbes, May 14, 2015
David Flum, adjunct professor of health services, weighs in on the growing trend of treating appendicitis with antibiotics alone. His piece originally appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.
University Grades Are Mixed on Research for the Poor
New York Times, May 13, 2015
The University of Washington was one of only three universities to receive a B-plus grade in this report card on how well they do global health research.
Wave of electrical shocks brings DWP worker safety into question
Los Angeles Daily News, May 9, 2015
More workers suffered electric shocks or burns at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2014 than in any of the previous 10 years. Martin Cohen is quoted.
Evaluating Farmers' Market Incentives
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 8, 2015
The Center for Public Health Nutrition will help evaluate a program designed to boost consumption of fruits and vegetables among people with low income.
SPH Authors Produce 'Farm-to-Fork' Report
ASPPH Friday Letter, May 7, 2015
Many things can be done to improve America's complex food systems in ways that align with public health and nutrition goals, according to a new report for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
More People Are Getting Injured on Treadmills
Today Show, May 6, 2015
NBC interviews SPH alumna Janessa Graves (PhD, '11; MPH, '08) in the wake of Silicon Valley executive Dave Goldberg's death from a treadmill injury. Graves led research on the topic at the UW with Frederick Rivara, Beth Ebel and others.
Doctors Already Seeing Links Between Climate Change and Patients' Health
Grist, May 4, 2015
The nation's leading medical practitioners — with the White House behind them — are stepping forward with a diagnosis that all of us should heed, because the symptoms are becoming undeniable and the risks tremendous: Climate change is a health threat
Most Football Concussions Happen at Practice
Reuters/Fox News, May 4, 2015
High school and college football players suffer more concussions during practices than during games, according to a new study. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Reducing School Bus Pollution Improves Children's Health
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, May 1, 2015
Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in school buses could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, according to a new study.
Climate Change May Speed Asthma Spread
Scientific American, April 30, 2015
Climate change may worsen the situation for asthma sufferers, whose symptoms can be triggered by air pollution and allergies. Joel Kaufman, who coauthored a new study showing the positive effects of cleaner diesel fuels on buses--is quoted.
SPH Coordinates National Healthy Brain Research Network
ASPPH Friday Letter, April 30, 2015
The Health Promotion Research Center has been named the Coordinating Center of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy Brain Research Network.
From Remote Nepal, a Warning Against Ahistorical Disaster Relief
Humanosphere, April 29, 2015
David Citrin, a medical anthropologist and global health affiliate instructor, has lived and worked in remote western Nepal since 2001. He was there when the earthquake hit and offers advice on how to make this recovery response more lasting and effective.
Blocking Smartphone Use by Teen Drivers may Reduce Crash Risks
Reuters, April 27, 2015
Filming teens while they drive and blocking cell phone signals inside their cars may both help reduce distractions that lead to crashes, a small study suggests. Beth Ebel is quoted.
Cameras, Cellphone Blocking Could Reduce Teen Distracted Driving
Pediatric Academic Societies, April 27, 2015
Blocking cellphones inside of cars and using cameras that filmed teen drivers when braking or swerving hard reduced distracted driving by nearly 80 percent.
Why Pregnant Women in Mississippi Keep Dying
Washington Post, April 24, 2015
The United States is the only advanced economy in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate. Research from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation is cited.
Reducing School Bus Pollution Improves Children's Health
Environmental Protection Online, April 24, 2015
Research led by Sara Adar found improved health and less absenteeism, especially among asthmatic children, after Washington switched to cleaner diesel fuel and adopted clean air technologies on school buses.
Turning to Big, Big Data to See What Ails the World
New York Times, April 23, 2015
The Global Burden of Disease study is a single scientific project on a scale with the moon landing or mapping the human genome.
UW Team Studies Copper River Gillnet Fishermen
The Cordova (Alaska) Times, April 22, 2015
Debra Cherry leads a team of researchers studying the health habits of commercial fishermen. "They are a rugged, independent people that face a lot of health risks," she says.
Saving Lives with Smartphones
UW, April 20, 2015
Saloni Parikh took her passion for global health and her knack for computer science halfway across the world, playing a key role in HIV-fighting research.
Obesity Substantially Ups Prostate Cancer Risk in African-American Men
KING 5, April 16, 2015
UW and Fred Hutch researchers have discovered a new risk factor for prostate cancer related to race: obesity. Epidemiologist Wendy Barrington is interviewed.
Obesity Linked to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer in African-American Men
JAMA Oncology, April 16, 2015
The risk for African-American men quadrupled as their body-mass index increased.
Team Aims to Illuminate Cause of Rare Blinding Disease
HSNewsBeat, April 10, 2015
Ed Kelly, an adjunct professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, is researching genetic therapy for a rare disease that causes small, fatty deposits to accumulate in the back of the eye.
UW Pair Author U.S. Report on Food System's Effect on Health
HSNewsBeat, April 10, 2015
MPH student Jamie Bachaus and Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten produced a report on industrialization's ill effects while exploring prospects for changes in processing and consumption.
Is The Food That's Good For You Good For The Environment?
Yahoo! News, April 9, 2015
Studies show that people believe organic foods — just by the nature of being organic — are healthier all around. The problem is: sometimes they're not. Recent UW research led by former PhD student Cynthia Curl is cited.
The New Science of Crime
The Daily, April 9, 2015
Gun violence research led by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is featured in this piece on epidemiology and crime.
The Three Passions of Howard Frumkin
Penn Medicine, April 9, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin's professional mission is "healthier places for people." He also studies the effect of the natural world on humans – that is, as a strategy to promote health.
Frumkin Commentary Says Greater Focus On The Consequentiality Of Epidemiologic Research Is Needed
The Epidemiology Monitor, April 8, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin is critical of the journal Epidemiology's policy to separate policy implications of research from actual research reports.
Are Dietary Goals for Sodium and Potassium Reasonable?
HSNewsBeat, April 7, 2015
Only about 0.3 percent of Americans now meet World Health Organization sodium and potassium targets, according to a study led by Adam Drewnowski at the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Gary Goldbaum: Washington State Innovation Model puts Public Health at Forefront
Public Health Newswire, April 2, 2015
Associate Professor Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District, shares his vision for local health systems transformation.
UW researchers look for best way to diagnose tuberculosis
UW The Daily, April 2, 2015
Gerard Cangelosi is one of many researchers worldwide working on ways to reduce TB's health impacts. His research on an alternative method to diagnose TB is detailed.
Closing the Cancer Divide
Fred Hutch News Service, April 1, 2015
A global oncology summit at Fred Hutch seeks to make cancer a priority worldwide -- Dean Howard Frumkin, Global Health Chair Judith Wasserheit and Corey Casper are quoted.
Percentage of Children Eating Fast Food Drops
JAMA Pediatrics, March 31, 2015
A lower percentage of children are eating fast food on any given day and calories consumed by children from burger, pizza and chicken fast-food restaurants also has dropped.
UW Faculty Team for Five-Year Study of Seattle's Minimum Wage Increase
UW Today, March 31, 2015
Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten will be part of an interdiscipliary team from the University of Washington to study the impact of Seattle's decision to raise the minimum wage to $15. Among the study questions: Does it improve quality of life measures, including health, nutrition and daily family life?
Kids' Fast Food Consumption on the Decline
Reuters, March 30, 2015
The number of U.S. kids eating fast food on any given day went down between 2003 and 2010, according to a study from the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin and his Disease Detectives are on the Case(s)
The Seattle Times, March 26, 2015
Jeffrey Duchin's job as chief epidemiologist for Public Health - Seattle & King County puts him on the front lines of every scary germ and virus to hit the news.
More EMS Providers at Scene, Better Heart Attack Survival
Resuscitation, March 26, 2015
Dispatching 7 or 8 emergency medical services providers to a cardiac arrest scene improves the odds a life will be saved.
Three drinks a day may raise risk of liver cancer; coffee may lower it
The Seattle Times, March 25, 2015
Three or more alcoholic drinks a day can cause liver cancer, according to an international panel that includes Research Professor Anne McTiernan. Now some good news: Drinking coffee lowers the cancer risk.
'Angelina Effect,' Again? Star's Candor Boosts Awareness, Cancer Experts Say
The Seattle Times, March 24, 2015
Actress Angelina Jolie's willingness to talk about her preventive cancer surgeries raises awareness about genetic risk and options, experts say. Robyn Andersen is quoted.
HBO Real Sports: Student Athletes Healthcare
NBC Sports, March 24, 2015
Former college student-athletes who were injured are on their own to pay medical bills when they leave school. Richard Gleason explains who is covered by the workers' compensation system.
Bellingham Council Could Weigh in on State Fish Consumption, Pollution Rules
Bellingham Herald, March 21, 2015
The state's Department of Ecology may revise the acceptable risk of getting cancer from eating fish exposed to toxins. Frank James is quoted.
Certified Naturally Grown: A New Way to Identify Pesticide-Free, Non-GMO Food
Eco-watch, March 20, 2015
Eco-conscious shoppers now have an alternative to organic food that has been certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Certified Naturally Grown, a pesticide-free method of farming. Alumna Cynthia Curl is quoted.
Transforming Global Health with Metrics: Chris Murray
Humanosphere, March 20, 2015
Humanosphere interviews Christopher Murray, professor of global health and director of the UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Murray is the focus of an upcoming book, Epic Measures.
WHO Goals on Sodium, Potassium 'Unfeasible'
BMJ Open, March 20, 2015
Only three in 1,000 Americans meet World Health Organization guidelines for limiting salt intake and getting enough potassium.
Tiny Particles Delay Study of Coal Port Proposal
Crosscut, March 19, 2015
An environmental impact statement for a proposed coal-export terminal in Whatcom County has been delayed by disagreements over how to study particulate matter. Frank James is quoted.
Breast Biopsy Results May Not be Accurate, UW Study Finds
The Seattle Times, March 17, 2015
Women who have breast biopsies to diagnose cancer might want to think twice about the results of the procedures, according to a new study led by Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology.
Emerging Market Medical Education Goes Digital
Forbes, March 17, 2015
The Department of Global Health is cited as a "a leader in the use of distance learning technologies for low-resource settings." Michael Chung is quoted.
Early X-rays Might Not Help Elderly with New Back Pain
Fox News/Reuters, March 17, 2015
Older people with a new episode of back pain shouldn’t be sent right away for x-rays or other imaging studies, suggests new research led by Jeffrey Jarvik, professor of health services.
UW's 'Pushing Hand' Gave Rise to Huge Ethiopia Health Center
HSNewsBeat, March 17, 2015
The clinic is designed to accommodate 370,000 patient visits and train 285 healthcare students every year – a size and scope unprecedented in Ethiopia. King Holmes and Scott Barnhart are quoted.
Early Imaging for Older Adults with Back Pain
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 2015
Older people with back pain who received early x-rays, CT scans or MRIs were no better off, but they had higher medical costs.
Aspirin, Colon Cancer and Your Genes
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 2015
Aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can protect against some cancers, but it depends on a person's DNA.
Interpreting Breast Biopsy Specimens
Journal of the American Medical Association, March 17, 2015
Pathologists generally agreed on cases of invasive cancer, but differed widely on more subtle abnormalities.
State's E-cig Rules Could Become Toughest in US
KING 5, March 16, 2015
Bill sponsor Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, who teaches public health at the UW, calls the proposal a "game changer."
UW Expert Part of International Research Project on Female Genital Cutting
UW Today, March 13, 2015
A new project co-led by Bettina Shell-Duncan, adjunct professor of global health, hopes to reduce female genital cutting in 10 target countries.
Students, Staff Push for More Suicide Prevention Resources on Campus
KING 5, March 12, 2015
Undergraduate Juliana Borges (Public Health major) is featured in this video segment on suicide awareness and prevention efforts on the UW campus.
For Young People In Rural Areas, Suicide Poses A Growing Threat
NPR, March 10, 2015
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults, and those who live in rural areas are especially at risk. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Cancer's Heterogeneity: Modeling Tumor's Diversity
Biomedical Computation Review, March 10, 2015
Some researchers are using computational modeling to better understand cancer's heterogeneity. Daniela Witten, associate professor of biostatistics, is quoted.
Connecting Moms To Midwives In Timor-Leste
NPR, March 6, 2015
Gena Barnabee (MPH '14) is featured on her experience working on a global health project in Timor-leste.
Children's Lung Health Improves as Air Pollution Is Reduced, Study Says
The New York Times, March 4, 2015
Researchers have shown that reducing air pollution leads to improved respiratory function in children ages 11 to 15, a critical period of lung development. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
Study: Socioeconomic Factors Affect Obesity, Not Weight Change
KING 5, March 4, 2015
A new study by Adam Drewnowski and colleagues found that while socioeconomic factors can predict widespread obesity, they do not predict short-term weight change.
Study: How microbiome affects liver's response to medication
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, March 3, 2015
Julia Yue Cui is studying why the livers of children and adults often react quite differently to therapeutic drugs, by investigating bacteria that reside in the intestines and compose the gut microbiome.
Can These Daily Meds Give You Dementia?
msn, March 2, 2015
Regularly taking a certain class of over-the-counter or prescription drugs might increase your risk for developing dementia down the line, finds a new study led by Sascha Dublin.
The Spread of Western Disease: 'The Poor are Dying More and More Like the Rich'
The Guardian, March 2, 2015
For the first time, more people in developing countries die from strokes and heart attacks than infectious diseases, but there are cost effective ways to save lives. A paper by Rachel Nugent, clinical associate professor of global health, is the focus.
Studies explore concerns about natural-gas production and health
The Dallas Morning News, March 2, 2015
Among other studies just published in a special journal issue on fracking and health, one led by Peter Rabinowitz and others found that natural gas extraction may impact the health of animals living nearby.
Swab Test Holds Promise for Detecting Tuberculosis
Scientific Reports, March 2, 2015
Researchers have helped develop a protocol to test for TB in easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving upon existing detection methods.
Palliative Care Expert Stuart Farber Remembered as Physician Who Listened
Tacoma News-Tribune, March 2, 2015
Stu Farber, who founded and directed the Palliative Care Service at the UW Medical Center, died at home after a battle with acute myelogenous leukemia. Randall Curtis is quoted.
Gunshot Victims Have High Risk Of Being Shot Again In The Future, UW Researchers Find
KPLU, February 24, 2015
People who survive gunshot wounds have a high risk of being the victim of a firearm again.
Are Patients Considering Death With Dignity Getting All the Information They Need?
Seattle Weekly, February 24, 2015
State Senate Bill 5919 would require doctors treating patients who want to avail themselves of Washington's Death With Dignity Act to inform them about possible cures and treatments. Helene Starks, adjunct associate professor of human services, is quoted.
Green Space, Physical Activity and Mental Health
Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, February 23, 2015
A study led by PhD student Hannah Cohen-Cline found that greater access to green space is associated with less depression in twins.
Gunshot Victims at Risk for Future Violent Victimization
Annals of Internal Medicine, February 23, 2015
People injured by gunshot wounds in WA state were at far greater risk of returning to the hospital with ensuing firearm-related injuries.
Gun Injuries are a Public Health Emergency, Nine Organizations Say
Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2015
Seven medical specialty societies, the American Bar Assn. and the American Public Health Assn. joined forces to declare gun-related injuries "a public health crisis" that should be studied and solved "free of political influence or restriction." New School of Public Health research on firearms-related hospitalizations is cited.
Evaluating Public Health Impact Assessments
Preventing Chronic Disease, February 19, 2015
Health Impact Assessments are useful tools to promote public health because they raise awareness of health issues among decision-makers, a new study says.
Fatal Accidents as a Global Health Crisis
New York Times, February 16, 2015
Worried about what to worry about? Accidents should move higher up your list. The New York Times digs into research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to look at the health impact of accidents.
How Anti-Vaxxers Could Weaken the Seattle-Area Economy
Puget Sound Business Journal, February 13, 2015
A potential outbreak of measles could have a ripple effect through the local economy, as parents are forced to take time off work to care for sick kids, says infectious disease specialist Jeff Duchin.
Should I Eat Pizza?
TIME, February 12, 2015
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, says it can be a vehicle for whole grains, cheese, tomatoes and even fruit.
Heroin Summit at UW Reveals Growing Epidemic, Increase in Crime
KIRO TV, February 10, 2015
Experts on heroin gathered at the University of Washington on Monday to reveal an epidemic being fueled in western Washington by young adults and three Mexican drug cartels. They said it all goes back to prescription painkiller addiction.
Public Health Struggles to Find Ways to Stem Concerns of Vaccine Refusers
CTV News (Canada), February 9, 2015
This story by The Canadian Press agency cites SPH research on a pertussis outbreak, media coverage and vaccination rates.
A Never-Ending Genetic Quest: Mary-Claire King's Pioneering Work
New York Times, February 9, 2015
A Q-and-A with famous geneticist Mary-Claire King on the breast-cancer gene and human rights.
Battle Over E-cigarette Restrictions Lighting Up in State Legislature
My Northwest.com, February 6, 2015
An adviser to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee cites a report by a team of researchers from the School of Public Health, which found e-cigarette use tripled among high school students between 2011 and 2013.
Health, Labeling Concerns Erupt in Wake of Governor's E-cigarette Tax Proposal
North Kitsap Herald, February 6, 2015
Rep. Gerry Pollet, clinical instructor at the UW School of Public Health, is prime sponsor of bill targeting e-cigarettes as a "burgeoning public health crisis."
Intervention Targets Binge Drinking Among Latino Men
Substance Abuse/ASPPH, February 5, 2015
A culturally adapted intervention could reduce unhealthy drinking among Latino immigrants.
Evidence Bears Out Predictive Model of Pesticides in Diet
Environmental Health Perspectives, February 5, 2015
A new study suggests that eating organically grown vegetables will lower pesticide levels in your body.
Pollutants differ on the farm, but still play role in asthma
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, February 4, 2015
Catherine Karr is investigating air pollution in the Yakima Valley and how it may affect
children who suffer from asthma.
Health Benefits of Addressing Climate Change
Newsweek, February 4, 2015
The world is quickly approaching a point where the question isn’t whether to respond to climate change—it’s how, writes Kristie Ebi and co-authors in this op-ed.
A Failed Trial in Africa Raises Questions About How to Test H.I.V. Drugs
New York Times, February 4, 2015
Global health researchers Jeanne Marrazzo and Jared Baeten comment on the practice of paying stipends to participants in clinical trials.
Team Discovers Stories Behind 'Super-Utilizer' Patients
HSNewsBeat, February 2, 2015
Social and economic hardship explains why some patients return to the hospital time and again, a team of University of Washington students -- including two from the School of Public Health -- found in a six-month project.
Grad student advises guardians of state's watersheds
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, January 28, 2015
Jon Nagata coordinated workshops with the state to help water-treatment operators and managers implement source water-protection strategies.
Higher Dementia Risk Linked to More Use of Common Drugs
Science Daily, January 26, 2015
Researchers, including Eric Larson, found a link between commonly used medications with "anticholinergic" effects with increased risk for dementia.
Certain Over-the-Counter Drugs Linked to Dementia
JAMA Internal Medicine, January 26, 2015
Certain kinds of common medications, including antihistamines such as Benadryl, were linked to a significantly increased risk for developing dementia.
Case Sparks Debate About Teen Decision Making in Health
US News & World Report, January 23, 2015
A Connecticut teen is being given chemotherapy against her will. Douglas Diekema, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
State May Update Distracted Driving Laws
KING 5, January 23, 2015
Beth Ebel (Epidemiology, Health Services) and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are pushing lawmakers to increase penalties for distracted driving.
New fracking study finds link between proximity to gas wells, negative health symptoms
The Pump Handle, January 21, 2015
A study led by Peter Rabinowitz found that people living near natural gas wells may be at increased risk for adverse health impacts, including skin and respiratory conditions.
Lessons Learned from WA's Prescription Opioid Epidemic
American Journal of Public Health, January 21, 2015
Strong collaborations led to a substantial reversal of the epidemic in Washington state.
Battling the Epidemic: UW Grad's Fight Against Ebola
The Daily, January 20, 2015
Karin Huster (MPH '13), who returned from Sierra Leone, is profiled. Katie Wakefield is quoted on the value of the MPH program.
MRSA kits reveal trouble in fire stations
King 5, January 20, 2015
Study led by Marilyn Roberts finds more than half of the 33 fire stations taking part in a survey tested positive for MRSA.
More Consumers Using Menu-Calorie Counts, But Most till Don't, Study Says
The Seattle Times, January 20, 2015
A study led by Roxana Chen (PhD '14) found that posting calories on restaurant menus in King County tripled awareness after mandatory labeling took effect.
Menu Label Law Raised Awareness of Calories
American Journal of Public Health, January 20, 2015
Awareness of calorie counts tripled after a King County menu-labeling law took effect for fast-food restaurants.
Recommendations for Low-Back Pain Research
HSNewsBeat, January 16, 2015
Adopting a more uniform research approach could lead to greater and faster progress for preventing and treating low-back pain.
Rates for Sexually-Transmitted Diseases Decline as Partners get Free Antibiotics
The Seattle Times, January 15, 2015
A Washington state program that gives people with chlamydia or gonorrhea free antibiotics for their partners boosted use of the medicine and may have cut infection rates, a new study finds. Matthew Golden is quoted.
Health Sciences Schools, UW Medical Center Name MLK Honorees
HSNewsBeat, January 14, 2015
Six students, including Heather Fowler of the School's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, are honored for their community service.
Should Transgender Inmate Have Been Denied Vaginal Stent, Vibrator?
Indianapolis Star, January 13, 2015
Marc Stern, health services professor, is quoted in a piece about the medical rights of prisoners.
Majority of U.S. Counties Lack Access to Key Opioid Addiction Treatment Drug, UW Study Finds
Puget Sound Business Journal, January 13, 2015
More than half of U.S. counties don't have access to a drug that can be key in helping people overcome opiate addictions. Health services researcher Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Neighbors Hope To Derail Vancouver Oil Terminal
Oregon Public Radio, January 12, 2015
Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted in a piece about what could become the nation's largest oil-by-rail terminal.
Adopting Clean-Fuels Standard is a Public Health Imperative
The Seattle Times, January 9, 2015
Dean Howard Frumkin co-authors an op/ed piece calling for a clean-fuels standard to help save lives and protect the health of people suffering from asthma and other lung and heart diseases.
Heather Fowler Selected for MLK Jr. Community Service Award
DEOHS News, January 9, 2015
Doctoral student Heather Fowler will be honored with a community service award on January 15 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute event.
Noah Simon Named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 List
Forbes, January 8, 2015
Noah Simon, assistant professor of biostatistics, was named to the magazine's list of top young scientists for his work in finding patterns that help understand what causes disease.
Seattle Researchers Test Potential Malaria Vaccine on 10 Volunteers
KING 5, January 8, 2015
It's meal-time for the mosquitoes. Stefan Kappe and James Kublin are interviewed on research to test a vaccine against malaria.
Seattle Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves in Battle Against Malaria
The Seattle Times, January 5, 2015
After a decade of studies, scientists at Seattle BioMed will begin testing a new vaccine strategy for malaria. Affiliate Professor of Global Health Stefan Kappe is featured; Tristan Victoroff (MPH '10) is quoted.
UW-Led Panel Drives New NIH Back-Pain Research Standards
HSNewsBeat, December 31, 2014
Research studies of chronic low-back pain should be more consistent in design, in order to progress faster toward better treatment, the National Institutes of Health said. The new standards were published by a task force co-chaired by Richard Deyo, affiliate professor of Health Services.
Food Safety Spending Linked to Reduction in Illness
American Journal of Public Health, December 31, 2014
More spending by local health departments on food safety and sanitation was strongly associated with fewer cases of foodborne illness.
US bishops take aim at sterilization
ProPublica, December 30, 2014
Sarah Prager is quoted in this story on Catholic hospitals' rules on tubal ligations.
Teens Have Easy Access to Guns
JAMA Psychiatry, December 30, 2014
One-third of U.S. teens lived in homes with easy access to guns, even when they had mental health problems.
What Might the Tsunami Have Looked Like on Social Media?
BBC News, December 29, 2014
Professor Emeritus Mark Oberle, who was in Thailand 10 years ago during the tsunami, is quoted in this piece on whether social media has transformed our understanding and ability to respond to major disasters.
$65 Million Grant for Healthier Washington Project
SPH News, December 29, 2014
The School will play a key role in monitoring and evaluating the State of Washington's transformative Healthier Washington project.
Prof Recalls Surviving Tsunami that Killed 225,000 in 2004
HS, December 29, 2014
Prof. Emeritus Mark Oberle recalls aiding the wounded in the tsunami in Thailand, while sharing lessons learned on how to be prepared for disasters.
A Nurse's Desperate Plea: Show Me The Ebola Money
NPR, December 23, 2014
Alumna Karin Huster (MPH '13) writes a passionate piece from Sierra Leone, where she is working as a nurse in an Ebola treatment unit.
Our health will benefit from taking action on climate change
The News Tribune, December 21, 2014
In Chair Michael Yost's response to Governor Jay Inslee's climate change proposal, he points to an added benefit of cutting carbon pollution: "cleaner air for our lungs."
Global Population Living Six Years Longer than in 1990, Study Says
Fox News, December 18, 2014
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria.
The Health Concerns Behind New York State's Fracking Ban
The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, December 18, 2014
Peter Rabinowitz, lead author on one of the health studies cited by the New York State Department of Health, weighs in on the state's ban on fracking.
We're failing teenagers when it comes to sexual health
The Seattle Times, December 18, 2014
Mental health, sexual violence, HIV and reproductive issues are leading causes of death and disability among adolescents, writes Donna Denno, associate professor of global health.
Life Expectancy Increases Globally
The Lancet, December 18, 2014
Global life expectancy increased more than six years between 1990 and 2013, according to a new study led by Christopher Murray and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Congress Puts Potatoes On The Menu In Nutrition Subsidy
Northwest Public Radio, December 15, 2014
Congress reversed a provision that prevented Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program vouchers to be used on white potatoes. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Fred Hutch, China partner to collect samples of all types of cancer
Fred Hutch News, December 11, 2014
About a dozen leading researchers from China and across the United States came to the Fred Hutch campus this week for a two-and-a-half day workshop. Terrance Kavanagh and Edmund Seto are quoted.
Confirming What We Already Know: Human Health Is Linked To Nature
Ecosystem Marketplace, December 10, 2014
An opinion piece co-authored by Dean Howard Frumkin reminds us that contact with nature can help counter obesity, depression and other ailments.
Seattle Town Hall: Health as a Human Right
Seattle Channel, December 10, 2014
A panel talks about the health disparities in King County that hit immigrants, refugees, and low-income populations particularly hard. The speakers are Global to Local Executive Director Adam Taylor, community health promoter Aisha Dahir, and Tao Sheng Kwan-Gett, director of the Northwest Center for Community Health Practice at the UW School of Public Health.
Should I Eat Greek Yogurt?
Time, December 4, 2014
Mario Kratz says a high intake of Greek yogurt may help prevent weight gain.
Battling Ebola: A View From the Front Line
Web MD, December 3, 2014
Jeri Sumitani, of I-TECH South Africa, is volunteering to help with the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. She is blogging for WebMD Health News during her six-week stay.
At Height of AIDS Crisis, Nurse Ran Secret Leftover Drug Pipeline
The Seattle Times, December 2, 2014
For two decades, Carol Glenn was at the center of an unsanctioned international drug recycling network that provided HIV/AIDS medications to needy patients around the world. Jorge Sanchez, affiliate associate professor of global health, is quoted.
Kids Keep Moving for Points and Prizes in Fitness Program
The Herald, November 25, 2014
Fifth-graders in Snohomish County are wearing fitness monitors to see if they can increase their activity levels. The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice is conducting research on the Gear Up & Go! program.
Polio Game Boosts Interest in Public Health
Games for Health Journal, November 25, 2014
A life-size 'polio eradication game' may increase interest and awareness in global health.
The Rainier Ave. Problem: Speeding Crashes, Pedestrian Fatalities
Crosscut, November 24, 2014
The city of Seattle is improving safety on one of Seattle's most dangerous streets. An SPH study is cited in raising the profile of the timing of crossing signals.
As Heroin Fatalities Rise, Some see Hope in 'Bupe'
The Seattle Times, November 22, 2014
The crackdown on prescription pain medication has boosted use of heroin, but few doctors have signed up to provide what's called an effective treatment alternative to methadone. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
2014's Best & Worst States at Combating the High Cost of Lung Cancer
WalletHub, November 20, 2014
WalletHub interviews Anirban Basu on policies and public health efforts to reduce smoking.
Climate Change Will Be Hazardous to Your Health
Wired, November 19, 2014
Howard Frumkin says climate change is "the biggest health challenge in the coming century."
Just One Sickle Cell Gene May Raise Kidney Disease Risk
Futurity, November 18, 2014
Inheriting the sickle cell gene from just one parent won't trigger the painful illness, but it may elevate the risk of chronic kidney disease, according to a new study. Epidemiologist Alexander Reiner is quoted.
Effect of Anti-HIV Medication on Pregnancy, Birth Outcomes
Journal of the American Medical Association, November 13, 2014
Taking anti-HIV medication did not result in significant differences in pregnancies, birth outcomes and infant growth among heterosexual African couples where the male was HIV-positive and the female was not.
Why We Don't Know The Real Ebola Mortality Rate In The U.S.
FiveThirtyEight, November 13, 2014
How should statisticians and public health experts combine the radically different survival rates for Ebola patients in the US and West Africa? Elizabeth Halloran is quoted.
Seeing Through Smoke: The Effects of Tobacco
The Daily, November 13, 2014
The UW's Tobacco Cessation Program works to help students, employees and patients of Hall Health. Patricia Atwater is featured; Abigail Halperin and Colin Maloney (MPH '14) are quoted.
Sickle Cell Gene Linked to Chronic Kidney Disease
Journal of the American Medical Association, November 13, 2014
African-Americans who inherit the sickle cell gene have an increased risk for chronic kidney disease.
Chemical from plastic found in high levels in infant diets
KOMO 4 News, November 11, 2014
Sheela Sathyanarayana led research that found a child's diet contains high levels of phthalates, a chemical associated with neuro developmental issues and changes in behavior.
Politics Gets in the Way of Signing up for Health Insurance
Washington Post, November 10, 2014
An study led by Anirban Basu surveyed WA state residents about the state's health insurance marketplace.
Political Polarization and Health Insurance
National Bureau of Economic Research, November 10, 2014
Political views may play a role in whether uninsured Washington residents decide to sign up for health insurance through the state's marketplace.
Killing pain: How safe are opioids?
The Daily, November 6, 2014
Gary Franklin has led efforts to reduce the use of prescription pain relievers for non-cancer pain.
Worksite Property Values Linked to More Walking
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 6, 2014
Employees also walked more and ate more fruits and vegetables if they worked in neighborhoods with a greater density of residential units.
Marysville Deaths Show Need to Reach Troubled Teens Online
The Seattle Times, November 5, 2014
The school shooting in Marysville and its aftermath offer a stark look into how distressed teens use social media to share problems they might previously have discussed with a school counselor. Juliana Borges, a UW student majoring in public health, is quoted.
The Nate Silver of Public Health
OZY/USA Today, November 5, 2014
Abraham Flaxman, assistant professor of global health, is profiled for his innovative efforts to use big data to monitor the spread of disease.
UW Ebola preparedness plans reflect changing situation
UW Today, November 5, 2014
The University of Washington is examining its readiness plans and advising employees and students on Ebola. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
An Epidemic of Thyroid Cancer?
New York Times, November 5, 2014
H. Gilbert Welch (MPH, '90) highlights the importance of identifying and controlling epidemics of medical care; in this case, thyroid cancer in South Korea.
Chest Radiation for Childhood Wilms Tumor Linked to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
Cancer, November 4, 2014
Young girls who survived Wilms tumor, a rare childhood kidney cancer, were at higher risk for breast cancer later in life because of their exposure to radiation, according to a study led by Norman Breslow.
The Brains Behind Seattle Center's Smashing Health-Care Event
The Seattle Times, November 2, 2014
Columnist Jerry Large quotes Tao Kwan-Gett in this feature about Julia Colson, who organized the Remote Area Medical clinic at Seattle Center.
Health-Care Providers Prefer E-mail for Public Health Alerts
Public Health Reports, November 1, 2014
Most health care providers prefer receiving public health alerts and advisories by e-mail, but younger providers favor text messages.
Why Ebola Aid Workers Are Quarantining Themselves When Scientists Say They Don't Need To
Huffington Post, October 30, 2014
Some states are considering quarantine rules that exceed CDC guidelines in order to respond to concerns of the local communities. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Africa's Top Health Challenge: Cardiovascular Disease
The Atlantic, October 30, 2014
High blood pressure affects nearly one in two Africans over the age of 25. Rachel Nugent, clinical associate professor of Global Health, is quoted.
Bill Foege on How to Make Ebola Worse
Humanosphere, October 29, 2014
William Foege, credited with devising the strategy that rid the world of smallpox, offers his perspective on the finger-pointing surrounding the Ebola hysteria.
Gov. Inslee Climate Plans: Heavy Winds Ahead
Crosscut, October 29, 2014
The governor of Washington state readies a measure to limit carbon emissions. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Football Injuries Lead to Steady Stream of High School Forfeitures
New York Times, October 29, 2014
Scattered across the American landscape this fall are examples of high school football games and seasons canceled over concerns about the dwindling number of healthy players. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Impact of New Technology on 911 Call Centers
ASPPH Friday Letter, October 29, 2014
The School received a four-year $1.8 million grant to investigate the impact of new digital technologies on 911 call center workers.
UW Software to Help Agencies Track Epidemics like Ebola
KING 5, October 28, 2014
Associate Professor Neil Abernethy tells KING 5 how his new software, "Outbreak Investigator," could help track diseases such as Ebola.
This Mammogram Saves Lives and Money
Time, October 28, 2014
Researchers led by Christoph Lee, adjunct assistant professor of health services, found that for women with dense breasts, who often need repeat mammograms, adding on 3D screening to a traditional digital mammogram actually costs less in the long run.
Revamping Doctors' Orders: Quality Care at Lower Cost
The Seattle Times, October 25, 2014
More providers and insurers are turning to accountable care organizations as a preferred way of providing health coverage. Jeff Harris, professor and vice chair of Health Services, is quoted.
Downstream effects of tossed meds, care products studied
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, October 15, 2014
Chemicals in shampoo, toothpaste and medicines are being detected in surface waters and fish nationwide, and Evan Gallagher and Andrew Yeh, among others, are investigating whether these chemicals are in south Puget Sound and their effects on fish.
Scarier Than Ebola
New York Times, October 14, 2014
Columnist Frank Bruni writes there are lots of other public health issues to be worried about. He quotes Jeffrey Duchin, an adjunct professor of Epidemiology.
Your Dog Probably Won't Give You Ebola - But It Could Give You Lots of Other Things
The Atlantic CityLab, October 10, 2014
Your dog really could make you sick. Researchers estimate that there are roughly 4 million pet-derived human infections in the U.S. per year, costing the public upwards of $300 million in medical expenses. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Steps proposed to end opioid painkiller deaths
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, October 10, 2014
The danger of overdoses from prescription pain medication led Gary Franklin to help develop guidelines for prescribers.
Researchers Investigate A Wearable Kidney
The Daily, October 9, 2014
Larry Kessler, professor and chair of health services, explains how the Wearable Artificial Kidney now under trial at the UW could dramatically improve the lives of dialysis patients.
Duwamish River Superfund Cleanup is a Natural and Social Project
DNA Linked to How Much Coffee You Drink
Associated Press, October 7, 2014
Variations in certain genes may modify coffee's effect on a person's health, new research shows. Study co-author Marian Neuhouser says identifying genes related to consumption may one day help doctors identify patients who need extra help in cutting down on coffee.
Tackling Global Warming will Improve Health, Save Lives, and Save Money
The Guardian, October 6, 2014
A recent study released in JAMA and co-authored by Dean Howard Frumkin provides a thorough review showing how climate change affects human health. Perhaps more importantly, the paper also describes how tackling climate change leads to many health and economic benefits.
Code of Conduct Would Curtail Ill Effects of NGOs' Help
HSNewsBeat, October 2, 2014
Health Alliance International is taking on one of the most vexing problems – uncoordinated care among nongovernmental organizations. The alliance is headed by James Pfeiffer, professor of global health.
Do I Have Enterovirus? What to Know About Virus Grabbing Headlines
NBC News, September 30, 2014
Epidemiologist Jeff Duchin is quoted in this story on the symptoms and treatment for Enterovirus D-68.
Risks of Taking Prescription Opioids Outweigh Benefits
Neurology, September 30, 2014
The risks of taking prescription opioids for chronic non-cancer pain such as headaches and low back pain outweigh the benefits, according to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology.
An Appreciation of Anthony McMichael, Pioneer in Environmental Change and Health
UWSPH News, September 29, 2014
Professor Anthony (Tony) McMichael, a pioneer in studying environmental change and health, died September 26 in Australia at the age of 71. Professor Kristie Ebi remembers him.
Stagnant Vaccination Rates in Washington State
The Daily, September 29, 2014
The Daily explores research on the recent pertussis epidemic led by former MPH student Elizabeth Wolf. Research by PhD student Russell Barlow also is cited.
Smoke a Bowl, Flush the Bowl: This UW Scientist Wants to Test the State's Toilet Water for Weed
Seattle Weekly, September 29, 2014
UW Drug Use Epidemiologist Caleb Banta-Green hopes that soon he'll be able to snag dozens of vials of Washington State sewage. The reason? To see how much pot we're smoking.
For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good
Time, September 29, 2014
Powerful painkillers do little to improve patients' daily functioning, finds the American Academy of Neurology in a new position statement authored by Gary Franklin on opioid painkillers for chronic pain not related to cancer.
Wearable Tech Goes to the Doctor: UW to Test 'Wearable' Artificial Kidney
Puget Sound Business Journal, September 23, 2014
Undergoing dialysis is a constricting process; a patient has to sit in a chair, attached to a machine for hours at a time, multiple times a week. But soon, things could change.
Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health
Huffington Post, September 22, 2014
Biking, walking and other active forms of transportation are just a few ways that reducing our use of fossil fuels may benefit not only the planet but also our health and the economy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday. Dean Howard Frumkin was a co-author.
Climate Change Poses Opportunities for Public Health
Journal of the American Medical Association, September 22, 2014
Reducing fossil fuel use and adapting to climate change already underway could result in major health benefits.
How the Aid and Development Industry Helped Cause Africa's Ebola Outbreak
Humanosphere, September 19, 2014
James Pfeiffer, a medical anthropologist and professor of global health, discusses the root causes of the massive outbreak of Ebola now ravaging West Africa. It is the aid and development community – the same folks now responding to the rescue.
Vaccination Rates Not Affected by Pertussis Outbreak
JAMA Pediatrics, September 17, 2014
A whooping cough epidemic in 2012 in Washington state did not significantly change statewide vaccination rates.
Wearable Artificial Kidney Safety Test Receives Go-Ahead
HSNewsBeat, September 16, 2014
Medical researchers have received approval to begin safety and performance testing of the Wearable Artificial Kidney. Larry Kessler, professor of health services, is a member of the research team.
High-fiber Laxatives Linked to Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancer
American Journal of Gastroenterology, September 16, 2014
A study led by PhD student Jessica Citronberg found frequent use of fiber-based laxatives reduces the risk for colorectal cancer while use of non-fiber laxatives increases the risk.
A Plea for Help from the Front Lines of Ebola
The Seattle Globalist, September 15, 2014
Karin Huster (MPH '13) is in Liberia to train healthcare workers in Ebola management.
Millions of Unnecessary Antibiotics Prescribed to Children
Pediatrics, September 15, 2014
Doctors prescribed antibiotics to children with respiratory tract infections at nearly twice the expected rate.
Judy Wasserheit: Positively Global
The Lancet, September 12, 2014
The Lancet profiles Judy Wasserheit, new chair of the Department of Global Health.
More Health Symptoms Reported Near Fracking Sites
Environmental Health Perspectives, September 10, 2014
Residents living close to natural gas wells reported more skin conditions and upper respiratory symptoms than those living more than 2 km away.
Key Lessons for Health Payment Reform
Milbank Quarterly, September 9, 2014
A UW evaluation team found four key lessons in implementing value-based health payment reform.
Health Care Heroes: Trio of SPH Grads Lead WA's Health Care Reform Efforts
Columns magazine, September 5, 2014
Leading the state during this historic sea change in public health are three UW School of Public Health alumni at the Health Care Authority (HCA), the agency that oversees Washington's two top health care purchasers. Dorothy Teeter, '79, serves as HCA director, MaryAnne Lindeblad, '97, directs the state's Medicaid program, and Dan Lessler, '92, is the chief medical officer for HCA.
Opportunities Lost -- Could Ebola Have Been Better Contained?
The World Post, September 5, 2014
Scott Barnhart and Amy Hagopian write that Africa's health systems need to be strengthened.
Bras Causing Breast Cancer? Study Debunks Belief
Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 5, 2014
There is no association between bra wearing and increased breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women, according to a population-based case-control study led by PhD student Lu Chen of the Department of Epidemiology.
No Link between Bras and Breast Cancer
Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, September 5, 2014
A case-control study led by a UW SPH doctoral student found no association between wearing bras and increased breast cancer risk among postmenopausal women.
Collaborative Care Improves Depression in Teens
Journal of the American Medical Association, September 3, 2014
Teenagers showed improvements in their symptoms of depression after a year-long collaborative care intervention.
America's Growing Food Inequality Problem
Washington Post, September 2, 2014
Income inequality isn't the only gap the U.S. needs to mind these days; the country is amassing a sad and expensive discrepancy between what its poor and rich eat. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Climate Change: A Chronic Health Problem for the 21st Century
Thomson Reuters Foundation AlertNet, August 29, 2014
Health officials need to be a much bigger part of decisions about how to reduce and deal with the effects of climate change, says Professor Kristie Ebi.
How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella
NPR, August 28, 2014
Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney and member of the SPH Dean's Council, is interviewed for this "Morning Edition" piece on the problem of salmonella in chickens.
National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center Receives $19.7 Million Grant
ASPPH Friday Letter, August 28, 2014
The National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center in the Department of Epidemiology has received funding for another five years at $19.7 million
New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice in Minutes
UW Today, August 27, 2014
UW researchers have developed a smartphone application that checks for jaundice in newborns and can deliver results to parents and pediatricians. James Stout is a member of the research team.
Insights to Successful Depression Care for Women
HSNewsBeat, August 27, 2014
Wayne Katon is interviewed about his latest study on how collaborative care is an effective model for treating depression in women.
Low-wage Workers Would Welcome Wellness Initiatives
American Journal of Health Promotion, August 27, 2014
Low-wage employees would welcome workplace health promotion and believe it increases productivity and morale to the benefit of employers.
Health: Your Zip Code is More Important Than Your Genetic Code
KIRO Radio, August 26, 2014
Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett, director of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, explains the many environmental factors that influence your health.
Louisville's Urban Heat Islands are Among Most Intense, Fastest-Growing in the U.S., Report Says
WFLP Louisville, August 20, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on the health effects of heat after a report ranks Louisville among the top 10 U.S. cities with a serious urban heat island effect.
Mobile Phones Save Lives in Timor-Leste
Huffington Post, August 16, 2014
Mary Anne Mercer writes about a Health Alliance International project that uses mobile phones to send health messages to pregnant women. Program Director Susan Thompson is quoted.
UW Program Seeks to Grow Better Farmers and Consumers
The Seattle Times, August 15, 2014
The School of Public Health supports the UW farm, where more than 60 graduate and undergraduate students (along with volunteers and interns) plant, tend and harvest fruit and vegetables.
Pursuing Health Equity Lands Grad Student on Global Stage
HSNewsBeat, August 11, 2014
A Q and A with Jillian Pintye, who accepted a prestigious Young Investigator Award at the 20th International AIDS Conference. Pintye studied epidemiology and global health at the UW and is now a PhD student at UW's School of Nursing.
Editorial: Find a new leader like David Fleming for Public Health - Seattle & King County
The Seattle Times, August 10, 2014
The Seattle Times editorial board says David Fleming's successor at Public Health - Seattle & King County should adopt and continue some of the same strategies that made him such an effective leader. Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, is quoted.
Ebola Virus: How Contagious?
Web MD, August 6, 2014
Ebola is much less contagious than many other more common diseases. The virus, much like HIV or hepatitis, is spread through blood or bodily fluids and is not airborne. Many factors come into play, says epidemiologist Jeff Duchin.
Most Travelers Who Fall Ill Lack Pre-Trip Health Advice
HSNewsBeat, August 6, 2014
More than half of Seattle-area travelers surveyed who went abroad and fell ill had not consulted with a healthcare provider or other source of health-related travel advice before they set off on their trip, according to a study led by epidemiologist Atar Baer.
Will climate change worsen Ebola outbreaks?
Washington Post, August 5, 2014
Climate change could hasten the spread of the virus, but the linkages are complicated, according to limited scientific literature on the topic. Kris Ebi, an expert on climate change and health, is quoted.
Mammograms Benefit Women 75 and Older
Radiology, August 5, 2014
Regular mammograms for women 75 and older detects cancer in earlier stages, according to a new study led by Dr. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology.
Seattle Scientists Seek an Ebola Cure
The Seattle Times, August 2, 2014
Two Seattle teams are studying ways to treat the virus and how some people survive the infection that kills so many. Michael Gale Jr., adjunct professor of global health, is featured.
Big Potential in Going Small
Alaska Airlines Magazine, August 1, 2014
Researchers across the US and around the world are using nanotech methods to create new and better products, including those that treat disease. Terrance Kavanagh and studies in the UW Nanotoxicology Center on the impacts of nanotechnology on human health are mentioned.
Study Sheds Light on Why HIV is a Persistent Infection
Science, August 1, 2014
HIV persistence despite antiretroviral treatment depends in part on which human genes the virus integrates.
Building Connections - the Global to Local Initiative's Connection Desk
The Daily, July 30, 2014
Tao Kwan-Gett is quoted in this feature on one of the Global to Local Initiative's efforts to reduce health disparities in south King County.
Facing Budget Crunch, Health Chief Quits to Make Way for New Leadership
The Seattle Times, July 29, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on the resignation of David Fleming as director of Public Health - King County & Seattle, calling him one of the best local public health officials in the country.
Fast Food Provides 14 Percent of Kids' Calories
PLOS One, July 25, 2014
Children get 14 percent of their calories from fast-food restaurants, with burger joints leading the way, says a study from the School's Center for Public Health Nutrition.
Sewage Test: Will You Smoke Pot Now that it's Legal?
KOMO 4 News, July 24, 2014
No one really knows how much marijuana use in Washington state will change now that it's legal. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Deadly 'superbug' is spreading in US hospitals
CNBC, July 24, 2014
"Superbug" known as CRE has increased in community hospitals and MRSA has been found in fire stations. Study led by Marilyn Roberts is mentioned.
Sean D. Sullivan Named Dean of UW School of Pharmacy
UW Today, July 22, 2014
Sean D. Sullivan, professor of Health Services, was named new dean of the UW School of Pharmacy.
Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses
KPLU, July 21, 2014
Fighting fires is a dangerous job, and new research on firehouses around Washington state has revealed another hazard — one that lurks on firefighters' boots, their trucks and even their TV remotes. Marilyn Roberts is interviewed on the threat of MRSA.
Back Pain Needn't Hurt You in the Wallet
Wall Street Journal, July 20, 2014
Try not to panic, experts say, if you experience sudden back pain. Jeffrey Jarvik, professor of health services, is quoted.
Research Community Mourns Loss Of AIDS Research Leader
KUOW, July 18, 2014
King Holmes and Connie Celum talk about the legacy of Joep Lange, a leading AIDS researcher killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
Testicular Cancer Rate Rising Among Young Latinos
KUOW, July 16, 2014
Testicular cancer is on the rise among young Latinos, according to a new study. Stephen Schwartz, professor of epidemiology, was a co-author.
Signs Of Alzheimer's Disease: How To Tell If You're At Risk
The Huffington Post, July 14, 2014
Paul Crane and Wayne Katon discuss some possible warning signs for the most common form of dementia.
Young Hispanics See Rise in Testicular Cancer
Cancer, July 14, 2014
Testicular cancer is rising dramatically among young Hispanic men, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. Stephen Schwartz, professor of epidemiology.
Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer
KPLU, July 10, 2014
Rachel Katzenellenbogen recently received a $2 million grant to decipher how the human papillomavirus attacks our cells.
Screen Time Overload: It's Not all Bad News
Today/NBC News, July 9, 2014
Nearly three quarters of kids aged 12 to 15 spend more than two hours a day in front of a computer or TV screen, according to a new government report. NBC News interviews Dimitri Christakis to help put the report in perspective.
Phthalates are out of infants' toys but a heavy dose is still in their food
The Washington Post, July 8, 2014
A new study led by Samantha Serrano and Sheela Sathyanarayana shows that an infant with a typical diet is consuming more phthalates than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe.
UW Study: Gun Victims More Likely to be Shot Again
AP/KIRO TV, July 7, 2014
People hospitalized with a gunshot wound are 30 times more likely to come back to the hospital with another firearm injury than those hospitalized for another medical reason, according to a new study led by Frederick Rivara and commissioned by the Seattle City Council.
Rats Captured on Video in Seattle Grocery Store
KIRO TV, July 7, 2014
Associate Professor Scott Meschke talks about the health risks connected with eating food touched by rats.
Four Years After Deadly Blast, Tesoro Mostly Unscathed
KUOW, July 6, 2014
Tesoro refinery fights government accusations that it willfully put its workers in harm's way. Richard Gleason comments on industrial accidents and workplace-safety violations.
The Work of Public Health is Overlooked and Underfunded
The Herald, July 6, 2014
Public health works every day to prevent disaster, large and small, but this work is done quietly in the background, writes Gary Goldbaum.
Study Finds Little Benefit, Some Harm from Steroid Shots for Back Pain
Reuters Health, July 3, 2014
Steroid injections widely used to treat back pain offer little or no real benefit, according to a new study of 400 patients conducted by several SPH faculty members.
Infant Diet Exceeds EPA Guidelines for Phthalate Exposure
Environmental Health, July 3, 2014
New findings show that adolescents and infants may be especially vulnerable to high exposures of endocrine-disrupting phthalates in their diet, exceeding even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines.
Steroid Injections Offer Little Relief for Spinal Stenosis
New England Journal of Medicine, July 3, 2014
Steroid injections for a common form of back and leg pain known as spinal stenosis may have little or no benefit for patients.
Study: HIV Drug Could Reduce Risk Of Genital Warts
CBS Seattle, July 2, 2014
Truvada, a combination of two drugs used for the treatment of HIV, may help reduce the risk of getting genital herpes, according to a study led by Connie Celum.
Immunization Hesitancy Linked to Topical Fluoride Refusal
American Journal of Public Health, July 1, 2014
Parents who refused to immunize their children also tended to turn down fluoride treatments for them.
Doctors Fail To Counsel Pregnant Women On Toxic Chemical Risks
Huffington Post, June 25, 2014
A national survey finds doctors reluctant to counseling pregnant patients about environmental health hazards. Sheela Sathyanarayana--who is quoted--published suggestions for doctors on the subject in 2012.
A Prescription for Public Health: Seattle Parks Measure
Crosscut, June 20, 2014
Research suggests Seattle was on the right track when it laid out a network of parks. Now we need to expand public access, writes Dean Howard Frumkin.
Global Issues at Play in Book of Study-Abroad Student Letters
UW Today, June 20, 2014
Two Public Health majors, Nicole Okada (since graduated) and Margaret Babayan, were among the 22 "Letterwallahs" writing personal letters to an idea, a thing (a rice dish), a person (a beggar girl), an idea, as part of their summer study last year in Bangalore, India.
Health Department Cuts Linked to Low Birth Weights
American Journal of Preventive Medicine, June 20, 2014
Cuts in local health department spending on maternal and child health programs are linked to increased rates of underweight babies.
Heat-Related Illness in WA Agriculture, Forestry Workers
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, June 20, 2014
Heat-related illnesses in agricultural and forestry workers in Washington state are an important public health problem and likely under-recognized and under-reported.
Discovery of 'Broken Gene' Could Advance Heart Disease Research
MyNorthwest.com, June 19, 2014
New research, done in part in Seattle, reveals that low triglyceride levels might significantly reduce your chance of heart disease. Alex Reiner, research professor in epidemiology, is quoted.
Pregnant Women Should Eat More Fish, Unless It Was Caught In Puget Sound
KUOW, June 19, 2014
Marcie Sillman speaks with William Daniell about Washington's fish consumption rate — a little number that has a big impact.
Boeing, health-care providers join forces in bid to curb costs
The Seattle Times, June 13, 2014
Jeffrey Harris, director of the Health Promotion Research Center, is quoted on the use of accountable care organizations to improve patient health while reining in costs.
Doctors to be Educated on Nitrates in Lower Valley Water
Tri-City Herald, June 13, 2014
Federal environmental health experts and a team of pediatricians from the UW will arrive in the Yakima Valley this summer to train local health care providers in recognizing the health hazards associated with nitrate contamination in groundwater. Associate Professor Catherine Karr is quoted.
Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets
KPLU, June 12, 2014
Researchers led by SPH alumna Janessa Graves found that when a city gets a bike share program, it sees more head injuries: The risk goes up about 14 percent.
State Not Producing Enough Graduates in High-Tech Fields
KING-5, June 10, 2014
Nadia Arang, a microbiology student minoring in global health, shows how to dissect a mosquito in a Seattle BioMed lab. She was featured as part of story on state scholarships for STEM students.
Students Dive into Knotty Issue: High-Use Patients
HSNewsBeat, June 10, 2014
A group of UW students are working as "hotspotters" to better understand why some people becoming high utilizers of health care. Two SPH students, Anastasia Mallillin and Allen Roberts, are on the UW team.
Big Boost in Awards for State's STEM College Scholarships
The Seattle Times, June 9, 2014
A state-sponsored scholarship program helps students in tech and science fields. Global health student Nadia Arang was able to conduct malaria research at Seattle BioMed.
UW's Twinfest Celebrates Twin Culture, And Their Unique Contribution To Science
KPLU, June 6, 2014
Glen Duncan, director of the UW Twin Registry, says twins offer a very unique kind of natural experiment that helps scientists study difficult questions.
Reported Concussions Have Doubled Since Lystedt Law
HSNewsBeat, June 5, 2014
The number of concussions reported by coaches in Seattle public high schools has more than doubled since the Zackery Lystedt Law came into effect in 2009, according to UW researchers, including David Yanez III, associate professor of Biostatistics.
Three Plans to Stop Rape in the Fields
PBS, June 5, 2014
Various groups, including a UW-sponsored public health campaign, have jump-started new projects to tackle sexual harassment and abuse in the agricultural industry. Victoria Breckwich Vásquez is quoted.
Profile of a Global Health Prankster, Bill Foege
Humanosphere, June 3, 2014
A profile of William Foege, global health hero and an affiliate professor of epidemiology at SPH.
Lessons From the Woman Who Discovered the BRCA Cancer Gene
Time, June 2, 2014
Mary-Claire King, the legendary researcher, talks about work-life balance, the importance of trusting hunches, and her stunning scientific discovery.
Mobile Medicine: Three Projects to Stop the Spread of HIV in Africa
Columns magazine, June 2, 2014
How can smart phones prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission? Three approaches are gaining attention for their innovative use of technology to improve access to safe breast milk, patient education and HIV testing at home. Dr. Carey Farquhar and student Saloni Parikh are featured.
Kit System Estimates High MRSA Levels in Fire Stations
American Journal of Infection Control, June 1, 2014
A new kit system developed by environmental health researchers turned up evidence that the MRSA "superbug" contaminates living areas in WA state fire stations and may pose risks to the health of fire personnel.
LAX pollution goes 5X farther than we thought
Futurity.org, May 29, 2014
DEOHS researchers contributed to a study that found emissions from airplanes at Los Angeles International Airport increase ultrafine particle number concentrations more than 10 miles east of the airport.
As Obesity Rises, Chinese Kids Are Almost as Fat as Americans
Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2014
China is now No. 2 for obesity, with its number of obese residents outstripped only by the U.S. Its obesity rate has skyrocketed over the last three decades, according to UW research led by Marie Ng.
Effort to stymie sex abuse of female farmworkers
UW Health Sciences Newsbeat, May 29, 2014
Study on sexual harassment of female farmworkers women leads to education and outreach campaign on prevention. Team from the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is collaborating with partners in Eastern Washington.
Planes' Exhaust Could be Harming Communities up to 10 Miles from LAX
Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2014
High levels of potentially harmful exhaust particles from jets using Los Angeles International Airport have been detected in a broad swath of densely populated communities up to 10 miles east of the runways, according to a new study involving the UW and scientists from the Department of Occupational and Health Sciences.
Nearly One-Third of World is Overweight or Obese
The Lancet, May 29, 2014
More than 2 billion people are either obese or overweight, presenting a major global public health epidemic.
Airport Pollution Travels Much Farther than Thought
Environmental Science and Technology, May 29, 2014
School of Public Health researchers contributed to a recent study that suggests air pollution from jets could be a much greater health risk than was formerly thought.
Many Travelers Who Fell Ill Didn't Seek Health Advice
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, May 29, 2014
More than half of Seattle-area travelers who went abroad and fell ill never sought health-related advice before they left, according to a new study led by Dr. Atar Baer.
The Whole World is Getting Fatter, New Survey Says
NBC News, May 27, 2014
The whole world is steadily becoming more obese, a new UW-led study shows. Ali Mokdad and Christopher Murray are quoted.
The Wages of Low Pay
Al Jazeera America, May 23, 2014
Tao Kwan-Gett's story of a mother who had little time to care for her child is cited in David Cay Johnston's opinion piece on low wages.
Climate Blues: How Environmentalists Chill Out in a Warming World
NBC News, May 23, 2014
Stronger communities could be a silver lining to environmental disasters, notes Dean Howard Frumkin. "We might actually improve mental health" by creating strong community networks and taking up proactive steps like walking and biking more and driving less, he says.
Why Is It So Hard To Find The Price Of A Medical Procedure?
KUOW, May 23, 2014
KUOW's Steve Scher talks with Sean Sullivan about the importance of transparency for health care costs and what individuals can do to find out the expense of their health services.
Q&A: Outbreaks Underscore Value of Measles Vaccination
HSNewsBeat, May 22, 2014
NewsBeat interviews Jeffrey Duchin, adjunct professor of epidemiology, on recent measles cases.
Wastewater a Source of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria: Study
Reuters, May 22, 2014
Wastewater from cities and hospitals releases some antibiotic-resistant bacteria into the environment, according to a new French study. John Scott Meschke, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
Hurricane Season Heightens Anxieties For Victims of Past Storms
NBC News, May 21, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin says it's crucial to keep "social bonds" intact after a disaster.
Where Are U.S. Healthcare Costs Going?
HSNewsBeat, May 21, 2014
Associate Professor Anirban Basu, a health economist in the School of Public Health's Department of Health Services, is interviewed on what factors are driving health care costs.
CIA: No More Vaccination Campaigns in Spy Operations
Washington Post, May 19, 2014
Three years after the CIA used an immunization survey as a cover in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, the White House has promised that the agency will never again use a vaccination campaign in its operations, an official said Monday. The action came in response to a letter from the deans of 12 U.S. public health schools, including Dean Howard Frumkin of SPH.
Protect Water and Health by Updating State's Fish-Consumption Rate
The Seattle Times, May 16, 2014
Washington state should make water-quality standards more protective of health by adjusting the fish-consumption rate, according to guest columnists Frank James and Catherine O'Neill.
Recess, Once Free Time, Gets An Overhaul
KUOW, May 15, 2014
Dimitri Christakis comments on a new trend for structured recesses at schools.
African Governments' Exploitation of Homophobia Harms All of Us
Humanosphere, May 15, 2014
Guest op-ed by Anthony Natif, a pharmacist in Uganda and UW global health student, Toyosi Adejumo, a Nigerian physician, and Nathan Furukawa (MPH '12), a medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Washington Investigates Pesticide Illnesses Related To Fruit Trees
Earthfix, May 15, 2014
Washington state officials are investigating reports of pesticide-related illness. Richard Fenske is quoted.
County Survey: For Medicaid Patients, Access to Primary Care May Not be as Advertised
The Seattle Times, May 13, 2014
Two MPH students working under Eli Kern took part in an assessment of the success and the impact of King County's effort to enroll the uninsured in health insurance, both private and public, made available through the Affordable Care Act.
New Community Air Monitoring Project Launches in Imperial County
Imperial Valley News, May 12, 2014
The School is working with a California community to deploy air-quality monitors. Edmund Seto is quoted.
Marijuana-Using Drivers and Their Passengers
JAMA Pediatrics, May 12, 2014
More under-age high school students drive after using marijuana than after drinking, says a study co-authored by Frederick Rivara.
New Care Approach Eases Depression Among Women
HSNewsBeat, May 7, 2014
Women who received collaborative care for depression at UW obstetrics and gynecology clinics showed fewer symptoms after treatment than women receiving usual depression care in the same setting, according to new research. Wayne Katon and Susan Reed are quoted.
Elevated CO2 Robs Crops of Nutrients, Say Scientists
Christian Science Monitor, May 7, 2014
Thanks to rising carbon dioxide levels, wheat, rice, and soybeans could have lower levels of zinc and iron in the future, according to new research. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
UW Students Help Combat Food Insecurity on Campus
The Daily, May 7, 2014
Many college students turn to food pantries to boost their access to healthy foods, a UW survey finds. Leah Todd, a junior majoring in public health, is quoted.
Cuts to Local Mom-Child Services Linked to Underweight Infants
HSNewsBeat, May 7, 2014
Reductions in local health departments' spending on maternal and child health programs are strongly related to increased rates of low-birth-weight babies, according to a study led by Betty Bekemeier, adjunct associate professor of health services.
New Care Approach Eases Depression Among Women
HSNewsBeat, May 7, 2014
Women who received collaborative care for depression at two UW obstetrics and gynecology clinics showed fewer symptoms after treatment than women receiving usual depression care in the same setting, new research says.
Ron Sims to Lead Board Overseeing State's Health Insurance Exchange
The Seattle Times, May 5, 2014
Gov. Jay Inslee has named Ron Sims, head of the SPH Dean's Council, as the new chair of the Washington Health Insurance Exchange Board. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Hepatitis C Drug's Cost Pits State vs. Insurer
The Olympian, May 5, 2014
A new drug to treat hepatitis C is boosting patients' odds of recovery, but it's causing a major insurer in Washington and the state's prison system to wonder how they're going to pay for it. Stephen Polyak, a research professor in the departments of global health and laboratory medicine, is quoted.
Maternal Deaths in Childbirth Rise in the U.S.
Washington Post, May 2, 2014
The US is one of just eight countries to see a rise in maternal mortality over the past decade, said researchers for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Over-35 Pregnant Smokers Risk Baby Heart Effects
BBC News, May 2, 2014
Babies born to women over 35 who smoke are at greater risk of having specific heart defects, suggests research led by Patrick M. Sullivan, a master's student in epidemiology.
How to Raise Bangladesh Labor Conditions a Year after Factory Collapsed
The Seattle Times, May 2, 2014
MPH graduate Nadia Mahmud writes in a guest column that plenty of work still needs to be done to improve working conditions in Bangladesh a year after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed.
Right-Heart Changes Linked to Air Pollution
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, May 1, 2014
Air pollution from traffic was associated with changes in the right side of the human heart.
The Public Health Benefits Of Raising Smoking Age To 21
KUOW, April 24, 2014
Abigail Halperin, senior lecturer in health services, says raising the legal age of smoking in Washington state to 21 will reduce youth smoking rates.
Public Health and the Prevention of War
American Journal of Public Health, April 17, 2014
Public health practitioners and academics have an obligation to take a lead role in the prevention of war, says a new report co-authored by Amy Hagopian.
Progress, Challenges as Medicaid Rolls Swell in State
Seattle Times, April 16, 2014
With Medicaid enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that's already stretched thin in places. Sallie Thieme Sanford, adjunct assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
In Vietnam, reducing harm of battery recycling
Health Sciences NewsBeat, April 14, 2014
DEOHS team of researchers discovers how battery recycling in a community can lead to lead exposures, creates awareness of preventive measures.
Tobacco Action Group Screens 'Addiction Incorporated'
The Daily, April 10, 2014
Students and faculty at UW Seattle met in Thomson Hall to watch "Addiction Incorporated" with members of the UW Tacoma campus over Skype Thursday night as a part of National Public Health Week. Graduate student Ragan Hart and Assistant US Surgeon General Patrick O'Carroll, a faculty member, are quoted.
Tracking Elephant Poachers Through Tusks
The Daily, April 9, 2014
UW scientists are using statistical methods and genetic information on elephant tusks and scat to pinpoint where poaching occurs. Bruce Weir, chair of Biostatistics, is quoted.
Your Inner Fish, Episode 3
PBS, April 9, 2014
Thomas Burbacher and others in the Infant Primate Research Laboratory are featured in this PBS series demonstrating how learning differs between humans and monkeys.
Naloxone 'Stigma' a Barrier to Prescribing?
MedPage Today, April 9, 2014
Researchers who work with naloxone, an antiode for opium overdose, say the stigma surrounding its use may be a barrier to wider uptake among both patients and doctors. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
'U Text. U Pay': Crackdown on Distracted Driving in WA State
KOMO 4 News, April 8, 2014
Law enforcement agencies are targeting drivers who are talking on hand-held cell phones, texting or otherwise not paying attention to the road. Dr. Beth Ebel and UW research are cited.
Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift
NPR, April 8, 2014
International development aid has hit an all-time high ($31.3 billion in 2013), despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way
NPR, April 7, 2014
The Washington State Department of Health has published the schedule of a woman infected with measles who attended a concert in Seattle. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
LGBT Issues Should be Key Part of Global-Health Conversation
Seattle Times, April 4, 2014
Global-health initiatives and LGBT rights don’t often intersect, but local activists would like to change that. Grad sudent Mariel Boyarsky is quoted.
Loud noise may raise risk for workplace injuries
Reuters, April 3, 2014
Workers who regularly experience noise levels of 100 decibels or more have double the risk of being hospitalized for a job injury, and for those who have hearing loss, the risk is even greater. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Q&A: Climate chaos implications, misperceptions
HSNewsBeat, April 3, 2014
Transition to low-carbon lifestyle won't be as painful as we think, but action is needed now, says Dean Howard Frumkin.
Mammograms Save Lives, But They're also Overrated, New Study Says
Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2014
The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms -- and having them less frequently -- remains controversial. Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Survivor in Helicopter Crash Faces a Long Recovery
The Seattle Times, April 1, 2014
Richard Newman(MPH '09) is keeping a positive attitude despite his serious condition, his partner says.
A New Measure of Food Deserts
Sightline Daily, March 31, 2014
How close you live to a grocery store here has no correlation with how obese you are or even how many fruits and vegetables you eat. What does matter, the researchers found, is where you choose to shop for food.
Study Explores Why Most Boaters Won't Wear Life Jackets
Injury Prevention, March 31, 2014
Most adults don't wear life jackets when boating in western Washington state, but they are more likely to put one on when a child is on board.
Depression and Diabetes Don't Play Nice with Kidneys
dailyRX, March 28, 2014
A recent study co-led by Bessie Young found that symptoms of major depression were associated with an increased risk of kidney failure in diabetes patients.
How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene
NPR, March 27, 2014
Geneticist and epidemiologist Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.
Research Casts Doubt on Whether Soda Taxes Curb Obesity
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 26, 2014
A new study co-authored by Nathan Tefft, assistant professor of health services, suggests taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages don't reduce calorie intake.
Find the Best Phone-Screen Size for You
The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2014
Bigger screens are better for faster typing. Article cites research done in Peter Johnson's laboratory on tablets and other mobile devices.
Study Predicts When Herpes Least Likely to be Transmitted
Journal of the Royal Society, March 26, 2014
Antiviral therapies that maintain viral load below a certain level could prevent most if not all transmissions of herpes.
Selenium, Vitamin E Supplements Linked to Prostate Cancer
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 26, 2014
Some men who take high doses of selenium and vitamin E supplements could increase their risk of aggressive prostate cancer.
The Surprising Places Where People Are Quitting Smoking
Time, March 24, 2014
Researchers at the the University of Washington looked at how smoking rates broke down by county, and found that Southern counties, such as those in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, have the highest smoking rates, whereas those in Utah and Western sates have some of the lowest. Christopher Murray, professor of global health, is quoted.
A Networked Approach to Fighting the TB Pandemic
Scientific American, March 24, 2014
David Sherman, affiliate professor of global health, marks World TB Day with a guest piece on the current state of TB science.
Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change
America Weekend radio show, March 23, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin is interviewed about a new report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that says more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening.
Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly
KUOW, March 21, 2014
The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians. A study by School of Public Health graduate students found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard.
Rainier Avenue Traffic Lights Retiming: A Benefit to Public Health
The Seattle Times, March 18, 2014
In a letter to the editor, Dean Howard Frumkin cites the work of UW students in gathering research that led Seattle transportation officials to retime signal lights along busy Rainier Avenue.
Researchers Studying A 'Chocolate Pill' To Help Prevent Heart Disease
KUOW, March 18, 2014
Can chocolate cut down on heart disease? Garnet Anderson, affiliate professor of biostatistics, and colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are trying to find out with a trial of a pill containing the ingredients that give cocoa its distinctive flavor.
The Big Data Blog: Daniela Witten
AAAS news, March 17, 2014
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Daniela Witten discusses how Big Data can be used to solve problems in genomics and biomedical sciences.
Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap
New York Times, March 15, 2014
As incomes have diverged between the country's richest counties, like Fairfax County, Va., and its poorest ones, like McDowell County, W.Va., so have the life expectancies of their residents. Christopher Murray is quoted.
High School Athletes Often Playing with Concussions
Reuters, March 14, 2014
More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren't aware of the injury, according to a new study. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Vaccination Limits Severity of Pertussis
Clinical Infectious Diseases , March 14, 2014
Young people vaccinated against pertussis but who still contracted the disease recovered more rapidly than other pertussis patients.
Omega-3s May Ward Off Cancer And Death
Prevention, March 13, 2014
A recent study shows consumption of two types of omega-3 fatty acids can lower a person's risk of death from cancer. The School of Public Health is cited.
Distance to Supermarket Makes No Difference to Diet
American Journal of Public Health, March 13, 2014
Only one-third of shoppers in the Seattle area regularly went to the closest supermarket.
The Cure for Global Poverty: Health
Humanosphere, March 12, 2014
Researchers discover a powerful cure for poverty and inequality -- health. Dean Jamison, professor of global health, is quoted.
Soda Taxes Do Little to Decrease Obesity
Health Economics, March 10, 2014
A new study casts doubt on whether taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages reduce obesity.
Car Fumes Alter Shape of Heart
The Australian, March 8, 2014
Air pollution from traffic changes the right side of the heart, according to a new study led by Peter Leary, a PhD student in the School's Department of Epidemiology. Enlarged right ventricles are known to raise the risk of heart attacks.
Fitness Trackers Could Boost Kids' Health, But Face Challenges, Experts Say
Fox News, March 3, 2014
With fitness trackers all the rage, some technology companies and health researchers are looking at whether the devices could benefit a particular group: kids. Michelle Garrison, adjunct research assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
Two Spine Surgeons Three Times Safer Than One
Spine Deformity, March 3, 2014
New research with Group Health and Virginia Mason shows patients were three times less likely to develop major complications when two spine surgeons were in the operating room and other factors were at play.
Frequent Massage Works Best for Neck Pain
Annals of Family Medicine, March 1, 2014
Several 60-minute massages per week for four weeks were more effective in treating chronic neck pain than fewer or shorter sessions.
Depression May Increase Diabetes' Patients Risk of Kidney Failure
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, March 1, 2014
Diabetes patients suffering major depression were nearly twice as likely to experience end-stage kidney disease.
Fighting Poverty with Mushrooms, Green Things & Social Enterprise
Humanosphere, February 28, 2014
A food aid project from the Philippines to produce and store energy bars for use in emergencies won the $10,000 global health prize in a UW competition. Judith Wasserheit, vice chair of the global health department, is quoted.
What Will the Nutrition Facts Label Look Like in the Future?
KUOW, February 27, 2014
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, talks with KUOW about the US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts label on food and drink packages.
High School Athletes Often Play with Concussions
American Journal of Sports Medicine, February 25, 2014
Sixty-nine percent of high school athletes who had concussions reported playing with symptoms, and 40 percent reported their coaches weren't aware.
Concussions and High School Athletes
The American Journal of Sports Medicine, February 25, 2014
More than two-thirds of high-school athletes who suffered concussions reported playing with symptoms, despite a new law in WA designed to protect young athletes.
Repeat Domestic Violence More Likely When Weapons Used
Violence Against Women, February 23, 2014
Men who used a weapon against their female partners were more likely to commit a follow-up act of violence.
UW Student in Kiev Sees Destruction and Dignity
Seattle Times, February 21, 2014
Jennifer J. Carroll, a UW graduate student working toward a PhD in sociocultural anthropology and an MPH in epidemiology, offers a unique perspective on the protests in Ukraine. She lives in Kiev, where she is studying drug-addiction issues.
Strengthening Post-Market Safety Surveillance
Gates Foundation, February 17, 2014
A new report calls for strategies to ensure the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
Eating Fatty Fish Linked to Reduced Risk of Death
American Journal of Epidemiology, February 3, 2014
People who consumed high levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids -- found in dark fish and fish-oil supplements -- tended to live longer.
Study Reveals Childhood Clues for Later Risk of STD
Journal of Adolescent Health, November 23, 2013
Children who enjoyed school, grew up in well-managed households, and had friends who stayed out of trouble reported fewer sexually transmitted diseases as young adults.
Caregiver Stress Depends Largely on Genes, Upbringing
Annals of Behavioral Medicine, November 1, 2013
Associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing, and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.
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