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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.
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.
Disparity in life spans of the rich and the poor is growing
New York Times, February 18, 2016
Despite big advances in medicine, technology and education, the longevity gap between high-income and low-income Americans has been widening sharply. Professor Christopher Murray is quoted.
Reimaging health in cities: New directions in urban health research and action
YouTube, February 16, 2016
Dean Howard Frumkin presents on the view from public health at this Drexel University conference.
Outcomes from patient hospitalization after return visits to ER
JAMA, February 16, 2016
A new study co-authored by Professor Anirban Basu questions an increasingly popular metric of hospital performance.
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.
Seattle scientist still pushes to lift funding ban on gun-violence studies
Seattle Times, February 10, 2016
Fred Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, has spent 20 years fighting to lift a federal freeze on funding for public-health research into gun violence.
Zika: What we know now
HSNewsBeat, February 9, 2016
Experts Robert Coombs and Christopher Sanford answer questions about the emerging virus.
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."
What Is Methanol And What Hazards Does It Pose?
KPLU, February 8, 2016
Potential safety hazards from a proposed methanol plant in Tacoma has people concerned. David Eaton is quoted.
As Zika rages, Seattle scientists step up antiviral drug research
The Seattle Times, February 6, 2016
Michael Gale Jr., adjunct professor of global health, has acquired samples of the Zika virus to conduct tests that could lead to antiviral compounds that can stop that bug — and other global pathogens.
Clearing the air on health effects of living near dairies
Yakima Herald, February 6, 2016
An op-ed on exposures to air pollutants from large animal feeding operations cites a University of Washington study led by Catherine Karr.
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 UW School of Public Health asked the state to take a look at information collected by UW soccer coach Amy Griffin.
Precision medicine: Teasing out ethical Q’s around patient info
HSNewsBeat, February 5, 2016
Malia Fullerton, a geneticist and bioethicist, discusses the ethical considerations of precision medicine.
HIV testing among Latino MSM increased after campaign
AIDS and Behavior, February 5, 2016
A multimedia HIV testing campaign targeting Latino men who have sex with men had a "significant and immediate impact" on beliefs and behavior.
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.
Higher temperatures make Zika mosquito spread disease more
Associated Press, February 3, 2016
The hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting its buffet of dangerous illnesses, scientists say. Professor Kristie Ebi is quoted.
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.
Early life lasts a lifetime
Finding Solutions Newsletter, February 1, 2016
Stephen Bezruchka writes that people in the United States have worse health status than people in other rich nations. He examines factors such as poverty, parenting and stress in the early years of a child's life.
Can We Stop Mosquitoes From Infecting the World?
National Geographic, February 1, 2016
Climate change may be one of the factors in the spread of the insect-borne diseases like Zika. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
City inside/out: Seattle gun tax
Seattle Channel, February 1, 2016
Assistant Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar talks about his gun-violence research during a panel discussion on the Seattle Channel.
Lead Paint, Lead Toys, Lead Dietary Supplements
Slate, January 29, 2016
Megan Cartwright (PhD, Environmental Toxicology, 2015) argues that lead pipes in Flint, Michigan, signal a larger problem--limiting children's exposure to lead, which can come from a variety of sources.
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.
Economists are figuring out how to get kids to actually eat those healthy school lunches
Quartz, January 27, 2016
Mary Podrabsky, director of school and community initiatives at the Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.
On climate change, are university researchers making a difference?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 27, 2016
University scientists have a formidable record of accomplishment in the field of climate-change research, but they haven’t figured out how to stop it. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
We've neglected diseases like the Zika virus for too long
Time, January 26, 2016
Marilyn Parsons, affiliate professor of global health, pens a think piece for Time's Ideas section on the rapid spread of another mosquito-borne virus.
It's time to rethink the calorie
The Atlantic, January 26, 2016
The simple weight-loss formula—burn more energy than you consume—may actually be holding us back in the fight to curb obesity, writes the Atlantic. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is mentioned.
Depression screening recommended for adults
Journal of the American Medical Association, January 26, 2016
Professor David Grossman is co-vice chair of a federal task force that recommended all adults be screened for depression.
(At least) 6 steps you can take to help prevent cancer
Seattle Times, January 25, 2016
At least one-third of cancer cases already are known to be preventable, writes Jeffrey Duchin, adjunct professor of epidemiology.
Time to treat tobacco like alcohol?
Crosscut, January 23, 2016
Graduate student Nick Fradkin argues for raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products in WA state to 21.
The missing data on gun violence
The Atlantic, January 21, 2016
Restrictions on research, and a subsequent lack of evidence, make it hard to pinpoint the best ways to prevent firearm deaths and injuries.
An editorial about the Tent City Collective
The Daily, January 21, 2016
Three public health students (Minji Jung, Leigh Friedman and Tucker Richards) pen a letter about the importance of bringing a tent city for the homeless to the UW campus in 2017.
Building healthy places
The Daily, January 19, 2016
Urban planners at UW hope to increase campus walkability by adapting the built environment. Andrew Dannenberg is quoted.
Diversity training helps docs provide culturally aware care
HSNewsBeat, January 19, 2016
A study of Seattle-area oncology surgeons was spurred by poorer health outcomes among minority patient populations. Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences David Flum was a co-author.
Review of safe gun storage interventions
Epidemiologic Reviews, January 18, 2016
Researchers analyzed studies of household firearm safety interventions that educated or counseled gun owners on safe firearm storage.
Twenty-seven UW faculty listed among 'world's most influential scientific minds' by Thomson Reuters
UW Today, January 15, 2016
The University of Washington is home to 27 researchers -- including 11 current or former School of Public Health-affiliated researchers -- on Thomson Reuters’ list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” for 2015, which was released Jan. 14.
Trauma centers improve outcomes for injured pregnant women
Journal of the American College of Surgeons, January 13, 2016
Pregnant women suffering traumatic injuries experience better maternal and neonatal outcomes if they’re treated at a designated trauma center, a study in WA state finds.
UW study: Students choosing healthier food under new standards
Seattle Times, January 6, 2016
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act has significantly improved the nutritional quality of student meals in the Renton School District, UW researchers found in a new study.
Rules to make school lunches healthier are working, study says
CNN, January 5, 2016
Ever since new meal standards went into effect in schools across the US in 2012, experts have worried that the changes would result in fewer students eating school lunches. A new study led by Professor Donna Johnson suggests this has not been the case.
Income inequality is a health hazard -- even for the rich
yes! magazine, January 5, 2016
Stephen Bezruchka, a public health researcher at the UW, explains why life expectancy in the United States is falling, and it has to do with income inequality rising.
Afraid of the dentist? This strategy can help
CBS News/HealthDay, January 5, 2016
Talk therapy can help with the anxiety of going to the dentist. Peter Milgrom, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
Paris climate talks a big deal for health, says UW professor
HSNewsBeat, January 5, 2016
Professor Kristie Ebi has attended United Nations climate-change conferences since 2000. The agreement reached at the Paris conference in December, she said, was nothing short of monumental.
Is day-old kale salad less nutritious than fresher kale?
New York Times, January 4, 2016
Anne-Marie Gloster, a nutritional sciences lecturer at the University of Washington, weighs in on the New York Times Well blog.
We're thinking about ADHD all wrong, says a top pediatrician
NPR, January 4, 2016
Every child needs help from parents and teachers to develop his or her attention span, argues Dimitri Christakis, adjunct professor of health services.
Students choose healthier meals
JAMA Pediatrics, January 4, 2016
The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act has led to more nutritious school lunches, according to a study led by Donna Johnson.
Teen heroin addict recovers with agency's help
Seattle Times, January 2, 2016
Caleb Banta-Green, an expert in drug-abuse epidemiology, is quoted in this feature on an addict who received help from Kent Youth and Family Services.
How I almost poisoned my family with holiday leftovers
Seattle/Local Health Guide, December 29, 2015
Meredith Li-Vollmer, clinical assistant professor of health services, reveals how her white bean and vegetable soup became a toxic stew.
Mary Anne Mercer hits on a novel way to help keep mothers and babies alive: text messaging
Johns Hopkins Magazine, December 29, 2015
Mary Anne Mercer is profiled for her work in global health.
Program gets students moving -- and makes it fun
Woodinville Weekly, December 28, 2015
A Snohomish County program has fifth graders eagerly studying data, getting off the couch and getting going. UW research is cited.
Norman Breslow dies at 74; biostatistician's work led to advances in medical research
Los Angeles Times, December 28, 2015
Norman Breslow, professor emeritus of biostatistics, made seminal contributions to statistical theory and its applications in epidemiology and the broader biosciences.
The fight over a tax that could curb gun violence
SeattleMet, December 28, 2015
Epidemiologist Ali Rowhani-Rahbar's gun violence research is featured.
How parents can help their kids balance the risk of injury with the reward of playing sports
Quartz, December 26, 2015
A study co-authored by Frederick Rivara and Melissa Schiff is mentioned.
CEO Challenge Spurs Workers to Adopt Healthy Practices
HealthDay News, December 22, 2015
The American Cancer Society's Chief Executive Officers Challenge can increase implementation of health promotion practices, according to a study published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease.
KUOW: When should older drivers give up the car keys?
KUOW, December 21, 2015
KUOW's Bill Radke spoke with Laura Fraade-Blanar, a graduate student studying the link between aging and crash risks, about when and how to have those tough conversations.
Here's how to not get sick when you're traveling
BuzzFeed, December 18, 2015
Christopher Sanford, associate professor of global health and author of the MerckManuals.com travel medicine section, tells BuzzFeed Life how to stay healthy when taking a trip.
Promoting employee health through an American Cancer Society program
Preventing Chronic Disease, December 17, 2015
The CEOs Challenge boosted workplace health promotion efforts at 17 large companies.
EPA thinks cleaner school buses could keep kids healthier
MSN, December 12, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency took the latest in several steps Friday aimed at minimizing the impact of these rolling health threats. Joint research from the UW and University of Michigan is cited.
PrEP use may inform sexual decision-making among MSM
Infectious Disease News, December 8, 2015
Use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis may drive decisions about sex and condom use among serodiscordant couples, according to research conducted by Christine Khosropour, former PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology.
The U.S. is a world leader in gun deaths
NPR, December 8, 2015
Gun deaths per 100,000 people are compared; Ali Mokdad, professor of global health and epidemiology, is quoted.
New Zealand Ministry of Health Appoints SPH Prof Chief Science Advisor
Scoop.co.nz, December 4, 2015
Professor Emeritus John Potter has been named Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
Americans numb to daily gun violence
KOMO 4 News, December 4, 2015
Having more guns increases the risk of violent death, says Fred Rivara, a pediatrician and adjunct professor of epidemiology.
Group Health acquisition by Kaiser draws worry and praise
Seattle Times, December 4, 2015
Reaction was mixed after the announcement that Seattle's Group Health Cooperative may be acquired by California giant Kaiser Permanente. Aaron Katz, lecturer of health services, is quoted.
Redesigning the competitive bidding process for state Medicaid contracts
The Hill, December 3, 2015
Monica Salgaonkar, a student in the Masters in Health Administration program, publishes an op-ed in The Hill.
CDC funds three new health promotion projects
SPH News, December 2, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $2.56 million to the School's Health Promotion Research Center to fund three special interest projects.
SPH evaluates Veterans Administration program to improve access to health care
SPH News, December 2, 2015
The School is partnering with the Veterans Administration Office of Analytics and Business Intelligence to evaluate the VA's new clinical management training program.
When should older drivers give up the car keys?
SPH News, December 2, 2015
PhD student Laura Fraade-Blanar is trying to identify the point of cognitive decline at which driving becomes too risky.
Keeping gun violence victims out of the ED with substance abuse treatment
Hospitals and Health Networks News, December 1, 2015
Harborview Medical Center proposes a three-pronged approach to addressing gun violence, which includes intervening during the first visit and assigning a caseworker to each victim. A recent study found that people admitted to the hospital following gun violence in King County were much likelier than others to end up rehospitalized, arrested or murdered. Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Human health and climate change in the Puget Sound region
UW, December 1, 2015
A new report by the University of Washington projects dramatic changes in the Puget Sound region due to climate change; an entire chapter is devoted to the potential effect on human health.
Avoiding heat-related illness
Good Fruit Grower, December 1, 2015
A study led by June Spector found that orchard workers paid by piece rate rather than hourly were at increased risk of heat illness.
Why some UW professors want a union, and others resist one
Crosscut, November 30, 2015
The movement to unionize some 6,000 faculty members at the sprawling University of Washington is a daunting and complicated task. Associate Professor Amy Hagopian is quoted.
ASUW student senate debates bill in support of bringing a tent city to UW
The Daily, November 30, 2015
Public health major Tucker Richards introduced a bill advocating an encampment for the homeless at the University of Washington. Public health grad Hana Alicic is also quoted.
Teaching Grownups How to Eat
The New Yorker, November 25, 2015
In her new book "First Bite," the British food historian Bee Wilson cites Japan's culinary history as an example of how dietary improvements can take place on a national scale. Adam Drenowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the UW, is quoted.
Madison Clinic marks 30 years caring for HIV/AIDS patients
HSNewsBeat, November 24, 2015
When the AIDS epidemic hit, Harborview Medical Center was among the first hospitals to open a specialty clinic for HIV/AIDS patients. King Holmes and former epidemiologist Joan Kreiss are mentioned.
New superbug resistant to last-line of antibiotics: study
AFP/Yahoo News, November 19, 2015
Scientists warned of the "epidemic potential" of deadly and fast-spreading bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics. Professor Marilyn Roberts is quoted.
Medic whose academic prowess put Kenya on the map
The Standard (Kenya), November 19, 2015
When Peter Cherutich was awarded the 2015 Gilbert S. Omenn Award for Academic Excellence at the University of Washington School of Public Health, he put Kenya on the map for his academic prowess and received a standing ovation after delivering his acceptance speech, the Standard reports.
Harvard professor Nancy Krieger visits UW to share about health equity
The Daily, November 18, 2015
Alumna Nancy Krieger (MPH '85) was guest speaker for the 2015 John R. Hogness Symposium on Health Care. Associate Professor Donald Chi is quoted.
PhD student positioned to be leader in environmental movement
The Daily, November 17, 2015
With funding from a Bullitt Foundation Fellowship, Heather Fowler is preparing for a career in a new field of "veterinary industrial hygiene."
This is What Happens When You Don’t Wash Your Sheets
Yahoo Health, November 17, 2015
Marilyn Roberts talks about what may be lurking in bed sheets. She recommends changing them at least once a week, and more often if there are bodily secretions or any potential risk factors.
New report outlines Puget Sound region’s future under climate change
UW Today, November 17, 2015
A new report by the University of Washington synthesizes relevant research about the future of the Puget Sound region and what to expect in the coming decades, and how best to prepare for that future. Tania Busch Isaksen is one of the authors.
Seattle could be the first city in the US to host safe-injection sites for heroin users
Seattle Weekly, November 17, 2015
Safe drug sites – places where people can use illicit drugs under medical supervision – are a public health no-brainer, says Caleb Banta-Green.
Understanding and rediscovering your palette
The Daily, November 17, 2015
A new course, Culinary Nutrition Science, will be offered this spring and will focus on the intersection between basic sciences, such as physics and chemistry, with sensory physiology, psychology, and nutrition, said instructor Anne-Marie Gloster said.
UW PhD candidates working to include indigenous voices in genomic research
The Daily, November 17, 2015
A long history of distrust has kept genomic research out of indigenous communities, but UW PhD candidates Kate West (public health genetics) and Keolu Fox (genome sciences) are working to change that.
New STD? What you should know about mycoplasma genitalium
Live Science, November 17, 2015
A little-known sexually transmitted disease that has attracted more attention lately may actually be fairly common, according to a new study. Lisa Manhart, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Air pollutants enter body through skin
Science News, November 14, 2015
Studies find common indoor air pollutants--including semivolatile phthalates--enter the body through skin. John Kissel is quoted.
What happens to childhood when you start counting steps?
New York Times, November 13, 2015
Fitness trackers and wearable devices are big business these days, and parents tend to hover close, fascinated by the details of their children’s lives. Dr. Megan Moreno, a professor of pediatrics and health services at the UW, is quoted.
Latinos, minority groups disproportionately affected by cancer-causing air toxins
The Daily, November 12, 2015
A recent study found that economically disadvantaged Latino immigrant communities are significantly more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing air toxins than comparable disadvantaged ethnic groups in the United States. Clinical Assistant Professor Eva Wong is quoted.
Student editorial: Take a stand against big tobacco
The Daily, November 12, 2015
Elizabeth Medeiros, outgoing president of the UW Student Public Health Association, urges UW leadership to take part in the 1 Day Stand against Big Tobacco by declaring UW tobacco-free for the day.
Still no charges for man accused of injuring ferry employees with high-powered laser
MyNorthwest.com, November 9, 2015
Michael Yost talks about the danger to the type of laser allegedly shined at two ferry captains, causing eye injuries.
Continuous or interrupted chest compressions during CPR?
New England Journal of Medicine, November 9, 2015
In patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, continuous chest compressions during CPR performed by EMS providers did not result in significantly higher rates of survival than did interrupted chest compressions.
Wearable Artificial Kidney earns FDA fast-track status
HSNewsBeat, November 7, 2015
A new artificial kidney that can be worn by a patient has successfully completed a first clinical trial at the UW. Professor Larry Kessler is quoted.
Keeping huskies healthy
The Daily, November 3, 2015
The UW Tobacco Action Group and Student Public Health Association joined the campaign to make the UW campus smoke-free by screening the documentary, "Merchants of Doubt."
Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis investigates causes of dementia
The Daily, November 3, 2015
For the first time, researchers are examining the causes of cognitive dysfunction across ethnicities. Research Professor Annette Fitzpatrick is quoted.
'Lifestyle choices' doesn't explain why black Americans are dying younger and in higher numbers
big think, November 2, 2015
Mary Bassett, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Commissioner and a UW SPH alumna, discusses in a short video the conditions and environmental factors that contribute to health disparities.
Is bacon actually bad for you? It may depend on your DNA
Washington Post, November 2, 2015
Ulrike Peters, research professor of epidemiology, talks about the link between diet and genes.
Debate over unionizing UW faculty 'hot and heavy'
Seattle Times, November 2, 2015
Senior Lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted extensively about an effort by a group of professors to organize under Service Employees International Union Local 925.
Putting public health on the map
Business World, November 2, 2015
Christopher Murray, professor of global health and director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, explains why he and Alan Lopez developed the Global Burden of Disease and how it's helping countries inform their health policies.
Public health teams with visual design to create infographics
Health Affairs, November 2, 2015
Researchers and visual designers should work together to create infographics that convey complex scientific information to key policymakers.
Health care's fraternal twins at 50: The birth and development of Medicare and Medicaid
Jurist, November 1, 2015
Sallie Thieme Sanford, an adjunct associate professor of health services, discusses how Medicare and Medicaid are coming to resemble each other, with similar challenges and each supporting health system changes.
Washington doesn't value women's health care enough
Seattle Times, November 1, 2015
Washington may be known as a place that strongly supports women's reproductive health choices, but it can do so much better by enforcing state laws. Editorial columnist Thanh Tan quotes Sarah Prager.
Seattle students don't get enough time to eat, report finds
KUOW, October 30, 2015
Elementary students in Seattle Public Schools get far less time to eat lunch than district policy requires, according to a report by University of Washington School of Public Health graduate students.
How many guns are in America? A web of state secrecy means no one knows
The Guardian, October 29, 2015
A majority of states actively restrict access to information on gun permits, the FBI must destroy background checks, and Congress bans funding for research. Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Much-cited epidemiologist to address UW on health equity
HSNewsBeat, October 29, 2015
Nancy Krieger (MPH '85), a Harvard professor of social epidemiology, is a science-based advocate for social change. She will be guest speaker at this year’s UW Hogness Symposium on Health Care.
Is cheese actually addictive? UW dietitian weighs in on new research
KING 5, October 28, 2015
Clinical Instructor Judy Simon says cheese really isn't as addictive as drugs, as a recent study suggests.
King v. Burwell: ACA destruction denied, ACA expansion enabled
Jurist, October 28, 2015
Adjunct associate professor Sallie Thieme Sanford discusses the decisive impact of the most recent Supreme Court Affordable Care Act decision on the marketplaces and also on state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion.
Support later school start times for Seattle high schools
Seattle Times, October 27, 2015
Michelle Garrison and two other UW faculty members write that chronic sleep loss in adolescents is associated with decreased motivation and cognitive deficits with impaired attention and memory, lower academic achievement, poor school attendance and increased dropout rates.
An intolerable unimaginable heat forecast for Persian Gulf
Washington Post/AP, October 26, 2015
The heat index may reach 170 degrees in parts of the Persian Gulf if carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, a new study says. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.
New recommendations for mammograms explained
Q13 Fox News, October 26, 2015
Christoph Lee, adjunct professor of health services, comments on the American Cancer Society's new guidelines for breast cancer screening.
WHO classifies red meat 'probably carcinogenic,' links it to higher colon cancer risk
Fred Hutch News, October 26, 2015
Should you stop eating red meat and processed meat? Marian Neuhouser and John Potter offer some answers in the wake of a World Health Organization working group report.
UW research leads to new recommendation against drinking while pregnant
KING 5, October 26, 2015
Research from the University of Washington's Fetal Alcohol Syndrome program helped lead to a new recommendation that no amount of alcohol should be considered safe during pregnancy. Professor Susan Astley is quoted.
Fear itself - post-traumatic stress disorder
The Economist, October 24, 2015
A mental illness caused by trauma may be one of the first to be understood in physical terms. Debra Kaysen, adjunct professor of global health, is referenced.
Making indigenous peoples equal partners in gene research
The Atlantic, October 23, 2015
A new generation of indigenous scientists -- including Kate West, a PhD student in Public Health Genetics -- is teaming up with communities, instead of treating them like guinea pigs.
Self-reported food spending closely tracks receipts
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October 21, 2015
People are good at estimating how much they spend on food, both in restaurants and at home, which opens the door to new studies in nutrition economics.
American Cancer Society says start mammograms at 45, not 40
Seattle Times, October 20, 2015
New American Cancer Society breast screening guidelines recommend annual mammograms at age 45 instead of 40, switching to every other year at age 55. Affiliate Professor Ruth Etzioni helped draft the new guidelines.
The Nepalese Student Association continues to expand relief efforts
The Daily, October 18, 2015
Students continue to raise funds to aid relief efforts after the Nepal earthquake. Biraj Karmacharya, a master's student in global health, is quoted.
Action assembly rallies support for Best Starts for Kids
The Daily, October 18, 2015
Nearly 100 people gathered at the University Unitarian Church to show support for Best Starts for Kids, a new levy on the November ballot. MPH student Joseph Friedman is quoted.
Breast cancer is especially dangerous for black and Hispanic women
Huffington Post, October 16, 2015
Black and Hispanic women in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer and less likely to survive the disease than white women, according to a new study led by PhD student Lu Chen.
Will WA state have enough trained health care providers?
WSU Extension, October 16, 2015
Two new fact sheets shed light on the state's eldercare workforce and policies that would allow older adults to remain in their homes.
Mapping Seattle's diverse culinary scene
The Stranger, October 14, 2015
MPH student Lisa Woo (Nutritional Sciences) maps her favorite restaurants owned by people of color.
'Smell of money' polluted this South Seattle neighborhood
KUOW, October 13, 2015
Replacing old engines that work the industrial shoreline is part of a bigger effort to clean up the Duwamish River. But critics say it's not happening fast enough. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
Ana Marie Cauce new UW president: popular on, off campus
Seattle Times, October 13, 2015
Clinical Instructor and State Rep. Gerry Pollet praised UW's new president for her "incredible depth of knowledge of the university."
11 healthy habits to start now to reduce your breast cancer risk later
Today - NBC News, October 13, 2015
Healthy habits that may significantly reduce the risk of certain types of breast cancers are presented. Anne McTiernan, research professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, October 13, 2015
Women in several racial/ethnic groups are more likely to be diagnosed with more advanced stage breast cancer across major subtypes.
Patient protesters shed light on medical debt's vicious cycle
The Stranger, October 9, 2015
Even though Medicaid expansion means more low-income people are now insured, those same patients often face higher deductibles. Aaron Katz, a health policy expert at the University of Washington's School of Public Health, thinks those patients should be able to receive charity care, too.
Events boost flu vaccine rates among restaurant workers
HSNewsBeat, October 8, 2015
Offering shots at work nearly doubles the percentage of employees immunized, according to a small pilot study led by the School's Health Promotion Research Center.
Workplace events boost flu vaccinations among restaurant workers
American Journal of Health Promotion, October 8, 2015
Offering shots at work nearly doubled the percentage of restaurant employees immunized in a small pilot study.
Online calculator helps seniors predict remaining healthy years
Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine, October 8, 2015
Faculty have created an online calculator that helps predict the number of healthy and able years a person has remaining if they are at least 65 years old.
Why America still doesn't have any good data on guns
WIRED, October 7, 2015
No national databases exists for gun deaths, making it difficult for public health researchers to ask more complex questions. Epidemiologist Frederick Rivara is quoted.
Links Between Race/Ethnicity, Cultural Factors and Cognition
American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, October 6, 2015
Race, ethnicity and a number of sociocultural factors were significantly associated with performance on cognitive tests.
UW wins $30M grant for infrastructure, doctor training
Puget Sound Business Journal, October 1, 2015
UW Medicine is one of 29 health systems and medical practices receiving a total of $685 million in grants from the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, to help providers transition to more value-based care, instead of fee-based care, post-Affordable Care Act. David Flum, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
UW faculty wants to unionize, administration not in favor
The Daily, October 1, 2015
Amy Hagopian said the push to unionize faculty began to heat up earlier this year in an effort to have better representation for faculty at the state Legislature.
Air Pollution and Your Heart
NIEHS Partnerships for Environmental Public Health, September 30, 2015
Air pollution plays a role in the development of heart disease and in triggering cardiac events. Joel Kaufman talks about the latest research and offers tips to reduce risk.
Monkeying around in remote Indonesia
College of Arts and Sciences News, September 30, 2015
Randall Kyes, adjunct research professor of global health, has been taking UW students to Indonesia for field studies for 20 years.
In Georgetown, the housing is affordable and the air unbreathable
Seattle Weekly, September 29, 2015
A pervasive cloud of dust is just the latest health hazard to threaten the residents of the largely industrial neighborhood, Seattle Weekly writes. Research from the UW and Puget Sound Sage is cited.
The 20 best full-fat foods for weight loss
Yahoo! News, September 28, 2015
UW epidemiologist Maro Kratz offers tip No. 4: consume full-fat dairy products. Acids in whole milks may actually crank up your body's calorie-burning centers, he says.
High-tech mammogram tool doesn’t boost cancer detection, study shows
Seattle Times, September 28, 2015
A high-tech tool now used on more than 90 percent of U.S. mammograms doesn’t improve breast-cancer detection and may lead to missed diagnoses, a study finds. Diana Buist and Joann Elmore are quoted.
Rare choice: Could UW's next president come from within?
Seattle Times, September 26, 2015
PhD student Alice Popejoy and state Rep. Gerry Pollet, a clinical instructor, are mentioned in this story on Interim UW President Ana Marie Cauce.
'NIFTY' cup could be lifesaver for high-risk babies
KING 5, September 25, 2015
Seattle Children's Hospital, UW and PATH have collaborated on a feeding cup to help babies who can't feed properly. Christy McKinney (PhD Epidemiology '06) is quoted.
Fear undermines potential of effective overdose antidote
HSNewsBeat, September 23, 2015
Naloxone is called a 'silver bullet' but is under prescribed as clinicians and patients resist conversations about addiction to legal and illegal drugs. Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate associate professor of health services, is quoted.
Mental health care gaps in Mozambique
BMC Psychiatry, September 23, 2015
Two recent studies highlight the challenges of meeting the mental health care needs in Mozambique, which was recently estimated to have Africa’s highest suicide rate.
Majoring in food: Colleges offering more courses, degrees
Civil Eats, September 22, 2015
UW undergrads from every major flock to an ever-expanding slate of food courses. Assistant Professor Jennifer Otten is quoted.
New health professions academy for underrepresented students
HSNewsBeat, September 22, 2015
The University of Washington will create a Health Professions Academy to cultivate and recruit undergraduate students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to enter health sciences as a career. Leo Morales is quoted.
Mall walkers: The suburban exercisers keeping America wholesome
The Atlantic, September 21, 2015
After neighborhood sidewalks, shopping centers are the most popular places in the U.S. to go for a stroll. Basia Belza of the Health Promotion Research Center and her research on mall walking are referenced.
More cavities seen in kids of chronically stressed mothers
US News & World Report, September 18, 2015
Dental cavities are more common among kids whose mothers suffer from chronic stress, according to a new study by first author Erin Masterson, a PhD student in epidemiology.
Experts agree: Seattle area men are driving women to drink
Crosscut, September 18, 2015
King County women rank among the top 10 percent of heavy drinkers in the U.S., according to research by the UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Ali Mokdad, lead researcher and professor of global health, is quoted.
Why some UW faculty want to unionize
KUOW, September 18, 2015
Ross Reynolds speaks with Amy Hagopian, an associate professor in the School of Public Health, about why she's joined an effort to unionize faculty at the University of Washington.
Maternal Chronic Stress and Dental Cavities in Children
American Journal of Public Health, September 17, 2015
A study led by PhD student Erin Masterson links biomarkers for chronic maternal stress with a higher prevalence of cavities among children.
Asthmatic sea otter learns to use inhaler
KING 5, September 16, 2015
An asthmatic sea otter at the Seattle Aquarium illustrates the 'One Health' connection between animals, humans and the environment, says Associate Professor Peter Rabinowitz.
Lung cancer screening alone doesn't make smokers quit
KUOW, September 14, 2015
Participants in a lung-cancer screening study interpreted their results 'in all kinds of different ways that were not very accurate,' says Steven Zeliadt of the UW School of Public Health.
Report: Pesticide exposure linked to childhood cancer and lower IQ
CNN, September 14, 2015
Pesticide use in homes may increase the risk of children developing leukemia or lymphoma, a new report suggests. Catherine Karr is quoted.
After September 11, waiting for the big one
Huffington Post, September 11, 2015
Mary Anne Mercer reminds readers to always be prepared for disaster as she recalls the events of Sept. 11.
What's killing us? It's mostly our own bad habits
NBC News, September 10, 2015
The leading causes of death have to do with bad habits, according to a report led by Ali Mokdad, professor of global health.
Are Medical Marijuana Users Different from Recreational Users?
The American Journal on Addictions, September 4, 2015
Researchers explored important clinical characteristics between the two types of users.
Increase of CO2 May Boost Anti-Malarial Plant
Climatic Change, September 1, 2015
On the bright side of climate change: a new study co-authored by Professor Kristie Ebi indicates that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide could lead to greater growth of artemesinin, a plant used to treat malaria.
Risk Factors for Heat-Related Illness in WA Crop Workers
Journal of Agromedicine, August 3, 2015
Workers who were paid piece rate rather than hourly and who had to walk for more than 3 minutes to a toilet were at higher risk for heat-related illness.
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