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Clues for Future HIV Vaccines

New England Journal of Medicine, November 28, 2014
Results of a clinical trial for a preventive HIV vaccine were disappointing, but should provide useful information as new vaccine regimens are developed.

Progress, Challenges as Medicaid Rolls Swell in State

Seattle Times, April 16, 2014
With Medicaid enrollment success comes the challenge of serving more people in a $10 billion program that's already stretched thin in places. Sallie Thieme Sanford, adjunct assistant professor of health services, is quoted.

In Vietnam, reducing harm of battery recycling

Health Sciences NewsBeat, April 14, 2014
DEOHS team of researchers discovers how battery recycling in a community can lead to lead exposures, creates awareness of preventive measures.

Tobacco Action Group Screens 'Addiction Incorporated'

The Daily, April 10, 2014
Students and faculty at UW Seattle met in Thomson Hall to watch "Addiction Incorporated" with members of the UW Tacoma campus over Skype Thursday night as a part of National Public Health Week. Graduate student Ragan Hart and Assistant US Surgeon General Patrick O'Carroll, a faculty member, are quoted.

Tracking Elephant Poachers Through Tusks

The Daily, April 9, 2014
UW scientists are using statistical methods and genetic information on elephant tusks and scat to pinpoint where poaching occurs. Bruce Weir, chair of Biostatistics, is quoted.

'U Text. U Pay': Crackdown on Distracted Driving in WA State

KOMO 4 News, April 8, 2014
Law enforcement agencies are targeting drivers who are talking on hand-held cell phones, texting or otherwise not paying attention to the road. Dr. Beth Ebel and UW research are cited.

Global Aid For Health Hits Record High As Funding Sources Shift

NPR, April 8, 2014
International development aid has hit an all-time high ($31.3 billion in 2013), despite some nations dramatically slashing their foreign assistance budgets, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

NPR, April 7, 2014
The Washington State Department of Health has published the schedule of a woman infected with measles who attended a concert in Seattle. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.

LGBT Issues Should be Key Part of Global-Health Conversation

Seattle Times, April 4, 2014
Global-health initiatives and LGBT rights don’t often intersect, but local activists would like to change that. Grad sudent Mariel Boyarsky is quoted.

Loud noise may raise risk for workplace injuries

Reuters, April 3, 2014
Workers who regularly experience noise levels of 100 decibels or more have double the risk of being hospitalized for a job injury, and for those who have hearing loss, the risk is even greater. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.

Q&A: Climate chaos implications, misperceptions

HSNewsBeat, April 3, 2014
Transition to low-carbon lifestyle won't be as painful as we think, but action is needed now, says Dean Howard Frumkin.

Mammograms Save Lives, But They're also Overrated, New Study Says

Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2014
The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms -- and having them less frequently -- remains controversial. Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Survivor in Helicopter Crash Faces a Long Recovery

The Seattle Times, April 1, 2014
Richard Newman(MPH '09) is keeping a positive attitude despite his serious condition, his partner says.

A New Measure of Food Deserts

Sightline Daily, March 31, 2014
How close you live to a grocery store here has no correlation with how obese you are or even how many fruits and vegetables you eat. What does matter, the researchers found, is where you choose to shop for food.

Depression and Diabetes Don't Play Nice with Kidneys

dailyRX, March 28, 2014
A recent study co-led by Bessie Young found that symptoms of major depression were associated with an increased risk of kidney failure in diabetes patients.

How Being Ignored Helped A Woman Discover The Breast Cancer Gene

NPR, March 27, 2014
Geneticist and epidemiologist Mary-Claire King says obscurity gave her the freedom to spend years looking for breast cancer genes.

Research Casts Doubt on Whether Soda Taxes Curb Obesity

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 26, 2014
A new study co-authored by Nathan Tefft, assistant professor of health services, suggests taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages don't reduce calorie intake.

Find the Best Phone-Screen Size for You

The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2014
Bigger screens are better for faster typing. Article cites research done in Peter Johnson's laboratory on tablets and other mobile devices.

Study Predicts When Herpes Least Likely to be Transmitted

Journal of the Royal Society, March 26, 2014
Antiviral therapies that maintain viral load below a certain level could prevent most if not all transmissions of herpes.

The Surprising Places Where People Are Quitting Smoking

Time, March 24, 2014
Researchers at the the University of Washington looked at how smoking rates broke down by county, and found that Southern counties, such as those in states like Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, have the highest smoking rates, whereas those in Utah and Western sates have some of the lowest. Christopher Murray, professor of global health, is quoted.

A Networked Approach to Fighting the TB Pandemic

Scientific American, March 24, 2014
David Sherman, affiliate professor of global health, marks World TB Day with a guest piece on the current state of TB science.

Sounding the Alarm on Climate Change

America Weekend radio show, March 23, 2014
Dean Howard Frumkin is interviewed about a new report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that says more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that human-caused climate change is happening.

Seattle To Let Pedestrians Walk More Slowly

KUOW, March 21, 2014
The city of Seattle is re-timing traffic signals throughout the city to make crosswalks safer for all pedestrians. A study by School of Public Health graduate students found that traffic signals in Rainier Valley force pedestrians to cross faster than signals on Market Street in the wealthier and whiter neighborhood of Ballard.

Rainier Avenue Traffic Lights Retiming: A Benefit to Public Health

The Seattle Times, March 18, 2014
In a letter to the editor, Dean Howard Frumkin cites the work of UW students in gathering research that led Seattle transportation officials to retime signal lights along busy Rainier Avenue.

Researchers Studying A 'Chocolate Pill' To Help Prevent Heart Disease

KUOW, March 18, 2014
Can chocolate cut down on heart disease? Garnet Anderson, affiliate professor of biostatistics, and colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are trying to find out with a trial of a pill containing the ingredients that give cocoa its distinctive flavor.

The Big Data Blog: Daniela Witten

AAAS news, March 17, 2014
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics Daniela Witten discusses how Big Data can be used to solve problems in genomics and biomedical sciences.

Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap

New York Times, March 15, 2014
As incomes have diverged between the country's richest counties, like Fairfax County, Va., and its poorest ones, like McDowell County, W.Va., so have the life expectancies of their residents. Christopher Murray is quoted.

High School Athletes Often Playing with Concussions

Reuters, March 14, 2014
More than half of high school athletes with concussions play despite their symptoms, and often their coaches aren't aware of the injury, according to a new study. Frederick Rivara is quoted.

Omega-3s May Ward Off Cancer And Death

Prevention, March 13, 2014
A recent study shows consumption of two types of omega-3 fatty acids can lower a person's risk of death from cancer. The School of Public Health is cited.

Distance to Supermarket Makes No Difference to Diet

American Journal of Public Health, March 13, 2014
Only one-third of shoppers in the Seattle area regularly went to the closest supermarket.

The Cure for Global Poverty: Health

Humanosphere, March 12, 2014
Researchers discover a powerful cure for poverty and inequality -- health. Dean Jamison, professor of global health, is quoted.

Soda Taxes Do Little to Decrease Obesity

Health Economics, March 10, 2014
A new study casts doubt on whether taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages reduce obesity.

Fitness Trackers Could Boost Kids' Health, But Face Challenges, Experts Say

Fox News, March 3, 2014
With fitness trackers all the rage, some technology companies and health researchers are looking at whether the devices could benefit a particular group: kids. Michelle Garrison, adjunct research assistant professor of health services, is quoted.

Frequent Massage Works Best for Neck Pain

Annals of Family Medicine, March 1, 2014
Several 60-minute massages per week for four weeks were more effective in treating chronic neck pain than fewer or shorter sessions.

Fighting Poverty with Mushrooms, Green Things & Social Enterprise

Humanosphere, February 28, 2014
A food aid project from the Philippines to produce and store energy bars for use in emergencies won the $10,000 global health prize in a UW competition. Judith Wasserheit, vice chair of the global health department, is quoted.

What Will the Nutrition Facts Label Look Like in the Future?

KUOW, February 27, 2014
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, talks with KUOW about the US Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts label on food and drink packages.

High School Athletes Often Play with Concussions

American Journal of Sports Medicine, February 25, 2014
Sixty-nine percent of high school athletes who had concussions reported playing with symptoms, and 40 percent reported their coaches weren't aware.

Concussions and High School Athletes

The American Journal of Sports Medicine, February 25, 2014
More than two-thirds of high-school athletes who suffered concussions reported playing with symptoms, despite a new law in WA designed to protect young athletes.

Author Challenges Conventions of Addiction Treatments

Health Sciences NewsBeat, February 24, 2014
Dr. Gabor Mate, author of "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction," spoke to more than 100 health-sciences students. Health, he said, is a psychological issue as much as a physical issue.

Repeat Domestic Violence More Likely When Weapons Used

Violence Against Women, February 23, 2014
Men who used a weapon against their female partners were more likely to commit a follow-up act of violence.

Lack of Drug Safety Monitoring in Poor Countries Threatens Global Health Progress

Humanosphere, February 21, 2014
Andy Stergachis, director of the UW's Global Medicine Program, co-authored a report on what can be done about the lack of drug safety surveillance in poor countries.

UW Student in Kiev Sees Destruction and Dignity

Seattle Times, February 21, 2014
Jennifer J. Carroll, a UW graduate student working toward a PhD in sociocultural anthropology and an MPH in epidemiology, offers a unique perspective on the protests in Ukraine. She lives in Kiev, where she is studying drug-addiction issues.

Heroin Overdose 'Cure' Exists, But Can Users Find It?

NBC News, February 20, 2014
The crusade to expand the availability of naloxone -- an antidote for heroin overdoses -- has taken on a new urgency. Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.

Researchers Concerned about the Health of Science

The Daily, February 19, 2014
The National Institutes of Health is concerned about the number of non-reproducable studies being published. More emphasis on statistics and ethics is needed. Stephanie Malia Fullerton is quoted.

Want Better Medicines? Demand Better Safety Surveillance

Impatient Optimists, February 17, 2014
A report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, co-authored by Andy Stergachis, calls for a new strategy to ensure that new drugs and vaccines are effective and safe in low- and middle-income countries.

Strengthening Post-Market Safety Surveillance

Gates Foundation, February 17, 2014
A new report calls for strategies to ensure the safety and effectiveness of new drugs and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.

University Faculty Lecture "Achieving Health for All in the 21st Century"

UW TV, February 11, 2014
Dr. Stephen Gloyd provides evidence and personal stories that illustrate both the positive impact of recent advancements in global health and the pervasive forces that continue to produce growing inequality between rich and poor, in his lecture "Achieving Health for All in the 21st Century."

UW Launches Pedestrian Safety Campaign

The Daily, February 11, 2014
The School of Public Health, UW Traffic Services, and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center have teamed up to launch a campaign on pedestrian safety around campus and the U-District.

Data on today's youth reveal childhood clues for later risk of STDs

University of Washington, February 11, 2014
"A lot of prevention happens after the fact," said co-author Lisa Manhart, an associate professor of epidemiology at the UW Center for AIDS and STD.

Visualizing the Global Rise of Cancer

Humanosphere, February 7, 2014
Global cancer cases are rising mostly due to population growth and more people living longer in low- and middle-income countries, according to a post by the UW's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Washington State Officials Want To Lift Veil On Health Care Pricing

Kaiser Health News/Seattle Times, February 5, 2014
Professor Doug Conrad is quoted on efforts in WA state to create a database listing hundreds of medical procedures, what they will cost at clinics and hospitals statewide, and information about the quality of the medical providers.

Does Caregiving Cause Psychological Stress? Study Says, it Depends

UW Today, February 4, 2014
The associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing -- and less so on the difficulty of caregiving. New UW research cites the work of Jack Goldberg and Dedra Buchwald of the Department of Epidemiology.

Eating Fatty Fish Linked to Reduced Risk of Death

American Journal of Epidemiology, February 3, 2014
People who consumed high levels of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids -- found in dark fish and fish-oil supplements -- tended to live longer.

West Virginia Official Says He 'Can Guarantee' Some People Inhaling Formaldehyde After Chemical Spill

Huffington Post/AP, January 29, 2014
A state official said he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in traces of a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill, but federal health guidelines say people need to breathe "a lot of it" to be a problem. Dean Howard Frumkin, an environmental health specialist, is quoted.

How Crunching Big Data Could Save Our Lives

KUOW, January 28, 2014
KUOW interviews Daniela Witten, assistant professor of biostatistics, about why she is teaching machines to read the data inside human bodies.

'Achieving Health for All' is Topic of 38th Annual Faculty Lecture Feb. 6

UW Today, January 27, 2014
Dr. Stephen Gloyd, UW professor of global health and health services, will deliver the 38th Annual University Faculty Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Kane Hall Room 130. His talk is titled, "Achieving Health for All in the 21st Century: Globalization, Growing Inequity and Creative Responses."

Seen a Tesla today? Electric cars turn up fastest in Washington state

The Seattle Times, January 25, 2014
David Eaton, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, explains why he is a proud Tesla car owner in this article about the high-tech, fully electric car.

Younger Female Soccer Players Continue to Play with Concussion Symptoms

Fox News, January 21, 2014
A new UW study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics has revealed that middle-school female soccer players are also at an elevated risk for mild traumatic brain injury on the playing field.

Law's Expanded Medicaid Coverage Brings a Surge in Sign-Ups

New York Times, January 20, 2014
As health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act sputters to life, it is already having a profound effect on the lives of poor Americans. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.

Girls Frequently Play Soccer with Concussion Symptoms

JAMA Pediatrics, January 20, 2014
Concussions are common among middle-school girls who play soccer, and most girls continue playing through their symptoms.

New Genital Herpes Treatment Shows Promise

Fox News/Live Science, January 16, 2014
A new drug appears to combat the virus that causes genital herpes, according to a new study led by Dr. Anna Wald.

New Drug Targets Genital Herpes

New England Journal of Medicine, January 16, 2014
A new drug shows effectiveness against the virus that causes genital herpes, according to a study led by Dr. Anna Wald.

How to Achieve Better Mental Health Care for Lower Costs in Obamacare

The Seattle Times, January 11, 2014
With the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, states have an unprecedented opportunity to improve mental health care, according to guest columnists Wayne Katon, adjunct professor of health services, and Jürgen Unützer, adjunct professor of global health and health services.

The Hutch Hires New Co-Director for HICOR Cancer Prevention Institute

Puget Sound Business Journal, January 9, 2014
The Seattle-based Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research has hired a new co-director from the Duke Cancer Institute to head up the organization's cancer prevention efforts. Lyman will also hold an appointment at UW SPH.

Smoking Prevalence Remains High Worldwide

Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2014
Although smoking rates in the last three decades have declined drastically in the US and more moderately worldwide, there are still more smokers today than ever, UW research finds.

Flu Shots Urged as Illnesses and Deaths Reported

The Seattle Times, January 8, 2014
As peak flu season begins, the number of cases is increasing in King County, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. It's not too late to get vaccinated, says Jeff Duchin, adjunct professor of epidemiology.

Global Smokers Grow to Nearly 1 Billion

Journal of the American Medical Association, January 8, 2014
Global population growth and high smoking rates among males in some countries are driving the increase, according to a new study led by Dr. Marie Ng.

Year After Cell Tower Climber Fell, Question Remains: Who To Blame?

KUOW, January 6, 2014
Safer cell-phone tower climbing regulations are needed, say experts in a story about a Washington worker who fell from a tower due to an improperly installed climbing mount. Richard Gleason is quoted.

World Shifts Focus to Hidden Hunger as Global Obesity Expands

Al Jazeera America, January 6, 2014
The number of overweight and obese adults in the developing world has expanded by more than 260 percent since 1980, but many children are undernourished. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.

Data-Sharing Network to Give Assist to Children's Health

The Seattle Times, January 5, 2014
Seattle Children's hospital will share patient data with other children's hospitals around the country to help improve treatments and speed research. Rita Mangione-Smith, adjunct professor of health services, is co-principal investigator for the project.

People Behind the Washington State Health Exchange: Douglas Conrad

Puget Sound Business Journal, January 3, 2014
The Puget Sound Business Journal profiles Douglas Conrad, professor of health services, as a member of the board governing Washington's health exchange.

Brain Death Ignites Debate

NBC News, January 2, 2014
A California hospital and family are embroiled in a legal and medical fight that has reignited the debate about when machines keeping a severely brain-damaged person alive should be turned off. J. Randall Curtis, adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.

Ski Helmet Use Isn't Reducing Brain Injuries

New York Times, December 31, 2013
UW research (by senior author Dr. Fred Rivara) is cited in this article on brain injuries from skiing and snowboarding.

Breast-Feeding Longer than Six Months Tied to Better Cognitive, Motor Development

CBS/Reuters, December 25, 2013
Breast-feeding for more than six months leads to higher scores on cognitive, language and motor development tests as toddlers. Dr. Dimitri Christakis, adjunct professor of health services, comments.

Exercise Program for Seniors Lowers Healthcare Costs

ASPPH Friday Letter, December 20, 2013
Lower health care costs, fewer unplanned hospitalizations, and fewer deaths among Medicare enrollees were results suggested by evidence from a report on a community-based exercise program for older adults.

Pay-for-Performance Did Not Affect Quality of Care

Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation, December 20, 2013
A large-scale, state-wide, pay-for-performance program among physician group practices in Washington State found no significant positive effect on general clinical quality.

Report: States Failing on Public Health Front

MedPage, December 17, 2013
Most states scored 50 percent or lower on a report card assessing their ability to respond to infectious disease threats, according to a new analysis. Jeff Duchin is quoted.

A Victory for Rwanda: Winning the Battle Against Disease and Death

US News & World Report, December 17, 2013
The African country synonymous with violence is winning the battle against disease and death. A 1993 report co-authored by Dean Jamison, professor of global health, is mentioned.

Steadily Stay on Course to End Gun Deaths

The Seattle Times, December 15, 2013
Several UW faculty members talked about protecting children from gun violence at a Town Hall Seattle forum.

Are Toxic Chemicals In Building Materials Making Us Sick?

Huffington Post, December 12, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin comments on the healthy building movement -- structures that are not only green but also protect human health by minimizing chemical exposures.

Hundreds of WA day cares located near pollution-clogged roadways

King 5, December 12, 2013
Children in day care facilities may be exposed to roadway traffic pollution. Joel Kaufman and Catherine Karr are quoted.

Exercise May Slow Decline in Kidney Function

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, December 12, 2013
Exercise could have a powerful effect on maintaining the health of patients with kidney disease.

Treating the Cow to Save the Kid: Where Human and Animal Health Intersect

KPLU, December 11, 2013
A new study in Kenya led by Peter Rabinowitz will investigate gut bacteria shared between humans and animals and how these might influence malnutrition.

Science,Vaccines and Women's Health Suffer Deadly Setbacks in India

Humanosphere, December 11, 2013
Vivien Tsu, an SPH epidemiologist and women's health expert at PATH, comments on an HPV study in India that has generated controversy.

Dr. Maxine Hayes, State Health Officer, to Leave Post

The Seattle Times, December 11, 2013
Dr. Maxine Hayes, clinical professor of health services, will step down after 16 years of advising governors and secretaries of health not only on influenza outbreaks, but on a wide variety of public-health issues, including disease investigation, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, and emergency response.

Early life exposure to diesel exhaust linked to heart failure in mice

Environmental Health News, December 11, 2013
New findings show early life exposure to diesel exhaust is linked to heart failure in mice. Lead author Chad Weldy (PhD, Tox, 2012) is quoted.

Switching to Healthier Eating May Cost You More

HealthDay, December 6, 2013
A new research review says a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and fish costs about $1.50 more per day per person compared to a diet high in processed grains and meats, fat, sugar and convenience foods. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.

Lack of Research Hobbling Informed Gun Policy Making

CNN, December 4, 2013
In an op-ed piece, Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, comments on the state of research into guns in the past two decades.

Find a Permanent Site to Replace Nickelsville for Homeless People

The Seattle Times, December 4, 2013
In an op-ed piece, graduate student Derek Low argues that homeless people need a place to pitch a tent, not more case managers.

NORAD's Santa Tracker Draws Criticism with Fighter Jet Escort

Fox News, December 4, 2013
A North American Aerospace Defense Command website showing Santa Claus delivering presents while flanked by fighter jets has some child advocates raising concerns. Amy Hagopian, associate professor of global health, is quoted.

Uncoding the Risk

The Daily, December 4, 2013
A team of UW researchers is leading an exploratory study to determine the logistics, benefits and concerns of expanding the role of more comprehensive genetic testing for couples prior to conception.

Project to Gauge Effects of Affordable Care Act in Washington State

UW Today, December 3, 2013
Washington state residents, policymakers, educators, and medical and public health workers will soon know much more about how the Affordable Care Act has affected them, thanks to a new initiative called UW-SHARE from the UW School of Public Health.

Rare Cancer Treatments, Cleared by F.D.A. but Not Subject to Scrutiny

New York Times, December 3, 2013
When federal regulators permitted the sale of an unproved device that uses intense heat to combat cancer, they did so to give hope to some women desperately ill with cervical cancer. Larry Kessler, chair of health services, is quoted.

Helping Immigrant Victims of Torture Heal in Puget Sound Region

The Seattle Times, November 30, 2013
Harborview's International Medical Clinic is part of coalition helping torture victims. Global Health Adjunct Profesor Carey Jackson is quoted.

The Good News About The Global Epidemic Of Dementia

Red Orbit, November 29, 2013
Dr. Eric B. Larson co-authored an article in The New England Journal of Medicine discussing several recent studies showing that age-adjusted rates for dementia are declining in aging populations.

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child

The Seattle Times, November 28, 2013
Vaccination is largely recognized as one of the most significant public health interventions in the past century but Washington has one of the highest rates of vaccine exemption in the U.S., writes Katie McCabe, a graduate student in Health Systems and Policy.

Multivitamins May Help Fight HIV Progression, Study Suggests

HealthDay, November 26, 2013
New research from Africa suggests that basic multivitamin and selenium supplements might greatly lower the risk that untreated people with the AIDS virus will get sicker over a two-year period. Jared Baeten, associate professor of global health, is quoted.

Some See Only Good or Bad in Needle Exchange

The Olympian, November 25, 2013
One of the most visible signs of heroin's resurgence in Olympia is the increase in dirty, discarded needles being found downtown. Caleb Banta-Green, epidemiologist with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.

King County Unveils Discounts for Gun-Safety Devices

The Seattle Times, November 25, 2013
About 70 King County children have died of gunshot wounds since 1999, and a new program aims to address the issue through discounted gun-safety devices. Tony Gomez, clinical instructor of health services, is quoted.

UW researchers developing herpes vaccine

KING 5 TV, November 23, 2013
Researchers are making progress in testing a genital herpes vaccine that seems to make the outbreaks less severe. Anna Wald, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Study Reveals Childhood Clues for Later Risk of STD

Journal of Adolescent Health, November 23, 2013
Children who enjoyed school, grew up in well-managed households, and had friends who stayed out of trouble reported fewer sexually transmitted diseases as young adults.

Studies to Probe Confluence of Human, Animal and Environmental Health in Africa

UW Today, November 22, 2013
Several UW researchers are working on disease prediction and control by looking at interrelationships of people, other living creatures and their habitats. Projects headed by Peter Rabinowitz and Ali Mokdad were two proposals awarded Grand Challenges in Global Health Exploration Round 11 Grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Seahawks Owner Paul Allen Funds Research into Brain Injuries

The Seattle Times, November 20, 2013
UW and Group Health researchers will take part a two-year, $2.4 million study with the Allen Institute for Brain Science to examine brains at the structural, cellular and molecular levels, looking for changes related to traumatic-brain injury.

Air Pollution as a Heart Threat

New York Times Well Blog, November 19, 2013
There is now a pile of evidence, sometimes startling, that air pollution also plays a role in heart attacks and strokes. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

How to Beat Six Everyday Infection Spreaders

ABC News, November 19, 2013
The key to staying safe -- and sane -- in a world crawling with germs is knowing which ones are worth worrying about. H. Hunter Handsfield, clinical professor emeritus of epidemiology, is quoted.

Air Pollution as a Heart Threat

New York Times Well Blog, November 19, 2013
There is now a pile of evidence, sometimes startling, that air pollution also plays a role in heart attacks and strokes. Joel Kaufman is quoted.

Breast MRI Use Increasing Among U.S. Women

Reuters, November 19, 2013
More and more American women are undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging to screen for cancer, according to two new studies. Karen Wernli, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.

Framework for Investing in Women's and Children's Health

The Lancet, November 19, 2013
Increasing health expenditures by $5 per person per year up to 2035 in 74 high-burden countries could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits.

A Case for Investment in Women's and Children's Health

The Lancet, November 19, 2013
Increasing health expenditures by $5 per person per year over the next two decades in 74 countries could yield up to nine times that value in economic and social benefits.

High-Risk Women Get Breast MRI -- But Room Remains for Improvement

Science Codex, November 18, 2013
A large national study in JAMA Internal Medicine has found the rate of women receiving breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) nearly tripled from 2005 to 2009: from four to 11 exams per 1,000 women. Karen Wernli, affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.

Use of Breast MRI Nearly Triples

JAMA Internal Medicine, November 18, 2013
The number of women using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) nearly tripled from 2005 to 2009, according to a study led by Dr. Karen J. Wernli.

Maternal Smoking May Harm Infant Immunity

Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, November 15, 2013
Maternal smoking is associated with both respiratory and non-respiratory infections in infants, resulting in increased risk for hospitalization and death, according to a study led by former PhD student Michael Metzger.

Uneasy Neighbors: Proposed Oil Terminal Fuels Concern About Toxic Air in Fruit Valley

The Columbian, November 14, 2013
Fruit Valley residents say they want the companies planning an oil transfer facility to listen to the community. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Uneasy Neighbors: Proposed Oil Terminal Fuels Concern About Toxic Air in Fruit Valley

The Columbian, November 14, 2013
Fruit Valley residents say they want the companies planning an oil transfer facility to listen to the community. Joel Kaufman is quoted.

CDC Grant Sets Pace for Mall Walking

The Daily, November 13, 2013
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved a $125,000 grant for adjunct health services professor Basia Belza and four out-of-state partners to create a Mall Walking Program Resource Guide. Laura Farren of the Health Promotion Research Center is quoted.

Health Care Enrollment Tour Stops at UW

UW Today, November 12, 2013
Washington Healthplanfinder’s mobile enrollment tour stopped at the UW as part of its statewide effort to connect residents with insurance plans through the new online marketplace. Grad student Rekha Ravindran is quoted.

UW's Founder of Global Health Department is Stepping Down

Puget Sound Business Journal, November 11, 2013
Dr. King Holmes tells the Puget Sound Business Journal about some of the major changes he's seen in global health.

Wash. trails Calif. on rules to protect students from road pollution

King 5, November 7, 2013
A King 5 news story investigates the health effects of diesel exhaust on children's health, particularly on those children who attend schools next to busy roadways. Catherine Karr is quoted.

Seattle Non-Profit's Role In Newly Approved Vaccine For Deadly Brain Disease

KUOW, November 7, 2013
Kathy Neuzil, clinical professor of global health, tells KUOW radio about a vaccine for the deadly brain disease Japanese encephalitis.

New research from UW Bothell professor adds fuel to coal-train fight

Seattle Times, November 5, 2013
A study by department researchers on air pollution in South Seattle is mentioned in this news story on coal trains and pollution.

Local Doctors Link Pesticides to Infertility in Women

KOMO 4 News, November 5, 2013
Researchers have discovered two pesticides they believe cause an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that can lead to infertility in women. Dr. Kristen Upson, who received her PhD from the UW School of Public Health, is quoted.

Two Pesticides Linked to Reproductive Disease

Environmental Health Perspectives, November 5, 2013
Two organochloride pesticides were associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a condition that can lead to infertility. Research was led by Dr. Kristen Upson, former PhD student in epidemiology.

Caregiver Stress Depends Largely on Genes, Upbringing

Annals of Behavioral Medicine, November 1, 2013
Associations between caregiving and different types of psychological distress depend largely on a person's genes and upbringing, and less so on the difficulty of caregiving.

Freaknight Promoters Reach Out to UW Researchers

The Daily, October 31, 2013
Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate assistant professor of health services, helps organizers of a two-day Halloween-themed event reach out to partygoers about drug safety.

Young Athletes' Concussions Often Unreported

US News & World Report, October 30, 2013
A "culture of resistance" in many youth sports often keeps athletes from reporting concussions and obtaining needed treatment, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, was vice-chair of the IOM committee that reported the findings.

Municipal Wastewater as a Population Measure of Hidden Health Behaviors

IHME News, October 30, 2013
Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services Caleb Banta-Green explains how municipal wastewater can be used as a population measure of hidden health behaviors – particularly illegal drug use.

The Animals Inside Us

Ozy.com, October 30, 2013
Peter Rabinowitz is quoted in an article on the founder of the annual Zoobiquity Conference that brings physicians and vets together.

Panel Recommends More Research on Concussions

IOM News, October 30, 2013
Drs. Fred Rivara and Nancy Temkin were members of a national panel on concussions recommending more data, better helmets and a change of culture in youth sports.

India Breast Cancer Surge Hinders Private Exams for Women

Bloomberg News, October 29, 2013

Breast cancer is India's fastest-growing disease. Global Health Professor Benjamin Anderson is quoted.

Physician Offers Fresh Perspective on Impacts of Shipping Coal

Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2013

Dr. Frank James, a member of Whatcom Docs, shares his concerns over the public health impacts of exporting coal.

Night Owls: Evening Degree Students Share Their Experiences

The Daily, October 29, 2013
Evening degree programs at the University of Washington include Health Informatics and Health Information Management.

New Study Looks into Deaths Caused by Iraq War

The Daily, October 29, 2013
A new study led by the Department of Global Health estimates nearly half a million people in Iraq died from causes attributable to the war and the breakdown in health services. Associate Professors Amy Hagopian and Abraham Flaxman are quoted.

As Helen Hunt Plays Her in a Movie, the Real Mary-Claire King Still Studies Breast Cancer

Washington Post, October 28, 2013
The Washington Post profiles Mary-Claire King, professor of medicine and genome sciences, and adjunct professor of epidemiology.

UW Work Contributes To Largest International Study of Alzheimer's Genes

UW Today, October 28, 2013

Several SPH scientists were part of the worldwide collaborative effort to understand how this devastating disease originates, and who might be susceptible.

New Study by UW Researchers Finds 45 Percent of Washington's Distracted Drivers are Texting

UW Today, October 28, 2013

A new study of 7,800 drivers in major intersections in six Washington counties has found 8.1 percent of drivers in the state are driving distracted. Dr. Beth Ebel was principal investigator.

Can Integrative Oncology Extend Life in Advanced Disease?

Medscape, October 25, 2013

Integrative oncology might be helping to extend the lives of patients with advanced cancer, new research indicates. Leanna Standish is quoted.

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

NPR, October 25, 2013
There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems. Paul Crane, adjunct associate professor of health services, is quoted.

Patient Case Takes Health Care Students on an Interprofessional Learning Journey

UW Today, October 25, 2013
Students from across the health professions schools, including the School of Public Health, work together in the same teams solving real health challenges. The curriculum is part of the Interprofessional Education Initiative: Vision for a Collaborative Future, launched last year by the UW Board of Health Sciences Deans.

Panel to Discuss Making a Difference During Health-Care Reform

UW Today, October 24, 2013
UW faculty, staff and students are invited to a panel discussion on the “Affordable Care Act: How You Can Make a Difference,” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Hogness Auditorium at the UW Health Sciences Center. Story mentions several SPH faculty members and a master's student.

Dr. Gary Goldbaum Honored for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology

Lake Stevens Journal, October 24, 2013
Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District, received the 2013 Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology. He continues to teach at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

Developed Nations Can Do 'Better Job' on STIs, Scientist Warns

Globe and Mail, October 23, 2013
People in developed nations have grown complacent and allowed sexually transmitted diseases to spread again, King Holmes, director of the Center for AIDS and STD, warned.

Your Guide To Avoiding Foodborne Illness

KUOW, October 20, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year, roughly one in six Americans get sick from foodborne illness. How can you protect yourself? Marcie Sillman talks with Associate Professor Scott Meschke.

Five-Year Cooperative Agreement with CDC to Train and Mentor Zimbabwe Medical Staff

I-TECH News, October 18, 2013
A new award to I-TECH seeks to fight the spread of HIV in Zimbabwe by rapidly scaling up training and mentoring of the country’s medical staff. Executive Director Ann Downer is quoted.

Project Aims to Make Mall Walking More Accessible

UW Today, October 17, 2013

A new project -- funded through the Health Promotion Research Center -- aims to evaluate whether mall walking programs are effective, and whether they can lead to larger-scale increases in walking. Basia Belza is quoted.

Meds That Prevent HIV Infection Don't Spur Risky Behavior: Study

US News & World Report, October 17, 2013

HIV-negative heterosexuals who take drugs that protect them from contracting the AIDS virus from their HIV-positive partners don't engage in more risky sexual behaviors, according to a new UW study. Jared Baeten is quoted.

Study Estimates Nearly 500,000 Iraqis Died in War

Los Angeles Times, October 15, 2013

New research on the human cost of the war in Iraq estimates that roughly half a million men, women and children died between 2003 and 2011 as a direct result of violence or the associated collapse of civil infrastructure.

New Estimates of Iraq War Deaths

PLOS Medicine, October 15, 2013
A new study led by Amy Hagopian estimates nearly half a million people died from war-related causes in Iraq from 2003 to 2011.

Initiative Draws Faculty, Students into Collaborative Health Care

UW Today, October 15, 2013
The UW schools of health sciences have formed a new initiative to teach and deliver health care across disciplines, a team-based approach that is gaining recognition nationally and is expected to make health care more efficient and effective.

Effect of Age on the Risk of Fever and Seizures Following Immunization With Measles-Containing Vaccines in Children

JAMA Pediatrics, October 14, 2013

Author Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD, discusses Effect of Age on the Risk of Fever and Seizures Following Immunization With Measles-Containing Vaccines in Children. Click here for the video

UW Study Links Obesity To Socioeconomic Status

KUOW, October 14, 2013
For years, researchers have been connecting the dots between socioeconomic status and obesity rates. A new study from the University of Washington makes those connections even stronger.

Study Highlights Timely Immunization for Measles

JAMA Pediatrics, October 14, 2013
Delaying administration of vaccines containing measles could increase the already small risk of seizures.

Study identifies 4 genetic variants linked to esophageal cancer and Barrett's esophagus

Eureka Alert, October 13, 2013

Study IDs 4 Genetic Variants Linked to Esophageal Cancer and Barrett's Esophagus

Science Codex, October 13, 2013

An international consortium has identified four genetic variants associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer and its precursor, a condition called Barrett's esophagus. Thomas Vaughan is corresponding author.

Genetic Variants and Esophageal Cancer Risk

Nature Genetics, October 13, 2013
SPH researchers co-led an international consortium that has identified four genetic variants associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer and its precursor.

The New Face of Heroin: Much Younger Suburban, Rural Teens

Q13 Fox News, October 10, 2013
Heroin use is on the rise among many young people. Caleb Banta-Green, research scientist with the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.

The Young and the Care-Less

The Daily, October 9, 2013
Inderpal Virk, a student in the executive master's program, is quoted on a feature story about signing up the "Young Invincibles" for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Texting While Driving Common But Hard to Catch

Spokane Spokesman-Review, October 8, 2013
A new study from the UW found that 8 percent of drivers observed at intersections in six counties in the state were distracted by an electronic device behind the wheel, and among those, 45 percent were typing on their phones.

Obesity Linked to Socioeconomic Status

International Journal of Obesity, October 8, 2013
A new UW study uses health-care records and census tract data to link obesity to socioeconomic status in King County.

Premium Poultry Still Laden with Contaminants

Arizona Daily Sun, October 8, 2013
New research finds that premium poultry consumers are not getting what they're paying for. Professor Marilyn Roberts is quoted.

Attitude on Healthy Eating Matters More than Where You Shop

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, October 7, 2013
Having a positive attitude towards healthy foods may be more important to diet quality than where people shop for groceries.

Various Oral Estrogen Drugs May Differ in Cardiovascular Risk

HCP Live, October 4, 2013

Exercise, Weight Control Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

USA Today, October 2, 2013

About 25 percent of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity, says Anne McTiernan, research professor of epidemiology based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

UW Research: Will Mapping Parents' DNA Help Offspring or Just Freak People Out?

seattlepi.com, September 30, 2013
The more we learn about mutations in our DNA, the more it seems like we're running around in a dark room littered with sharp objects. UW researchers, including Gail Jarvik and Wylie Burke, want to find out if all this knowledge does us any good.

Pfizer's Premarin for Menopause Linked to Blood Clot Risk

Bloomberg Businessweek, September 30, 2013

Pfizer's Premarin for menopause may be tied to a higher risk of blood clots than another common estrogen treatment called estradiol, a UW study led by Nicholas Smith found.

Less Blood Clot Risk Linked to Estradiol than Premarin Pills

JAMA Internal Medicine, September 30, 2013
Women who used estradiol to relieve menopause symptoms had less risk of developing blood clots in their legs and lungs than they did when using conjugated equine estrogens.

Yoga in menopause may help insomnia--but not hot flashes

Group Health Research Institute, September 27, 2013

Diesel dust contamination the worst in Georgetown, South Park

King 5, September 26, 2013
A collaborative project with neighborhood residents, looking at diesel air pollution in South Seattle, is profiled in this news report. Julie Fox is interviewed about the UW's role.

NIH expands nationwide network of Vaccine and Treatment

nih.gov, September 26, 2013

Nonprofit Brings Researchers, Pharma Together to Treat Neglected Diseases

KOMO 4 News, September 24, 2013

A Seattle-based nonprofit is coordinating partnerships between medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies to address diseases that are typically neglected by drug developers. Wesley Van Voorhis, adjunct professor of global health, and Ken Stuart, affiliate professor of global health and founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, are quoted.

Affordable Care Act Limits Aid to Families Who Can't Afford Employer's Insurance

KING 5 TV, September 24, 2013

A glitch in the Affordable Care Act could cost families thousands of dollars in healthcare premiums. Aaron Katz, principal lecturer in health services, is quoted.

GMOs: Tolerable or Pressing Health Risk?

The Olympian, September 23, 2013

Professor Michael Rosenfeld comments on a ballot initiative in Washington state that would require labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Report: Environmental Chemicals Pose Pregnancy Risk

USA Today/Associated Press, September 23, 2013

A new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cites the dangers of prenatal exposure to certain chemicals. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.

UW SPH Grad Honored with White House Champion of Change Award

The Seattle Times, September 23, 2013
When severe weather hit the Puget Sound area last year, Mohamed Ali (MPH, '08) found himself uniquely qualified to serve as a go-between for public-health agencies and the largely immigrant, non-English-speaking Somali community.

Doors open for migrant students

The Seattle Times, September 17, 2013
Undergraduate Jose Carmona — who interned in the department's Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center — is featured in this news article on the UW's College Assistance Migrant Program.

City Council to debate safety of mercury in dental fillings

The Daily Californian News, September 16, 2013
Proposals introduced in Berkeley, California address the use of dental amalgam--which contains mercury--in teeth fillings. Research by Jim Woods is cited.

How the Spaces Around Us Dictate Our Health

The Seattle Times, September 14, 2013
The world of design and health care need to converge to create great habitats, according to guest columnists Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, and Daniel Friedman, former dean of the College of Built Environments.

15 UW Faculty Members Named to State Academy of Sciences

UW Today, September 13, 2013

Thomas Fleming in biostatistics, Andy Stergachis in epidemiology and global health, and Paul Yager in global health were among 15 UW faculty members named to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Neighborhoods and UW Team Up to Measure Diesel Exhaust Pollution in South Seattle

UW Today, September 13, 2013
Residents of the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods in south Seattle are likely exposed to higher levels of diesel exhaust than residents of Beacon Hill and Queen Anne.

Germline Missense Variants in the BTNL2 Gene Are Associated with Prostate Cancer Susceptibility

Cancer Epi Biomarkers & Prevention, September 12, 2013

Initial Positive Results Reported on Vaccine to Treat Genital Herpes

UW Today, September 12, 2013

Initial, positive results have been reported for a therapeutic vaccine candidate for treating patients with genital herpes. Anna Wald and David Koelle are mentioned.

Initial positive results reported on vaccine to treat genital herpes

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine, September 12, 2013
The vaccine is the first to significantly reduce the frequency of viral shedding -- the surfacing of herpes virus on the genitals -- and appears to activate T cell immune responses to the virus.

Study Finds Drivers in WA State Busy on Cellphones, Texting

The Seattle Times, September 8, 2013
One in 12 drivers were using cellphones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel on Washington roads — and half of those were texting — in the first study of its kind in the state.

Blood pressure medication linked to breast cancer risk

FHCRC, September 5, 2013

Coffee protective against prostate CA recurrence

The Clinical Advisor, September 5, 2013

Seattle to Step Up Pedestrian Safety Near Schools

Seattle Times, September 5, 2013

Seattle's expected $14.8 million windfall from speed-enforcement cameras could boost pedestrian safety for children walking to more than 20 schools. Dr. Beth Ebel is quoted on mortality rates in low-speed crashes.

Exhaust, Diesel Fumes Foul Schools

KING 5 TV, September 5, 2013

A KING-5 TV and InvestigateWest story reveals the public health threats of locating schools too close to high-traffic areas. Reporters cite an email by Catherine Karr as well as UW research on air pollution; a biostatistics graduate student is also quoted.

Researchers Hope to Protect Against Another HIV-Like Outbreak

UW Today, September 4, 2013

An international research team from the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Jahangirnagar University has been examining transmission of a virus from monkeys to humans in Bangladesh. Maxine Linial is quoted.

CDC Spotlight on the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 4, 2013

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, which houses a CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), is featured in this article on how a real-life emergency situation led to social media training for the region.

UW's Big Bet on Cheap Classes

Seattle Weekly, September 3, 2013

Matthew Sparke, adjunct professor of global health, is featured in this in-depth piece on the potential sea change in education brought by low-cost online courses

In Texas and Beyond, Hot Spots for Vaccine Refusers Alarm Officials

NBC News, August 31, 2013

An outbreak of measles among unimmunized members of a Texas megachurch is fueling new health worries about pockets of vaccine-wary parents. Ed Marcuse, professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, is quoted.

Panel Again Delays Vote on Health-Exchange Insurance Plans

Seattle Times, August 30, 2013

Doug Conrad, professor of health services, voted against the motion to delay certification of health plans to be offered through the state’s new online health insurance marketplace.

Washington Study Suggests Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease

ASPPH Friday Letter, August 30, 2013

Dr. Kristen Upson, the lead author of this study, earned a PhD in epidemiology earlier this year from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

The Murky Distinction Between Educational and 'Mindless' Screen Time

Globe and Mail, August 30, 2013

For parents, the iPad revolution puts a new spin on an old dilemma: How much screen time is appropriate for school-age children? Dimitri Christakis is quoted.

Nutrition: Get Ready for Race Day with the Right Food Choices

UW Blog Down to Washington, August 30, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth Kirk of Nutritional Sciences gives advice on what food and liquids can help prepare runners for big races.

Pet Therapy Project Serves as Crowdfunding Guinea Pig

Group Health Research News, August 29, 2013

Jessica Chubak is leading a crowdfunding effort to raise money for research on pet therapy visits for children with cancer.

Marijuana Top Illegal Drug Used Worldwide

Associated Press, August 28, 2013

Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse. Global Health Professor Theo Vos is quoted.

Coal Export Expansion Proposal Kicks Up Dust

Powell River (BC) Peak, August 27, 2013

Dr. Frank James explains the potential health impacts of a proposal to increase coal exports from a British Columbia port.

Microneedle Patch Could Replace Standard TB Skin Test

UW Today, August 26, 2013
A UW-led research team has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test.

Doctors Can Help Prevent Teen Smoking, Panel Says

USA Today, August 26, 2013

Nearly one in five teens leaves high school as a smoker, and reducing that number could be as simple as a chat with a doctor. David Grossman, professor of health services, is quoted.

Check Your Attitude at the Grocery Store Door

Daily Rx News, August 26, 2013
Positive attitudes towards healthy eating were linked to better diet quality, according to a study led by Anju Aggarwal of the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

Microneedles Devised for Easy-to-Use TB Skin Test

Advanced Healthare Materials, August 26, 2013
A UW team has created tiny, biodegradable needles for diagnosing tuberculosis that promise to be easier to use, more accurate, and less painful than hypodermic needles.

Breast-Feeding Moms Get Help in Health-Care Plan

The Seattle Times, August 25, 2013

Breast-feeding babies has many health advantages, but few mothers know they can get help — and equipment — to help them adopt the practice through the Affordable Care Act and their insurance companies. Senior Lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.

The Impact of Downturns on Physical and Mental Health

The Economist, August 24, 2013

The Economist looks at evidence linking physical health to economic downturns. Stephen Bezruchka is quoted.

Indoor Tanning, Melanoma on the Rise in Young, White Women

Petri Dish blog, August 21, 2013

Dr. Margaret M. Madeleine discusses risk factors for melanoma and skin cancer in the wake of a new CDC study on indoor tanning associated with an increased risk of skin cancer.

E-cigarettes: New 'Smoke,' Same Concerns

The Herald, August 19, 2013

Is this non-tobacco activity banned under the state's tough indoor smoking ban? Gary Goldbaum of the Snohomish Health District comments.

Toy Industry Seeks to Defend Benefits of Apps for Children, but Scientific Evidence is Scant

Washington Post, August 14, 2013

The market for mobile technology for children has boomed, but despite advertising claims there are no major studies that show whether the technology is helpful or harmful. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.

Annual Stool-Based Tests an Alternative to Colonoscopy

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, August 8, 2013
Most people can avoid the need for invasive colorectal cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopy, by following a regimen of annual stool-based tests.

UW Researchers Report on Genome of Aggressive Cervical Cancer that Killed Henrietta Lacks

UW Today, August 7, 2013
A team from the University of Washington has unveiled a comprehensive portrait of the genome of the world’s first immortal cell line, known as HeLa. Professor Wylie Burke is quoted.

High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk, Study Finds

NBC News/AP, August 7, 2013

Researchers say a major new study suggests that keeping glucose at a healthy level is a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Paul Crane, adjunct associate professor of health services, is quoted.

Dementia Linked to Blood Sugar Level

New England Journal of Medicine, August 7, 2013
Higher blood glucose levels are associated with a greater risk for dementia, even among people without diabetes.

China Bird Flu Appears to Have Spread From Person to Person

Health magazine, August 6, 2013

The first reported human-to-human transmission of the deadly H7N9 bird flu has occurred in eastern China, but Dr. Jeff Duchin says the finding is "reassuring because many of the other people in contact with the cases did not contract the virus.”

UW Receives $10 Million for Infectious Disease Testing Device

The Daily, August 6, 2013

The UW has received $9.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue work constructing a paper-based device to test for infectious diseases in low resource settings. Paul Yager, adjunct professor of global health, leads the research team.

Stray Prenatal Gene Network Suspected in Schizophrenia

NIH, August 5, 2013

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, explains the processes critical for the brain’s development that can be revealed by the mutations that disrupt them.

Long-term use of some high blood pressure drugs associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women

FHCRC, August 5, 2013

Study Ties Blood-Pressure Drugs to Breast Cancer in Older Women

The Seattle Times, August 5, 2013
A new study led by Christopher Li says long-term use of a common class of high-blood-pressure drugs called calcium-channel blockers may be associated with higher risk of breast cancer in older women.

Germ Warfare? Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Environmental Health Perspectives, August 1, 2013
Marilyn Roberts says that food labels listing the use of antibiotics in raising farm animals and fish would allow consumers to make an informed choice when buying meat and fish products. Individual action, she says, may curb widespread use of antibiotics in animal production and control environmental antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured

KPLU, July 31, 2013
The state's free tobacco quitline will be cutting services to the uninsured on Aug. 1, due to budget cuts. UW research found that every dollar spent on tobacco prevention saves five dollars in health care costs.

Huge Hospital Chain Makes Offer to Buy Yakima Regional's Parent Company

Yakima Herald, July 31, 2013

Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center will be folded into the second-largest hospital chain in the country if regulators and shareholders approve a $3.9 billion deal. Aaron Katz, principal lecturer of health services, is quoted.

Anti-Smoking Cuts Pose Risk To Public Health

KUOW, July 31, 2013
State budget cuts to the Tobacco Quit Line will make it harder for smokers to quit, shortening life expectancies and costing tens of thousands of dollars in health-care costs, says Abigail Halperin.

Lack of Awareness of Good Samaritan Overdose Law

Journal of Urban Health, July 31, 2013
Few Seattle police officers and paramedics knew about a Good Samaritan drug overdose law a year after it was enacted, and those who did had mixed opinions about it.

Design and Public Health: Working Hand-in-Hand for Better Built Environments

Arcade magazine, July 30, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin and Affiliate Professor Andrew Dannenberg write that building and design fields are increasingly focused on public health.

The Other Washington Could Hold the Key to Medicare's Cost Crisis

The Center for Public Integrity, July 29, 2013
Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that are unsafe, unproven or cost too much. Why can't Medicare do that? Larry Kessler, chair of the School's Health Services department, is quoted.

Enrolling Healthy, Young Adults Crucial to Success of New Health-Care Law

Seattle Times, July 28, 2013
Adding hundreds of thousands of adults to the ranks of the insured could make it even more difficult to find a doctor, says Roger Rosenblatt.

Cost for Same Surgery Varies Widely in India Hospitals

The Hindu, July 26, 2013
The costs of common surgical procedures in hospitals in India varies widely -- findings that could become the basis for patients to demand greater transparency on why they pay the prices they do. Global Health professor Carol Levin is mentioned.

Awash in Infectious Disease Cascades

Ob Gyn News, July 26, 2013
Prevention and treatment cascades are the new way to make sense of epidemics and how they might be better controlled. STI expert King Holmes is quoted.

Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease

Environmental Health, July 25, 2013
Phthalates, man-made chemicals used in a variety of products, may have endocrine-disruptive effects in reproductive-age women, increasing or decreasing their risk of endometriosis.

Study: Fluctuations in Unemployment Rate Affect People's Health Care Choices

Medical News, July 24, 2013
A 1 percent increase in state unemployment corresponded to a 1.58 percent reduction in the use of preventive health care services such as mammograms, pap tests, and annual check-ups, according to a study led by Nathan Tefft.

Report Finds Gradual Fall in Female Genital Cutting in Africa

New York Times, July 22, 2013
Female genital cutting is gradually declining in many countries, according to an assessment from the UN Children's Fund. Bettina Shell-Duncan, adjunct associate professor of global health who was a consultant on the report, is quoted.

MHA Grad Riojas Named UW Regent

seattlepi.com, July 19, 2013
Rogelio Riojas, who graduated with a master's in health administration in 1977, has been chosen by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a six-year term on the UW Board of Regents.

Gates Foundation Director Appointed Dean of Berkeley School of Public Health

The Daily Californian, July 18, 2013
Stefano Bertozzi, a distinguished global health scientist specializing in AIDS research, will become dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Sept. 1.

Officials Using Public Health Approach to Reducing Gun Violence

KING 5 TV, July 18, 2013
The public health approach has helped us reduce smoking, cut automobile deaths and increase bicycle safety. Why not try it to reduce gun deaths? Dr. Fred Rivara tells KING-5 the public health approach can work, but more research is needed.

Organophosphates: A Common But Deadly Pesticide

National Geographic, July 18, 2013

Safety concerns have been raised about the class of pesticides blamed for killing over 20 children in India. Lucio Costa is quoted.

Health and the Built Environment: 10 Years After

American Journal of Public Health, July 18, 2013
Howard Frumkin and Andrew Dannenberg explore a decade of work on how the physical design of our neighborhoods influences our health.

'Glee' Star's OD Shows the New, Fresh Face of Heroin

NBC News, July 17, 2013
"Glee" star Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol, may not seem like the stereotypical heroin user, but he fits the new profile: a white male in his 30s. SPH researcher Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.

Taste Rules for Kids and Healthy Food Choices

Medical Xpress, July 16, 2013
Sweet and salty flavors, repeat exposure, serving size and parental behavior are the key drivers in children's food choices. Professor Adam Drewnowski is quoted.

Second Cancer More Likely for Colon Cancer Survivors: Study

US News & World Report, July 15, 2013
Colorectal cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing subsequent cancers, according to a new study. Amanda Phipps, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Men Might Want to Shun Fish Oils, Study Shows

Seattle Times, July 12, 2013
Taking fish-oil supplements or even eating too much fatty fish may be linked to an increased risk for prostate cancer, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

An initial 2011 study, which found similar results in a different group of men, surprised University of Washington epidemiology professor Alan Kristal's team at "The Hutch."

Link Between Low Vitamin D Blood Levels and Heart Disease Varies by Race

UW Today, July 10, 2013

Low vitamin D blood levels are linked to greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics, according to a study appearing this week in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Our study suggests that the results of ongoing vitamin D clinical trials conducted in white populations should be applied cautiously to people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds," said Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Affiliate instructor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Risk of Prostate Cancer

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, July 10, 2013
Scientists have confirmed that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids increase the risk of prostate cancer.

Vitamin D and Heart Disease Link Varies by Race

Journal of the American Medical Association, July 10, 2013
Low levels of vitamin D were associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease in Whites and Chinese, but not in African-Americans or Hispanics.

How to make your tattoo (nearly) risk-free

Komo News, July 9, 2013
Seattleites are known for being health-conscious, but the city also has a noticeable love of tattoos. So it's reasonable to ask, can tattoos ever be safe? The answer is: not entirely.

"Nothing is 100-percent safe" said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. "You can choose a tattoo parlor and environment where the risk of infection is as low as possible, but it's never going to be zero."

Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Research Finds

New York Times, July 8, 2013
Southern Chinese on average have lived at least five years longer than their northern counterparts because of the health effects of pollution from the widespread use of coal in the north, a new study says. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.

What You Need To Know About Long Term Care Insurance

KUOW, July 8, 2013
As baby boomers age, many are left with few options for long term care. What to do? Aaron Katz, principal lecturer of health services, spoke with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

Study: Doctors Not Talking to Teens About Vaccines

KOMO 4 News, July 3, 2013
A new study says Seattle doctors are rarely talking to adolescent patients about recommended vaccines. Rachel Katzenellenbogen, adjunct assistant professor of global health, is quoted.

New Study Espouses Nutritional, Economic Value of Potatoes

The Daily, July 2, 2013
Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, conducted a study that found potatoes provide the most nutritional value for their cost.

New Study Highlights Link Between Depression, Diabetes

The Daily, June 25, 2013
Researchers found that diabetes patients who were depressed were at greater risk of hypoglycemic episodes.

Hospital Prices Vary Wildly for Common Treatments

The Seattle Times, June 24, 2013
A first-of-its-kind federal report details wide disparities in sticker prices for common medical treatments among hospitals. But health policy experts such as Aaron Katz say it’s not enough to help patients make informed choices.

Dr. King Holmes, Noted STD Expert, to Leave UW Post

The Seattle Times, June 21, 2013
King K. Holmes, one of the world’s leading authorities on sexually transmitted diseases who brought international stature to the University of Washington’s global health department, is stepping down as its founding chairman.

U.S. Supreme Court decision to bar gene patents opens genetic test options

UW Today, June 20, 2013
The UW now offers testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 and all other known breast cancer genes. Gail Jarvik and Mary-Claire King are quoted.

Alumni Profile: Michael Phillips

Columns magazine, June 20, 2013
Michael Phillips, the School's 2013 Distinguished Alumnus, founded the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center and the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Suicide Prevention.

Prevent Prescription-Drug Deaths with Medicine-Return Program

The Seattle Times, June 19, 2013
A medicine-return program is a key strategy to reduce deaths due to prescription drugs, David Fleming and Joe McDermott, a County Council member, write in The Seattle Times.

Shared Values Lead to Successful Nutrition Policy Strategies

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, June 19, 2013
Unlikely allies should consider forming strategic partnerships based on shared values to create successful nutrition policy agendas, according to a study led by the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

Farm-to-Fork Program Grows New Crop of Healthy Eaters

HULIQ.com, June 18, 2013
Jane Rees, a lecturer at the School of Public Health, is quoted in this story about an organic farm seeking to help kids make healthy food choices.

Study: You May Not Need to See the Dentist Twice a Year

KOMO 4 News, June 18, 2013
Many dentists recommend biannual visits to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but a recent study suggests some adults could have their teeth examined just once a year. Philippe Hujoel, professor of oral health sciences and adjunct professor of epidemiology, comments.

Whole Genome Sequence and Human Traits

Nature Genetics, June 16, 2013
The architecture of the genome can define traits that affect our bodies and our health - even the levels of so-called "good cholesterol."

Inhaling Auto Emissions Makes Good Cholesterol Go Bad

USA Today, June 15, 2013

Inhaling motor vehicle emissions may transform good, protective cholesterol into bad, artery-clogging cholesterol that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, says a new study led by Michael Rosenfeld.

F.D.A. Vote Is Minor Victory for Troubled Diabetes Drug

New York Times, June 13, 2013
A panel of experts voted to loosen restrictions on a controversial diabetes drug. Gerald van Belle, emeritus professor of biostatistics and environmental and occupational health, is quoted.

Bike Sharing Can Mean Safer Biking

New York Times Well Blog, June 13, 2013
Experts and experience from bike sharing programs make clear that bicycling can be a safe mode of transportation, and the presence of a bike sharing program is a boon to the safety of all bicyclists. Professor Frederick Rivara is quoted.

New Book Shapes Environmental Health through Storytelling

The Daily, June 13, 2013
“The Return,” a 32-page comic-book created by the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) and the Northwest Indian College, seeks to help more young people understand environmental health.

Weekly Yoga Classes Effective in Reducing Back Pain in Low-Income Minorities

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 13, 2013
Once-a-week yoga classes were effective in easing back pain in predominantly low-income, minority adults.

Watch What Happens When You Track 493 People's Grocery Buying Habits

The Atlantic Cities, June 12, 2013
Researchers at the Center for Public Health Nutrition are using GPS devices to track study subjects in their neighborhoods and beyond.

America's 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids

US News & World Report, June 11, 2013
America's 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids, a new set of rankings by U.S. News, highlights counties that are safe and child-friendly. Ali Mokdad, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.

Heroin Overdose Deaths on the Rise in Washington

KOMO 4 News, June 7, 2013
Heroin overdose deaths are on the rise in Washington, and the most dramatic increase is coming from people under the age of 30, according to the UW's Caleb Banta-Green.

Group Therapy Helps Survivors of Sexual Violence

New England Journal of Medicine, June 6, 2013
A form of group therapy proved extraordinarily effective in helping women who have been exposed to sexual violence in the Congo.

A Walking Revolution Helps Older Adults Get and Stay Active

UW Today, June 5, 2013
Researchers from the Schools of Public Health and Nursing learned that poorly lit neighborhoods, lack of public transportation, sidewalks in disrepair, and unmarked or poorly marked intersections prevent people with disabilities from taking advantage of the benefits of walking.

Therapy for Victims of Sexual Violence Shows Promise in Congo

New York Times, June 5, 2013
A type of group therapy designed for trauma victims has proved extraordinarily helpful for survivors of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo. Debra Kaysen, adjunct associate professor of global health, is quoted.

Is Twitter Making us Fat? UW Study Aims to Find Out

KOMO 4 News, June 4, 2013
Are your tweets directly related to the size of your waistline? That's what researchers at the School of Public Health want to find out. Professor Ali Shojaie is quoted.

Experts Warn of Skin Cancer Risk, Urge Sunscreen During Morning Routine

MyNorthwest.com, June 4, 2013
"We have as much, if not more melanoma, which is the worst kind of skin cancer, in the Seattle area," says Margaret Madeleine, research assistant professor of epidemiology.

Genetic Laws Driving Breast Cancer in Black Women, Study Says

CBS News, June 3, 2013
One-fifth of African-American women with breast cancer have BRCA gene mutations. Epidemiologist Mary-Claire King took part in the research.

Acute Kidney Infection Linked to Use of Fluoroquinolones

CMAJ, June 3, 2013
Men who used oral fluoroquinolones, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, have a small, but significant increased risk of acute kidney infection.

New Film puts UW Breast-Cancer Researcher in Spotlight

The Seattle Times, June 1, 2013
An interview with Mary-Claire King, who discovered a genetic mutation that increases risk of breast cancer. Her story is now told in part in the movie “Decoding Annie Parker.”

Comparing Health Payment Reform Projects

Health Affairs, June 1, 2013
Researchers compared eight diverse health payment reform projects across six states to learn what helps and what hinders their successful implementation.

Joint Supplements May Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Cancer Causes & Control, June 1, 2013
Glucosamine and chondroitin, two popular supplements for joint pain, may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, a new study finds.

Traffic Air Pollution Turns Good Cholesterol Bad

UW Today, May 31, 2013
New findings suggest that diesel exhaust can alter the protective nature of certain molecules and set in motion biological mechanisms that lead to cardiovascular disease, explains Michael Rosenfeld, who was co-author of the recently published study.

Most Police Murders Involve Guns, Study Finds

NBCNews.com, May 30, 2013
Only taxi drivers, gas station and liquor store employees are more likely to be murdered on the job. Frederick Rivara, president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, said research is important for finding ways to reduce gun deaths.

New research shows that potatoes provide one of the best nutritional values per penny

EurekAlert!, May 29, 2013
"The ability to identify affordable, nutrient dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition and economics for food programs such as the school lunch program and WIC," said lead researcher Adam Drewnowski, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. "And, when it comes to affordable nutrition, it's hard to beat potatoes."

HIV's New Normal

Seattle Weekly, May 28, 2013
Christina Rock was born with the dreaded virus, but now is a mother of two starting the holy grail of drug regimes. Professor Connie Celum is quoted.

Eating Peppers Tied to Lower Parkinson's Risk, Study Finds

HealthDay, May 23, 2013
Susan Searles Nielsen says recent study is the first to investigate dietary nicotine and risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Public Health Associate Dean to Retire

The Daily, May 23, 2013
After more than 35 years at the UW, Fred Connell, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Public Health, will retire this summer from his career of connecting students to the health needs of their communities and advocating for problem-based learning in the School of Public Health.

Your tax money will pay to clean up forest after shooting club used it for decades

KIRO-TV, May 16, 2013
John Kissel talks about lead contamination in soil in a KIRO-TV investigation of a site outside of Index, Wash., where a shooting range once operated.

Bullying Among WA State Youths

American Journal of Public Health, May 16, 2013
Bullying because of perceived sexual orientation is prevalent among school-aged youths.

Cancer Increases Bankruptcy Risk, Even for Insured

NBC News, May 15, 2013
Cancer patients are at much greater risk of bankruptcy than people without cancer, according to a large new study led by Scott Ramsey, adjunct professor of health services.

Potatoes and Beans Provide Most Nutrients Per Penny

PLOS One, May 15, 2013
Potatoes and beans are the most popular low-cost sources of potassium and fiber for school children, according to a study by the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

Time To Speak Is Now On $305m Duwamish Cleanup Plan

KUOW, May 13, 2013
William Daniell speaks to KUOW about findings from a new study that assesses the health impacts of the proposed plan to clean up the Duwamish River.

Eating Peppers May Lower Risk of Parkinson's

Annals of Neurology, May 9, 2013
Eating peppers and other foods that contain nicotine may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease.

Govts and Food Industry to be Held Accountable for Obesity: Expert

ABC News Australia, May 8, 2013
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, says government departments need to be held responsible for Australia's excessive weight crisis.

Some Hospitals Charge Vastly More for Same Care

KING 5 TV, May 8, 2013
Aaron Katz, professor of Health Services, comments on the government's release of data comparing hospital charges.

Statins Tied to Better Prostate Cancer Outcomes

New York Times Well Blog, May 6, 2013
A new study suggests that men with prostate cancer who take statins may have a lower risk of dying from the disease than those who do not.

Employers Love Wellness Programs. But Do They Work?

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 6, 2013
Many large companies have wellness programs that measure factors such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Wellness programs alone won't deliver savings or make employees healthier, says Jeffrey Harris, professor of health services.

Nutritional Information Slow to Arrive on Menus

The Herald, May 6, 2013
A King County ordinance requires chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to provide nutritional information about each menu item. A UW study found that the number of calories listed declined after labeling regulations took effect.

Breast cancer survivors not meeting minimum exercise recommendations

Healio, May 6, 2013

Nearly four of every five breast cancer survivors do not meet national exercise recommendations 10 years after their diagnosis, study results showed.

At 2-year follow-up, 34% of women included in the study met US physical activity guidelines. The adherence rate increased to 39.5% at 5 years but fell to 21.4% at 10 years after diagnosis.

“Most breast cancer survivors are not following even the minimum recommendations for physical activity and their activity levels significantly decline over time,” Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, Research Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, told HemOnc Today.

Gluten Free Doesn't Always Mean Healthy

The Seattle Times, May 5, 2013
Gluten-free foods can be highly processed and full of sugar, fat and other unhealthy ingredients, writes Nutritional Sciences Program graduate student Carrie Dennett.

ASUW Senate Says Smokers Can Stay

The Daily, May 1, 2013
Kate Cole, who graduated from the School of Public Health last June, pushed for a smoke-and-tobacco-free policy on the UW campus. But the student Senate say it would infringe on individual rights.

Health Habits Worth Rethinking: Texting While You Walk

ABC News, April 30, 2013
Epidemiologist Beth Ebel cautions against texting while crossing the street.

HIV Tests No Longer Just For High Risk Groups

KUOW, April 30, 2013
New US guidelines recommend that every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. Joanne Stekler, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

OSHA Needs a Whole New Approach

New York Times, April 29, 2013
In the New York Times' Room for Debate section, Michael Silverstein, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, proposes ways to strengthen OSHA.

Africa Must Confront Cancer

Seattle Times, April 26, 2013
Cancer is now a major and growing public-health challenge in Africa and other developing countries, writes guest columnist Kingsley Ikenna Ndoh, a Nigerian doctor pursuing his MPH.

Another Experimental AIDS Vaccine Fails, But That's Progess in Science

Humanosphere, April 26, 2013
Federal health officials announced they are halting a study of an experimental AIDS vaccine due to evidence the vaccine didn't protect against HIV infection. Julie McElrath and James Kublin are quoted.

Is Air Pollution Contributing To Hardened Arteries?

Time, April 26, 2013
Smog and car exhaust can take a toll on the heart, and the latest research by Sara Adar and Joel Kaufman explores how.

Health Sciences Students Named Magnuson Scholars

The Daily, April 25, 2013
One of this year’s Magnuson Scholars, Cynthia Curl, is pleased to be recognized for the importance of her research in the School of Public Health. Her work revolves around identifying the health effects of consuming pesticides in food.

Is Breathing Smoggy Air Hardening Your Arteries?

Forbes, April 25, 2013
Breathing particulate-laden air may be hardening your arteries faster than normal, according to research led by the University of Michigan and University of Washington School of Public Health.

Air pollution speeds us 'hardening of arteries,' increases heart risk

United Press International, Inc., April 25, 2013
Study led by Sara Adar and Joel Kaufman finds higher concentrations of fine particulate air pollution were linked to a faster thickening of the inner two layers of the common carotid artery.

Spending Teenage Years in the 'Stroke Belt' Seems to Increase Risk

Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2013
Spending adolescence in the 'stroke belt' of the southeastern United States could make people more vulnerable to stroke later in life. Ali Mokdad, professor of global health, is quoted.

Race and Geography may Influence Late-Stage Kidney Care

Reuters, April 24, 2013
At the end of life, black kidney disease patients are more likely than white patients to continue intensive dialysis instead of choosing hospice care, according to a new study led by Dr. Bernadette Thomas, an epidemiology student.

Workers Memorial Day Honors those who Died on the Job

UW Today, April 23, 2013
The 65 workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington state this past year will be remembered at a ceremony organized by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the School of Public Health.

Polio Endgame? Bill Gates Enlists Islamic Nations in Final Push for Eradication

The Seattle Times, April 23, 2013
Bill Gates and other leaders push for $5.5 billion to wipe out polio by 2018. Dean Howard Frumkin and Chris Elias are quoted.

Washington L&I Tightening Opioid Prescribing for Injured Workers

Occupational Health & Safety, April 23, 2013
Gary Franklin says new rules for prescribing pain medication have made a difference: there are fewer deaths among injured workers.

Workers Memorial Day event takes place April 24 at HUB Lyceum

UW News, April 23, 2013
Nancy Simcox and the DEOHS Student Advisory Group led efforts to commemorate Worker Memorial Day at the UW.

Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of Arteries

PLoS Medicine, April 23, 2013
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis.

Not Enough Data to Support Suicide Screening: Panel

Reuters, April 22, 2013
A government panel says there is not enough evidence to recommend universal screening to find people at risk of suicide. Professor David Grossman, who served on the task force, is quoted.

Racial, Geographic Differences in End-of-Life Kidney Care

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, April 21, 2013
African-Americans with kidney failure were more likely than white patients to continue dialysis and less likely to be referred to hospice care, differences pronounced in regions with high levels of end-of-life Medicare spending.

Antibiotics in animal feed encourages drug-resistant bacteria

Seattle Times, April 20, 2013
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed constitutes a human health hazard, writes Marilyn Roberts.

Antibiotics in Animal Feed Encourages Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The Seattle Times, April 20, 2013
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed constitutes a human health hazard, writes Professor Marilyn C. Roberts.

Walkable Neighborhoods May Not Increase Walking

Health & Place, April 19, 2013
Neighborhood walkability was not independently associated with greater walking among post-menopausal women when individual characteristics such as income and education were taken into account.

Health Metrics Professor Develops Award-Winning Algorithm

The Daily, April 19, 2013
Abraham Flaxman, assistant professor of global health, has developed a new algorithm that can predict a patient’s risk and probability of mortality within 30 days of having a heart attack.

Walking Speed and Early Death in Kidney Disease Patients

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, April 18, 2013
Patients with chronic kidney disease who had slower walking speeds had a greater risk of death, according to a study by Baback Roshanravan and colleagues.

New Schizophrenia Genes Discovered Through Innovative Genetic Sequencing

Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation, April 15, 2013
Debby W. Tsuang, M.D., M.Sc., an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, with the support of a NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant, used innovative family-based methods to study genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia.

Grizzly Bears may have Diet Lessons that can be Helpful for Humans

Washington Post, April 15, 2013
Incoming professor Peter Rabinowitz will establish a One Health Center, an initiative founded on the idea that closer collaboration between physicians and veterinarians can benefit all species.

Most US Women Don't Get Paid Maternity Leave

Maternal Child Health Journal, April 13, 2013
Most women receive limited paid leave every year to manage health-related family issues, says a study led by PhD student Megan Shepherd-Banigan.

Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication

Emory University, April 11, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin and more than 400 other scientists, doctors and technical experts from 80 countries have signed the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication.

Dr. Howard Frumkin Urges Medical, Nursing Students to Consider Human Habitats

The Lund Report, April 10, 2013
During a keynote address at the 10th annual Western Regional International Health Conference in Portland, School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin stressed the need to build healthier cities.

Graduate Student Cynthia Curl named SPH Magnuson Scholar for 2013-14.

SPH Website, April 10, 2013
DEOHS Graduate Student Cynthia Curl was named the 2013-14 SPH Magnuson Scholar for her research on pesticides, diet, and health effects.

Physical Activity Drops Over Time for Breast Cancer Survivors

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, April 10, 2013
Most breast cancer survivors do not meet minimum recommendations for physical activity and their activity levels decline significantly after 10 years.

Alcohol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer but Helps Survivors Live Longer

The Seattle Times, April 8, 2013
While alcohol consumption is considered a risk for getting breast cancer, moderate drinking holds cardiovascular benefits that can increase longevity for the cancer survivors, says a new study led by Polly Newcomb.

Explore Global Health through the Arts during Global Health Week

UW Today, April 4, 2013
The intersection of global health and the arts – dance, photography, cinema, theater and music – will be explored at the UW as part of Global Health Week April 15 - 20.

Washington's Medicaid Expansion to Yield Net Benefit

International Examiner, April 3, 2013
Health policy experts like Susan Allan expect that the Medicaid expansion will save the state money, since the federal government will pick up the tab on new enrollees.

Maternal Morbidity, a new Problem in Rural India

Deccan Herald, April 3, 2013
Rapid rollout of institutional child delivery in the last five years without adequate trained manpower in rural India has spawned a new problem of “maternal morbidity” in which women suffer from serious health consequences. Abhijit Das is quoted.

Recognizing Your Policy Power

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice News, April 3, 2013

Summer Institute faculty member Patricia Lichiello speaks about her 20 years of health policy work and why she is excited to help public health practitioners enhance their policy skills.

Pay What You Weigh to Fly

ABC News, April 2, 2013
Samoa Air has just become the world's first airline with pay-as-you-weigh pricing -- asking heavier passengers to fork over more money for their fares. Andy Dannenberg is quoted.

Epidemiologist Preetha Rajaraman ’94 examines why some people are more susceptible to brain cancer than others.

Reed Magazine, March 31, 2013
Epidemiologist Preetha Rajaraman (MS, Environmental Health, 1997) examines why some people are more susceptible to brain cancer than others.

The King of Global Health

Humanosphere, March 29, 2013
In this podcast interview, Global Health Department Chair King Holmes describes the evolution of what we now call global health, how Seattle established its leadership and where it’s all headed.

Study: Duwamish Valley's Residents have Shorter Lives

Seattle Times, March 27, 2013
Some residents of the Duwamish Valley in south Seattle have more health problems than residents elsewhere in the city, an EPA-funded study finds. Bill Daniell is quoted.

Mammograms Every Two Years Best for Women 50-74

JAMA Internal Medicine, March 26, 2013
Women ages 50-74 who received a mammogram every two years rather than annually are not at increased risk of developing advanced breast cancer or large tumors.

Language Barrier puts Latina Breast Cancer Patients at Risk

KOMO 4 News, March 26, 2013
Researchers have found there are not enough Spanish-language resources available for Latina patients, which means it can take too long to diagnose breast cancer following a mammogram. Beti Thompson is quoted.

Study: Residents of Walkable Areas Don't Always Walk More

KPLU, March 25, 2013
A study in Seattle suggests people don't necessarily walk more just because they live in a walkable area. Brian Saelens is quoted.

Chiding Congress: Seattle First City to Fund Gun Violence Research

NBC News, March 22, 2013
Seattle is poised to become the first city in the nation to provide direct funding for research into the causes and effects of gun violence. Epidemiologist Frederick Rivara is quoted.

Innovator: Sharon Terry's Global Database for Disease Research

Bloomberg Businessweek, March 21, 2013
Sharon Terry heads the Genetic Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit network linking patient groups and researchers. Kelly Edwards is quoted.

2013 Gairdner Global Health Award goes to King Holmes

The Lancet, March 20, 2013
Global Health Chair King Holmes has been awarded the Gairdner Foundation’s 2013 prize for Global Health, honoring his research in the field of STDs. This UW Today story has more details.

PEARLS Helps End Depression for Seattle's Filipino Elders

New America Media, March 19, 2013
The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Life for Seniors (PEARLS), a program developed at the School of Public Health in the late 1990s, uses a problem-solving approach to help people 55 or older overcome minor depression before it becomes major.

Night Shifts May Raise Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Web MD, March 18, 2013
The finding of an increase in the risk of ovarian cancer with night shift work is consistent with those found for breast cancer, writes research assistant professor of epidemiology Parveen Bhatti, PhD, and colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Mammogram Scares Leave Lasting Fears, Research Finds

NBCNews.com, March 18, 2013
A study shows many women suffer intense stress after being called back for a follow-up after a mammogram -- and that the stress lasts long after other tests show they are cancer-free.

How Sweet It Is

New York Times, March 15, 2013
This book review of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss, mentions research on obesity by Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology.

UW Project Seeks to Harvest Fog for Irrigation

The Seattle Times, March 15, 2013
With a grant from the EPA, a group of researchers and students is experimenting with ways to capture fog and wring out its moisture for irrigation and other uses in Peru. Global health faculty members Susan Bolton and Ben Spencer are quoted.

Night Shift Link to Ovarian Cancer

BBC News, March 14, 2013
A study led by Parveen Bhatti of more than 3,000 women suggested that working overnight increased the risk of early-stage cancer by 49 percent compared with doing normal office hours.

SPH Places Highly in Ranking of Graduate Programs by US News

UW Today, March 13, 2013
The School of Public Health ranked sixth in the nation in 2011, according to US News & World Report. The Department of Biostatistics tied for third among all biostatistics and statistics programs (combined) and was also tied for first in biostatistics programs alone.

Colon Cancer Screening Doubles Using e-Health Records

Annals of Internal Medicine, March 5, 2013
Screening for colorectal cancer doubled when patients who had not been screened regularly were identified though electronic health records and contacted automatically by mail.

Diet Contributes to Phthalate and BPA Exposures

Nature Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, February 27, 2013
A study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana finds we may be exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates in our diet.

Night Shifts Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 23, 2013
Working night shifts was linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women 50 or older, according to a study led by Parveen Bhatti.

Lung Cancer Mortality in African-Americans Linked with Segregation

JAMA Surgery, January 1, 2013
The rate of lung cancer deaths is higher in African-Americans than Whites and highest in African-Americans living in the most segregated counties, a new study finds.

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