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UW Study: Most gun-owning households in Washington state don't safely store firearms
KOMO News, May 17, 2018
Three out of every five gun owners across the state aren't locking up their guns. That's according to a new study by researchers from the UW School of Public Health. The study also found gun owners who don't store their guns safely are at a higher risk for suicide.
Understanding crash risk among older adults
ASPPH, May 8, 2018
The fatal crash rate tends to increase when drivers turn 65 – but there are few validated tools available for predicting when an individual driver’s risk may start to increase. A new study from researchers at the UW School of Public Health and School of Medicine explored whether cognitive test scores can be linked to higher crash risk.
Center for Communication, Difference and Equity to explore issues of race and media in conference May 10-12
UW News, May 2, 2018
The University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference and Equity will hold a three-day conference to explore issues of race and racism in American culture and media. On the final afternoon, the conference will present several collaborative projects and video presentations from researchers in the School of Public Health.
The Golden State Killer is tracked through a thicket of DNA, and experts shudder
The New York Times, May 2, 2018
The arrest of a suspect has set off alarms among some scientists and ethicists worried that consumer DNA may be widely accessed by law enforcement. Stephanie Malia Fullerton is quoted.
This app helps donate leftover drugs to people who struggle to afford health care
HuffPost, May 1, 2018
A Greek nonprofit hopes to find a better use for the billions of dollars worth of prescription medication wasted every year. Andy Stergachis says drug donations can save lives but warns: “There is no assurance that medicines from other healthcare facilities or from individuals are stored properly or not tampered with prior to their donation.”
Teens who get more sleep may curb screen time
Business Insider, May 1, 2018
When teens get extra sleep on school nights, they might cut back mostly on sedentary activities like screen time without making major changes to their exercise habits, a small experiment suggests. Michelle Garrison is quoted.
Smoking pot while pregnant is not a good idea
The Seattle Times, May 1, 2018
Susan Astley pens an op-ed that highlights the answered and unanswered questions about smoking pot while pregnant.
How do we bridge gaps in health equity?
Fred Hutch News, April 30, 2018
Researchers and community members discuss outreach, relationship building at 2018 Pathways to Equity Symposium. J. Carey Jackson is quoted.
5 confirmed cases of E. coli in WA linked to tainted romaine lettuce
KUOW, April 28, 2018
KUOW talks to Marguerite Pappaioanou about the E- Coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce.
WA state health officials: 5 people sick from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce
The Seattle Times, April 27, 2018
Health officials continue to investigate the source of the local patients' sickness and urge people across the state to stay away from romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it was not grown in Yuma, Arizona — where national health experts believe the national outbreak began. Marguerite Pappaioanou is quoted.
More bike sharing, fewer helmets. Are head injuries on the rise?
KUOW, April 27, 2018
Kim Malcolm talks with Dr. Frederick Rivara about whether the increasing popularity of bike sharing has led to more head injuries.
A new youth jail would be a public health problem
Seattle Weekly, April 25, 2018
King County claims a new youth jail would improve public health. Experts in the field strongly disagree. Omid Bagheri and alumna Anne K. Althauser are co-authors.
UW faculty selected as authors, editors of international report on climate change
UW News, April 25, 2018
The International Panel on Climate Change has selected Kristie Ebi and Jeremy Hess as expert authors and review editors for its next major international report on climate change, to be released in early 2022.
New rule could force EPA to ignore major human health studies
Science, April 25, 2018
Research looking at everything from links between air pollution and disease to the impact a pesticide has on children’s brains could be banned from consideration by environmental regulators under a new policy proposed April 24 by the EPA. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted.
These are the cities with the worst air pollution
Smithsonian Magazine, April 24, 2018
There is a silver lining to the American Lung Association's State of the Air report: emissions from six air pollutants have dropped by 70 percent across the country since the passing of the Clean Air Act. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
GO-MAP provides community and support for graduate students of color
The Daily, April 24, 2018
The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) provides programming, events and a safe space for graduate students of color in over 120 departments at the UW. GO-MAP is working with the Department of Health Services to make programming more accessible for students of color. Steve Berard is quoted.
Emerging chemicals may affect Puget Sound chinook salmon
SPH News, April 23, 2018
Juvenile chinook salmon migrating through contaminated estuaries in Puget Sound pick up drugs that may affect their survival and growth when it matters most.
NIH funds research consortium to address firearm deaths among U.S. children and teens
MSU Today, April 23, 2018
More than 20 researchers at 12 universities and health systems across the nation are working to address firearm deaths among U.S. children and teens with a recent $5 million grant. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Fred Rivara will take part in the study.
San Ysidro is getting a clearer look at just how polluted it is
Voice of San Diego, April 23, 2018
With an expansion of the Port of Entry underway, local San Diego nonprofit Casa Familiar decided two years ago to monitor the area’s air quality. Initial findings of a study led by Edmund Seto suggest poor air quality in the community is linked to the Port of Entry.
A spoon full of CBD helps the pain go away
The Daily, April 20, 2018
Cannabis, which you might call marijuana, pot, or weed, is one of the most common drugs for people to encounter in college. But it’s also a drug that can help mitigate many medical issues. Beatriz Carlini weighs in on the medical properties of the cannabinoids THC and CBD.
Is this public service or public shaming?
KUOW, April 20, 2018
Caleb Banta-Green reacts to a social media post made by Washington's Pierce County Sherriff's Office, about a man being shamed for what appeared to be a drug addiction.
Consumer and health groups, researchers urge Trump not to misuse trade talks to undermine nutrition labeling
Center for Science in the Public Interest, April 19, 2018
A broad coalition of health, consumer and religious organizations, as well as 44 leading physicians and nutrition researchers, are urging the Trump administration to withdraw, and Congress to oppose, a controversial proposed plank in the North American Free Trade Agreement that would obstruct member countries from developing mandatory front-of-package nutritional labeling systems. James Krieger, who signed the letter, is quoted.
Wildfire smoke hurts heart, not just lungs, new study finds
The Mercury News, April 19, 2018
As rising global temperatures spark more and more intense fires, a new study out of UC San Francisco suggests smoke may rise as an even bigger problem for cardiovascular health in California — especially among its senior citizens. Joel Kaufman, who studies how air pollution increases risk for cardiovascular disease, is quoted.
Disability and death among U.S. veterans
SPH News, April 13, 2018
New research suggests that veterans born in 1958 or later, who sustained service-related illnesses or injuries, are dying at the average age of 43 from causes mostly due to suicide, assault or accidents.
Should we be worried about coffee and cancer?
KUOW, April 10, 2018
Last week, a judge ruled that coffee sold in California will need to be labelled with a warning about cancer. SPH's Anne-Marie Gloster, who teaches a popular course on coffee at the UW, says there's nothing to worry about.
UW students create program for black excellence in planning, public service, art, and advocacy
The Daily, April 10, 2018
MPH student Cathea Carey has teamed up with several other UW students to create a platform to raise up Black voices on campus and to highlight individuals doing great work across disciplines. The creative collaboration, called Black Excellence, aims to elevate black excellence in urban plannig, public service, art and advocacy.
Washington state lottery funds support education
KUOW, April 10, 2018
Gabino Abarca talks to KUOW about Washington state lottery funds and how they have supported his education. Abarca grew up picking fruit in eastern Washington. Now, he does research that could improve the health of agricultural workers.
From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence
Vashon Beachcomber, April 10, 2018
A retired psychologist who lives on Maury Island, Heldring and her friends organized the first meeting of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, a grassroots organization that today boasts nearly 900 members belonging to chapters in multiple American cities. The group has supported gun violence research conducted by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.
Largest genetic study on strokes reveals 22 new risk factors
UW Medicine Newsroom, April 6, 2018
Scientists at the University of Washington were among an international group that conducted the largest-ever genetic study on stroke. It involved DNA samples from more than 520,000 people and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.
How Texas is 'building back better' from Hurricane Harvey
Houston Chronicle, April 6, 2018
Nicole Errett shared what she learned about building back better after disasters like Hurricane Harvey during a trip to Texas.
Are we ready for the deadly heat waves of the future?
Science News, April 4, 2018
Year in and year out, heat claims lives. Beyond deaths, researchers are beginning to document other losses: Heat appears to rob us of sleep, of smarts and of healthy births. Howard Frumkin and Jeremy Hess are quoted.
Researchers find 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke
SPH News, April 3, 2018
An international group of researchers, including scientists at the University of Washington School of Public Health, studied more than 520,000 people from around the world and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.
Medical marijuana availability and opioid use
KUOW, April 3, 2018
New research shows a decrease in opioid use where medical marijuana is available. Beatriz Carlini, a research scientist at the UW's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.
How Texas is 'building back better' from Hurricane Harvey
The Conversation, March 30, 2018
Nicole Errett took some University of Washington students to Texas recently to understand how disaster recovery strategies can create long-term opportunities to promote healthy communities. She shares her thoughts in a new piece for The Conversation.
Oral cholera vaccine less effective in children under 5
SPH News, March 29, 2018
Oral cholera vaccine provides significantly less protection for children under 5 compared to older children and adults, according to a re-analysis of data from a vaccine trial in India. Findings published in BMC Infectious Diseases suggest re-vaccination is key when children are older.
American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter
New York Times, March 23, 2018
New data shows that nearly 40 percent of adults were obese in 2015 and 2016; James Krieger, clinical professor of health services, is quoted.
Plan announced to require safe gun storage in Seattle
UW Medicine Newsroom, March 21, 2018
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan today announced that she and Councilwoman M. Lorena Gonzalez will propose legislation within the next month to require safe storage of all firearms in the city. Among the handful of speakers was Fred Rivara.
Students look beyond gun control laws to prevent violence--and it's working
Yes Magazine, March 21, 2018
As lawmakers argue over how best to address school shootings, student clubs are focused on reducing youth violence at schools and in their communities. PhD student Maayan Simckes is quoted.
UW Biostatistics ranks No. 1
UW News, March 20, 2018
The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health maintained its top national ranking among biostatistics programs, according to the 2018 rankings by US News & World Report.
Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows
Washington Post, March 16, 2018
A new study in the journal Cell shows modern humans who traveled across South Asia mated with a second and separate group of Denisovans. Sharon Browning, lead author of the paper, is quoted.
Humans bred with mysterious species more than once
Biostat News, March 15, 2018
University of Washington (UW) researchers have determined that two distinct pulses of Denisovans, a sister group to Neanderthals, contributed to the ancestry of East Asians. The new finding expands our understanding of human origins.
Open-label studies show high uptake of vaginal ring for HIV prevention
Healio, March 15, 2018
Interim data from two phase 3b trials demonstrated high uptake and adherence of a monthly vaginal ring that slowly releases the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor dapivirine to prevent HIV infection in women. Research by Jared Baeten is cited.
Vaginal ring has high uptake, but plenty of questions remain
MD Mag, March 15, 2018
Preliminary findings from a new open-label study of a vaginal ring infused with an anti-HIV drug show the vast majority of women use the device at least once, though plenty of questions remain about just how effective a tool the device will be, and for whom. Jared Baeten is lead author.
Initiative announces award of 2018 pilot research grants
UW Population Health, March 13, 2018
The UW Population Health Initiative announced the award of eight pilot research grants of $50,000 each to faculty-led teams from 11 different UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma schools and colleges. Twenty-one faculty members from the UW School of Public Health – including core, adjunct and affiliate faculty – are leading six of the eight projects awarded pilot research grants.
Another fallout from the Great Recession: Fewer people took their blood pressure and diabetes medications
STAT, March 13, 2018
The Great Recession had dramatic and visible effects: Millions of Americans lost their homes; more than 8 million people lost their jobs. But a new study finds that it also had invisible effects on people’s health. Jessica Jones-Smith is quote. Also, a previously published paper by Jones-Smith was cited.
Americans worship the second amendment, but they don't respect their firearms
Pacific Standard, March 13, 2018
Research shows that over half of U.S. gun owners aren't storing all their guns safely. A July 2017 study by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is cited.
Opioid overprescribing is not a myth
POLITICO, March 13, 2018
Gary Franklin and two others pen a note in POLITICO in response to a recent article i POLITICO Magazine by Sally Satel, who wrote that "we must be realistic about who is getting in trouble with opioid pain medications."
Rare case of HIV contraction on PrEP reported in King County
The Stranger, March 13, 2018
Jared Baeten weighs in on the rare case of a King County man who contracted HIV while taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP.
Neighborhood environment linked to mental health
SPH News, March 13, 2018
People who live in disadvantaged areas are at greater risk for depression, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
As student walkout nears, local teen weighs in on gun violence
Lancaster Online, March 11, 2018
Lancaster student Ashton Clatterbuck authors a special piece on the need for stricter gun laws in the United States. He cites recently published gun violence research from Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.
Free Speech Friday: Are cultural practices like coining legitimate treatments?
The Daily, March 9, 2018
Kim Ahn Tran, an undergraduate in the Public Health Major, authors an opinion piece for The Daily.
Population neuroscience approach to dementia research
ASPPH, March 8, 2018
In a special report published in the January issue of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, a group of international researchers, including Walter Kukull, propose reframing the current study of dementia epidemiology toward a more inclusive and understandable term: “population neuroscience.”
Experts predict how big data (and family ties) will shape the future of health
Geekwire, March 8, 2018
Howard Frumkin was among a group of panelists who discussed the future of health during a Town Hall Seattle forum at the Institute for Systems Biology.
Scientists say there's a link between taking out 'fringe loans' and reporting health woes
GeekWire, March 7, 2018
For some low-income workers, short-term fringe loans — coming from payday lenders and check cashing services — are a fact of life. But that doesn’t mean they feel good about taking out those loans. In a newly published study, University of Washington researchers report that people who use fringe loan services, or don’t have access to a bank account, are more likely to say they feel less healthy. Cites research by Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot and Anjum Hajat.
Why doctors can turn away Medicare patients, even if they pay cash
KUOW, March 7, 2018
Last week, KUOW listener Carole Glickfeld asked: “Why are certain urgent care clinics unwilling to treat me if I'm a Medicare patient, but I'm willing to pay cash?” To find the answer, KUOW's Kim Malcolm talked with Aaron Katz.
UW researcher on food, health and weight
KUOW, March 6, 2018
Anne McTiernan, a research professor of epidemiology, is interviewed on KUOW's "The Record" about her new memoir "Starved."
Opioids are no better than common painkillers, study finds
FORTUNE, March 6, 2018
A government-funded study is among the first long-term studies to compare opioids like oxycodone and morphine to common painkillers such as acetaminophen in patients with chronic back pain and arthritis. Gary Franklin, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Africa 'set to miss UN development goal on malnutrition'
BBC, March 1, 2018
Exceptionally detailed maps published in Nature of child growth and education across Africa suggest that no single country is set to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. Simon Hay is quoted.
Ebola had significant collateral damage to Liberians' health
SPH News, February 28, 2018
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease — claiming 4,809 lives in Liberia alone. Now new research from the University of Washington suggests Ebola's collateral effects on that nation's health system likely caused more deaths than Ebola did directly.
Ebola effects on Liberia health system 'killed more than virus'
The Citizen, February 27, 2018
The devastating effect of Ebola on Liberia’s fragile health system may have killed more people than the virus itself, a new study says, many of them pregnant women and malaria patients. Brad Wagenaar, lead author of the study, is quoted.
New research shows that sexting among teens is even more common than we thought
Quartz, February 27, 2018
A new meta-analysis in the journal Pediatrics sheds new light on technology and teens by focusing on sexting—the sharing of sexually explicit images, videos, or messages via electronic means. Megan Moreno, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
FDA to broaden access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction
Local News 8, February 26, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration expects to roll out guidance on expanded access to opioid addiction therapy known as medication-assisted treatment, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Feb. 24 at a meeting of the National Governor's Association. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Vaping instead of smoking still exposes you to toxic metals like lead - here's how worried you should be
Business Insider, February 23, 2018
A new study found that people who vape may be inhaling potentially dangerous levels of toxic metals like lead. Dave Eaton, who led the largest report on the health effects of vaping, is quoted.
Ebola's impact reached beyond death toll to basic health care
Voice of America, February 22, 2018
More than 100,000 malaria cases went untreated when Liberia's health care system buckled under the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, shows how the toll of the Ebola outbreak goes beyond the 11,000 killed in West Africa by the virus itself. Basic health care took a major hit as well.
Air pollution is damaging our mental health
Freedom and Safety, February 22, 2018
The higher the level of particulates in the air, the greater the indications of psychological distress, a new study shows. Anjum Hajat, an author of the study, is quoted.
Flight attendants and passengers call for clearer policies around sexual assault on planes
PBS NewsHour, February 21, 2018
The #MeToo movement has opened the floodgates on stories of sexual harassment and assault in the media, tech, and entertainment industries, just to name a few. In a segment of PBS NewsHour, Megan Thompson reports on the troubling stories of harassment and abuse taking place on planes. SPH alumna Allison Dvaladze is interviewed.
Far more U.S. children than previously thought may have fetal alcohol disorders
The New York Times, February 16, 2018
More American children than previously thought may be suffering from neurological damage because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA. Susan Astley, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Improving survival rates of malnourished children is critical, researchers say
New Vision, February 16, 2018
Researchers and scientists belonging to Childhood Acute Illness & Nutrition (CHAIN) Network gathered in Kampala in February to discuss how to improve survival rate of under malnourished children through interventions that might address nutrition, medical, social, and economic challenges. Judd Walson is quoted.
EPA awards University of Washington nearly $3 million to further study air pollution and cardiovascular disease link
The Skanner, February 15, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Washington a $2,996,426 grant to help fund the “Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution – Next Stage (MESA Air Next)” project, building on more than a decade of research that looks at the connection between inhaled small particle pollution and increased risks of stroke, heart attacks and other cardiovascular disease. Joel Kaufman is lead author.
Identifying drug resistance in yaws bacteria
SPH News, February 14, 2018
A new study published online Feb. 7 in The Lancet challenges the long-term efficacy of the World Health Organization's approach to eradicate yaws and reveals that it failed to achieve sustainable disease elimination in the high-endemic community.
UW launches new training program for children's oral health
School of Dentistry, February 13, 2018
A University of Washington Health Sciences team led by the School of Dentistry is launching an interprofessional training program to improve access to dental care for children ranging in age from the first year of life through 5 years. Michelle Averill and the School of Public Health will take part.
EPA awards UW $3 M grant to study links between pollution, heart disease
The Seattle Times, February 9, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a nearly $3 million grant to the University of Washington to conduct a study that will look at air pollution and fatty deposits that clog arteries — a condition known as atherosclerosis. Joel Kaufman is lead investigator.
E-cigs may be harmful to teens, helpful for adults
SPH News, February 8, 2018
An expert committee, led by David Eaton of the University of Washington School of Public Health, has found that using electronic cigarettes may lead youth to start smoking regular cigarettes, but is helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit.
AP Fact Check: Climate science undercuts EPA chief's view
Associated Press, February 8, 2018
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is again understating the threat posed by climate change, this time by suggesting that global warming may be a good thing for humanity. Howard Frumkin sets the record straight on the impact of climate change on health.
Why are American mothers dying?
The Daily, February 8, 2018
Manisha Jha, a junior in the public health major and reporter at The Daily, sit down with a UW Medical Center obstetrician to talk rising maternal mortality rates in the United States.
Distinct vaginal bacteria linked to HIV risk
SPH News, February 7, 2018
A group of scientists, including several from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has found that certain types of vaginal bacterial are associated with an increased risk of HIV infection among women.
Reduction in heart disease deaths not evenly spread across U.S.
The Daily, January 31, 2018
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. A new UW study study highlights the disparities between rates of certain cardiovascular disease across states and towns in the U.S. Joel Kaufman, who did not take part in the study, provides one explanation of what is causing cardiovascular disease: ambient air pollution.
Scientists sue EPA over 'attempt to delegitimize science'
HuffPost, January 31, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over an October 2017 directive issued by Administrator Scott Pruitt prohibiting scientists who receive funding from the agency from serving on its advisory boards.
In a lawsuit filed Jan. 24, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group, and Elizabeth “Lianne” Sheppard argue that the agency’s directive is “arbitrary” and “an attempt to delegitimize science.”
Amazon joins with Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan to form health-care company
The Seattle Times, January 30, 2018
The three U.S. corporate giants say their new venture will work to improve employee care and lower costs "free from profit-making incentives and constraints." Aaron Katz weighs in.
Vaping can be addictive and may lure teenagers to smoking, science panel concludes
The New York Times, January 23, 2018
A national panel of public health experts concluded in a report released on Tuesday that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be at higher risk of smoking. David Eaton led the committee that reviewed existing research and issued the report.
E-cigarettes likely encourage kids to try tobacco but may help adults quit
NPR, January 23, 2018
Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit. That's according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which published a comprehensive public health review of more than 800 studies on e-cigarettes on Tuesday. David Eaton is quoted.
Vaping probably isn't good for you but at least it's better than smoking
The Verge, January 23, 2018
Electronic cigarettes may be less risky than the regular kind, but that still doesn’t mean they’re safe, according to the most exhaustive review of the research yet. David Eaton is quoted.
Report shows need for smarter occupational health surveillance
SPH News, January 22, 2018
A new report authored by a national committee of experts, including members from the University of Washington School of Public Health, says the United States needs a robust surveillance system to better understand the impact of working conditions on the health of working Americans.
An STI that you probably don't even know about is becoming common and resistant to medications
Newsweek, January 22, 2018
Australian health officials warn that mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, is acting like a superbug. Lisa Manhart is quoted.
Huge increases in Washington meth overdose deaths, say UW researchers
KIRO 7, January 19, 2018
A study by UW helps Washington state build a plan for dealing with an opioid crisis, but also reveals surprising statistics that have nothing to do with opioids. People in our region are dying in record numbers from meth overdoses. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
How to eat healthy: 25 easy ways to eat healthier every day
SELF, January 19, 2018
Eating healthy doesn't have to be convoluted. What's important is that you stick to the basics, which is easy to do with these 25 commonsense tips. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Academia's investment in diversity can enhance disaster science
Diverse Education, January 18, 2018
A series of devastating natural disasters in 2017 brought attention to the fact that extreme weather events disproportionately affect underserved communities. Nicole Errett calls for more disaster research.
Acculturation accounts for ethnic differences in obesity beliefs
SPH News, January 17, 2018
Hispanic women living in the United States experience higher rates of obesity than non-Hispanic white women. Now, new research from the University of Washington School of Public Health suggests that Hispanic women are less likely to believe that genetics is a trigger for the chronic disease – largely due to cultural variation in health beliefs.
Obesity care often team effort between primary care, community resources
Queen Anne News, January 17, 2018
Obesity in the United States is a common and costly problem, and for many of my primary care patients it decreases quality of life. Brandon Auerbach explains how obesity became a global epidemic and what can be done to prevent it.
Inslee takes next steps to continue work on opioid crisis
Medium, January 16, 2018
Following up on his executive order in 2016 and legislation from last session, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing next steps to fulfill a multi-pronged approach to combat the opioid crisis. Discussing his proposals on Jan. 15, Inslee was joined by Secretary of Health John Wiesman and his health cabinet, including Gary Franklin and Caleb Banta-Green.
3rd Act Magazine, January 16, 2018
Sexually transmitted diseases were once considered rare in older adults, but that is changing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports significant increases in STDs among adults 65 and over. HPV is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection. Rachel Winer is quoted.
One smarter upstream investment
POLITICO, January 10, 2018
To wrap up POLITICO's yearlong series on the future of health, a panel of experts and contributors were aske, if Washington could invest in one “upstream” factor – one big commitment to shape the future of national health – what should it be? Howard Frumkin is featured.
Night sweats and hot flashes tied to diabetes risk
SPH News, January 9, 2018
Women who experience common menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, may have an 18 percent greater risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study led by researchers from the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Marijuana vs. heroin
KING5, January 5, 2018
KING 5 interviews Dennis Donovan, director of the UW's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, about the comparison U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made between marijuana and heroin.
Soda tax goes into effect Jan. 1
Q13 TV, January 3, 2018
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health, School of Social Work and Evans School of Public Policy will study the effectiveness of Seattle's new soda tax. Jesse Jones-Smith is interviewed.
When cancer screenings are challenged for logic
UW Medicine Newsroom, January 3, 2018
A recent national news story called attention to an “epidemic” of unnecessary cancer screenings among senior citizens in the United States. Ruth Etzioni, whose research aims to better understand cancer's progression and the relative benefits and harms of medical interventions and policies, sheds light on the subject.
Marijuana use among pregnant teens has spiked in California
VICE News, January 3, 2018
California already has the world’s largest pot economy and the state is preparing to legalize recreational sales on Jan. 1. But a new study about marijuana use by pregnant women suggests the pot boom is having an overlooked impact on public health. THerese Grant is quoted.
What Chicago is learning from Cuba when it comes to fighting infant mortality
MSN News, January 3, 2018
Some neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side have an alarmingly high infant mortality rate. It’s a persistent and complex problem that doctors are trying to tackle. But resources can be scarce, so they are thinking creatively, which has led them to look to an unlikely role model: Cuba. Mary Anne Mercer is quoted.
Seattle's soda tax: financial incentive for your New Year's resolution
KUOW, January 3, 2018
Seattle’s new soda tax hits stores on January 1. Officials hope the tax - 1.75 pennies for every ounce of sugary drinks purchased - will help decrease obesity without hurting businesses. Scientists in Seattle will be monitoring the results. Jessie Jones-Smith is quoted.
'Nobody is exempt' from climate change's effects: Report released at meeting outlines what can be done on climate
The Nation, January 2, 2018
Howard Frumkin talks to The Nation's Health about the Lancet Countdown 2017 and how public health advocates can use it today.
University of Washington to study Seattle soda tax
KING5, December 29, 2017
The city of Seattle to give the University of Washington $500,000 to study the socio-economic impact of the new soda tax. Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.
Seattle's new 'Soda Tax' takes effect January 1
KOMO News, December 28, 2017
Seattle's tax on sugary drinks goes into effect on Monday, Jan. 1. Jesse Jones-Smith, who will lead a study of the tax's impact on consumption, is quoted.
UW to study soda tax impact on Seattle health, economics
Nutritional Sciences News, December 27, 2017
Researchers from public health, social work and public policy will examine whether buying and drinking habits change after the implementation of Seattle's soda tax on Jan. 1. Jessica Jones-Smith is the study's co-lead author.
Iowa moms, give your babies your liquid medication
Des Moines Register, December 22, 2017
If there was a free medication to reduce the chance of your baby becoming diabetic, being diagnosed with asthma, or dying from SIDS, would you give it to them? MPH student Tatiana Sarkhosh explains the importance of breastfeeding.
Graphic anti-smoking signs may actually encourage some teens to smoke
VICE, December 22, 2017
Hanging graphic warning posters about tobacco nearby checkout counters might actually encourage some kids to light up, according to a study in Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Sarah Ross-Viles says the findings aren’t damning of all graphic warning signs.
What Chicago is learning from Cuba when it comes to fighting infant mortality
Northwest Public Television, December 22, 2017
Some neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, as with other of the most low-income parts of the US, have an alarmingly high infant mortality rate. It’s a problem that doctors are trying to tackle, but resources can be scarce, so they're thinking creatively, which has led them to look to an unlikely role model: Cuba.
A new era in diabetic kidney disease
Medpage Today, December 22, 2017
Two newer classes of glucose-lowering drugs may change the future of diabetic kidney disease. Ian de Boer is quoted.
High levels of air pollution in the U.S. is linked to psychological stress, study says
Mic, December 22, 2017
Toxic air is already a serious problem for Americans. Every year, about 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer an early death because of air pollution, according to a 2013 study, and poisonous particles have also been connected to lung and heart disease. Anjum Hajat, lead author of the study, is quoted.
'Typical primary care in an atypical setting:' Puerto Rico
The Huddle, December 15, 2017
UW Department of Global Health graduate certificate program alumni, Dr. Nelson Chiu, shares his experiences in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
Gene variants increase HIV infection risk among those exposed
SPH News, December 14, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health have pinpointed genetic variants that markedly increase HIV infection risk among people exposed to the virus. These variants, described in a study published earlier this month in PLOS Pathogens, raised the risk of HIV infection by two- to eight-fold.
Health systems miss critical window for Shigella prevention
ASPPH, December 14, 2017
Death from diarrheal disease is entirely preventable, yet it remains the second leading cause of death worldwide in children under five. When a child arrives at a clinic with severe diarrhea in a low-income country, what dictates the treatment they get? How do we define the severity of their condition and when do we assume it could be life threatening?
UW project seeks sustainable blueprint for hydropower dams
UW News, December 13, 2017
In a study published Dec. 8 in Science, researchers from the UW, Arizona State University and others institutions have proposed a solution that allows dam operators to generate power in ways that also protect — and possibly improve — food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia. In one aspect of the project, Bart Nijssen (civil and environmental engineering) will help forecast future floods under hydropower and climate change scenarios, while Adam Drewnowski (public health) will integrate the fish and rice nutrient data with information on the nutritional needs of the local population.
Should the U.S. look at gun violence as a public health issue?
CBS News, December 12, 2017
For more than two decades, Congress has restricted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding public health research into gun violence. Fred Rivara, a former recipient of CDC funding to study gun violence, argues that the U.S. needs to go back to looking at the issue from a public health perspective.
Don't be a 'smombie': Pay attention crossing the street
The Seattle Times, December 8, 2017
Texting while driving has become socially unacceptable across the country; now it’s time to ban distracted walking. Op-ed authored by graduate student Nellie Adams.
CVS, Amazon and the 'mass freak-out': How tech is reshaping the healthcare industry
GeekWire, December 7, 2017
As Amazon considers selling prescription drugs online and CVS Pharmacies join forces with health insurance provider Aetna, some wonder if the tech industry is reshaping healthcare in the U.S. Aaron Katz weighs in.
Humans of the UW: Ryan Wagstaff
The Daily, December 7, 2017
The UW takes pride in its diversity, claiming this year’s entering class to be the most diverse on record. The numbers refer to diversity of race and ethnicity primarily, but gender, nationality, sexuality, and ideology are highlighted as well. Ryan Wagstaff, a first-year student, exemplifies diversity not only as a gay person of color, but as an individual who has faced a mountain of adversity.
Chicagoan serves cannabis as conversation changer
The Columbia Chronicle, December 5, 2017
A Chicago restaurant called Herbal Notes serves a six-course cannabis-infused meal to patients approved for medical marijuana usage. Beatriz Carlini is quoted about whether this new fad is worrisome.
Trump's opioid declaration is meaningless without treatment dollars
The Seattle Times, December 5, 2017
President Donald Trump’s recent declaration of a public-health emergency for the opioid epidemic is mostly meaningless without more dollars for treatment. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Still silenced: Sexual harassment of farm workers rarely makes headlines
Yakima Herald, December 5, 2017
Sexual harassment among farmworkers in the Yakima Valley is prevalent, but there are groups making efforts to educate and help women feel safe while reporting these incidents. The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is one such group. Victoria Breckwich is quoted.
If we can't stop gun violence, we can plan for it
Crosscut, November 29, 2017
Monica Vavilala, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Eileen Bulger co-author a Crosscut article calling public attention to a national firearm injury campaign called Stop the Bleed Washington, which seeks not only to educate but also to provide cleeding-control equipment in all public places.
To study violence after gun shows, researchers turn to an unlikely source
WIRED, November 29, 2017
In a recent study of how gun shows impact rates of gun violence in neighboring communities, researchers turned to an unlikely source -- a print periodical that appears on newsstands nationwide twice a year. Fred Rivara, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.
The Washington Post, November 29, 2017
Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law, a Kaiser Health News investigation has found. Anna Wald, a leading herpes expert, is quoted.
Why white males love their guns
Daily Mail, November 28, 2017
An analysis of data from gun owners across the 48 contiguous states found that gun ownership may act as a coping mechanism for white men who suffer economic stresses; in these cases, guns may seem a symbol of freedom, heroism, and power.
Laurel County Health Department awarded national accreditation through PHAB
The Sentinel Echo, November 27, 2017
Laurel County Health Department announced recently that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Ray Nicola, chair of the PHAB's Board of Directors, was quoted.
Differences in tumor, survival in metastatic breast cancers
SPH News, November 17, 2017
Researchers have identified differences in tumor characteristics and survival in women diagnosed with de novo stage IV metastatic breast cancer compared to those with recurrent metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
Salmon industry wants to prepare for more acidic oceans
KUOW, November 17, 2017
Carbon emissions are making the oceans more acidic. That’s long been known to harm shellfish, but new research shows more acidic water could take a toll on salmon, as well. Chase Williams is quoted about a study led by Evan Gallagher.
Tracking the health consequences of climate change
UW Daily, November 16, 2017
While most research examines climate change as an environmental problem, one recent global initiative is interested in tracking how human health will be affected by a changing climate. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
Climate Central, November 16, 2017
As climate change fuels large wildfires, the pollution they're releasing is making Americans sick and undermining decades of progress in cleaning the air. Jeremy Hess is quoted.
How air pollution clouds mental health
SPH News, November 14, 2017
Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine connections between toxic air and obesity, diabetes, and dementia. Now add to that list psychological distress, which UW School of Public Health researchers have found is also associated with air pollution.
Most mole biopsies are benign, says text analysis of EMRs
UW Medicine Newsroom, November 14, 2017
The great majority of biopsied moles pose no danger, according to an analysis of 80,000 skin samples that employed natural language processing software to glean patient data and generate population-level estimates of diagnoses.
Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds
CNN, November 14, 2017
The first large head-to-head comparison of two opioid addiction medications found that, although they were equally effective in getting people off of high levels of opioids, users had a significantly more difficult time starting a regimen of naltrexone, compared with buprenorphine. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Study finds 72 previously unknown genes for breast cancer
Epi News, November 8, 2017
There are seventy-two previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer, according to a new study by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers around the world, including a co-investigator from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.
A lifeline to mental health
UW Homepage, November 7, 2017
Lisa Lovejoy, a program coordinator at Harborview Medical Center, suffered for years with mental illness. By sharing her story, she hopes to inspire others to find their way to better health. Jürgen Unützer is quoted.
Grappling with breast cancer around the globe
Fred Hutch News, November 7, 2017
A Fred Hutch global cancer initiative uses collaborations, common sense strategies to tackle health disparities in low- and middle-income countries. Ben Anderson is featured.
Take a shower today? Science says that might have been a mistake
Inc., November 7, 2017
Research on immunology suggests showering daily isn't the best for you. A study from the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health is cited.
E-cigarettes with more nicotine may make teens vape more
The Verge, November 7, 2017
Nicotine in electronic cigarettes may be responsible for turning teens into regular smokers and vapers. Megan Moreno is quoted.
4 reasons why US health care is so expensive
CNN, November 7, 2017
Health care spending in the United States increased by about $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. Joseph L. Dieleman, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Hospitals are helping make us all sick
Popular Science, November 6, 2017
Greenhouse gas emissions from health care will be responsible for the loss of thousands of years of life. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
How air pollution clouds mental health
UW News, November 2, 2017
A study by researchers at the UW School of Public Health and UW Sociology is believed to be the first to use a nationally representative survey pool, cross-referenced with pollution data at the census block level, to evaluate the connection between toxic air and mental health. Anjum Hajat, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Smartphones are 'everywhere, all the time.' What does that mean for kids?
USA Today, November 1, 2017
Researchers studying children and media are pushing for more research into how kids are impacted by increased time in front of digital screens. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
I cook for myself every night, even when I'm super busy - here's how
SELF, October 30, 2017
People who cook at home often are more likely to have an overall healthier diet than those who don't, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Author Amber Brenza reached out to the study's author, Adam Drewnowski, to learn why.
What CVS's acquisition of Aetna could mean
4-traders, October 28, 2017
A possible $66 billion takeover of health insurer Aetna by CVS Health could lower costs to both companies, leading to the hope that at least some savings might be passed through to patients – or it could be a sign that for a long-standing player in the medicine game, "the jig is up." Aaron Katz is quoted.
Can gun shows trigger gun violence?
HealthDay, October 27, 2017
A troubling new investigation reveals that when gun shows have been staged in Nevada, the neighboring state of California has seen gun-related injuries and fatalities jump by nearly 70 percent in communities that are an easy drive to the Nevada border. Fred Rivara, who co-atuhored an accompanying editorial, is quoted.
Analysis: Getting the lead out of our skies
Environmental Health News, October 26, 2017
Rachel Shaffer and Steven Gilbert co-author an op-ed on how toxic leaded gas in piston-engine planes are tainting nearby water and soil and impacting the health of children.
Brace yourself Washington: Your health insurance is getting more expensive
KUOW, October 26, 2017
Insurance companies in Washington announced their 2018 rates for individual health plans. On average, prices are going up 36 percent. Aaron Katz is quoted.
Nature contact tied to better mental health, sleep
SPH News, October 25, 2017
Spending more time outdoors in nature, particularly in green spaces such as gardens, is tied to better mental health and fewer sleepless nights, according to new research from an international group of scientists, including Edmund Seto.
Adult exposure to lead may hinder learning and spatial memory
SPH News, October 25, 2017
Lead exposure during adulthood may cause persistent deficits in certain forms of learning and memory, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Homelessness is Seattle's public health crisis
Crosscut, October 25, 2017
In 2015, Seattle and King County each declared a homelessness State of Emergency. Both have made commendable efforts since then to intensify outreach, coordinate services, facilitate permanent housing and expand safe temporary shelter options. However, these efforts are still too little and too slow, write Bill Daniell and Ben Danielson.
Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily
SPH News, October 25, 2017
An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm.
No One is Coming: Investigation Reveals Hospices Abandon Patients at Death's Door
TIME, October 25, 2017
A Kaiser Health News investigation, published in cooperation with TIME, shows hospice workers miss visits and neglect patients in their care, who are dying at home. Families or caregivers have filed over 3,200 complaints with state officials in the past five years. Joan Teno is quoted.
Gun training covers many safety issues, but not some major ones
Reuters, October 24, 2017
Most firearm safety courses cover basics such as safely loading and unloading a gun, but few instructors address suicide prevention, domestic violence or prevention of gun theft, according to a study focused on the U.S. Northeast. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is quoted.
3 innovations that could transform TB diagnosis and care
Devex, October 23, 2017
Ending global tuberculosis will require new diagnostic tools, new ways to support adherence to treatment, new drug regimens, and a vaccine, experts told Devex at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Researchers say oral swabbing is a safe and easy alternative to sputum collection for TB diagnosis. Gerard Cangelosi is quoted.
Maternal immunization safety monitoring in low- and middle-income countries: A roadmap for program development
Impatient Optimists - Gates Foundation Blog, October 23, 2017
Andy Stergachis and Eve Lackritz co-author a blog post with Maria Stepanchak about the importance of maternal immunization and its effectiveness as a strategy for reducing morbidity and mortality in both newborns and pregnant women.
Pollution killed 9 million people in 2015
ScienceNews, October 23, 2017
About one in every six premature deaths worldwide is linked to dirty air, water and soil, according to a global study published Oct. 19. Joel Kaufman, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Breast cancer genetics revealed: 72 new mutations discovered in global study
CNN, October 23, 2017
Researchers from 300 institutions around the world combined forces to discover 72 previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer. Two studies describing their work was published in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics. Sara Lindstroem took part in the study.
After Nevada hosts a gun show, California sees sharp rise in gun-related injuries and deaths
LA Times, October 23, 2017
Findings from a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine show that state gun laws have a measurable effect on public safety, especially when it comes to gun shows. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Fred Rivara are quoted.
More Americans are carrying handguns than ever before
Mother Jones, October 20, 2017
Three million people pack loaded weapons every day—and that means more crime, not less. Cites research conducted by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.
Study refutes a big health care special interest's talking points
Huffington Post, October 19, 2017
A recently completed study by researchers at the University of Washington shows that children and adults in Alaska Native communities served by dental therapists—comparable to a nurse practitioner or physician assistant— had significantly better oral health outcomes than people in communities not served by them. Donald Chi, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Finding links between mental health and gun ownership
SPH News, October 18, 2017
The University of Washington School of Public Health is taking an important step toward reducing gun violence in communities, thanks to a gift from Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAGV). The School will lead the first study in 10 years to use mental health data from the longest-running national survey system to inform gun safety policy.
The women who should win the Nobel Prize - but haven't
Pacific Standard, October 17, 2017
Today, while women still face real discrimination in science, the Nobel committees have no excuse. There are more than enough women who have done Nobel-caliber work. To highlight the scientific work of these women, Pacific Standard highlights two, including Mary-Claire King.
UW researchers team up with youth football program to study concussion risk
KIRO 7, October 17, 2017
University of Washington researchers are teaming up with the Northwest Junior Football League to study youth concussions. Fred Rivara is quoted.
2017's best cities for vegans and vegetarians
WalletHub, October 16, 2017
About eight million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. But finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge, depending on where you find yourself hungry in America. Jim Krieger shares thoughts on switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet without breaking your budget.
Timeline: The fight for Seattle-area injection sites and cases against them
KIRO7, October 16, 2017
Earlier this year King County leaders vowed to open injection sites for heroin addicts to shoot up in legally. Nearly 10 months after that promise, no locations have opened, and a tough discussion continues into whether these clinics should function in the community. Caleb Banta-Green is mentioned.
Reducing mental health disparities among Latina immigrants
SPH News, October 13, 2017
India Ornelas, associate professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health, has received $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to test an innovative program aimed at reducing mental health disparities among Mexican immigrant women.
Leaders schedule North Mason forum on opioids
Kitsap Sun, October 12, 2017
Mason County Public Health and other local stakeholders have scheduled a community forum on the issue of the opioid crisis. Caleb Banta-Green will be a keynote speaker for the event.
After Ebola, West Africa must brace for more deadly fevers
Reuters, October 11, 2017
West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, according to a new study, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. Simon Hay is quoted commenting on the study, published in The Lancet.
Closing the global mental health treatment gap in Mozambique
SPH News, October 9, 2017
This World Mental Health Day, on Oct. 10, the UW School of Public Health highlights Bradley Wagenaar’s work as an example of projects from the Department of Global Health’s program in global mental health, to be led next year by Dr. Pamela Collins, formerly of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The program is a joint effort with the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Gun violence: A public health crisis
KING 5 News, October 9, 2017
Pediatricians are callying gun violence a public health crisis America. An op-ed authored by Fred Rivara is mentioned.
Gun violence: How the U.S. compares with other countries
NPR Goats and Soda, October 6, 2017
A new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence unrelated to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared with those in much of the rest of the world. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
How much can really be done on gun control locally?
Crosscut, October 5, 2017
After one of the deadliest shootings in American history, Washington state residents are questioning what if anything can be done locally to prevent similar tragedies from happening here. Fred Rivara is quoted.
Six policy topics every healthcare executive needs to understand
Managed Healthcare Executive, October 5, 2017
Cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments is one policy topic under intense political discussion. Part of the Affordable Care Act, the goal is for CSRs to help insurers cover low- and medium-income people. Phillip Haas is included in a round-up of five policy topics every healthcare executive should understand.
To “Build Back Better,” we must build back healthier
RWJF New Connections Blog, October 5, 2017
Nicole Errett pens blog post for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections about the need to build back healthier after natural disasters.
Breast Health Global Initiative receives support from Susan G. Komen
Fred Hutch News, October 5, 2017
Longtime leader in global cancer control Dr. Ben Anderson was awarded $550,000 by Susan G. Komen to further his work with the Breast Health Global Initiative, or BHGI, an international health alliance founded by Fred Hutch and the Komen organization.
Mobile app to support rural breast cancer survivors
SPH News, October 4, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health developed and successfully pilot-tested a mobile app, called SmartSurvivor, which incorporates components of a survivorship care plan into a mobile interface.
Trauma may be woven into DNA of Native Americans
Indian Country Today, October 3, 2017
A new report from the Academy of Pediatrics introduces the idea that trauma experienced by earlier generations, including of Native Americans, can influence the structure of our genes, making them more likely to "switch on" negative responses to stress and trauma. Bonnie Duran is quoted.
Health officials warn fake pills could lead to overdose
KOMO News, October 3, 2017
King County health officials are concerned that a bag of pills, found on a person believed to have died of an overdose, could result in a string of overdose deaths in Seattle. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
100% fruit juice not linked to hypertension, diabetes in adults
SPH News, October 2, 2017
Some experts believe 100 percent fruit juice should be included in dietary policies, such as taxes on sugary drinks. However, a new study from the UW School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that fruit juice in moderation does not cause high blood pressure or diabetes in adults.
Concussion treatment for children
Consumer Reports, September 27, 2017
What's the appropriate concussion treatment for children? Experts, including Fred Rivara, advise on what to do if your child or teenager sustains a concussion while playing contact sports.
Gun violence in movies a trigger for teens?
U.S. News and World Reports, September 25, 2017
Kids who see gun violence in movies are more likely to play with and fire a gun if they have access to one, a new study finds. Dimitri Christakis co-wrote an accompanying journal editorial and is quoted in the story.
Extreme heat linked to EMS call volume among certain groups
SPH News, September 20, 2017
Calls to 9-1-1 for serious emergency medical assistance increase significantly on days of extreme heat, especially in poor, elderly and urban populations, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing
ScienceNews, September 19, 2017
As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
The direct approach: Community supported agriculture continues to grow in the Yakima Valley
Yakima Herald, September 18, 2017
Adam Drewnowski weighs in on the growing popularity of community supported agriculture, also known as CSAs.
The great nutrient collapse
POLITICO, September 15, 2017
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. A mathematician is on a mission to highlight the impact of CO2 on plant quality to human nutrition. Kris Ebi weighs in.
Washington Global Health Alliance announces 2017 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners
WGHA Website, September 15, 2017
The Washington Global Health Alliance announced the 2017 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners. Stephen (Steve) Gloyd will receive the Award for Impact and Anjuli Wagner was named a Rising Leader in global health.
Why it's legal to pump untreated canal water into Californians' homes
News Deeply, September 14, 2017
In the Imperial Valley, nearly 3,000 homes are dependent on raw canal water for showering, washing and other household uses. State regulators sanction the arrangement, but others are concerned about health risks. Vanessa Galaviz is quoted.
The week my husband left and my house was burgled, I secured a grant to begin the project that became BRCA1
Huffington Post, September 14, 2017
Mary-Claire King describes the hectic and painful days leading up to an important presentation at the National Institutes of Health, which then led to 33 years of studying inherited breast cancer and the project that became BRCA1.
Health at a planetary scale
POLITICO, September 13, 2017
SPH's Howard Frumking and Harvard's Sam Myers co-author an op-ed about a new paradigm called "planetary health," and how it asserts that human beings cannot thrive over time while degrading the ecological life support systems that sustain us.
Research team suggests effort to explore nature's impact on health
PatientDaily, September 13, 2017
To discover potential correlations between contact with nature and health conditions, researchers at the University of Washington, led by Howard Frumkin, recently posed the question “how do you measure a ‘dose’ of nature?” with a focus on lifestyle and environmental planning.
Re-analysis finds benefit in cancer screening. Should you believe it?
Forbes, September 11, 2017
A new paper suggests that testing for prostate specific antigen, which the government had previously advised against, is actually helpful. Ruth Etzioni is the paper's lead author.
Physician leaders will shape the future of medicine
Forbes, September 11, 2017
With today’s challenges in the shifting landscape of healthcare and the unpredictable fate of federal legislation , it’s essential that physicians are directly involved in healthcare leadership to navigate a better way forward for the profession and patients. Kurt O'Brien was quoted at a recent Washington State Medical Association leadership conference.
What we still don't know about the health benefits of nature
The Dirt, September 8, 2017
We know that connecting with nature is good for us, but there are still many questions that need to be answered through more credible scientific research. To get a better handle on the remaining unknowns, leading public health expert Howard Frumkin assembled a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Washington to craft a creative, ambitious research agenda, published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
HPV vaccine may even protect women who never got it
U.S. News, September 8, 2017
Fewer adult women are becoming infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a trend that includes females who have never received the HPV vaccine, a new study reports. Linda Eckert wrote an editorial accompanying the new study.
Promoting health and well-being during disaster recovery
SPH News, September 6, 2017
Nicole Errett, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a 12-month, $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study how state policies for disaster recovery planning promote health and well-being.
Road map to a sustainable, equitable food system in WA
SPH News, September 6, 2017
Members of the Washington State Food System Roundtable, including a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health, addressed the state's food issues in a report released online this summer. Called a “prospectus,” the report presents goals and strategies to achieve a 25-year vision for the state’s food system.
Height plays role in aggressive prostate cancer
SPH News, September 5, 2017
Men measuring 5 feet 9 inches and taller are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutch.
Evaluating innovative emergency communications tools
SPH News, September 1, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health have been evaluating innovative emergency communications tools, such as text messaging, to find out what it takes to turn evidence into practice to improve preparedness and response.
Naloxone can save a drug user's life, but it will not solve the opioid crisis
KUOW, August 31, 2017
Bill Radke speaks with Caleb Banta-Green about how Naloxone, the emergency overdose drug, can save a person's life in a matter of minutes.
Skagit County's new jail ready for inmates, but who will provide their medical care?
Bellingham Herald, August 31, 2017
With Skagit County set to move jail inmates into the new Community Justice Center, questions remain about who will provide medical services. Marc Stern is quoted.
Who is responsible for helmets when it comes to bike shares?
SeattlePI, August 30, 2017
Doctors and others the need for helmet safety when establishing bike share programs in cities. Fred Rivara was quoted.
Bike share and helmets: Let's be realistic
Crosscut, August 29, 2017
Frederick Rivara co-authors an op-ed on the dangers of biking without a helmet, and notes that head injuries could increase with the introduction of new bike share companies in town.
UW study questions standard herpes test
SeattlePI, August 29, 2017
A UW study is calling the standard, FDA-approved herpes test into question after the university's results showed rather large margins of error. Cites research by Anna Wald.
What the public is saying about miscarriage in 140 characters
NPR Shots, August 27, 2017
Public health researchers affiliated with the UW School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation are using Twitter to find out how people are talking about miscarriage online.
Opioids: Leading cause of drug deaths in Seattle area
SPH News, August 25, 2017
Drug deaths hit a record high of 332 in King County, in Washington state, in 2016, according to an annual report published by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI). Two-thirds of those deaths were caused by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.
The Middle East's wars are creating a lost generation
The Nation, August 25, 2017
For the children who are struggling to survive the Middle East’s ongoing wars, the impacts could be life-changing. According to a new study, led by Ali Mokdad, the trauma will likely continue to affect them decades from now, haunting the bodies, minds, and families of what scientists call a “lost generation.”
7 reasons you should never drink out of plastic water bottles
Cosmopolitan, August 25, 2017
Everyone knows that water is the healthiest thing you can drink — but science suggests drinking from plastic water bottles might not be the best thing for you or the environment. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Research agenda: How do you measure a "dose" of nature?
Newsbeat, August 24, 2017
We know that connecting with nature is good for our health, thanks to a growing body of evidence. But how do we measure a “dose” of nature? Scientists, led by Howard Frumkin, say a research effort focused on questions like this has the potential to yield public health insights.
Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes
Newsbeat, August 24, 2017
Tests commonly used to diagnose oral and genital herpes are often unreliable, missing some cases of infection and, in others, identifying an infection that does not exist, according to a new study by Anna Wald and Keith Jerome.
Helmets may be Seattle law, but many bike-share riders don't wear them
The Seattle Times, August 23, 2017
The launch of three new stationless bike-share companies in Seattle is also leading to more helmetless bike riding. Biking without a helmet is against the law, but police are focusing more on education than handing out tickets. Fred Rivara is quoted.
20 percent more smokers quit after $1 price increase
The New York Times, August 23, 2017
When the price of a pack of cigarettes increases by $1, there is a 20 percent increase in rates of quitting smoking. This comes from a study co-authored by Joel Kaufman, principal investigar of the MESA Air study.
Mixing opioids and sedatives raises overdose risk
SPH News, August 17, 2017
Patients who are prescribed both opioids and sedating drugs are six times more likely to die of an overdose than people on opioids alone, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
When he's not charting a course for the moon, this entrepreneur is planning big things for your gut
Inc., August 17, 2017
The serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Viome, Naveen Jain, is taking steps to commercialize research on microorganisms in the human gut and how they play a role in health and disease. Adam Drewnowski weighs in.
NIMH's Dr. Pamela Collins leaves NIH to head global mental health at University of Washington
NIH Global Health Matters, August 11, 2017
A champion of global mental research who helped raise its profile internationally, Dr. Pamela Y. Collins has left the NIH to join the University of Washington as director of global mental health for the Department of Global Health.
Antibiotics use by India's poultry farms endangering human lives, says expert
Hindustan Times, August 11, 2017
Ramanan Laxminarayan (MPH '99, Epi), director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, says most of the poultry feed available in the Indian market is medicated, but the majority of farmers were unaware of the presence of antibiotic growth promoters premixed in chicken feed.
UW study: Chronic depression in teens may lead to abuse of marijuana
KNKX, August 10, 2017
Middle school students who are severely depressed could be at an elevated risk of developing a problem with marijuana by the time they finish high school, according to a study conducted by Isaac Rhew.
Link between depression and marijuana use among teens
SPH News, August 9, 2017
Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, according to a new study from the UW, authored by Isaac Rhew.
How meal delivery kits represent an 'exciting prospect for the future of food'
National Post, August 9, 2017
Meal kits are not a better way to cook, but they do offer an alternative that has the power to encourage more people to actually prepare their own food, writes Claudia McNeilly. She cites research from the UW School of Public Health, authored by Adam Drewnowski and Anju Aggarwal, that found home-cooked dinners are healthier than eating out.
Priorities for little-known sexually transmitted infection
Epi News, August 8, 2017
As part of an effort to determine whether it is time for a public health control program for Mycoplasma genitalium, Lisa Manhart from the UW School of Public Health and Harold Wiesenfeld from the University of Pittsburgh, summarized what is known about M. genitalium infection in women and outlined recommendations for future research to better understand the implications of M. genitalium in women’s health.
Few U.S. gun owners get training that includes suicide prevention
Reuters, August 8, 2017
About 61 percent of firearm owners in the U.S. have received formal training in handling their guns, but only one in seven say it included prevention of suicide - the number one cause of gun deaths, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
What does all this smoke in Seattle mean for your health?
KUOW, August 3, 2017
KUOW’s Bill Radke spoke with Sverre Vedal, a pulmonary physician at the UW who studies the effects of air pollution at the School of Public Health, about what the wildfire smoke in Seattle means for our health.
Penis microbes linked to increased risk of HIV infection
Scientific American, July 31, 2017
A number of studies have investigated how circumcision affects HIV incidence in men, but few have focused on the penile microbiome, the community of microorganisms living on the penis. In a new study, researchers sought to follow up on these studies by investigating and quantifying the relationship between anaerobic bacteria in the penile microbiome and HIV risk. Jared Baeten is quoted.
Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows
The New York Times, July 31, 2017
A new study suggests India will see more suicide deaths as climate change brings hotter temperatures that damage crops and exacerbate drought. Howard Frumkin in quoted.
Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences
UW News, July 28, 2017
Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. New members include Joel Kaufman and Howard Frumkin. Shirley Beresford was elected to the society's Board.
The effective opioid treatment few doctors are using
Athena Insight, July 28, 2017
As Congress debates how many billions of dollars to spend combating the opioid epidemic, health experts are debating the best methods of treatment for opioid addiction. Caleb Banta-Green outlines the benefits of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.
Genetic health risks
KOMO 4, July 27, 2017
University of Washington medical geneticist Gail Jarvik urges caution when interpreting consumer genetic tests from 23andMe for conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Native American casinos linked to lower childhood obesity rates
SPH News, July 26, 2017
Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers. A new study of Native American casinos in California finds that an increase in slot machines is linked to lower rates of childhood obesity.
Experts: Water shutoffs causing public health emergency
The Detroit News, July 26, 2017
A panel of experts, including physicians, called for a declaration of a public health emergency in Detroit on July 26 and have accused city health officials of ignoring a hospital study which found a correlation between water shutoffs and water-related illnesses. Wendy Johnson was quoted.
Guidelines for One Health epidemiological studies
SPH News, July 26, 2017
The University of Washington Center for One Health Research has played a major role in the development of a new set of guidelines for research in One Health, a growing field that looks at linkages between the health of people, animals, and the changing ecosystems we share.
These are the climate myths being spread by a powerful Congressman
BuzzFeed News, July 26, 2017
A powerful House Republican wants the world to stop freaking out about carbon emissions and instead focus on the supposed benefits of climate change. Howard Frumkin says Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) comments extend beyond nonsense.
Study: Teen depression linked to cannabis use
King 5 News, July 26, 2017
A recent UW study found that teen depression linked to cannabis use. Isaac Rhew is interviewed.
See if you're one of the 250 million Americans whose drinking water is laced with cancer-linked pollutants
Patch, July 26, 2017
Dangerous chemicals tied to cancer, problems in pregnancy and child development issues are found in drinking water across the country, according to a new report. Scott Meschke says, "filters don't remove everything."
Washington's weed industry has a million-pound waste problem
The Stranger, July 26, 2017
About 1.7 million pounds of plant waste has been created by Washington state's legal marijuana industry since pot farms were first licensed in 2014, and while the tax man and the pot dealer are getting their cash, most of the compostable waste created by the industry is being dumped in landfills. Alumna Trecia Ehrlich is quoted.
Only 3 in 5 gun owners have received firearms training
Mother Jones, July 24, 2017
Forty percent of America’s gun owners have not received any formal firearms training, according to a new study by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar. In a new story by Mother Jones, Rowhani-Rahbar says traning programs aren't reaching a larger fraction of gun owners than they used to many years ago.
Climate change is killing us right now
New Republic, July 20, 2017
The most obvious effect of global warming is not a doomsday scenario. Extreme heat is happening today, and wreaking havoc on vulnerable bodies. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Experiencing homelessness as a pet owner
The Daily, July 20, 2017
Many homeless people face structural violence and they lack access to available resources like food, health care and housing. This often makes it difficult to take care of themselves and their pet. Amy Hagopian is quoted.
The Population Health Initiative provides grants to support interdisciplinary faculty projects
The Daily, July 19, 2017
The UW Population Health Initiative is providing faculty the chance to upstart projects that fulfill the initiatives vision: To create a world where people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Through pilot research grants, groups of two or more principal investigators from different academic departments can receive up to $50,000 in funding for their projects.
Please don't panic over the chemicals in your mac and cheese
Slate, July 19, 2017
A recent New York Times story raised concerns about tosic chemicals in mac cheese but missed some key facts, according to a new article in Slate. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Naval Research Laboratory scientists find high prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Kenya
Infection Control Today, July 18, 2017
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya, Kenya Medical Research Institute and University of Washington used a microarray to test bacteria from the intestinal tract of healthy individuals and ailing patients in Kenya and discovered a high prevalence of bacteria strains resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Judd Walson and Patricia Pavlinac were involved in the research study.
The uncertainty of the U.S. health insurance industry
KOMO Radio, July 18, 2017
KOMO Radio's Herb Weisbaum interviews Aaron Katz about President Trump's decision to "let Obamacare fail."
4 out of 10 self-defense handgun owners have received no formal firearms training
The Trace, July 18, 2017
More Americans than ever before own firearms for protection, but the percentage of people who undergo formal training on how to use their weapons has flatlined, according to a new paper by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar published in the journal Injury Prevention.
Cannabis use at 18 linked to depression in young teens
United Press International, July 17, 2017
A new study by researchers in Seattle has found adolescents with chronic or severe depression are at a higher risk of developing a cannabis-use problem at 18. Cites research by Isaac Rhew and Ann Vander Stoep.
There's no such thing as normal when it comes to aging
Columns Magazine, July 17, 2017
Julie Gardner highlights the key recommendations made by Dr. Eric Larson and Joan DeClaire in their new book called "Enlightened Aging."
Does the world's top weed killer cause cancer? Trump's EPA will decide
Bloomberg Businessweek, July 13, 2017
Roundup has revolutionized farming. Now, human health and Bayer’s $66 billion deal for Monsanto depend on an honest appraisal of its safety. Lianne Sheppard is quoted.
Q&A: Complex lessons about cancer risk from Holocaust survivors
Fred Hutch News, July 12, 2017
Throughout her research career, Beti Thompson has explored the rough edges of our health care system, calling out the inequities that set poor people and minority groups aside and lead to disparities in disease burdens, access to care and lifespan. Thompson discusses the links between extreme traumatic events and disease in a Q&A.
When it comes to diet and health, more money may not mean more problems
The Daily, July 12, 2017
On June 5, the Seattle City Council passed a sugary beverage tax of 1.75 cents per ounce on soda, sport drinks, energy drinks and fruits drinks. Notably missing was diet soda. Jessie Jones-Smith discusses the socioeconomic differences between the two and how income impacts diet and health.
Ask Brianna: How can I eat well and stay fit on a budget?
Associated Press, July 11, 2017
"Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. In a recent response to a reader's question about eating well on a budget, Brianna cited the UW School of Public Health's study on cooking dinner at home.
Maternal lifestyle may impact risk of diabetes, obesity
SPH News, July 11, 2017
A new study from the School found that pregnant women who maintain total healthy lifestyles – they eat well, stay physically active, have low stress and don’t smoke – are nearly four and a half times less likely to have gestational diabetes.
The GOP's health care legislation is cruel and punitive, doctors say
Truthout, July 10, 2017
The health bill overhaul has been vexing his administration and angering the general US population. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support what Trump and the Senate aim to do with the country's health care system. Aaron Katz in quoted.
Legal fireworks are likely the most dangerous kinds
ASPPH, July 6, 2017
About 10, 500 people are treated every year for fireworks-related injuries in the United States, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. A new study from the University of Washington suggests certain fireworks that are legal to buy in most states are likely the most dangerous.
Opioid prescriptions dropped but remain high, CDC says
CNN, July 6, 2017
Opioids continue to be prescribed at high rates, a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds, even as drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in the country, killing more people than guns or car accidents. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Girl power strengthens health in Nigeria
PATH Blog, July 6, 2017
By showing girls their “powerful voices,” Onyinye Edeh helps improve health and builds a new generation of role models.
Opioid prescriptions fall after 2010 peak, CDC report finds
The New York Times, July 6, 2017
The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41 percent — since then. Bruce Psaty is quoted.
Guns in America: The worrying relationship between school-bullying and gun violence
Newsweek, July 5, 2017
Maayan Simckes authors a piece for The Conversation detailing her study of bullied youth and access to a loaded gun without adult permission.
Increased gun violence risk among bullied students
ASPPH, July 3, 2017
School-age adolescents who experience bullying are three times more likely to report access to a loaded gun, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Critics: El Paso County 'pingpongs' from one troubled jail health care provider to another
The Gazette, July 2, 2017
A Miami-based correctional health care provider found a fresh start in El Paso County, winning a jail contract potentially worth up to $40 million eight months after it was banned from jails and prisons in New York state following a string of inmate deaths. Marc Stern is quoted.
Researchers to probe effect of Seattle's minimum wage hike on child-care workers
Education Week, June 30, 2017
A team of researchers at the University of Washington, studying the impact of the city's minimum wage hike, plan to take a closer look at how the wage change has affected child-care workers in the city. Jennifer Otten is quoted.
Why climate change belongs in the health care debate?
Yes Magazine, June 29, 2017
Stephen Miller talks to Howard Frumkin about climate change and how it fits into the latest government health care battles.
Study examines accuracy of melanoma biopsy findings
HS Newsbeat, June 28, 2017
Every year, millions of Americans have a suspicious mole or skin lesion biopsied and sent to a pathologist to learn whether it is a potentially deadly melanoma. New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized. Features research by Joann Elmore.
How will you die? Odds are it'll be cardiovascular disease
Counsel Heal, June 27, 2017
A recent report states that one-third of all deaths worldwide are from cardiovascular disease. In 2015 alone, 18 million people died of heart and vascular disease. Gregory Roth is quoted.
Debate: Will the GOP healthcare bill hurt or help Washington state?
KUOW, June 27, 2017
Bill Radke talks with Aaron Katz, who teaches health policy the UW School of Public Health, and retired physician Roger Stark, a healthcare analyst for the Washington Policy Center, about the new proposed health care bill.
Understanding the night shift-cancer connection
Fred Hutch News, June 26, 2017
A new study conducted by Parveen Bhatti sheds more light on how shift work damages our health — and points toward a potential workaround. Previous research by Scott Davis is also referenced.
If you feel like you're doing everything right and still can't lose weight, this could be why
Quartz, June 25, 2017
Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Kidney-on-a-chip to travel to International Space Station
HS Newsbeat, June 23, 2017
In as early as 2018, a rocket carrying a payload that includes 24 microfluidic chips about the size of credit cards will transport an extraordinary University of Washington kidney research project to the International Space Station. Edward Kelly and Ken Thummel are quoted.
Dear Jeff Bezos, please help save my patients' lives by cutting Whole Foods prices
WBUR, June 23, 2017
A primary care physician in Cambridge, Massachusetts, makes her case to Jeff Bezos that cutting Whole Foods prices could help save lives. Adam Drewnowski weighs in.
Anti-gay laws reinforce stigma, fuel HIV epidemic
SPH News, June 22, 2017
A new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health suggests laws criminalizing homosexuality, like those in Nigeria, reinforce stigma in ways that harm efforts to stop the HIV epidemic. In African countries, anti-gay laws precipitate fear and discrimination, and they block access to vital HIV prevention, care and treatment.
Senate GOP releases text of health care bill
KOMO Radio, June 22, 2017
KOMO Radio's Herb Weisbaum interviews Aaron Katz, principal lecturer of health services at the UW, about his take on the new proposed health care bill from the Senate.
An uncertain future for student health insurance
UW Daily, June 21, 2017
UW graduate students in the Masters of Public Health recently concluded a study gauging the rate of students that struggle with their health insurance plans. The group hopes that their findings will motivate UW administration to formulate a university-offered student health insurance plan.
University of Washington initiative awarded $9.3M to fight deadly malaria strains in India
GeekWire, June 20, 2017
Fighting drug-resistant malaria is one goal of the UW’s Malaria Evolution in South Asia initiative, an international collaboration and one of the 10 International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research. The center recently received $9.3 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work. Pradipsinh Rathod, the center director, is featured.
New method to study chemical exposure saves time, money
SPH News, June 19, 2017
Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health are using a newly developed panel of zebrafish genes and a rapid testing platform to identify chemicals that trigger oxidative stress. The method is cost-effective and can be performed more quickly and with less tissue than other methods, according to a research brief released May 3.
As opioid deaths spike, new push to save overdosing users
SeattlePI, June 19, 2017
Seattle's opioid crisis is a complicated medical, political and emotional issue, but state leaders are attempting to tackle one of the most immediate concerns facing those on the front line of the fight: Keeping users alive during an overdose. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Too hot to handle: Study shows Earth's killer heat worsens
The Seattle Times, June 19, 2017
Deadly heat waves like the one now broiling the American West are bigger killers than previously thought and they are going to grow more frequent. Howard Frumkin comments about a recent study of fatal heat conditions.
Billions to face 'deadly threshold' of heat extremes by 2100, finds study
Carbon Brief, June 19, 2017
Up to three quarters of the world’s population could be at risk from deadly heat extremes by the end of the century, a new study suggests. Kristie Ebi says the risks posed to health by heatwaves depend on socio-economic factors as well as the climate.
Deadly heat waves could endanger 74% of mankind by 2100, study says
Inside Climate News, June 19, 2017
Deadly heat waves—already a risk for 30 percent of the world's population—will spread around the globe, posing a danger for 74 percent of people on Earth by the end of this century if nothing is done to address climate change. Howard Frumkin and Jeremy Hess were quoted.
A note about Joel Kaufman and colleagues at the UW
The Lancet, June 17, 2017
The International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) has awarded its prize for the Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper published in 2016 to Kaufman and coauthors' Lancet Article “Association between air pollution and coronary artery calcification within six metropolitan areas in the USA."
Overcoming opioids: Easing an epidemic 1 doctor at a time
The Seattle Times, June 15, 2017
The rate of opioid prescribing has started to edge down in recent years, but it remains 56 percent higher than it was 20 years ago. People are trying to flip the script on drug marketing and push doctors toward change, but there is still more work to be done. Gary Franklin is quoted.
Two Texas counties. In one, you'll live almost a decade longer.
The Houston Chronicle, June 13, 2017
On average, residents of Polk County, Texas, die almost a decade before those of Fort Bend just 120 miles away. Based on a county-level analysis of population and mortality data over the past 35 years, Ali Mokdad and others learned that inequalities of life expectancy between counties are getting worse.
Expanding food environment research in developing countries
SPH News, June 9, 2017
Supermarkets are spreading across parts of Asia, global beverage companies are expanding into once isolated areas in Africa, and processed foods are arriving in towns where people live on $2 a day. These are just a few examples of how food environments are changing around the world. A new initiative by researchers at SPH is accelerating food environment research in developing countries to address food insecurity and malnutrition.
Seattle City Council approves tax on soda, sugary drinks
KIRO 7, June 6, 2017
The Seattle City Council voted 7-1 on Monday to approve a 1.75-cent tax on soda and sugary drinks. Judy Simon says there is a link to consumption of sugary drinks and weight.
How leaving the Paris Accord will hurt our health
Huffington Post, June 5, 2017
President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Accord climate change agreement was derided by environmentalists who said abandoning the agreement would be a devastating setback to global efforts to combat climate change. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
City Council passes soda tax, exempting diet drinks
The Stranger, June 5, 2017
Seattle City Council members approved a 1.75 cents per ounce tax on distributors of sugary drinks, but rejected efforts to lessen the disproportional impact the tax is projected have on low-income consumers. James Krieger is quoted.
Rising number of bicycle crashes highlights importance of wearing a helmet
Consumer Reports, June 2, 2017
The number of cycling injuries among adults in the U.S. rose by about 6,500 each year between 1997 and 2013, and the medical costs associated with those injuries increased 137 percent. Fred Rivara says majority of serious injuries from cycling are due to head injuries.
Women's bacteria thwarted attempt at anti-HIV vaginal gel
The New York Times, June 1, 2017
A new study published June 1 examined what stalled an early attempt at an anti-HIV gel, and found certain types of vaginal bacteria broke down the protective medication before it had time to work. Nichole Klatt, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Marijuana may make it harder to quit tobacco
SPH News, May 31, 2017
Adults who have used tobacco and currently use marijuana are twice as likely as those who have never used marijuana to be continued tobacco users, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Fentanyl overdose deaths double in Washington
ASPPH, May 31, 2017
At least 70 deaths in Washington state in 2016 were linked to fentanyl or other similar synthetic opioids, according to an investigation by state agencies and the University of Washington. As part of the study, Dr. Caleb Banta-Green analyzed 41 of the fentanyl-related deaths to find out how the drugs are being obtained and used.
Fast food vs. home-cooked meals: Comparison of nutritional values
Food 4 Better Health, May 26, 2017
Fast food can please your taste buds and is a convenient alternative to home-cooked meals due to our hectic lifestyles. However, fast food does no good other than loading you with calories. A study from the Nutritional Sciences Program at the UW School of Public Health is featured.
Health care expert dissects the GOP's plan to replace Obamacare
KUOW The Record, May 25, 2017
Bill Radke talks with Aaron Katz about his take on the American Health Care Act, what the new score from the Congressional Budget Office means for a potentially 23 million uninsured people and how Washington's failed health plan in the 90s can inform the future of health care in the country.
Facial features predict left-handedness, TB
ASPPH, May 25, 2017
People with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed, according to a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Dentistry. This link may also shed light on the origins of left-handedness, as slender jaws have also been associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB).
Op-eds: Slashing global health will hurt us all
HS NewsBeat, May 24, 2017
Paul Drain, assistant professor of global health at the UW School of Public Health and the UW School of Medicine, is the lead author of a May 24 editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine. In it, he states that the proposed 2018 federal budget jeopardizes the future of the Fogarty International Center. Additionally, Jennifer Slyker, wrote an op-ed on the same topic published May 14 in The Seattle Times.
Trouble sleeping? Air pollution may be to blame, study says
Newsweek, May 22, 2017
Air pollution alone is responsible for 7 million deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization, and now a new study from the UW School of Public Health has found that air pollution may be a predictor of poor sleep. This insight comes from data gathered in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, or MESA, which is a project led by Interim Dean Joel Kaufman.
An Iñupiaq, epidemiologist, and biostatistician
Anchorage Press, May 18, 2017
Paneen Petersen plans to use her studies in epidemiology and biostatistics to minimize cancer's impact on Native American and Alaska Native communities.
Common antimalarial safe for women in first trimester
SPH News, May 17, 2017
Artemisinin combination therapies (ACTs), medications widely used against malaria, are safe to administer to women in their first trimester of pregnancy, according to new research published in PLoS Medicine. ACTs had previously been recommended at that stage of pregnancy only in life-saving circumstances.
Air pollution may increase risk of heart disease
SPH News, May 17, 2017
People living near heavily trafficked roadways may be at higher risk of heart disease due to fine particles in the air that lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as “good” cholesterol, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Low-cost antibiotic may help to prevent malaria transmission
SPH News, May 17, 2017
A low-cost antibiotic used to treat and prevent infections, including in people living with HIV, may decrease the burden of malaria in vulnerable communities, according to a new study co-authored by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was a collaboration with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute and Maseno University.
At least 70 fentanyl-linked deaths in 2016, state reports
HS NewsBeat, May 17, 2017
The synthetic opioid fentanyl and other fentanyl-like drugs were involved in the deaths of at least 70 people in Washington in 2016, according to a joint investigation of state agencies. Fentanyl drugs are a problem that appears to be increasing here, as elsewhere. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Paid family leave is an elite benefit in the U.S.
USA Today, May 17, 2017
While some of America's largest companies now provide paid family leave, a new report from PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States) shows corporate employees benefit most. Research from the Department of Health Services is cited.
Where you live may affect how much you drink, says UW study
King 5, May 17, 2017
Where you live might influence how much you drink, but how many bars or liquor stores are nearby may not be a key factor, according to a new UW School of Public Health study.
The mystery of the wasting house-cats
The New York Times Magazine, May 16, 2017
Forty years ago, feline hyperthyroidism was virtually nonexistent. Now it’s an epidemic — and some scientists think a class of everyday chemicals might be to blame. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted.
Increasing vegetation through education
The Daily, May 15, 2017
Researchers at the UW School of Public Health are working with the Navajo Nation in New Mexico to reduce high rates of diabetes and obesity, and increase the availability of fresh foods for members of the community. Cites research by India Ornelas and Shirley Beresford; Ornelas and Kassia Rudd are quoted.
Americans lose when funds for global health research are cut
The Seattle Times, May 14, 2017
There is a perception that global health programs take taxpayer dollars out of the U.S. and helps other countries but not us. This perception is incorrect. Op-ed authored by Jennifer Slyker.
UW Regents choose site for new population health building
UW Today, May 12, 2017
The centrally located site will bring together the work of the UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Department of Global Health and parts of the School of Public Health while creating easy access for collaborators from other departments across campus and guests from around the world.
SPH students win inaugural population health travel awards
UW Population Health News, May 11, 2017
Eight SPH students were among the 13 inaugural Graduate Student Conference Travel Award winners announced by the UW Population Health Initiative.
How your suburb can make you thinner
Politico, May 10, 2017
In a nation whose leaders are preoccupied with the dauntingly steep rise of health care costs, walking would seem like an easy, free way to flatten that expensive curve over the long term. Yet we don’t do it. Brian Saelens is quoted.
Airline crews say getting on a plane could make you sick
KIRO 7 News, May 9, 2017
Some airline crews say getting on a plane could make you sick. KIRO 7 News investigates reports of dangerous fumes on board planes. Clement Furlong was interviewed.
Experts issue new guidance on treatment of concussions
Newsbeat, April 27, 2017
Experts redefine the definition of 'concussion' and issue new guidance on treatment options in the 2017 Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sports. Richard Ellenbogen is one of the statement's authors.
Where medical marijuana is legal, illegal use climbs
Reuters, April 26, 2017
Where medical marijuana is legal, adults are more likely to use the drug illegally and are at an increased risk of cannabis use disorder, according to a new study. Beatriz Carlini is quoted.
Climate change data used to map future risk of dengue
In House, April 24, 2017
Researchers are using climate data to simulate mosquito populations and their interactions with humans in order to map current and future risk of dengue virus transmission in the United States, according to a new study published this month in Environmental Health Perspectives. The maps suggest that, as climate changes, several areas in the southeastern U.S. may see elevated risk of dengue virus transmission over time.
A march for science, a march for inclusivity
The Daily, April 24, 2017
The crowd at the March for Science in Seattl was full of members of the University of Washington community, including the Student Public Health Association and other students, faculty and staff.
Some states are making it easier to get birth control - with or without a federal mandate
FiveThirtyEight, April 24, 2017
Allowing people to pick up a year’s worth of contraceptives at once has been shown to cut down on unintended pregnancies. A 2011 study found that rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion decreased significantly when patients didn’t have to return to the pharmacy every one to three months to pick up more birth control pills. Sarah Prager is quoted.
At least global warming may get Americans off the couch more
The Seattle Times, April 24, 2017
With less chilly winters, Americans will be more likely to get outdoors, increasing their physical activity by as much as 2.5 percent by the end of the century, according to a new study. Not in the even-hotter South, though. Howard Frumkin is quoted about the ways climate change hurts health.
What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria
The Conversation, April 24, 2017
Malaria is one of the oldest and deadliest infectious diseases affecting man. Africa carries a disproportionately high burden of malaria cases. In 2015, 214 million people across the world were infected with malaria leading to about 430 000 deaths. Of these, 90% occurred in Africa. Willis Simon Akhwale writes about what Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria.
Brain Gain: Foreign doctors are a vital part of the U.S. health care system, but at what cost?
The Post and Courier, April 22, 2017
The flow of doctors to the United States brings undeniable benefits, particularly the nation's poor. Once in the U.S., foreign doctors are twice as likely to practice in public hospitals and in areas of high poverty. But brain drain also is a silent educational aid program from the poor to the rich. Many African governments subsidize the educations of their health care workers, so when new doctors and nurses leave the governments' investments exit with them. Amy Hagopian in quoted.
Why Seattleites marched for science
Crosscut, April 22, 2017
On a drizzly Saturday in Seattle, thousands of scientists, supporters and enthusiasts gathered at Cal Anderson Park and marched to the Seattle Center on the 47th Earth Day. Jennifer Marroquin and Taylor Hernandez are quoted.
Henrietta Lacks’ cells are still helping protect women from cervical cancer
Huffington Post, April 21, 2017
Despite radiation therapy and surgery, Henrietta Lacks died from cervical cancer in 1951. But her cells, known to scientists as HeLa cells, have played a role in many scientific advancements ― and have helped protect other young women from the cervical cancer that took Lacks’ life. Cites research by Rachel Winer.
One Health approach essential to controlling public health threats
Infectious Disease News, April 20, 2017
According to the CDC, about 75% of newly emerging diseases and 60% of all known human infectious diseases originate in animals, which can serve as sentinels to warn us of illnesses. Addressing human, animal and environmental health systems, and recognizing how they are related, also can help guide antimicrobial stewardship. All of this falls under the One Health approach. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted in this cover story.
Fine particles in traffic pollution tied to lower ‘good’ cholesterol
Reuters, April 19, 2017
People who live near sources of heavy traffic exhaust may be at higher risk of heart disease because the fine particles in this type of pollution lower levels of “good” cholesterol needed for healthy blood flow. Griffith Bell (PhD '16 Epi) was lead author of the study and is quoted in this story.
Sugary-drinks tax could be in Seattle’s future; here’s how it’s working in Berkeley
The Seattle Times, April 18, 2017
A new study of Berkeley’s tax on sugary drinks, the first in the nation, suggests it may be accomplishing its goals. The findings come as Seattle weighs a proposal for a similar tax here. Adam Drewnowski, who was not part of the Berkeley study, is quoted.
The fourteen who forgot
BuzzFeed News, April 15, 2017
A cluster of opioid addicts in Massachusetts suddenly lost their memories, and no one knows why. Max Meehan was case number one. Gary Franklin is quoted.
Bioengineers Without Borders brings medical technology where it’s most needed
Daily Princetonian, April 14, 2017
Bioengineers Without Borders is a student organization at the UW that focuses on creating medical technologies for places that may not have access to quality health care resources. Anthony Roche is mentioned.
Traffic-related air pollution may lower HDL cholesterol, increase cardiovascular disease risk
Cardiovascular Business, April 14, 2017
Adults who were exposed to traffic-related air pollution had lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that could increase their cardiovascular disease risk, according to an epidemiological study. Griffith Bell, an alumni from the Department of Epidemiology, is mentioned. Joel Kaufman was co-author of the study.
Crooked bite may indicate early life stress, UW study suggests
NewsBeat, April 13, 2017
New research from UW investigators suggests that an asymmetric lower face is a novel marker that also captures early life stresses that occur after birth.
Kidney disease a big contributor to heart-related deaths
U.S. News and World Report, April 13, 2017
Kidney disease is a major cause of heart-related deaths worldwide, a new study reports. Bernadette Thomas is quoted.
F.D.A. will allow 23andMe to sell genetic tests for disease risk to consumers
The New York Times, April 6, 2017
For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration said it would allow a company to sell genetic tests for disease risk directly to consumers, providing people with information about the likelihood that they could develop various conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Gail Jarvik is quoted.
Fruit juice not linked to obesity in children
In House, April 4, 2017
Some parents see fruit juice as a tasty way for kids to get their vitamins, while others think fruit juice may be as harmful to child health as soda. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health looked at the link between fruit juice and weight gain in children, and discovered that there’s not much to worry about.
Podcast: UW addiction expert says safe-consumption sites can ease King County heroin crisis
The Seattle Times, March 31, 2017
On Episode 30 of The Overcast, Caleb Banta-Green, principal research scientist at the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the UW, provides a public health and science perspective on safe-consumption sites.
Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad
The Seattle Times, March 29, 2017
More than 750,000 people die prematurely from dirty air every year that is generated by making goods in one location that will be sold elsewhere. Some of those deaths are a result of air pollution that has blown across national borders. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Greatest rise in heroin use was among white people, study says
CNN, March 29, 2017
Since 1999, the number of overdoses from prescription opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illicit drugs like heroin, have quadrupled. Now, a new study looks beyond the total number of overdose deaths to get a better picture of how heroin use patterns have changed since 2001. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Biostatistics behind new Ebola vaccine strategy
In House, March 28, 2017
In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting nearly 29,000 people and killing more than 11,000. During the course of the epidemic, researchers identified an experimental Ebola vaccine that provided 100 percent protection against the disease.
For better school lunches, make them part of the lesson plan
The Christian Science Monitor, March 24, 2017
When new USDA lunch standards were introduced a few years ago, many people were worried about the outcome. In a study done by the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, researchers concluded that not only were the meals more nutritious, but the participation rates remained virtually the same even among the older students.
Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight?
CNN, March 23, 2017
Many health experts have even expressed concerns that the content of naturally occurring sugars in 100% fruit juice can have negative health effects on children, such as increasing the risk for obesity. The relationship between 100% fruit juice consumption and weight gain has been analyzed in a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Alum Brandon Auerbach (Epi) is the lead author.
Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor
The Spokesman-Review, March 21, 2017
Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates. Marc Stern is quoted.
How Seattle killed micro-housing, again
Sightline, March 20, 2017
Experts from the UW School of Public Health presented to Seattle's Construction Code Advisory Board on the impact of dense housing on public health.
Asthma study hopes
to improve disease management among Valley children
Yakima Herald, March 20, 2017
With spring coming on fast, bringing more pollen in the air and more dust stirred up by agriculture, asthma is sure to kick into high gear for many in the Yakima Valley. But in a study Farm Workers is doing with the UW, researchers and clinicians are looking for ways to minimize the effects of the respiratory condition in local children. Catherine Karr is quoted.
Italy's struggling economy has world's healthiest people
Bloomberg, March 19, 2017
While Italy is among the most developed countries, growth has stagnated for decades, almost 40 percent of its youngsters are out of jobs and it’s saddled with one of the world’s highest debt loads relative to the size of its economy. Yet Italians are in way better shape than Americans, Canadians and Brits, who all suffer from higher blood pressure and cholesterol and poorer mental health. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
9 healthy foods that cost less than $1 per serving
TIME, March 17, 2017
Great news for anyone who wants to save money and eat healthier—in other words, pretty much all of us. A new study suggests that it really is possible to do both at once. The secret? Cook more at home. Study comes from the UW School of Public Health. Anju Aggarwal is quoted.
How future superstorms could overwhelm today's wastewater infrastructure
KUOW Earth Fix, March 16, 2017
Heavy rains and a malfunction at the West Point Plant forced King County to dump million of gallons of raw sewage into Puget Sound. Experts say that climate change can continue to bring heavier rainstorms that overwhelm today's wasterwater infrastructure. Scott Meschke is quoted.
Some groups more affected by air pollution, heart disease than others
Department of Epidemiology, March 16, 2017
Air pollution has routinely been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but some groups are more affected than others, according to research from the UW School of Public Health.
Rural Washington will be hit hard by Republican health care plan
KUOW, March 16, 2017
Sallie Sanford talks to KUOW about the Republican health care plan and how it could affect people in Washington state.
Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill
The Seattle Times, March 16, 2017
Measures to tax vapor, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are being considered by lawmakers in Washington state. Gerry Pollet is quoted, saying people are being “tricked” into thinking vapor products are safer than cigarettes.
What does the GOP health care bill mean for Washington?
KUOW, March 15, 2017
Bill Radke speaks with Aaron Katz about the most dire predictions for how the Republican health care proposal will affect Washingtonians.
Parks, greenspace and human health
Seattle Channel, March 10, 2017
Howard Frumkin discusses the ways research has connected improvements in public health with access to green spaces, parks and recreation.
Pregnant women’s sex hormones waver with phthalate exposure
Environmental Health News, March 9, 2017
Women exposed to certain chemicals in flooring and food packaging early in pregnancy are more likely to have decreased free testosterone—hormones vital for fetal growth, according to a new study. Lead author Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Fighting the opioid epidemic, one patient at a time
Yakima Herald, March 9, 2017
In 2015, more than 33,000 people died of an opioid overdose in the United States. Nearly half of those deaths involved prescription painkillers. The situation is no different in Yakima County, where about half of the roughly 140 drug overdose deaths since 2011 have involved opioids. Michael Parchman is quoted.
The FDA asks: Can 'healthy' be redefined?
AirTalk, March 8, 2017
The Food and Drug Administration heard public comment in Maryland on March 9 to discuss modernizing the term “healthy.” Adam Drewnowski talks to AirTalk about whether the term "healthy" is misleading for consumers.
Poor diet tied to half of U.S. deaths from heart disease, diabetes
HealthDay, March 7, 2017
Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients, such as vegetables, and exceed optimal levels of others, like salt, a new study finds. Ashkan Afshin, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.
Health gardens in Lima improve mental, physical health
BBC World Service, March 6, 2017
BBC Health Check recently visited Lima, Peru, to investigate how new 'healthy gardens' and greenspaces are improving lives in the slum community of Iquitos. Joe Zunt (GH) has been working with landscape architecture student Jorge 'Coco' Alarcon and local partners to design backyard gardens that can improve air quality, reduce vector-borne diseases, and boost mental health.
New study reveals benefits of soy for breast cancer survivors
WVIK Quad Cities, March 6, 2017
A new study wades into the ongoing debate over the health benefits of tofu, soy milk and other soy products, and looks at soy's effects on breast cancer survivors, in particular. NPR's Allison Aubrey talks to several experts, including Marian Neuhouser.
It takes a dedicated team to protect our public health
Herald Net, March 4, 2017
Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District, authors an op-ed about how public health actions influence health far more than medical care.
How ancient Neanderthal DNA still influences our genes today
Smithsonian Mag, February 24, 2017
Neanderthals may have gone extinct 30,000 years ago, but they still live on inside us. Ever since scientists discovered that Neanderthal DNA comprises roughly 2 percent of the genomes of modern humans of European and Asian heritage, they’ve speculated about how exactly those lingering genes affect us today. Story highlights findings from a study co-authored by Jonathan Wakefield.
Podcast on travel health
Outbreak News This Week Radio Show, February 13, 2017
Christopher Sanford (GH), a recognized expert in tropical medicine, joined Robert Herriman on Outbreak News This Week to discuss a number of travel health-related issues including vaccines, malaria, yellow fever and traveler’s diarrhea.
Ask Well: Is day-old kale salad less nutritious than fresher kale?
New York Times Well, January 4, 2016
Anne-Marie Gloster weighs in on the question: Does day-old, leftover kale salad have less nutritional value than kale that is fresher?
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