SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

November 11, 2019
Right in the midst of the opioid crisis, another illicit drug has hit the streets of Seattle. Experts say it's more potent and deadly than other opiods. Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate associate professor of health services, is quoted.
November 15, 2019
World Economic Forum
Mailed self-sampling kits that test for HPV—the virus that can cause cervical cancer—helped significantly more women get screened for the cancer. The study's lead author was Rachel Winer, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and affiliate investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.
November 7, 2019
Around 61,880 new cases of uterine cancer will be diagnosed by the end of 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. That makes it the most common cancer impacting female reproductive organs and the fourth most common cancer found in U.S. women. Dr. Kemi Doll,adjunct assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
November 4, 2019
What Americans eat is making them sick on a staggering scale, but judging by federal investment in nutrition research, Washington doesn’t seem to care. Mario Kratz, research associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
November 1, 2019
The Stranger
Researchers with Kaiser Permanente Northern California surveyed around 275,000 pregnant women in that region, and they found that from 2009 to 2017, pot use during pregnancy grew from 1.9 percent to 3.4 percent. The long-term effects of pot use during pregnancy are virtually unknown. Kristina Adams Waldorf is quoted.
October 10, 2019
The Daily
In recent months, vape-related illnesses have begun to dominate headlines, even though the products linked to these illnesses have been on the market for over a decade now. The sudden rise in such illnesses has naturally led many to question their vaping habits and whether they should continue huffing on chemicals or just enjoy regular air. Coralynn Sack is quoted.
October 11, 2019
Bloomberg Environment
A disbanded group of air pollution experts meets anyway to discuss EPA policy assessments of pollution limits. Lianne Sheppard, a member of the group, is quoted.
October 24, 2019
Fred Hutch News
Disease detectives (aka epidemiologists) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have been studying dietary fat and health for more than 30 years. Fred Hutch clinical researchers are also examining how diet and nutrition can impact cancer treatment and recurrence. What do they say when it comes to its benefits and harms, particularly in the realm of cancer? Ross Prentice and Garnet Anderson weigh in.
October 28, 2019
Twenty-one people are likely alive today because police officers in Thurston County were armed with a drug overdose reversal medicine, according to a new report by Marc Stern, an affiliate assistant professor of health services at the UW.
October 31, 2019
Joseph Vitti’s stomach turned when he opened a link an acquaintance had sent him. It took him to an app called ‘How Gay Are You?’ that purported to gauge a person’s level of attraction to others of the same sex according to their genes. Sarah Nelson is quoted.
October 25, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
More than half of people in Washington state with a substance abuse history go to jail in a given year, says Marc Stern, an expert on correctional health care. He's quoted in a new story from U.S. News and World Report that describes how Washington state jails are addressing the opioid crisis.
October 24, 2019
Medpage Today
An FDA advisory panel voted 14-2 to recommend approval for cefiderocol, a novel antibiotic for complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI), including pyelonephritis, in patients with limited or no other treatment options. Susanne May, one of the  "no" votes on the up-or-down question of whether to recommend approval, is quoted.
October 21, 2019
The Seattle Times
"It’s important for women to get adequate choline, folic acid and iodine to help prevent birth defects, including defects in the neural tube, the embryo’s precursor to the spinal cord and brain," writes registered dietitian Carrie Dennett. Judy Simon is quoted.
October 21, 2019
The Seattle Times
University of Washington and Washington State University researchers say Washington state’s ban on flavored vaping products is a step in the right direction, but they caution that the ban is a stopgap public-health imperative not backed by science but instead by the dearth of it. Beatriz Carlini is an author of The Seattle Times op-ed.
October 17, 2019
Buzzfeed News
A detention center holding immigrant detainees waited more than seven hours to transfer an ailing 37-year-old Mexican man to a hospital, where he died from bleeding in his brain, according to internal documents obtained by BuzzFeed News. Marc Stern is quoted.
October 17, 2019
A comprehensive analysis of DNA from modern Melanesian people suggests an assortment of mutated genes inherited from extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans provided evolutionary advantages, such as the ability to consume new foods and avoid infections, among other important benefits. Sharon Browning is quoted.
October 17, 2019
The Washington Post
YouTube host “Dr. Mike” Varshavski and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Dr. Anne McTiernan say the three pillars of health -- nutrition, exercise and sleep -- are integral to good health, but patients often think they can skip out on sleep.
October 17, 2019
The Washington Post
As colorectal cancer rates increase among young adults, experts are pointing to lifestyle choices as possible contributing factors. YouTube host "Dr. Mike" Varshavski and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Dr. Anne McTiernan say there are some small changes, such as drinking less alcohol and getting more sleep, you can make to help decrease your risk.
October 17, 2019
The Verge
Predicting where Ebola might strike next could become easier, thanks to a new computer model that tracks how changes in the environment and in human societies could affect the deadly virus’s spread. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
October 17, 2019
As the effects of a state ban on some e-cigarettes settles in, an industry that has grown accustomed to big changes contends with another. Sarah Ross-Viles, director of the UW’s Tobacco Studies Program, is quoted.
October 10, 2019
In a pop-up gallery traveling around Seattle this week, a series of four photographs by Grace Stroklund looks like it came from an Instagram vacation. The photos feature a pointy-eared black dog on a trail, posing for the camera in a hammock with a lakeside backdrop, and snuggling with the photographer in that same hammock. The photos are part of the exhibit "Shifting the Focus: Stories of Homelessness with Our Animals." The exhibit is one result of a long-running project from the University of Washington's Center for One Health Research looking into the intersection of health, homelessness and animal ownership.
October 7, 2019
Two teenage boys are among the people who died from opioid overdoses in recent weeks in King County. One attended Ballard High School in Seattle and another attended Skyline High School in Sammamish. Caleb Banta-Green, interim director of the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.
October 9, 2019
Researchers from the UW have been looking into what it's like to have a pet when you're homeless and they are presenting their findings in a unique way: a pop-up gallery featuring photographs of pets of people experiencing homelessness. The events are organizaed by the Center for One Health Research, part of the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
October 7, 2019
The Hill
"Deaths of children under the age of 5 have been nearly halved since 2000. Yet we still lost 5.3 million children under the age of five last year," writes Dr. Cyril Engmann. "Put another way, 5.3 million children dying each year is equivalent to an airplane carrying 300 children crashing every 30 minutes, every day last year."
October 8, 2019
Science News
As Nepal records at least 9,000 cases of dengue amid an unprecedented outbreak of the disease, experts say climate change may be making the Himalayan nation more hospitable to disease-carrying mosquitoes. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
October 7, 2019
Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center
A new paper by Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program researchers at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center offers a broad, updated look at the interrelated impacts of violence on physical and mental health across age groups, from infants to elderly people. Lead author Fred Rivara is quoted.
October 9, 2019
The Seattle Times
Maria Blancas, a PhD student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and staff member in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, will receive the 2019 Bullitt Environmental Prize for her work with immigrant farmworkers in Washington state.
October 2, 2019
Judy Simon says the simplest advice when it comes to dieting is sometimes the clearest, like Michael Pollan’s “eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
October 3, 2019
Northwest Asian Weekly
A family member of a resident in the assisted living center Nikkei Manor has sent a complaint to the Attorney General questioning management practices at Keiro Northwest, which runs the facility. Jerome Dugan is quoted.
October 1, 2019
KOMO Radio
Fewer people are using opioids according to a new report. Caleb Banta-Green is interviewed.
October 2, 2019
My Northwest
Many of the studies on workers have focused on how the physical environment of a job can take a toll on the human body. But little is known about how general employment conditions like pay or hours can affect an employee’s health — until now. Anjum Hajat and Trevor Peckham are quoted.
September 26, 2019
King 5 News
UW professor Kristie Ebi warns that climate change could have devastating impacts on human health, including smoke from wildfires and an increase in vector-borne diseases.
September 27, 2019
Public health experts are cautioning that the coming flu season could complicate attempts to diagnose new cases of a mysterious vaping-related illness — and, in turn, make it more difficult to track down the cause. Dr. Jeff Duchin is quoted.
September 26, 2019
The New York Times
There’s significant evidence that exposures to two types of chemicals found in plastics — phthalates and bisphenols — can affect health, especially if the exposure occurs in the womb or during early childhood. The good news is there are ways to limit your exposure.
September 10, 2019
NC State News
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a mathematical model that shows how bias distorts results when measuring bacterial communities through metagenomic sequencing. Amy Willis took part in the research.
September 18, 2019
King 5 News
School is back in session and that means parents are back to making school lunches. Judy Simon says having variety in your child's lunches is key to keeping them healthy.
September 18, 2019
Northwest Public Broadcasting
Climate change is causing people in Washington to spend billions of dollars in health care costs. That’s according to a new study that looked at hospital visits and early deaths during a recent wildfire season. Jeremy Hess is quoted.
September 19, 2019
The Seattle Times
Around this time last year, news outlets blared alarming headlines: Breathing the air outside was as bad as smoking several cigarettes. Wildfire haze blotted out the sun and turned the moon orange. Weather apps simply listed the forecast as “smoke.” Just because this summer has been clear, though, doesn’t mean that the environment is doing just fine. Kristie Ebi are quoted.
September 8, 2019
Everett Herald
"For those of us who eat lunches at our desks — or steer with one hand while holding a burger in the other as we run errands — being able to sit down for 20 minutes for an uninterrupted midday meal might sound pretty leisurely," writes The Everett Herald Editorial Board. "That 20 minutes is proving less than ideal, however, for students, particularly at the elementary level." A UW School of Public Health study is referenced.
September 12, 2019
UW News
The University of Washington’s School of Pharmacy announced on Thursday, Sept. 12, a collaboration with global biopharmaceutical company UCB to improve access to care for people living with epilepsy. This interdisciplinary project will explore ways in which community pharmacists can better support people living with this neurological disorder. Andy Stergachis is part of the interdisciplinary team.
September 15, 2019
The Guardian
An intolerance to manufactured scents can lead to migraines, respiratory issues and long-term sick leave. So should they be banned in public spaces? Howard Hu is quoted.
September 12, 2019
The Atlantic
One company has become the biggest provider of jail health care. Sheriffs are worried: “If you’re the only dance in town, you can pretty much call your own shots.” Marc Stern is quoted.
September 12, 2019
The Verge
Sometimes you have to spend money to save money — and a major new report finds that spending $1.8 trillion on climate adaptation projects would result in $7.1 trillion in total net benefits. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
September 6, 2019
NBC News
Populations served by rural hospitals — which have limited access to health care and other services — saw mortality rates rise 5.9 percent after a hospital closed. Cites new research by Anirban Basu.
August 30, 2019
Nearly 900 migrants contracted mumps in government detention facilities in the past year, the CDC reported Thursday. Dr. Jeffrey Duchin is quoted.
August 31, 2019
The Seattle Times
As a nurse and field coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, and previously with other organizations, Karin Huster spends six to 12 weeks at a time away from her Seattle home, helping some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Huster has a degree in nursing and in global health from the UW. Stephen Gloyd, director of the master's program in global health at the UW, is quoted.
September 3, 2019
Puget Sound Business Journal
Two University of Washington students and a University of British Columbia student have worked since June to develop a robot that will automate the dissection of a female mosquito's salivary glands to help develop a vaccine for malaria. Alexis Kaushansky is quoted.
September 3, 2019
BuzzFeed News
Nearly 900 immigrants in U.S. detention centers had the mumps over the last 12 months, the CDC said Thursday, at a time when the government is detaining a record number of undocumented people. Marc Stern is quoted.
August 26, 2019
A study published in JAMA Pediatrics has given new life to a long-running debate: whether adding fluoride to drinking water is a prudent way to prevent tooth decay, or a potentially toxic mistake. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
August 19, 2019
KUOW listener Colin Peterson asked if soil contamination could impact the blackberries he picks in his neighborhood. Professor Emeritus John Kissel is quoted.
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