SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

May 16, 2019
KOMO News
The Centers for Disease Control found many adolescents receive their first introduction to opioids after getting their wisdom teeth pulled. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
May 9, 2019
The Seattle Times
"The blame game for the April 27 fatal collapse of a construction crane in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood began almost before the dust had settled at the accident site," write Marissa Baker, Noah Seixas and Trevor Peckham, all in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
May 12, 2019
ABC News
Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. Aaron Katz is quoted. [This AP story appeared in several outlets]
May 13, 2019
The New York Times
Legislators and gun safety advocates often focus on how guns are purchased. But many lives could be saved, especially among children, if decision-makers looked more at how firearms are stored. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is quoted.
May 16, 2019
KING 5
The possibility of electric-powered scooters in Seattle will also come with the possibility of numerous personal injuries. Dr. Fred Rivara is quoted.
May 15, 2019
HealthDay
Here's another health danger climate change will deliver in the coming years: New research warns that back-to-back heat waves that go on for days will become more common as the planet warms. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
May 1, 2019
The Seattle Times
A new study published in the journal Circulation suggests that if you drink one or fewer sugar-sweetened beverages per week, your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease increases by 6 percent; it goes up by 31 percent if you drink two or more. Mario Kratz is quoted.
April 29, 2019
KREM TV
With Lime bikes and scooters coming back to Spokane for a second season, riders will be sharing the road with motorists. A recent study from the UW School of Public Health is referenced.
April 28, 2019
Bloomberg
The crane collapse in the heart of Seattle’s tech hub Saturday ended four lives, cast a pall on the city’s rapid expansion and may lead to tens of millions of dollars in costs for a building that Google is set to occupy. Richard Gleason is quoted.
April 28, 2019
Associated Press
In the climate change debate, some policymakers seem to be bovine flatulence deniers. This became apparent in the fuss over the Green New Deal put forward by some liberal Democrats. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
April 25, 2019
MLive
New height regulations signed into law in Washington could keep some kids in booster seats all the way through elementary school into middle school. Dr. Beth Ebel is quoted.
April 29, 2019
KUOW
Opiate treatment drugs, not detox, are one of the best ways to manage addiction. A new online map run by the Washington Recovery Helpline can help people find clinics in Washington that offer those types of medications. Caleb Banta-Green is interviewed.
April 25, 2019
Associated Press
The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed up and scale up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "a catastrophe." Kristie Ebi is quoted.
April 29, 2019
The Daily
Oloth Insyxiengmay is a junior at the UW studying comparative history of ideas. After 25 years in prison, Insyxiengmay has been “system-impacted” — someone at the mercy of, and failed by, systems like child protective services, school, prison, or the police — since youth. Nowadays, he’s a core organizer for the No New Youth Jail coalition, which has focused on preventing the construction of King County's new jail. Omid Bagheri, who has worked with the coalition, is quoted.
April 25, 2019
Vancouver Sun
Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are going to have profound implications for the future of agriculture and public health, epidemiologist Kristie Ebi told an audience at the TED Talks in Vancouver.
April 25, 2019
Inside Higher Ed
Dismayed by their climatic impact, a dozen scholars seek to limit carbon emissions at their own institutions as well as give suggestions for others. Heidi Roop was among the scholars.
April 25, 2019
The Daily
A UW study analyzes how rising sea levels affect public health and those forced to relocate. The researchers looked at how mental health, sanitation, food availability, water supply, diseases, and health care access are impacted by the decision of the community to completely relocate. Howard Frumkin, Andrew Dannenberg and Kristie Ebi are quoted.
April 23, 2019
Seattle PI
Thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, your child could be sitting in a booster seat longer than previously expected once the rules go into effect on January 1, 2020 — with some reaching middle school age before they're allowed out of the booster seat. Dr. Beth Ebel is quoted.
April 22, 2019
The Seattle Times
"As detailed in Sunday’s editorial, the scourge of crime in Seattle caused by prolific offenders, facing minimal consequences for their action, must be addressed," writes The Seattle Times Editorial Board. Marc Stern is quoted.
April 23, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
Syphilis was all but eliminated in the mid-'90s. But its incidence has been rising almost every year since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Julie Dombrowski is quoted.
April 19, 2019
Fast Company
We know that rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are raising global temperatures and creating unstable and extreme weather patterns that will continue to threaten communities across the globe. And perhaps few people are more familiar with this fact than Kristie Ebi.
April 22, 2019
Reuters
Roughly one-third of older people in the U.S. may live in households with guns and a new study suggests that many of those firearms are not stored in the safest way: locked and unloaded. Erin Morgan, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.
April 19, 2019
The Seattle Times
On the 20th anniversary of the horrific Columbine High School shooting, PhD student Caitlin Moe and Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar ask - why don't we know more about school shootings?
April 15, 2019
Pacific Standard
A new study finds that older Americans with risk factors for harming themselves or others don't seem to be any less likely to have access to firearms than anyone else their age. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, who took part in the study, was quoted.
April 11, 2019
National Geographic
DNA from a large sampling of living southeast Asians suggests that the ghostly Denisovans may be not one, but three distinct kinds of human, one of which is almost as different from other Denisovans as they are from Neanderthals. Sharon Browning is quoted.
April 1, 2019
KUOW
In King County, deaths from opioids and heroin have declined slightly over the past few years. But the opposite is true for methamphetamine. Caleb Banta-Green, interim director of the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is interviewed.
April 2, 2019
KUOW
Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is proposing a single-payer health care system in the U.S. Ian Randall is interviewed. [This segment is the fourth on this episode of "The Record"]
March 29, 2019
The New York Times
The police burst into an Arizona home to take custody of a sick toddler, raising questions about when parents can be stripped of control over their children’s health care. Dr. Douglas Diekema, an adjunct professor of health services, is quoted.
March 28, 2019
The Daily
Pesticide exposure is a serious health hazard, including for farmworkers who deal with them. Now, non-English-speaking farmworkers can have all the safety information they need at their fingertips, thanks to an app developed by researchers from the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health center within the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
March 27, 2019
KUOW
More than 800,000 people in Washington state get health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act, and they stand to lose that coverage if the law is repealed. Aaron Katz is quoted.
March 17, 2019
Associated Press
An AP fact check of various politicians' statements included candidate Beto O'Rourke's assertion that scientists are "absolutely unanimous" that we have no more than 12 years to act on climate change. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
March 21, 2019
PBS
The underrepresentation of people of non-European ancestry in genetic studies could exacerbate existing disparities in health. Malia Fullerton weighs in.
March 21, 2019
KOMO News
A new report gives Washington state an "F" for its efforts to address the problem of lead in school drinking water. Rep. Gerald Pollet is quoted.
March 25, 2019
The New York Times
Two of the country’s leading medical groups have issued a call to arms against the soda industry, urging legislators and policymakers to embrace taxes, warning labels and advertising restrictions to deter young people from consuming the sugary beverages that are increasingly linked to the nation’s crisis of obesity and chronic disease. James Krieger is quoted.
March 19, 2019
SPH News
Public Health – Seattle & King County and the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington School of Public Health have partnered with local school districts to implement strategies in Seattle to reduce the amount of sodium people consume and to improve public health.
March 14, 2019
Mother Jones
The long-simmering debate about whether the world’s most widely used herbicide causes cancer has bubbled up anew. Rachel Shaffer, a co-author of a new research paper on glyphosate and a doctoral student in environmental toxicology at SPH, is quoted.
March 18, 2019
SPH News
Seattle neighborhoods that are lower income or that have more Black or Hispanic residents have fewer options for healthy foods, more fast food and longer travel times to stores that sell produce, according to a new study by the UW School of Public Health and Public Health - Seattle & King County, in Washington.
February 26, 2019
NPR
A popular pesticide called chlorpyrifos hasn't been used in households since 2000, but it's still allowed in agriculture. Now, an appeals court will decide whether the @EPA should ban it. Richard Fenske talks to NPR about the health risks.
March 11, 2019
NPR
A new study found that air pollution is disproportionately caused by white Americans' consumption of goods and services, but disproportionately inhaled by black and Hispanic Americans. Christopher Tessum, a postdoctoral researcher at the UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is first author. Anjum Hajat, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.
March 6, 2019
KUOW
The news that a British man has been functionally cured of HIV created buzz at a conference on HIV/AIDS in Seattle. Jared Baeten is quoted.
March 6, 2019
CNN
Children born to women who had a severe infection during pregnancy, such as sepsis, flu or pneumonia, show an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder and depression, new research finds. Kristina Adams Waldorf is quoted.
March 11, 2019
Huffington Post
The FDA has built and expanded a vast and hidden repository of reports on device-related injuries and malfunctions, a Kaiser Health News investigation shows. Larry Kessler is quoted.
March 7, 2019
KUOW
Across the U.S., pedestrian fatalities are increasing, according to a recent report. Beth Ebel is quoted.
February 28, 2019
Science News for Students
Salmon’s ability to sniff out danger seems to nosedive as seawater becomes more acidic, according to a new UW-led study. Chase Williams, a postdoctoral researcher in environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
March 5, 2019
KOMO News
For just the second time ever, an HIV-patient is now in remission. Jared Baeten is quoted.
March 1, 2019
KUOW
Seattle’s food banks have seen more clients in the last year, but funding has remained flat, or in some cases declined, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Washington and Public Health Seattle-King County. Jessica Jones-Smith is a co-author.
March 4, 2019
UW News
Seattle’s minimum wage increases did not boost supermarket prices in the city in the two years after the policy began, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
March 4, 2019
SPH News
A new project led by Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, has received a two-year, $350,000 grant from Gilead Sciences to help achieve micro-elimination of hepatitis C in parts of Kenya.
March 4, 2019
The Daily
With the introduction of a joint resolution for student health insurance at last week’s Associated Students of the University of Washington Senate meeting, health insurance could soon be available to all UW students through the school. a 2017 study conducted by graduate students from the School of Public Health is cited.
February 28, 2019
MSN
Health experts debunk the most commonly believed weight loss myths. Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW's Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.
Load More Results