SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

January 13, 2020
Consumer Affairs
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Washington found that nearly half of all gun owners are keeping their guns unlocked at home. Aisha King, who worked on the study as a graduate student in public health at the UW, is quoted.
January 14, 2020
Business Insider
At the start of each New Year, people make dramatic resolutions and typically fail to stick to them. Instead, you should be thinking about ways you can make small, positive changes to your life. Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, is quoted.
January 9, 2020
The Daily
Today’s children face lifelong health effects from the global crisis, according to the Lancet Countdown, an international collaborative effort of 35 academic institutions and UN agencies from every continent to observe and monitor the health risks of climate change. Jeremy Hess and Kristie Ebi are quoted.
December 27, 2019
AP News
In less than a week, some kids in Washington state may need to remain in booster seats well into middle school. Beth Ebel, adjunct professor of epidemiology and health services, is quoted. [This AP story appeared in several outlets]
December 11, 2019
Crosscut
A yearlong investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting that included the Yakima Valley found that supervisors often remained on the job for years after accusations of sexual assault. In 41 federal sexual harassment lawsuits against agricultural companies, almost 85% of the workers reporting the harassment faced retaliation. UW Bothell's Jody Early, an associate professor of nursing and health studies, and Victoria Breckwich Vásquez, an affiliate assistant professor of nursing and health studies, are quoted.
December 16, 2019
Epi News
A new, innovative UW study abroad program in Ethiopia leverages UW School of Public Health faculty's experiences in the country to build an interactive itinerary for undergraduate students, exposing them to global public health in practice.
December 26, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
Decades ago, Nat King Cole gently crooned about chestnuts roasting on an open fire. But since then, scientists have uncovered some troubling truths about wood smoke. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
December 12, 2019
BuzzFeed News
Immigrants held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement jails around the U.S. received medical care so bad it resulted in two preventable surgeries, including an 8-year-old boy who had to have part of his forehead removed, and contributed to four deaths, according to an internal complaint from an agency whistleblower. Marc Stern, an affiliate assistant professor of health services, is quoted.
December 16, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
Experts say countries, states and cities are showing pathways to the global fight against AIDS. Dr. Jared Baeten, professor of global health, medicine and epidemiology, is quoted.
December 26, 2019
BBC
Growing fruit and vegetables in the garden is already seen as environmentally friendly, but it could also be a weapon in the fight against climate change. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
December 26, 2019
Bonner County Daily Bee
Research led by PhD student Phillip Hwang from the Department of Epidemiology is featured in Sandpoint, Idaho's Daily Bee newspaper: The five things we learned about Alzheimer's in 2019.
December 18, 2019
The New York Times
In St. Louis, Seattle and San Francisco, people with opioid addictions can start anti-addiction medication on their first day of treatment. Early research suggests the approach can change lives. But it will be a tough sell elsewhere: Nearly two-thirds of U.S. treatment centers don’t offer anti-addiction drugs and there’s resistance to easy access. Caleb Banta-Green, affiliate associate professor, is quoted.
December 20, 2019
The Seattle Times
UW researchers found plane emissions are polluting communities near Sea-Tac Airport with a particularly worrisome type of “ultrafine” particles. Elena Austin, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, is quoted.
December 24, 2019
Global News
The United States military is warning its members against taking any popular direct-to-consumer genetic ancestry tests, citing privacy and surveillance concerns in a memo issued by top officials in the Department of Defense. Malia Fullerton, an adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
December 26, 2019
KNKX
A growing number of preschools are making it their mission to educate kids outside, and one scientist from Washington State University is trying to measure possible health benefits from outdoor play. Pooja Tandon is quoted.
December 6, 2019
Union of Concerned Scientists
A Union of Concerned Scientists lawsuit challenging the EPA’s policy banning anyone who has received agency funding from sitting on advisory committees got a hearing Dec. 3 in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Massachusetts. Dr. Elizabeth A. (Lianne) Sheppard offered testimony.
December 6, 2019
WWNO
Climate change will affect today’s children at every stage of their life. That’s one of the takeaways from a new study from the Lancet Countdown, a project of the medical journal The Lancet. Co-author Jeremy Hess is quoted.
December 6, 2019
KUOW
Airplanes at Sea-Tac airport are polluting the communities below with tiny "ultrafine" particles that are uniquely from jets. That's according to UW’s first-of-its-kind research about the airport. Edmund Seto, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.
November 22, 2019
The Seattle Times
"In the United States, clinical tests for hereditary cancer risk have been available for more than 25 years. Even so, patients typically undergo this family-risk screening after they receive a cancer diagnosis, rather than before," write the UW's Dr. Elizabeth Swisher, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Barbara Norquist, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Deborah Bowen, professor of bioethics and humanities and adjunct professor of health services.
December 3, 2019
Futurity
Exposure to cadmium, a known human carcinogen, even at levels found in people who do not smoke cigarettes, leads to accelerated cognitive impairment, according to a new animal study led by Zhengui Xia.
November 25, 2019
The Seattle Times
"Washington state legislators should consider new bicycle-safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board," writes The Seattle Times Editorial Board. Fred Rivara, an adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
November 22, 2019
Yakima Herald
¡Basta! — which means “enough” in Spanish — Preventing Sexual Harassment in Agriculture is a bilingual resource that provides training for farmworkers, supervisors and growers. Victoria Breckwich Vásquez, an affiliate assistant professor at in the Department of Environmenta & Occupational Health Sciences, co-led the effort to develop the tool.
November 8, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
Mailing self-sampling kits to test for the cervical cancer-causing virus HPV significantly increased screening rates for the cancer, according to a new study. The lead author was Rachel Winer, a professor of epidemiology.
November 11, 2019
KOMO News
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
Self
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
Politico
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
KUOW
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
Nature
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
Gizmodo
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
Crosscut
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
KNKX
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
KNKX
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
KNKX
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.
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