SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

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
CNBC
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
TIME
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
KUOW listener Colin Peterson asked if soil contamination could impact the blackberries he picks in his neighborhood. Professor Emeritus John Kissel is quoted.
August 7, 2019
Reuters
Moving to a new home during the first three months of pregnancy may add stresses that increase a woman’s risk of having a premature birth, low birth weight and a baby that’s small for its gestational age, suggests a U.S. study. Recent PhD graduate Julia Bond, the lead author, is quoted.
August 16, 2019
St. Louis Public Radio
This year’s catastrophic flooding has created hard times for many people in Midwest, but it’s created a nirvana for mosquitoes. Cory Morin is quoted.
August 15, 2019
Tohoku University News
Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science hosted the APRU Multi-Hazards Summer School, from July 22 - 25, attracting some 60 participants from countries across the Pacific Rim. The annual event draws lessons from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and provides a platform for participants to discuss various disaster risk reduction ideas and projects that have since been implemented. PhD student Haylea Hannah is quoted.
August 12, 2019
Governing
The nation’s incarcerated population is aging rapidly, with nearly four times as many inmates 55 or over as there were at the start of this century. That’s led to increased rates of diabetes and heart disease, among many other problems, but they’re unlikely to receive adequate medical attention. Marc Stern is quoted.
August 12, 2019
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Hologic, a San Diego-based company, is the first in the nation to get a test for Mycoplasma genitalium, a microbe that causes certain sexually transmitted infections, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Lisa Manhart is quoted.
August 4, 2019
The Seattle Times
"Last month, a U.S. House of Representatives committee heard testimony that the multibillion-dollar nicotine-delivery company Juul has found new and insidious ways to market nicotine to our kids, even reaching into elementary schools to entice them," writes Dr. Beth Ebel.
August 12, 2019
The New York Times
It can be hard for children to move on from screen time, but it doesn’t always have to be a battle. Two UW studies are cited. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
August 18, 2019
The Seattle Times
"Seattle is well into its second year of the Sweetened Beverage Tax. Based on what we’ve learned so far, the tax is functioning as intended on its first goal: Growing programs that increase healthy food access and support for child health and early learning. We are waiting to learn whether the tax will meet its other goal: Reducing sales of sugary beverages," writes Dr. Jim Krieger.
August 6, 2019
KOMO News
Users of genetic testing companies may be giving up more information than they're getting. Sara Nelson is interviewed.
July 31, 2019
The Stranger
Dr. Sarah Prager, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the UW, thought she'd climb mountains for a living. But while volunteering at Planned Parenthood, she decided to give up professional mountaineering and become an abortion provider.
August 8, 2019
Business Insider
As climate change continues to shake up our planet, you've likely found yourself wondering what your future — and perhaps your retirement — will look like. And it's fair to assume that no one thinks about this more than those whose work is focused on climate change and sea level rise. But when it comes to retirement, these professionals are still saving like everyone else — and it all comes down to one factor: It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. Heidi Roop is quoted.
July 30, 2019
KXLY
As smoking has declined in popularity, vaping has skyrocketed among teens -- resulting in nicotine addiction in a different form. Beth Ebel is interviewed.
August 1, 2019
Newsweek
Moving home in the first trimester was linked to a 37 percent higher chance of low birth weight and a 42 percent greater chance of premature birth compared with women who didn't. Quotes and cites research led by Julia Bond, a recent MPH graduate from Epidemiology.
August 14, 2019
NPR
A new study published August 13 in JAMA finds that long-term exposure to slightly elevated levels of air pollution can be linked to accelerated development of lung damage, even among people who have never smoked. Senior author Joel Kaufman is quoted.
August 1, 2019
The Washington Post
In the second debate of the Democratic primary season (part one), 10 presidential hopefuls came prepared with facts and figures, some of which were overstated or incorrect. The Washington Post provides a round-up of four claims from the second Democratic presidential debate of 2020. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
August 1, 2019
Men's Health
Contaminated drinking water is more common than you think. Men's Health talks to experts about the most toxic pollutants for men and how they can protect themselves. Scott Meschke is quoted.
July 24, 2019
Grist
It’s widely known that burning fossil fuels leads to all kinds of disastrous things: worsening air pollution, acidic oceans and flooding. But not many people know that the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is making our food more sugary and less nutritious. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
July 24, 2019
The Seattle Times
Recent Seattle City Hall drama over soda-tax revenue raises a critical question: How is the money being spent? Jim Krieger is quoted.
July 22, 2019
Crosscut
Soon the Northwest will experience the same heat waves as the rest of the country — which puts children, the elderly and farmworkers at risk. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
July 21, 2019
KOMO News
Pregnant woman exposed to high levels of air pollution had children with lower IQs, UW researchers have found. Christine Loftus, an epidemiologist in the UW’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, is quoted.
July 19, 2019
NBC News
Buy a bike helmet and you probably assume it meets all the required government safety standards for protecting your head. But that’s not necessarily the case, if you shop online. Fred Rivara is quoted.
July 24, 2019
The Olympian
More women in Washington state died at work from homicide than any other cause from 2009 through 2018, a study by the state Department of Labor & Industries has found. Marissa Baker is quoted.
July 18, 2019
American Heart Association News
Creating a healthy workplace is a common goal these days. To achieve it, employers and employees must be mindful of big and small steps that can add up to better health. Jeffrey Harris is quoted.
July 22, 2019
Wired
If you were early to the 23andMe spit party, you’ve probably noticed that you haven’t gotten any new reports about your genes from the company in a while. Sarah Nelson is quoted.
July 19, 2019
ABC News
The Environmental Protection Agency is not banning a pesticide linked to developmental issues in children, the agency announced this week despite years of calls to pull it from use, saying further study of its effects is needed. Catherine Karr is quoted.
July 12, 2019
Parade Magazine
Paula Spencer Scott talks to experts about the everyday improvements people can make to boost brain health. Basia Belza is quoted.
July 16, 2019
SF Gates
Summers in San Francisco may soon feel more like the warmer East Bay. The East Bay may soon feel more like Sacramento. And Sacramento — well, it might just be too hot to stick around any longer. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
June 27, 2019
The Times of London
Pregnant women exposed to high levels of air pollution have children with lower IQs, according to a study which also found that folic acid supplements may help to protect a foetus’s developing brain. The study was led by researchers in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
July 10, 2019
The Seattle Globalist
State legislators and environmental justice organizations tried to write environmental justice into law with the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act. But the original bill received pushback from industry and business representatives. Cites research from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.
July 14, 2019
The Seattle Times
The Washington Legislature last year waived the state’s unusually high 12% annual interest rate on court debt that doesn’t involve restitution and banned courts from punishing — including jailing — defendants who are too poor to pay fines. Recent UW research is referenced.
July 4, 2019
KUOW
KUOW's Kim Malcolm talks with Caleb Banta-Green, interim director of the UW's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, about why drug overdose deaths are increasing in King County.
July 10, 2019
The Hill
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirmed one proven way to protect our health: better control of animal illness. The Center for One Health Research is referenced.
July 16, 2019
The Seattle Times
Doctors are often ill-equipped to know what to do with patients who are at high risk of gun violence. A summit, which continues today in the Seattle area, aims to examine this and other gun violence issues through a public health lens. Jeff Duchin is quoted.
July 3, 2019
KERA News
Millions of elderly Americans own guns, according to a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center. An April 2019 University of Washington study found that about a third of older adults don't store their firearms in the safest way — locked up and unloaded. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is quoted.
July 3, 2019
The Stranger
Researchers examined wastewater in Tacoma and ended up finding out a lot about our weed habits. Caleb Banta-Green and Beatriz Carlini are quoted.
July 2, 2019
The Seattle Times
Drug-related deaths have continued to climb in King County, with fatal overdoses involving methamphetamine and fentanyl on the rise, according to Public Health — Seattle & King County. Caleb Banta-Green, an author of the report, is quoted.
June 28, 2019
Q13 Fox
A closely watched cold case murder trial in Snohomish County is about to go to the jury. Malia Fullerton is quoted.
June 28, 2019
Discover Magazine
When the Neanderthal genome was first sequenced in 2010 and compared with ours, scientists noticed that genes from Homo neanderthalensis also showed up in our own DNA. Sharon Browning is quoted.
June 18, 2019
The Seattle Times
The era of the American meth lab is over a decade gone, yet pure, cheap meth is back and bigger than ever in Western Washington. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
July 3, 2019
KING 5
Aspergillus, the mold found at Seattle Children's, is the most common mold found at Seattle Children's resulted in one death and five other infections. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
June 21, 2019
My Northwest
On Friday, KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson expressed his skepticism over a recent study that projected hundreds of heat-related deaths for Seattle in future heat waves. In response, UW global health professor Kristie Ebi told Dori how she and her colleagues arrived at their alarming conclusions.
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