SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

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'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
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
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.
June 19, 2019
ZME Science
Researchers from the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington report that legalizing recreational cannabis can increase the use of the drug but, more crucially, shifts purchases from the illicit market to legal outlets. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
June 19, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
In the U.S., the effort to eliminate measles may be falling victim to its own success. With decades of nationwide prevention thanks to safe, effective vaccines, measles and other infectious childhood diseases may not feel like a threat to families who have never experienced them. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
June 13, 2019
The Conversation
"Researchers don’t have a very clear or comprehensive picture of how (direct-to-consumer genetic test) customers use their raw data and these kinds of third-party tools. As a genetics researcher interested in the ethical and social implications of genomics in research, clinical care and everyday life, I think it’s important to address this knowledge gap," writes Sarah Catherine Nelson.
June 14, 2019
The Seattle Times
Hundreds of Seattleites are projected to die in severe heat waves as the globe warms. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
June 28, 2019
The Washington Post
The Washington Post asked seven climate experts and scientists: In a presidential debate focused entirely on this subject, what would they ask the candidates? Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.
June 17, 2019
Cosmos Magazine
Modern technology gives us ready access to our genetic blueprint, and that’s appealing to a great many people if the success of services such as AncestryDNA or 23andMe is anything to go by. Most of these services also allow users to download their "raw" genetic data to be further analyzed using third-party apps – and that’s something of a concern, say research scientists from the UW. Sarah Nelson is quoted.
June 12, 2019
Sick of roaring airplane traffic and other neighborhood noise, a group of citizen scientists are gathering data in hopes someone will listen. Michael Yost is quoted.
June 5, 2019
The Guardian
Thousands of heat-related deaths in major U.S. cities could be avoided if rising global temperatures are curbed, new research has found. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
June 26, 2019
Some 10 years ago, researchers began planning a massive study of treatment as prevention in South Africa and Zambia, amid doubt in the AIDS research community about whether the effort would be successful. Now findings show that the practice could play a crucial role in controlling the AIDS epidemic. Judith Wasserheit is quoted.
June 20, 2019
The New York Times
A federally funded study has confirmed, not surprisingly, that marijuana use went up in Washington state after its first legal pot stores opened in 2014. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted. [This AP story appeared in several outlets]
June 19, 2019
The UW's Faculty Field Tour stopped by a clinic in Yakima on their five-day tour of the state. Dean Hilary Godwin is interviewed.
June 11, 2019
USA Today
Deadly summer heat will get worse as the globe warms, so putting the brakes on climate change by reducing carbon emissions will save thousands of American lives, a new study suggests. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
June 7, 2019
U.S. News and World Report
Suicide is a leading cause of death across the U.S., but military personnel may be especially vulnerable. Active-duty army personnel who died by suicide were more likely to own guns, store a loaded gun at home and carry a personal gun in public than other soldiers, according to a case-controlled study published Friday. An accompanying commentary by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is referenced.
June 5, 2019
Cities, counties and states across the country have tried to be innovative in their approach to the opioid epidemic ever since concern over opioid use began to grow. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
June 5, 2019
Medpage Today
Prompting doctors via an electronic health record alert to prescribe blood pressure meds to diabetes patients with hypertension resulted in a modest uptick in prescribing, according to a new study presented by Magaly Ramirez at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.
June 5, 2019
The Daily
Turning complex and groundbreaking medical research into information that policymakers can use is no easy task. Yet, that is exactly what the Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science (CHIPS) does. Aaron Katz is quoted.
June 3, 2019
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has so far failed to contain the spread of mumps among migrants held in its detention centers. Marc Stern is quoted.
May 30, 2019
Here's why pregnancy headaches happen and what you can do about them. Sarah Prager is quoted.
June 4, 2019
Northwest Asian Weekly
At the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Way in South Seattle, a relatively new model of caring for the elderly has been underway for two decades. Jerome Dugan is quoted.
May 26, 2019
Men's Health
An expert on childhood obesity says that the most important thing she's learned — applicable to kids and grown men alike — is this: “All the willpower in the world,” she says, “can’t overcome an obesogenic environment." Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
May 28, 2019
Measles is extremely contagious. And one number, or rather a family of numbers, sums up the risk of its spread. David Smith is quoted.
May 28, 2019
The Daily
Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAGV) is a nonprofit grassroots organization that advocates gun safety and responsibility and the reduction of gun violence with the goal of creating a safer world for their grandchildren. The group made two installments of $10,000 to the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology to research gun violence in 2017 and 2018. This soon resulted in three research papers to be published on major, high impact journals in health sciences.
May 29, 2019
The Daily
For mental health conditions such as schizophrenia whose symptoms worsen with social isolation, preventing relapse can be challenging due to a health care provider’s lack of accessibility in consistently monitoring a patient’s shifts in behavior. But with advancements made in digital phenotyping, “moment-by-moment” data collection through smartphones could potentially play an important role in overcoming this challenge. Benjamin Buck is quoted.
May 23, 2019
Abortion debates are heating up nationwide as more and more states adopt laws and restrictions to make the procedures more difficult, if not criminalized. Alabama is the most recent and extreme example: The state now has a law that can send doctors to prison for performing abortions. Sarah Prager is quoted.
May 22, 2019
Dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates. Sharon Browning is quoted.
May 3, 2019
Seattle Weekly
Deadly overdoses in King County continue to rise, with 409 in 2018, even as new research points to high rates of deadly overdoses being unique to America. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
May 16, 2019
The Guardian
"With Brexit looming and recent analyses linking income inequality to voting for rightwing populists, mass shootings, mental ill health, status consumerism and domestic violence, this is indeed a critical issue for our times," co-write 40 researchers, educators and campaigners on inequality, including Mary Anne Mercer and Stephen Bezruchka.
May 21, 2019
Science News for Students
This is the ninth in a 10-part series about the ongoing global impacts of climate change. Kristie Ebi and Michael Case are quoted.
May 21, 2019
Northwest Asian Weekly
Keiro Northwest, a nursing home for the Japanese community in Seattle, has decided to wind down their services in order to assure the continuation of select programs, particularly the assisted living center, known as Nikkei Manor. Jerome Dugan explains why Medicaid reliant nursing home facilities will continue to become financially insolvent and closing.
May 20, 2019
The New York Times
As parents worriedly watch their children navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, there’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction.” In a commentary published last week in JAMA, Dimitri A. Christakis says "the phenomenon of tech addiction is quite real."
May 16, 2019
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
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
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.
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