SPH in the News

Headlines featuring UW SPH people and research.

May 19, 2022
The Washington Post
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Thursday that children ages 5 to 11 get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to boost their immunity as cases and hospitalizations tick upward in many pockets of the United States. Dr. Beth Bell, clinical professor of global health at the UW, is quoted
May 17, 2022
Scientific American
Heart attacks, strokes and other consequences of cardiovascular disease are particularly dangerous for people who face inequity. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.
May 16, 2022
The Seattle Times
"Privacy is inextricable from the right to bodily autonomy, which the United Nations defines as the right to make decisions about our own lives and futures. Bodily autonomy emphasizes that control over our own bodies is a foundational personal freedom," write Arjee Restar, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Kellan Baker of the Whitman-Walker Institute.
May 12, 2022
Scientific American
Laws that ban gender-affirming treatment ignore the wealth of research demonstrating its benefits for trans peoples health. Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.
May 11, 2022
ABC News
Some 60% of virus spread starts with those who have no symptoms. A cough or sneeze in the checkout line at the grocery store may elicit fear of COVID-19, but that maskless person quietly sitting next to you on the subway could pose just as much of a threat, public health experts say. Dr. Helen Chu, infectious disease physician at the University of Washington School of Medicine, was featured.
May 11, 2022
Associated Press
Cleaner air in United States and Europe is brewing more Atlantic hurricanes, a new U.S. government study found.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study links changes in regionalized air pollution across the globe to storm activity going both up and down. A 50% decrease in pollution particles and droplets in Europe and the U.S. is linked to a 33% increase in Atlantic storm formation in the past couple decades, while the opposite is happening in the Pacific with more pollution and fewer typhoons, according to the study published in Wednesday’s Science Advances.
May 10, 2022
Seattle Times
"The leaked initial Supreme Court decision confirmed what advocates have been saying for years: Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned. Currently, abortion is still legal in all 50 states and will remain legal in Washington after the decision is final. To confront this decision and a nationwide abortion ban already in the works, accurate information about abortion and the crisis of its criminalization is necessary, followed by action to support reproductive health equity and justice," write the UW's Taylor Riley and Yasaman Zia, doctoral students in epidemiology, and Dr. Emily Godfrey, associate professor of family medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology.
May 8, 2022
Washington Post
Scientists turn their attention to finding the rare individuals who have not yet contracted the virus. Christopher Murray, professor of global health and Director of the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation was mentioned.
May 7, 2022
UW News
All forest fire smoke is bad for people, but not all fires in forests are bad. This is the conundrum faced by experts in forest management and public health: Climate change and decades of fire suppression that have increased fuels are contributing to larger and more intense wildfires and, in order to improve forest health and reduce these explosive fires, prescribed and managed fire is necessary.
May 6, 2022
Komo News
A big mystery of the COVID-19 pandemic that researchers are baffled by is that some people are exposed to the virus but never get sick even as others are diagnosed with it multiple times, despite being vaccinated. Researchers say figuring out why that happens is an important question, and they're working to find the answer. Dr. Michael Gale, professor of global health, was quoted.
May 6, 2022
PBS NewsHour
Nearly 15 million people around the world have died from COVID's impact, directly or indirectly, during the first two years of the pandemic, according to a new World Health Organization report. It’s also about three times higher than governments have reported so far. University of Washington's Jonathan Wakefield, whose modeling work helped produce the report, joins William Brangham for more.
May 6, 2022
DGH News
The University of Washington School of Medicine (SoM) and UW School of Public Health (SPH) are pleased to announce that Dr. Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Global Health (DGH) until a permanent chair is found. “We are confident that Carey will continue to provide outstanding leadership for the department” said Dean of Public Health Hilary Godwin and Dean of Medicine Paul Ramsey.  

Carey has been at the University of Washington (UW) in various roles since 1994, having completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at the UW SoM as well as a Masters in Public Health at UW SPH.  She has been part of DGH since it was founded.
May 5, 2022
BuzzFeed News
The UN’s health agency has embraced statistical methods that put the true toll of the pandemic at around 15 million. Will it shock nations that are denying the severity of COVID-19 into action? Jonathan Wakefield, professor of statistics and of biostatics at the UW, is quoted.
May 5, 2022
Buzz Feed News
A staggering heat wave in India and Pakistan, which has exposed more than a billion people to extreme heat for weeks and thousands to temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, is the latest example of how weather patterns worsened by climate change are causing people to become sick and die. The Western India state Maharashtra has already registered 25 heat-related deaths since late March.
May 5, 2022
PBS NewsHour
Nearly 15 million people around the world have died from COVID's impact, directly or indirectly, during the first two years of the pandemic, according to a new World Health Organization report. Jonathan Wakefield, professor of statistics and of biostatics at the UW, is interviewed.
 

May 3, 2022
KUOW
A runny nose, a cough, a headache.

For once, we're not talking about the symptoms of COVID — we're talking about regular old seasonal allergies.
May 3, 2022
UW News
“Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of disease that will not harm a person in their lifetime. If melanoma is being overdiagnosed, it means that too many people are getting the scary news that they have cancer, and receiving and paying for unnecessary treatment,” said Kathleen Kerr, professor of biostatistics in the UW School of Public Health.
May 2, 2022
NIEHS Environmental Factor
EHP would continue publishing conference proceedings to ensure “maximum communication of research findings,” the report stated. “Reactions from those who read Perspectives indicate our efforts in this direction are successful.”
May 2, 2022
Popular Science
Epidemiologists have focused a huge amount of attention on hunting down the moment those viruses made the interspecies leap. Which bats? When? But there’s another, broader question to be asked: Why do certain mammals bump into each other at all? And are there forces that make it more likely that a diseased bat ends up in a place where it can infect people?
May 2, 2022
Popular Science
To prevent future pandemics, we need to connect the dots between the spread of disease and the destruction of the planet. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.
May 1, 2022
The Seattle Times
Ventilating and filtering indoor air is part of a new stage in efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Marissa Baker, assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.
April 29, 2022
National Geographic
Mounting evidence shows that many of today’s whole foods aren't as packed with vitamins and nutrients as they were 70 years ago, potentially putting people's health at risk. Kristie Ebi, professor of global health and of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is quoted.
April 28, 2022
NBC News
The rate of gun-carrying among adolescents increased 41 percent from 2002 to 2019, according to a recent study. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.
April 28, 2022
UW Medicine Newsroom
Dr. Sheela Sathyanarayana, a UW Medicine pediatrician and an environmental epidemiologist, outlines the ways you can start minimizing your exposure to microplastics and chemicals that can leach from household plastic items.
April 27, 2022
NPR
Around the world, the death rate of children has been dropping dramatically. But a new study in The Lancet Global Health points out an underlying tragedy among the childhood deaths that do occur today. Too many are coming after children have been treated and often discharged from hospitals. Judd Walson, vice chair and professor of global health, is quoted.
April 27, 2022
IndiaSpend
Unlike claims made by the Indian government in its press release, the WHO's estimates do not rely on models that include factors like seasonal variations in temperature, Jon Wakefield, professor of statistics and biostatistics at the University of Washington, who had led the modelling for India as a member of the TAG, explained
April 28, 2022
US News
First, we got advice on staying fit and healthy while working in the office. Then when the pandemic started, we got advice on staying fit and healthy while working from home. As the era of hybrid work — doing the same job in both places — takes hold, now what? Dr. Jeffrey Harris, professor of health systems and population health at the UW, is quoted.
April 27, 2022
NBC News
The rate of gun-carrying among adolescents increased 41% from 2002 to 2019, according to a recent study. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.
April 27, 2022
NPR
Around the world, the death rate of children has been dropping dramatically. But a new study in The Lancet Global Health points out an underlying tragedy among the childhood deaths that do occur today. Too many are coming after children have been treated and often discharged from hospitals. Dr. Judd Walson, professor of global health, of medicine and of pediatrics at the UW, is quoted.
April 27, 2022
Northwest Public Broadcasting
A new study shows that people of color, indigenous and low-income communities are more likely to be harmed by pesticides in the U.S. Pablo Palmández, an agricultural research and safety extensionist in the UW Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center, is interviewed.
April 25, 2022
Oregon Public Broadcasting
A new study published this month by researchers at the UW reveals patterns of handgun use among adolescents and young adults living in rural communities. More than 2,000 youth in seven states, including Oregon, were surveyed about carrying handguns over a 15-year period, from the age of 12 to 26. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.
April 24, 2022
AP News
COVID-19 vaccinations are at a critical juncture as companies test whether new approaches like combination shots or nasal drops can keep up with a mutating coronavirus — even though it’s not clear if changes are needed. Dr. Beth Bell, clinical professor of global health at the UW, is quoted.
April 21, 2022
As many people are removing their masks on planes, experts say wearing one can still offer you some protection against COVID-19, even if everyone else is maskless. Featured: Marissa Baker
April 21, 2022
KING 5
As many people are removing their masks on planes, experts say wearing one can still offer you some protection against COVID-19, even if everyone else is maskless. A video by the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences is referenced.
April 20, 2022
CNN
Arguably the most successful version of the Omicron coronavirus variant to date has been BA.2 but it hasn't been resting on its laurels. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.
April 19, 2022
The Seattle Times
New evolution of the coronavirus’ omicron variant could mean the virus is becoming more “steady” and “flu-like,” said Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW.
 

April 18, 2022
The Guardian
India has called into question the methodology used by the WHO to calculate its death toll from Covid-19. Jon Wakefield, a professor of statistics and biostatistics at the University of Washington who was one of those involved in the modelling for the WHO, released a statement that explained the methodology in detail and rebutted the claims made by the Indian government about the veracity of the modelling.
April 16, 2022
The New York Times
The World Health Organization has calculated that 15 million people have died as a result of the pandemic, far more than earlier estimates, but has yet to release those numbers. Jonathan Wakefield, professor of statistics and of biostatics at the UW, is quoted.
April 14, 2022
King 5
While trying to be updated on the conflict in Ukraine, people should take care to limit exposure if it's affecting your mood or sleep, according to experts at UW Medicine. Michele Bedard-Gilligan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in the UW School of Medicine, was interviewed by King5, Kiro-AM, and KGMI-AM.
April 14, 2022
NPR
On Wednesday, health officials in New York said that two new omicron variants are spreading rapidly in the state. The variants appear to be causing a small surge in cases in central New York state, the department of health said. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is mentioned.
April 13, 2022
KIRO-AM
Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is featured in a conversation about his recently published study on guns in rural America.
April 13, 2022
Real Change
Volunteers across the Duwamish River watershed plan on coming together to clean up trash, restore native plants, remove invasive species and learn how to better care for the lands and waters of the region on April 16. A study by the UW School of Public Health is mentioned.
April 12, 2022
The Seattle Times
“To disrupt structural racism, we need anti-racist leaders who can shepherd and sustain our collective anti-racist transformation. And we need to facilitate anti-racist accountability of our leadership,” writes Wendy Barrington, associate professor in the School of Nursing and School of Public Health.
April 12, 2022
HealthDay
A single dose of human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine provides as much protection against cervical cancer as the standard three-dose regimen, a new study finds. Study leader Ruanne Barnabas, associate professor of global health and of medicine at the UW, is quoted.
April 11, 2022
NPR
First Florida. Then Alabama. Now, lawmakers in Ohio and Louisiana are considering legislation that mimics the Florida law. And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he'll make a similar bill a top priority at the next session. Arjee Restar, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.
April 7, 2022
CNN Health
Two new pieces of research highlight the broader effects of gun violence on health and examine how early intervention on gun safety could be effective in certain groups. A UW study is referenced.
April 7, 2022
The Hill
The Food and Drug Administrations Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met on Wednesday along with other health officials and experts from around the world to discuss the future of how the U.S. will handle the SARS-CoV-2 virus as cases dwindle and the necessity of future doses is debated. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted. Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is referenced.
April 6, 2022
KUOW
Even as Washington state tries to clamp down on climate-harming pollution, it’s building new highways in its two biggest counties. Featured: Washington Environmental Health Disparities map developed by DEOHS and our partners
April 6, 2022
Fred Hutch News
“It’s a multivitamin industry with really limited data to support their use,” said Dr. Garnet Anderson ('89), director of the Public Health Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “At least not here in the U.S. where we have access to high-quality foods.”
April 5, 2022
NPR
There was a time when doctors readily prescribed opioids to treat pain, but opioid prescriptions in the U.S. have fallen more than 40% in the past decade. It's a response to the country's overdose and addiction crisis. The CDC has also encouraged doctors to prescribe fewer painkillers, but these changes led to unintended consequences for patients with chronic pain. Dr. Gary Franklin, research professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, is interviewed.
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