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Keeping up with hurricanes
The Daily, October 15, 2018
Hurricanes are not a new phenomenon. However, UW researchers are currently uncovering new evidence on how hurricanes can impact communities around the world. Nicole Errett is quoted.
Report: World support for mental health care is 'pitifully small'
NPR, October 15, 2018
It's a major milestone in the fight to recognize mental health and mental illness as global issues: a comprehensive report from the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, three years in the making, released this past week at a London summit. Commissioner Pamela Collins is quoted.
Lopsided I-1634 campaign, with millions from soda industry, blankets airwaves
The Seattle Times, October 13, 2018
The I-1634 campaign is blanketing the airwaves with advertisements that raise the specter of looming local grocery taxes, while making little or no mention of the sweetened beverages produced by the companies funding the campaign. Jessica Jones-Smith is quoted.
Missed miscarriage: A missing conversation
U.S. News & World Report, October 11, 2018
Also called a silent miscarriage, this type of early pregnancy loss is symptom-less and often confusing. Sarah Prager is quoted.
Debated: I-1634 would ban local taxes on grocery items
The Everett Herald, October 11, 2018
Proponents and opponents of Washington Initiative 1634, which would ban local taxes on groceries, including sugary beverages, were interviewed by Everett Herald opinion editor Jon Bauer on Oct. 4. Jim Krieger is quoted.
Putting global mental health on the map
The Huddle, October 10, 2018
Just ahead of World Mental Health Day, on Oct. 10, Pamela Collins sat down to discuss her vision for the program and her passion for global mental health.
Disastrous effects of climate change are happening now, report says
NPR, October 8, 2018
The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report. Noel King talks to Kristie Ebi, a co-author of the report, about what it says about the consequences of climate change.
Is there a cure for herpes? Nope, and there may never be one
Men's Health, September 28, 2018
Genital herpes is surprisingly common, yet there's no vaccine or cure. According to Anna Wald, herpes is just one of many sexually transmitted viruses that scientists don't fully understand.
Breakthrough study identifies 535 blood pressure genes
SPH News, September 28, 2018
Researchers have newly identified more than 500 genetic regions that influence people’s blood pressure in the largest global genetic study of blood pressure to date. The findings – from an international team including researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health – more than triple the number of blood pressure genetic signals to over 1,000.
12 pistols, suppressors, red dot sights and 2K ammo stolen from Seattle home
MyNorthwest, September 21, 2018
Seattle police are on the hunt for a burglar who stole at least a dozen firearms from a Beacon Hill home, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. A study by PhD student Erin Morgan is cited.
Study examines harmful effects of some food additives on children
Q13 Fox, September 19, 2018
There are more than 10,000 chemicals that can be added to our food. Some of them are harmless; some we don’t know the effects of; and others have been studied and shown to pose potentially serious health risks to children and adults. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Projecting heat-related deaths in a warming climate
SPH News, September 18, 2018
Large parts of the world could experience dramatic increases in heat-related deaths under scenarios of greater climate change, according to a new paper published September 13 in the journal Climate Change. Researchers argue that the world needs to keep global temperatures in check by meeting the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.
FDA intensifies crackdown on e-cigarette sales to teenagers
NPR, September 12, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration announced a set of major new enforcement actions September 13 aimed at reducing the sales and marketing of electronic cigarettes to teenagers. David Eaton is quoted.
The problem with all the plastic that's leaching into your food
Vox, September 11, 2018
Most of our food containers — from bottles to the linings in aluminum cans to plastic wraps and salad bins — are made using polycarbonate plastics, some of which have bioactive chemicals, like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates. These man-made chemicals can leach from the containers or wrappings into the food and drinks they’re holding — especially when they’re heated. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Doctors urge people to put down cell phones when crossing the street
KIRO, September 8, 2018
Pediatricians at the UW are urging parents and kids to put away the cell phones while walking and crossing the street. Beth Ebel is interviewed.
Big gains in HIV care in US, disparities remain
SPH News, September 5, 2018
Improved treatment has nearly tripled viral suppression rates among people living with HIV in the United States over the past two decades, but disparities still exist for younger and African-American patients, according to a new study from the University of Washington.
Don’t want the police to find you through a DNA database? It may already be too late
McClatchy, August 31, 2018
It’s a forensics technique that has helped crack several cold cases. Across the country, investigators are analyzing DNA and using basic genealogy to find relatives of potential suspects in the hope that these “familial searches” will lead them to the killer. Stephanie Malia Fullerton is quoted.
What gun safety? NRA using lawsuits to shoot down local gun-storage laws
Salon, August 29, 2018
Activists in Washington state want gun owners to lock up their firearms. The NRA wants them out in the open. A UW School of Public Health study was cited.
Do safe injection sites actually work?
KIRO 7, August 27, 2018
KIRO 7 interviews Caleb Banta-Green, a senior research scientist at the UW Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, about a new small study showing safe injection sites may not help reduce drug use or mortality rates.
Rising CO2 levels could push 'hundreds of millions' into malnutrition by 2050
Carbon Brief, August 27, 2018
An additional 290 million people could face malnutrition by 2050 if little is done to stop the rise of greenhouse gas emissions, a study finds. Kristie Ebi, who was not involved in the study, is quoted.
Could rising CO2 levels trigger a nutritional crisis?
Gizmodo, August 27, 2018
A new analysis is reigniting a concern agricultural scientists have been voicing for years: That rising carbon dioxide could exacerbate malnutrition by reducing the nutrient content of staple crops. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
Risk markers for firearm injury identified
ASPPH, August 24, 2018
An individual’s history of substance use, mental disorder and arrest can indicate an elevated risk of getting shot, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Safest level of alcohol consumption is none, worldwide study shows
Washington Post, August 24, 2018
No amount of drinking is good for you, says a massive new IHME study led by Emmanuela Gakidou, professor of global health.
A cell became his cemetery
CNN, August 24, 2018
A young man committed suicide while in solitary confinement at one of America's largest detention centers, which has become a crossroads for immigrants facing deportation. Marc Stern explains how prisons and jails becomes homes for people with mental health issues.
A blended family: Her mother was Neanderthal, her father something else entirely
The New York Times, August 22, 2018
In a limestone cave nestled high above the Anuy River in Siberia, scientists have discovered the fossil of an extraordinary human hybrid. Sharon Browning, who recently discovered that modern human intermixed with Denisovans not once, but twice in history, is quoted.
Ancient bone reveals surprising sex lives of Neanderthals
NPR Shots, August 22, 2018
In the Denisova Cave in southern Siberia, researchers have discovered the bones of a young female who lived 90,000 years ago. They sequenced her genome and found something quite surprising: She had a Neanderthal for a mother and a Denisovan for a father. Sharon Browning is quoted.
Unconscious bias plays role in ovarian cancer screenings
UW Medicine Newsroom, August 22, 2018
In patient referrals, primary care physicians are influenced by their own connections to the disease, study suggests. Laura-Mae Baldwin, the study's senior author, is quoted.
High temperatures and air pollution may increase risk of mental illness, suicide
The Revelator, August 20, 2018
For decades research has shown that heat stress negatively affects the body and exacerbates psychiatric illness; now it turns out the biological impacts of air pollution are no different. In a recent study led by Anjum Hajat, researchers found psychological stress was 17 percent higher in areas with high pollution.
One Planet: What are the health effects of harmful chemicals in our food?
KALW Radio, August 20, 2018
US food safety regulations allow more than 10,000 chemicals to be added to a variety of foods. KALW talks to Rachel Shaffer about what we need to know about the health effects of hidden chemicals in our food.
Report: Seattle residents support soda tax
ASPPH, August 16, 2018
A majority of Seattle residents supported the city’s new tax on sweetened beverages as it took effect, and saw it as a way to improve the public’s health, finds a new baseline report led by a UW School of Public Health researcher.
Degenerative eye conditions linked to Alzheimer's in study
UPI, August 13, 2018
Researchers have found a significant link between three degenerative eye diseases and Alzheimer's disease risk, offering a potential way for medical providers to detect the memory loss condition. Paul Crane is quoted.
Mycoplasma genitalium: Fighting a little known, often drug-resistant STD
U.S. News & World Report, August 13, 2018
An emerging bacterial threat, mycoplasma genitalium, that can be passed through sex is making some headlines across the pond as the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV recently drafted guidance aimed at better detecting and treating it. Lisa Manhart is quoted.
Experts say we should limit low-calorie sodas, stick to water
SPH News, August 13, 2018
A group of leading nutritionists, doctors and researchers caution against the regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, especially for children. In a science advisory published July 30 in Circulation, the group recommends that people drink more plain or carbonated water instead. The American Heart Association convened the expert group, which includes Jennifer Otten from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Experts question benefits of fluoride-free toothpaste
The Washington Post, August 13, 2018
Dental health experts worry that more people are using toothpaste that skips the most important ingredient - the fluoride - and leaves them at a greater risk of cavities. Philippe Hujoel, who led the dental review, is quoted.
How does PrEP, the HIV-prevention medication, work?
Live Science, August 12, 2018
At the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in July, a group of researchers announced that, although their HIV-prevention trial isn't over yet, they know that the treatment is going to be a success. Jared Baeten is quoted.
Seattle soda tax brings in more than $10M in first six months
The Seattle Times, August 8, 2018
Seattle has collected more than $10 million in the first six months of its tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, raising the possibility the tax could generate more money this year than anticipated. Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.
UW research: Hot days can trigger more workplace accidents
KOMO News, August 8, 2018
The soaring temperatures in this latest heat wave can be more than just uncomfortable. Researchers at the UW School of Public Health said workers are more likely to get hurt on a hot day. June Spector is quoted.
Rollback of vehicle-emission standards threatens the health of vulnerable Washington residents
The Seattle Times, August 8, 2018
Michael Yost, chair of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, pens an opinion piece for The Seattle Times that explains how the rollback of vehicle-emission standards could threaten the health and well-being of Washington residents.
Acidifying oceans killing fish's sense of smell, say scientists
KING 5, August 8, 2018
New research out of England shows conditions are causing fish to lose their sense of smell. Evan Gallagher is currently conducting similar experiments on salmon to see how they will fare as Puget Sound acidifies. Gallagher is quoted.
New major at UW focuses on food systems, nutrition
KUOW, August 6, 2018
The UW School of Public Health is offering a new major focusing on food and nutrition. Elizabeth Kirk is interviewed.
Reducing obesity among public housing residents
SPH News, August 1, 2018
A new study led by a University of Washington health promotion researcher shows that an intervention in public housing communities has the potential to reduce obesity among residents.
Can you get sick from air conditioning?
Gismodo, July 31, 2018
Gizmodo talks to several biologists and occupational health scientists to find out whether air conditioners can make you sick. Scott Meschke is quoted.
1 dead, 1 in critical condition from dry ice in Seattle car
ABC News, July 31, 2018
In a bizarre incident linked to dry ice, one woman died and another is in critical condition in Washington state, authorities said. Martin Cohen is quoted.
Pediatricians group urges parents to avoid heating, storing food in plastic
Q13 FOX, July 30, 2018
A leading U.S. medical organization representing more than 60,000 pediatricians recommends parents and children avoid certain chemicals used in food processing and called for the government to adjust its methods of deeming substances to be safe. PhD student Rachel Shaffer is quoted.
As easy as riding a bike
The New York Times, July 27, 2018
A recent study looked at bicycle-related injuries in children treated in emergency departments in the United States over a 10-year period. Over that time, there were more than two million such injuries in children from 5 to 17, which the researchers calculated meant more than 600 a day, or 25 an hour. Fred Rivara is quoted.
What the recycling symbol on a plastic container can tell you about its potential dangers
Health, July 25, 2018
A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics asks consumers to avoid plastics that contain the recycling codes 3, 6 and 7, unless they are also labeled as "biobased" or "greenware." Rachel Shaffer, a co-author of the statement and a PhD student in environmental toxicology, is quoted.
Deeply talks: Understanding the impact of climate change in nutrition
News Deeply, July 24, 2018
Kristie Ebi talks to Malnutrition Deeply about a major study she co-authored that revealed how rice grown in higher levels of carbon dioxide has reduced amounts of nutrients.
High miscarriage rate in Zika-infected primates
ASPPH, July 23, 2018
A multi-institutional study that included researchers from the University of Washington suggests that the Zika virus may pose a greater threat of miscarriages than previously recognized. The study found that one in four nonhuman primates infected with Zika early in pregnancy experienced miscarriage or stillbirth, even though the animals showed few signs of infection.
FEMA-style tents as homeless shelters? Maybe, say some King County officials, who believe we have a 'public health disaster'
The Seattle Times, July 20, 2018
Three health officials on the public board are urging it to declare homelessness a “public health disaster” and advise local jurisdictions to respond accordingly — including potentially deploying large scale FEMA-style tents as emergency shelter before the winter. Professor Emeritus Bill Daniell is quoted.
King County youth detention center moves forward despite opposition
Seattle Weekly, July 19, 2018
As construction moves ahead on the new King County youth detention center at 12th and Alder in the Central District, anti-incarceration activists continue the fight against the controversial project. Omid Bagheri is quoted.
California soda tax saga highlights legislative ballot box strategies
US News & World Report, July 16, 2018
Health advocates are fighting back after California lawmakers banned localities from passing new taxes on soft drinks and other sugary beverages. James Krieger is quoted.
Doctors are warning that this sexually transmitted infection could be the next big superbug
People, July 16, 2018
Doctors are warning about a sexually transmitted infection called Mycoplasma genitalium that could become the next hard-to-treat superbug, thanks to its increasing resistance to traditional antibiotics. Lisa Manhart answers some questions about the little-known infection.
Study finds genetic risk for placental abruption
SPH News, July 11, 2018
Scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health have identified genetic factors that may increase a woman’s risk for placental abruption, a leading cause of maternal and neonatal death worldwide.
Supporters, critics react to Seattle's gun safety measure
Q13 FOX, July 11, 2018
Gun owners in Seattle could now face up to a $10,000 fine if they don’t safely store firearms. The Seattle City Council on July 9 unanimously passed an ordinance that requires the safe storage of firearms inside Seattle city limits. A UW School of Public Health study is cited.
New research says HPV tests, not pap smears, should be used to detect cervical cancer
KING 5, July 10, 2018
Researchers say replacing a pap smear with an HPV test can allow women to go longer between tests and give them increased confidence they are cancer-free. Rachel Winer is quoted.
Gun owners face fines up to $10,000 for not locking up their guns under new Seattle law
The Seattle Times, July 9, 2018
Seattle will require gun owners to lock up their firearms, after the City Council voted unanimously on July 9 to pass legislation proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan. A study from the UW School of Public Health is cited.
New Seattle law requires gun owners to lock up firearms or face fines
The Stranger, July 9, 2018
The Seattle City Council passed a bill on July 9 to mandate safe gun storage and create new civil infractions for those who fail to comply. A study from the UW School of Public Health is referenced.
Zika may cause many more miscarriages than previously recognized
UW Medicine Newsroom, July 6, 2018
A study has found that one in four nonhuman primates infected with the Zika virus early in pregnancy miscarried, even though the animals showed few signs of infection. The study was conducted by researchers in Wisconsin, Washington, California, Oregon, and Texas. Kristina Adams Waldorf, Michael Gale Jr. and Lakshmi Rajagopal were co-authors.
Beating the heat, for your health
US News & World Report, July 6, 2018
As hot temperatures hit the U.S., a public health official from Seattle & King County talks climate change and taking care of yourself during the dog days of summer. Tania Busch Isaksen is mentioned.
From apps to avatars, new tools for taking control of your mental health
The Washington Post, July 2, 2018
There has been as explosion of digital apps aimed at offering connections or help on mental health issues. Dror Ben-Zeev is quoted.
Driving? Your phone is a distraction even if you aren't looking at it
Five Thirty Eight, June 27, 2018
Research has found that when it comes to distracted driving, what your eyes and hands are doing is only part of the issue — what your mind is doing is at least as crucial. Brian Johnston is quoted.
In India, experts look to climate trends to tackle malnutrition
News Deeply, June 27, 2018
Officials are increasingly looking to climate data to predict droughts, famines and heat waves and to help plan for – and prevent – the rising rates of moderate and severe malnutrition that have been shown to follow. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
Using community engagement to advance bicycling in White Center
Cascade Blog, June 27, 2018
Cheryl Tam, who recently received her MPH from the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program, blogs about her research examining barriers and opportunities to improve bicycling in White Center.
The nation’s opioid crisis is taking its toll on children across the Puget Sound region. Here’s how schools could offer hope
The Seattle Times, June 27, 2018
The nation’s opiate addiction crisis draws attention but less visible are the effects on addicts’ children, in school. Across the Puget Sound region, these kids are reeling, and their life outcomes are often dire. But schools could offer hope to stem a looming social crisis. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Health risks for Alaska salmon fishermen
SPH News, June 25, 2018
A study from the UW School of Public Health finds that commercial salmon fishermen in Alaska suffer from hearing loss at more than five times the national rate, while facing higher rates of other health problems.
Everything we know about e-cigarettes so far?
VICE, June 24, 2018
E-cigarette researchers say much is still unknown when it comes to the health effects of vaping devices, but the more we learn, the more they’re starting to look like traditional tobacco cigs. A report authored by David Eaton is cited.
Early physical therapy benefits low-back pain patients
UW Medicine Newsroom, June 20, 2018
Patients with low-back pain are better off seeing a physical therapist first, according to a study of 150,000 insurance claims. Lead author Bianca Frogner is quoted.
Opioid addiction drugs severely underutilized, study finds
CNN, June 19, 2018
A study finds that despite the ability of medication-assisted treatment drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to save the lives of people who've overdosed on opioids, they continue to be underutilized. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted about the study's limitations.
New India study abroad program empowers students to tackle grand challenges
Civil & Environmental Engineering, June 19, 2018
A new University of Washington study abroad program empowers students to tackle grand challenges in India, including critical public health issues. Renee Heffron, Tania Isaksen and Melissa Mugambi collaborated of the University of Washington Civil & Environmental Engineering program, called Grand Challenges Impact Lab.
Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world's poor at risk
CNBC, June 19, 2018
Kristie Ebi pens an op-ed detailing new research about the impact of rising carbon dioxide concentrations on the nutritional value of rice.
Climate impacts of 1.5 and 2 degrees of global warming
SPH News, June 18, 2018
A new research paper shows that each pathway to achieve a 1.5-degree-warmer world would likely result in vastly different regional temperatures. Published June 7 in Nature, the report comes from an international collaboration that included Kristie L. Ebi from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Climate change will impact rice's nutritional value
SPH News, June 13, 2018
Higher concentrations of carbon dioxide are associated with reductions in protein and multiple key nutrients in rice, according to a new field study by an international team that included scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Can lay people provide mental health care in Kenya?
Futurity, June 12, 2018
The majority of the world’s population lives in low-income countries with extremely limited access to mental health care. This gap is largest in African nations, which have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals: just 1.4 per 100,000 people. Features interview with Shannon Dorsey.
Is it possible to eat too much fruit?
TIME, June 12, 2018
Is it bad for your health to eat a lot of fruit? Adam Drewnowski weighs in on the debate.
DNA apps promise deeper insights for consumers - but at what cost?
Salon, June 12, 2018
Sarah Nelson authors an op-ed about the ethical and legal implications of users having personal access to “raw” or uninterpreted genetic data.
Healthy living: Super vegetables that won’t break the bank
Q13 FOX, June 12, 2018
Americans are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only one in ten eats the daily recommended amount, which is five servings. Adam Drewnowksi is quoted.
Janitors have one of the highest on-the-job injury rates of any workers
KNKX, June 11, 2018
Janitors and custodians have some of the highest on-the-job injury rates of any occupation, ranking higher than heavy equipment operators and tractor trailer truck drivers. Debra Milek is interviewed.
Dairy farms battle environmentalists over manure
KING5 News, June 9, 2018
Dairy farmers say Washington state's new permit requirements are too tough, while environmental groups say they're not tough enough. Catherine Karr is quoted.
Most guns not safely stored in Washington state
ASPPH, June 7, 2018
Sixty-three percent of firearm-owning households in Washington state do not store their firearms locked and unloaded, according to a study led by PhD epidemiology student Erin Morgan.
ASU criminology professor part of national research collaborative on youth firearm injuries, deaths
Arizona State University, June 5, 2018
Medical and academic researchers are conducting the first major study in 20 years on firearm injuries and deaths of children and teens. The $5 million project will include Fred Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar. Rivara is quoted.
How more carbon dioxide can make food less nutritious
The New York Times, June 1, 2018
Carbon dioxide helps plants grow. But a new study from the UW School of Public Health shows that rice grown in higher levels of carbon dioxide has lower amounts of several important nutrients. Kristie Ebi, a co-author, was quoted.
Rice, the staple food of billions, could become less nutritious because of climate change
The Washington Post, June 1, 2018
Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions threaten to make rice less nutritious, scientists said in a study released May 23, raising a worrying possibility about the staple food item for billions of humans. Kristie Ebi, co-author of the study, is quoted.
Largest study linking dementia risk to traumatic brain injury
ASPPH, May 30, 2018
People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury have a significantly higher risk of dementia than those who have no history of brain injury, according to one of the largest studies of its kind to date.
Guidelines on prostate cancer screening updated
ASPPH, May 30, 2018
Men between the ages of 55 and 69 should talk to their physicians about the potential benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening, according to new guidelines published in the journal JAMA. The guidelines come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, chaired by David Grossman until March 2018.
Phone app effectively treats mental illness, study shows
UW Medicine Newsroom, May 25, 2018
A smartphone program was just as effective as a clinical intervention in treating people with serious mental illnesses – and it had a significantly better rate of treatment engagement, according to a study in Psychiatric Services. Lead author Dror Ben-Zeev is quoted.
Is biking a Catch-22 situation?
Crosscut, May 24, 2018
Toxicology PhD student and avid bike commuter, Rachel Shaffer considers the health impact of air pollution while biking outdoors.
Top 10 tips to cut your cancer risk
Fred Hutch News, May 24, 2018
After a comprehensive analysis of research on lifestyle factors and cancer prevention, an international group of researchers issued 10 recommendations to kick preventable cancer to the curb. Anne McTiernan is a co-author.
Germs at the airport, and the teams that fight them
USA Today, May 23, 2018
An unscientific but widely shared "study" highlighting germy spots in airports has many travelers worried. Marilyn Roberts says there is probably nothing to worry about.
Gun owners must lock up and unload at home
The Seattle Times, May 22, 2018
To prevent suicide and cut violent crime with stolen guns, gun owners need to unload and lock up their weapons at home, writes The Seattle Times editorial board, citing new research from the UW School of Public Health.
DNA apps promise deeper insights for consumers - but at what cost?
The Conversation, May 21, 2018
PhD student Sarah Catherine Nelson addresses ethical and legal issues around direct-to-consumer genetic testing, such as 23andMe and Ancestry.com, and other genetic geneology tools such as GEDmatch. Law enforcement recently used GEDmatch to catch the Golden State Killer.
Grid by grid
University of Washington, May 21, 2018
Months after Hurricane Maria, thousands in rural Puerto Rico still lack electricity. In partnership with local communities, UW engineers and public health researchers are assessing the long-term impact of power loss on the health of rural residents.
UW Study: Most gun-owning households in Washington state don't safely store firearms
KOMO News, May 17, 2018
Three out of every five gun owners across the state aren't locking up their guns. That's according to a new study by researchers from the UW School of Public Health. The study also found gun owners who don't store their guns safely are at a higher risk for suicide.
Four Epi faculty, students and staff recognized at SPH Excellence Awards
Epi News, May 16, 2018
Four Department of Epidemiology students, faculty and staff were honored at the 2018 University of Washington School of Public Health Awards of Excellence in May 2018. They include Barb LcLaughlin, Daniel Enquobahrie, Robert Tessler and Jessica Williams-Nguyen.
Air pollution exposure in the womb linked to higher blood pressure in kids
Associated Press, May 14, 2018
Women exposed to higher levels of air pollution during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to children who develop elevated blood pressure before age 10, according to a new study. Joel Kaufman said the study “is another piece of evidence that air pollution exposures affect your health and could affect your baby’s health as well.”
Students struggle with medical debt and health insurance
The Daily, May 9, 2018
Health expenses can pose a major problem for students, especially for out-of-state students, minorities, and students with more complex immigration statuses. Huskies for Health Insurance, led by MPH students Darragh Kerr and Sharon Hwee, is trying to change that by pushing for the UW to offer an insurance plan to students.
Understanding crash risk among older adults
ASPPH, May 8, 2018
The fatal crash rate tends to increase when drivers turn 65 – but there are few validated tools available for predicting when an individual driver’s risk may start to increase. A new study from researchers at the UW School of Public Health and School of Medicine explored whether cognitive test scores can be linked to higher crash risk.
Signing up for 23andMe? You might be exposing your family to the FBI
KUOW, May 8, 2018
To tease out the complex criminal investigation that led law enforcement to the Golden State Killer, Bill Radke talks to Malia Fullerton and Steve Mercer, former chief attorney of the forensics division at the Office of the Public Defender of Maryland.
Here's one Obamacare rule that's still intact: Calorie counts
KUOW, May 8, 2018
A national law requiring calorie information on menus takes effect this week. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, said the law is not going to solve obesity problems, adding that it’s a socio-economic problem.
Elementary schools testing positive for lead
KIRO 7, May 3, 2018
With funding from the state, researchers are testing lead levels in water at hundreds elementary schools in Washington. Catherine Karr is interviewed.
Center for Communication, Difference and Equity to explore issues of race and media in conference May 10-12
UW News, May 2, 2018
The University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference and Equity will hold a three-day conference to explore issues of race and racism in American culture and media. On the final afternoon, the conference will present several collaborative projects and video presentations from researchers in the School of Public Health.
The Golden State Killer is tracked through a thicket of DNA, and experts shudder
The New York Times, May 2, 2018
The arrest of a suspect has set off alarms among some scientists and ethicists worried that consumer DNA may be widely accessed by law enforcement. Stephanie Malia Fullerton is quoted.
This app helps donate leftover drugs to people who struggle to afford health care
HuffPost, May 1, 2018
A Greek nonprofit hopes to find a better use for the billions of dollars worth of prescription medication wasted every year. Andy Stergachis says drug donations can save lives but warns: “There is no assurance that medicines from other healthcare facilities or from individuals are stored properly or not tampered with prior to their donation.”
Teens who get more sleep may curb screen time
Business Insider, May 1, 2018
When teens get extra sleep on school nights, they might cut back mostly on sedentary activities like screen time without making major changes to their exercise habits, a small experiment suggests. Michelle Garrison is quoted.
Smoking pot while pregnant is not a good idea
The Seattle Times, May 1, 2018
Susan Astley pens an op-ed that highlights the answered and unanswered questions about smoking pot while pregnant.
How do we bridge gaps in health equity?
Fred Hutch News, April 30, 2018
Researchers and community members discuss outreach, relationship building at 2018 Pathways to Equity Symposium. J. Carey Jackson is quoted.
UW has $1 billion in buildings going up or planned in Seattle
The Seattle Times, April 29, 2018
The University of Washington broke ground last week on a new building that will become the central offices for academics studying global human health. It’s one of many buildings under construction or being planned for the Seattle campus.
5 confirmed cases of E. coli in WA linked to tainted romaine lettuce
KUOW, April 28, 2018
KUOW talks to Marguerite Pappaioanou about the E- Coli outbreak linked to tainted romaine lettuce.
WA state health officials: 5 people sick from E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce
The Seattle Times, April 27, 2018
Health officials continue to investigate the source of the local patients' sickness and urge people across the state to stay away from romaine lettuce unless they can confirm it was not grown in Yuma, Arizona — where national health experts believe the national outbreak began. Marguerite Pappaioanou is quoted.
More bike sharing, fewer helmets. Are head injuries on the rise?
KUOW, April 27, 2018
Kim Malcolm talks with Dr. Frederick Rivara about whether the increasing popularity of bike sharing has led to more head injuries.
A new youth jail would be a public health problem
Seattle Weekly, April 25, 2018
King County claims a new youth jail would improve public health. Experts in the field strongly disagree. Omid Bagheri and alumna Anne K. Althauser are co-authors.
UW faculty selected as authors, editors of international report on climate change
UW News, April 25, 2018
The International Panel on Climate Change has selected Kristie Ebi and Jeremy Hess as expert authors and review editors for its next major international report on climate change, to be released in early 2022.
New rule could force EPA to ignore major human health studies
Science, April 25, 2018
Research looking at everything from links between air pollution and disease to the impact a pesticide has on children’s brains could be banned from consideration by environmental regulators under a new policy proposed April 24 by the EPA. Interim Dean Joel Kaufman is quoted.
UW breaks ground on new Population Health building
UW News, April 25, 2018
A crowd of dignitaries gathered April 25 for the official groundbreaking of the University of Washington’s new 290,000-square-foot Population Health Building, a facility that will house the Population Health Initiative launched by the UW in 2016.
These are the cities with the worst air pollution
Smithsonian Magazine, April 24, 2018
There is a silver lining to the American Lung Association's State of the Air report: emissions from six air pollutants have dropped by 70 percent across the country since the passing of the Clean Air Act. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
GO-MAP provides community and support for graduate students of color
The Daily, April 24, 2018
The Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) provides programming, events and a safe space for graduate students of color in over 120 departments at the UW. GO-MAP is working with the Department of Health Services to make programming more accessible for students of color. Steve Berard is quoted.
Emerging chemicals may affect Puget Sound chinook salmon
SPH News, April 23, 2018
Juvenile chinook salmon migrating through contaminated estuaries in Puget Sound pick up drugs that may affect their survival and growth when it matters most.
NIH funds research consortium to address firearm deaths among U.S. children and teens
MSU Today, April 23, 2018
More than 20 researchers at 12 universities and health systems across the nation are working to address firearm deaths among U.S. children and teens with a recent $5 million grant. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Fred Rivara will take part in the study.
San Ysidro is getting a clearer look at just how polluted it is
Voice of San Diego, April 23, 2018
With an expansion of the Port of Entry underway, local San Diego nonprofit Casa Familiar decided two years ago to monitor the area’s air quality. Initial findings of a study led by Edmund Seto suggest poor air quality in the community is linked to the Port of Entry.
A spoon full of CBD helps the pain go away
The Daily, April 20, 2018
Cannabis, which you might call marijuana, pot, or weed, is one of the most common drugs for people to encounter in college. But it’s also a drug that can help mitigate many medical issues. Beatriz Carlini weighs in on the medical properties of the cannabinoids THC and CBD.
Is this public service or public shaming?
KUOW, April 20, 2018
Caleb Banta-Green reacts to a social media post made by Washington's Pierce County Sherriff's Office, about a man being shamed for what appeared to be a drug addiction.
Consumer and health groups, researchers urge Trump not to misuse trade talks to undermine nutrition labeling
Center for Science in the Public Interest, April 19, 2018
A broad coalition of health, consumer and religious organizations, as well as 44 leading physicians and nutrition researchers, are urging the Trump administration to withdraw, and Congress to oppose, a controversial proposed plank in the North American Free Trade Agreement that would obstruct member countries from developing mandatory front-of-package nutritional labeling systems. James Krieger, who signed the letter, is quoted.
Wildfire smoke hurts heart, not just lungs, new study finds
The Mercury News, April 19, 2018
As rising global temperatures spark more and more intense fires, a new study out of UC San Francisco suggests smoke may rise as an even bigger problem for cardiovascular health in California — especially among its senior citizens. Joel Kaufman, who studies how air pollution increases risk for cardiovascular disease, is quoted.
Disability and death among U.S. veterans
SPH News, April 13, 2018
New research suggests that veterans born in 1958 or later, who sustained service-related illnesses or injuries, are dying at the average age of 43 from causes mostly due to suicide, assault or accidents.
Should we be worried about coffee and cancer?
KUOW, April 10, 2018
Last week, a judge ruled that coffee sold in California will need to be labelled with a warning about cancer. SPH's Anne-Marie Gloster, who teaches a popular course on coffee at the UW, says there's nothing to worry about.
UW students create program for black excellence in planning, public service, art, and advocacy
The Daily, April 10, 2018
MPH student Cathea Carey has teamed up with several other UW students to create a platform to raise up Black voices on campus and to highlight individuals doing great work across disciplines. The creative collaboration, called Black Excellence, aims to elevate black excellence in urban plannig, public service, art and advocacy.
Washington state lottery funds support education
KUOW, April 10, 2018
Gabino Abarca talks to KUOW about Washington state lottery funds and how they have supported his education. Abarca grew up picking fruit in eastern Washington. Now, he does research that could improve the health of agricultural workers.
From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence
Vashon Beachcomber, April 10, 2018
A retired psychologist who lives on Maury Island, Heldring and her friends organized the first meeting of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, a grassroots organization that today boasts nearly 900 members belonging to chapters in multiple American cities. The group has supported gun violence research conducted by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.
Largest genetic study on strokes reveals 22 new risk factors
UW Medicine Newsroom, April 6, 2018
Scientists at the University of Washington were among an international group that conducted the largest-ever genetic study on stroke. It involved DNA samples from more than 520,000 people and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.
How Texas is 'building back better' from Hurricane Harvey
Houston Chronicle, April 6, 2018
Nicole Errett shared what she learned about building back better after disasters like Hurricane Harvey during a trip to Texas.
Are we ready for the deadly heat waves of the future?
Science News, April 4, 2018
Year in and year out, heat claims lives. Beyond deaths, researchers are beginning to document other losses: Heat appears to rob us of sleep, of smarts and of healthy births. Howard Frumkin and Jeremy Hess are quoted.
Researchers find 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke
SPH News, April 3, 2018
An international group of researchers, including scientists at the University of Washington School of Public Health, studied more than 520,000 people from around the world and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.
Medical marijuana availability and opioid use
KUOW, April 3, 2018
New research shows a decrease in opioid use where medical marijuana is available. Beatriz Carlini, a research scientist at the UW's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, is quoted.
How Texas is 'building back better' from Hurricane Harvey
The Conversation, March 30, 2018
Nicole Errett took some University of Washington students to Texas recently to understand how disaster recovery strategies can create long-term opportunities to promote healthy communities. She shares her thoughts in a new piece for The Conversation.
Oral cholera vaccine less effective in children under 5
SPH News, March 29, 2018
Oral cholera vaccine provides significantly less protection for children under 5 compared to older children and adults, according to a re-analysis of data from a vaccine trial in India. Findings published in BMC Infectious Diseases suggest re-vaccination is key when children are older.
American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter
New York Times, March 23, 2018
New data shows that nearly 40 percent of adults were obese in 2015 and 2016; James Krieger, clinical professor of health services, is quoted.
Plan announced to require safe gun storage in Seattle
UW Medicine Newsroom, March 21, 2018
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan today announced that she and Councilwoman M. Lorena Gonzalez will propose legislation within the next month to require safe storage of all firearms in the city. Among the handful of speakers was Fred Rivara.
Students look beyond gun control laws to prevent violence--and it's working
Yes Magazine, March 21, 2018
As lawmakers argue over how best to address school shootings, student clubs are focused on reducing youth violence at schools and in their communities. PhD student Maayan Simckes is quoted.
UW Biostatistics ranks No. 1
UW News, March 20, 2018
The Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington School of Public Health maintained its top national ranking among biostatistics programs, according to the 2018 rankings by US News & World Report.
Humans bred with this mysterious species more than once, new study shows
Washington Post, March 16, 2018
A new study in the journal Cell shows modern humans who traveled across South Asia mated with a second and separate group of Denisovans. Sharon Browning, lead author of the paper, is quoted.
Humans bred with mysterious species more than once
Biostat News, March 15, 2018
University of Washington (UW) researchers have determined that two distinct pulses of Denisovans, a sister group to Neanderthals, contributed to the ancestry of East Asians. The new finding expands our understanding of human origins.
Open-label studies show high uptake of vaginal ring for HIV prevention
Healio, March 15, 2018
Interim data from two phase 3b trials demonstrated high uptake and adherence of a monthly vaginal ring that slowly releases the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor dapivirine to prevent HIV infection in women. Research by Jared Baeten is cited.
Vaginal ring has high uptake, but plenty of questions remain
MD Mag, March 15, 2018
Preliminary findings from a new open-label study of a vaginal ring infused with an anti-HIV drug show the vast majority of women use the device at least once, though plenty of questions remain about just how effective a tool the device will be, and for whom. Jared Baeten is lead author.
Initiative announces award of 2018 pilot research grants
UW Population Health, March 13, 2018
The UW Population Health Initiative announced the award of eight pilot research grants of $50,000 each to faculty-led teams from 11 different UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma schools and colleges. Twenty-one faculty members from the UW School of Public Health – including core, adjunct and affiliate faculty – are leading six of the eight projects awarded pilot research grants.
Another fallout from the Great Recession: Fewer people took their blood pressure and diabetes medications
STAT, March 13, 2018
The Great Recession had dramatic and visible effects: Millions of Americans lost their homes; more than 8 million people lost their jobs. But a new study finds that it also had invisible effects on people’s health. Jessica Jones-Smith is quote. Also, a previously published paper by Jones-Smith was cited.
Americans worship the second amendment, but they don't respect their firearms
Pacific Standard, March 13, 2018
Research shows that over half of U.S. gun owners aren't storing all their guns safely. A July 2017 study by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is cited.
Opioid overprescribing is not a myth
POLITICO, March 13, 2018
Gary Franklin and two others pen a note in POLITICO in response to a recent article i POLITICO Magazine by Sally Satel, who wrote that "we must be realistic about who is getting in trouble with opioid pain medications."
Rare case of HIV contraction on PrEP reported in King County
The Stranger, March 13, 2018
Jared Baeten weighs in on the rare case of a King County man who contracted HIV while taking pre-exposure prophylaxis, also known as PrEP.
Neighborhood environment linked to mental health
SPH News, March 13, 2018
People who live in disadvantaged areas are at greater risk for depression, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
As student walkout nears, local teen weighs in on gun violence
Lancaster Online, March 11, 2018
Lancaster student Ashton Clatterbuck authors a special piece on the need for stricter gun laws in the United States. He cites recently published gun violence research from Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.
Free Speech Friday: Are cultural practices like coining legitimate treatments?
The Daily, March 9, 2018
Kim Ahn Tran, an undergraduate in the Public Health Major, authors an opinion piece for The Daily.
Population neuroscience approach to dementia research
ASPPH, March 8, 2018
In a special report published in the January issue of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders, a group of international researchers, including Walter Kukull, propose reframing the current study of dementia epidemiology toward a more inclusive and understandable term: “population neuroscience.”
Experts predict how big data (and family ties) will shape the future of health
Geekwire, March 8, 2018
Howard Frumkin was among a group of panelists who discussed the future of health during a Town Hall Seattle forum at the Institute for Systems Biology.
Scientists say there's a link between taking out 'fringe loans' and reporting health woes
GeekWire, March 7, 2018
For some low-income workers, short-term fringe loans — coming from payday lenders and check cashing services — are a fact of life. But that doesn’t mean they feel good about taking out those loans. In a newly published study, University of Washington researchers report that people who use fringe loan services, or don’t have access to a bank account, are more likely to say they feel less healthy. Cites research by Jerzy Eisenberg-Guyot and Anjum Hajat.
Why doctors can turn away Medicare patients, even if they pay cash
KUOW, March 7, 2018
Last week, KUOW listener Carole Glickfeld asked: “Why are certain urgent care clinics unwilling to treat me if I'm a Medicare patient, but I'm willing to pay cash?” To find the answer, KUOW's Kim Malcolm talked with Aaron Katz.
UW researcher on food, health and weight
KUOW, March 6, 2018
Anne McTiernan, a research professor of epidemiology, is interviewed on KUOW's "The Record" about her new memoir "Starved."
Opioids are no better than common painkillers, study finds
FORTUNE, March 6, 2018
A government-funded study is among the first long-term studies to compare opioids like oxycodone and morphine to common painkillers such as acetaminophen in patients with chronic back pain and arthritis. Gary Franklin, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Africa 'set to miss UN development goal on malnutrition'
BBC, March 1, 2018
Exceptionally detailed maps published in Nature of child growth and education across Africa suggest that no single country is set to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. Simon Hay is quoted.
Ebola had significant collateral damage to Liberians' health
SPH News, February 28, 2018
The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease — claiming 4,809 lives in Liberia alone. Now new research from the University of Washington suggests Ebola's collateral effects on that nation's health system likely caused more deaths than Ebola did directly.
Ebola effects on Liberia health system 'killed more than virus'
The Citizen, February 27, 2018
The devastating effect of Ebola on Liberia’s fragile health system may have killed more people than the virus itself, a new study says, many of them pregnant women and malaria patients. Brad Wagenaar, lead author of the study, is quoted.
New research shows that sexting among teens is even more common than we thought
Quartz, February 27, 2018
A new meta-analysis in the journal Pediatrics sheds new light on technology and teens by focusing on sexting—the sharing of sexually explicit images, videos, or messages via electronic means. Megan Moreno, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
FDA to broaden access to medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction
Local News 8, February 26, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration expects to roll out guidance on expanded access to opioid addiction therapy known as medication-assisted treatment, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Feb. 24 at a meeting of the National Governor's Association. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Vaping instead of smoking still exposes you to toxic metals like lead - here's how worried you should be
Business Insider, February 23, 2018
A new study found that people who vape may be inhaling potentially dangerous levels of toxic metals like lead. Dave Eaton, who led the largest report on the health effects of vaping, is quoted.
Ebola's impact reached beyond death toll to basic health care
Voice of America, February 22, 2018
More than 100,000 malaria cases went untreated when Liberia's health care system buckled under the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, shows how the toll of the Ebola outbreak goes beyond the 11,000 killed in West Africa by the virus itself. Basic health care took a major hit as well.
Air pollution is damaging our mental health
Freedom and Safety, February 22, 2018
The higher the level of particulates in the air, the greater the indications of psychological distress, a new study shows. Anjum Hajat, an author of the study, is quoted.
Flight attendants and passengers call for clearer policies around sexual assault on planes
PBS NewsHour, February 21, 2018
The #MeToo movement has opened the floodgates on stories of sexual harassment and assault in the media, tech, and entertainment industries, just to name a few. In a segment of PBS NewsHour, Megan Thompson reports on the troubling stories of harassment and abuse taking place on planes. SPH alumna Allison Dvaladze is interviewed.
Far more U.S. children than previously thought may have fetal alcohol disorders
The New York Times, February 16, 2018
More American children than previously thought may be suffering from neurological damage because their mothers drank alcohol during pregnancy, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA. Susan Astley, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Improving survival rates of malnourished children is critical, researchers say
New Vision, February 16, 2018
Researchers and scientists belonging to Childhood Acute Illness & Nutrition (CHAIN) Network gathered in Kampala in February to discuss how to improve survival rate of under malnourished children through interventions that might address nutrition, medical, social, and economic challenges. Judd Walson is quoted.
EPA awards University of Washington nearly $3 million to further study air pollution and cardiovascular disease link
The Skanner, February 15, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the University of Washington a $2,996,426 grant to help fund the “Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution – Next Stage (MESA Air Next)” project, building on more than a decade of research that looks at the connection between inhaled small particle pollution and increased risks of stroke, heart attacks and other cardiovascular disease. Joel Kaufman is lead author.
Identifying drug resistance in yaws bacteria
SPH News, February 14, 2018
A new study published online Feb. 7 in The Lancet challenges the long-term efficacy of the World Health Organization's approach to eradicate yaws and reveals that it failed to achieve sustainable disease elimination in the high-endemic community.
UW launches new training program for children's oral health
School of Dentistry, February 13, 2018
A University of Washington Health Sciences team led by the School of Dentistry is launching an interprofessional training program to improve access to dental care for children ranging in age from the first year of life through 5 years. Michelle Averill and the School of Public Health will take part.
EPA awards UW $3 M grant to study links between pollution, heart disease
The Seattle Times, February 9, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a nearly $3 million grant to the University of Washington to conduct a study that will look at air pollution and fatty deposits that clog arteries — a condition known as atherosclerosis. Joel Kaufman is lead investigator.
E-cigs may be harmful to teens, helpful for adults
SPH News, February 8, 2018
An expert committee, led by David Eaton of the University of Washington School of Public Health, has found that using electronic cigarettes may lead youth to start smoking regular cigarettes, but is helpful for adult smokers trying to kick their habit.
AP Fact Check: Climate science undercuts EPA chief's view
Associated Press, February 8, 2018
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is again understating the threat posed by climate change, this time by suggesting that global warming may be a good thing for humanity. Howard Frumkin sets the record straight on the impact of climate change on health.
Why are American mothers dying?
The Daily, February 8, 2018
Manisha Jha, a junior in the public health major and reporter at The Daily, sit down with a UW Medical Center obstetrician to talk rising maternal mortality rates in the United States.
Distinct vaginal bacteria linked to HIV risk
SPH News, February 7, 2018
A group of scientists, including several from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has found that certain types of vaginal bacterial are associated with an increased risk of HIV infection among women.
Reduction in heart disease deaths not evenly spread across U.S.
The Daily, January 31, 2018
Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. A new UW study study highlights the disparities between rates of certain cardiovascular disease across states and towns in the U.S. Joel Kaufman, who did not take part in the study, provides one explanation of what is causing cardiovascular disease: ambient air pollution.
Scientists sue EPA over 'attempt to delegitimize science'
HuffPost, January 31, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency has been sued over an October 2017 directive issued by Administrator Scott Pruitt prohibiting scientists who receive funding from the agency from serving on its advisory boards.
In a lawsuit filed Jan. 24, the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nonprofit advocacy group, and Elizabeth “Lianne” Sheppard argue that the agency’s directive is “arbitrary” and “an attempt to delegitimize science.”
Amazon joins with Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan to form health-care company
The Seattle Times, January 30, 2018
The three U.S. corporate giants say their new venture will work to improve employee care and lower costs "free from profit-making incentives and constraints." Aaron Katz weighs in.
Vaping can be addictive and may lure teenagers to smoking, science panel concludes
The New York Times, January 23, 2018
A national panel of public health experts concluded in a report released on Tuesday that vaping with e-cigarettes that contain nicotine can be addictive and that teenagers who use the devices may be at higher risk of smoking. David Eaton led the committee that reviewed existing research and issued the report.
E-cigarettes likely encourage kids to try tobacco but may help adults quit
NPR, January 23, 2018
Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit. That's according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which published a comprehensive public health review of more than 800 studies on e-cigarettes on Tuesday. David Eaton is quoted.
Vaping probably isn't good for you but at least it's better than smoking
The Verge, January 23, 2018
Electronic cigarettes may be less risky than the regular kind, but that still doesn’t mean they’re safe, according to the most exhaustive review of the research yet. David Eaton is quoted.
Report shows need for smarter occupational health surveillance
SPH News, January 22, 2018
A new report authored by a national committee of experts, including members from the University of Washington School of Public Health, says the United States needs a robust surveillance system to better understand the impact of working conditions on the health of working Americans.
An STI that you probably don't even know about is becoming common and resistant to medications
Newsweek, January 22, 2018
Australian health officials warn that mycoplasma genitalium, or MG, is acting like a superbug. Lisa Manhart is quoted.
Huge increases in Washington meth overdose deaths, say UW researchers
KIRO 7, January 19, 2018
A study by UW helps Washington state build a plan for dealing with an opioid crisis, but also reveals surprising statistics that have nothing to do with opioids. People in our region are dying in record numbers from meth overdoses. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
How to eat healthy: 25 easy ways to eat healthier every day
SELF, January 19, 2018
Eating healthy doesn't have to be convoluted. What's important is that you stick to the basics, which is easy to do with these 25 commonsense tips. Adam Drewnowski is quoted.
Academia's investment in diversity can enhance disaster science
Diverse Education, January 18, 2018
A series of devastating natural disasters in 2017 brought attention to the fact that extreme weather events disproportionately affect underserved communities. Nicole Errett calls for more disaster research.
Acculturation accounts for ethnic differences in obesity beliefs
SPH News, January 17, 2018
Hispanic women living in the United States experience higher rates of obesity than non-Hispanic white women. Now, new research from the University of Washington School of Public Health suggests that Hispanic women are less likely to believe that genetics is a trigger for the chronic disease – largely due to cultural variation in health beliefs.
Obesity care often team effort between primary care, community resources
Queen Anne News, January 17, 2018
Obesity in the United States is a common and costly problem, and for many of my primary care patients it decreases quality of life. Brandon Auerbach explains how obesity became a global epidemic and what can be done to prevent it.
Inslee takes next steps to continue work on opioid crisis
Medium, January 16, 2018
Following up on his executive order in 2016 and legislation from last session, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing next steps to fulfill a multi-pronged approach to combat the opioid crisis. Discussing his proposals on Jan. 15, Inslee was joined by Secretary of Health John Wiesman and his health cabinet, including Gary Franklin and Caleb Banta-Green.
3rd Act Magazine, January 16, 2018
Sexually transmitted diseases were once considered rare in older adults, but that is changing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports significant increases in STDs among adults 65 and over. HPV is by far the most common sexually transmitted infection. Rachel Winer is quoted.
One smarter upstream investment
POLITICO, January 10, 2018
To wrap up POLITICO's yearlong series on the future of health, a panel of experts and contributors were aske, if Washington could invest in one “upstream” factor – one big commitment to shape the future of national health – what should it be? Howard Frumkin is featured.
Night sweats and hot flashes tied to diabetes risk
SPH News, January 9, 2018
Women who experience common menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats, may have an 18 percent greater risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study led by researchers from the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Marijuana vs. heroin
KING5, January 5, 2018
KING 5 interviews Dennis Donovan, director of the UW's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, about the comparison U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made between marijuana and heroin.
Soda tax goes into effect Jan. 1
Q13 TV, January 3, 2018
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health, School of Social Work and Evans School of Public Policy will study the effectiveness of Seattle's new soda tax. Jesse Jones-Smith is interviewed.
When cancer screenings are challenged for logic
UW Medicine Newsroom, January 3, 2018
A recent national news story called attention to an “epidemic” of unnecessary cancer screenings among senior citizens in the United States. Ruth Etzioni, whose research aims to better understand cancer's progression and the relative benefits and harms of medical interventions and policies, sheds light on the subject.
Marijuana use among pregnant teens has spiked in California
VICE News, January 3, 2018
California already has the world’s largest pot economy and the state is preparing to legalize recreational sales on Jan. 1. But a new study about marijuana use by pregnant women suggests the pot boom is having an overlooked impact on public health. THerese Grant is quoted.
What Chicago is learning from Cuba when it comes to fighting infant mortality
MSN News, January 3, 2018
Some neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side have an alarmingly high infant mortality rate. It’s a persistent and complex problem that doctors are trying to tackle. But resources can be scarce, so they are thinking creatively, which has led them to look to an unlikely role model: Cuba. Mary Anne Mercer is quoted.
Seattle's soda tax: financial incentive for your New Year's resolution
KUOW, January 3, 2018
Seattle’s new soda tax hits stores on January 1. Officials hope the tax - 1.75 pennies for every ounce of sugary drinks purchased - will help decrease obesity without hurting businesses. Scientists in Seattle will be monitoring the results. Jessie Jones-Smith is quoted.
'Nobody is exempt' from climate change's effects: Report released at meeting outlines what can be done on climate
The Nation, January 2, 2018
Howard Frumkin talks to The Nation's Health about the Lancet Countdown 2017 and how public health advocates can use it today.
University of Washington to study Seattle soda tax
KING5, December 29, 2017
The city of Seattle to give the University of Washington $500,000 to study the socio-economic impact of the new soda tax. Jesse Jones-Smith is quoted.
Seattle's new 'Soda Tax' takes effect January 1
KOMO News, December 28, 2017
Seattle's tax on sugary drinks goes into effect on Monday, Jan. 1. Jesse Jones-Smith, who will lead a study of the tax's impact on consumption, is quoted.
UW to study soda tax impact on Seattle health, economics
Nutritional Sciences News, December 27, 2017
Researchers from public health, social work and public policy will examine whether buying and drinking habits change after the implementation of Seattle's soda tax on Jan. 1. Jessica Jones-Smith is the study's co-lead author.
Iowa moms, give your babies your liquid medication
Des Moines Register, December 22, 2017
If there was a free medication to reduce the chance of your baby becoming diabetic, being diagnosed with asthma, or dying from SIDS, would you give it to them? MPH student Tatiana Sarkhosh explains the importance of breastfeeding.
Graphic anti-smoking signs may actually encourage some teens to smoke
VICE, December 22, 2017
Hanging graphic warning posters about tobacco nearby checkout counters might actually encourage some kids to light up, according to a study in Nicotine and Tobacco Research. Sarah Ross-Viles says the findings aren’t damning of all graphic warning signs.
What Chicago is learning from Cuba when it comes to fighting infant mortality
Northwest Public Television, December 22, 2017
Some neighborhoods on Chicago’s south side, as with other of the most low-income parts of the US, have an alarmingly high infant mortality rate. It’s a problem that doctors are trying to tackle, but resources can be scarce, so they're thinking creatively, which has led them to look to an unlikely role model: Cuba.
A new era in diabetic kidney disease
Medpage Today, December 22, 2017
Two newer classes of glucose-lowering drugs may change the future of diabetic kidney disease. Ian de Boer is quoted.
High levels of air pollution in the U.S. is linked to psychological stress, study says
Mic, December 22, 2017
Toxic air is already a serious problem for Americans. Every year, about 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer an early death because of air pollution, according to a 2013 study, and poisonous particles have also been connected to lung and heart disease. Anjum Hajat, lead author of the study, is quoted.
'Typical primary care in an atypical setting:' Puerto Rico
The Huddle, December 15, 2017
UW Department of Global Health graduate certificate program alumni, Dr. Nelson Chiu, shares his experiences in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
Gene variants increase HIV infection risk among those exposed
SPH News, December 14, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health have pinpointed genetic variants that markedly increase HIV infection risk among people exposed to the virus. These variants, described in a study published earlier this month in PLOS Pathogens, raised the risk of HIV infection by two- to eight-fold.
Health systems miss critical window for Shigella prevention
ASPPH, December 14, 2017
Death from diarrheal disease is entirely preventable, yet it remains the second leading cause of death worldwide in children under five. When a child arrives at a clinic with severe diarrhea in a low-income country, what dictates the treatment they get? How do we define the severity of their condition and when do we assume it could be life threatening?
UW project seeks sustainable blueprint for hydropower dams
UW News, December 13, 2017
In a study published Dec. 8 in Science, researchers from the UW, Arizona State University and others institutions have proposed a solution that allows dam operators to generate power in ways that also protect — and possibly improve — food supplies and businesses throughout the Mekong River basin in Southeast Asia. In one aspect of the project, Bart Nijssen (civil and environmental engineering) will help forecast future floods under hydropower and climate change scenarios, while Adam Drewnowski (public health) will integrate the fish and rice nutrient data with information on the nutritional needs of the local population.
Should the U.S. look at gun violence as a public health issue?
CBS News, December 12, 2017
For more than two decades, Congress has restricted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding public health research into gun violence. Fred Rivara, a former recipient of CDC funding to study gun violence, argues that the U.S. needs to go back to looking at the issue from a public health perspective.
Don't be a 'smombie': Pay attention crossing the street
The Seattle Times, December 8, 2017
Texting while driving has become socially unacceptable across the country; now it’s time to ban distracted walking. Op-ed authored by graduate student Nellie Adams.
CVS, Amazon and the 'mass freak-out': How tech is reshaping the healthcare industry
GeekWire, December 7, 2017
As Amazon considers selling prescription drugs online and CVS Pharmacies join forces with health insurance provider Aetna, some wonder if the tech industry is reshaping healthcare in the U.S. Aaron Katz weighs in.
Humans of the UW: Ryan Wagstaff
The Daily, December 7, 2017
The UW takes pride in its diversity, claiming this year’s entering class to be the most diverse on record. The numbers refer to diversity of race and ethnicity primarily, but gender, nationality, sexuality, and ideology are highlighted as well. Ryan Wagstaff, a first-year student, exemplifies diversity not only as a gay person of color, but as an individual who has faced a mountain of adversity.
Chicagoan serves cannabis as conversation changer
The Columbia Chronicle, December 5, 2017
A Chicago restaurant called Herbal Notes serves a six-course cannabis-infused meal to patients approved for medical marijuana usage. Beatriz Carlini is quoted about whether this new fad is worrisome.
Trump's opioid declaration is meaningless without treatment dollars
The Seattle Times, December 5, 2017
President Donald Trump’s recent declaration of a public-health emergency for the opioid epidemic is mostly meaningless without more dollars for treatment. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Still silenced: Sexual harassment of farm workers rarely makes headlines
Yakima Herald, December 5, 2017
Sexual harassment among farmworkers in the Yakima Valley is prevalent, but there are groups making efforts to educate and help women feel safe while reporting these incidents. The Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center is one such group. Victoria Breckwich is quoted.
If we can't stop gun violence, we can plan for it
Crosscut, November 29, 2017
Monica Vavilala, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Eileen Bulger co-author a Crosscut article calling public attention to a national firearm injury campaign called Stop the Bleed Washington, which seeks not only to educate but also to provide cleeding-control equipment in all public places.
To study violence after gun shows, researchers turn to an unlikely source
WIRED, November 29, 2017
In a recent study of how gun shows impact rates of gun violence in neighboring communities, researchers turned to an unlikely source -- a print periodical that appears on newsstands nationwide twice a year. Fred Rivara, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Years before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people in U.S.
The Washington Post, November 29, 2017
Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law, a Kaiser Health News investigation has found. Anna Wald, a leading herpes expert, is quoted.
Why white males love their guns
Daily Mail, November 28, 2017
An analysis of data from gun owners across the 48 contiguous states found that gun ownership may act as a coping mechanism for white men who suffer economic stresses; in these cases, guns may seem a symbol of freedom, heroism, and power.
Laurel County Health Department awarded national accreditation through PHAB
The Sentinel Echo, November 27, 2017
Laurel County Health Department announced recently that it has achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). Ray Nicola, chair of the PHAB's Board of Directors, was quoted.
Differences in tumor, survival in metastatic breast cancers
SPH News, November 17, 2017
Researchers have identified differences in tumor characteristics and survival in women diagnosed with de novo stage IV metastatic breast cancer compared to those with recurrent metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
Salmon industry wants to prepare for more acidic oceans
KUOW, November 17, 2017
Carbon emissions are making the oceans more acidic. That’s long been known to harm shellfish, but new research shows more acidic water could take a toll on salmon, as well. Chase Williams is quoted about a study led by Evan Gallagher.
Tracking the health consequences of climate change
UW Daily, November 16, 2017
While most research examines climate change as an environmental problem, one recent global initiative is interested in tracking how human health will be affected by a changing climate. Kristie Ebi is quoted.
Climate Central, November 16, 2017
As climate change fuels large wildfires, the pollution they're releasing is making Americans sick and undermining decades of progress in cleaning the air. Jeremy Hess is quoted.
How air pollution clouds mental health
SPH News, November 14, 2017
Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine connections between toxic air and obesity, diabetes, and dementia. Now add to that list psychological distress, which UW School of Public Health researchers have found is also associated with air pollution.
Most mole biopsies are benign, says text analysis of EMRs
UW Medicine Newsroom, November 14, 2017
The great majority of biopsied moles pose no danger, according to an analysis of 80,000 skin samples that employed natural language processing software to glean patient data and generate population-level estimates of diagnoses.
Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds
CNN, November 14, 2017
The first large head-to-head comparison of two opioid addiction medications found that, although they were equally effective in getting people off of high levels of opioids, users had a significantly more difficult time starting a regimen of naltrexone, compared with buprenorphine. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
Study finds 72 previously unknown genes for breast cancer
Epi News, November 8, 2017
There are seventy-two previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer, according to a new study by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers around the world, including a co-investigator from the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.
A lifeline to mental health
UW Homepage, November 7, 2017
Lisa Lovejoy, a program coordinator at Harborview Medical Center, suffered for years with mental illness. By sharing her story, she hopes to inspire others to find their way to better health. Jürgen Unützer is quoted.
Grappling with breast cancer around the globe
Fred Hutch News, November 7, 2017
A Fred Hutch global cancer initiative uses collaborations, common sense strategies to tackle health disparities in low- and middle-income countries. Ben Anderson is featured.
Take a shower today? Science says that might have been a mistake
Inc., November 7, 2017
Research on immunology suggests showering daily isn't the best for you. A study from the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health is cited.
E-cigarettes with more nicotine may make teens vape more
The Verge, November 7, 2017
Nicotine in electronic cigarettes may be responsible for turning teens into regular smokers and vapers. Megan Moreno is quoted.
4 reasons why US health care is so expensive
CNN, November 7, 2017
Health care spending in the United States increased by about $933.5 billion between 1996 and 2013, according to an analysis published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA. Joseph L. Dieleman, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Hospitals are helping make us all sick
Popular Science, November 6, 2017
Greenhouse gas emissions from health care will be responsible for the loss of thousands of years of life. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
How air pollution clouds mental health
UW News, November 2, 2017
A study by researchers at the UW School of Public Health and UW Sociology is believed to be the first to use a nationally representative survey pool, cross-referenced with pollution data at the census block level, to evaluate the connection between toxic air and mental health. Anjum Hajat, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Smartphones are 'everywhere, all the time.' What does that mean for kids?
USA Today, November 1, 2017
Researchers studying children and media are pushing for more research into how kids are impacted by increased time in front of digital screens. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.
I cook for myself every night, even when I'm super busy - here's how
SELF, October 30, 2017
People who cook at home often are more likely to have an overall healthier diet than those who don't, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Author Amber Brenza reached out to the study's author, Adam Drewnowski, to learn why.
What CVS's acquisition of Aetna could mean
4-traders, October 28, 2017
A possible $66 billion takeover of health insurer Aetna by CVS Health could lower costs to both companies, leading to the hope that at least some savings might be passed through to patients – or it could be a sign that for a long-standing player in the medicine game, "the jig is up." Aaron Katz is quoted.
Can gun shows trigger gun violence?
HealthDay, October 27, 2017
A troubling new investigation reveals that when gun shows have been staged in Nevada, the neighboring state of California has seen gun-related injuries and fatalities jump by nearly 70 percent in communities that are an easy drive to the Nevada border. Fred Rivara, who co-atuhored an accompanying editorial, is quoted.
Analysis: Getting the lead out of our skies
Environmental Health News, October 26, 2017
Rachel Shaffer and Steven Gilbert co-author an op-ed on how toxic leaded gas in piston-engine planes are tainting nearby water and soil and impacting the health of children.
Brace yourself Washington: Your health insurance is getting more expensive
KUOW, October 26, 2017
Insurance companies in Washington announced their 2018 rates for individual health plans. On average, prices are going up 36 percent. Aaron Katz is quoted.
Nature contact tied to better mental health, sleep
SPH News, October 25, 2017
Spending more time outdoors in nature, particularly in green spaces such as gardens, is tied to better mental health and fewer sleepless nights, according to new research from an international group of scientists, including Edmund Seto.
Adult exposure to lead may hinder learning and spatial memory
SPH News, October 25, 2017
Lead exposure during adulthood may cause persistent deficits in certain forms of learning and memory, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
Homelessness is Seattle's public health crisis
Crosscut, October 25, 2017
In 2015, Seattle and King County each declared a homelessness State of Emergency. Both have made commendable efforts since then to intensify outreach, coordinate services, facilitate permanent housing and expand safe temporary shelter options. However, these efforts are still too little and too slow, write Bill Daniell and Ben Danielson.
Three million Americans carry loaded handguns daily
SPH News, October 25, 2017
An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm.
No One is Coming: Investigation Reveals Hospices Abandon Patients at Death's Door
TIME, October 25, 2017
A Kaiser Health News investigation, published in cooperation with TIME, shows hospice workers miss visits and neglect patients in their care, who are dying at home. Families or caregivers have filed over 3,200 complaints with state officials in the past five years. Joan Teno is quoted.
Gun training covers many safety issues, but not some major ones
Reuters, October 24, 2017
Most firearm safety courses cover basics such as safely loading and unloading a gun, but few instructors address suicide prevention, domestic violence or prevention of gun theft, according to a study focused on the U.S. Northeast. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is quoted.
3 innovations that could transform TB diagnosis and care
Devex, October 23, 2017
Ending global tuberculosis will require new diagnostic tools, new ways to support adherence to treatment, new drug regimens, and a vaccine, experts told Devex at the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Researchers say oral swabbing is a safe and easy alternative to sputum collection for TB diagnosis. Gerard Cangelosi is quoted.
Maternal immunization safety monitoring in low- and middle-income countries: A roadmap for program development
Impatient Optimists - Gates Foundation Blog, October 23, 2017
Andy Stergachis and Eve Lackritz co-author a blog post with Maria Stepanchak about the importance of maternal immunization and its effectiveness as a strategy for reducing morbidity and mortality in both newborns and pregnant women.
Pollution killed 9 million people in 2015
ScienceNews, October 23, 2017
About one in every six premature deaths worldwide is linked to dirty air, water and soil, according to a global study published Oct. 19. Joel Kaufman, who did not take part in the study, is quoted.
Breast cancer genetics revealed: 72 new mutations discovered in global study
CNN, October 23, 2017
Researchers from 300 institutions around the world combined forces to discover 72 previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer. Two studies describing their work was published in the journals Nature and Nature Genetics. Sara Lindstroem took part in the study.
After Nevada hosts a gun show, California sees sharp rise in gun-related injuries and deaths
LA Times, October 23, 2017
Findings from a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine show that state gun laws have a measurable effect on public safety, especially when it comes to gun shows. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Fred Rivara are quoted.
More Americans are carrying handguns than ever before
Mother Jones, October 20, 2017
Three million people pack loaded weapons every day—and that means more crime, not less. Cites research conducted by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar.
Study refutes a big health care special interest's talking points
Huffington Post, October 19, 2017
A recently completed study by researchers at the University of Washington shows that children and adults in Alaska Native communities served by dental therapists—comparable to a nurse practitioner or physician assistant— had significantly better oral health outcomes than people in communities not served by them. Donald Chi, lead author of the study, is quoted.
Finding links between mental health and gun ownership
SPH News, October 18, 2017
The University of Washington School of Public Health is taking an important step toward reducing gun violence in communities, thanks to a gift from Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAGV). The School will lead the first study in 10 years to use mental health data from the longest-running national survey system to inform gun safety policy.
The women who should win the Nobel Prize - but haven't
Pacific Standard, October 17, 2017
Today, while women still face real discrimination in science, the Nobel committees have no excuse. There are more than enough women who have done Nobel-caliber work. To highlight the scientific work of these women, Pacific Standard highlights two, including Mary-Claire King.
UW researchers team up with youth football program to study concussion risk
KIRO 7, October 17, 2017
University of Washington researchers are teaming up with the Northwest Junior Football League to study youth concussions. Fred Rivara is quoted.
2017's best cities for vegans and vegetarians
WalletHub, October 16, 2017
About eight million U.S. adults are vegan or vegetarian. But finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge, depending on where you find yourself hungry in America. Jim Krieger shares thoughts on switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet without breaking your budget.
Timeline: The fight for Seattle-area injection sites and cases against them
KIRO7, October 16, 2017
Earlier this year King County leaders vowed to open injection sites for heroin addicts to shoot up in legally. Nearly 10 months after that promise, no locations have opened, and a tough discussion continues into whether these clinics should function in the community. Caleb Banta-Green is mentioned.
Reducing mental health disparities among Latina immigrants
SPH News, October 13, 2017
India Ornelas, associate professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health, has received $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to test an innovative program aimed at reducing mental health disparities among Mexican immigrant women.
Leaders schedule North Mason forum on opioids
Kitsap Sun, October 12, 2017
Mason County Public Health and other local stakeholders have scheduled a community forum on the issue of the opioid crisis. Caleb Banta-Green will be a keynote speaker for the event.
After Ebola, West Africa must brace for more deadly fevers
Reuters, October 11, 2017
West Africa is most at risk of fatal haemorrhagic fever epidemics, including Ebola, according to a new study, calling for greater preparedness to save lives. Simon Hay is quoted commenting on the study, published in The Lancet.
Closing the global mental health treatment gap in Mozambique
SPH News, October 9, 2017
This World Mental Health Day, on Oct. 10, the UW School of Public Health highlights Bradley Wagenaar’s work as an example of projects from the Department of Global Health’s program in global mental health, to be led next year by Dr. Pamela Collins, formerly of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The program is a joint effort with the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Gun violence: A public health crisis
KING 5 News, October 9, 2017
Pediatricians are callying gun violence a public health crisis America. An op-ed authored by Fred Rivara is mentioned.
Gun violence: How the U.S. compares with other countries
NPR Goats and Soda, October 6, 2017
A new set of statistics on the rates of gun violence unrelated to conflict underscores just how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared with those in much of the rest of the world. Ali Mokdad is quoted.
How much can really be done on gun control locally?
Crosscut, October 5, 2017
After one of the deadliest shootings in American history, Washington state residents are questioning what if anything can be done locally to prevent similar tragedies from happening here. Fred Rivara is quoted.
Six policy topics every healthcare executive needs to understand
Managed Healthcare Executive, October 5, 2017
Cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments is one policy topic under intense political discussion. Part of the Affordable Care Act, the goal is for CSRs to help insurers cover low- and medium-income people. Phillip Haas is included in a round-up of five policy topics every healthcare executive should understand.
To “Build Back Better,” we must build back healthier
RWJF New Connections Blog, October 5, 2017
Nicole Errett pens blog post for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Connections about the need to build back healthier after natural disasters.
Breast Health Global Initiative receives support from Susan G. Komen
Fred Hutch News, October 5, 2017
Longtime leader in global cancer control Dr. Ben Anderson was awarded $550,000 by Susan G. Komen to further his work with the Breast Health Global Initiative, or BHGI, an international health alliance founded by Fred Hutch and the Komen organization.
Mobile app to support rural breast cancer survivors
SPH News, October 4, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health developed and successfully pilot-tested a mobile app, called SmartSurvivor, which incorporates components of a survivorship care plan into a mobile interface.
Trauma may be woven into DNA of Native Americans
Indian Country Today, October 3, 2017
A new report from the Academy of Pediatrics introduces the idea that trauma experienced by earlier generations, including of Native Americans, can influence the structure of our genes, making them more likely to "switch on" negative responses to stress and trauma. Bonnie Duran is quoted.
Health officials warn fake pills could lead to overdose
KOMO News, October 3, 2017
King County health officials are concerned that a bag of pills, found on a person believed to have died of an overdose, could result in a string of overdose deaths in Seattle. Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.
100% fruit juice not linked to hypertension, diabetes in adults
SPH News, October 2, 2017
Some experts believe 100 percent fruit juice should be included in dietary policies, such as taxes on sugary drinks. However, a new study from the UW School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that fruit juice in moderation does not cause high blood pressure or diabetes in adults.
Concussion treatment for children
Consumer Reports, September 27, 2017
What's the appropriate concussion treatment for children? Experts, including Fred Rivara, advise on what to do if your child or teenager sustains a concussion while playing contact sports.
Gun violence in movies a trigger for teens?
U.S. News and World Reports, September 25, 2017
Kids who see gun violence in movies are more likely to play with and fire a gun if they have access to one, a new study finds. Dimitri Christakis co-wrote an accompanying journal editorial and is quoted in the story.
Extreme heat linked to EMS call volume among certain groups
SPH News, September 20, 2017
Calls to 9-1-1 for serious emergency medical assistance increase significantly on days of extreme heat, especially in poor, elderly and urban populations, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing
ScienceNews, September 19, 2017
As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air. Joel Kaufman is quoted.
The direct approach: Community supported agriculture continues to grow in the Yakima Valley
Yakima Herald, September 18, 2017
Adam Drewnowski weighs in on the growing popularity of community supported agriculture, also known as CSAs.
The great nutrient collapse
POLITICO, September 15, 2017
The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. A mathematician is on a mission to highlight the impact of CO2 on plant quality to human nutrition. Kris Ebi weighs in.
Washington Global Health Alliance announces 2017 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners
WGHA Website, September 15, 2017
The Washington Global Health Alliance announced the 2017 Pioneers of Global Health Award winners. Stephen (Steve) Gloyd will receive the Award for Impact and Anjuli Wagner was named a Rising Leader in global health.
Why it's legal to pump untreated canal water into Californians' homes
News Deeply, September 14, 2017
In the Imperial Valley, nearly 3,000 homes are dependent on raw canal water for showering, washing and other household uses. State regulators sanction the arrangement, but others are concerned about health risks. Vanessa Galaviz is quoted.
The week my husband left and my house was burgled, I secured a grant to begin the project that became BRCA1
Huffington Post, September 14, 2017
Mary-Claire King describes the hectic and painful days leading up to an important presentation at the National Institutes of Health, which then led to 33 years of studying inherited breast cancer and the project that became BRCA1.
Health at a planetary scale
POLITICO, September 13, 2017
SPH's Howard Frumking and Harvard's Sam Myers co-author an op-ed about a new paradigm called "planetary health," and how it asserts that human beings cannot thrive over time while degrading the ecological life support systems that sustain us.
Research team suggests effort to explore nature's impact on health
PatientDaily, September 13, 2017
To discover potential correlations between contact with nature and health conditions, researchers at the University of Washington, led by Howard Frumkin, recently posed the question “how do you measure a ‘dose’ of nature?” with a focus on lifestyle and environmental planning.
Re-analysis finds benefit in cancer screening. Should you believe it?
Forbes, September 11, 2017
A new paper suggests that testing for prostate specific antigen, which the government had previously advised against, is actually helpful. Ruth Etzioni is the paper's lead author.
Physician leaders will shape the future of medicine
Forbes, September 11, 2017
With today’s challenges in the shifting landscape of healthcare and the unpredictable fate of federal legislation , it’s essential that physicians are directly involved in healthcare leadership to navigate a better way forward for the profession and patients. Kurt O'Brien was quoted at a recent Washington State Medical Association leadership conference.
What we still don't know about the health benefits of nature
The Dirt, September 8, 2017
We know that connecting with nature is good for us, but there are still many questions that need to be answered through more credible scientific research. To get a better handle on the remaining unknowns, leading public health expert Howard Frumkin assembled a multi-disciplinary team at the University of Washington to craft a creative, ambitious research agenda, published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
HPV vaccine may even protect women who never got it
U.S. News, September 8, 2017
Fewer adult women are becoming infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), a trend that includes females who have never received the HPV vaccine, a new study reports. Linda Eckert wrote an editorial accompanying the new study.
Promoting health and well-being during disaster recovery
SPH News, September 6, 2017
Nicole Errett, from the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a 12-month, $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study how state policies for disaster recovery planning promote health and well-being.
Road map to a sustainable, equitable food system in WA
SPH News, September 6, 2017
Members of the Washington State Food System Roundtable, including a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health, addressed the state's food issues in a report released online this summer. Called a “prospectus,” the report presents goals and strategies to achieve a 25-year vision for the state’s food system.
Height plays role in aggressive prostate cancer
SPH News, September 5, 2017
Men measuring 5 feet 9 inches and taller are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutch.
Evaluating innovative emergency communications tools
SPH News, September 1, 2017
Researchers from the UW School of Public Health have been evaluating innovative emergency communications tools, such as text messaging, to find out what it takes to turn evidence into practice to improve preparedness and response.
Naloxone can save a drug user's life, but it will not solve the opioid crisis
KUOW, August 31, 2017
Bill Radke speaks with Caleb Banta-Green about how Naloxone, the emergency overdose drug, can save a person's life in a matter of minutes.
Skagit County's new jail ready for inmates, but who will provide their medical care?
Bellingham Herald, August 31, 2017
With Skagit County set to move jail inmates into the new Community Justice Center, questions remain about who will provide medical services. Marc Stern is quoted.
Who is responsible for helmets when it comes to bike shares?
SeattlePI, August 30, 2017
Doctors and others the need for helmet safety when establishing bike share programs in cities. Fred Rivara was quoted.
Bike share and helmets: Let's be realistic
Crosscut, August 29, 2017
Frederick Rivara co-authors an op-ed on the dangers of biking without a helmet, and notes that head injuries could increase with the introduction of new bike share companies in town.
UW study questions standard herpes test
SeattlePI, August 29, 2017
A UW study is calling the standard, FDA-approved herpes test into question after the university's results showed rather large margins of error. Cites research by Anna Wald.
What the public is saying about miscarriage in 140 characters
NPR Shots, August 27, 2017
Public health researchers affiliated with the UW School of Public Health and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation are using Twitter to find out how people are talking about miscarriage online.
Opioids: Leading cause of drug deaths in Seattle area
SPH News, August 25, 2017
Drug deaths hit a record high of 332 in King County, in Washington state, in 2016, according to an annual report published by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI). Two-thirds of those deaths were caused by heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.
The Middle East's wars are creating a lost generation
The Nation, August 25, 2017
For the children who are struggling to survive the Middle East’s ongoing wars, the impacts could be life-changing. According to a new study, led by Ali Mokdad, the trauma will likely continue to affect them decades from now, haunting the bodies, minds, and families of what scientists call a “lost generation.”
7 reasons you should never drink out of plastic water bottles
Cosmopolitan, August 25, 2017
Everyone knows that water is the healthiest thing you can drink — but science suggests drinking from plastic water bottles might not be the best thing for you or the environment. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Research agenda: How do you measure a "dose" of nature?
Newsbeat, August 24, 2017
We know that connecting with nature is good for our health, thanks to a growing body of evidence. But how do we measure a “dose” of nature? Scientists, led by Howard Frumkin, say a research effort focused on questions like this has the potential to yield public health insights.
Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes
Newsbeat, August 24, 2017
Tests commonly used to diagnose oral and genital herpes are often unreliable, missing some cases of infection and, in others, identifying an infection that does not exist, according to a new study by Anna Wald and Keith Jerome.
Helmets may be Seattle law, but many bike-share riders don't wear them
The Seattle Times, August 23, 2017
The launch of three new stationless bike-share companies in Seattle is also leading to more helmetless bike riding. Biking without a helmet is against the law, but police are focusing more on education than handing out tickets. Fred Rivara is quoted.
20 percent more smokers quit after $1 price increase
The New York Times, August 23, 2017
When the price of a pack of cigarettes increases by $1, there is a 20 percent increase in rates of quitting smoking. This comes from a study co-authored by Joel Kaufman, principal investigar of the MESA Air study.
Mixing opioids and sedatives raises overdose risk
SPH News, August 17, 2017
Patients who are prescribed both opioids and sedating drugs are six times more likely to die of an overdose than people on opioids alone, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
When he's not charting a course for the moon, this entrepreneur is planning big things for your gut
Inc., August 17, 2017
The serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Viome, Naveen Jain, is taking steps to commercialize research on microorganisms in the human gut and how they play a role in health and disease. Adam Drewnowski weighs in.
NIMH's Dr. Pamela Collins leaves NIH to head global mental health at University of Washington
NIH Global Health Matters, August 11, 2017
A champion of global mental research who helped raise its profile internationally, Dr. Pamela Y. Collins has left the NIH to join the University of Washington as director of global mental health for the Department of Global Health.
Antibiotics use by India's poultry farms endangering human lives, says expert
Hindustan Times, August 11, 2017
Ramanan Laxminarayan (MPH '99, Epi), director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, says most of the poultry feed available in the Indian market is medicated, but the majority of farmers were unaware of the presence of antibiotic growth promoters premixed in chicken feed.
UW study: Chronic depression in teens may lead to abuse of marijuana
KNKX, August 10, 2017
Middle school students who are severely depressed could be at an elevated risk of developing a problem with marijuana by the time they finish high school, according to a study conducted by Isaac Rhew.
Link between depression and marijuana use among teens
SPH News, August 9, 2017
Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, according to a new study from the UW, authored by Isaac Rhew.
How meal delivery kits represent an 'exciting prospect for the future of food'
National Post, August 9, 2017
Meal kits are not a better way to cook, but they do offer an alternative that has the power to encourage more people to actually prepare their own food, writes Claudia McNeilly. She cites research from the UW School of Public Health, authored by Adam Drewnowski and Anju Aggarwal, that found home-cooked dinners are healthier than eating out.
Priorities for little-known sexually transmitted infection
Epi News, August 8, 2017
As part of an effort to determine whether it is time for a public health control program for Mycoplasma genitalium, Lisa Manhart from the UW School of Public Health and Harold Wiesenfeld from the University of Pittsburgh, summarized what is known about M. genitalium infection in women and outlined recommendations for future research to better understand the implications of M. genitalium in women’s health.
Few U.S. gun owners get training that includes suicide prevention
Reuters, August 8, 2017
About 61 percent of firearm owners in the U.S. have received formal training in handling their guns, but only one in seven say it included prevention of suicide - the number one cause of gun deaths, according to a new study from the UW School of Public Health.
What does all this smoke in Seattle mean for your health?
KUOW, August 3, 2017
KUOW’s Bill Radke spoke with Sverre Vedal, a pulmonary physician at the UW who studies the effects of air pollution at the School of Public Health, about what the wildfire smoke in Seattle means for our health.
Penis microbes linked to increased risk of HIV infection
Scientific American, July 31, 2017
A number of studies have investigated how circumcision affects HIV incidence in men, but few have focused on the penile microbiome, the community of microorganisms living on the penis. In a new study, researchers sought to follow up on these studies by investigating and quantifying the relationship between anaerobic bacteria in the penile microbiome and HIV risk. Jared Baeten is quoted.
Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows
The New York Times, July 31, 2017
A new study suggests India will see more suicide deaths as climate change brings hotter temperatures that damage crops and exacerbate drought. Howard Frumkin in quoted.
Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences
UW News, July 28, 2017
Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. New members include Joel Kaufman and Howard Frumkin. Shirley Beresford was elected to the society's Board.
The effective opioid treatment few doctors are using
Athena Insight, July 28, 2017
As Congress debates how many billions of dollars to spend combating the opioid epidemic, health experts are debating the best methods of treatment for opioid addiction. Caleb Banta-Green outlines the benefits of medication-assisted treatment, or MAT.
Genetic health risks
KOMO 4, July 27, 2017
University of Washington medical geneticist Gail Jarvik urges caution when interpreting consumer genetic tests from 23andMe for conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Native American casinos linked to lower childhood obesity rates
SPH News, July 26, 2017
Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers. A new study of Native American casinos in California finds that an increase in slot machines is linked to lower rates of childhood obesity.
Experts: Water shutoffs causing public health emergency
The Detroit News, July 26, 2017
A panel of experts, including physicians, called for a declaration of a public health emergency in Detroit on July 26 and have accused city health officials of ignoring a hospital study which found a correlation between water shutoffs and water-related illnesses. Wendy Johnson was quoted.
Guidelines for One Health epidemiological studies
SPH News, July 26, 2017
The University of Washington Center for One Health Research has played a major role in the development of a new set of guidelines for research in One Health, a growing field that looks at linkages between the health of people, animals, and the changing ecosystems we share.
These are the climate myths being spread by a powerful Congressman
BuzzFeed News, July 26, 2017
A powerful House Republican wants the world to stop freaking out about carbon emissions and instead focus on the supposed benefits of climate change. Howard Frumkin says Rep. Lamar Smith's (R-Texas) comments extend beyond nonsense.
Study: Teen depression linked to cannabis use
King 5 News, July 26, 2017
A recent UW study found that teen depression linked to cannabis use. Isaac Rhew is interviewed.
See if you're one of the 250 million Americans whose drinking water is laced with cancer-linked pollutants
Patch, July 26, 2017
Dangerous chemicals tied to cancer, problems in pregnancy and child development issues are found in drinking water across the country, according to a new report. Scott Meschke says, "filters don't remove everything."
Washington's weed industry has a million-pound waste problem
The Stranger, July 26, 2017
About 1.7 million pounds of plant waste has been created by Washington state's legal marijuana industry since pot farms were first licensed in 2014, and while the tax man and the pot dealer are getting their cash, most of the compostable waste created by the industry is being dumped in landfills. Alumna Trecia Ehrlich is quoted.
Only 3 in 5 gun owners have received firearms training
Mother Jones, July 24, 2017
Forty percent of America’s gun owners have not received any formal firearms training, according to a new study by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar. In a new story by Mother Jones, Rowhani-Rahbar says traning programs aren't reaching a larger fraction of gun owners than they used to many years ago.
Climate change is killing us right now
New Republic, July 20, 2017
The most obvious effect of global warming is not a doomsday scenario. Extreme heat is happening today, and wreaking havoc on vulnerable bodies. Howard Frumkin is quoted.
Experiencing homelessness as a pet owner
The Daily, July 20, 2017
Many homeless people face structural violence and they lack access to available resources like food, health care and housing. This often makes it difficult to take care of themselves and their pet. Amy Hagopian is quoted.
The Population Health Initiative provides grants to support interdisciplinary faculty projects
The Daily, July 19, 2017
The UW Population Health Initiative is providing faculty the chance to upstart projects that fulfill the initiatives vision: To create a world where people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Through pilot research grants, groups of two or more principal investigators from different academic departments can receive up to $50,000 in funding for their projects.
Please don't panic over the chemicals in your mac and cheese
Slate, July 19, 2017
A recent New York Times story raised concerns about tosic chemicals in mac cheese but missed some key facts, according to a new article in Slate. Sheela Sathyanarayana is quoted.
Naval Research Laboratory scientists find high prevalence of antibiotic resistance in Kenya
Infection Control Today, July 18, 2017
Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), U.S. Army Medical Research Directorate-Kenya, Kenya Medical Research Institute and University of Washington used a microarray to test bacteria from the intestinal tract of healthy individuals and ailing patients in Kenya and discovered a high prevalence of bacteria strains resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Judd Walson and Patricia Pavlinac were involved in the research study.
The uncertainty of the U.S. health insurance industry
KOMO Radio, July 18, 2017
KOMO Radio's Herb Weisbaum interviews Aaron Katz about President Trump's decision to "let Obamacare fail."
4 out of 10 self-defense handgun owners have received no formal firearms training
The Trace, July 18, 2017
More Americans than ever before own firearms for protection, but the percentage of people who undergo formal training on how to use their weapons has flatlined, according to a new paper by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar published in the journal Injury Prevention.
Cannabis use at 18 linked to depression in young teens
United Press International, July 17, 2017
A new study by researchers in Seattle has found adolescents with chronic or severe depression are at a higher risk of developing a cannabis-use problem at 18. Cites research by Isaac Rhew and Ann Vander Stoep.
There's no such thing as normal when it comes to aging
Columns Magazine, July 17, 2017
Julie Gardner highlights the key recommendations made by Dr. Eric Larson and Joan DeClaire in their new book called "Enlightened Aging."
Does the world's top weed killer cause cancer? Trump's EPA will decide
Bloomberg Businessweek, July 13, 2017
Roundup has revolutionized farming. Now, human health and Bayer’s $66 billion deal for Monsanto depend on an honest appraisal of its safety. Lianne Sheppard is quoted.
Q&A: Complex lessons about cancer risk from Holocaust survivors
Fred Hutch News, July 12, 2017
Throughout her research career, Beti Thompson has explored the rough edges of our health care system, calling out the inequities that set poor people and minority groups aside and lead to disparities in disease burdens, access to care and lifespan. Thompson discusses the links between extreme traumatic events and disease in a Q&A.
When it comes to diet and health, more money may not mean more problems
The Daily, July 12, 2017
On June 5, the Seattle City Council passed a sugary beverage tax of 1.75 cents per ounce on soda, sport drinks, energy drinks and fruits drinks. Notably missing was diet soda. Jessie Jones-Smith discusses the socioeconomic differences between the two and how income impacts diet and health.
Maternal lifestyle may impact risk of diabetes, obesity
SPH News, July 11, 2017
A new study from the School found that pregnant women who maintain total healthy lifestyles – they eat well, stay physically active, have low stress and don’t smoke – are nearly four and a half times less likely to have gestational diabetes.
The GOP's health care legislation is cruel and punitive, doctors say
Truthout, July 10, 2017
The health bill overhaul has been vexing his administration and angering the general US population. In fact, only 12 percent of Americans support what Trump and the Senate aim to do with the country's health care system. Aaron Katz in quoted.
Girl power strengthens health in Nigeria
PATH Blog, July 6, 2017
By showing girls their “powerful voices,” Onyinye Edeh helps improve health and builds a new generation of role models.
Opioid prescriptions fall after 2010 peak, CDC report finds
The New York Times, July 6, 2017
The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41 percent — since then. Bruce Psaty is quoted.
It takes a dedicated team to protect our public health
Herald Net, March 4, 2017
Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District, authors an op-ed about how public health actions influence health far more than medical care.
Ask Well: Is day-old kale salad less nutritious than fresher kale?
New York Times Well, January 4, 2016
Anne-Marie Gloster weighs in on the question: Does day-old, leftover kale salad have less nutritional value than kale that is fresher?
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