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Attitude on Healthy Eating Matters More than Where You Shop

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, October 7, 2013
Having a positive attitude towards healthy foods may be more important to diet quality than where people shop for groceries.

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Exercise, Weight Control Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer

USA Today, October 2, 2013

About 25 percent of all breast cancer cases in women of all ages could be avoided by maintaining a healthy body weight and doing regular physical activity, says Anne McTiernan, research professor of epidemiology based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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UW Research: Will Mapping Parents’ DNA Help Offspring or Just Freak People Out?

seattlepi.com, September 30, 2013
The more we learn about mutations in our DNA, the more it seems like we're running around in a dark room littered with sharp objects. UW researchers, including Gail Jarvik and Wylie Burke, want to find out if all this knowledge does us any good.

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Pfizer’s Premarin for Menopause Linked to Blood Clot Risk

Bloomberg Businessweek, September 30, 2013

Pfizer's Premarin for menopause may be tied to a higher risk of blood clots than another common estrogen treatment called estradiol, a UW study led by Nicholas Smith found.

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Diesel dust contamination the worst in Georgetown, South Park

King 5, September 26, 2013
A collaborative project with neighborhood residents, looking at diesel air pollution in South Seattle, is profiled in this news report. Julie Fox is interviewed about the UW's role.

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Nonprofit Brings Researchers, Pharma Together to Treat Neglected Diseases

KOMO 4 News, September 24, 2013

A Seattle-based nonprofit is coordinating partnerships between medical researchers and pharmaceutical companies to address diseases that are typically neglected by drug developers. Wesley Van Voorhis , adjunct professor of global health, and Ken Stuart, affiliate professor of global health and founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, are quoted.

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Affordable Care Act Limits Aid to Families Who Can't Afford Employer's Insurance

KING 5 TV, September 24, 2013

A glitch in the Affordable Care Act could cost families thousands of dollars in healthcare premiums. Aaron Katz, principal lecturer in health services, is quoted.

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GMOs: Tolerable or Pressing Health Risk?

The Olympian, September 23, 2013

Professor Michael Rosenfeld comments on a ballot initiative in Washington state that would required labeling of genetically engineered foods.

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Report: Environmental Chemicals Pose Pregnancy Risk

USA Today/Associated Press, September 23, 2013

A new report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists cites the dangers of prenatal exposure to certain chemicals. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.

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UW SPH Grad Honored with White House Champion of Change Award

The Seattle Times, September 23, 2013
When severe weather hit the Puget Sound area last year, Mohamed Ali (MPH, '08) found himself uniquely qualified to serve as a go-between for public-health agencies and the largely immigrant, non-English-speaking Somali community.

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Doors open for migrant students

The Seattle Times, September 17, 2013
Undergraduate Jose Carmona--who interned in the department's Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center--is featured in this news article on the UW's College Assistance Migrant Program.

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City Council to debate safety of mercury in dental fillings

The Daily Californian News, September 16, 2013
Proposals introduced in Berkeley, California address the use of dental amalgam--which contains mercury--in teeth fillings. Research by Jim Woods is cited.

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How the Spaces Around Us Dictate Our Health

The Seattle Times, September 14, 2013
The world of design and health care need to converge to create great habitats, according to guest columnists Howard Frumkin, dean of the School of Public Health, and Daniel Friedman, former dean of the College of Built Environments.

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15 UW Faculty Members Named to State Academy of Sciences

UW Today, September 13, 2013

Thomas Fleming in biostatistics and Andy Stergachis in epidemiology and global health were among 15 UW faculty members named to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Neighborhoods and UW Team Up to Measure Diesel Exhaust Pollution in South Seattle

UW Today, September 13, 2013
Residents of the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods in south Seattle are likely exposed to higher levels of diesel exhaust than residents of Beacon Hill and Queen Anne.

Germline Missense Variants in the BTNL2 Gene Are Associated with Prostate Cancer Susceptibility

Cancer Epi Biomarkers & Prevention, September 12, 2013

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Initial Positive Results Reported on Vaccine to Treat Genital Herpes

UW Today, September 12, 2013

Initial, positive results have been reported for a therapeutic vaccine candidate for treating patients with genital herpes. Anna Wald and David Koelle are mentioned.

Initial positive results reported on vaccine to treat genital herpes

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine, September 12, 2013
The vaccine is the first to significantly reduce the frequency of viral shedding -- the surfacing of herpes virus on the genitals -- and appears to activate T cell immune responses to the virus.

Study Finds Drivers in WA State Busy on Cellphones, Texting

The Seattle Times, September 8, 2013
One in 12 drivers were using cellphones or other electronic devices while behind the wheel on Washington roads — and half of those were texting — in the first study of its kind in the state.

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Blood pressure medication linked to breast cancer risk

FHCRC, September 5, 2013

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Coffee protective against prostate CA recurrence

The Clinical Advisor, September 5, 2013

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Seattle to step up pedestrian safety near schools

Seattle Times, September 5, 2013

Seattle’s expected $14.8 million windfall from speed-enforcement cameras could boost pedestrian safety for children walking to more than 20 schools. Dr. Beth Ebel is quoted on mortality rates in low-speed crashes.

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Exhaust, Diesel Fumes Foul Schools

KING 5 TV, September 5, 2013

A KING-5 TV and InvestigateWest story reveals the public health threats of locating schools too close to high-traffic areas. Reporters cite an email by Catherine Karr as well as UW research on air pollution; a biostatistics graduate student is also quoted.

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Researchers Hope to Protect Against Another HIV-Like Outbreak

UW Today, September 4, 2013

An international research team from the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Jahangirnagar University has been examining transmission of a virus from monkeys to humans in Bangladesh. Maxine Linial is quoted.

CDC Spotlight on the Northwest Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 4, 2013

The Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, which houses a CDC-funded Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC), is featured in this article on how a real-life emergency situation led to social media training for the region.

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UW’s Big Bet on Cheap Classes

Seattle Weekly, September 3, 2013

Matthew Sparke, adjunct professor of global health, is featured in this in-depth piece on the potential sea change in education brought by low-cost online courses

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In Texas and Beyond, Hot Spots for Vaccine Refusers Alarm Officials

NBC News, August 31, 2013

An outbreak of measles among unimmunized members of a Texas megachurch is fueling new health worries about pockets of vaccine-wary parents. Ed Marcuse, professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, is quoted.

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Panel Again Delays Vote on Health-Exchange Insurance Plans

Seattle Times, August 30, 2013

Doug Conrad, professor of health services, voted against the motion to delay certification of health plans to be offered through the state’s new online health insurance marketplace.

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Washington Study Suggests Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease

ASPPH Friday Letter, August 30, 2013

Dr. Kristen Upson, the lead author of this study, earned a PhD in epidemiology earlier this year from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington.

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The Murky Distinction Between Educational and ‘Mindless’ Screen Time

Globe and Mail, August 30, 2013

For parents, the iPad revolution puts a new spin on an old dilemma: How much screen time is appropriate for school-age children? Dimitri Christakis is quoted.

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Pet Therapy Project Serves as Crowdfunding Guinea Pig

Group Health Research News, August 29, 2013

Jessica Chubak is leading a crowdfunding effort to raise money for research on pet therapy visits for children with cancer.

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Marijuana Top Illegal Drug Used Worldwide

Associated Press, August 28, 2013

Marijuana is the most popular illegal drug used worldwide, but addictions to popular painkillers like Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine kill the most people, according to the first-ever global survey of illicit drug abuse. Global Health Professor Theo Vos is quoted.

Coal Export Expansion Proposal Kicks Up Dust

Powell River (BC) Peak, August 27, 2013

Dr. Frank James explains the potential health impacts of a proposal to increase coal exports from a British Columbia port.

Microneedle Patch Could Replace Standard TB Skin Test

UW Today, August 26, 2013
A UW-led research team has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test.

Doctors Can Help Prevent Teen Smoking, Panel Says

USA Today, August 26, 2013

Nearly one in five teens leaves high school as a smoker, and reducing that number could be as simple as a chat with a doctor. David Grossman, professor of health services, is quoted.

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Check Your Attitude at the Grocery Store Door

Daily Rx News, August 26, 2013
Positive attitudes towards healthy eating were linked to better diet quality, according to a study led by Anju Aggarwal of the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

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Breast-Feeding Moms Get Help in Health-Care Plan

The Seattle Times, August 25, 2013

Breast-feeding babies has many health advantages, but few mothers know they can get help — and equipment — to help them adopt the practice through the Affordable Care Act and their insurance companies. Senior Lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.

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The Impact of Downturns on Physical and Mental Health

The Economist, August 24, 2013

The Economist looks at evidence linking physical health to economic downturns. Stephen Bezruchka is quoted.

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Indoor Tanning, Melanoma on the Rise in Young, White Women

Petri Dish blog, August 21, 2013

Dr. Margaret M. Madeleine discusses risk factors for melanoma and skin cancer in the wake of a new CDC study on indoor tanning associated with an increased risk of skin cancer.

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E-cigarettes: New 'Smoke,' Same Concerns

The Herald, August 19, 2013

Is this non-tobacco activity banned under the state's tough indoor smoking ban? Gary Goldbaum of the Snohomish Health District comments.

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Toy Industry Seeks to Defend Benefits of Apps for Children, but Scientific Evidence is Scant

Washington Post, August 14, 2013

The market for mobile technology for children has boomed, but despite advertising claims there are no major studies that show whether the technology is helpful or harmful. Dimitri Christakis is quoted.

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Annual Stool-Based Tests an Alternative to Colonoscopy

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, August 8, 2013
Most people can avoid the need for invasive colorectal cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopy, by following a regimen of annual stool-based tests.

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UW Researchers Report on Genome of Aggressive Cervical Cancer that Killed Henrietta Lacks

UW Today, August 7, 2013
A team from the University of Washington has unveiled a comprehensive portrait of the genome of the world’s first immortal cell line, known as HeLa. Professor Wylie Burke is quoted.

High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk, Study Finds

NBC News/AP, August 7, 2013

Researchers say a major new study suggests that keeping glucose at a healthy level is a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Paul Crane, adjunct associate professor of health services, is quoted.

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Dementia Linked to Blood Sugar Level

New England Journal of Medicine, August 7, 2013
Higher blood glucose levels are associated with a greater risk for dementia, even among people without diabetes.

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China Bird Flu Appears to Have Spread From Person to Person

Health magazine, August 6, 2013

The first reported human-to-human transmission of the deadly H7N9 bird flu has occurred in eastern China, but Dr. Jeff Duchin says the finding is "reassuring because many of the other people in contact with the cases did not contract the virus.”

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UW Receives $10 Million for Infectious Disease Testing Device

The Daily, August 6, 2013

The UW has received $9.6 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to continue work constructing a paper-based device to test for infectious diseases in low resource settings. Paul Yager, adjunct professor of global health, leads the research team.

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Stray Prenatal Gene Network Suspected in Schizophrenia

NIH, August 5, 2013

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, explains the processes critical for the brain’s development that can be revealed by the mutations that disrupt them.

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Long-term use of some high blood pressure drugs associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women

FHCRC, August 5, 2013

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Study Ties Blood-Pressure Drugs to Breast Cancer in Older Women

The Seattle Times, August 5, 2013
A new study led by Christopher Li says long-term use of a common class of high-blood-pressure drugs called calcium-channel blockers may be associated with higher risk of breast cancer in older women.

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Germ Warfare? Strategies for Reducing the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Environmental Health Perspectives, August 1, 2013
Marilyn Roberts says that food labels listing the use of antibiotics in raising farm animals and fish would allow consumers to make an informed choice when buying meat and fish products. Individual action, she says, may curb widespread use of antibiotics in animal production and control environmental antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Washington's Tobacco Quitline Cuts Off the Uninsured

KPLU, July 31, 2013
The state's free tobacco quitline will be cutting services to the uninsured on Aug. 1, due to budget cuts. UW research found that every dollar spent on tobacco prevention saves five dollars in health care costs.

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Huge Hospital Chain Makes Offer to Buy Yakima Regional’s Parent Company

Yakima Herald, July 31, 2013
Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center will be folded into the second-largest hospital chain in the country if regulators and shareholders approve a $3.9 billion deal. Aaron Katz, principal lecturer of health services, is quoted.

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Anti-Smoking Cuts Pose Risk To Public Health

KUOW, July 31, 2013
State budget cuts to the Tobacco Quit Line will make it harder for smokers to quit, shortening life expectancies and costing tens of thousands of dollars in health-care costs, says Abigail Halperin.

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Lack of Awareness of Good Samaritan Overdose Law

Journal of Urban Health, July 31, 2013
Few Seattle police officers and paramedics knew about a Good Samaritan drug overdose law a year after it was enacted, and those who did had mixed opinions about it.

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Design and Public Health: Working Hand-in-Hand for Better Built Environments

Arcade magazine, July 30, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin and Affiliate Professor Andrew Dannenberg write that building and design fields are increasingly focused on public health.

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The Other Washington Could Hold the Key to Medicare's Cost Crisis

The Center for Public Integrity, July 29, 2013
Washington state won't pay for medical procedures that are unsafe, unproven or cost too much. Why can't Medicare do that? Larry Kessler, chair of the School's Health Services department, is quoted.

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Enrolling Healthy, Young Adults Crucial to Success of New Health-Care Law

Seattle Times, July 28, 2013
Adding hundreds of thousands of adults to the ranks of the insured could make it even more difficult to find a doctor, says Roger Rosenblatt.

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Cost for Same Surgery Varies Widely in India Hospitals

The Hindu, July 26, 2013
The costs of common surgical procedures in hospitals in India varies widely -- findings that could become the basis for patients to demand greater transparency on why they pay the prices they do. Global Health professor Carol Levin is mentioned.

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Awash in Infectious Disease Cascades

Ob Gyn News, July 26, 2013
Prevention and treatment cascades are the new way to make sense of epidemics and how they might be better controlled. STI expert King Holmes is quoted.

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Phthalates May Alter Risk of Reproductive Disease

Environmental Health, July 25, 2013
Phthalates, man-made chemicals used in a variety of products, may have endocrine-disruptive effects in reproductive-age women, increasing or decreasing their risk of endometriosis.

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Study: Fluctuations in Unemployment Rate Affect People's Health Care Choices

Medical News, July 24, 2013
A 1 percent increase in state unemployment corresponded to a 1.58 percent reduction in the use of preventive health care services such as mammograms, pap tests, and annual check-ups, according to a study led by Nathan Tefft.

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Report Finds Gradual Fall in Female Genital Cutting in Africa

New York Times, July 22, 2013
Female genital cutting is gradually declining in many countries, according to an assessment from the UN Children's Fund. Bettina Shell-Duncan, adjunct associate professor of global health who was a consultant on the report, is quoted.

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MHA Grad Riojas Named UW Regent

seattlepi.com, July 19, 2013
Rogelio Riojas, who graduated with a master's in health administration in 1977, has been chosen by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a six-year term on the UW Board of Regents.

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Gates Foundation Director Appointed Dean of Berkeley School of Public Health

The Daily Californian, July 18, 2013
Stefano Bertozzi, a distinguished global health scientist specializing in AIDS research, will become dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Sept. 1.

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Officials Using Public Health Approach to Reducing Gun Violence

KING 5 TV, July 18, 2013
The public health approach has helped us reduce smoking, cut automobile deaths and increase bicycle safety. Why not try it to reduce gun deaths? Dr. Fred Rivara tells KING-5 the public health approach can work, but more research is needed.

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Organophosphates: A Common But Deadly Pesticide

National Geographic, July 18, 2013

Safety concerns have been raised about the class of pesticides blamed for killing over 20 children in India. Lucio Costa is quoted.

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Health and the Built Environment: 10 Years After

American Journal of Public Health, July 18, 2013
Howard Frumkin and Andrew Dannenberg explore a decade of work on how the physical design of our neighborhoods influences our health.

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'Glee' Star's OD Shows the New, Fresh Face of Heroin

NBC News, July 17, 2013
“Glee” star Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental overdose of heroin and alcohol, may not seem like the stereotypical heroin user, but he fits the new profile: a white male in his 30s. SPH researcher Caleb Banta-Green is quoted.

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Taste Rules for Kids and Healthy Food Choices

Medical Xpress, July 16, 2013
Sweet and salty flavors, repeat exposure, serving size and parental behavior are the key drivers in children's food choices. Professor Adam Drewnowski is quoted.

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Second Cancer More Likely for Colon Cancer Survivors: Study

US News & World Report, July 15, 2013
Colorectal cancer survivors have an increased risk of developing subsequent cancers, according to a new study. Amanda Phipps, assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

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Men Might Want to Shun Fish Oils, Study Shows

Seattle Times, July 12, 2013
Taking fish-oil supplements or even eating too much fatty fish may be linked to an increased risk for prostate cancer, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

An initial 2011 study, which found similar results in a different group of men, surprised University of Washington epidemiology professor Alan Kristal's team at "The Hutch."

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Link Between Low Vitamin D Blood Levels and Heart Disease Varies by Race

UW Today, July 10, 2013

Low vitamin D blood levels are linked to greater risk of heart disease in whites and Chinese, but not in blacks and Hispanics, according to a study appearing this week in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Our study suggests that the results of ongoing vitamin D clinical trials conducted in white populations should be applied cautiously to people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds," said Cassianne Robinson-Cohen, Affiliate instructor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked to Risk of Prostate Cancer

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, July 10, 2013
Scientists have confirmed that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids increase the risk of prostate cancer.

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Vitamin D and Heart Disease Link Varies by Race

Journal of the American Medical Association, July 10, 2013
Low levels of vitamin D were associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease in Whites and Chinese, but not in African-Americans or Hispanics.

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How to make your tattoo (nearly) risk-free

Komo News, July 9, 2013
Seattleites are known for being health-conscious, but the city also has a noticeable love of tattoos. So it's reasonable to ask, can tattoos ever be safe? The answer is: not entirely.

"Nothing is 100-percent safe" said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. "You can choose a tattoo parlor and environment where the risk of infection is as low as possible, but it's never going to be zero."

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Pollution Leads to Drop in Life Span in Northern China, Research Finds

New York Times, July 8, 2013
Southern Chinese on average have lived at least five years longer than their northern counterparts because of the health effects of pollution from the widespread use of coal in the north, a new study says. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.

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What You Need To Know About Long Term Care Insurance

KUOW, July 8, 2013
As baby boomers age, many are left with few options for long term care. What to do? Aaron Katz, principal lecturer of health services, spoke with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

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Study: Doctors Not Talking to Teens About Vaccines

KOMO 4 News, July 3, 2013
A new study says Seattle doctors are rarely talking to adolescent patients about recommended vaccines. Rachel Katzenellenbogen, adjunct assistant professor of global health, is quoted.

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New Study Espouses Nutritional, Economic Value of Potatoes

The Daily, July 2, 2013
Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, conducted a study that found potatoes provide the most nutritional value for their cost.

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New Study Highlights Link Between Depression, Diabetes

The Daily, June 25, 2013
Researchers found that diabetes patients who were depressed were at greater risk of hypoglycemic episodes.

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Hospital Prices Vary Wildly for Common Treatments

The Seattle Times, June 24, 2013
A first-of-its-kind federal report details wide disparities in sticker prices for common medical treatments among hospitals. But health policy experts such as Aaron Katz say it’s not enough to help patients make informed choices.

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Dr. King Holmes, Noted STD Expert, to Leave UW Post

The Seattle Times, June 21, 2013
King K. Holmes, one of the world’s leading authorities on sexually transmitted diseases who brought international stature to the University of Washington’s global health department, is stepping down as its founding chairman.

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U.S. Supreme Court decision to bar gene patents opens genetic test options

UW Today, June 20, 2013
The UW now offers testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 and all other known breast cancer genes. Gail Jarvik and Mary-Claire King are quoted.

Alumni Profile: Michael Phillips

Columns magazine, June 20, 2013
Michael Phillips, the School's 2013 Distinguished Alumnus, founded the Beijing Suicide Research and Prevention Center and the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Suicide Prevention.

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Prevent Prescription-Drug Deaths with Medicine-Return Program

The Seattle Times, June 19, 2013
A medicine-return program is a key strategy to reduce deaths due to prescription drugs, David Fleming and Joe McDermott, a County Council member, write in The Seattle Times.

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Shared Values Lead to Successful Nutrition Policy Strategies

Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, June 19, 2013
Unlikely allies should consider forming strategic partnerships based on shared values to create successful nutrition policy agendas, according to a study led by the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

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Farm-to-Fork Program Grows New Crop of Healthy Eaters

HULIQ.com, June 18, 2013
Jane Rees, a lecturer at the School of Public Health, is quoted in this story about an organic farm seeking to help kids make healthy food choices.

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Study: You May Not Need to See the Dentist Twice a Year

KOMO 4 News, June 18, 2013
Many dentists recommend biannual visits to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, but a recent study suggests some adults could have their teeth examined just once a year. Philippe Hujoel, professor of oral health sciences and adjunct professor of epidemiology, comments.

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Whole Genome Sequence and Human Traits

Nature Genetics, June 16, 2013
The architecture of the genome can define traits that affect our bodies and our health - even the levels of so-called "good cholesterol."

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Inhaling Auto Emissions Makes Good Cholesterol Go Bad

USA Today, June 15, 2013

Inhaling motor vehicle emissions may transform good, protective cholesterol into bad, artery-clogging cholesterol that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, says a new study led by Michael Rosenfeld.

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F.D.A. Vote Is Minor Victory for Troubled Diabetes Drug

New York Times, June 13, 2013
A panel of experts voted to loosen restrictions on a controversial diabetes drug. Gerald van Belle, emeritus professor of biostatistics and environmental and occupational health, is quoted.

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Bike Sharing Can Mean Safer Biking

New York Times Well Blog, June 13, 2013
Experts and experience from bike sharing programs make clear that bicycling can be a safe mode of transportation, and the presence of a bike sharing program is a boon to the safety of all bicyclists. Professor Frederick Rivara is quoted.

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New Book Shapes Environmental Health through Storytelling

The Daily, June 13, 2013
“The Return,” a 32-page comic-book created by the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) and the Northwest Indian College, seeks to help more young people understand environmental health.

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Weekly Yoga Classes Effective in Reducing Back Pain in Low-Income Minorities

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, June 13, 2013
Once-a-week yoga classes were effective in easing back pain in predominantly low-income, minority adults.

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Watch What Happens When You Track 493 People's Grocery Buying Habits

The Atlantic Cities, June 12, 2013
Researchers at the Center for Public Health Nutrition are using GPS devices to track study subjects in their neighborhoods and beyond.

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America's 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids

US News & World Report, June 11, 2013
America's 50 Healthiest Counties for Kids, a new set of rankings by U.S. News, highlights counties that are safe and child-friendly. Ali Mokdad, of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.

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Heroin Overdose Deaths on the Rise in Washington

KOMO 4 News, June 7, 2013
Heroin overdose deaths are on the rise in Washington, and the most dramatic increase is coming from people under the age of 30, according to the UW's Caleb Banta-Green.

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Group Therapy Helps Survivors of Sexual Violence

New England Journal of Medicine, June 6, 2013
A form of group therapy proved extraordinarily effective in helping women who have been exposed to sexual violence in the Congo.

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A Walking Revolution Helps Older Adults Get and Stay Active

UW Today, June 5, 2013
Researchers from the Schools of Public Health and Nursing learned that poorly lit neighborhoods, lack of public transportation, sidewalks in disrepair, and unmarked or poorly marked intersections prevent people with disabilities from taking advantage of the benefits of walking.

Therapy for Victims of Sexual Violence Shows Promise in Congo

New York Times, June 5, 2013
A type of group therapy designed for trauma victims has proved extraordinarily helpful for survivors of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo. Debra Kaysen, adjunct associate professor of global health, is quoted.

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Is Twitter Making us Fat? UW Study Aims to Find Out

KOMO 4 News, June 4, 2013
Are your tweets directly related to the size of your waistline? That's what researchers at the School of Public Health want to find out. Professor Ali Shojaie is quoted.

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Experts Warn of Skin Cancer Risk, Urge Sunscreen During Morning Routine

MyNorthwest.com, June 4, 2013
"We have as much, if not more melanoma, which is the worst kind of skin cancer, in the Seattle area," says Margaret Madeleine, research assistant professor of epidemiology.

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Genetic Laws Driving Breast Cancer in Black Women, Study Says

CBS News, June 3, 2013
One-fifth of African-American women with breast cancer have BRCA gene mutations. Epidemiologist Mary-Claire King took part in the research.

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Acute Kidney Infection Linked to Use of Fluoroquinolones

CMAJ, June 3, 2013
Men who used oral fluoroquinolones, a commonly prescribed antibiotic, have a small, but significant increased risk of acute kidney infection.

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New Film puts UW Breast-Cancer Researcher in Spotlight

The Seattle Times, June 1, 2013
An interview with Mary-Claire King, who discovered a genetic mutation that increases risk of breast cancer. Her story is now told in part in the movie “Decoding Annie Parker.”

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Comparing Health Payment Reform Projects

Health Affairs, June 1, 2013
Researchers compared eight diverse health payment reform projects across six states to learn what helps and what hinders their successful implementation.

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Joint Supplements May Prevent Colorectal Cancer

Cancer Causes & Control, June 1, 2013
Glucosamine and chondroitin, two popular supplements for joint pain, may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, a new study finds.

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Traffic Air Pollution Turns Good Cholesterol Bad

UW Today, May 31, 2013
New findings suggest that diesel exhaust can alter the protective nature of certain molecules and set in motion biological mechanisms that lead to cardiovascular disease, explains Michael Rosenfeld, who was co-author of the recently published study.

Most Police Murders Involve Guns, Study Finds

NBCNews.com, May 30, 2013
Only taxi drivers, gas station and liquor store employees are more likely to be murdered on the job. Frederick Rivara, president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, said research is important for finding ways to reduce gun deaths.

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New research shows that potatoes provide one of the best nutritional values per penny

EurekAlert!, May 29, 2013
"The ability to identify affordable, nutrient dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition and economics for food programs such as the school lunch program and WIC," said lead researcher Adam Drewnowski, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. "And, when it comes to affordable nutrition, it's hard to beat potatoes."

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HIV's New Normal

Seattle Weekly, May 28, 2013
Christina Rock was born with the dreaded virus, but now is a mother of two starting the holy grail of drug regimes. Professor Connie Celum is quoted.

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Eating Peppers Tied to Lower Parkinson's Risk, Study Finds

HealthDay, May 23, 2013
Susan Searles Nielsen says recent study is the first to investigate dietary nicotine and risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

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Public Health Associate Dean to Retire

The Daily, May 23, 2013
After more than 35 years at the UW, Fred Connell, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Public Health, will retire this summer from his career of connecting students to the health needs of their communities and advocating for problem-based learning in the School of Public Health.

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Your tax money will pay to clean up forest after shooting club used it for decades

KIRO-TV, May 16, 2013
John Kissel talks about lead contamination in soil in a KIRO-TV investigation of a site outside of Index, Wash., where a shooting range once operated.

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Bullying Among WA State Youths

American Journal of Public Health, May 16, 2013
Bullying because of perceived sexual orientation is prevalent among school-aged youths.

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Cancer Increases Bankruptcy Risk, Even for Insured

NBC News, May 15, 2013
Cancer patients are at much greater risk of bankruptcy than people without cancer, according to a large new study led by Scott Ramsey, adjunct professor of health services.

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Potatoes and Beans Provide Most Nutrients Per Penny

PLOS One, May 15, 2013
Potatoes and beans are the most popular low-cost sources of potassium and fiber for school children, according to a study by the Center for Public Health Nutrition.

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Time To Speak Is Now On $305m Duwamish Cleanup Plan

KUOW, May 13, 2013
William Daniell speaks to KUOW about findings from a new study that assesses the health impacts of the proposed plan to clean up the Duwamish River.

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Eating Peppers May Lower Risk of Parkinson's

Annals of Neurology, May 9, 2013
Eating peppers and other foods that contain nicotine may lower the risk of Parkinson's disease.

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Govts and Food Industry to be Held Accountable for Obesity: Expert

ABC News Australia, May 8, 2013
Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition, says government departments need to be held responsible for Australia's excessive weight crisis.

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Some Hospitals Charge Vastly More for Same Care

KING 5 TV, May 8, 2013
Aaron Katz, professor of Health Services, comments on the government's release of data comparing hospital charges.

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Statins Tied to Better Prostate Cancer Outcomes

New York Times Well Blog, May 6, 2013
A new study suggests that men with prostate cancer who take statins may have a lower risk of dying from the disease than those who do not.

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Employers Love Wellness Programs. But Do They Work?

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 6, 2013
Many large companies have wellness programs that measure factors such as weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. Wellness programs alone won't deliver savings or make employees healthier, says Jeffrey Harris, professor of health services.

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Nutritional Information Slow to Arrive on Menus

The Herald, May 6, 2013
A King County ordinance requires chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to provide nutritional information about each menu item. A UW study found that the number of calories listed declined after labeling regulations took effect.

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Breast cancer survivors not meeting minimum exercise recommendations

Healio, May 6, 2013

Nearly four of every five breast cancer survivors do not meet national exercise recommendations 10 years after their diagnosis, study results showed.

At 2-year follow-up, 34% of women included in the study met US physical activity guidelines. The adherence rate increased to 39.5% at 5 years but fell to 21.4% at 10 years after diagnosis.

“Most breast cancer survivors are not following even the minimum recommendations for physical activity and their activity levels significantly decline over time,” Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD, Research Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, told HemOnc Today.

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Gluten Free Doesn't Always Mean Healthy

The Seattle Times, May 5, 2013
Gluten-free foods can be highly processed and full of sugar, fat and other unhealthy ingredients, writes Nutritional Sciences Program graduate student Carrie Dennett.

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ASUW Senate Says Smokers Can Stay

The Daily, May 1, 2013
Kate Cole, who graduated from the School of Public Health last June, pushed for a smoke-and-tobacco-free policy on the UW campus. But the student Senate say it would infringe on individual rights.

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Health Habits Worth Rethinking: Texting While You Walk

ABC News, April 30, 2013
Epidemiologist Beth Ebel cautions against texting while crossing the street.

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HIV Tests No Longer Just For High Risk Groups

KUOW, April 30, 2013
New US guidelines recommend that every person between the ages of 15 and 65, regardless of risk factors, should get routinely tested for HIV. Joanne Stekler, adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

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OSHA Needs a Whole New Approach

New York Times, April 29, 2013
In the New York Times' Room for Debate section, Michael Silverstein, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, proposes ways to strengthen OSHA.

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Africa Must Confront Cancer

Seattle Times, April 26, 2013
Cancer is now a major and growing public-health challenge in Africa and other developing countries, writes guest columnist Kingsley Ikenna Ndoh, a Nigerian doctor pursuing his MPH.

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Another Experimental AIDS Vaccine Fails, But That's Progess in Science

Humanosphere, April 26, 2013
Federal health officials announced they are halting a study of an experimental AIDS vaccine due to evidence the vaccine didn't protect against HIV infection. Julie McElrath and James Kublin are quoted.

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Is Air Pollution Contributing To Hardened Arteries?

Time, April 26, 2013
Smog and car exhaust can take a toll on the heart, and the latest research by Sara Adar and Joel Kaufman explores how.

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Health Sciences Students Named Magnuson Scholars

The Daily, April 25, 2013
One of this year’s Magnuson Scholars, Cynthia Curl, is pleased to be recognized for the importance of her research in the School of Public Health. Her work revolves around identifying the health effects of consuming pesticides in food.

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Is Breathing Smoggy Air Hardening Your Arteries?

Forbes, April 25, 2013
Breathing particulate-laden air may be hardening your arteries faster than normal, according to research led by the University of Michigan and University of Washington School of Public Health.

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Air pollution speeds us 'hardening of arteries,' increases heart risk

United Press International, Inc., April 25, 2013
Study led by Sara Adar and Joel Kaufman finds higher concentrations of fine particulate air pollution were linked to a faster thickening of the inner two layers of the common carotid artery.

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Spending Teenage Years in the 'Stroke Belt' Seems to Increase Risk

Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2013
Spending adolescence in the 'stroke belt' of the southeastern United States could make people more vulnerable to stroke later in life. Ali Mokdad, professor of global health, is quoted.

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Race and Geography may Influence Late-Stage Kidney Care

Reuters, April 24, 2013
At the end of life, black kidney disease patients are more likely than white patients to continue intensive dialysis instead of choosing hospice care, according to a new study led by Dr. Bernadette Thomas, an epidemiology student.

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Workers Memorial Day Honors those who Died on the Job

UW Today, April 23, 2013
The 65 workers who died from job-related injuries or illnesses in Washington state this past year will be remembered at a ceremony organized by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the School of Public Health.

Polio Endgame? Bill Gates Enlists Islamic Nations in Final Push for Eradication

The Seattle Times, April 23, 2013
Bill Gates and other leaders push for $5.5 billion to wipe out polio by 2018. Dean Howard Frumkin and Chris Elias are quoted.

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Washington L&I Tightening Opioid Prescribing for Injured Workers

Occupational Health & Safety, April 23, 2013
Gary Franklin says new rules for prescribing pain medication have made a difference: there are fewer deaths among injured workers.

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Workers Memorial Day event takes place April 24 at HUB Lyceum

UW News, April 23, 2013
Nancy Simcox and the DEOHS Student Advisory Group led efforts to commemorate Worker Memorial Day at the UW.

Air Pollution Linked to Hardening of Arteries

PLoS Medicine, April 23, 2013
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to heart attacks and strokes by speeding up atherosclerosis.

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Not Enough Data to Support Suicide Screening: Panel

Reuters, April 22, 2013
A government panel says there is not enough evidence to recommend universal screening to find people at risk of suicide. Professor David Grossman, who served on the task force, is quoted.

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Racial, Geographic Differences in End-of-Life Kidney Care

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, April 21, 2013
African-Americans with kidney failure were more likely than white patients to continue dialysis and less likely to be referred to hospice care, differences pronounced in regions with high levels of end-of-life Medicare spending.

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Antibiotics in animal feed encourages drug-resistant bacteria

Seattle Times, April 20, 2013
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed constitutes a human health hazard, writes Marilyn Roberts.

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Antibiotics in Animal Feed Encourages Drug-Resistant Bacteria

The Seattle Times, April 20, 2013
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed constitutes a human health hazard, writes Professor Marilyn C. Roberts.

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Walkable Neighborhoods May Not Increase Walking

Health & Place, April 19, 2013
Neighborhood walkability was not independently associated with greater walking among post-menopausal women when individual characteristics such as income and education were taken into account.

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Health Metrics Professor Develops Award-Winning Algorithm

The Daily, April 19, 2013
Abraham Flaxman, assistant professor of global health, has developed a new algorithm that can predict a patient’s risk and probability of mortality within 30 days of having a heart attack.

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Walking Speed and Early Death in Kidney Disease Patients

Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, April 18, 2013
Patients with chronic kidney disease who had slower walking speeds had a greater risk of death, according to a study by Baback Roshanravan and colleagues.

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New Schizophrenia Genes Discovered Through Innovative Genetic Sequencing

Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation, April 15, 2013
Debby W. Tsuang, M.D., M.Sc., an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, with the support of a NARSAD Independent Investigator Grant, used innovative family-based methods to study genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia.

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Grizzly Bears may have Diet Lessons that can be Helpful for Humans

Washington Post, April 15, 2013
Incoming professor Peter Rabinowitz will establish a One Health Center, an initiative founded on the idea that closer collaboration between physicians and veterinarians can benefit all species.

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Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication

Emory University, April 11, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin and more than 400 other scientists, doctors and technical experts from 80 countries have signed the Scientific Declaration on Polio Eradication.

Dr. Howard Frumkin Urges Medical, Nursing Students to Consider Human Habitats

The Lund Report, April 10, 2013
During a keynote address at the 10th annual Western Regional International Health Conference in Portland, School of Public Health Dean Howard Frumkin stressed the need to build healthier cities.

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Graduate Student Cynthia Curl named SPH Magnuson Scholar for 2013-14.

SPH Website, April 10, 2013
DEOHS Graduate Student Cynthia Curl was named the 2013-14 SPH Magnuson Scholar for her research on pesticides, diet, and health effects.

Physical Activity Drops Over Time for Breast Cancer Survivors

Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, April 10, 2013
Most breast cancer survivors do not meet minimum recommendations for physical activity and their activity levels decline significantly after 10 years.

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Alcohol Increases Risk of Breast Cancer but Helps Survivors Live Longer

The Seattle Times, April 8, 2013
While alcohol consumption is considered a risk for getting breast cancer, moderate drinking holds cardiovascular benefits that can increase longevity for the cancer survivors, says a new study led by Polly Newcomb.

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Explore Global Health through the Arts during Global Health Week

UW Today, April 4, 2013
The intersection of global health and the arts – dance, photography, cinema, theater and music – will be explored at the UW as part of Global Health Week April 15 - 20.

Washington's Medicaid Expansion to Yield Net Benefit

International Examiner, April 3, 2013
Health policy experts like Susan Allan expect that the Medicaid expansion will save the state money, since the federal government will pick up the tab on new enrollees.

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Maternal Morbidity, a new Problem in Rural India

Deccan Herald, April 3, 2013
Rapid rollout of institutional child delivery in the last five years without adequate trained manpower in rural India has spawned a new problem of “maternal morbidity” in which women suffer from serious health consequences. Abhijit Das is quoted.

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Recognizing Your Policy Power

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice News, April 3, 2013

Summer Institute faculty member Patricia Lichiello speaks about her 20 years of health policy work and why she is excited to help public health practitioners enhance their policy skills.

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Pay What You Weigh to Fly

ABC News, April 2, 2013
Samoa Air has just become the world's first airline with pay-as-you-weigh pricing -- asking heavier passengers to fork over more money for their fares. Andy Dannenberg is quoted.

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Epidemiologist Preetha Rajaraman ’94 examines why some people are more susceptible to brain cancer than others.

Reed Magazine, March 31, 2013
Epidemiologist Preetha Rajaraman (MS, Environmental Health, 1997) examines why some people are more susceptible to brain cancer than others.

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The King of Global Health

Humanosphere, March 29, 2013
In this podcast interview, Global Health Department Chair King Holmes describes the evolution of what we now call global health, how Seattle established its leadership and where it’s all headed.

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Study: Duwamish Valley's Residents have Shorter Lives

Seattle Times, March 27, 2013
Some residents of the Duwamish Valley in south Seattle have more health problems than residents elsewhere in the city, an EPA-funded study finds. Bill Daniell is quoted.

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Mammograms Every Two Years Best for Women 50-74

JAMA Internal Medicine, March 26, 2013
Women ages 50-74 who received a mammogram every two years rather than annually are not at increased risk of developing advanced breast cancer or large tumors.

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Language Barrier puts Latina Breast Cancer Patients at Risk

KOMO 4 News, March 26, 2013
Researchers have found there are not enough Spanish-language resources available for Latina patients, which means it can take too long to diagnose breast cancer following a mammogram. Beti Thompson is quoted.

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Study: Residents of Walkable Areas Don't Always Walk More

KPLU, March 25, 2013
A study in Seattle suggests people don't necessarily walk more just because they live in a walkable area. Brian Saelens is quoted.

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Chiding Congress: Seattle First City to Fund Gun Violence Research

NBC News, March 22, 2013
Seattle is poised to become the first city in the nation to provide direct funding for research into the causes and effects of gun violence. Epidemiologist Frederick Rivara is quoted.

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Innovator: Sharon Terry's Global Database for Disease Research

Bloomberg Businessweek, March 21, 2013
Sharon Terry heads the Genetic Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit network linking patient groups and researchers. Kelly Edwards is quoted.

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2013 Gairdner Global Health Award goes to King Holmes

The Lancet, March 20, 2013
Global Health Chair King Holmes has been awarded the Gairdner Foundation’s 2013 prize for Global Health, honoring his research in the field of STDs. This UW Today story has more details.

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PEARLS Helps End Depression for Seattle's Filipino Elders

New America Media, March 19, 2013
The Program to Encourage Active and Rewarding Life for Seniors (PEARLS), a program developed at the School of Public Health in the late 1990s, uses a problem-solving approach to help people 55 or older overcome minor depression before it becomes major.

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Night Shifts May Raise Risk of Ovarian Cancer

Web MD, March 18, 2013
The finding of an increase in the risk of ovarian cancer with night shift work is consistent with those found for breast cancer, writes research assistant professor of epidemiology Parveen Bhatti, PhD, and colleagues from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

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Mammogram Scares Leave Lasting Fears, Research Finds

NBCNews.com, March 18, 2013
A study shows many women suffer intense stress after being called back for a follow-up after a mammogram -- and that the stress lasts long after other tests show they are cancer-free.

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How Sweet It Is

New York Times, March 15, 2013
This book review of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss, mentions research on obesity by Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology.

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UW Project Seeks to Harvest Fog for Irrigation

The Seattle Times, March 15, 2013
With a grant from the EPA, a group of researchers and students is experimenting with ways to capture fog and wring out its moisture for irrigation and other uses in Peru. Global health faculty members Susan Bolton and Ben Spencer are quoted.

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Night Shift Link to Ovarian Cancer

BBC News, March 14, 2013
A study led by Parveen Bhatti of more than 3,000 women suggested that working overnight increased the risk of early-stage cancer by 49 percent compared with doing normal office hours.

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SPH Places Highly in Ranking of Graduate Programs by US News

UW Today, March 13, 2013
The School of Public Health ranked sixth in the nation in 2011, according to US News & World Report. The Department of Biostatistics tied for third among all biostatistics and statistics programs (combined) and was also tied for first in biostatistics programs alone.

Lower Duwamish Waterway Plan Open for Public Comment

KPLU, March 11, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency has released a plan to clean up the polluted Duwamish River in south Seattle. The School of Public Health is working with local residents on a Health Impact Assessment of the cleanup plan.

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UW Hopes to Advance IHME Global Health Study Findings

The Daily, March 11, 2013
The most comprehensive analysis of global health in the world now allows for country-by-country comparison and features new data visualization tools.

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UW Research Group Reduces Lead Exposure at Gun Ranges

The Daily, March 7, 2013
The School's Field Research and Consultation Group, led by Martin Cohen, examines the dangers to health posed by lead in the smoke of fired bullets.

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Three From UW Named Sloan Research Fellows

The Daily, March 5, 2013
Daniela Witten, assistant professor of Biostatistics, was one of three UW faculty to receive a two-year, $50,000 Sloan Research Fellowship.

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Colon Cancer Screening Doubles Using e-Health Records

Annals of Internal Medicine, March 5, 2013
Screening for colorectal cancer doubled when patients who had not been screened regularly were identified though electronic health records and contacted automatically by mail.

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Foods Might Serve Up High Levels of Chemicals Found in Plastics

HealthDay, February 27, 2013
New study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana: Contaminated diet contributes to phthalate and bisphenol A exposure.

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High fat dairy, spices found to contain high levels of chemical used in plastic

King 5, February 27, 2013
High fat dairy, spices found to contain high levels of chemical used in plastic. Study by Sheela Sathyanarayana.

Diet Contributes to Phthalate and BPA Exposures

Nature Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, February 27, 2013
A study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana finds we may be exposed to bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates in our diet.

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CT Scans for Lung Cancer may Save Lives

Fox News, February 25, 2013
Screening heavy smokers for lung cancer with a CT scan could potentially prevent thousands of deaths from lung cancer a year, a new study suggests. Larry Kessler, chair of health services, comments.

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Increased Humidity From Climate Change Could Make It Harder To Tolerate Summers

NPR, February 25, 2013
A study in Nature Climate Change says that global warming will noticeably reduce the amount of time people can spend working and playing safely outside. Dean Howard Frumkin is interviewed.

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Certain Television Fare Can Help Ease Aggression in Young Children, Study Finds

New York Times, February 21, 2013
Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers' behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a UW study found.

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Most Women Misunderstand IUD Birth Control

Reuters, February 21, 2013
Most women had inaccurate perceptions about the safety and effectiveness of intrauterine devices (IUDs) in preventing pregnancy, according to research led by Lisa Callegari, an epidemiology master's student and a clinical assistant professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Changing TV Content Can Improve Children's Behavior

Pediatrics, February 18, 2013
Parents of preschool-aged children who switched to less violent screen content found their children behaved better, according to a study led by Dimitri Christakis.

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Health Care Act Leaves Employees in Limbo

KING 5 TV, February 14, 2013
How will the Affordable Care Act affect businesses? Senior Lecturer in Health Services Aaron Katz explains.

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Gun Range Under Fire Over Lead in Blood of Workers

Seattle Times, February 13, 2013
Richard Gleason is quoted on safety measures for workers in Seattle Times story on employees suing gun range over lead exposure.

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Many Patients Misunderstand Intrauterine Contraception

Contraception, February 10, 2013
Most women seeking primary care have inaccurate perceptions about the effectiveness and safety of intrauterine contraception.

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Puget Sound Air Pollution's Surprising Effect on Unborn Babies

King 5, February 6, 2013
Sheela Sathyanarayana discusses how low level pollution might negatively impact unborn children.

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Forum Addresses Public-Health Side of Gun Violence

The Daily, February 5, 2013
More than 250 people gathered at Town Hall Seattle to hear panelists from the School of Public Health and King County bring a public-health perspective to to the issue of gun violence.

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Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis

Crosscut, February 4, 2013
Gun violence extracts a heavy toll on our communities and requires public health solutions. SPH faculty contribute to a guest editorial calling for better data and more effective policies.

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Cancer - Africa's Ticking Time Bomb

News Nest (Nigeria), February 3, 2013
Africa has a great window of opportunity to prevent avoidable deaths due to cancer, writes Global Health MPH candidate Kingsley Ndoh.

School of Dentistry launches Center for Global Oral Health

UW Today, February 1, 2013
A new Center for Global Oral Health will be led by Timothy DeRouen and will work with the School of Public Health.

Pesticide Exposure & Your Child

RadioMD Healthy Children, January 30, 2013
Associate Professor Catherine Karr talks about children and pesticide exposure on RadioMD.

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Sweating Bullets

The Daily, January 29, 2013
Policies on gun control should be based on evidence, not opinion, says epidemiologist Fred Rivara. But Rivara said he stopped researching guns in the mid ’90s when federal funds for gun research dried up.

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UW School of Public Health State of the School 2013

YouTube, January 25, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin reviews the School’s achievements in 2012 and talks of future plans and challenges in his annual State-of-the-School address.

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HIV 'May Have an Ancient Origin'

BBC News, January 25, 2013
The origins of HIV can be traced back millions rather than tens of thousands of years, UW research suggests. Michael Emerman, affiliate professor of global health, is quoted.

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UW Graduate School welcomes new dean

The Daily, January 23, 2013
UW Graduate School welcomes new dean: David Eaton.

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Night Shifts Linked to Ovarian Cancer

Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January 23, 2013
Working night shifts was linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer in women 50 or older, according to a study led by Parveen Bhatti.

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Half of U.S. Babies May Miss On-Time Vaccinations

Science News, January 22, 2013
A new study suggests that half of U.S. babies don't get routine vaccinations on time, some of them because parents put off the shots. Epidemiologist Edgar Marcuse is quoted.

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Deep-Fried Foods Linked to Risk of Prostate Cancer

The Prostate, January 17, 2013
Regularly eating certain deep-fried foods is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, says a new study by SPH and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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Study Highlights the Risk of Handing Over Your Genome

MIT Technology Review, January 17, 2013
Researchers found they could tie people's identities to supposedly anonymous genetic data by cross-referencing it with information available online. Epidemiologist Wylie Burke is quoted.

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Less reaction to DTaP vaccine given in kids' thighs than arms

Eurekalert, January 16, 2013

Children age 12 to 35 months who receive DTaP vaccine in their thigh muscle rather than their arm are around half as likely to be brought in for medical attention for an injection-site reaction.

"These local reactions are the most common side effect of vaccinations," said study leader Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH, a research professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

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School of Public Health Thrived in 2012

NWCPHP News, January 16, 2013
Dean Howard Frumkin highlights achievements for the year while reviewing progress toward the School's strategic goals.

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Less Reaction to Vaccines When Given in Children's Thighs

Pediatrics, January 14, 2013
Injection in the thigh rather than the arm is associated with fewer local reactions to the DTaP vaccine in children 12 to 35 months old, says a study led by Lisa Jackson.

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What Would The Expansion Of Medicaid Mean For Washington State?

KUOW, January 14, 2013
Health Services Lecturer Aaron Katz discusses the impact of Medicaid expansion with KUOW's Ross Reynolds.

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HPV Vaccine Gains Favor in Sub-Saharan Africa

Maclean's, January 11, 2013
The success of the vaccine is being watched closely by scientists who see it as a model for future vaccines targeted to adolescents. Vivien Tsu, an epidemiologist, is quoted.

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Ugandan doctor helping reshape cancer care there

The Seattle Times, January 9, 2013

Jackson Orem gave up the potential for a lucrative practice in the U.S. in order to return home to Uganda, where as the country's only cancer doctor he saw 10,000 patients a year. Now he's at the forefront of improving and expanding cancer care there.

In 2004, he began working with Dr. Corey Casper, an adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington and others from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

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David Eaton Selected as Dean of Graduate School

UW Today, January 8, 2013
David L. Eaton, associate vice provost for research and professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, has been selected as dean of the Graduate School, effective March 15.

UW Film about 'Tumor Paint' Makes Finalist in Sundance Competition

The Daily, January 8, 2013
A short film about a new cancer-fighting tool innovated by a team of professionals at UW called tumor paint became a finalist in a film competition about things that are changing the world. Professor Richard Ellenbogen is quoted.

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Mexico Aims To Save Babies And Moms With Modern Midwifery

KUOW, January 7, 2013
Health officials are betting a new kind of midwife, one trained in a clinical setting, can offer a solution to Mexico's maternal-death problem. Dilys Walker, associate professor of global health, is quoted.

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Op-ed: Climate Change Poses a Public-Health Threat

Seattle Times, January 6, 2013
We need to anticipate the effects of climate change, and prepare for them, to protect the public, writes Dean Howard Frumkin.

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Traffic Affects the Poor and People of Color

Sightline, January 4, 2013
Findings from MPH student Jill Schulte's study with King County shows traffic disproportionately affects the poor and people of color.

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A Seattle Geneticist Gets the Hollywood Treatment

Seattle Magazine, January 1, 2013
Mary-Claire King, an adjunct professor epidemiology and a pioneering Seattle geneticist who discovered the breast cancer gene, is the subject of a new movie.

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Heroin Overdose Antidote Kits Cost Effective

Annals of Internal Medicine, January 1, 2013
Distribution of heroin overdose antidote kits containing naloxone is likely to reduce overdose deaths and is highly cost-effective.

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Lung Cancer Mortality in African-Americans Linked with Segregation

JAMA Surgery, January 1, 2013
The rate of lung cancer deaths is higher in African-Americans than Whites and highest in African-Americans living in the most segregated counties, a new study finds.

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Forbes Names Daniela Witten a Rising Star

UW Today, December 31, 2012
Daniela Witten, assistant professor of Biostatistics, was named to Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of top young researchers in the field of science and health care.

Study Shows Naloxone Kits Cost-Effective in Preventing Overdose Deaths

UW Today, December 31, 2012
Giving heroin users kits with the overdose antidote naloxone is a cost-effective way to prevent overdose deaths and save lives, according to a study co-authored by Sean Sullivan.

Three Western Washington Deaths Linked to Flu

The Herald, December 28, 2012
Flu is widespread this year. "It's aggressive, early and severe," says epidemiologist Gary Goldbaum.

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Gun Lobby has Squelched Injury Prevention Research, Doctors Charge

Los Angeles Times, December 21, 2012
Frederick Rivara and Arthur Kellermann (SPH MPH grad) used to conduct research on preventing injuries and deaths due to firearms. Now they accuse the gun lobby of squelching such research in a new Viewpoint in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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American Academy of Pediatrics issues policy statement on pesticide exposure in children

University of Washington, December 19, 2012
Increasing evidence shows urban and rural children are regularly exposed to low levels of pesticides that can have serious long-term health effects, according to a report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Catherine Karr, an adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, co-authored both papers.

Academy Issues Policy Statement on Pesticide Exposure

UW Today, December 19, 2012
Increasing evidence shows urban and rural children are regularly exposed to low levels of pesticides that can have serious long-term health effects, according to a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Catherine Karr is a co-author.

Depression now Leading Cause of Disability Burden Among US, Canadian Teens

Nature Medicine, December 18, 2012
Depression surpassed asthma to claim the number one spot of disability burden in youth in the US and Canada, according to a study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Jurgen Unutzer is quoted.

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The Answer is Not More Guns

Salon, December 17, 2012
Epidemiologist Fred Rivara said there is no data supporting the argument that arming citizens will lessen the death toll in massacres like the one in Connecticut.

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Safety: Beware Walking and Texting

New York Times, December 17, 2012
Almost a third of pedestrians crossing busy intersections were listening to music, texting or talking on a cellphone, according to a Seattle study led by Beth Ebel.

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Ugandan Doctor Helping Reshape Cancer Care There

Seattle Times, December 16, 2012
Dr. Corey Casper has worked with Jackson Orem, a physician who returned to his country, Uganda, to improve cancer care.

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Global Burden of Disease Study 2010

The Lancet, December 13, 2012
The largest study of its kind shows that people are living longer but suffering from more disability from chronic diseases and injuries such as back and neck pain.

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Healthy Neighborhoods on UW 360

UW TV, December 13, 2012

Dean Howard Frumkin talks with UW 360 about what makes places healthy.

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Memorial For U-District Needle Exchange Founder

KUOW, December 13, 2012
Bob Quinn was a public health maverick who played a critical role in HIV prevention, says researcher Caleb Banta-Green.

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Genome Challenge Emerges in Society Sharing DNA Benefits

Bloomberg, December 9, 2012
Sharing the benefits of DNA science across social and class lines is one of the next big challenges facing genome researchers. Professor Mary-Claire King is quoted.

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Tire Traction and Lower Back Pain

Journal of Safety Research, December 1, 2012
Ergonomics researchers have found that the type of traction chain used on heavy equipment vehicles can impact a driver's exposure to whole body vibration.

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A Promising Public Health Dentistry Model for Cameroon

Human Resources for Health, November 26, 2012
Cameroon could expand access to oral health care by using more mid-level dental providers, according to a study led by Global Health MPH graduate Leo Achembong.

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After Dozens of Deaths, Inquiry Into Bed Rails

New York Times, November 25, 2012
The US Food and Drug Administration has begun reviewing hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries to mostly older people from the metal rails used on hospital beds and in home care. Professor Larry Kessler is quoted.

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Global Partners in Fighting Disease

Washington Post, November 22, 2012
William Foege praises pharmaceutical company Merck for distributing the drug Mectizan to combat river blindness.

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Who's Most Likely to Catch the Flu in Washington?

MyNorthwest.com, November 20, 2012
If you think health care workers and teachers are at the highest risk of getting the flu in Washington, you'd be wrong. The first-ever research into who gets the flu most in this state is out. Janitors top the list.

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Expansion of Hall Health Program aims to help Tobacco Users

The Daily, November 19, 2012
The UW's Hall Health is expanding its tobacco cessation program, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Snoqualmie Tribe. Abigail Halperin is quoted.

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Let's End the Prescription Drug Death Epidemic

CNN, November 19, 2012
Accidental overdoses are now a leading cause of accidental deaths in the US, surpassing car crashes. Research Professor Gary Franklin is quoted.

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Op-ed: Bringing Relief to Food Deserts in King County

Seattle Times, November 16, 2012
Improving access to food sources should be part of good urban design, write guest columnists Adam Drewnowski and Anne Vernez Moudon.

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Cutting High-Risk Patient Costs with . . . More Care?

Crosscut, November 16, 2012
A pilot King County program is taking aim at high-risk, high-cost Medicaid patients with a simple concept: More help. Quotes Dan Lessler and Beverly Court.

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Low-Level Air Pollution has Modest Effect on Fetal Growth

Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, November 16, 2012
Exposure to low levels of air pollution in the Puget Sound area has modest effects on fetal growth, with important public health implications, says a study led by Sheela Sathyanarayana.

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The Device That Saves Lives, But Can Be Hard to Find

Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2012
A crowd-sourcing effort in Philadelphia mapped AEDs, portable devices that can jump-start the heart. Mickey Eisenberg is quoted.

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Janitors and Cleaners Most Likely to Get the Flu

PLoS One Journal, November 12, 2012
Janitors, cleaners and secretaries appear to be more likely to catch the flu, while truck drivers and construction workers are least likely.

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Healthy Human Habitats: Howard Frumkin at TEDxRainier

TedX YouTube Channel, November 10, 2012

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Vitamin D May Help Prevent Tooth Decay

Nutrition Reviews, November 9, 2012
Vitamin D is associated with lower rates of tooth decay, according to a review of two dozen studies by Philippe Hujoel.

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American Public Health Association Takes Stand Against Military Recruiting in Nation's High Schools

Department of Global Health News, November 8, 2012
Work by Assistant Professor Amy Hagopian led the American Public Health Association to adopt a policy statement opposing military recruiting in the nation’s primary and secondary schools.

In Africa, We Must Do the Most Good with Each Pound Spent on AIDS-HIV

The Guardian, November 8, 2012
In the first cost-benefit analysis of its kind, Dean Jamison and Robert Hecht say that a small amount of additional funds devoted to vaccine research could have substantial impact in bringing breakthroughs forward.

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SPH Students Write Coastal Water Resolution for American Public Health Association

SPH News, November 7, 2012
The American Public Health Association urged Congress to modernize the nation's Clean Water Act to protect coastal water quality. The resolution was written by six University of Washington public health graduate students.

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Unlikely Model in HIV Efforts: Sex Film Industry

New York Times, November 5, 2012
Thirty-five diseases — including drug-resistant gonorrhea — can be transmitted sexually, and the industry tests for only four, says King Holmes, chairman of the global health department.

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UW Global Health Dept. Launches New PhD Program

The Daily, November 2, 2012
The Department of Global Health has started a new a doctoral degree program that is the first of its kind to focus on global health metrics and implementation science. Assistant Professor Kenneth Sherr is quoted.

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Study Links Particulate Matter to Atherosclerosis

Journal of the American College of Cardiology, November 1, 2012
Long-term exposure to air pollution may be a risk factor for vascular diseases, according to a new study led by research scientist Ranjini Krishnan.

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Seattle AIDS Vaccine Scientists Celebrate New Clues - and Uncertainty

Humanosphere, October 31, 2012
"We now know that a vaccine against HIV is truly possible," says James Kublin, clinical associate professor of global health.

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Critics Want More Bicycle Helmet Enforcement

KING 5 TV, October 30, 2012
About a third of cyclists in the Seattle area don't wear helmets. Epidemiologist Fred Rivara believes many injuries would be prevented if officers enforced King County's helmet law.

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Vaccinate now for the flu season

The Enumclaw Courier-Herald, October 29, 2012
"We've begun to get reports of confirmed influenza infections in our community, including our schools," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

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Air Pollution Damages Arterial Function

Med Page Today, October 26, 2012
Chronic exposure to air pollution linked to atherosclerosis in published study. Research Scientist Ranjini Krishnan, lead author of the article, is cited.

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Cancer Epidemiologist John Potter to Receive IARC Award

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, October 22, 2012
Cancer epidemiologist John Potter, M.D., Ph.D., a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, has been selected to receive a medal of honor from the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer for his research contributions in nutrition, diet and cancer.

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Separated bike lanes make cyclists safer, study says

The Globe and Mail, October 20, 2012
Study led by Kay Teschke (PhD, Industrial Hygiene and Safety, 1994) finds cyclists far safer if they ride on a physically separated bike lane than alongside cars on busy city streets.

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Colorectal cancer genetics research gets $13 million boost

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, October 18, 2012
Uncovering colon cancer’s genetic roots is the focus of a new $13 million, four-year, National Cancer Institute-funded project at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Ulrike (Riki) Peters, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, will lead the effort.

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Two Portland-based U.S. Health Research Centers will Advise Doctors, Health Plans

The Oregonian, October 18, 2012
The U.S. government will rely on 11 health research centers to evaluate medical practices and treatments. One is the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, which partners with the UW's Center for Comparative and Health System Effectiveness (CHASE Alliance).

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Collaborative Care Teams Improve Mental Health Outcomes

Health Behavior News Service, October 17, 2012
Depressive and anxiety disorders occur in a fifth of patients visiting primary care physicians, but aren't always recognized, says Wayne Katon.

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Three School of Public Health faculty members elected to Institute of Medicine

UW News, October 16, 2012
Three faculty members from the UW School of Public Health, including Andy Stergachis, professor of epidemiology, were elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. Their election brings the total number of UW faculty members in the Institute of Medicine to 56.

Three SPH Faculty Elected to Institute of Medicine

UW School of Public Health News, October 15, 2012
Chris Elias, Thomas Fleming and Andy Stergachis have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

'Food Deserts' Abound in King County for Those without Cars

UW Today, October 8, 2012
Take away the car, and food deserts — areas where low-income people have limited access to low-cost, nutritious food — appear to fill the map. Research by Professor Adam Drewnowski is cited.

Can Social Networks Help Researchers Identify Groups At Risk For Obesity?

The Daily, October 8, 2012
A research team led by Ali Shojaie, assistant professor of Biostatistics, is investigating the connection between people’s social network and their physical health — specifically, their weight.

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Changing Her Mind, a Queens Woman Decides to Remain on Life Support

New York Times, October 6, 2012
J. Randall Curtis, adjunct professor of health services, discusses the clash of decision-making within the family in life-support cases.

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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Awards Dean's Medal to William Foege

Johns Hopkins Public Health News Center, October 5, 2012
Epidemiologist William Foege received the Dean's Medal from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for playing a leading role in many of the public health campaigns of the past half-century.

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Home Dialysis an Option for Some with Chronic Kidney Disease

US News & World Report, October 4, 2012
Home hemodialysis equipment is becoming easier to use, but is available to less than 2 percent of patients with chronic kidney disease, says nephrologist and epidemiologist Bessie Young.

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Green Guardian: Yolanda Sanchez fights to protect environment, inspire girls

Viewpoint, October 4, 2012
Yolanda Sanchez (MS/MPA, Environmental Health/Public Affairs, 2007) is profiled in UW Viewpoint.

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Overcoming Barriers to Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, October 4, 2012
Only a fraction of patients with kidney disease use home hemodialysis, despite its benefits and cost-effectiveness, says a review led by Bessie Young.

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A 'baker's dozen' for breast health: Tips for breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment and survivorship

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, October 3, 2012
TOP TIPS FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION from Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D., Research Professor of Epidemiology at the Univeristy of Washington, and author of “Breast Fitness” (St. Martin’s Press).

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Green Guardian -- Yolanda Sanchez Fights to Protect Environment, Inspire Girls

Viewpoint magazine, October 1, 2012
Yolanda Sanchez, MS, Environmental Health, ’07, is profiled for her work protecting the environment for the EPA.

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Food Deserts Exist in Seattle Area for Those without Cars

American Journal of Public Health, October 1, 2012
"Food deserts" dramatically increase in the Seattle area if you take away the car and factor in walking.

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Feds Probe Whooping Cough Epidemic; Are Vaccines Pooping Out?

Seattle Times, September 29, 2012
Federal disease detectives have been combing through medical records, trying to figure out why Washington state is in the midst of a whooping cough epidemic. Epidemiologist Edgar Marcuse is quoted.

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School Awards Pilot Grants To Meet Challenges of 21st Century

SPH News, September 28, 2012
How does Twitter affect obesity? How can we engage diverse groups on the issue of climate change and health? These are some of the research studies funded by five innovative pilot grants just awarded by the School.

Keyboards, Desks can be Hazardous to Your Health

School of Public Health News, September 27, 2012
Peter Johnson and his colleagues are testing computer devices and desks to see what designs keep workers healthier and more productive.

Obesity and Cancer

Quest Online, September 24, 2012
Like many of us, Dr. Mario Kratz spends a lot of time obsessing over fat. But his attention isn’t focused on his waistline. Dr. Kratz is a nutrition researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

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It's Not All Coffee and Computers as Health Care Innovation Thrives in Washington State

Workforce, September 24, 2012
Washington state is ahead of the curve when it comes to health care reform. William Dowling, professor of Health Services, is quoted.

Air quality: Experts recommend precautions, not panic

Wenatchee World, September 21, 2012
Joel Kaufman recommends that people who live in the Wenatchee Valley should take precautions to limit exposure to smoke from the forest fires, but not to be worry about long-term health effects.

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King County Wants More Control Over Teen Smoking Prevention

KING 5 TV, September 20, 2012
KING 5 interviews MPH grad Joy Gilroy, of the Washington Association of Local Public Health Officials, about efforts to change how local jurisdictions can prevent teen smoking.

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Native Health Researcher Bikes for Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund

UW Today, September 20, 2012
Angela Gonzales is cycling from Washington to California to raise money for cancer patients at the Hopi Reservation. She and Rachel Winer study human papillomavirus, also known as HPV, in American Indian populations.

Washington State Makes It Harder to Opt Out of Immunizations

New York Times, September 19, 2012
Washington state boasts of cutting-edge vaccine research, but when it comes to getting children immunized, until recently, the state was dead last. Maxine Hayes is quoted.

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Officials: Smoke from Idaho wildfire poses health risk

Fox News, September 12, 2012
Smoke from the Idaho wildfire posed a health risk to a small mountain town that was the staging area for firefighters battling the blaze, health officials said. Joel Kaufman comments.

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Smoke from Idaho Wildfire Poses Health Risk: Officials

Chicago Tribune, Reuters, September 12, 2012
Smoke from wildfires in Idaho and Washington states poses short-term health problems, but research on long-term effects is limited. Professor Joel Kaufmann is quoted.

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Tongan Family And Neighbors Band Together Against Foreclosure

KUOW, September 12, 2012
KUOW profiles a Tongan woman fighting foreclosure in her South Seattle home. Barbara Burns McGrath, an epidemiologist and research associate professor of psychosocial and community health, is quoted.

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USDA Report Full of Baloney

Columns magazine, September 10, 2012
The USDA says healthy food is cheaper than junk food. But the agency measures food costs per gram as opposed to per calorie, making vegetables appear cheaper, says Adam Drewnowski, director of Nutritional Sciences.

Vaccine Efficacy Increased against Certain HIV Viruses

Nature, September 10, 2012
Scientists co-led by Paul Edlefsen used genetic sequencing to discover new evidence that the first vaccine shown to prevent HIV infection in people also affected the viruses in those who did become infected.

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Text Messaging Improves Attendance at Follow-up Clinic Visits in Kenya

PLoS One Journal, September 5, 2012
Men in Kenya who received daily text messages after they were circumcised were more likely to attend a follow-up visit to check for complications from the procedure, according to a study led by Thomas Odeny, a post-graduate fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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Defeating Disease

Columns magazine, September 1, 2012
Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Bill Foege says the global health community has to start focusing more on chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. He also talks about his award, vaccines and the importance of optimism.

Lessons Shared from Restaurant Menu-Labeling Policy

American Journal of Preventive Medicine, September 1, 2012
People seeking to build a healthier environment through better nutrition can learn from the policy-making experiences in the Seattle area, according to a new study led by Donna Johnson.

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'Innovator' Spotlight on UW Data Virtuoso

Seattle Times, August 31, 2012
MIT named Abraham Flaxman one of "35 Innovators Under 35." Flaxman took abstract mathematics and applied it to video games, then turned his talents to global public health.

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Documents that Changed the World podcasts: John Snow's cholera map, 1854

UW Today, August 28, 2012
A UW podcast celebrates physician John Snow's 1854 map of a cholera outbreak in London. It was a major public health achievement that marked the beginning of modern epidemiology.

R. Palmer Beasley, Expert on Hepatitis B, Dies at 76

New York Times, August 26, 2012
R. Palmer Beasley, a former SPH professor credited with saving millions of lives through his work on Hepatitis B, has died at the age of 76. A past interview with him is available here.

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Circumcision benefits outweigh risks, pediatrics report says

Seattle Times, August 26, 2012
The health benefits of circumcision outweigh the negatives, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. Professor Douglas Diekema is quoted.

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Drop the Pasta, Dad, and No One Gets Hurt

New York Times, August 21, 2012
Fathers worried about gaining weight should pay more attention to overall diet than to nutrition labels, says Adam Drewnowski of the UW Center for Public Health Nutrition.

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Program Uses Home Visits to Help Asthmatic Kids Breathe Easier

Seattle Times, August 20, 2012
Community health workers inspect residences for triggers such as dust, poor ventilation and mold that can aggravate asthma. Jim Krieger, MPH grad and clinical professor, is featured.

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Weight-Loss Keys: Food Journals, Eating In, Not Skipping Meals

U.S. News, August 16, 2012

If you are trying to lose weight, adopting three key strategies will boost your chances of success, new research suggests.

Keep a food journal, avoid eating out often and don't skip meals.

"Greater food-journal use predicted better weight-loss outcomes, whereas skipping meals and eating out more frequently were associated with less weight loss," writes Dr. Anne McTiernan, a research professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle.

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Health in Comprehensive Planning: "We Did It and You Can Too"

Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, August 16, 2012
Scientific evidence on climate change's impact to human health bolsters Clark County Public Health's community planning initiatives.

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Can London Learn from New York Public Health Policy?

The Guardian, August 10, 2012
Professor Ali Mokdad suggests ways to fight chronic disease. He cites examples from the city of New York.

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If There Were a Health Olympics, the U.S. Wouldn't Even Medal

Seattle Times, August 7, 2012
The US only ranks 34th when it comes to life expectancy, Stephen Bezruchka says in a guest column for The Seattle Times.

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Kids who watch age-appropriate TV, movies sleep better

USA Today, August 6, 2012
Changing the type of DVDs, video and TV that preschoolers watch may help them sleep better at night. Michelle Garrison of Health Services is quoted.

Children Sleep Better When They Watch Less Violent TV

Pediatrics, August 6, 2012
Preschool-age children who switched from violent media content to programs like "Sesame Street" slept much better at night. The study was led by Michelle Garrison, acting assistant professor of health services.

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New High-tech Devices Monitor Asthma, Raise Awareness

Seattle Times, August 4, 2012
In the past few years, asthma patients have seen technology make the disease more manageable. Professor Dimitri Christakis is quoted.

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Counseling Parents About Exposure to BPA and Other Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

The Quarterly Consult, August 3, 2012
Sheela Sathyanarayana addresses questions about exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.

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Experts Fear Whooping Cough Vaccine's Shield Is 'Waning'

NPR, August 3, 2012
Scientists say the current vaccine against whooping cough may be less reliable than an older version, but the vaccine is still the most powerful weapon there is for slowing down the epidemic, says Maxine Hayes of Health Services.

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Fudge factor: Americans in denial about weight gain, study says

NBCNews.com, August 1, 2012
People often think they are losing weight when they really aren't, a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows.

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Drug duo lifts breast-cancer survival rates, study says

Seattle Times, August 1, 2012
Women with metastatic breast cancer treated with a combination of two estrogen-blocking drugs survived more than six months longer than those who took just one of the drugs at a time, according to a study co-authored by William Barlow.

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UW Researchers Urge Integrating Deworming into HIV Care in Africa

UW Today, August 1, 2012
HIV care providers in sub-Saharan Africa should be deworming children, UW global health researchers say. PhD student Helen Gerns and Judd Walson are featured.

Why Our Bodies Can't Adequately Fight HIV

Journal of Virology, August 1, 2012
Michael Gale and colleagues have shed light on why the human body cannot adequately fight off HIV.

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How the Affordable Care Act could affect Asia-Pacific Islanders

Crosscut, July 27, 2012
Susan Allan of the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice comments on how the Affordable Care Act could affect disadvantaged Asia-Pacific Islanders in the Seattle area.

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More older people treated for depression

New York Times, July 25, 2012
More older people are seeking help for depression, but the medical profession doesn't treat them very well yet, says Professor Jurgen Unutzer.

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UW researchers to help develop chips of living cells

The Seattle Times, July 24, 2012
Seattle researchers are engineering a kidney tissue chip to predict drug safety. David Eaton is part of the research team.

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Scientists discuss a cure for AIDS at international conference

NPR, July 24, 2012
Renee Heffron, a postdoctoral fellow in global health, explains research on HIV that has earned her a Young Investigator Award at the International AIDS Conference.

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Seattle researchers to engineer kidney tissue chip for predicting drug safety

UW Today, July 24, 2012
Professor David Eaton will be part of a UW project team engineering and testing a kidney tissue chip designed to predict the safety of drugs.

Polluted Waters: How Clean Is Clean?

KUOW, July 19, 2012
People who fish from the polluted Duwamish River may already experience health disparities, says William Daniell .

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Polluted Waters: How Clean Is Clean?

KUOW, July 19, 2012
The Duwamish is an industrial river, but will it ever be clean enough so that people can safely eat the fish? KUOW's special report quotes Professor Bill Daniell.

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Restaurant meals a bit healthier after menu law

Reuters, July 19, 2012
Chain restaurants in the Seattle area made changes for the better after a law forced them to put nutrition information on their menus, a study by researcher Barbara Bruemmer finds.

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Weight-Loss Keys: Food Journals, Eating In, Not Skipping Meals

US News & World Report, July 13, 2012
New research from Anne McTiernan and colleagues shows that overweight older women who kept track of what they ate lost six more pounds than those who didn't.

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Studies highlight effectiveness of HIV prevention drug

CNN, July 11, 2012
A drug widely used to treat HIV is also highly effective at preventing infection in HIV-free individuals, according to new research led by Jared Baeten.

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Study Says Meeting Contraception Needs Could Cut Maternal Deaths by a Third

New York Times, July 9, 2012
Global maternal deaths could be reduced by nearly one-third if women had better access to contraceptives, a study says. Rachel Nugent, professor of global health, is quoted.

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Washington state casts line for residents' fish-consumption rate

Seattle Times, July 8, 2012
Because fish can harbor toxic chemicals, the state of Washington wants to know how much fish people eat. Affiliate Professor Patricia Cirone is quoted.

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In Treatment for Leukemia, Glimpses of the Future

New York Times, July 7, 2012
A university developed a new approach to cancer treatment in a race to treat one of its own researchers. Wylie Burke, a bioethics expert and epidemiologist, is quoted.

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Infant Formula Can Be a Major Source of BPA: Experts

US News & World Report, July 6, 2012
Parents can take steps to prevent exposing their infants to bisphenol A, a chemical linked to hormone disruptions, says environmental health pediatrician Sheela Sathyanarayana.

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Despite healthy image, Japanese-Americans' diabetes risk higher

KPLU, July 5, 2012
Despite their healthier image, Japanese-Americans have a higher-than-average risk of diabetes, according to Tsukasa Namekata, clinical associate professor of health.

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Danish study doesn't change the answer: Don't drink while pregnant

The Seattle Times, July 4, 2012
A Danish study suggests a few drinks per week during pregnancy has no effect on children's intelligence or activity levels. Two University of Washington professors looked at the study and conclude what most research shows; It is not safe to drink during pregnancy.

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Danish study doesn't change the answer: Don't drink while pregnant

Seattle Times, July 4, 2012
It's not safe to drink during pregnancy, say epidemiologists Susan Astley and Therese Grant. In a Seattle Times guest column, they comment on a new Danish study.

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Heat Wave Health Woes: Hot Temperatures And Excess Pollution Put Children At Risk

Huffington Post, July 3, 2012
Experts fear more spikes in extreme high temperatures. After the elderly, young people remain the most vulnerable to heat waves. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.

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Here's to Your Health: Design teams are capitalizing on evidence that links the built environment and wellness to make better places for living, healing, and working

Green Source, July 1, 2012
The impact of the built environment on public health is becoming more widely appreciated. Dean Howard Frumkin is quoted.

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US wildfires are what global warming really looks like, scientists warn

The Guardian, June 29, 2012
Wildfires offer a preview of the disasters climate change could bring. Dean Howard Frumkin explains the public health impacts, from intense air pollution to post-traumatic stress disorder.

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People who walk a lot have lower risk of diabetes

Fox News, June 29, 2012
People who don't exercise much and are at risk of diabetes are less likely to get the disease if they walk more, according to PhD alumna Amanda Fretts.

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Supreme Court decision on health-care law a victory for Washington families

Seattle Times, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. Now it's time to move forward, Professor Bob Crittenden says in a Seattle Times guest column.

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Northwest Harvest shifts focus to healthy options at food banks

KING 5 TV, June 26, 2012
A local food bank offers healthier options to clients, including more fruits and vegetables. Research by the Center for Public Health Nutrition is mentioned.

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Native Americans strive for health against alcohol, chaos and trauma

The Oregonian, June 26, 2012
A Pacific Northwest program treats Native Americans for addiction, while Professor Karina Walters walks with Choctaws along portions of the Trail of Tears.

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Seattle Magazine's Top Docs Issue

Seattle Magazine, June 22, 2012
Seattle Magazine has highlighted professors Paul Yager and Judd Walson in its 12th annual Top Docs issue for their work on global health issues.

Pregnant Ugandan Women Don't Always Use Mosquito Nets

PLoS One Journal, June 22, 2012
More than a quarter of pregnant women in Uganda who had access to insecticide-treated mosquito nets did not regularly use them, according to a study led by Laura Sangare, former senior fellow in Global Health.

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TB: Centre bans ‘inaccurate’ serology tests

Indian Express, June 20, 2012
Health officials in India have banned serological tests for tuberculosis because of their inaccuracy. Research by Karen Steingart of Health Services is cited.

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Study: Proximity to healthy foods doesn’t matter. Price does.

Washington Post, June 19, 2012
Lower-cost supermarkets had more obese shoppers, according to a new study by Adam Drewnowski and colleagues that links obesity rates to food prices.

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Washington state provides case study on effects of heath-care reform

Washington Post, June 16, 2012
Washington state’s experiment with universal access to health insurance provides a case study for the fate of the federal law. Health Services lecturer Aaron Katz is quoted.

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Okitika: Chronic diseases in Nigeria: An urban myth?

The Guardian (Nigeria), June 13, 2012
Graduate student Tolu Okitika suggests ways to deal with diesel fumes, lead poisoning and other environmental health problems in Nigeria in this guest column.

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Ukraine’s Poisoned Past

New York Times, June 12, 2012
Thyroid cancer is prevalent among victims of Chernobyl, but studies have not indicated an increase in leukemia, says Scott Davis, chairman of the department of epidemiology.

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Lead-Tainted Kids' Shoes From China Seized At Seattle Port

Huffington Post, June 8, 2012
Chinese-made shoes confiscated at the Port of Seattle contained three times the legal limit of lead and posed a hazard to children, says environmental health professor Steven Gilbert.

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Will Philadelphia’s experiment in eradicating ‘food deserts’ work?

Washington Post, June 8, 2012
Philadelphia is trying to make healthy food more available, but experts question whether people will eat better. Adam Drewnowski, director of nutritional sciences, is quoted.

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Healthy Community Design

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 10, 2011
In this video, Howard Frumkin discusses the benefits of walkable communities as they relate to health, the environment and social interaction.

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