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Washington: Antiretrovirals Pose Low Risk to Nursing Mothers and their Babies

ASPPH Friday Letter, Thursday, October 20, 2016

Breastfeeding mothers can safely take antiretroviral medicine to prevent HIV infection without posing a risk to their babies, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Lead author, Dr. Kenneth Mugwanya, is a Ugandan physician and earned a PhD in the Department of Epidemiology.

Genomics is failing on diversity

Nature, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

An analysis by Alice Popejoy, a PhD candidate in Public Health Genetics, and Stephanie Fullerton, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, indicates that some populations are still being left behind on the road to precision medicine.

Majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer after screening mammograms get unnecessary treatment, study finds

Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A new study finds that widespread screening has led to massive overtreatment for breast cancer, and that better treatment -- not mammography -- is the main reason that mortality has declined. Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor Joann Elmore is quoted.

New Report Questions Value of Mammograms

NBC News, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A new report suggests that widespread screening for breast cancer might lead to what's called overdiagnosis, causing women worry at the very least, and perhaps treatment they never needed. Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor, Joann Elmore, is quoted.

Can Washington reduce the high number of maternal deaths?

Crosscut, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Overall, the U.S. has experienced rising rates of maternal deaths in recent years, even as the rest of the world has seen improvements. Cathy Wasserman, Department of Epidemiology Affiliate Assistant Professor, is quoted.

Snohomish Health District leader to retire in March 2017, saying he's 'worn down'

Puget Sound Business Journal, Monday, October 3, 2016

Gary Goldbaum, director of the Snohomish Health District, has announced he's retiring in March 2017. Goldbaum is an associate professor of epidemiology and adjunct associate professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health. He also earned an MPH from the School.

Fred Hutch Studies Find New Blood Cell Variants

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, September 30, 2016

Researchers have identified 16 new red blood cell variants and 16 new white blood cell variants that may be associated with diabetes, anemia or even Alzheimer’s, according to a pair of studies led by the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute. Lead author is Alexander Reiner, a research professor in the Department of Epidemiology and core member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch. 

Antiretrovirals pose low risk to nursing mothers, babies

HSNewsBeat, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Researchers have found that breastfeeding mothers taking the antiretroviral drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine have a low risk of side effects. The study, published in PLOS, was conducted by colleagues at the UW International Clinical Research Center and partners in Kenya, Uganda and Johns Hopkins University. Lead author is Kenneth Mugwanya, a Ugandan physician and a senior fellow in epidemiology and global health.

Study points up challenges of distracted-driving enforcement

HSNewsBeat, Monday, September 26, 2016

Laws have not kept up, say officers, while acknowledging their own guilt and biases involving phone use.

King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic

NPR, Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer and Department of Epidemiology Adjunct Professor, Jeff Duchin, tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.