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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.

Breastfeeding reduces hospitalization among HIV-exposed infants, study finds

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, September 23, 2016

During the first year of life, breastfeeding could protect infants exposed to HIV at birth from other infectious diseases, according to a study from the University of Washington School of Public Health, the University of Nairobi and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. Kristjana Ásbjörnsdóttir, lead author, is a research scientist in the Department of Global Health and alumna of the Department of Epidemiology.

Faculty Members Receive CDC Funding to Study Cancer Topics

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, September 23, 2016

The Health Promotion Research Center (HPRC) in the University of Washington School of Public Health has been awarded $900,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for studies that address cancer disparities. The second project, led by Dr. Rachel Winer, associate professor of epidemiology, will develop and test communication strategies to promote the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in underserved populations.

Road deaths are up by a lot in Washington state

KUOW, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Traffic deaths are up in Washington state, and by a lot. Last year, 567 people lost their lives in crashes. That’s a hundred more than the previous year. Department of Epidemiology Adjunct Professor Beth Ebel is quoted.

Washington Faculty Members Receive WHO Grant to Test Antibiotics as Treatment for Diarrheal Disease

ASPPH, Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health are working to determine if antibiotics could help save thousands of children from dying of diarrheal disease, thanks to a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the World Health Organization. Judd Walson, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, is principal investigator for the project.

Seattle may drop speed limits to 25 mph on arterials, 20 mph in neighborhoods

Seattle Times, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

City officials began Tuesday to roll out a plan to reduce speed limits on downtown and residential streets. Department of Epidemiology Adjunct Professor Beth Ebel is quoted.

Seattle plans lower speed limits

KIRO7, Tuesday, September 13, 2016

City leaders Tuesday proposed lowering speed limits in Seattle, saying the move will reduce crashes and save lives. 

Proposed Ban on Assault-Style Weapons 'Makes Sense'

KNKX, Thursday, September 8, 2016

WA state Attorney General Bob Ferguson this week said he wants to ban assault-style weapons in Washington state. Department of Epidemiology Adjunct Professor Fred Rivara is interviewed.