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Study shows disparities in treatment for children with traumatic brain injuries

UW Today, Thursday, May 26, 2016

Children who suffer traumatic brain injuries can face a difficult road to recovery, requiring services such as physical therapy and mental health treatment for months or years. When those children come from low-income households with limited English proficiency, there can be significant barriers in getting them the care they need. Assistant professor of epidemiology, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, is a co-author on the study.

UW-led study pinpoints how air pollution harms your heart

The Seattle Times, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A 10-year project revealed air pollutants accelerate deposits of calcium in heart arteries, a known cause of heart attack and stroke. Professor of epidemiology, Joel Kaufman, is quoted.

Lawsuits Over Baby Powder Raise Questions About Cancer Risk

New York Times, Monday, May 23, 2016

Thousands of women with ovarian cancer have filed a lawsuit against the consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson, claiming that baby powder caused their disease and pointing to a long trail of studies linking talc to the cancer. Research Professor of Epidemiology, Annette Fitzpatrick, is quoted.

Designed in Seattle, this $1 cup could save millions of babies

The Seattle Times, Monday, May 23, 2016

Inventors from PATH, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s designed a feeding cup that could help prevent starvation in premature and high-risk babies in developing countries who have trouble breast-feeding. One of the inventors, Christy McKinney, is an alum from the Department of Epidemiology.

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades

New York Times, Friday, May 20, 2016

After years of upward growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996. Epidemiology professor, Bruce Psaty, is quoted.

Appeal of ‘genetic puzzles’ leads to National Medal of Science for UW’s Mary-Claire King

UW Today, Thursday, May 19, 2016

The UW's Mary-Claire King, University of Washington professor of genome sciences and medicine and former adjunct professor of epidemiology, was awarded the nation's highest scientific honor by President Obama.

Washington Study Urges Schools to Take a More Preventative Approach to Bullying

In House (Epi), Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bullying, which has often been dismissed as merely kids being kids, is a “serious public health problem,” according to a new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Zero-tolerance policies, such as automatic suspension or expulsion, are ineffective in combating bullying, the report found. Such policies fail to provide skill training or replacement behaviors for youth that are suspended and may in fact lead to underreporting because the consequences are perceived as too severe.

Epidemiology staff, faculty, and students awarded at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards

In House (Epi), Monday, May 16, 2016

On May 13, gathered in the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, five exemplary epidemiology staff, faculty, and students were awarded for their dedication and service to the School at the annual School of Public Health Excellence Awards.


Lead poisoning: Where the hidden danger lies

The News Tribune, Saturday, May 14, 2016

Lead house paint that dates from before the 1978 federal ban is the No. 1 source of lead poisoning of children in the United States, and children who live in older homes can be exposed through peeling paint. Catherine Karr, adjunct professor in epidemiology, is quoted.

Serosorting: Effective HIV Prevention Strategy for Some Men

In House (SPH), Friday, May 13, 2016

Research findings highlighted how the practice of serosorting, while not ideal from a public health standpoint, represented a significant step toward safer sexual behaviors for some men. Lead researcher, Christine Khosropour, conducted the research as a PhD student in the Department of epidemiology.