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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.

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.

Breast cancer’s spread may be influenced by circadian gene

Reuters Business Insider, Thursday, September 22, 2016

Variations in a gene involved in circadian rhythms may also promote the spread of breast cancer, a new study suggests. Department of Epidemiology Assistant Professor, Amanda Phipps, is quoted.


In House (SPH), Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The UW School of Public Health was awarded more than $4.7 million by the National Institutes of Health to investigate how the environment influences neurodevelopment and asthma risk in children. The grant is part of $157 million in national awards announced by the NIH for a multitude of projects under a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO).