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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.

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.

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.

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.

Epi student receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

In House (Epi), Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Department of Epidemiology PhD student, Kenneth Mugwanya, has received the UW Graduate School's 2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Safety of oral tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-based pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV prevention: prospective studies in HIV-uninfected men and women.” These prestigious awards recognize outstanding and exceptional scholarship and research at the doctoral level. Only one award is given in the Biologic and Life Sciences category across the entire university. Dr. Mugwanya will receive a $1,000 prize with the award.

New delivery strategy reduces HIV transmission in couples

ASPPH, Thursday, September 1, 2016

The strategic delivery of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to the members of mixed-status couples substantially reduce the risk of HIV transmission, according to a new study led by Jared Baeten.