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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. 

Epidemiology students land competitive internship

In House (Epi), Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Emily Begnel (MPH Epidemiology), Megan Suter (MS Epidemiology), and Cameron Haas (MPH Epidemiology), have been selected for the highly competitive Public Health Epi Scholars Program. The national program offers each student a 10-week paid internship in applied epidemiology research at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC). The students were selected from a pool of applicants from fifteen universities.

Report: Bullying Is a Serious Public Health Problem

New York Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A new report identifies bullying as a "serious public health problem," and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids. Frederick Rivara, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, is chairman of the committee that wrote the report.

Longtime lead poisoning in boy, 16, traced to sheepskin rugs

Seattle Times, Monday, May 9, 2016

A 16-year-old Central Washington boy was exposed to high levels of lead from a strange source: sheepskin rugs he slept with at night. Catherine Karr, adjunct professor in epidemiology, is quoted.

Panel Iterates Dangers of the Zika Virus and Potential for U.S. Outbreak

UW Daily, Monday, May 9, 2016

With the first case of the Zika virus confirmed in King County, there is growing concern that the virus will spread throughout the state and the entire country. Jeffrey Duchin, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.