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Place nutrition on the top of your grocery list

Fred Hutch Science Spotlight, Monday, August 15, 2016

Do positive food-related attitudes exist among lower socioeconomic status (SES) groups and racial/ethnic minorities? And if so, does it have any impact on their diet quality? Answers to such questions may help tailor nutrition education programs to populations at higher risk. Department of Epidemiology faculty, Anju Aggarwal and Adam Drewnowski, are quoted.

Bitter fruits

The Economist, Saturday, August 13, 2016

As incomes become more unequal, so too may the rate of healthy eating. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

EPA grant to help UW develop low-cost sensors for wood smoke in rural WA

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, August 12, 2016

The University of Washington received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop low-cost air pollution sensors to help Native American and Latino communities in the Yakima Valley reduce their exposure to wood smoke. Catherine Carr, lead investigator and Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor, is quoted.

Vulnerable Groups Can Have Quality Diets Despite Economic Constraints

In House (Epi), Friday, August 12, 2016

For years, issues of taste, cost and convenience helped explain why the highest rates of poor nutrition are found among minorities and the working poor.  Not only are fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains more expensive, they are also less likely to be available in low-income neighborhoods. The idea was: you improve access, you improve nutrition.

How much exercise do you need to prevent heart disease, cancer?

Today, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

There's no doubt that regular exercise can help reduce your risk of serious health issues like colon cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, and stroke. But new research reveals just how much exercise will make the most impact. Epi research professor, Anne McTiernan, is quoted.


In House (SPH), Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Judd Walson, Department of Epidemiology adjunct associate professor, and Patricia Pavlinac (Global Health Department) received a four-year, $2.5 million grant from the WHO to test antibiotics as treatment for diarrheal disease. “That children continue to die from diarrhea is unacceptable,” Pavlinac says. Christine McGrath (Global Health) is also a member of the research team.

Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing? Maybe There’s No Need

New York Times, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

For decades, the federal government — not to mention your dentist — has insisted that daily flossing is necessary to prevent cavities and gums so diseased that your teeth fall out. Turns out, all that flossing may be overrated. Philippe Hujoel, epi adjunct professor, is quoted.


Washington Graduate Named Peru’s New Health Minister

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, July 29, 2016

University of Washington School of Public Health alumna Dr. Patricia García (MPH 1998, Epidemiology), an affiliate professor in the School’s department of global health and dean of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University, was named Minister of Health for Peru. She was appointed by newly elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and was expected be sworn in on July 28.

School of Public Health alum is Peru’s new health minister

HSNewsBeat, Friday, July 29, 2016

Patricia García, a 1998 alumna of the University of Washington School of Public Health, was named Minister of Health for Peru and sworn in on July 28.  She is former chair of the Peruvian National Institute of Health and the first female head of the institution in its 80-year history. 

Second Opinions on Breast Biopsies Reduce Misdiagnoses

ASPPH, Monday, July 25, 2016

Obtaining a second opinion could significantly improve the accuracy of breast cancer biopsies, according to a study from the University of Washington. Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor, Joann Elmore, is quoted.