Opioid crisis: Prescription vigilance – The Seattle Times, 07/30/2018
Associate member Mark Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a letter to the editor discussing prescribing doctors’ roles in combating opioid addiction.
Too many kids hurt in lawn mower accidents – KOMO News, 07/16/2018
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses tips to protect kids from lawn mowing accidents, which tend to rise during the summer months.
UW has big role in Seattle’s safe-storage firearms measure – UW Medicine Newsroom, 07/10/2018
Coverage from UW Medicine covers the role of the center’s research and members in contributing to Seattle lawmakers’ understanding of safe firearm storage.
Access to opioid addiction medication remains limited in King County – Renton Reporter, 07/05/2018
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, is quoted discussing medication support for individuals with opioid addiction.
Harborview Medical Center: Sound Effect, Episode 149 – KNKX, 06/30/2018
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is featured in this in-depth look at the history and ongoing impacts of Harborview Medical Center.
Your Washington Doctor May Soon Ask If You Own A Gun – KNKX, 06/20/2018
Core member and pediatrician Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses her role in treating firearm injuries and talking with families about firearm safety.
Doctors come together to address gun violence as public health issue – KIRO, 06/20/2018
Coverage of a new collaboration of healthcare providers seeking to reduce firearm injuries and deaths, lead by Public Health – Seattle & King County and HIPRC.
Public Health and Medical Community Pledge to Decrease Gun Violence – Public Health Insider, 06/19/2018
The complete statement on a new collaboration of healthcare providers to reduce firearm injuries, including brief statements in support from HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Injury Care section lead Saman Arbabi, M.D., MPH, Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.
Suicide rate up in all regions of Washington — but why? ‘No one is exactly sure,’ expert says – The Seattle Times, 06/14/2018
Research fellow Christopher DeCou, Ph.D., discusses Washington suicide trends and prevention, noting that suicide is still difficult to predict but often possible to prevent.
Keeping Children Safe at the Beach or Pool – The New York Times, 06/11/2018
Associate Member Linda Quan, M.D., discusses how water safety encompasses more than just swimming lessons.
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses research funding challenges in a story about youth gun deaths in Seattle.
Most States Don’t Require Guns To Be Locked Up – NPR, “All Things Considered,” 05/23/2018
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted discussing the efficacy of safe storage in preventing firearm injuries among children.
UW study: Most homes in Washington with guns don’t store the firearms safely — fueling suicides – The Seattle Times, 05/17/2018
Coverage explores the new release of an HIPRC-supported study on firearm storage in Washington state in context of proposed safe firearm storage legislation in Seattle and King County. The study was co-authored by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.
Only a Third of Washington Gun Owners Safely Store Their Firearms – The Stranger, 05/17/2018
Coverage of an HIPRC-supported study examining firearm storage practices in Washington state households.
UW Study: Most gun-owning households in Washington state don’t safely store firearms – KOMO News, 05/17/2018
An HIPRC-supported study co-authored by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, found that most households in Washington state do not store firearms locked and unloaded, per safe storage recommendations.
Washington Study Seeks to Understand Crash Risk among Older Adults – Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, 05/3/2018
Additional coverage of an HIPRC-supported study on Washington drivers over age 65 – unique in that it examines drivers who have not been diagnosed with dementia.
Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics and HIPRC Associate Member Brian Johnston, M.D., discusses the dangers of window falls for small children – and how easy they are to prevent.
More bike sharing, fewer helmets. Are head injuries on the rise? – KUOW, 04/27/2018
KUOW interview HIPRC Core Member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, about the relationship between bike share programs and bicycle injuries in Seattle – and the continued importance of wearing a bike helmet.
Kids falling from windows more likely in warmer weather – King 5 News, 04/27/2018
Window falls are easy to prevent with only a few simple steps, featuring comments Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics and HIPRC Associate Member Brian Johnston, M.D.
As weather warms, take steps to prevent window falls – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/25/2018
As spring returns to Seattle, Harborview Medical Center Chief of Pediatrics and HIPRC Associate Member Brian Johnston, M.D., reminds parents of simple precautions against window falls.
Study explores crash risk among older drivers – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/18/2018
An HIPRC-supported study examines the relationship between crash risk and cognitive decline among older drivers.
U.S. study of child gun violence includes UW – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/18/2018
National Institutes of Health funds a firearm violence research consortium, which includes HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rhabar, M.D., MPH and Core Member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH.
UW research links brain injuries with dementia – The Spokesman-Review, 04/10/2018
Associate Member Jesse Fan, M.D., MPH, is quoted in coverage of his research into connections between concussion and dementia.
Risk of dementia increases with traumatic brain injury – UW Medicine Newsroom, 04/10/2018
HIPRC Associate Member Jesse Fann, M.D., MPH, discusses the findings of a recent study he co-led examining long term psychiatric effects of traumatic brain injury.
Funding bill won’t prompt new CDC gun research, experts say – The Hill, 03/25/2018
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the expected effects – or not – of a new funding bill with clarifications on gun violence federal research funding.
‘Lock it up.’ That’s just one way Seattle wants to curb gun violence – KUOW, 03/22/2018
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses research indicating that safe storage decreases the risk of suicide and accidental firearm injury among youth in relation to a proposed safe storage legislation in Seattle.
Seattle pursues gun laws where it can — starting with safe storage – Crosscut, 03/21/2018
Coverage of proposed safe firearm storage legislation in Seattle featured core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discussing safe storage research and demonstrating gun safe usage.
Plan announced to require safe gun storage in Seattle – UW Medicine Newsroom, 03/21/2018
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilwoman M. Lorena Gonzalez announced a proposed plan to require safe firearm storage. HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, participated in the press conference, held at Harborview Medical Center.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan outlines plan to reduce gun violence – MyNorthwest, 03/21/2018
An article on proposed Seattle legislation mentions Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center as a recipient of gun violence prevention research funding from the city.
Seattle officials to propose law requiring owners to lock up guns – The Seattle Times, 03/21/2018
Coverage of proposed firearm safe storage legislation in Seattle mentions an HIPRC study on gun violence prevention intervention.
Durkan Announces Proposal to Require Safe Gun Storage – The Stranger, 03/21/2018
Remarks by core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, are included in coverage of proposed legislation related to safe firearm storage, gun violence prevention research funding and other gun violence prevention measures.
The Bully Menace: ‘The Hurt Never Goes Away’ – Patch, 03/15/2018
A curated discussion of responses to an article on teen bullying cites research and discussion by core member Fred Rivara, M.D. into the issue.
Seattle’s gun tax raised $93,000 last year – The Seattle Times, 03/15/2018
An HIPRC study on a firearm violence prevention intervention funded by Seattle was featured in an update about the city’s gun-and-ammunition tax.
Fewer U.S. high school athletes play football amid concussion fears – Reuters, 03/12/2018
Director and Traumatic Brain Injury section lead Monica Vavilala, M.D., suggests that a newly documented shift away from football among high school athletes isn’t likely to fully address the issue of concussions among young athletes.
How to stop gun violence? Durkan holds Seattle town hall to talk it through – The Seattle Times, 03/09/2018
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, talked safe storage and firearm suicide statistics at a Seattle town hall on gun violence held by Mayor Jenny Durkan.
More than half of U.S. teens don’t get vaccine that can prevent cancer – KOMO News, 03/01/2018
Core member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the importance of vaccinating pre-teens against human papillomavirus.
Overdose deaths decline in Washington – The Spokesman-Review, 02/28/2018
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, M.D., Ph.D., comments on new reported trends in overdose deaths.
Florida shooting reopens CDC gun research debate – The Hill, 02/19/2018
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, comments the lack of data that currently hinders gun violence research in the U.S.
“‘We thought we’d pulled a dead person out of the water’: Woman recovers after Puget Sound rescue” – The Seattle Times, 02/07/2018
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., was interviewed by about using Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation machines to treat otherwise fatal traumatic heart and lung injuries – a procedure that recently saved a woman’s life after her paddleboat sank in Puget Sound.
1 in 4 handgun owners carry loaded weapons monthly – Journalist’s Resource, 01/26/2018
A summary of firearm research for journalists examines a study led by Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D.
Snohomish County Jail Now Offering Medically Assisted Detox For Inmates – KNKX, 01/25/2018
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, discusses the high risk of overdose in the weeks after a person leaves jail.
‘Huge increases’ in Washington meth overdose deaths, say UW researchers – KIRO 7, 01/19/18
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, explains a surprising new find that methamphetamine deaths and abuse are a growing problem in Washington state, even though that drug currently gets much less attention than opioid abuse.
Survey of needle exchange users shows meth usage up across Washington – The Spokesman-Review, 01/19/18
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, weighs in on the behaviors and needs of heroin users reached through needle exchange programs in Washington.
Gun Terrorism is the Deadliest Kind – Scientific American, January 2018
Research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., discusses an HIPRC analysis examining terrorist attack methods in high-income countries.
Core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH says parents don’t need to fear concussions in sports – but they should be aware of prevention, symptoms and next steps.
Should the U.S. look at gun violence as a public health issue? – CBS News New York, 12/12/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, makes the case that gun violence should be treated as a public health issue on the five-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting.
Day care and mud guards: How health officials are building a firewall against deadly burns – Public Radio International, 12/01/2017
Global Injury section lead Charles Mock, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, shares his insights on a story about burn prevention in low- and middle-income countries.
Annual ‘Trouble in Toyland’ report highlights dangerous small parts and confusing labels – KOMO News, 11/21/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, reminds parents to make sure the gift of a bicycle includes a helmet in this story about toy safety ahead of the holiday shopping season.
If we can’t stop gun violence, we can plan for it – Crosscut, 11/15/2017
A new editorial from HIPRC researchers calls for communities to maintain focus on gun violence preparation in wake of recent mass shootings. Co-authored by HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS.
To study violence after gun shows, researchers turn to an unlikely source – Wired, 11/15/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, discusses the challenges of limited data in studying gun violence.
Some opioid addiction drugs harder to start than others, study finds – CNN, 11/14/2017
Associate member Caleb Banta-Green, Ph.D., MPH, comments on the importance of treatment choices for opioid addiction in regards to a recent study on the topic.
The invisible wounds of war – UW Medicine’s The Huddle, 11/06/2017
Core member Christine MacDonald, M.D., Ph.D., discusses her work studying the long-term effects of brain injuries in U.S. service members and her dedication to making a difference for these veterans.
3 million Americans carry a handgun daily, study says – CBS New York, 10/31/2017
Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, is quoted about a new study examining handgun carrying habits in the U.S.
Gun training covers many safety issues, but not some major ones – Reuters, 10/24/2017
Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, comments on a recent study around gun training, saying: “We can do better to expand content by incorporating components that have notable public health significance, such as suicide prevention and theft prevention. (…) This goal has the potential to save lives and prevent injuries.”
Nevada gun shows tied to firearm violence in California: study – Reuters, 10/23/2017
An editorial by core members Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted in this article about a recently published study examining correlations between gun shows and firearm violence.
3 million Americans carry loaded handguns with them every single day, study finds – The Washington Post, 10/19/2017
Violence prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, is quoted discussing a new study he led examining when, and how, American carry handguns.
UW research finds terrorist attacks with firearms more deadly – KIRO Radio, 10/13/2017
T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., talks with KIRO’s Dave Ross about a recent HIPRC study on terrorism and firearms as well as potential areas for additional gun violence research.
After concussion, teen girls may take longer to heal than boys – Reuters, 10/12/2017
HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., offers additional insight into a recent concussion study.
Terror attacks in U.S. more likely than elsewhere to involve guns – Reuters, 10/09/2017
T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., discusses the findings of an HIPRC study looking at terrorist attacks using firearms in high-income industrialized countries.
Guns play an outsized role in deaths from terrorist attacks, especially in the U.S., data show – Los Angeles Times, 10/06/2017
A new research letter from HIPRC researchers investigates which weapons are the most common, and the deadliest, in terrorist attacks in industrialized countries.
Firearms are most lethal weapons in U.S. terrorist attacks – UW Medicine Newsroom, 10/06/2017
An HIPRC study of global terrorism attacks found that the U.S. has proportionally more attacks using firearms than any other high-income industrialized country. Lead author and HIPRC T-32 postdoctoral research fellow Robert Tessler, M.D., comments.
Author of study on gun research: Problem bigger than Las Vegas – King 5 News, 10/03/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., places Las Vegas shooting in the larger context of U.S. gun violence.
Calls Grow for CDC to Resume Gun Violence Research – But little expectation of repealing Dickey Amendment – Medpage Today, 10/03/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., weighs in on the chances that the U.S. will lift ban of federal gun violence research funding in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting.
How much can really be done on gun control locally? – Crosscut, 10/03/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., offers his perspective on national gun violence and Washington gun laws in response to Las Vegas shooting.
Harborview’s ‘Stop The Bleed’ training could save lives in a mass shooting – King 5 News, 10/02/2017
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., discusses both hospital and community preparation for mass casualties in response to Las Vegas shooting.
How Western Washington prepares for mass casualty incidents – Q13 Fox, 10/02/2017
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., is quoted in a story about mass casualty preparation following Las Vegas shooting.
Seattle rolls up its sleeves to help Vegas – Crosscut, 10/02/2017
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., gives a play-by-play of what would happen in a mass casualty scenario in Seattle.
Girl soccer players are five times more likely to return to the game after a concussion than boys – Popular Science, 09/17/17
Core member Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, weighs in on a recent study that found gender differences in returning to play after concussion.
Who is responsible for helmets when it comes to bike shares? – Seattle PI, 09/06/2017
A statement by HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., was quoted on the need for helmets to be incorporated into bike share programs. “There are now going to be 6,000 bicycles in the city related to bike share, and they don’t have helmets. That means riders will be riding those without helmets. That’s a problem,” he said.
No Helmets at Seattle’s New Bike Shares – UW Medicine Health, 09/05/2017
A video from UW Medicine features HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., advocating for bike helmets to be incorporated into growing bike share programs in Seattle.
Seattle’s Bike-Share Programs: Where Are The Helmets? – KOMO News, 08/31/2017
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., is featured in his discussion of the absence of bike helmets in Seattle’s new bike-share options.
Bike share and helmets: Let’s be realistic – Crosscut, 08/29/2017
HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., penned an editorial on safety, bike helmets and Seattle’s growing bike share programs.
Helmets may be Seattle law, but many bike-share riders don’t wear them – Seattle Times, 08/19/2017
Research and expertise from HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., was featured in an article about low usage of bike helmets among bike share users.
Few U.S. Gun Owners Get Training that Includes Suicide Prevention – Reuters, 08/08/2017
HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH is quoted discussing his recent firearm training study, saying, “Medical experts, public health professionals, and the majority of American people strongly support the importance of all aspects of firearm safety.”
Only 3 in 5 Gun Owners Have Received Firearms Training – Mother Jones, 07/24/2017
HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH, is the lead author of this study featured in Mother Jones.
4 Out of 10 Self-Defense Handgun Owners Have Received No Formal Firearms Training – The Trace, 07/18/2017
HIPRC Violence Prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH, comments on his recently published study examining training among gun owners in the United States.
Judge tosses speeding ticket in Seattle school zone over wordy city sign – The Seattle Times, 07/04/2017
HIPRC Safe and Active Transport section lead Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses the effectiveness of photo-enforced speed limits in preventing injuries.
Tacoma teen loses four fingers lighting a firecracker – The Bellingham Herald, 07/03/2017
HIPRC director Monica Vavilala, M.D., is quoted on a recent fireworks injury study related to a local injury.
Bullied students more likely to report access to a loaded gun – June/July 2017
An HIPRC-supported study by UW epidemiology Ph.D. student Maayan Simckes examining the relationship between adolescents who experience bullying and their access to a loaded gun was featured in Newsweek, Reuters, The Conversation and the UW Department of Epidemiology, among others. Co-authors on the study include HIPRC faculty Megan Moreno, M.D., M.S. Ed., MPH, Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., MPH.
Few players screened for concussions in last soccer World Cup – Reuters, 06/27/2017
HIPRC core faculty Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH, discusses the implications of poor concussion monitoring in the soccer World Cup for young athletes.
UW doctors identify most dangerous type of fireworks – Seattle PI, 06/25/2017
HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., are quoted discussing the factors that contribute to the severity of firework injuries.
This is the most Dangerous Firework You Can Buy: Study – Newser, 06/24/2017
A 2017 study by UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., reveals the potential serious effects of fireworks. HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., comments.
This type of firework disfigures people more than any other, UW study shows – The Seattle Times, 06/22/2017 & Chicago Tribune, 06/28/2017
HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., comments on the dangers of fireworks in a feature on a severe fireworks injury study by UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D.
UW study shows 40 percent of firework-related injuries from legal fireworks – KIRO 7, 06/22/2017
HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., reminds the public that firework injuries are preventable when commenting on a study authored by UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D.
UW Medicine study finds legal fireworks responsible for most severe injuries – Fox Q13, 6/21/2017
HIPRC Director Monica Vavilala, M.D., and UW Division of Plastic Surgery resident Brinkley Sandvall, M.D., discuss the findings and conversations coming out of a new study on severe firework injuries.
No Exceptions: Car Seats Then Booster Seats Until 4 Feet 9 Inches Tall – Seattle Mama Doc, 06/20/2017
HIPRC Safe and Active Transport Section Lead Beth Ebel, M.D., discusses how important and easy it is to ensure kids are always in the appropriate car seat or booster seat.
Free or reduced-cost bike helmets for kids – Fox Q13, 06/15/2017
HIPRC core faculty Fred Rivara discusses role of helmets in preventing brain injuries among active kids.
Rising Number of Bicycle Crashes Highlights Importance of Wearing a Helmet – Consumer Reports, 06/02/2017
HIPRC core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, weighs in on the role of bike helmets in preventing head injuries in adults.
Study highlights struggle of soldiers who suffer brain injuries – KING 5, 05/18/2017
HIPRC core member Christine MacDonald, Ph.D., discusses her surprising findings that even mild traumatic brain injury has long-lasting effects for veterans.
Study finds worsening outcomes in service members five years after mild blast-induced concussion – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 05/10/2017
HIPRC core member Christine MacDonald, Ph.D., and her findings regarding the long-term impacts of concussions among service members was highlighted in a press release from NINDS.
Live Life Forward: “Bullying” – Lifetime, 05/02/2017
HIPRC associate faculty member Megan Moreno, M.D., MS Ed., was featured discussing practice and research regarding adolescents and bullying.
Facial injuries are common in U.S. nursing home residents – Reuters, 03/23/2017
HIPRC core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, comments on facial injuries among U.S. nursing home residents in an article on Reuters’ Health News.
Computer game may prevent seniors from falling down – KING 5, 03/15/2017
HIPRC core member Hilaire Thompson, Ph.D., RN, is featured in a piece on her team’s research into using video games to prevent falls among seniors.
Harborview-based center wants to stop injuries before they happen – Columns Magazine, 2/28/2017
A profile of HIPRC in the UW Alumni Magazine outlines the history and contemporary efforts of the center and its faculty.
Size-adjusted dose benchmarks: Is your facility in the danger zone? – HealthImaging, 2/22/2017
HIPRC associate member Kalpana Kanal, Ph.D., DABR, comments on her team’s work developing dose guidelines for common CT exams in the U.S. The team developed the first diagnostic reference levels that incorporate patient size, which will allow facilities nationwide to optimize their CT protocols, and their research is featured in this article from HealthImaging.
Call to soften helmet laws a real head-scratcher – The Seattle Times, 12/22/2016
Core member Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH is quoted in an editorial calling on Seattle and King County to maintain bike helmet rules.
Light exercise after concussion in kids, teens may halt prolonged symptoms: study – TheStar.com, 12/20/2016
An editorial by core members Sara Chrisman, M.D., MPH and Fred Rivara, M.D., MPH, is quoted in coverage of a recent study examining activity and rest following concussion.
‘Return-to-Learn’ laws may not help students after concussions – Reuters, 11/07/2016
HIPRC director Monica Vavilala, M.D., discusses the challenges of relying on laws to guide Return-to-Learn after a child’s concussion.
HIPRC core member and violence prevention section lead Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D., MPH comments on one of his most recently published papers in an article written by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health.
‘Stop the Bleed:’ Movement trains bystanders to help during shootings, emergencies – The Seattle Times, 10/8/2016
Core member Eileen Bulger, M.D., explains the value of Stop the Bleed training for equipping community members to save lives during mass casualty events.
Kim Malcolm of KUOW talks with HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW about a 2015 King County report on drug use trends that found that heroin overdoses are on the decline.
Normalizing conversations around drug use, KNKX, 09/15/2016
Ahead of a task force report being released on how best to combat opioid overuse in King County 88.5’s Ariel Van Cleave sat down with HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW to ask if we are talking about drug use, drugs and treatment in the right ways.
Local leaders take big step toward ‘safe consumption site’ for addicts, KIRO7, 08/23/2016
HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW advocates for safe consumption sites in King County ahead of an official proposal for them by King County’s heroin task force.
King County Heroin Crisis Task Force recommends 2 injection sites – KIRO7, 09/15/2016
Following a formal recommendation by King County’s heroin Crisis Task Force HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW weighs in on their importance and value.
What it means for Seattle to get safe injection sites – KUOW, 09/15/2016
KUOW’s Kim Malcolm speaks with HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW about the possibility of Seattle becoming the first city in the United States to create safe-consumption sites for heroin users.
Opioid Addicts Say Kratom Helps Them Kick the Habit. So Why Is the DEA Banning It? – Seattle Weekly, 09/14/2016
HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW is quoted in this Seattle Weekly article that offers an explanation for why the DEA is banning Kratom.
Why Seattle’s Plan to Help Heroin Addicts Isn’t Crazy – Big Think Blog, 08/30/2016
In this Big Think Blog article HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW is quoted explaining the benefits of a safe consumption center.
VOCAL-WA sends shoes skyward for overdose awareness – Real Change, 08/24/2016
In this article HIPRC associate member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW explains why it is important to combat the stigma around overdoses saying “That stigma really keeps people isolated and increases the risk for dying makes them less likely to reach out for treatment”.
UW Researcher: Proposed Ban On Assault-Style Weapons ‘Makes Sense’; KNKX All Things Considered, 09/08/2016
88.5’s Ed Ronco sits down with HIPRC core member Frederick Rivara, PhD, MPH to discuss Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s proposed ban on assault-style weapons.
Seattle may drop speed limits to 25 mph on arterials, 20 mph in neighborhoods; Seattle Times, 09/13/2016
As Seattle considers dropping speed limits to 25 mph on arterials and 20 mph in neighborhoods HIPRC core member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH is quoted in several articles on the impact that would have on reducing injury. Say that “If you get hit by car going 20 miles per hour, your risk of getting serious injuries is less than 5 percent” but that if you get hit by a car at 40 mph its like falling off a three story building.
- Seattle may drop speed limits to 25 mph on arterials, 20 mph in neighborhoods;Seattle Times, 09/13/2016
- Road deaths are up by a lot in Washington state; KUOW; 09/14/2016
- Seattle plans lower speed limits; KIRO, 09/13/2016
- Seattle’s transportation director pushes for lower speed limits in city; Q13 Fox; 09/13/2016
Why congress should lift ban on gun violence research; Seattle Times Editorial, 08/2/2016
Following several mass shootings the Seattle Time calls on congress to allow funding for gun violence research, something it has not done since 1997. The article examines how researchers must get funding at current and references HIPRC several times.
Saving Lives Through Gun Research, UW Medicine Pulse – May 17, 2016
A Podcast featuring Drs. Frederick Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar – According to new research by University of Washington’s School of Public Health and Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, gunshot survivors are four times more likely to die from firearms than other patients. In this episode we meet the UW Medicine doctors who are heading this study and learn how they hope to change that statistic.
Bullying as a Public Health Threat, multiple sources – May, 2016
National news picked up a story on a report headed by Fred Rivara, MD, MPH. The report demonstrated that bullying is a public health problem, zero tolerance policies were insufficient, and emphasized the short- and long- term consequences for children who are bullied. The report was covered by the following media (partial list):
Bullying: Serious, Lasting Psychological Consequences; Medscape (subscription)
*Dr. Rivara’s interview starts at 12:40 and goes to 16:25
NBC 7 News at 4
Report: Bullying is a public health threat, not a rite of passage; FOX 13 Now – Salt Lake City, UT
New report suggests new measures for prevention of bullying; ABC2 News – WMAR Baltimore
RTV 6 Good Morning Indiana
WZVN-FTM (ABC) – Fort Myers, FL; ABC7 News @ 6AM
KDBC (CBS) – El Paso, TX; Morning News
UW Medicine: Report to the Community, UW Medicine Report – March 2015.
The UW Medicine Report to the Community highlights our Pediatric Guideline Adherence and Outcomes Project (PEGASUS), led by HIPRC Director Monica S. Vavilala, MD. It’s on page four.
ParentMap’s 2016 Superheroes!; The safety advocate: Fred Rivara, ParentMap – 2016
Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, long-time member of HIPRC, was honored a ParentMap Magazine’s SuperHero for 2016.
“The world is a safer place thanks to Dr. Fred Rivara,” says his Seattle Children’s colleague Elizabeth Bennett. “From bike helmets to sports concussions to gun violence and more, Dr. Rivara has conducted research resulting in fewer serious injuries and deaths. When your doctor talks to you and your family about safety, chances are they have learned from and been influenced by Dr. Rivara. He is a world leader in injury prevention.”
City Inside/Out: Seattle Gun Tax. Seattle Channel – February 1, 2016.
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, of HIPRC and the UW School of Public Health, participated in a panel discussion concerning the effectivess, future, and constitutionality of Seattle’s firearm and ammo tax. While making it clear the he and HIPRC don’t hold a public opinion about the constitutionality of the tax, Dr. Rowhani made clear and convincing arguments that firearm research is both effective and necessary.
Guns, Car Crashes and Drugs Cut US Male Life Expectancy by a Year, Research Says. The Guardian – February 9, 2016.
In an article focusing on new research from the CDC that shows a significant decrease in average life expectancy due solely to guns, drugs, and car crashes, Dr. Frederick Rivara said that “guns are an enormous public health problem and we have to do what we can to address that…”
Seattle scientist still pushes to lift funding ban on gun-violence studies. The Seattle Times – February 10, 2016.
The Seattle Times features Dr. Fred Rivara‘s decades long efforts to secure funding for and conduct firearm-violence research.
“I think it’s a perennial problem, and the scientific community is becoming more aware of it in general, not just the few of us who do gun research,” Rivara said.
Expanding the Gun Violence Conversation. The Daily – February 11, 2016.
University of Washington’s student paper, The Daily, ran this article covering HIPRC’s expanding community outreach role, in particular with regards to firearm suicide. The story features interviews with HIPRC Director Dr. Monica S. Vavilala and HIPRC facutly Dr. Joseph Simonetti.
“First, self-harm can be committed in several different ways and we’ll offer resources to prevent suicides related specifically to those different mechanisms, such as firearm- and medication-related suicide,” Simonetti said. “Second, there are a number of existing suicide prevention resources targeting specific groups in the U.S. such as military Veterans. This platform will direct interested people to resources specific to their peers.
Harborview: Prevent Gun Violence by Locking Up Guns. NBC – King 5 News –January 5, 2016
HIPRC Director, Monica S. Vavilala, MD was a featured interview on the Seattle-area news station King 5, where she makes it clear that there is no proven link between mass shootings and mental health. Rather, she says, the only way to ensure our safety is to keep guns locked up.
UW Faculty Members Join Inslee in Gun Violence Announcement. UW Today – January 6, 2016
HIPRC Director, Dr. Monica S. Vavilala, stood alongside Washington State Governor Jay Inslee as he announced a groundbreaking initiative to combat gun violence across the state.
Washington Reviews Safe Gun Storage Interventions. Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health – January 21, 2016
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar was featured on the ASPPH website.
“One of the most important things we learned while conducting the study is that we don’t know very much,” Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar said. “There is a void in rigorously conducted randomized controlled trials surrounding this topic.”
The Missing Data on Gun Violence. The Atlantic – January 21, 2016.
Dr. Frederick Rivara Spoke With the Atlantic about the dearth of gun research and the state of federal funding for firearm research.
“It’s very concerning that there’s been an attack on science and the ability to carry that out,” said Fred Rivara, a professor at the University of Washington who helped conduct a study on guns in the home in the early 1990s. “It’s resulted in a sort of stalemate in terms of being able to develop effective policy.”
Native America Calling – Traumatic Brain Injuries. Koahnic Broadcast Corporation – January 26, 2016.
HIPRC fellow, Dr. Molly Fuentes, participated in an hour-long, nationally syndicated radio show, Native America Calling. She talked about her research surrounding traumatic brain injuries, particularly among American Indian populations, in addition to fielding calls from listeners
The Fight Over a Tax That Could Curb Gun Violence. Seattle Met Magazine – December 28, 2015.
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar is the feature in a Seattle Met magazine article discussing the City of Seattle’s efforts to curb gun violence. The article discusses HIPRC’s work over the decades. Appeared online and in print.
KUOW’s Bill Radke spoke with Laura Fraade-Blanar, a graduate student at the University of Washington studying the link between aging and crash risks, about when and how to have those tough conversations.Listen to the conversation here
New approach treats victims of gun violence with methods for handling substance abuse: Harborview Medical Center officials hope to cut down on return visits to their emergency department with the methodology, Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine – November 6, 2015
Dr. Fred Rivara is interviewed in this article in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, published by the American Hospital Association. The article examines a gun violence intervention to be implemented by HIPRC faculty and discusses the governments effective prohibition on funding gun violence research.
How many guns are in America? A web of state secrecy means no one knows, The Guardian – October 27, 2015
In this Guardian article on the absence of government support for gun research, HIPRC co-founder Dr. Fred Rivara speaks about the availability, or lack thereof, of gun records.
Seattle Times Uses HIPRC Data in Forming Op-Ed, Seattle Times – October 2nd, 2015
On October 3, 2015, The Seattle Times Editorial board published an Op-Ed which simultaneously lauded the city for its efforts, but asked for more to be done to better understand and curb firearm violence in Seattle. The editorial comes on the heels of the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in early October. “While these shootings are emotional bombshells, everyday gun violence is claiming too many lives, as well. From January to September, shooting in Seattle of topped 300 – up almost 30 percent from the same period last year,” writes the board.
The op-ed was written to demonstrate support for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s recent budget proposal, which included $275,000 to fund a prevention project to be implemented by HIPRC and Harborview Medical Center. In late August, the article says, Seattle City Council passed a new tax on firearms and ammunition sold in city limits – though the city is being sued by gun rights lobbyists aiming to repeal the tax. “Nevermind the fact that taxpayers paid an estimated $12 million last year for gunshot victims treated at Harborview. Even if the legal challenge should prove successful, the city should continue funding gun-data analysis and prevention.”
Dr. Frederick Rivara on Guns, Police Chases, Various – September, 2015
Dr. Frederick Rivara spoke to Seattle’s KOMO News about the shooting, saying that we don’t live in a more violent society, just one with more guns. In national press, Rivara speaks to WIRED magazine about the difficulty in researching firearms with Congress’ effective prohibition on gun research. He was also quoted in a USA Today article on the shortcomings of national level counts on deadly police pursuits.
Dr. Doug Zatzick aids community in understanding PTSD, Various – September, 2015
Following the shooting in Roseburg, Dr. Douglas Zatzick, HIPRC’s expert on trauma psychiatry, shared tips with KING5 News and KUOW News and Information Radio on recognizing PTSD and offered advice for students returning to school.
Dr. Monica Vavilala tells KUOW about DOJ Funding, KUOW – September 22nd, 2015
HIPRC director, Dr. Monica Vavilala, was interviewed by KUOW to share how the Center will pilot an intervention with gun shot victims at Harborview Medical Center. “Dr. Monica Vavilala runs the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. She said the hope is to prevent the patients from returning with another gunshot wound. The grant helps, but the hospital still has to raise more money to launch the program.”
Dr. Beth Ebel on Car Seats and Booster Seats, The Republic – August 2015
Core Member Beth Ebel, M.D., MPH, discusses the challenges when parents don’t know or understand booster seat and car seat guidelines. (Note: Dr. Ebel’s name is misspelled in the article).
Dr. Fred Rivara on Gun Violence, Seattle Times, Public Radio International, Business Insider and Smithsonian.com – July, 2015
HIPRC Core Member Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) was interviewed by the Seattle Times about two upcoming city bills which would tax gun and ammunition sales and require mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms to law enforcement. The proposed tax would generate an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 annually, which would be dedicated to gun violence prevention programs and research. Rivara explained that it would be enough to “fund a two-year gunshot-victim-intervention program and study at Harborview.” He cited 2014 HIPRC research which found that gunshot victims run a higher risk of future gun injury, and explained that intervention programs can work. Rivara was also featured in articles by Public Radio International, Business Insider, and Smithsonian.com commenting on the renewal of a congressional ban on gun violence research, which was backed by the National Rifle Association. The amendment would have allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the underlying causes of gun violence. The National Rifle Association accused the CDC of trying to use science to promote gun control explained Rivara in both articles. He said: “As a result of that, many, many people stopped doing gun research, [and] the number of publications on firearm violence decreased dramatically…It was really chilling in terms of our ability to conduct research on this very important problem.”
Dr. Beth Ebel Provides Water Safety Tips, Detroit Free Press – July 3rd, 2015
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4. HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was recently interviewed by the Detroit Free Press on swimming and water safety. In the article, she explained that drowning “…[is] quick and quiet. You don’t hear it and you don’t always see it.” For parents who want to use floatation devices to keep kids safe while swimming or boating, buying the proper life vest is only half the battle—they must be worn as well. “They’re a lot like bike helmets,” Ebel said. “The ones that don’t work are the ones that aren’t worn.”
Dr. Brian Johnston Provides Summer Safety Tips, UW Medicine HealthWorks – June, 2015
In the U.S., nearly half of all unintentional, injury-related deaths among children (14 and under) occur during the summer. HIPRC Associate Member and Chief of Pediatrics at HMC, Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services) provided simple safety tips for families in UW Medicine’s June HealthWorks. “…by teaching and practicing accident prevention, parents and guardians can help their children enjoy the warm weather months more safely at home and outdoors,” said Johnston.
Dr. Beth Ebel on How to Avoid Distracted Driving, UW Medicine HealthWork – June, 2015
Motor vehicle injuries remain the leading cause of death for Americans under 35, and distracted driving is one of the biggest risk factors. HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was recently interviewed about HIPRC’s recent study on distracted driving for UW Medicine’s June HealthWorks. She provided this tip in the article: “We all need to recognize that driving while talking on a handheld device or texting while we’re at the wheel is driving impaired. It’s dangerous, illegal and unnecessary — so make it a habit to mute your phone, put it away and then relax, enjoy your drive and get home safely.”
Dr. Eileen Bulger on Firework Safety, News Tribune – July 2nd, 2015
As the nation geared up for the Fourth of July weekend, HIPRC Core Member Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS (Professor of Surgery) urged families to think about firework safety. In 2014, from July 3 to July 5, doctors at Harborview Medical Center saw 40 people with fireworks-related injuries, a third of which were children. “These are often life-changing injuries,” said Bulger in a July 2 News Tribune article on firework safety. “You can lose digits on your hand, you could lose your whole hand. You could lose sight in an eye.” Injuries can even result in death, as was the case in 2014.
Dr. Beth Ebel on Sedative Hypnotic Medication Use and the Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash, Various – June, 2015
HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) and HIPRC Associate Member Ryan Hansen, PhD, PharmD (Acting Assistant Professor of Pharmacy) recently published a study on the association between sedative use and motor vehicle crash risk, which has been picked up by NBC News, Health Day, and NBC Nightly News.
Dr. Beth Ebel on Pediatric Window Falls, Various – May, 2015
HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) spoke at the May 21st Press Conference on Children Falling Out of Windows. King 5 and Kiro 7 News have both quoted Dr. Ebel on the hazards of screens without locks or guards in their articles about pediatric window falls during warm weather. The topic has also spurred articles in the Seattle Times. “This is not a supervision problem,” said Dr. Beth Ebel of Harborview’s Injury Prevention and Research Center. “I see parents standing right there, the kid is in front of them, in a fraction of a second the fall occurs.” “Screens are not protective. Many, the majority of window falls we see are kids falling through the screen,” Dr. Ebel said. “That screen is not designed to bear the weight of a child and so the screen and the kid fall out.”
Beth Ebel on Distracted Driving, National Public Radio (NPR) – June 1st, 2015
HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was interviewed by NPR on distracted driving. Dr. Ebel talks about what can distract us when we drive and what happens in our brain when we try to split our attention.
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar on the New Science of Crime, UW Daily – April 8th, 2015
Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) was interviewed for the UW Daily on the new combined field of epidemiology and criminology, or “epicrim”, as he calls it. His research has shown that those who are the victim of a crime involving a firearm are also more likely to commit a crime with a firearm themselves, and the opposite is also true. In other words, it appears those who are shot are more likely to shoot, and those who shoot are more likely to be shot. In this way, the team of doctors and epidemiologists, aided by legal and criminal justice experts, were able to show that the use of firearms is infectious, much like a virus. Together, the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Association, the American Public Health Association, and the ABA have detailed a list of necessary measures to reduce both the health and public health consequences of firearms.
HIPRC T-32 Fellow in the Peruvian Newspaper, El Comercio – March 31st, 2015
PhD Epidemiology student Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH (T-32 Fellow in Pediatrics) recently published a paper titled, “Bus stops and pedestrian–motor vehicle collisions in Lima, Peru: a matched case–control study” in the Injury Prevention journal with Peruvian author, Dr. Jaime Miranda, MD, PhD, MSc (Associate Professor of Medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Director of CRONICAS (Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases)), HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services), HIPRC Associate Members Dr. Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services) and Dr. Linda Ng Boyle, PhD, MS (Professor & Chair of Industrial & Systems Engineering), and retired UW faculty member Dr. Thomas Koepsell, MD, MPH (Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Health Services). The article was picked up in the Peruvian newspaper, El Comercio, which talks about pedestrian fatalities and the dangers of walking in Lima, Peru. El Comercio reported on the details of Dr. Quistberg and Dr. Miranda’s efforts to evaluate the relationship between pedestrian accidents and the public transportation system infrastructure in Lima, Peru, and talks about the dangers they found in placing bus stops and crosswalks on street corners instead of the middle of the road.
Dr. Brian Johnston on Pediatric Window Falls, Seattle Times – May 20th, 2015
The Seattle Times has written an article on pediatric window falls, quoting HIPRC Associate Member and Chief of Pediatrics at HMC, Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services). Statistics show pediatric window falls are a national problem, typically in the warmer spring and summer months. Nearly 5,200 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms after falling out of windows each year, according to a 2011 study in the journal Pediatrics. The Seattle Times article has been cited in similar articles in the Times Union, Voice of the Valley, and the Kentucky Lexington Herald-Leader.
Beth Ebel & Laura Blanar’s Study on Reducing Teen Distracted Driving, Association of School & Programs of Public Health – April 30th, 2015
The Association of School & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) published an article on research by HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) and HIPRC Staff Member Laura Blanar, MHS, PhDc (Research Assistant for Health Services) on reducing teen distracted driving by blocking cell phone use and filming teen drivers. Co-authors include HIPRC Core Member Robert Kaufman, BS (Senior Research Scientist Engineer), HIPRC Staff Member Qian Qiu, MBA (Research Consultant), UW Faculty/Staff Jennifer Maeser (Research Coordinator for Radiology) and Annie Kirk, MPH (Affiliate Instructor of Health Services), and Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Amy Freedheim. They conducted a pilot study of two interventions. One used an in-vehicle camera system that was triggered when teens braked or swerved too hard. A video recorder captured events that parents and teens could review. The second was a device that blocked incoming and outgoing calls and texts when the vehicle was being operated. Read the abstract here.
Beth Ebel Q&A on Cell Phones & Distracted Driving, Seattle Children’s Hospital Bulletin – May 2015
HIPRC Core Member Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) was interviewed by Seattle Children’s Hospital on cell phone use and distracted driving.
Former HIPRC T-32 Injury Fellow, Janessa Graves, on Treadmill Safety and Injury, Various – May 2015
In light of the death of SurveyMonkey CEO, David Goldberg, while on a treadmill, there has been a lot of press regarding treadmill risks and injuries. Janessa Graves, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Nursing at Washington State University) published a paper on emergency department-reported injuries associated with mechanical home exercise equipment that was written during her time at HIPRC. Co-authors include HIPRC Core Members Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics), Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology), and Beth Ebel, MD, MS, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services).
Dr. Graves has been interviewed by many media outlets in the last week on treadmill risks and safety and she has been quoted nationally in articles from the Washington Post, WCVB TV, the Boston Globe, Business Standard, Taking the Kids Blog, and even as far abroad as the New Zealand Herald (NZ) and The Independent (UK). Dr. Graves and Dr. Vavilala were also interviewed for a video segment on the Today Show.
Paul Nevin on PRONTO, Seattle Times – April 24th, 2015
New HIPRC Staff Member Paul Nevin, BA (MPH Global Health student) wrote an article that was on the front page of the Seattle Times on birth-simulation training in Kenya by PRONTO International, a Seattle-based organization that is partnered with the University of Washington. The training sessions use low-tech, but realistic teaching tools to recreate the chaos often found in Kenya’s overburdened maternity wards.
Dr. Fred Rivara quoted on guns and youth suicide, NPR – March 9th, 2015
NPR reported on a recently published analysis of longitudinal trends in suicide rates by rural and urban areas between 1996-2010 shows that for young people between the ages of 10-24, the suicide rates in rural areas are nearly double those of urban areas. The number of young people committing suicide by hanging or suffocation has increased, and the number of people using firearms has decreased. But firearms still accounted for the majority of deaths (51%), followed by hanging or suffocation (34%), poisoning (8%), and other means (7%). Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) weighed in on gun violence, youth access to guns, and suicide, in an editorial response to the original publication, and is quoted in the NPR article on the trends in youth suicide.
Some rejected donor hearts are found to be transplant-viable, UW SPH NewsBeat – January 13th, 2015
One in four hearts from people who have experienced brain death are turned down by transplant teams because they appear to pump poorly. But according to new research by HIPRC Members Dr. Vijay Krishnamoorthy, MD (Acting Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology), Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology), Dr. Monica Vavilala, MD (Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology), and 2014 Summer Student Shan Modi, as well as other UW researchers, up to half of these hearts may still be suitable for transplant if given sufficient time to recover from the flood of neurotransmitters, inflammatory chemicals and hormones released by a damaged brain. “This is a small study,” said study co-author Dr. Krishnamoorthy, “but it suggests that we shouldn’t decide whether to use a heart on the basis of just one early evaluation, particularly in young people who are unlikely to have heart disease.”
Push for New Distracted Driving Laws for WA State, King 5 – January 23rd, 2015
Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) is featured in a video segment and interview on distracted driving in Washington State. Dr. Ebel states that, “Our current law talks about a ban on texting. But it doesn’t say much about posting to Facebook or checking your stock trades.” Dr. Ebel and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are pushing lawmakers to increase penalties add restrictions to what drivers can do with their phone on the road.
How a Law Might Keep You From Facebooking While Driving, KUOW – February 12th, 2015
Distracted driving and cell phone use are working their way further into law. Listen to Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) explain why she supports the Washington Senate bill that would expand the current distracted driving laws to include a ban of all use of a handheld device while driving.
WA Study Finds Suicidal Teens Have Easy Access to Firearms, Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health – January 15th, 2015
Dr. Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH (Senior Fellow Trainee of Medicine) has recently published an article in JAMA Psychiatry on a study that shows that more than 40% of American teenagers who lived in a home with a gun had easy access, despite public health recommendations on limiting firearms access, especially given that firearms are the second most common means of suicide among adolescents. Co-authors include Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology), and Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology).
Push for New Distracted Driving Laws for WA State, King 5 – January 23rd, 2015
Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) is featured in a video segment and interview on distracted driving in Washington State. Dr. Ebel states that, “Our current law talks about a ban on texting. But it doesn’t say much about posting to Facebook or checking your stock trades.” Dr. Ebel and the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission are pushing lawmakers to increase penalties add restrictions to what drivers can do with their phone on the road.
Despite Rise in Antidote Access, Heroin Overdoses Still an Issue in King County, KUOW – January 2nd, 2015
HIPRC Associate Member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW (Affiliate Assistant Professor of Health Services) was interviewed by KUOW about the issue of heroin overdoses in King County, despite a rise in antidote access.
Using Epidemiology to Investigate Crime, UW SPH News – December 23rd, 2014
The article, titled talks about Fan’s enrollment in the UW Epidemiology PhD program and how the rigorous training could help her better understand pressing issues such as gun violence, fatal use of force by police, and illicit drug use. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, PhD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) is quoted on the history of the term “epidemiological criminology”.
The Challenge of Defining Rape, The New York Times – October 11th, 2014.
HIPRC core member Mary D. Fan, JD, MPhil (Professor of Law) has been quoted in a NY Times article titled, “The Challenge of Defining Rape”. As states across the country try to figure out how to more effectively address the problem of sexual assault, they are looking at the definition of sexual misconduct and what that entails. For example, until 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) still considered rape a crime committed solely against women, a definition that has since been expanded. Defining consent, especially when there is alcohol involved, is also a challenge to amending sexual assault laws. In some parts of the country, not just force, but resistance is required for an act to qualify as rape. In such cases, merely saying “no” would not in itself be considered sufficient resistance. The article goes into detail on how different states are changing or considering changing their laws as they pertain to sexual assault, such as dropping the requirement of proof of physical aggression (several states), eliminating spousal exemptions from rape (Washington), needing affirmative rather than negative consent (New Jersey, California universities, New York universities), or considering surrounding circumstances (New York).
Are Restraining Orders an Answer to Mass Violence?, The Wall Street Journal – May 27th, 2014
HIPRC core member Mary D. Fan, JD, MPhil (Professor of Law) was quoted in a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) Blog article titled, “Are Restraining Orders an Answer to Mass Violence?”. Under federal law and many state laws, people guilty of a felony or misdemeanor domestic-violence crime are banned from owning guns, but according to Fan, many domestic-violence incidents do not end up in court. Her ideal solution is for courts to issue restraining orders that allow for a forced disarming. However, these restraining orders aren’t issued frequently enough, for reasons that include: fear of retaliation for getting a protective order, lack of resources, mistrust of the judicial system, and general misunderstanding that protective orders are ineffective. Fan says that the way to overcome this is to better train law-enforcement to educate and encourage domestic-violence victims to seek a restraining order. The article quotes her paper, “Disarming the Dangerous: Preventing Extraordinary and Ordinary Violence”, soon to be published in the Indiana Law Journal.
Injury Lists Grow Longer, and High School Seasons are Cut Short, The New York Times – October 29th, 2014
Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) was quoted in an article in the NY Times about increased concussion awareness, how high school sports injuries are handled, and the impact of sidelining players. More and more high school sports teams have been unable to play due to injuries, forcing teams to forfeit games or even cut playing seasons short by cancelling games altogether. There has also been an increase in concerns about injuring fellow players in practice, causing participation numbers to drop.
Firearm Violence Prevention Leadership Summit Summary, King County – October 29th, 2014
Dr. Fred Rivara and Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar were among the leaders of the Firearm Violence Prevention Leadership Summit, sponsored by King County DOH, Seattle Mayor’s office, and King County Executive’s office. This summit created a common understanding of existing data that can be used for the development of strategies and actions to prevent firearm violence.
Among the data presented at the summit:
- More than 130 people die each year in King County as a result of firearm use, meaning more people in King County are killed by gun violence than by car crashes.
- An estimated 26,500 households in King County store at least one firearm that is unlocked and loaded.
- 14% of King County high school students say it would be easy for them to get a handgun if they wanted.
- 68 children were lost to gun violence in King County from 1999-2012—two-thirds were murdered, and one-third died by their own hand because they could get hold of a firearm.
Strategies and actions discussed at the summit include youth violence prevention, domestic violence prevention, suicide prevention, and data sharing.
Roll Call Video on Distracted Driving Enforcement Published – December 21st, 2014
This video was created in part by Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services) in order to encourage law enforcement of distraction. We will have a shorter version more geared for the public and lawmakers. Thanks to James Waugh, Jenn Maeser, Rob Kaufman, Annie Phare, Amy Freedheim, Angie Ward, and all the folks who helped to make this video possible.
Inside Harborview: An elite emergency team fights to mend broken bodies and minds, The Seattle Times – September 28th, 2014
HIPRC Core Member Dr. Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS (Professor of Surgery) was on the cover of the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine on Sunday, September 28th. The article, titled, “Inside Harborview: An elite emergency team fights to mend broken bodies and minds,” is about the experience of working on the front lines of health care at Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department and the mixture of pride and the emotional toll that comes with working in emergency medicine.
Close Up: A Look at the People of SPH, University of Washington School of Public Health – September, 2014
Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar MD, MPH, PhD (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology) was interviewed by the University of Washington School of Public Health publication, Close Up: A Look at the People of SPH, where he talks about his medical training in Iran, what brought him to the University of Washington, and his research on vaccines, gun violence, the effects of marijuana on driving, and concussions.
HIPRC Joins Collaboration on Distracted and Impaired Driving Prevention, Children’s Safety Network – July 10th, 2014
Congratulations to HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services), on her acceptance to the Children’s Safety Network (CSN) Community of Practice (CoP) on Distracted and Impaired Driving Prevention (DID). The CoP collaboration between DOH, WTSC, law enforcement, and HIPRC for national best practices will begin in September, 2014 and run through August, 2015.
This CoP will explore the prevention of motor vehicle crashes which impact children and youth through strategies, programs, research, and legislation related to:
- Distraction by passengers
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Eating, drinking, and grooming while driving
- Impaired driving from illicit drugs
- Impaired driving from marijuana
- Impaired driving from prescription/over the counter drugs
- Technology/cell phone use while driving
An interview with author Dr. Monica S. Vavilala, MD (Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology), is available online at: https://soundcloud.com/jordan-amadio/interview-with-dr-monica-vavilala-aug-2014-neurosurgery-journal-club-host-dr-jordan-amadio
Sewage Test: Will you smoke pot now that it’s legal?, KOMO 4 News – 2014
KOMO 4 News interviewed Dan Burgard, PhD (Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puget Sound) about his study on how much marijuana use in Washington State may change after legalization, by measuring THC metabolites in sewage (wastewater). They are testing samples collected months ago from undisclosed sewage treatment plants in Washington State to determine the level of marijuana use before it became legal to buy. They’ll take comparative samples again after retail stores are fully up and running. Even though drug use can only be determined at a population level, not individual, concerns about using information obtained without consent were raised. HIPRC Associate Member Caleb Banta-Green, PhD, MPH, MSW (Affiliate Assistant Professor for Health Services), is quoted as saying: “Anybody with a good chemist in any level of government can already do this. If law enforcement wanted to do this and had the proper domain to do that, they could do it. I can’t stop them from doing it. What I can do as a scientist is say ‘here’s what I’m doing.’ I think the thing that’s important is the population level in order to inform good health responses.”Banta-Green used this method to test wastewater samples from 96 Oregon communities in 2008, and found that meth was used in every single one of them. He has said that testing wastewater can show which drug policies are wasting money and which are working, which could possibly mean spending less money on police, courts and jails.
HIPRC publication “Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries” in the news, Various – 2014
Since publication in the American Journal of Public Health, the article, “Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries” by Janessa Graves, PhD (Assistant Professor of Nursing, Washington State University and former HIPRC Pediatric Injury Research Fellow) and Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology), has been cited in articles in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, Boston Magazine, the Smithsonian Magazine, KPLU, and on National Public Radio (NPR).
The study evaluated the effect of North American public bicycle share programs, which typically do not offer helmets with rentals, on the occurrence of bicycle-related head injuries, analyzing trauma center data for bicycle-related injuries from five cities with public bicycle share programs and five comparison cities. Results suggest that steps should be taken to make helmets available with public bicycle share programs. Helmet availability should be incorporated into public bicycle share program planning and funding, not considered as an afterthought following implementation.
Mandatory life jacket rule saves lives, Reuters – July 3rd, 2014
HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Linda Quan, MD (Professor of Pediatrics), an emergency pediatrician at Seattle Children’s Hospital, was interviewed by Reuters Health on the recent Victoria, Australia life jacket study. Drowning deaths among boaters in Victoria, Australia, fell from almost 60 in the years before a law required everyone to wear a “personal flotation device”, to 16 afterwards, according to a new study. Educational campaigns encouraging life-jacket use may not be enough to get all boaters to wear the vests at all times, but making it mandatory does make a difference, the study team writes in the journal Injury Prevention. “Why are life jackets important? Because people don’t float,” Dr. Quan told Reuters Health.
Dr. Quan was not involved in the study but has examined how changes to the law in Washington state requiring life jackets to be worn by water skiers and others being towed and by boaters on personal watercraft, or jet skis, as well as by children 12 and under in small vessels, has improved life-jacket use. Dr. Quan was interviewed by Reuters Health in February regarding her own study on Washington state boater safety (“Life-Jacket Laws Spur Use, Could Prevent Drownings”). The latest Reuters Health article, “Mandatory Life Jackets Rule Saves Lives,” has been picked up by several other news sources, such as YAHOO! News, Bangor Daily News, WTAQ, WNFL AM, Darientel, Pediatric Safety, Latest News,News Fresh Today, MC-TV
NCAA, DoD launch concussion study, NCAA – May 29th, 2014
The NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium has announced a new $30 million Longitudinal Clinical Study Core that will be the most comprehensive study of concussion and head impact exposure ever conducted. HIPRC Core Member Dr. Sara Chrisman, MD, MPH (Acting Assistant Professor of Pediatrics) will be participating in this study as one of the 12-15 university and military sites. The study will be ongoing from 6/1/2014-5/31/2017.
When parents are injured, children may get PTSD, Reuters – June 4th, 2014
A study published by HIPRC Core Members Dr. Fred Rivara, MD, MPH, (Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology) and Dr. Douglas Zatzick (Professor of Psychiatry), HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Jamie Shandro, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine), and staff member Jin Wang, PhD, MS (Research Consultant/Statistician for Pediatrics) regarding PTSD in uninjured children with severely injured parents was picked up by Reuters news service. The study was published in Pediatrics (published ahead of print June 2, 2014, doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-3273)
HIPRC Faculty Offer Tips for a Safe Summer & 4th of July, University of Washington – May 30th, 2014
HIPRC Associate Member Dr. Brian Johnston, MD, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services) offers summer safety and injury prevention tips for adults and children in an online UW publication, The Whole U. The article also highlights the distracted driver study and the dangers of texting while driving by HIPRC Core Member Dr. Beth Ebel, MD, MSc, MPH (Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services).