One Health approach essential to controlling public health threats
Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be deadly to both humans and dogs, but diagnosing a dog with the tickborne illness does not guarantee that the owner will be examined for it, even though he or she may have been exposed to the infection through the same environmental risk factors. Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, adjunct associate professor of epidemiology, has used Rocky Mountain spotted fever as an example when talking with clinicians about the need for a collaborative effort between different disciplines.
Fine particles in traffic pollution tied to lower ‘good’ cholesterol
People who live near sources of heavy traffic exhaust may be at higher risk of heart disease because the fine particles in this type of pollution lower levels of “good” cholesterol needed for healthy blood flow, a U.S. study suggests. Epi PhD alumni, Giffith Bell, led the study and is quoted in the story.
Sugary-drinks tax could be in Seattle’s future; here’s how it’s working in Berkeley
A new study of Berkeley’s tax on sugary drinks, the first in the nation, suggests it may be accomplishing its goals. The findings come as Seattle weighs a proposal for a similar tax here. Professor Adam Drewnowski weighs in on Seattle's proposal.
Crooked bite may indicate early life stress, UW study suggests
New research from University of Washington investigators suggests that an asymmetric lower face is a novel marker that also captures early life stresses that occur after birth. Adjunct professor, Philippe Hujoel, led the study.
'Bad' air may impact 'good' cholesterol increasing heart disease risk
Traffic-related air pollution may increase cardiovascular disease risk by lowering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as "good" cholesterol, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Epi PhD alumni, Giffith Bell, led the study.
Risk of a rare but deadly mouse-borne virus increases in the spring
As the weather warms and people turn to spring cleaning and outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, they need to beware of a rare but deadly virus that is spread through mouse droppings and kills up to 40 percent of people who become infected, public health officials said. Jeff Duchin, adjunct professor and public health officer for Public Health Seattle and King County, is quoted.
F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers
The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the selling of genetic tests to consumers that measure disease risk. This tylpe of testing would allow provide people with information on their likelikhood of contracting ceratin diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Adjunct professor of epidemiology Gail Jarvik is quoted.
Mom's birthplace can affect her baby's birth weight
A new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health found that within certain racial and ethnic groups, women born outside the United States had a lower risk of having a low birth weight baby than their native-born counterparts, even after controlling for common pregnancy complications. PhD candidate Paige Wartko, who led the study, was quoted.
Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Catherine Stehman-Breen, M.D., M.S. as Chief Medical Officer
Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of unique RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare neuromuscular diseases, today announced the appointment of Catherine Stehman-Breen, M.D., M.S., as chief medical officer. Dr. Stehman-Breen is an alumna of the Department of Epidemiology.
Washington: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birth Weight Differ by Maternal Birthplace
A UW-led study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal found that within certain racial and ethnic groups, women born outside the U.S. had a lower risk of having a low birth weight baby than their native-born counterparts, even after controlling for common pregnancy complications. PhD candidate Paige Wartko, who led the study, was quoted.