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Washington study shows big gains in HIV care in U.S., but disparities remain

ASPPH, Thursday, September 6, 2018

Improved treatment has nearly tripled viral suppression rates among people living with HIV in the United States over the past two decades, but disparities still exist for younger and African-American patients, according to a new study from the University of Washington. Research associate professor, Chris Delaney, and epi doctoral students Robin Nance and Bridget Whitney co-authored the paper.

Washington researchers identify risk markers for firearm injury in Seattle

ASPPPH, Thursday, August 23, 2018

An individual’s history of substance use, mental disorder and arrest can indicate an elevated risk of getting shot, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The study was part of Dr. Brianna Mills’ doctoral dissertation.

Just how unhealthy is the wildfire smoke hanging over Kitsap County?

Kitsap Sun, Tuesday, August 21, 2018

As a steady haze of wildfire smoke settled over Kitsap in recent weeks, health officials have repeatedly warned people to stay indoors due to unhealthy conditions. But what does "unhealthy" mean? Professor of epidemiology Joel Kaufman is interviewed.

‘Red flags’ show who is most at risk of being shot in Seattle

My Northwest, Monday, August 20, 2018

There are “risk markers” that can indicate who in Seattle will likely be injured by a gun from suicide, unintentionally being shot, fired upon by police, or as a result of a crime. Epi alumna, Dr. Brianna Mills, led the study and is mentioned. 

High temperatures and air pollution may increase risk of mental illness, suicide

The Revelator, Monday, August 20, 2018

For decades research has shown that heat stress negatively affects the body and exacerbates psychiatric illness; now it turns out the biological impacts of air pollution are no different. Common air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, ozone and particulate matter not only irritate the lungs but can also trigger immune responses throughout the body and reach the brain through the bloodstream, causing neuroinflammation. Assistant professor of epidemiology Anjum Hajat is interviewed.

Catherine Karr praised for contributions to improving children’s health in The Lancet

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Monday, August 20, 2018

Catherine Karr, an adjunct professor of epidemiology, is working to improve children’s health using a community engaged approach. A recent article in The Lancet lauds her for her accomplishments.

Who is more likely to be shot by police?

Medical Research, Friday, August 17, 2018

Dr. Brianna Mills, Epi alumna and research scientist at the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center is interviewed about her recent study that found that a majority of people shot during an assault or by police were either arrested or hospitalized in the two years prior to their injury. Compared to the control group, people shot by police were 22 times more likely to have a conduct disorder, 11 times more likely to have been diagnosed with a marijuana use disorder, and 7 times more likely to have a felony arrest, psychosis diagnosis, or depression/anxiety diagnosis. 

Washington report: Residents support Seattle soda tax

ASPPH, Thursday, August 16, 2018

A majority of Seattle residents supported the city’s new tax on sweetened beverages as it took effect, and saw it as a way to improve the public’s health, finds a new baseline report led by Epi professor Jessica Jones-Smith.

UW students, faculty break barriers and build bridges at the AIDS 2018 Conference

UW Department of Global Health, Wednesday, August 15, 2018

More than 30 UW researchers, including Department of Epidemiology faculty and students, participated in the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) — the world’s largest global gathering on HIV and AIDS — to share ground-breaking science aimed at helping to address the most pressing challenges in HIV/AIDS. The conference offered an important opportunity to strengthen policies and programs around the world that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic.

How Seattle felt about soda tax before it became reality

My Northwest, Thursday, August 9, 2018

An analysis of the sweetened beverage tax, aka soda tax, was carried out by researchers at the University of Washington and with Seattle Children’s Health. The result is a 257-page report on initial perceptions of the tax before it was implemented. Seattle was compared to cities of similar demographics, such as Minneapolis and the DC metro area, as well as Kent, Federal Way, and Auburn. Professor of epidemiology, Jessica Jones-Smith, is interviewed.