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Breastfed babies are more likely to be right handed

Medical Newser, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Babies who are breast fed for a longer duration are more likely to be right handed finds a new study. The study titled, ‘Breastfeeding and handedness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data’, by Philippe P. Hujoel, adjunct professor in the UW Department of Epidemiology, is published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition.

Hate crimes disproportionately affect blacks, minorities

UW Medicine, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hispanic and black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared with non-Hispanic whites, according to a new study from the University of Washington. “The society we live in has a bias that disenfranchises minorities and people of color,” said Robert Tessler, who led this study as a master’s student in epidemiology.

Cancer deaths decline 27% over 25 years

The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Deaths from cancer dropped 27% over a quarter century, meaning an estimated 2.6 million fewer people died of the disease during that period, according to a new report from researchers at the American Cancer Society. Despite this positive forward movement, UW professor of epidemiology Noel Weiss notes that, "that there is still a long way to go ... cancer is still one of the leading causes of death among Americans." (Paid Article Access)

Nearly all of Seattle's soda tax is being passed on to consumers, new report shows

The Seattle Times, Monday, January 7, 2019

Nearly 100% of Seattle's new tax on the distribution of sweetened beverages has been passed on to consumers through higher in-store prices, a new report estimates. But some taxed beverages have increased in price more than others and some stores have increased their prices more than others, according to the report by University of Washington researchers, including Department of Epidemiology associate professor Jesse Jones-Smith.

UW study: long-term breastfeeding sheds light on whether an infant becomes right- or left-handed

UW News, Monday, January 7, 2019

Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The study found that the prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants as compared to bottle-fed infants. “We think breastfeeding optimizes the process the brain undergoes when solidifying handedness,” said Philippe Hujoel, the study’s author, a professor at the UW’s School of Dentistry and an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.

Public perceptions of suicide, homicide frequency often incorrect

The Nation's Health, Thursday, January 3, 2019

Most Americans do not know that suicide, often involving firearms, is twice as prevalent as homicide in the U.S. A study published in October in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that most people in the U.S. could not identify the most most common cause of violent death in their state.

Washington state teens are toking less since cannabis was legalized, new study says

The Seattle Times, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cannabis use by teenagers in Washington has dropped since the drug was legalized in 2012, according to a study published Wednesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Julia Dilley, a graduate from the Department of Epidemiology, co-authored the study.

Scientists think Alabama’s sewage problem has caused a tropical parasite. The state has done little about it

VICE News, Monday, December 17, 2018

Until recently, there was little reason to suspect that hookworms could pose a risk for Lowndes County residents; the gut parasite is usually found in developing countries. But in 2017, researchers published a study that revealed that, out of a small group of county residents, 34 percent were infected, a finding that contributed to a United Nations official calling out the United States for the persistence of “extreme poverty” within its borders. Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology Judd Walson is quoted. 

Air pollution may worsen brain function in HIV-infected children

Global Environmental Health Newsletter, Saturday, December 15, 2018

The combination of air pollution and HIV infection may have a greater detrimental impact on the cognitive abilities of school-aged children than exposure to either factor alone, according to an NIEHS-funded study led by UW Department of Epidemiology PhD student Megan Suter. The findings, published in January 2018 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, also reveal an alarmingly high prevalence of air pollution exposure, regardless of HIV status, in children living in urban settings in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Shootings are contagious: Prosecutors study King County gun violence from a public-health angle

The Seattle Times, Monday, December 10, 2018

The county is using the data to advance an emerging perspective on gun violence: that people shooting one another is as much a threat to public health as it is a problem for law enforcement. They are viewing gun violence through a public-health lens and, for the first time, analyzing the relationships between victims, witnesses and perpetrators of gun violence the same way an epidemiologist studies the spread of contagious disease. It’s a philosophy that’s gained traction in King County and across the country. Research from the UW Department of Epidemiology is mentioned.