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Should the U.S. look at gun violence as a public health issue?

CBS News, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

For more than two decades, Congress has restricted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding public health research into gun violence. Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a former recipient of CDC funding to study gun violence, argues that the U.S. needs to go back to looking at the issue from a public health perspective.

Washington: Genetic variants found to raise infection risk among HIV-exposed people

ASPPH, Thursday, December 7, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health have pinpointed genetic variants that markedly increase HIV infection risk among people exposed to the virus. Co-authors of this study included adjunct professor Connie Celum, and professor Jared Baeten.

Washington faculty member wins national award for leadership in maternal and child health

ASPPH, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dr. Daniel Enquobahrie, associate professor of epidemiology, received the 2017 Loretta P. Lacey Academic Leadership Award for excellence in teaching and leadership in maternal and child health (MCH). The award was presented by the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health at an event in Atlanta on November 5.

Years Before heading offshore, herpes researcher experimented on people In U.S.

The Washington Post, Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, Southern Illinois University associate professor William Halford vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law, a Kaiser Health News investigation has found. Professor Anna Wald, a herpes expert, shares her thoughts.

Washington faculty member leads study to identify metastatic breast cancer differences

ASPPH, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Researchers have identified differences in tumor characteristics and survival in women diagnosed with de novo stage IV metastatic breast cancer compared to those with recurrent metastatic breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Lead author Dr. Judith Malmgren, president of HealthStat Consulting, Inc. and affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health is quoted.

If we can’t stop gun violence, we can plan for it

Crosscut, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

That America repeatedly witnesses such bloodshed and cannot seem to change course is one of our nation’s saddest legacies. We have become so inured to gun violence that we plan around it instead of planning to stop it. Part of that plan is Stop the Bleed, a national campaign to teach the public how to stop potentially fatal bleeding. (Yes, that is our reality today.) Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor, co-authored this piece with Monica S. Vavilala and Eileen Bulger from UW Medicine and the Harborview Injury Prevention Center.

High levels of air pollution in the U.S. is linked to psychological stress, study says

Mic, Monday, November 13, 2017

Toxic air is already a serious problem for Americans. Every year, about 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer an early death because of air pollution, according to a 2013 study, and poisonous particles have also been connected to lung and heart disease. Now, a recent study from the University of Washington discovered a higher rate of mental distress in high-pollution areas. Dr. Anjum Hajat, as assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

3 million Americans carry loaded handguns every day

The Daily, Thursday, November 9, 2017

A new UW study found that 3 million Americans carry loaded handguns on their person every day. This means an average of one out of every 100 people you see every day has a loaded handgun on them. In reality, this number can be much higher or much lower depending upon the state you live in. Lead author Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Most mole biopsies are benign, says text analysis of EMRs

UW Medicine, Thursday, November 9, 2017

The great majority of biopsied moles pose no danger, according to an analysis of 80,000 skin samples that employed natural language processing (NLP) software to glean patient data and generate population-level estimates of diagnoses. The findings were published in JAMA Dermatology. The multi-site investigation involved Drs. Michael Piepkorn and Joann Elmore, faculty physicians at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Elmore is also an epidemiologist with the UW School of Public Health.

‘We need to act as cities’ — what Seattle can do about gun violence

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

In the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Texas, local politicians are joining the national chorus of voices — yet again — calling for substantive measures to address America’s gun violence problem. Seattle’s likely mayor-elect and former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan called for municipal-level action on the issue in a statement made on Monday: “With no leadership from this Congress or our legislature, we need to act as cities,” she said. But what does Seattle leadership on preventing gun violence look like? Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted.