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HPV study could spur new cervical-cancer screening guidelines

UW Medicine Newsroom, Friday, July 13, 2018

Associate professor of epidemiology, Rachel Winer comments on recent results showing that testing for human papillomavirus detects precancerous cells better than the traditional Pap smear.

Doctors are warning that this sexually transmitted infection could be the next big superbug

People, Thursday, July 12, 2018

British doctors are warning about a sexually transmitted infection that could become the next hard-to-treat superbug, thanks to its increasing resistance to traditional antibiotics. They say that the infection, called Mycoplasma genitalium (also known as M. genitalium or simply MG), can cause urinary problems in men and infertility in women, but many Europeans—and Americans—have never even heard of it. Professor Lisa Manhart is quoted.

Washington researchers lead largest study ever on genetic risk for placental abruption

ASPPH, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Scientists from the University of Washington School of Public Health have identified genetic factors that may increase a woman’s risk for placental abruption, a leading cause of maternal and neonatal death. Lead author Dr. Tsegaselassie Workalemahu conducted the study as a doctoral student in the School’s department of epidemiology. 

New research says HPV tests, not pap smears, should be used to detect cervical cancer

King 5, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

For women over 21, the pap smear is an unpleasant and often painful part of a visit to the gynecologist. New research shows that the less-invasive human papillomavirus (HPV) test is a more accurate way of detecting cervical cancer. Rachel Winer, associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Seattle law now requires people to lock up their guns—or face the financial consequences

KUOW, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved an ordinance that requires people in Seattle to store their firearms in a locked container. A study from the Department of Epidemiology is referenced. 

UW has big role in Seattle's safe-storage firearms measure

UW Medicine Newsroom, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Seattle City Council passed legislation Monday requiring gun owners to lock up their guns or face fines up to $10,000 – a policy significantly informed by University of Washington researchers. It will become law 180 days after Mayor Jenny Durkan signs the legislation.

New Seattle law requires gun owners to lock up firearms or face fines

The Stranger, Monday, July 9, 2018

Seattle gun owners could soon face fines or community service for failing to safely store their firearms. A study by the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology is mentioned.

Washington researcher finds links between heroin use and incurable kidney disease

ASPPH, Thursday, July 5, 2018

A University of Washington study strongly associates the injection of “black tar” heroin with an untreatable kidney disease that often leads to dialysis and death. Dr. Bryan Kestenbaum, a professor of nephrology at the UW School of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, led the study.

Does Yakima Valley agriculture trigger asthma? Study aims to find out

Yakima Herald, Friday, June 29, 2018

Asthma was thought to be a disease more prevalent in densely populated urban areas where there’s more pollution from automobiles and large industry. Researchers are now focusing on children with asthma in rural, agricultural areas where fertilizers, pesticides, dust and animal waste may all be triggers. Adjunct professor Katherine Carr is quoted.

Washington researchers take part in international study finding genetic link to psychiatric disorders

ASPPH, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Psychiatric disorders share genetic links, according to a new study of the genomes of more than one million people by the Brainstorm Consortium, which includes researchers from the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine. Professor of Epidemiology Walter Kukull is quoted.