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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.

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.

‘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.

Washington study finds connection between air pollution and mental health

ASPPH, Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine connections between toxic air and obesity, diabetes, and dementia. Now add to that list psychological distress, which University of Washington  researchers have found is also associated with air pollution. The higher the level of particulates in the air, the UW-led study showed, the greater the impact on mental health. Co-author Dr. Anjum Hajat, an assistant professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

How air pollution clouds mental health

University of Washington News, Thursday, November 2, 2017

There is little debate over the link between air pollution and the human respiratory system: Research shows that dirty air can impair breathing and aggravate various lung diseases. Other potential effects are being investigated, too, as scientists examine connections between toxic air and obesity, diabetes and dementia. Now add to that list psychological distress, which University of Washington researchers have found is also associated with air pollution. Anjum Hajat, assistant professor of epidemiology, worked on the study.

Washington researcher takes part in global study to find 72 new genetic breast cancer risk factors

ASPPH, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Researchers from 300 institutions around the world, including the University of Washington School of Public Health, combined forces to discover 72 previously unknown gene mutations that lead to the development of breast cancer. Dr. Sara Lindstroem, assistant professor of epidemiology, co-led the investigation and co-authored both papers.

I Cook for Myself Every Night, Even When I’m Super Busy—Here’s How

SELF, Monday, October 30, 2017

People who cook at home often are more likely to have an overall healthier diet than those who don't, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Adam Drewnowski, Ph.D., director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington and professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Washington, Harvard, Northeastern, and Colorado researchers find 3 million Americans carry loaded handguns daily

ASPPH, Wednesday, October 25, 2017

An estimated 3 million adult American handgun owners carry a firearm loaded and on their person on a daily basis, and 9 million do so on a monthly basis, new research indicates. The vast majority cited protection as their primary reason for carrying a firearm. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, an associate professor of epidemiology, lead the study.

Gun training covers many safety issues, but not some major ones

Reuters, Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Most firearm safety courses cover basics such as safely loading and unloading a gun, but few instructors address suicide prevention, domestic violence or prevention of gun theft, according to a study focused on the U.S. Northeast. Department of Epidemiology associate professor, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, is quoted.

Dr. Marian Neuhouser new head of Cancer Prevention Program

Fred Hutch News, Monday, October 23, 2017

Nutritional epidemiologist Dr. Marian Neuhouser on Oct. 1 became head of the Cancer Prevention Program in the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch. She replaces acting program head Dr. Johanna Lampe, associate director of the PHS Division, who assumed that role after Dr. Polly Newcomb stepped down from the position in early 2016.