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For farmworkers' kids, country air means dust, pesticides and asthma

KUOW, Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Most people think of asthma as a city kid problem — but it turns out rural kids are just as likely to have asthma. And the children of the people who grow our food are especially vulnerable. Researchers at the University of Washington and the Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ Clinic are working on a new approach to solving the problem. Adjunct professor Catherine Karr is quoted.

US environment agency pushes to limit its use of non-public data

Nature, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule on 24 April that would prevent it from basing regulatory decisions on studies whose full underlying data is not publicly available. Professor and Dean of the School of Public Health, Joel Kaufman, is quoted.

NIH funds a research consortium to address firearm deaths among U.S. children and teens

University of Michigan Health, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

More than 20 researchers at 12 universities and health systems across the nation are working to address firearm deaths among children with a recent $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Researchers from the University of Washington's Department of Epidemiology will participate in this consortium.

Wildfire smoke hurts heart, not just lungs, new study finds

The Mercury News, Friday, April 13, 2018

As rising global temperatures spark more and more intense fires, a new study out of UC San Francisco suggests smoke may rise as an even bigger problem for cardiovascular health in California — especially among its senior citizens. Dr. Joel Kaufman is quoted.

Transmission of HIV-1 drug resistance is on the rise

MD Magazine, Thursday, April 12, 2018

Research from the University of Washington has found that HIV-1 drug resistance can be transmitted to and by antiretroviral (ARV)-naïve patients, findings that emphasize the need for improved standards in care as well as greater research initiatives to develop therapeutic regimens that carry a low risk for resistance transmission.

From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A retired psychologist who lives on Maury Island, Margy Heldring and her friends organized the first meeting of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, a grassroots organization that today boasts nearly 900 members belonging to chapters in multiple American cities. Together they advocate for the closing of gun sale loopholes, universal background checks for the purchase of a firearm, safe gun storage and the banning of assault-style weapons. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Washington takes part in research IDing 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke

ASPPH, Thursday, April 5, 2018

An international group of researchers, including scientists at the University of Washington School of Public Health, studied more than 520,000 people from around the world and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.

Thought for food: Why what we eat matters

Voxy, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Professor emeritus John D. Potter's latest book examines the latest evidence on what causes cancer, other chronic diseases and obesity.

Does Coffee Cause Cancer?

KUOW, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Last week, a judge ruled that coffee sold in California will need to be labelled with a warning about cancer. SPH's Anne-Marie Gloster, who teaches a popular course on coffee at the UW, says there's nothing to worry about.

Largest genetic study on strokes reveals 22 new risk factors

UW Medicine, Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Scientists at the University of Washington were among an international group that conducted the largest-ever genetic study on stroke. It involved DNA samples from more than 520,000 people and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.