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Infectious disease mortality rates drop nationally, widen among counties

MD Magazine, Friday, March 30, 2018

Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, professor of Globabl Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services at the University of Washington, told MD Magazine the rates were all surprising to find — and that’s coming from an experienced public health researcher. He said the overall growing disparity of infectious disease mortality among counties is an indication of national health traveling backwards.

Washington: Oral Cholera Vaccine May Not Provide Long-Term Protection for Younger Kids

ASPPH, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Oral cholera vaccine provides significantly less protection for children under 5 compared to older children and adults, according to a re-analysis of data from a vaccine trial in India. Findings published in BMC Infectious Diseases suggest re-vaccination is key when children are older. Dr. M. Elizabeth Halloran, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the School of Public Health, and a full member of the Fred Hutch, was a co-author of the study.

UW course gets students fired up about food and nutrition

UW SPH News, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The first cooking course taught at the UW in more than three decades (when "home economics" was in vogue), Culinary Nutrition Science (NUTR 241) is a collaboration between the UW School of Public Health and UW Housing & Food Services. Anne-Marie Gloster, a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and the Nutritional Sciences Program, teaches the course. Epi lecturer, Anne-Marie Gloster teaches the course.

Infectious disease deaths decline, but U.S. sees wide disparity in outcomes

Modern Healthcare, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fewer Americans are dying from infectious diseases compared to three decades ago, but the outcome gap between rural and urban areas of the country has widened, according to a new study. Adjunct professors of epidemiology, Jeff Duchin and Ali Mokdad, are quoted.

Students look beyond gun control laws to prevent violence—and it’s working

Yes! Magazine, Friday, March 23, 2018

As lawmakers argue over how best to address school shootings, student clubs are focused on reducing youth violence at schools and in their communities. Doctoral student, Maayan Simckes is quoted.

Plan announced to require safe gun storage in Seattle

UW Medicine Newsroom, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan today announced that she and Councilwoman M. Lorena Gonzalez will propose legislation within the next month to require safe storage of all firearms in the city. Among the handful of speakers was Dr. Fred Rivara, a UW Medicine pediatrician and adjunct professor of epidemiology researching gun violence.

Initiative announces award of 2018 pilot research grants

UW Population Health News, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The University of Washington Population Health Initiative announced the award of eight pilot research grants of $50,000 each to faculty-led teams from 11 different UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma schools and colleges. Among the recipients were Epi faculty members Peter Rabinowitz, Janet Baseman, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, and Fred Rivara. 

Washington researchers provide new evidence linking socioeconomic deprivation with depression

ASPPH, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

People who live in disadvantaged areas are at greater risk for depression, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Hannah Cohen-Cline led the study and conducted the research as a doctoral student in the department of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health. 

Open-label studies show high uptake of vaginal ring for HIV prevention

Healio, Friday, March 9, 2018

Interim data from two phase 3b trials demonstrated high uptake and adherence of a monthly vaginal ring that slowly releases the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor dapivirine to prevent HIV infection in women. Professor of epidemiology, Jared Baeten is quoted.

Dapivirine ring shown to reduce HIV-risk in women by 54%

Contagion, Thursday, March 8, 2018

 The preliminary results of the HOPE trial have revealed that the reduction in the risk of HIV infection is higher than previous trials, and women’s use of this new form of HIV protection is even higher. Professor of epidemiology, Jared Baeten is quoted.