Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades
After years of upward growth, the number of opioid prescriptions in the United States is finally falling, the first sustained drop since OxyContin hit the market in 1996. Epidemiology professor, Bruce Psaty, is quoted.
Appeal of ‘genetic puzzles’ leads to National Medal of Science for UW’s Mary-Claire King
The UW's Mary-Claire King, University of Washington professor of genome sciences and medicine and former adjunct professor of epidemiology, was awarded the nation's highest scientific honor by President Obama.
Saving Lives Through Gun Research
Frederick Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, both Department of Epidemiology faculty and core members of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, spoke with UW Medicine's Pulse podcast about their gun violence research. Survivors of gun violence sustain long-term or permanent life-altering physical and psychological trauma.
Lead poisoning: Where the hidden danger lies
Lead house paint that dates from before the 1978 federal ban is the No. 1 source of lead poisoning of children in the United States, and children who live in older homes can be exposed through peeling paint. Catherine Karr, adjunct professor in epidemiology, is quoted.
Serosorting: Effective HIV Prevention Strategy for Some Men
Research findings highlighted how the practice of serosorting, while not ideal from a public health standpoint, represented a significant step toward safer sexual behaviors for some men. Lead researcher, Christine Khosropour, conducted the research as a PhD student in the Department of epidemiology.
Report: Bullying Is a Serious Public Health Problem
A new report identifies bullying as a "serious public health problem," and should no longer be dismissed as merely a matter of kids being kids. Frederick Rivara, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, is chairman of the committee that wrote the report.
Longtime lead poisoning in boy, 16, traced to sheepskin rugs
A 16-year-old Central Washington boy was exposed to high levels of lead from a strange source: sheepskin rugs he slept with at night. Catherine Karr, adjunct professor in epidemiology, is quoted.
Panel Iterates Dangers of the Zika Virus and Potential for U.S. Outbreak
With the first case of the Zika virus confirmed in King County, there is growing concern that the virus will spread throughout the state and the entire country. Jeffrey Duchin, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
UW President:Place of birth or ethnicity should not determine your health
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce is challenging the people and companies in the Puget Sound area to come up with solutions to improve the health of people in the region and across the country.
UW President: A shared vision for improving health around the world
University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce invited the UW community and its partners to develop a long-range vision for improving health and well-being across the planet, highlighting research by Epi PhD student Lu Chen and Research Professor Christopher Li in disparities in breast cancer treatment and diagnosis.