For HIV–positive women, cryotherapy less effective than LEEP in fighting cervical precancer
Cryotherapy was associated with a significantly higher risk of recurrence of cervical precancer in women with HIV than a costlier electric excision process, according to a 3-year study. The results of the study comparing cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) were presented at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) by Sharon Greene, graduate student in the Department of Epidemiology.
CATCH study aims to treat HIV-infected children before symptoms appear
The HIV Counseling and Testing for Children at Home (CATCH) study is concluding its final study after several years of conducting research in various parts of Kenya. The study does exactly as it name suggests — it tries to “catch” children who may be infected with HIV but are still asymptomatic and tries to treat them. Anjuli Wagner, Epi alumna, is quoted.
Dr. Patty Garcia: Peru’s minister of health urges new approach to fighting disease
Tom Paulson caught up with Patricia Garcia, epi alumna, in Seattle where she spoke at a 10-year-anniversary celebration of the UW School of Public Health's Department of Global Health, which featured talks by Melinda Gates, Governor Jay Inslee and other luminaries describing how Seattle became a global epicenter in the fight against diseases of poverty – and what needs to come next if the world is to build on the successes made so far in select areas such as maternal and child mortality, reducing malaria and HIV mortality and other killers.
Washington Researchers Find New Pathway Linking Diet and Cancer Risk
A low-calorie, low-fat diet, with or without exercise, could reduce the risk of cancer in women by lowering levels of oxidative stress, according to researchers from the UW School of Public Health and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Department of Epidemiology Research Professor, Anne McTiernan, is quoted.
Improving Public Health
Soil-transmitted helminths (STH) — more commonly known as intestinal worms — is inhabiting victims’ bellies, sapping their nutrients, and stunting their physical and cognitive development. Epi Alumna Ariana Means (MPH, '13) is part of the largest trial of its kind to interrupt the transmission of intestinal parasitic worms in developing countries.
UW Alumna named 2017 ASPPH/CDC fellow
Cheryl Dietrich (MPH ‘16 Epi), former research assistant for the Strategic Analysis, Research & Training Center, was named an ASPPH/CDC Allan Rosenfield Global Health Fellow. She will be working with the CDC to reduce the burden of HIV and tuberculosis in Pretoria, South Africa.
Fat shaming tied to increased risk of metabolic problems
Obese people who feel stigmatized about their size are not only more likely to struggle with weight loss, they're also more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders, a new study suggests. Department of Epidemiology Research Professor, Anne McTiernan, is quoted.
Gun research will get even more difficult under NRA-friendly Trump
The National Institute of Justice put out a request for gun violence research proposals last year, and while the new administration hasn’t retracted approval yet, scientists are skeptical. Department of Epidemiology Adjunct Professor, Fred Rivara, is quoted.
State DOH/Washington Report: No Unusual Cancer Rate among WA Soccer Players
An investigation into a concern of elevated cancer in Washington state soccer players found less cancers reported than what was expected, given rates of cancer for similar age groups in Washington residents. Cathy Wasserman, Department of Epidemiology Affiliate Assistant Professor, co-authored the report.
Hypertension a hidden chronic condition among adults in suburban Nepal
More than 50 percent of adults with high blood pressure in suburban Nepal don’t know they have it, according to researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences.