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Lawsuits Over Baby Powder Raise Questions About Cancer Risk

New York Times, Monday, May 23, 2016

Thousands of women with ovarian cancer have filed a lawsuit against the consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson, claiming that baby powder caused their disease and pointing to a long trail of studies linking talc to the cancer. Research Professor of Epidemiology, Annette Fitzpatrick, is quoted.

Designed in Seattle, this $1 cup could save millions of babies

The Seattle Times, Monday, May 23, 2016

Inventors from PATH, the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s designed a feeding cup that could help prevent starvation in premature and high-risk babies in developing countries who have trouble breast-feeding. One of the inventors, Christy McKinney, is an alum from the Department of Epidemiology.

Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in Two Decades

New York Times, Friday, May 20, 2016

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

UW Today, Thursday, May 19, 2016

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

UW Medicine Pulse Podcast Series, Monday, May 16, 2016

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

The News Tribune, Saturday, May 14, 2016

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

In House (SPH), Friday, May 13, 2016

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

New York Times, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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

Seattle Times, Monday, May 9, 2016

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

UW Daily, Monday, May 9, 2016

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.