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Risk of a rare but deadly mouse-borne virus increases in the spring

The Washington Post, Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As the weather warms and people turn to spring cleaning and outdoor activities such as camping and hiking, they need to beware of a rare but deadly virus that is spread through mouse droppings and kills up to 40 percent of people who become infected, public health officials said. Jeff Duchin, adjunct professor and public health officer for Public Health Seattle and King County, is quoted.

Mom's birthplace can affect her baby's birth weight

UW Health Sciences NewsBeat, Thursday, April 6, 2017

A new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health found that within certain racial and ethnic groups, women born outside the United States had a lower risk of having a low birth weight baby than their native-born counterparts, even after controlling for common pregnancy complications. PhD candidate Paige Wartko, who led the study, was quoted.

F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers

The New York Times, Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the selling of genetic tests to consumers that measure disease risk. This tylpe of testing would allow provide people with information on their likelikhood of contracting ceratin diseases, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Adjunct professor of epidemiology Gail Jarvik is quoted.

Fruit Juice Not Linked to Obesity in Children, Washington Study Finds

ASPPH, Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health looked at the link between fruit juice and weight gain in children, and discovered that there’s not much to worry about. Dr. Brandon Auerbach conducted the study as a graduate student in the School’s department of epidemiology.

Sarepta Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Catherine Stehman-Breen, M.D., M.S. as Chief Medical Officer

Global Newswire, Monday, April 3, 2017

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of unique RNA-targeted therapeutics for the treatment of rare neuromuscular diseases, today announced the appointment of Catherine Stehman-Breen, M.D., M.S., as chief medical officer. Dr. Stehman-Breen is an alumna of the Department of Epidemiology.

Washington: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birth Weight Differ by Maternal Birthplace

ASPPH, Thursday, March 30, 2017

A UW-led study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal found that within certain racial and ethnic groups, women born outside the U.S. had a lower risk of having a low birth weight baby than their native-born counterparts, even after controlling for common pregnancy complications. PhD candidate Paige Wartko, who led the study, was quoted.

Fruit Juice, in Moderation, Not Tied to Obesity in Children

The New York Times, Monday, March 27, 2017

A new study finds that drinking 100% fruit juice in moderation does not cause excessive weight gain in children. Epi Alumnus Brandon Auerbach, who led the study, is quoted.

Will 100% fruit juice make your child gain weight?

CNN, Thursday, March 23, 2017

A study published in the the journal Pediatrics explores the relationship between the consumption of 100% fruit juice and weight gain in children between the ages of one and six. Epi alumnus Brandon Auerbach is quoted.

Washington Biostatistician Helps Highlight Successful Strategy to Curb Future Ebola Outbreaks

ASPPH, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

In 2014 and 2015, Ebola spread through West Africa like wildfire, affecting nearly 29,000 people and killing more than 11,000. During the course of the epidemic, researchers identified an experimental Ebola vaccine that provided 100 percent protection against the disease. Dr. Elizabeth (Betz) Halloran, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, along with a collaboration of researchers, investigated whether this same ring vaccination strategy can curb future Ebola outbreaks or other emerging disease threats. 

Asthma study hopes to improve disease management among Valley children

Yakima Herald, Monday, March 20, 2017

With spring coming on fast, bringing more pollen in the air and more dust stirred up by agriculture, asthma is sure to kick into high gear for many in the Yakima Valley. But in a study Farm Workers is doing with the UW, researchers and clinicians are looking for ways to minimize the effects of the respiratory condition in local children. Catherine Karr is quoted.