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.
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.
Food, body image, and self worth with a nutrition doctor
Bill Radke speaks with Department of Epidemiology Research Professor, Anne McTiernan, about her new memior called, "Starved: A Nutrition Doctor's Journey from Empty to Full."
Seattle's Unhealthiest Neighborhoods Dubbed Food Deserts
More than 125,000 people in King County, in neighborhoods everywhere from West Seattle to Renton, live in places where fresh, healthy food is difficult to find—so-called “food deserts.” Adam Drewnowski, Department of Epidemiology Professor, comments about dietary problems that span incomes, education lewvels and cultures.
EHS FEST: air pollution research informs regulations, improves health
The NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) FEST was held from Dec. 5-8 in Durham, North Carolina. In the opening plenary session, Department of Epidemiology Professor Joel Kaufman, shared epidemiological evidence linking air pollution with cardiovascular disease, especially heart attacks and strokes.