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A study has found opioid use linked to serious infections

Health Times, Thursday, February 15, 2018

Deaths From Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With The Rest Of The World

NPR, Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rates of gun deaths in the U.S. are far greater than in much of the rest of the world. The numbers comes from a massive database maintained by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which tracks lives lost in every country, in every year, by every possible cause of death. Ali Mokdad, a professor of global health and epidemiology at the University of Washington, is quoted.

EPA awards UW $3 M grant to study links between pollution, heart disease

The Seattle Times, Friday, February 9, 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday announced a nearly $3 million grant to the University of Washington to conduct a study that will look at air pollution and fatty deposits that clog arteries — a condition known as atherosclerosis. Joel Kaufman, interim Dean of the UW School of Public Health and professor of epidemiology, will lead the study.

Washington Researchers Link HIV Risk to Distinct Vaginal Bacteria

ASPPH, Thursday, February 8, 2018

A group of scientists, including several from the University of Washington School of Public Health, have found that certain types of vaginal bacterial are associated with an increased risk of HIV infection among women. Dr. Scott McClelland, a professor of epidemiology and global health at the UW School of Public Health, is one of the primary authors on the new study that investigates absolute concentrations of bacteria for more defined HIV risk analysis.

Far More U.S. Children Than Previously Thought May Have Fetal Alcohol Disorders

The New York Times, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WV Governor Announces Opioids Plan, Appoints New Drug Czar

Occupational Health & Safety, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Feb. 5 announced the appointment of Dr. Michael Brumage as director of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' Office of Drug Control Policy. Brumage earned his MPH in epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Dr. Steve Pergam receives Dr. Ali Al-Johani Award

Fred Hutch News, Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Steven Pergam, an infectious disease physician-researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and medical director of infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, has received the 2018 Dr. Ali Al-Johani Award, which recognizes exceptional medical care and compassion to transplant patients and families. Pergam is also an adjunct associate professor with the UW Department of Epidemiology.

Women's HIV risk linked to distinct vaginal bacteria

UW Medicine Newsroom, Monday, January 29, 2018

According to a study published Jan. 25 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, concentrations of specific vaginal bacteria are associated with increased risk of HIV acquisition in African women.  Professor Scott McClelland led the study and is quoted.

Reduction in heart disease deaths not evenly spread across U.S.

The Daily, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Every single year, a group of people larger than the entire population of Seattle die from heart disease. While these 846,000 annual fatalities are only half of what they were in 1980, cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death in the United States. Professor Joel Kaufman is quoted.

Microbiome research refines HIV risk for women

Medical Xpress, Thursday, January 25, 2018

Drawing from data collected for years by AIDS researchers in six African nations, scientists have pinpointed seven bacterial species whose presence in high concentrations may significantly increase the risk of HIV infection in women. Professor Scott McClelland led this study and is mentioned in this story.