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Increased gun violence risk among bullied students

The Nation's Health, Friday, September 1, 2017

Students who are bullied in school are more likely to have access to a loaded gun than their peers, causing an increased risk for youth violence and self-harm, according to new research. PhD student Maayan Simckes is quoted.

Seattle’s Bike-Share Program: Where Are The Helmets?

KOMO News, Thursday, August 31, 2017

Seattle now has three bike share programs. We see the lime, yellow and orange bikes all around town. None of these rental bikes comes with a bike helmet. And that doesn’t sit too well with Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington and a nationally-recognized injury prevention expert at Harborview Medical Center.

Putting an end to intestinal worms

Seattle Times, Thursday, August 31, 2017

In countries where the disease is prevalent, soil-transmitted helminths have long been a public health problem and a human rights issue — and the UW School of Public Health is doing something about it. Researchers are playing a leading role in DeWorm3, a project based at the Natural History Museum in London and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Adjunct associate professors of epidemiology Judd Walson and Kenny Sherr are mentioned.

Washington faculty honored with APHA’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award for excellence in teaching epidemiology

ASPPH, Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dr. Noel Weiss, professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has won the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American Public Health Association (APHA). He will accept the award on Nov. 6, during the APHA annual meeting in Atlanta.

Washington researcher finds height plays role in aggressive prostate cancer Risk

ASPPH, Thursday, August 31, 2017

Men measuring 5 feet 9 inches and taller are more likely to be diagnosed with a more aggressive form of prostate cancer, according to researchers. Dr. Janet Stanford, a researcher at the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, collaborated with a team of international researchers to investigate the effects of height on prostate cancer risk. 

Washington center leads evaluation of public health emergency communications Tools

ASPPH, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health have been evaluating innovative emergency communications tools, such as text messaging, to find out what it takes to turn evidence into practice to improve preparedness and response. Janet Baseman, associate chair and associate professor in the department of epidemiology, is featured. 

Bike share and helmets: Let’s be realistic

Crosscut, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It is a pleasure to see the orange and green from the new Seattle bike share programs bikes scattered around the city. However, biking does carry with it risks of injury, especially riding in urban environments that are only partially bike friendly, like Seattle. Adjunct professor Fred Rivara shares his thoughts on Seattle's new bike share programs and their risks.

Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes

HS NewsBeat, Thursday, August 24, 2017

Tests commonly used to diagnose oral and genital herpes are often unreliable, missing some cases of infection and, in others, identifying an infection that does not exist, say researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Professor of epidemiology, Dr. Anna Wald, led the research and is quoted.

The New War on Birth Control

Pacific Standard, Thursday, August 17, 2017

A new anti-contraception movement is unfolding in Africa, where women's frustrations with the dearth of safe, effective family planning options are being co-opted and repurposed by a corner of the Christian right.  Assistant professor Dr. Renee Heffron is quoted.

Washington Researcher Outlines Priorities for Little-Known Sexually Transmitted Infection

ASPPH, Thursday, August 10, 2017

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the long-term impact of Mycoplasma genitalium, the often asymptomatic sexually transmitted infection that bears some resemblance to other well-known Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. Dr. Lisa Manhart, Epi professor is quoted.