UW Medicine study pinpoints the most dangerous type of fireworks
A first-of-its-kind study by University of Washington Medicine researchers has identified the type of fireworks that cause the most severe injuries — shell-and-mortar fireworks. The study shows that regular off-the-shelf, legal shell-and-mortar fireworks account for nearly 40 percent of fireworks-related injuries resulting in hospitalization, and 86 percent of overall fireworks injuries among adults. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, worked on the study.
Legal shells and mortars cause most severe fireworks injuries
Certain legal fireworks might be better left on store shelves, suggests research conducted at UW Medicine’s Harborview Medical Center. Shell-and-mortar-style combustibles caused nearly 40 percent of fireworks-related injuries resulting in hospitalization, according to the study, published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, worked on the study.
Understanding the night shift-cancer connection
Why, exactly, is working at night so bad for our health? For the past few years, Fred Hutch epidemiologist and UW epidemiology research professor, Dr. Parveen Bhatti has been trying to figure that out. His latest study, published today in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, confirms that the body repairs DNA damage more efficiently if you sleep during the night than it does if you sleep during the day — and offers insights as to why. Professor Emeritus Dr. Scott Davis' research is also mentioned.
If you feel like you’re doing everything right and still can’t lose weight, this could be why
A calorie isn’t just a calorie. And our mistaken faith in the power of this seemingly simple measurement may be hindering the fight against obesity. Professor Adam Drewnowski is mentioned in the article.
Dear Jeff Bezos, Please Help Save My Patients' Lives By Cutting Whole Foods Prices
Dr. Adam Drewnowski is quoted in this opinion piece about food inequality in the United States.
New Initiative Led by Washington Researchers Expands Food Environment Research in Developing Countries
A new collaboration between the University of Washington School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine outlines innovative ways to accelerate food environment research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to address food insecurity and malnutrition. Dr. Anju Aggarwal, acting assistant professor of epidemiology, and Dr. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, are mentioned.
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Rising Number of Bicycle Crashes Highlights Importance of Wearing a Helmet
The number of cycling injuries among adults in the U.S. rose by about 6,500 each year between 1997 and 2013, and the medical costs associated with those injuries increased 137 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Injury Prevention. Dr. Fred Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
30 Exceptional UW Students Receive Global Travel Fellowships
The Department of Global Health awarded 30 international travel fellowships this spring to support the projects and research of graduate and professional students and medical residents at UW for the next academic year. Students from varied disciplines across the University, including global health, social work, psychology, and pharmacy, will travel to 16 countries pursuing fieldwork experience. Four Epi students received the travel fellowships.
Facial Features Predict Left-handedness and Tuberculosis Susceptibility, Washington Study Finds
People with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed, according to a researcher from the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Dentistry. Dr. Philippe Hujoel, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and professor at the School of Dentistry, led the study.