Study questions reliability of diagnostic tests for herpes
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
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
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.
Washington Study Finds Mixing Opioids and Sedatives Steeply Raises Overdose Risk
Patients who are prescribed both opioids and sedating drugs are six times more likely to die of an overdose than people on opioids alone, according to researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The study was led by Dr. Renu Garg, a graduate of Washington’s Department of Epidemiology.
NIH Renews Funding for Fogarty Training Consortium, Led by UW
The National Institutes of Health has renewed its support for University of Washington (UW) as a leader in developing the next generation of physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and scientists trained in global health with a $4.5 million grant to extend the Northern Pacific Fogarty Global Health Fellows (NPGH) training program for the next five years (2017–2022). Jessica Long, Epi PhD student and Magaly Blas, Epi alumna, are mentioned.
Antibiotics use by India’s poultry farms endangering human lives, says expert
Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington DC and New Delhi and UW Epi alumnus, says most of the poultry feed available in the Indian market is medicated, but the majority of farmers were unaware of the presence of antibiotic growth promoters premixed in chicken feed.
When He's Not Charting a Course for the Moon, This Entrepreneur Is Planning Big Things for Your Gut
Naveen Jain's new company, Viome, offers microbiome tests which sequence bacteria in the digestive tract to get a better picture of one's overall health. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Washington Dean Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences
Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for his outstanding record of scientific achievement. Additionally, Dr. Shirley Beresford, senior associate dean of the School and professor of epidemiology, was elected by current members of the academy to the organization’s board.
Washington Study Suggests Addressing Depression during Teens Could Prevent Cannabis-Use Disorder
Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, according to a new study from the University of Washington. The study was led by Dr. Isaac Rhew, adjunct research assistant professor epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health.
Penis Microbes Linked to Increased Risk of HIV Infection
A study of Ugandan men identified several bacterial strains associated with a higher likelihood of acquiring the virus. Jared Baeten, a professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the study, is quoted on the paper has implications for the association between circumcision and HIV infection risk.