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Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences

UW News, Thursday, July 27, 2017

Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Joel Kaufman, Department of Epidemiology professor, will be formally inducted in September. Shirley Beresford, Department of Epidemiology professor and current academy member, was elected to the organization’s board.

Washington: Native American Casinos Linked to Lower Rates of Childhood Obesity

ASPPH, Thursday, July 27, 2017

New research by Dr. Jesse Jones-Smith, associate professor of health services and epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, found that adding or expanding a tribal casino reduced the prevalence of Native American babies born large for gestational age, which is a risk factor for being overweight later in life.

Johns Hopkins, Washington Lead Effort to Create Reporting Guidelines for One Health Epidemiological Studies

ASPPH, Thursday, July 27, 2017

A new tool for the design and authorship of One Health studies is available to researchers after publication in the journal One Health. To address gaps and guide future scholarship, Dr. Meghan Davis, assistant professor of environmental health and engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr.

Genetic Health Risks: 23andMe

KOMO 4, Thursday, July 27, 2017

University of Washington medical geneticist and Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor Gail Jarvik urges caution when interpreting consumer genetic tests from 23andMe for conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

The Truth about Mammograms

TruTV, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Over half of U.S. women who get annual mammograms will experience a false positive within a decade. Dr. Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is featured.

Only 3 In 5 Gun Owners Have Received Firearms Training

Mother Jones, Monday, July 24, 2017

Forty percent of America’s gun owners have not received any formal firearms training, according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health.​ Associate Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar led the study and is quoted.

Washington: Three in Five Gun Owners Receive Firearm Trainings; Fewer Learn About Suicide Prevention

ASPPH, Thursday, July 20, 2017

The United States does not have a national standard or requirement for firearm safety training prior to purchasing a gun, putting the responsibility on gun owners and those who live with them to find ways to learn firearm safety. Only about three in five firearm owners have received any formal gun training, according to a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, led the study and is quoted.

4 Out of 10 Self-Defense Handgun Owners Have Received No Formal Firearms Training

The Trace, Tuesday, July 18, 2017

More Americans than ever before own firearms for protection, but the percentage of people who undergo formal training on how to use their weapons has flatlined, a new paper published in the journal Injury Prevention shows. Associate Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar led the study and is quoted.

Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18

HSNewsBeat, Monday, July 17, 2017

Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, new research indicates. Issac Rhew, lead researcher and adjunct research assistant professor, is quoted.

Mixing opioids and sedatives steeply raises overdose risk

HSNewsBeat, Monday, July 17, 2017

Patients who are prescribed opioids and sedating drugs such as benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants, drugs commonly prescribed for back pain, are at a significantly higher risk of dying of an overdose than people on opioids alone, researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries have found. ​Renuka Garg, UW Epi PhD graduate, led the study.