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Legal shells and mortars cause most severe fireworks injuries

HSNewsBeat, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Quartz, Sunday, June 25, 2017

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

WBUR 90.9, Friday, June 23, 2017

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

ASPPH, Thursday, June 8, 2017

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. 

Two Texas counties. In one, you'll live almost a decade longer.

The Houston Chronicle, Monday, June 5, 2017
A study led by the University of Washington published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine did a county-level analysis of population and mortality data over the past 35 years. What they found is both remarkable and alarming: What county you live may determine how long you'll live. Epi Adjunct Professor Ali Mokdad is quoted.

Rising Number of Bicycle Crashes Highlights Importance of Wearing a Helmet

Consumer Report, Friday, June 2, 2017

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

In House (Department of Global Health), Wednesday, May 31, 2017

​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

ASPPH, Thursday, May 25, 2017

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.

Op-eds: Slashing global health will hurt us all

HSNewsBeat, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A May 24 editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine states that the proposed 2018 federal budget jeopardizes the future of the Fogarty International Center, a leader of U.S. global health research efforts that has greatly benefited several schools, including the University of Washington.