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Depression, dementia risks, and unsafe firearm storage raise concerns for older adults in firearm-owning households

UW Epi News, Monday, April 15, 2019

Nearly a quarter of adults aged 65 and older in Washington State live in households that store their firearms unlocked and loaded according to a new report by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Given the elevated prevalence of dementia and depression in older adults, these findings raise concerns for the safety of older adults living in homes that use unsafe firearm storage practices.

Rachel Kubiak: Committing to public health service for the global community

UW Epi News, Monday, April 1, 2019

Growing up in different countries throughout her childhood, Rachel Kubiak always felt connected to an international community, one where she felt a responsibility to contribute to both at the local and global levels.

UW researchers discuss firearm risks with Chinese immigrant community

UW Epi News, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Researchers from the University of Washington and UW Medicine organized a panel session about firearm risks and safety for Chinese community members at the Stan Head Cultural Center in Bellevue on Tuesday. The hour-long event, led by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC), provided public health information about injuries and deaths involving firearms in the community and nationally.

Firearm homicide rate higher in U.S counties with greater income inequality

UW Epi News, Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Counties in the United States with greater gaps between rich and poor have a higher rate of homicide deaths involving firearms, according to a national study by researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. These same counties experienced higher levels of crime and poverty, and lower levels of community social networks.

Japan trip shows students the humanity behind data

UW Epi News, Monday, February 4, 2019

Remember the stories behind the data for peace, for the survivors, and for all humankind. If there’s one thing the students traveling to Hiroshima, Japan with Dr. Amanda Phipps have learned, it is this.

Laura East to lead Department’s communications program

UW Epi News, Thursday, January 31, 2019

Laura East will be joining the Department of Epidemiology as the new communications manager.

Large cancer genetic study finds genetic link between cancers

UW Epi News, Friday, January 25, 2019

Researchers have identified strong genetic relationships between major cancers, using data from some of the largest genome-wide association studies of cancer to date.

Blacks, minorities disproportionately impacted by hate crimes

UW Epi News, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hispanic and Black populations have a higher risk of becoming victims of race- or ethnicity- motivated violent hate crimes compared to non-Hispanic Whites (Whites), according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW) that looked at the risk and health impacts of these types of crimes.

Professor’s own experience with pain leads him to advocate for pain community

UW Epi News, Monday, January 7, 2019

Pain took on a new meaning for Jonathan Mayer, Ph.D., a pain researcher and professor of epidemiology and medical geography at the University of Washington, after his own experience with untreated pain left him unable to stand or walk for days

Lyons awarded $20,000 to study link between injury, treatment & chronic prescription drug use

UW Epi News, Friday, December 14, 2018

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI) at the University of Washington (UW) has awarded Vivian Lyons, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, with a $20,000 grant to study the association between injuries, treatment and chronic opioid and benzodiazepine use in Washington State.