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Izzy Brandstetter is inside the mumps outbreak

UW Epi News, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

As the number of mumps cases across Washington State continues to rise, Izzy Brandstetter, a Disease Research and Intervention Specialist at Public Health – Seattle & King County and Master’s of Public Health student in Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health, is busy helping to understand and slow the spread of the disease.

Mumps is a contagious virus that causes fever, headache, muscle aches, puffy cheeks and jaw pain. In Washington, health care providers, facilities, and labs are required to notify public health authorities of suspected cases.

When school is out, Epi students make the most of it

UW Epi News, Friday, September 15, 2017

When school is out for summer, it’s time to put the classroom lessons into practice. Some try to build on their newly-earned skills by attending summer courses or institutes while others focus on their research projects. Regardless of the experience, one thing is clear: epi students aren’t waiting for graduation to get their first foray in the field.

Here’s how three of our students used the downtime over the summer to gain some practical experience.

Washington faculty awarded APHA’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dr. Noel Weiss, former Chair and current professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington’s School of Public, has won the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Abraham Lilienfeld Award that recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career. He will accept the award on November 6 at the APHA annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

Victoria Holt talks line lists, legacy, retirement, and more

UW Epi News, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

In 1982 Victoria Holt was an assistant to a midwife doing homebirths in Kitsap County. Curious about why some women had babies with high birth weights, she began to collect and organize data.

Epi researcher outlines priorities for little-known sexually transmitted infection

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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 STIs like gonorrhea and chlamydia. Understanding the impact of this emerging pathogen is key to determining whether screening is needed and to informing treatment recommendations.

Remembering Dr. Fredric Wolf

UW Epi News, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Dr. Fredric Wolf, whose highly cited meta-analysis work had an immeasurable impact on physician practices and patient outcomes, died July 23 at the age of 71. He had been battling two cancers for over a decade.

Wolf had a long career in both medical education and biomedical informatics. After six years in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, he returned to the U.S. with the intent of getting an MS in education and then returning to Costa Rica as a teacher. However, his plans changed after he discovered a passion for medical education and quantitative research.

Native American casinos linked to lower childhood obesity rates

UW SPH News, Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Study of Native American casinos in California finds an increase in slot machines linked to lower rates of childhood obesity

Obesity, like other chronic diseases, disproportionately affects lower income Americans. But demonstrating whether and how income levels might cause obesity remains a challenge for public health researchers.

Mothers' Lifestyle During Pregnancy May Impact Risk of Diabetes, Obesity

UW SPH News, Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It isn’t enough to just quit smoking during pregnancy, say researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Expecting mothers should consider the impact several lifestyle behaviors have on their health and the well-being of their child.

A new study from the School found that pregnant women who maintain total healthy lifestyles – they eat well, stay physically active, have low stress and don’t smoke – are nearly four and a half times less likely to have gestational diabetes.

One in four Americans receive formal firearm trainings; fewer learn about suicide prevention

UW Epi News, Tuesday, July 11, 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 U.S. firearm owners have received any formal gun training, according to a new study from the University of Washington. 

Bullied students more likely to report access to a loaded gun

UW Epi News, Saturday, June 24, 2017

School-age adolescents who experience bullying are three times more likely to report access to a loaded gun, according to a new study from the University of Washington.

That could increase their chances of being involved in gun violence, already a leading cause of death and injury among teenagers in the United States, researchers say.