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Washington faculty member leads largest study linking dementia risk to traumatic brain injury

ASPPH, Thursday, May 10, 2018

People who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a significantly higher risk of dementia than those who have no history of brain injury, according to one of the largest studies of its kind to date. Adjunct professor of epidemiology, Jesse Fan, led the study and is quoted.

Washington researcher receives $2.4 million to test healthy food program for American Indians

ASPPH, Thursday, May 10, 2018

Dr. Amanda Fretts, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received a $2.4 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to test a program to improve the dietary habits of American Indians with type 2 diabetes.

Seattle collects more than $4M from new tax on sugary beverages

The Seattle Times, Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The city has received $4,082,015 in first-quarter tax payments and expects that number to rise. The 1.75 cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on the distribution of sugary beverages took effect Jan. 1. Associate professor of epidemiology, Jessica Jones-Smith, is interviewed.

Here's one Obamacare rule that's still intact: Calorie counts

KUOW, Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A national law requiring calorie information on menus takes effect this week. Restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores with 20 locations are now required to post calorie information on their menus. Professor of epidemiology, Adam Drewnowski, is interviewed.

Having calorie counts on menus will make us healthier

CNN, Monday, May 7, 2018

Mary T. Bassett, M.D., shares her thoughts on the Food and Drug Administration's new requirement for calorie counts at chain restaurants. Dr. Bassett is the New York City Health Commissioner. She received her MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Washington.

Washington study seeks to understand crash risk among older adults

ASPPH, Thursday, May 3, 2018

The fatal crash rate tends to increase when drivers turn 65 – but there are few validated tools available for predicting when an individual driver’s risk may start to increase. A new study from researchers at the University of Washington School of Public Health and School of Medicine, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, explored whether cognitive test scores can be linked to higher crash risk.

Elementary schools testing positive for lead

KIRO 7 News, Thursday, May 3, 2018

With funding from the state, researchers are testing lead levels in water at hundreds elementary schools in Washington. Dr. Catherine Karr, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is interviewed.

This app helps donate leftover drugs to people who struggle to afford health care

Huffington Post, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

For those based in Athens, Greece, where GIVMED is based, people with drugs to donate scan the barcodes of medicines they no longer need using GIVMED’s mobile app. The app then shows which of the 40 listed healthcare organizations around the city need those particular drugs, letting the user choose whichever donation point is most convenient. Adjunct professor Andy Stergachis is quoted.

Smoking pot while pregnant is not a good idea

The Seattle Times, Tuesday, May 1, 2018

In this opinion piece, Susan Astley shares the results of a study she ran many years ago that observed 68 infants whose moms smoked pot while nursing. Those infants, she found, had significant delays in motor development. Susan Astley is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington.

uBiome appoints renowned infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Jennifer Balkus, to its scientific advisory board

uBiome, Monday, April 30, 2018

uBiome, the leading company in microbial genomics, announces the addition of Dr. Jennifer Balkus, a Seattle-based research doctor and assistant professor of epidemiology, to its Scientific Advisory Board.