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Are scooters the next public health issue?

U.S. News, Friday, January 25, 2019

electric scooters present a potential public health issue as their use and popularity rise, according to a new study published in JAMA Friday. Dr. Frederick Rivara, University of Washington adjunt professor of epidemiology, pointed to the lack of helmets documented among people presenting scooter-related injury as a major cause for concern in an associated commentary piece.

Where you live shapes how you eat

KUOW, Thursday, January 24, 2019

If you live on Seattle’s waterfront, you may have a healthier diet than someone who lives in neighborhoods along I-5 and Aurora Avenue. That’s because your income, education and property value determine what you eat. Adam Drewnowski of the UW School of Public Health and lead author says those food choices aren’t always driven by what’s available nearby, but what’s affordable.

UW study: genetic risk suggests there is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy

Seattle PI, Monday, January 21, 2019

No two fetuses are affected by alcohol in the same way, thanks to genetics, and that could mean it's dangerous for pregnant women to consume even "light" amounts of alcohol. "We don't fully understand all the ways fetal (and maternal) genetics influence alcohol's adverse impact on the developing fetus, although many studies are underway worldwide." Susan Astley, lead author of the study and Pediatrics professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said in the release. "We cannot clinically identify which fetus is more likely to be affected by alcohol exposure and which might

No amount of alcohol is safe for consumption among pregnant women

KOMO News, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A new study by University of Washington Medicine found there is no safe level of alcohol consumption by women who are pregnant. The study, published Wednesday in Advances of Pediatric Research, found that the risk of damage to a fetus from alcohol isn't solely dependent on how much a mother drinks during pregnancy but also genetics. Susan Astley of the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology and lead author of the study is quoted in the article.

No safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy

King 5, Wednesday, January 16, 2019

There is no safe amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy because the risk of birth defects depends not just on alcohol consumption by also genetics, according to a new University of Washington study. “This has huge public health implications,” said Dr. Susan Astley, professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and lead author on the study.

Low helmet usage among Seattle bike-share users

Seattle PI, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A recent University of Washington study among cyclists revealed that just 20% of Seattle bike-share users wore helmets. The study also noted that researchers have not seen an increase in head injuries as a result. "Obviously, we'd love to see more riders with helmets. But we recognize that not everyone wants to lug a helmet around just in case they decide to ride casually later in the day. So we're monitoring both ridership and injuries," says Stephen Mooney, an epidemiologist and professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health who lead the study.

Improving HIV care in low- and middle-income countries

EurekAlert!, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A practical resource-based public health approach for the rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected individuals living in low- and middle-income countries could save thousands of lives, according to an essay by University of Washington School of Medicine Senior Fellow Mark Tenforde.

Helmet use at only 20 percent for Seattle bike share programs, UW study finds

King 5, Monday, January 14, 2019

A new University of Washington study finds that only 20 percent of bike share riders wore a helmet, compared to 90 percent of cyclists riding their own bike. Stephen J. Mooney, a professor at UW's Department of Epidemiology, spearheaded the study. “What we’re concerned about is: What are the implications of casual riders not wearing helmets?” Mooney said. “What’s the risk for them and for other people?”

Bottle Feeding Your Baby Could Influence Whether They Use Their Right Or Left Hand Later In Life

IFL Science, Thursday, January 10, 2019

Whether you bottle feed or breastfeed your baby could play a role in what hand they prefer to use later in life, according to a new study from the University of Washington. "We think breastfeeding optimizes the process the brain undergoes when solidifying handedness," said study author Philippe Hujoel in a statement. "That's important because it provides an independent line of evidence that breastfeeding may need to last six to nine months."

Breastfed babies are more likely to be right handed

Medical Newser, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Babies who are breast fed for a longer duration are more likely to be right handed finds a new study. The study titled, ‘Breastfeeding and handedness: a systematic review and meta-analysis of individual participant data’, by Philippe P. Hujoel, adjunct professor in the UW Department of Epidemiology, is published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition.