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Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive, does not heighten HIV risk

The New York Times, Thursday, June 13, 2019

For decades, many African women in need of discrete birth control have relied on intramuscular hormone injections that prevent pregnancy for three months. But in recent years, women have been terrified, and family planning officials frustrated, as studies suggested that women using injectables were far more likely to get infected with HIV. A ground-breaking new study, however, put this information to rest. Dr. Jared Baeten, professor with UW's Department of Epidemiology, was a chief investigator on this study. 

Contraceptive injections do not increase risk of contracting HIV, according to new study

The Guardian, Thursday, June 13, 2019

A landmark study has ended thirty years of anxiety over whether hormonal contraceptive injections may increase women's chances of contracting HIV. The study also found that there is a dramatically higher rate of HIV infection among women in southern Africa than was previously speculated. “Our randomised trial did not find a substantial difference in HIV risk among the contraceptive methods evaluated, and all methods were safe and highly effective at preventing pregnancy,” said one of the study’s co-authors, professor Jared Baeten of UW's Department of Epidemiology.

Putting the 'safe' in gun safety

The Daily UW, Sunday, June 9, 2019

A study has concluded that 23.5% of Washington adults ages 65 and over have firearms unlocked and loaded in their homes. This study was funded by Grandmothers Against Gun Violence and was conducted at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Erin Morgan, a Doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at UW, was the lead author of the study. “I was really interested in older adults because this is a group with a higher risk for suicide,” Morgan said when asked why older adults were specifically studied.

Gun ownership associated with higher risk of suicide for soldiers

US News, Friday, June 7, 2019

Army soldiers are likelier to die via suicide than in combat, and access to guns may be an important reason why. Research from a new study suggests that storing a gun in the home may increase the risk of suicide for active-duty members of the military. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor with UW's Department of Epidemiology, provides commentary to accompany the study.

Professor Jen Balkus awarded large grant to identify interventions for chlamydia

ASPPH, Thursday, June 6, 2019

Dr. Jen Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, received a research project grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to understand the relationship between bacterial vaginosis and the risks for developing Chlamydia trachomatis. The grant provides $2.5 million in funding for five years. “In past epidemiologic studies, we’ve seen a relationship between bacterial vaginosis, also known as BV, and Chlamydia,” Dr. Balkus said.

Obesity as a predictor of future political mayhem

Euractiv, Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Dr. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, argues that obesity can predict voting patterns and political behavior as they are closely linked to socio-economic status of individuals. Speaking at the symposium, “Improving eating habits and recommendations for health and wellness in the 21st century,” Dr.

US-based Nigerian forensic pathologist, neuropathologist: Bennet Omalu

Leadership, Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dr. Bennet Omalu, physician, forensic pathologist, neuropathologist, and alumnus of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington, is recognized for his outstanding achievements in this article.

Global Health professor receives large grant to study adolescent HIV exposure and TB infection

ASPPH, Friday, May 31, 2019

Dr. Grace John-Stewart, a professor of global health, epidemiology, medicine and pediatrics at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, was recently awarded an $828,368 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the impact of HIV exposure on infants who received the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin vaccination, which is commonly used to prevent tuberculosis.

Epidemiology doctoral student named 2018 Horowitz Fellow

ASPPH, Friday, May 31, 2019

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has named Caislin Firth, a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, a 2018 Horowitz Fellow. Ms. Firth is one of 25 fellows selected to receive grants of at least $7,500 to support research on contemporary issues that has an impact on social policy.

Chronic ozone exposure overlaps with injured arteries

Futurity, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Long-term exposure to ambient ozone appears to accelerate arterial conditions that progress into cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to new research. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, was one of the researchers conducting this study.