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New Gun Violence Chapter in Handbook of Epidemiology

Bridget Garland | March 29, 2023
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In the United States, someone is injured or killed by a firearm every four minutes. In 2020, 45,222 individuals died due to firearm injury, and there were 175,459 emergency department visits for non-fatal firearm injuries. Gun violence, which impacts fear, trauma, and many other aspects of health, poses a pressing global public health issue. Gun...

How RDNs can support sustainable dietary patterns

UW Nutritional Sciences Program | March 8, 2023
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March is National Nutrition Month and the theme for 2023 is “Fuel for the Future,” an invitation by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) encouraging each of us to eat with sustainability in mind. This means choosing foods that are tasty, nourishing, and foods that also protect the environment.  So, what should be on the menu...

Study suggests dapivirine vaginal ring is safe to use as HIV prevention during breastfeeding

Microbicides Trial Network | February 21, 2023
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A monthly vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug dapivirine – an HIV-prevention method that has been approved in several African countries and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) – appears to be safe when used during breastfeeding, suggest results of a Phase IIIb open-label study presented today at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic...

How a series of questions helped Kenneth Mugwanya fight the HIV epidemic

UW SPH | Kate Stringer | January 25, 2023
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Kenneth Mugwanya is a physician-epidemiologist at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he works as an assistant professor of global health and epidemiology. (Photo credit: Elizar Mercado) Kenneth Mugwanya’s first job as a young physician in Uganda was working with HIV-infected children. This was around the height of the HIV epidemic, when...

How partnerships between tribal communities and researchers like Mandy Fretts are improving heart health

UW SPH | Kate Stringer | November 30, 2022
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Diabetes was so common in Mandy Fretts’ community, she thought it was just a part of life.   Fretts, a member of Eel Ground First Nation (Mi’kmaq), an American Indian community in New Brunswick, Canada, grew up watching family members like her grandmother and father work hard to control their blood sugar by eating healthy and exercising....

More U.S. adults carrying loaded handguns daily, study finds

Kim Eckart | UW News | November 16, 2022
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The number of U.S. adult handgun owners carrying a loaded handgun on their person doubled from 2015 to 2019, according to new research led by the University of Washington. Data come from the 2019 National Firearms Survey (NFS), an online survey of U.S. adults living in households with firearms, including nearly 2,400 handgun owners. Compared...

Here’s what nonadherence to gender-affirming hormone prescriptions shows us about trans people’s access to equitable health care

UW SPH News | September 7, 2022
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While gender-affirming hormones are critical to trans individuals’ health and wellbeing, a new study provides insight into why people may be taking more or less than their prescribed dosages.  The study, Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy Dosing Behaviors among Transgender and Nonbinary Adults, was published September 7 in Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. To the study authors’ knowledge,...

Diet-related metabolite TMAO linked to mortality in older adults

Jacob Fong-Gurzinsky | June 17, 2022
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Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is a gut-derived metabolite that can serve as a biomarker for different aspects of human health, including diet, gut microbiome, and metabolism. Previous research has found that TMAO was associated with serious cardio-metabolic health outcomes. In a recent JAMA Network Open article, researchers found that TMAO and related metabolites are positively associated...

Epidemiology community members receive 2022 SPH Awards of Excellence

UW Epi News | May 26, 2022
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Congratulations to the University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) nominees who were honored at the 2022 UW School of Public Health (SPH) Awards of Excellence. The SPH Excellence Awards recognize exemplary staff, faculty, and students for their dedication, service, and contributions to the school. The SPH Excellence Awards ceremony was held in person...

Researchers find patterns of handgun carrying among youth in rural areas, building foundation for injury prevention

Jake Ellison | UW News | April 4, 2022
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The first results of research led by the University of Washington into handgun carrying by young people growing up in rural areas has found six distinct patterns for when and how often these individuals carry a handgun. The patterns, or “longitudinal trajectories,” suggest that youths in rural areas differ in some ways from their urban counterparts when...

More generous EITC payments benefit maternal health

UW Medicine | February 28, 2022
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A study suggests that economic support reduces alcohol misuse and depressive symptoms among low-income mothers.

Gender-affirming care can improve mental health outcomes in transgender youth

Celena Adler, UW Epi News | February 25, 2022
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New research published in JAMA Network Open shows that gender-affirming hormones and puberty blockers have a beneficial impact on depression and suicide risk in transgender and nonbinary youth.  The study followed 104 transgender and nonbinary youth, ages 13 to 20, over the span of twelve months as they received care at the Seattle Children’s Gender...

We’re hiring for multiple faculty positions!

UW EPI NEWS | January 4, 2022
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The Department of Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at the University of Washington is seeking creative, collaborative, and forward-thinking individuals to join our faculty. We expect to be hiring new faculty members during the next several years. Our department values and honors inclusive excellence to catalyze innovative solutions to overcome complex public health...

Households with riskiest firearm storage practices had less healthcare access, new study finds

Alexandra de Leon | December 7, 2021
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Firearm owning households are more likely to have healthcare insurance and access to a provider, according to a new study published in December’s issues of Preventive Medicine. The study found access to healthcare and safe storage counseling may have limited reach for households with risky storage. Prior research has shown that provider-led counseling could have...

New CFAR award to support Indigenous scholars on their path to HIV-related research careers

UW / Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research | December 2, 2021
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The UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) has received a CFAR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pipeline Initiative (CDEIPI) Award for a project titled “Navigating research: Supporting undergraduate and graduate Indigenous scholars on their path to HIV-related research careers.” The CDEIPI award, offered by the District of Columbia CFAR, upholds an overarching aim of “increasing...

Study finds gaps in awareness of state gun laws across the US

Laura East | November 18, 2021
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Nationwide, nineteen states and the District of Columbia have Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws, which provide legal mechanisms to temporarily restrict a person showing dangerous behavior toward self or others from accessing firearms. A recent national study published in JAMA Network Open found that more than half of gun owners and three quarters of non-gun...

UW student COVID-19 response team receives public health excellence award

Amy Frances Goldstein, UW Department of Global Health News | November 3, 2021
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A team of University of Washington School of Public Health students received the Exceptional Student Award from the Washington State Public Health Association (WSPHA) for their work supporting the COVID-19 outbreak response in North Central Washington. The award recipients are Bruce Bello (MPH-Epidemiology), Kathleen Moloney (MPH-Global Health), Jeff Taylor-Kantz (MPH-Epidemiology), and Ashley Tseng (PhD-Epidemiology). All...

New faculty spotlight: Mienah Z. Sharif

Laura East | October 15, 2021
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Public Health Critical Race Praxis provides a framework for health equity research which moves beyond documenting ‘race-based’ disparities toward explicitly recognizing how racism is driving health inequities as well as how racism operates within the population health field. For Dr. Mienah Z. Sharif, University of Washington Department of Epidemiology (UW Epi) Assistant Professor, this framework...

Alzheimer’s data center at UW awarded $35 million to continue mission of free, global access

Jake Ellison, UW News | September 28, 2021
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For researchers around the world working to understand and treat Alzheimer’s and eventually find a cure, data from clinical exams of patients suffering from this complex neurodegenerative disease needs to be standardized and accessible. Since 1999, that’s what the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC), housed in the UW School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been...

Genetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 indicates role of inter-state travel on transmission in Washington

Laura East | September 1, 2021
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The first confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in North America was identified in Washington State (WA) in January 2020. Since then, there have been nearly 500,000 confirmed cases throughout WA. In a recent study published in The Lancet Regional Health – Americas, researchers investigated the role of introductions of SARS-CoV-2 in WA and their geographic source using...