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Taking your pup for more walks could prevent dog dementia, study finds | The Independent

September 22, 2021

Regularly walking your dog could protect its brain against dementia, a new University of Washington study suggests. Dogs who have little physical activity are more than six times more likely to develop canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), a condition related to the aging of a dogs brain which leads to memory loss. Sarah Yarborough, who led the study while a master's student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


UW Medicine looking for volunteers for COVID-19 booster trial | KOMO 4

September 21, 2021

The UW School of Medicine is looking for volunteers for a COVID-19 booster trial. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted.


COVID-19 has killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu | Associated Press

September 20, 2021

COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did approximately 675,000. Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


WA university looking for COVID-19 vaccine booster participants | The Olympian

September 20, 2021

Researchers from the UW need volunteers for a COVID-19 booster vaccine trial. The trial, led by the UW School of Medicine in Seattle, will test a participants immune response to the booster shot specifically to test its safety and tolerability, according to a news release from the medical school. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted. [This is a nationwide McClatchy story published in The Olympian]


UW Medicine recruits volunteers to test new COVID-19 booster shot | Patch

September 20, 2021

The UW School of Medicine is looking for fully vaccinated volunteers to participate in a clinical trial for a new booster shot designed to improve immunity against a wide variety of COVID-19 variants and strains. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted.


COVID-19 cases show up in Washington schools, but its too early to say how schools are doing at reducing transmission | The Seattle Times

September 13, 2021

Two weeks after Seattle-area kids went back to class, hundreds of area students and school employees have either tested positive for the coronavirus or have been pulled out of school because they had close contact with someone who had the virus. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Wildfire smoke claims more than 33,000 lives each year, new study finds | Grist

September 10, 2021

A team of more than 70 scientists from all around the world tallied up the death toll of wildfire smoke in a first-of-its-kind study published Wednesday in the journal Lancet Planet Health. Their estimate? Smoke from the worlds worsening wildfires is now killing 33,510 people every year. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


Back to school: What works to keep children safe from COVID-19 | The Conversation

September 2, 2021

As many children head back to school, "The Conversation Weekly" podcast looks at what really works to help stop COVID-19 transmission in the classroom. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


FDA fully approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine | KXLY

August 24, 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for people 16 and older. Doctors say they hope this will make more people get the vaccine. One hesitation people had before thats now removed, is the FDA approval. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Oregons governor makes incremental changes to stem coronavirus surge is it enough? | The Oregonian

August 20, 2021

With Oregon in the grip of a full-fledged health care capacity crisis due to a tidal wave of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, Gov. Kate Brown is making incremental changes to stem the surge. Indoor masking requirements in public spaces. Vaccine mandates for health care workers, state employees, and as of Thursday, teachers. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Heat wave likely killed far more people in Washington state than reported | KUOW

August 17, 2021

More than 400 people likely died during a single week of the heat wave in Washington state last month. Thats according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Dr. Howard Frumkin, professor emeritus of environmental and occupational health sciences at the UW, are quoted.


Analysis: Schools can reopen safely an epidemiologist describes what works and what's not worth the effort | The Conversation

August 16, 2021

"As an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Washington, I have spent the past year and a half working with a group of epidemiologists and health professionals to collect, review and evaluate the scientific evidence about COVID-19 for state and local public health agencies," writes Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW. "Our group concluded that vaccines and masking work well for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks in schools, but other strategies like plexiglass barriers and temperature checks are probably not worth the effort."


Iceland has been a vaccination success why is it seeing a coronavirus surge? | The Washington Post

August 16, 2021

What happened to Iceland? The island nation that has been praised for its coronavirus response and its world-leading vaccination rate is now seeing its highest levels of infection since the start of the pandemic. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


How lowering air pollution could reduce risks of dementia | Martha Stewart Living

July 28, 2021

Eating healthy meals and getting ample exercise are two ways to boost brain health over the years. But according to a new study, there's another key part of this equation: Improved air quality can positively impact the brain and prevent dementia, too. Christina Park, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


WSU football coach's vaccine decision puts school in awkward position | KOMO 4

July 27, 2021

Washington State University football coach Nick Rolovich has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for personal reasons. Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Study: Improved air quality may reduce risk for dementia | UPI

July 26, 2021

Improving air quality may also improve cognitive function and reduce risk for dementia, according to a series of studies that will be presented this week at the Alzheimer Association International Conference. Christina Park, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


How Va. pipeline ruling may reshape environmental justice | E&E News

July 20, 2021

Opponents of the Mountain Valley pipeline extension project say developers have not done enough to analyze the facilitys health impacts on the low-income and majority Black Banister District in Pittsylvania County, Va. The outcome of the Mountain Valley battle could influence how pipeline emissions are measured in Virginia, which observers say could shift the environmental justice debate in other states. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


Cruise lines navigate complex rules as Alaska sailings resume from Seattle | The Seattle Times

July 20, 2021

The long anticipated return of cruising in Seattle continues this month as seven cruise lines resume sailing, among them Seattle-based Holland America Line and Princess Cruises. But this resumption also highlights the complexities of cruising in the current stage of the global pandemic. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Upbeat image of massive Best Starts for Kids levy doesnt tell King County voters full story | The Seattle Times

July 15, 2021

Theres no question that Best Starts has helped a lot of people. But despite the millions the county spent on measuring its effectiveness, theres no public evidence that Best Starts programs have achieved their own goals. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted. The UW Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences is mentioned.


Hopeful news on Delta | The New York Times

July 15, 2021

The Delta variant is more contagious. It does not appear to be more severe. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Coalition of grandmothers joins with UW researchers to keep guns out of the wrong hands | MyNorthwest

July 7, 2021

At the , research is underway into how to prevent domestic violence and related gun violence from harming a generation of children. Alice Ellyson, acting assistant professor of pediatrics at the UW, is interviewed. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is mentioned.


Almost 80% in King County have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine | KUOW

July 7, 2021

Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, says that that areas with high rates of vaccination have no cases and areas with low vaccination rates still have cases.


Some doctors recommend J&J vaccine recipients get booster shot, but data is scant | KING 5

July 2, 2021

Now that COVID-19 vaccines of all brands are widely available, some doctors are telling people who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster for even more protection, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to provide official guidance on the practice. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed. Dr. Vin Gupta, affiliate assistant professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.


Graphs: Delta surging fastest in Missouri, Colorado, Utah, Arkansas | Business Insider

July 1, 2021

The number of people infected with the Delta variant has sky-rocketed in four US states, a virus expert said. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Gates Foundation gives $122M for Univ. of Washington study on monthly HIV pill | GeekWire

June 25, 2021

Researchers at the University of Washington will test a once-a-month pill to prevent HIV in women with a new $122 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Connie Celum, professor of global health and of medicine at the UW, is quoted. Dr. Jared Baeten, professor of global health, of epidemiology and of medicine at the UW, is referenced.


COVID-19 exposure app helped prevent thousands of cases in Washington, new study shows | GeekWire

June 21, 2021

WA Notify, the COVID-19 exposure notification tool for Washington state, saved an estimated 40 to 115 lives and prevented between 2,800 and 8,200 cases during four months of use this winter, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Washington and Washington State Department of Health. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


New study shows effectiveness of WA Notify app | KNKX

June 11, 2021

New research from the UW School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Health shows that the WA Notify app saved between 30 to 120 lives and likely prevented 6,000 COVID-19 cases.


WA Notify app has saved 30 to 120 lives | KUOW

June 11, 2021

New research from the UW and the Washington State Department of Health shows that the WA Notify app saved between 30 to 120 lives. More than 14,000 people users received a postive COVID-19 test and anonymously alerted others.


Exposure notification tool is saving lives, according to researchers from UW and DOH | KXLY

June 11, 2021

WA Notify is Washingtons COVID-19 exposure notification tool, and research shows that it has saved an estimated 30-120 lives and has likely prevented about 6,000 coronavirus cases during the first four months it was in use. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


WA Notify app saved lives and prevented COVID-19 cases | KOMO Radio

June 10, 2021

New research from the UW and the Washington State Department of Health shows that the WA Notify app saved between 30 to 120 lives and likely prevented 6,000 COVID-19 cases.


Report: COVID-19 app saved dozens of lives | KING 5

June 10, 2021

New research from the UW and the Washington State Department of Health shows that the WA Notify app saved between 30 to 120 lives and prevented 6,000 COVID-19 cases.


WA Notify app worked well | KIRO Radio

June 9, 2021

A UW study shows that the WA Notify app helped prevent about 6000 cases of COVID-19 and saved 30 to 120 lives in the first four months of use.


Washington was at the forefront of a gun-violence prevention law heres how its played out | The Seattle Times

June 1, 2021

After a spate of recent mass shootings, President Joe Biden has directed the U.S. Justice Department to publish model legislation to make it easier for the roughly 30 states without "red flag laws" to enact them. Washington has been at the forefront of the issue, after voters in 2016 resoundingly approved such a measure at the ballot box. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted. The UW's Kelsey Conrick, a doctoral student in social work, and Megan Moore, associate professor of social work, are referenced.


Whats our COVID-19 future? Heres what scientists say about summer, fall in Washington | The Seattle Times

May 24, 2021

Summer could feel comfortable perhaps almost normal but the pandemic isnt over. Most scientists say reaching herd immunity in which the virus cant readily be transmitted because so many people are protected is unlikely.The UW's Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology, Dr. Helen Chu, associate professor of medicine; and Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, are quoted.


Even with the no-mask guidance, some pockets of the US aren't ready to let go | NPR

May 19, 2021

As more states shed their universal mask mandates for those who are vaccinated, many Americans are weighing how much faith to put in the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in the integrity of their unvaccinated peers, who are supposed to follow the rules and keep wearing masks. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Should there be 'gun retirement' for the elderly? | HealthDay

May 17, 2021

Just as some elderly drivers need to give up their car keys, older gun owners may eventually face "firearm retirement." And a preliminary study suggests they are open to the idea. Laura Prater, a research scientist in the UW Department of Epidemiology and at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, is quoted.


Washington teens could get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as early as Thursday if CDC approves | KOMO 4

May 12, 2021

If the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup give the green light teens around Washington could get Pfizers COVID-19 vaccine as early as this Thursday. Dr. Douglas Diekema, professor of pediatrics in the UW School of Medicine, and Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, are interviewed.


Fauci says U.S. could loosen guidance on wearing masks indoors soon | KOMO 4

May 11, 2021

In speaking with ABC News over the weekend, U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director and Chief Medical Advisor to the President Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested the U.S. could soon start to loosen guidance on wearing masks indoors. The UW's Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW, and Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, are interviewed.


Are incentives for COVID-19 vaccines ethical? | KUOW

May 11, 2021

In Washington and the rest of the nation, we have more doses of the coronavirus vaccine than people willing to get the shot. So public health officials are trying to figure out what it would take to entice the undecided and where the line between incentive and coercion is drawn. Nancy Jecker, professor of bioethics and humanities in the UW School of Medicine, and Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, are interviewed. [This is the first segment on "The Record"]


King County stays in Phase 3 | KUOW

May 5, 2021

After worries that King County would be knocked back to Phase 2, Gov. Inslee announced it would stay in Phase 3. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed on the "Seattle Now" podcast.


Vaccinated and ready to celebrate? Not so fast | KUOW

May 4, 2021

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is expected to announce which counties will have to fall back a phase in the state's reopening plan. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Opinion: Vaccinations are key for Kitsap County health | Kitsap Sun

May 3, 2021

"Right now is a crucial time for all of us to get vaccinated against coronavirus. Our case rate is going the wrong direction, and younger people are being hospitalized. We can reverse this ... but we need everyone who can get vaccinated to get their shots. We also need to continue with masking, social distancing and handwashing," writes Dr. Ann Marie Kimball, professor emeritus of epidemiology at the UW.


Younger people make up growing share of serious COVID-19 cases | NPR

May 3, 2021

After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in COVID-19 hospital wards. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Verify: How long do COVID-19 vaccines last? At least 6 months, experts say | KREM

April 30, 2021

Experts say people will likely need a COVID-19 vaccine booster within 12 months of being fully vaccinated to protect against emerging variants of the virus. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Counties at highest risk for COVID-19 harm often have lowest vaccination rates | ProPublica

April 30, 2021

The vaccine rollout was meant to prioritize vulnerable communities, but four months of data shows healthier and often wealthier counties have been faster to vaccinate. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Demographics shift: More hospitalized COVID-19 patients are young adults | NPR

April 27, 2021

COVID-19 has plateaued in the U.S., but hospitalizations of young adults are up about 40% since early March. And polls suggest some young adults may not be interested in getting vaccinated. Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Face masks and vaccines: 3 reasons wearing masks indoors is still important | Vox

April 27, 2021

Experts explain where we still need to keep our masks on, and when we might be able to leave them at home. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Experts predict a slutty summer and an STI spike | Buzzfeed

April 20, 2021

Doctors are gearing up for a spike in STIs from the unleashing of everyones pent-up sexual energy. They're also wondering how the pandemic might affect the culture around sexual health, and if it will make people more responsible or reckless. Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


You got vaccinated now what? 7 things to know for your post-COVID vaccine behavior | GeekWire

April 12, 2021

Vaccinated people can savor the fact that they are now almost certainly protected against getting seriously sick from COVID, let alone needing hospitalization or worse. But is it a green light for attending that year-delayed gala wedding, hopping a plane to Maui, or raising a glass at a favorite watering hole? As with all things COVID, the answers are not absolute and are subject to change. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Seattle Now: Down to the wire | KUOW

April 12, 2021

KUOW's Seattle Now podcast talks to Judith Malmgren, affiliate assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, about the current state of the pandemic in Washington and the opening of vaccine eligibility for everyone ages 16 and older.


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