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Number of people carrying handguns doubles in 4 years | Axios

November 21, 2022

The number of U.S. adult handgun owners carrying a loaded weapon almost doubled in a four-year period, according to a new study by the University of Washington. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Number of Americans carrying handguns on their person doubled | KNKX

November 18, 2022

In 2019, roughly 6 million Americans carried a handgun on their person every day. That's an estimate from a new study in the American Journal of Public Health, and it's double the estimate in 2015. Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


New numbers from University of Washington show more adults carrying handguns daily | KIRO 7

November 17, 2022

A study from the University of Washington shows that the number of adult handgun owners in the U.S. who carried a loaded gun doubled from 2015 to 2019. The study also found that states with less restrictive carrying regulations had a larger proportion of handgun owners who carried guns. In those states, about one-third of gun owners reported carrying in the past month, while in states with more restrictive regulations, only about one-fifth did.


'Untreatable' STD superbug that causes infertility and miscarriage is a 'silent spreader' | The Mirror

September 29, 2022

A new "silent-spreader" sexually transmitted disease which can cause infertility is feared to be evolving into a possible 'superbug'. Scientists are worried that mycoplasma genitalium also known as M. genitalium or M. gen. has so far proven to be resistant to antibiotics, with the medical community calling for more screenings for the disease. Lisa Manhart, a professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Doctors urge more research into little-known STI linked to infertility in men and women | NBC News

September 25, 2022

Doctors are urging more research into a little-known sexually transmitted infection that may be more common than thought. Lisa Manhart, a professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Like humans, a dog's odds for dementia rises with age | HealthDay

August 29, 2022

Much like humans, dogs can develop dementia as they age and that risk climbs by half with every extra year of life in a dog's golden years, new research shows. Sarah Yarborough, research scientist of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


Dog dementia risk increases 52% annually after age of 10 | New York Post

August 26, 2022

Dogs older than 10 are at risk of developing a neurodegenerative condition called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction, also known as doggy dementia, a new study reveals. Sarah Yarborough, research scientist of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


Dementia will affect most dogs if they live long enough | Earth.com

August 25, 2022

As dogs age, their brains undergo decline, just as happens with humans. This can lead to the condition known as canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD), which is characterized by changes in awareness and behaviour, and a gradual loss in the ability to remember or learn new things. It is a common disorder among senior dogs, with around one out of every three dogs over the age of 11 showing at least one clinical sign of the condition. By the age of 16, almost all dogs suffer from aspects of this doggy dementia. Sarah Yarborough, research scientist of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Dogs risk of dementia increases by half every year | National Geographic

August 25, 2022

Memory loss and cognitive decline are common enough for aging dogs, just as they are for humans. But in extreme cases, scientists say, dogs can experience something called canine cognitive dysfunction, or CCD for short. Other symptoms can include disrupted sleeping patterns, loss of spatial awareness, and new and unusual behaviors. Sarah Yarborough, research scientist of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Will your dog get dementia? A large new study offers clues | The New York Times

August 25, 2022

The risk of canine cognitive dysfunction, a.k.a. doggy dementia, is far greater in dogs who dont get enough exercise, researchers found. Their risk factors echo some in humans, whose homes they share. Annette Fitzpatrick, research professor of epidemiology, of family medicine and of global health at the UW, is quoted.


New study finds sweetened beverage tax benefits low-income households | Northwest News Radio

August 24, 2022

Five years after Seattle passed a tax on sweetened beverages, research finds lower income households are benefitting from the tax. A study from the UW is referenced.


COVID-19 trends haven't budged for weeks, and no one knows what's next | CNN

August 10, 2022

The United States seems to have hit a COVID-19 plateau, with more than 40,000 people hospitalized and more than 400 deaths a day consistently over the past month or so. It's a dramatic improvement from this winter -- there were four times as many hospitalizations and nearly six times as many deaths at the peak of the first Omicron wave -- but still stubbornly high numbers. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Study underscores that exposure to air pollution harms brain development in the very young | Inside Climate News

August 8, 2022

For years, researchers have known that air pollution can worsen such respiratory conditions as asthma in children. But a recently released study has shed new light on how exposure to airborne pollutants can also affect the developing brains of the very young. Yu Ni, UW postdoctoral researcher in epidemiology, and Catherine Karr, professor of pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine, are quoted.


What's to blame for Americans' obesity problem? Start with the system | USA Today

July 26, 2022

It's nearly impossible to change a lifetime of eating and exercise habits and stick with them, studies show. Many people live in areas where it's tough to access healthy foods or exercise safely and affordably. The economics of eating in America make high-calorie foods an easy go-to.Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Seattle's soda tax beneficial for lower-income communities, according to UW study | MyNorthwest

July 20, 2022

A newstudyby the University of Washington found that sweetened beverage taxes, on products like soda, produce benefits for low-income families. Jessica Jones-Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Melissa Knox, associate teaching professor of economics at the UW, are referenced.


A new vaccine gains FDA approval | Northwest News Radio

July 18, 2022

Developed in part at the UW School of Medicine, the Novavax vaccine is a more traditional, protein-based vaccine. Dr. Scott McClelland, professor of medicine, of global health, and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


New COVID vaccine, tested at UW, en route for approval | KUOW

July 18, 2022

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for adults 18 and older. The vaccine was tested at the University of Washington School of Medicine for emergency use. Dr. Scott McClelland, professor of medicine, of global health, and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, recently cleared by U.S. regulators, was tested at UW | The Seattle Times

July 18, 2022

A protein-based COVID-19 vaccine that went through clinical trials at the UW MedicineVirology Research Cliniccould soon be available in the U.S. TheFood and Drug Administrationthis week authorized Novavaxs vaccine for emergency use in adults 18 and older. A green light from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionis needed before Americans can get the two-dose vaccination. Dr. Scott McClelland, professor of medicine, of global health, and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


UW took part in Phase 3 trials of Novavax COVID vaccine | KIRO 7

July 15, 2022

The newest COVID vaccine developed by Novavax has received emergency-use authorization from the FDA. Phase 3 testing took place at the UW' Virology Lab. The CDC still needs to sign off on the two-dose regimen. Dr. Scott McClelland, professor of medicine, of global health, and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Gun violence research is deeply underdeveloped but growing | Inside Higher Ed

July 7, 2022

Firearm-related deaths in the U.S. reached a new peak across age groups and surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in 2020, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Roe v. Wade overturned | KIRO 7

June 27, 2022

Jennifer Balkus, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, says that individuals who are marginalized will have less access to health care resources and will be most impacted.


The next COVID booster shots will likely be updated for omicron | Reuters

June 27, 2022

COVID-19 vaccines this fall are likely to be based on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus rather than the original strain, although some experts suggest they may only offer significant benefits for older and immunocompromised people. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Absurd: LGBTQ+ advocates, medical professionals respond to conservative study linking gender-affirming care to greater risk of youth suicide | The Hill

June 16, 2022

LGBTQ+ advocates and health care professionals are responding with outrage to a new study from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, finding that easing access to gender-affirming hormone therapy has increased suicide rates among transgender youth. A UW study is referenced.


What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome? Justin Biebers diagnosis, explained | The New York Times

June 13, 2022

On Friday, Justin Bieber announced that he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare condition that has paralyzed half his face. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, epidemiology and laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted.


Disclosure closure | Slate

May 26, 2022

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, shares her expertise on sexually transmitted disease in the advice column "How To Do It."


Schools reinstate mask mandates as COVID-19 cases rise | Time

May 25, 2022

Several school districts are requiring masks again in response to rising COVID-19 cases, part of a nationwide spike attributed to the highly contagious Omicron subvariants. Brandon Guthrie, assistant professor of global health and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Discrimination is breaking people's hearts | Scientific American

May 17, 2022

Heart attacks, strokes and other consequences of cardiovascular disease are particularly dangerous for people who face inequity. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, of epidemiology and of medicine, is quoted.


Opinion: Attacks on abortion and gender-affirming care dismiss bodily autonomy | The Seattle Times

May 16, 2022

"Privacy is inextricable from the right to bodily autonomy, which the United Nations defines as the right to make decisions about our own lives and futures. Bodily autonomy emphasizes that control over our own bodies is a foundational personal freedom," write Arjee Restar, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, and Kellan Baker of the Whitman-Walker Institute.


What the science on gender-affirming care for transgender kids really shows | Scientific American

May 12, 2022

Laws that ban gender-affirming treatment ignore the wealth of research demonstrating its benefits for trans peoples health. Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Opinion: Our bodily autonomy is a human right, and abortion is essential health care | The Seattle Times

May 10, 2022

"The leaked initial Supreme Court decision confirmed what advocates have been saying for years: Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned. Currently, abortion is still legal in all 50 states and will remain legal in Washington after the decision is final. To confront this decision and a nationwide abortion ban already in the works, accurate information about abortion and the crisis of its criminalization is necessary, followed by action to support reproductive health equity and justice," write the UW's Taylor Riley and Yasaman Zia, doctoral students in epidemiology, and Dr. Emily Godfrey, associate professor of family medicine and of obstetrics and gynecology.


Number of teens who carry guns rose sharply over last two decades | NBC News

April 28, 2022

The rate of gun-carrying among adolescents increased 41 percent from 2002 to 2019, according to a recent study. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Study looks at handgun carrying among youth in rural areas | Oregon Public Broadcasting

April 25, 2022

A new study published this month by researchers at the UW reveals patterns of handgun use among adolescents and young adults living in rural communities. More than 2,000 youth in seven states, including Oregon, were surveyed about carrying handguns over a 15-year period, from the age of 12 to 26. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


New versions of omicron variant make gains against BA.2 | CNN

April 20, 2022

Arguably the most successful version of the Omicron coronavirus variant to date has been BA.2 but it hasn't been resting on its laurels. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is referenced.


All the omicron variants youve probably never heard of and what they mean for the future of COVID | The Seattle Times

April 20, 2022

New evolution of the coronaviruss omicron variant could mean the virus is becoming more steady and flu-like, said Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW.


2 new omicron variants are spreading in NY and elsewhere here's what we know | NPR

April 15, 2022

On Wednesday, health officials in New York said that two new omicron variants are spreading rapidly in the state. The variants appear to be causing a small surge in cases in central New York state, the department of health said. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is mentioned.


Rural gun study | KIRO-AM

April 13, 2022

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, is featured in a conversation about his recently published study on guns in rural America.


More than a dozen states propose so-called 'Don't Say Gay' bills | NPR

April 11, 2022

First Florida. Then Alabama. Now, lawmakers in Ohio and Louisiana are considering legislation that mimics the Florida law. And Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he'll make a similar bill a top priority at the next session. Arjee Restar, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Studies show lasting effects of gun violence, possible interventions | CNN

April 7, 2022

Two new pieces of research highlight the broader effects of gun violence on health and examine how early intervention on gun safety could be effective in certain groups. A UW study is referenced.


FDA advisers meet to weigh future of booster doses, possible new strains | The Hill

April 7, 2022

The Food and Drug Administrations Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met on Wednesday along with other health officials and experts from around the world to discuss the future of how the U.S. will handle the SARS-CoV-2 virus as cases dwindle and the necessity of future doses is debated. Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted. Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is referenced.


FDA approves second COVID-19 booster | KAPP

March 31, 2022

The FDA this week approved a second COVID-19 booster shot for older adults. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


UW Medicine researchers say 2nd booster shot is good step but not enough | KGMI

March 30, 2022

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, talks about different vaccines that are being developed to prevent infection with COVID-19.


UW Medicine researcher comments on FDA approving second COVID booster shot | KXLY

March 30, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved people ages 50 and older to receive a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is featured.


UW Medicine says benefit of FDA-approved 2nd booster shot is 'very marginal' | FOX 13

March 30, 2022

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has authorized a second COVID-19 booster shot for people ages 50 and up, but researchers at UW Medicine believe the benefits are limited. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted.


FDA expected to OK 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose for adults over 50, UW doctor weighs in | KIRO 7

March 29, 2022

The FDA is expected to give its authorization for a fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose for some Americans as early as Tuesday giving adults over 50 the option to get a second booster without an official recommendation. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Opinion: Global health is broken, but young people plan to repair it | Forbes

March 24, 2022

"How do you think the world is tackling crises like pandemics and climate change? Poorly, irresponsibly, recklessly, inequitably, and lacking in urgency and global solidarity, were the responses I got from 24 young people in global health from around the world," writes Dr. Madhukar Pai of McGill University. Ramya Kumar, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


After accepting her trans sons identity, Texas mom investigated for child abuse | UPI

March 18, 2022

The Texas Tribune spoke to one of at least nine families facing child abuse investigations for providing gender-affirming care to their transgender children in the wake of a recent directive from Gov. Greg Abbott. UW research is referenced.


Texas anti-trans crusade is spreading | Mother Jones

March 17, 2022

Alabama is on the verge of outlawing medical care for transgender kids. Other states could follow. UW research is referenced.


Gender-affirming care reduced depression in 60% of teens in University of Washington study | KING 5

March 14, 2022

A UW study found a majority of teens who received hormone blockers, testosterone or estrogen at the Seattle Children's Gender Clinicsaw a reduction in depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts after their treatment. The study was conducted by Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, and Arin Collin, a medical student in the UW School of Medicine.


Opinion: Attacks on transgender rights cross the constitution | Los Angeles Times

March 10, 2022

"You have to hand it to Idaho lawmakers. In a season in which red-state politicians are battling each other in the competition for who can produce the most extreme anti-transgender policies, the Boise legislature is poised to take home the trophy," writes columnist Michael Hiltzik. UW research is quoted.


White House must go further on new pandemic response, say former Biden advisers, outside experts | The Washington Post

March 7, 2022

A team of former Biden COVID advisers and dozens of other outside experts including Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW created a road map for 'living with COVID, focusing on boosting indoor air quality, helping those with long COVID and broadening focus to other respiratory diseases.


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