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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.


Anti-transgender legislation in Texas puts children at risk | Science Friday

March 4, 2022

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxtonissued an opinionthat defined providing access to certain gender-affirming treatment as child abuse, leaving some parents worried about the safety of their families and some advocates concerned about the well-being of trans kids in Texas. Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Study gender affirming care decreases depression for trans youth | Public News Service

March 2, 2022

Depression and thoughts of suicide are higher among transgender youth. But studies show that gender-affirming care improves their mental health. Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Amid attacks on care for trans youth, new study confirms why its life or death | SELF

March 2, 2022

A new study has once again demonstrated the positive mental health effects of giving trans youth access to puberty blockers and hormones, adding to the ever-growing pile of evidence in favor of such life-saving medical interventions. Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, and Arin Collin, a medical student in the UW School of Medicine, are quoted.


Medical treatments for trans youth cut rates of depression, suicidal thoughts | HealthDay

March 1, 2022

Although Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has deemed it "child abuse," access to "gender-affirming" services cuts the odds of severe depression and maybe even suicide among transgender teens, a new study finds. Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


As COVID-19 cases fall, experts are optimistic about the days ahead | USA Today

February 25, 2022

COVID-19 experts, just as tired of the pandemic as everyone else, finally feelhopeful about the future. As states and localities lift mask mandates and other pandemic-related restrictions, USA Today spoke with a half-dozen experts about whether the time is right to relax. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


Analysis: Transgender youth on puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormones have lower rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, a new study finds | The Conversation

February 25, 2022

"We are an epidemiologist and fourth-year medical student who study ways to make clinical care more inclusive for trans and nonbinary people. We conducted a study in collaboration with the Seattle Childrens Hospital Gender Clinic that found that transgender youth on puberty blockers and gender-affirming hormone therapy are less likely to report depression and suicidal thoughts," write Diana Tordoff, a doctoral student in epidemiology and Arin Collin, a student in the UW School of Medicine.


Reconsidering the city's bike helmet law | KUOW

February 17, 2022

Bicycling groups and doctors agree helmets save lives. But this week the King County Board of Health is expected to repeal the helmet law because it's being disproportionately enforced. The UW's Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Ethan Campbell, a doctoral student in oceanography, are referenced. Dr. Beth Ebel, professor of pediatrics at the UW, is interviewed.


Why 'following the science' to minimize COVID-19 risk may not be so easy | The New York Times

February 11, 2022

The misery of the COVID-19 pandemic with its death, illness, isolation and frustration has left many Americans desperate for clear guidance on how to live safely. But it has led to a widespread misunderstanding. Many people have come to believe that expert opinion is a unitary, omniscient force. Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Seattle's soda tax has led to increases in beer and candy sales | KUOW

February 4, 2022

Jessica Jones-Smith, associate professor of epidemiology at the UW, says that if cola costs almost as much as beer due to the soda tax, she can envision how people would use beer as a substitute.


Omicron subtype BA.2 could prolong infection wave, experts say | Insider

January 31, 2022

Scientists tracking a more contagious Omicron subtype have warned that it could extend the current wave of COVID-19 infections. But it probably won't cause another massive surge, they added.Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Breakthrough COVID infections can give you 'super immunity' | KING 5

January 25, 2022

Google searches for the term "super immunity" increased by 550% in the U.S. over the past three months, according to Google Trends data, but what does that phrase mean? Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is interviewed.


Pedestrian deaths climb in Seattle, despite city's pledge to eliminate them | KUOW

January 25, 2022

Increasingly, cars are killing pedestrians people walking, rolling, or cycling in Seattle. Thats despite the citys 2015 adoption of Vision Zero, a project aiming to eliminate pedestrian fatalities. The UW's Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology, and Preston Schiller, affiliate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted.


Boosters appear to be working | KUOW

January 13, 2022

Real world data appears to be showing that staying up-to-date on vaccines and getting booster shots is working well. Despite breakthrough infections, the vast majority of people who have been vaccinated are staying out of the hospital. Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, is quoted. [This is part of a news roundup]


Is there need for a 2nd booster? | KOMO Radio

January 12, 2022

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, says it's possible that a third short, or first booster, will provide the protection we need.


CDC recommends people with weakened immune systems get 4th COVID-19 vaccine shot | KIRO Radio

January 12, 2022

Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, says she has not seen data suggesting that most of us need a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot.


How do we make the city safer for pedestrians? | KUOW

January 12, 2022

More Seattle walkers and bikers are dying on the city's roads than five years ago, despite an initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by the end of this decade. Steve Mooney, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UW, is featured on "Seattle Now."


Experts hope COVID-19 will evolve to be more like the common cold | NPR

January 12, 2022

As devastating as that virus is now, some infectious disease experts think there could be an eventual benefit to the omicron surge we're in the middle of. Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW, is interviewed.


As COVID pandemic changes, will omicron bring 'new normal' for COVID? | USA Today

January 10, 2022

Every winter in the U.S., the public puts up with tens of millions of flu infections and on average tens of thousands of deaths. While families can be devastated by these diseases, the majority of us go on, barely paying attention. When will we reach that point with the coronavirus, people have often asked over the last two years. What is an acceptable level of sickness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19? Dr. Elizabeth Halloran, professor of biostatistics and of epidemiology at the UW, is quoted.


Herpes and oral sex | Slate

January 3, 2022

A reader submits a question about transmission of herpes through oral sex in "How To Do It," Slate's sex advice column. H. Hunter Handsfield, professor emeritus of medicine at the UW, and Dr. Anna Wald, professor of medicine, of epidemiology, and of laboratory medicine and pathology at the UW, are quoted.


New COVID-19 variants are in our future | WBFF

December 30, 2021

We've had delta and omicron with more variants are in the future. How can we prepare? Dr. Alex Greninger, assistant professor of laboratory medicine and pathology, and Trevor Bedford, affiliate associate professor of genome sciences and of epidemiology, and Dr. Larry Corey, professor of medicine and of laboratory medicine and pathology, at the UW are quoted.


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