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New Study Aims to Find Links Between Mental Health, Drug Use, and Gun Ownership

UW SPH News, Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The University of Washington School of Public Health is taking an important step toward reducing gun violence in communities, thanks to a gift from Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAGV). The School will lead the first study in 10 years to use mental health data from the longest-running national survey system to inform gun safety policy.

Washington epidemiology alumnus to receive top local public health award

ASPPH, Friday, October 13, 2017

Dr. Richard Burt, alumnus from the department of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been selected for the Noreen Harris Award for Excellence in Public Health Epidemiology for his work in HIV and hepatitis C risk and prevention among local at-risk populations. The award is presented by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

Terror attacks in U.S. more likely than elsewhere to involve guns

Reuters, Monday, October 9, 2017

Terrorist attacks are much more likely to involve firearms in the U.S. than in many other high-income industrialized countries, a new study suggests. Robert Tessler, a current epidemiology student, led the study.

Washington faculty test mobile app design to improve long-term care for breast cancer survivors

ASPPH, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Studies have shown that most breast cancer survivors who do not die of their cancer may die from other conditions, such as heart disease, that could be managed through lifestyle changes or screening. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health developed and successfully pilot-tested a mobile application, most commonly referred to as an app, called SmartSurvivor, which incorporated components of a survivorship care plan into a mobile interface. The app met survivorship care objectives and the needs of both breast cancer survivors and their health care providers.

Author of study on gun research: Problem bigger than Las Vegas

King 5, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

In the early 1990s, Dr. Frederick Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, co-authored a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine about the association between the presence of guns in a household and the likelihood of homicide or suicide to the people living there. The research was funded by the Centers for Disease Control, and a few years' reaction to the study in Congress resulted in federal funding for gun studies stopped.

Washington: 100 percent fruit juice, in moderation, not tied to diabetes or hypertension in adults

ASPPH, Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Some experts believe 100 percent fruit juice should be included in dietary policies, such as taxes on sugary drinks. However, a new study from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has found that fruit juice in moderation does not cause high blood pressure or diabetes in adults. Dr. Brandon Auerbach conducted the study as a graduate student in Washington’s Department of Epidemiology.

SNAP food aid program tied to lower health spending for poor

Reuters, Monday, September 25, 2017

For low-income U.S. adults, enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) may be associated with lower health spending, a new study suggests. Professor Adam Drewnowski is quoted.

Multi-Gene test predicts Alzheimer’s better than APOE E4 alone

UCSF News Center, Friday, September 22, 2017

A new test that combines the effects of more than two dozen genetic variants, most associated by themselves with only a small risk of Alzheimer’s disease, does a better job of predicting which cognitively normal older adults will go on to develop Alzheimer’s dementia than testing only for the well-known genetic variant APOE E4. Professor Walter Kukull is mentioned.

Washington: Seattle minimum wage increase did not affect supermarket food prices

ASPPH, Thursday, September 21, 2017

Raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $13 an hour did not affect the price of food at supermarkets, according to a new study led by the University of Washington School of Public Health. James Buszkiewicz, a doctoral student in epidemiology, was involved in the study.

The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing

Science News, Tuesday, September 19, 2017

As governments decide what to do about air quality, studies connect an array of health problems to dirty air. Professor Joel Kaufman is quoted.