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Depression among young teens linked to cannabis use at 18

HSNewsBeat, Monday, July 17, 2017

Young people with chronic or severe depression are at elevated risk for developing a problem with cannabis in later adolescence, new research indicates. Issac Rhew, lead researcher and adjunct research assistant professor, is quoted.

Mixing opioids and sedatives steeply raises overdose risk

HSNewsBeat, Monday, July 17, 2017

Patients who are prescribed opioids and sedating drugs such as benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants, drugs commonly prescribed for back pain, are at a significantly higher risk of dying of an overdose than people on opioids alone, researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries have found. ​Renuka Garg, UW Epi PhD graduate, led the study. 

Firearm-safety class rates in U.S. little changed in 20 years

HSNewsBeat, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Only about three in five U.S. firearm owners have received any formal gun training, according to a new study from the University of Washington. ​Associate professor Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar led the study and is quoted.

Ask Brianna: How can I eat well and stay fit on a budget?

The Seattle Times, Thursday, July 6, 2017

Professor Adam Drewnowski's study is mentioned in this column from NerdWallet. The column helps 20-somethings manage their money, find a job, and pay off student loans.

Preserving the Fogarty International Center — Benefits for Americans and the World

New England Journal of Medicine, Thursday, July 6, 2017

In his proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, President Donald Trump recommended eliminating the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Although the NIH actually received increased funding in the fiscal year 2017 budget that was signed on May 5, the FIC — a leader of U.S. global health research efforts for the past 50 years — may be vulnerable in upcoming negotiations over the 2018 budget. ​Dr. Paul Drain, adjunct assistant professor, co-authored the article.

Opioid Prescriptions Fall After 2010 Peak, C.D.C. Report Finds

The New York Times, Thursday, July 6, 2017

The amount of opioid painkillers prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010, a new federal analysis has found, with prescriptions for higher, more dangerous doses dropping most sharply — by 41 percent — since then.​ Dr. Bruce Psaty, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.

Opioid prescriptions dropped but remain high, CDC says

CNN, Thursday, July 6, 2017

Opioids continue to be prescribed at high rates, a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds, even as drug overdoses remain the leading cause of accidental death in the country, killing more people than guns or car accidents.​ Dr. Bruce Psaty, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.

Guns in America: The worrying relationship between school-bullying and gun violence

Newsweek, Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ph.D. student Maayan Simckes writes about the alarmingly high risk of gun injury for bullied teens who have access to a loaded gun.

Experts May Disagree on Skin Cancer Diagnoses

Huffington Post, Friday, June 30, 2017

Experts tasked with identifying skin cancer in laboratories often disagree over diagnoses, according to a new study from the University of Washington. Nearly one in five suspected cases of skin cancer are likely diagnosed as more advanced than they really are, researchers found. Similarly, nearly one in five are likely diagnosed as less severe when they’re actually more severe. Adjunct professor, Dr. Joann Elmore, led the study and is quoted.

Study examines accuracy of melanoma biopsy findings

HSNewsBeat, Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized. What’s more, the pathologists in the study not only often disagreed with the interpretations of a consensus reference panel of experts, they also often disagreed with their own interpretations when shown the same biopsy samples eight or more months later. The study was led by Dr. Joann G. Elmore, an adjunct professor int he Department of Epidemiology.