Washington Study Finds Mixing Opioids and Sedatives Steeply Raises Overdose Risk
Patients who are prescribed both opioids and sedating drugs are six times more likely to die of an overdose than people on opioids alone, according to researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. The study was led by Dr. Renu Garg, a graduate of Washington’s Department of Epidemiology.
NIH Renews Funding for Fogarty Training Consortium, Led by UW
The National Institutes of Health has renewed its support for University of Washington (UW) as a leader in developing the next generation of physicians, veterinarians, dentists, and scientists trained in global health with a $4.5 million grant to extend the Northern Pacific Fogarty Global Health Fellows (NPGH) training program for the next five years (2017–2022). Jessica Long, Epi PhD student and Magaly Blas, Epi alumna, are mentioned.
Antibiotics use by India’s poultry farms endangering human lives, says expert
Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, Washington DC and New Delhi and UW Epi alumnus, says most of the poultry feed available in the Indian market is medicated, but the majority of farmers were unaware of the presence of antibiotic growth promoters premixed in chicken feed.
When He's Not Charting a Course for the Moon, This Entrepreneur Is Planning Big Things for Your Gut
Naveen Jain's new company, Viome, offers microbiome tests which sequence bacteria in the digestive tract to get a better picture of one's overall health. Adam Drewnowski, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.
Washington Dean Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences
Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for his outstanding record of scientific achievement. Additionally, Dr. Shirley Beresford, senior associate dean of the School and professor of epidemiology, was elected by current members of the academy to the organization’s board.
Penis Microbes Linked to Increased Risk of HIV Infection
A study of Ugandan men identified several bacterial strains associated with a higher likelihood of acquiring the virus. Jared Baeten, a professor of epidemiology and global health at the University of Washington, who was not involved in the study, is quoted on the paper has implications for the association between circumcision and HIV infection risk.
Genetic Health Risks: 23andMe
University of Washington medical geneticist and Department of Epidemiology adjunct professor Gail Jarvik urges caution when interpreting consumer genetic tests from 23andMe for conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
Six UW faculty elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences
Six scientists and engineers from the University of Washington have been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Joel Kaufman, Department of Epidemiology professor, will be formally inducted in September. Shirley Beresford, Department of Epidemiology professor and current academy member, was elected to the organization’s board.
The Truth about Mammograms
Over half of U.S. women who get annual mammograms will experience a false positive within a decade. Dr. Joann Elmore, adjunct professor of epidemiology, is featured.
Only 3 In 5 Gun Owners Have Received Firearms Training
Forty percent of America’s gun owners have not received any formal firearms training, according to a new study from the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health. Associate Professor Ali Rowhani-Rahbar led the study and is quoted.