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Should Marijuana Be Legal?

WalletHub, Monday, July 18, 2016

Experts weigh in on the question of marijuana legalization. Janet Daling, professor emeritus of epidemiology, is quoted.

Vaginal ring better against HIV than initial results showed

HSNewsBeat, Monday, July 18, 2016

New data analyses finds that a monthly vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral drug called dapivirine can cut women’s HIV risk by more than half and, in some, by 75 percent or more. Jared Baeten, professor of epidemiology, presented the results Tuesday at the AIDS 2016 conference in Durban, South Africa.

How Safe Is Condomless Sex When Partner With HIV Takes Meds?

U.S. News, Tuesday, July 12, 2016

HIV transmission is highly unlikely among straight couples who have sex without condoms when one partner carries the virus but takes medication, new research suggests. For gay couples in the same scenario, the risk seems to be only slightly higher. Jared Baeten, professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Certain Immigrant Communities May Be at Risk for Future Outbreaks

ASPPH Friday Letter, Friday, July 8, 2016

Parents born in certain countries are less likely than others to vaccinate their children, according to a study by the University of Washington School of Public Health. Assistant Professor of epidemiology, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, is a co-author on the study.

ParentMap's 2016 Superheroes!

ParentMap, Friday, July 8, 2016

Fred Rivara, adjunct professor of epidemiology, was named a ParentMap Superhero for his contributions to injury prevention and public education. “The world is a safer place thanks to Dr. Fred Rivara,” says Elizabeth Bennett from Seattle Children’s.

UW researchers discuss data, trends of gun violence in U.S.

HWNewsBeat, Thursday, July 7, 2016

Drs. Fred Rivara and Ali Rowhani-Rahbar describe the need for new thinking and new laws.

Parents' country of birth may influence vaccination rates for kids

Reuters, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Where parents were born may influence whether their children get vaccinated, a U.S. study suggests. Assistant Professor of epidemiology, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, is a co-author on the study.

If Congress can’t act on gun control, local communities must

Seattle Times, Tuesday, June 28, 2016

"We need support to strengthen gun laws at every level, from within our own communities all the way to the halls of Congress." Op-Ed by Jeffrey Duchin, adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology and health officer for Public Health - Seattle & King County.

Second opinions notably reduce breast-biopsy misdiagnoses

HSNewsBeat, Friday, June 24, 2016

Breast biopsy samples are often difficult to interpret. A sample that appears benign may be malignant, in which case the diagnosis of breast cancer may be missed. And a sample that appears malignant may be benign, in which case the error in diagnosis may cause the patient to undergo unnecessary treatment. Joann Elmore, an adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology, is quoted.

Seoul Wants ‘Smartphone Zombies’ to Read Road Signs Instead

Washington Post, Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Government surveys have found that millions of South Koreans are "addicted" to smartphone usage, and many more to the internet in general. A survey, co-authored by Frederick Rivara, found that nearly one-third of Americans are busy texting or working on a smartphone at dangerous road crossings.