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From both sides, islanders face complexities of gun violence

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A retired psychologist who lives on Maury Island, Margy Heldring and her friends organized the first meeting of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, a grassroots organization that today boasts nearly 900 members belonging to chapters in multiple American cities. Together they advocate for the closing of gun sale loopholes, universal background checks for the purchase of a firearm, safe gun storage and the banning of assault-style weapons. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology, is quoted.

Washington takes part in research IDing 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke

ASPPH, Thursday, April 5, 2018

An international group of researchers, including scientists at the University of Washington School of Public Health, studied more than 520,000 people from around the world and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.

Thought for food: Why what we eat matters

Voxy, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Professor emeritus John D. Potter's latest book examines the latest evidence on what causes cancer, other chronic diseases and obesity.

Does Coffee Cause Cancer?

KUOW, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Last week, a judge ruled that coffee sold in California will need to be labelled with a warning about cancer. SPH's Anne-Marie Gloster, who teaches a popular course on coffee at the UW, says there's nothing to worry about.

Largest genetic study on strokes reveals 22 new risk factors

UW Medicine, Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Scientists at the University of Washington were among an international group that conducted the largest-ever genetic study on stroke. It involved DNA samples from more than 520,000 people and identified 22 new genetic risk factors for stroke.

Infectious disease mortality rates drop nationally, widen among counties

MD Magazine, Friday, March 30, 2018

Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, professor of Globabl Health, Epidemiology, and Health Services at the University of Washington, told MD Magazine the rates were all surprising to find — and that’s coming from an experienced public health researcher. He said the overall growing disparity of infectious disease mortality among counties is an indication of national health traveling backwards.

Washington: Oral Cholera Vaccine May Not Provide Long-Term Protection for Younger Kids

ASPPH, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Oral cholera vaccine provides significantly less protection for children under 5 compared to older children and adults, according to a re-analysis of data from a vaccine trial in India. Findings published in BMC Infectious Diseases suggest re-vaccination is key when children are older. Dr. M. Elizabeth Halloran, a professor of biostatistics and epidemiology at the School of Public Health, and a full member of the Fred Hutch, was a co-author of the study.

UW course gets students fired up about food and nutrition

UW SPH News, Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The first cooking course taught at the UW in more than three decades (when "home economics" was in vogue), Culinary Nutrition Science (NUTR 241) is a collaboration between the UW School of Public Health and UW Housing & Food Services. Anne-Marie Gloster, a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and the Nutritional Sciences Program, teaches the course. Epi lecturer, Anne-Marie Gloster teaches the course.

Infectious disease deaths decline, but U.S. sees wide disparity in outcomes

Modern Healthcare, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fewer Americans are dying from infectious diseases compared to three decades ago, but the outcome gap between rural and urban areas of the country has widened, according to a new study. Adjunct professors of epidemiology, Jeff Duchin and Ali Mokdad, are quoted.

Students look beyond gun control laws to prevent violence—and it’s working

Yes! Magazine, Friday, March 23, 2018

As lawmakers argue over how best to address school shootings, student clubs are focused on reducing youth violence at schools and in their communities. Doctoral student, Maayan Simckes is quoted.