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Chronic ozone exposure overlaps with injured arteries

Futurity, Thursday, May 30, 2019

Long-term exposure to ambient ozone appears to accelerate arterial conditions that progress into cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to new research. Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington, was one of the researchers conducting this study.

13 simple changes that facilitate huge weight loss

The Telegraph, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

This article provides tips for simple changes that can lead to major weight loss. Dr. Adam Drewnowski, professor with UW's Department of Epidemiology, extinguishes common beliefs about the monetary expense of eating healthy. 

Research investigates effects of gun violence after three survivors commit suicide

KJZZ, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Within the span of two weeks this March, three people who had earlier been victimized by gun violence died via suicide. Two deaths were among survivors of last year's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the third was a father of a student killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A newly-published research paper looks at some of the long-term impacts of gun violence that are attributable to these deaths. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor of epidemiology at UW, co-authored this paper.

Grandmothers against gun violence: rallying for a safer future

The Daily UW, Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Grandmothers Against Gun Violence is a nonprofit grassroots organization that advocates gun safety and responsibility and the reduction of gun violence with the goal of creating a safer world for their grandchildren. The group began with just a few grandmothers and since has grown to a group of 1,200. Though Seattle-based and mainly active in Washington state, members reside in 30 different states around the country. The group has contributed funding to research on gun violence around the country; and Dr.

Improving health outcomes after traumatic injury for vulnerable populations

UW School of Social Work, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dr. Megan Moore and her research team have begun a two-year project to develop a culturally sensitive data instrument that will collect information regarding vulnerable populations that existing disease registries do not currently capture. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, associate professor with UW’s Department of Epidemiology, is a co-principal investigator in this study.

Announcing the recipient of the 2019 Mentored International Investigator Award

CFAR, Monday, May 20, 2019

The UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) announced this year's Mentored International Investigator Awardee to be Irene Njuguna, doctoral student in UW's Department of Epidemiology. These awards act to encourage internation junior investigators to conduct independent research with close mentorship from senior faculty. Irene's project surrounds causes and risk factors for death in HIV positive adolescents and youth in Kenya. 

UW study finds that gun violence victims tend to be shot outside their immediate surroundings

ASPPH, Thursday, May 16, 2019

A new study conducted by UW researchers has found that nearly three-quarters of firearm injuries and deaths in and around Seattle occurred beyond the immediate area surrounding a victim's home. Previous research has found that assaults involving a firearm are clustered in ‘hotspots’ within particular neighborhoods or cities, which has implications for the individuals who live in those areas. Using the same methodology, Dr.

The potentially lifesaving difference in how a gun is stored

The New York Times, Monday, May 13, 2019

Research is suggesting that improving the safety of gun storage will greatly diminish the amount of American children who die from accidental suicide via gun. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, professor of epidemiology at UW, is quoted in this article. 

What you need to know before getting on an electric scooter

King 5 , Monday, May 13, 2019

The possibility of electric powered scooters in Seattle will also come with the possibility of numerous personal injuries. The Center for Disease Control recently found that almost half of injuries to commuters on rental scooters involve a head trauma, and 15 percent are life altering traumatic brain injuries.“Forty percent of people had head injuries. One third of them had fractures but only 4 percent were actually wearing helmets. Most of these injuries, 80 percent, were just simply falling off the scooter,” explains Dr.

How UW researchers are attempting to break the cycle of gun violence

The Daily UW, Monday, May 13, 2019

Soon after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December of 2012, the Seattle City Council approached a group of UW researchers with an offer to fund a study on firearm violence. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and Frederick Rivara of UW's Department of Epidemiology were among those approached to conduct the study. “The level of funding for gun violence research has been astonishingly low for the burden it creates,” Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar said. “Among children and adolescents, firearm injury is the second leading cause of death.”