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Biostatistic's ZHU wins distinguished student paper award at 2018 ENAR Spring Meeting

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Biostatistics student LI ZHU's paper, entitled “Bayesian indicator variable selection model to incorporate multi-layer overlapping group structure in multi-omits application ,” was recognized with one of the distinguished student paper awards at the spring meeting of the International Biometric Society's Eastern North American Region. One of the US' largest professional gatherings of biostatisticians, the 2018 ENAR Spring Meeting takes place th... 

Pitt Public Health study finds that death rates rise for white, middle-class Virginians

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THE ROANOKE TIMES - A team including Virginia Commonwealth University Pitt Public Health researchers looked at 20 years of deaths for each of Virginia’s cities and counties and found that overall, in the white population, death rates decreased by 16 percent. However, death rates rose dramatically among young and middle-aged whites.  

Traveling to Brazil? Get a yellow fever vaccination first says Marques

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WASHINGTON POST - Travelers headed to Brazil should make an appointment for a yellow fever vaccination. “If you are going for tourism, you should definitely get the vaccine,” said EPI’s ERNESTO MARQUES. The CDC recently raised the level of concern in response to a yellow fever outbreak. The agency expanded its warning to travelers unvaccinated tourists contracted the mosquito-borne virus in newly identified hot spots. 

Pitt Public Health study cited in article about Pittsburgh-area air pollution

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SIERRA - Ten facilities are responsible for more than 70 percent of all the industrial air pollution in Allegheny County. County-wide reports have found that air throughout the region can be dangerous to breath, with one study from Pitt Public Health finding that the county was in the top 2 percent in the U.S. for cancer risk from air pollution.   

Progovac published in Health Affairs

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HEALTH AFFAIRS - "Identifying Gender Minority Patients' Health and Health Care Needs in Administrative Claims Data" is the title of a recent article by ANA PROGOVAC (HPM '15) appearing in the top-tier health policy journal. Progovac was also invited to speak on her work as part of a press briefing panel focused on advancing health equity.   

Opioid epidemic could spark HIV outbreak, health experts fear

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TRIB LIVE - Public health leaders, including DEAN DONALD BURKE, urged Gov. Tom Wolf to decriminalize syringe and needle exchanges. Evidence has shown that needle exchanges staunched the rapid rise of HIV cases in Pittsburgh. Burke said Wolf has the power to prevent widespread outbreaks of viruses by making clean needles readily available. "If he doesn't, I can guarantee an HIV epidemic in the state of Pennsylvania," Burke said.  

Osteoporosis as serious, but less understood in men than women says Cauley

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HEALIO - In 1998, researchers submitted the initial NIH grant for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study, designed to examine bone loss and fracture risk factors in older men. Much less is known about fractures and osteoporosis in men than in women. Although osteoporosis is still considered a woman’s disease, a man aged 60 years has a 25% chance of experiencing a fracture in his lifetime, says EPI’s JANE CAULEY. 

Gellad talks about the disconnect between what patients pay out of pocket and the true cost of drugs

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BIOPHARMA DRIVE - Nearly one in four patients picking up their prescription drugs from the pharmacy counter paid a copay which exceeded the price the insurer paid the pharmacy, according to an analysis of sampled reimbursement and insurance claim data published in JAMA. The disconnect between what patients pay out of pocket and the true cost of the drug (including rebates) is the real problem, says HPM’s WALID GELLAD.  

Donny speaks on FDA plan to make cigarettes less addictive

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LA TIMES - The FDA announcement is great news, said BCHS’ ERIC DONNY. He and other researchers found that reducing nicotine substantially leads smokers to be less dependent on cigarettes and smoke fewer of them was found in a study by and other researchers. "If you just reduce it a little, people might smoke more to make up the difference. They need to reduce it a lot." Regulators should consider a 95% to 97% reduction. 

Lycia Neumann - 2017 Center for Global Health Student Travel Scholarship Recipient

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As an international student, LYCIA NEUMANN always had the intention to take the skills she has learned at Pitt Public Health back to her home in Brazil. Because of the scholarship, she was able to study the profile and unmet needs of cancer patients' family caregivers in Brazil. Her experience has taught her important lessons, such as, " Go with a good plan and a contact. Don't wait to develop your project until you get there."  

Brendan DeCenso – 2017 Center for Global Health Student Travel Scholarship Recipient

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“Pittsburgh is a great city,“ said BRENDAN DECENSO. “But take opportunities to go work elsewhere – it will change you for the better.” After seeing frustrating inequalities among countries related to HIV, he was inspired to practice medicine internationally. He organized a project for himself in Lima, Peru and says that h would not have been able to have the experience he had without the aid from the scholarship.   

Rappocciolo presents research on cell cholesterol dysregulation in HIV non-progressors at 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

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IDM's GIOVANNA RAPPOCCIOLO presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections ion biomarkers and genetics of cell cholesterol dysregulation in HIV non-progressors. Co-authors include IDM faculty J MARTINSON and C RINALDO and recent doctoral graduate DIANA DELUCIA.   

Parran Hall review web page

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Pitt's Office of Diversity and Inclusion now has a web page up listing review committee, information on how to submit comments, and a link to the letter from Dean Burke requesting that the formation of a review committee to consider the name of Parran Hall.   

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher to give keynote at 70th Anniversary

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Pitt Public Health marks 70 years with a two-day celebration of the history and future of public health education, practice, and research. Giving the keynote address is David Satcher, MD, PhD, former U.S. Surgeon General, and founding director and senior advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Satcher has an extensive track record of leadership, research, and community engagement.   

Melody receives postdoctoral fellowship

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University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston has offered KEVIN MELODY (IDM '17) a postdoctoral fellowship in a BSL-4 research group headed by Thomas Geisbert. Due to the security and proficiency needed to perform the work, Kevin will undergo extensive training before beginning high-containment pathogen-related research.  

Swan joins Cato Research

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"A great company in a great industry," says ZACHARY SWAN (IDM '16) who has recently secured a position as a Regulatory Affairs, Clinical Strategy Scientist at a CRO in the Research Triangle Park named Cato Research.  

Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs

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ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Pennsylvania leaders of ASPPH member schools issued a joint letter to Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to remove barriers to syringe service programs in the Commonwealth. DEAN DONALD BURKE was among the signers. Syringe service programs are among responses the opioid crisis recommended by the National Academy of Sciences.  

Emerson Evans on detail with CDC

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Helping out with The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Country Operational Plan submission, EMERSON EVANS (IDM '12) is currently working in South Africa on detail with the CDC. 

Fabio on reasonable guns legislation hinges on reasonable discussion

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DAILY PRESS – In Del. Mike Mullin’s op/ed on gun violence he quotes EPI’S ANTHONY FABIO. Fabio worked with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on a study that found that in more than 80% of gun crimes, the person committing the crime was not in legal possession of the weapon. The problem isn’t legal gun ownership, it is illegal gun ownership. “All guns start out as legal guns,” says Fabio.   

Poston receives San-Pin Wang Award from the Chlamydia Basic Research Society

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The San-Pin Wang Award for the best graduate student oral presentation at the Chlamydia Basic Research Society 2017 conference was given to TAYLOR POSTON (IDM '17). This award was established in honor of the memory of Dr. San-Pin Wang and a cash prize was generously donated by the San-Pin Wang Endowment Fund.  

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YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals? 

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals und... (07/23/2018)
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BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use 

BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna CHELSEA PALLATINO (BCHS ’17) has been awarded the Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Award by the University Center for Social and Urban Research to support her pilot research project entitled “Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use: Understanding B... (07/19/2018)
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Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education 

Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

PITTWIRE - The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute was recognized for its commitment to building programs that accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization at the recent Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Alumni EVA... (07/02/2018)


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Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported 

Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several states are likely dramatically underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths because of incomplete death certificate reporting, with Pennsylvania leading the pack, according to a new analysis by Pitt Public Health. “Proper allocation of resources for the opioid e... (07/19/2018)
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Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use 

Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients. "Having multiple prescribers who are not in communication increases the risk for overdose,” says HPM... (07/02/2018)
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Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women 

Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol.' “The results of our study are particularly interesting to both the public and clinicians because total HDL cholesterol is still us... (06/25/2018)
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