NY TIMES / JAMA - Epidemiology and biostatistics researchers WENDY KING, ABDUS WAHED, and STEVEN BELLE contributed to a two-year Pitt-led study which found that people who used wearable fitness devices for 18 months lost significantly less weight than those who didn’t. At the end of the IDEA Trial, study participants "without access to the wearable technology lost an average of 13 pounds. Those with the wearable tech lost an average of 7.7 pound...
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR - The NIEHS journal signaled out work by AARON BARCHOWSKY and co-authors as one of the top 25 "Papers of the Year" among 2,700 research papers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The research, published in Stem Cells, found that chronic exposure to arsenic might alter the ability of muscles to regenerate after injury, and that NF kappa B, a protein involved in tissue repair, might play a role.
NPR - For most of human history, we had a lot of bad ideas about how we were getting sick and how to prevent it. Things started changing only about 200 years ago when an English doctor invented vaccination, our first safe and effective way to fight disease. So what did that do for us? Consider that in 1900, the average person lived only about 30 years. Today, most of us live to seventy. Have we closed the book on infectious disease? If only!
TRIB LIVE - This year's flu vaccine cut infection risk by less than half, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention co-authored by RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, associate professor in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and professor of family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Zimmerman runs the Pittsburgh arm of a group that studies flu vaccine effectiveness for the CDC.
UNIVERSITY TIMES - Selected for this award in recognition of his “pioneering efforts in the field of HIV pre-vention and LGBT health,” RON STALL is praised as a leader in the development of behavioral risk reduction interventions because he has “directed the field to look at HIV from a new angle, setting today’s standard.” The highly competitive Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award is given to Pitt faculty with an outstanding and continuin...
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going home with an opioid prescription."
Congratulations to Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, dean emeritus, on receiving the Society of Toxicology's 2017 Public Communications Award!
KNOWRIDGE SCIENCE REPORT - “We showed that testosterone improved men’s impression that their sexual function and walking ability had improved, suggesting that these effects are clinically important.” said JANE A. CAULEY, coauthor and chair of the TTrials recruitment committee, and principal investigator at the study’s Pittsburgh site.
THE WASHINGTON POST - It turns out there will be a conference in Atlanta this week about climate change and its effects on public health. It just won’t have the federal government behind it.
called me and we talked about it and we said, ‘There’s still a void and still a need.’ We said, ‘Let’s make this thing happen,’ ” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It was a no-brainer.”
KNOWRIDGE SCIENCE REPORT - A new way to detect antibodies in blood opens the door to developing simple diagnostic tests for diseases for which no microbial cause is known, including autoimmune diseases and cancer. “This ‘needle-in-a-molecular-haystack’ approach is a new way to develop diagnostic assays,” says senior author DONALD BURKE. IDM's chair CHARLES RINALDO is the study co-author.
CITY PAPER - PATF's JASON HERRING (BCHS '13), director of programs and communications, says “We really want people to be honest. We’re a harm-reduction facility, so at the heart of that, we don’t judge. I’m not going to tell you what to do or what not to do. I’m here to help you be healthier."
FIJI TIMES - Read what experts say about the effects of vacations to your health. "The more frequent the vacations, the longer the men lived," says KAREN MATTHEWS of Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology. Matthews analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study to assess the benefits of vacations.
NPR - Ten thousand years ago, at the dawn of the agricultural revolution, many of our deadly human diseases didn't exist. What changed? For the first time in history, humans were living in close contact with domesticated animals - milking them, taking care of them, living with them and eating them. All that touching and sharing gave animal germs plenty of chances to get inside of us.
90.5 WESA - As an organizer with the group Pittsburgh Lead Action Now, doctoral student BETH SHAABAN (EPI '18) is seeking to find solutions to the city’s lead issue. "We’d like to see the process be very transparent so that we can help monitor what’s going on,” she said. Shaaban and fellow students Abigail Cartus (EPI '20) and Ray Van Cleve (HPM) are among the community members who have been instrumental to the group's organizing committee.
NPR - The only government report that looks at the issue concluded that it would have a "negligible effect" on prices, but WALLID GELLAD of HPM disagrees. "There's a reason why the pharmaceutical industry does not want Medicare negotiation to happen, and the obvious reason is because it will lower prices."
HEALIO - Analysis of the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study by JANE CAULEY reveals that older men with type 2 diabetes have higher levels of vertebral bone marrow fat vs. men without disease, and the increase is associated with both femoral neck and total hip bone mineral density.
OUTLOUD - Chase Brexton Health Care’s board announced the hiring of PATRICK MUTCH (HADM '78) as the organization’s new president and CEO. “We were impressed by Patrick’s deep understanding of our welcoming, affirming, patient-focused care,” said board chair Carolyn Kennedy. “He possesses a wealth of experience in both non-profit and for-profit health care systems, and understands how to lead and develop integrated care models.”
HEALTH CANAL - Research from co-author ANDREA ROSSO of Pitt Public Health's epidemiology department published in 'Neurology' finds that poor odor identificaiton may be an early warning sign for dementia. This study is the first to look at that association in both black and white older adults over a long follow up of nearly 12 years.
NPR - Humans get along pretty well with most microbes. Which is lucky, because there are a lot more of them in the world than there are of us. This is a series is about where germs come from. In this first of three episodes, we see what our early encounters with germs may have been like, and how germs initially got an upper hand.
NEW YORK TIMES - “I don’t think public health officials should be alarming people,” said MARIAN JARLENSKI, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health. “They just have to say, ‘There have been studies done, and there is some risk.’”
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Congratulations to EMILY ROBBINS (IDM '16) on her new position with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH). She will work as an epidemiology program associate in waterborne diseases with an initial primary focus on Legionella prevention within the community.
In advance of Monday’s Allegheny County Council Committee on Health and Human Services’ consideration of a proposed regulation to bring laws regarding e-cigarettes in line with traditional smoking laws, the 39-member UPMC CancerCenter and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council show strong support of the regulation.
MARKETPLACE - In a Marketplace interview about insulin drugmakers accused of price fixing, WALID GELLAD (HPM) said, “They’re competing on the price that the pharmacy benefit manager and the insurer pays. They're not competing on the price that the patient pays."
SOCIETY OF TOXICOLOGY - In a career spanning almost four decades, MERYL KAROL has been actively engaged in research that has advanced the role of toxicology in safety decision-making. She has published extensively on chemically induced allergy and asthma and individual susceptibility to allergic diseases (holding patents related to this research) and is published widely on improving indoor air quality to sustain public health.