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Healthy Lifestyle in Old Age Shortens End-of-Life Disability

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MEDICAL XPRESS - Leading a healthy lifestyle not only extends one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the time that is spent disabled—a finding that had previously eluded public health scientists and demonstrates the value of investing in healthy lifestyle promotion, even among the elderly.  "This clearly demonstrates the great value of investing in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and encouraging people to maintain healthy behaviors into old a... 

Welcome to the new South Parran Hall and Pitt Public Health Commons

All of the renovated facilities in Parran Hall will open on October 4th. Starting Tuesday morning, come visit the new departmental spaces or sit and relax or work in the first floor Commons. For more complete information on the construction plans and timeline, see www.publichealth.pitt.edu/ construction . 

Study: Early menopause symptoms linked to heart risks

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Hot flashes and similar symptoms that hit women during their transition into menopause may be more than an annoyance, new research from the University of Pittsburgh reports. When the symptoms begin when a woman is 42 or younger, they may warn of an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Published Wednesday in the journal Menopause, the observational study was led by Rebecca Thurston, a professor of ps... 

Could the Next Brooklyn Be Pittsburgh?

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BROOKLYN BASED - When the borough you call home becomes known as one the most expensive places to live in America, it’s natural to look around for better alternatives.... there is another metropolis the 25-34 cohort is gravitating toward that is considerably more buzzworthy, filled with James Beard Award-nominated chefs, tech startups, and the cool factor of a soon-to-open Ace Hotel. The city that holds all this promise? Pittsburgh. It claims mor... 

Healthy Lifestyle in Old Age Shortens End-of-Life Disability

Leading a healthy lifestyle not only extends one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the time that is spent disabled—a finding that had previously eluded public health scientists and demonstrates the value of investing in healthy lifestyle promotion, even among the elderly. 

How Pitt Public Health Swayed Immunization Policy in California

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Richard Pan knew he faced an uphill battle last year when championing his controversial California Senate bill aimed to ensure more children received immunizations. In order to get the bill passed, he had to find a way to help his fellow senators understand why immunizing individual children was good for everyone – and vital to their constituencies. “For lay people, the concept of community immunity – herd immunity – is a hard one,” said Pan, w... 

Alumna vaccinates morning radio hosts

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KDKA RADIO - Lauren Bealafeld Brungo  (BCHS ’15), nurse supervisor for the Allegheny County Health Department, gave flu shots live-and-on-air to KDKA Morning Show hosts Larry and John. Check out the insider video. 

Pitt Public Health alumnus Bennet Omalu discusses 'Concussion' in Thrival festival appearance

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - In a Thrival festival appearance, Pitt Public Health alumnus Bennet Omalu (EPI '04) had zero interest in football in 2002, when Mike Webster’s body arrived at the Allegheny County coroner’s office. So why was Omalu the one who discovered what was wrong with former Pittsburgh Steeler?In a speech that was at times motivational and even emotional, Omalu encouraged audience members to embrace their individuality, discussed... 

Pitt Researcher Turns to Lock-In Programs to Prevent ‘Doctor Shopping’

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Dr. Julie Donohue, associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been working with the state medicate agency to investigate the prevalence of opioid overdose in the Pennsylvania Medicaid population. Her pilot grant focuses on lock-in programs that determine the best criteria to identify people who are at risk for abusing prescription opioids, and limit them to filling pr... 

University appoints Jane Cauley to rank of distinguished professor

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - The University has honored Jane Cauley , Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, appointing her as distinguished professor. The Distinguished Professor designation honors extraordinary internationally recognized scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field. By nature of their appointment, distinguished professors are expected to make special contributions to the intellectual advancement... 

Pitt Researchers Analyze Patterns of Prescribed Opioid Misuse

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Dr. Thomas Songer, assistant professor of epidemiology at the   University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , discusses his research on the opioid epidemic. His goal is to find a pattern or common trait among those who start out needing prescribed opioids, but then eventually need hospitalization for misusing them. This research will help policymakers develop legislation to stop that pattern from occurring in the future.  YouTube... 

Lisa Bodnar appointed new vice-chair for research

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Congratulations to  Lisa Bodnar , an associate professor of epidemiology, with tenure, on her appointment as vice-chair for research in the department of epidemiology.  

Experts Say The Presidential Candidates Will Probably Live A Long Time Because They’re Rich And Well Educated

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BUZZFEED - With less than two months to go in the presidential campaign, the conversation around the candidates’ health — and the public’s right to know and speculate on it — is at the forefront.... At 70, Donald Trump would be the oldest elected US president; Hillary Clinton, 68, would be the second oldest. But their age alone isn’t exactly a red flag. The current life expectancy for men and women aged 70 in the US is 84.4 and 86.6 respectively... 

1976 Biostatistics Alumni Return for Mini-reunion

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Biostatistics alumni from the class of 1976 Bill Brant, Jim Daley (pictured), and Steve Belle met-up at the school on September 9, 2016, for a mini-reunion... 

No Driver? Bring It On. How Pittsburgh Became Uber’s Testing Ground

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NEW YORK TIMES -  Any day now, Uber will introduce a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making this former steel town the world’s first city to let any passenger hail an autonomous vehicle.  

Wint Works to Understand Undeserved Population Health Needs

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Kristina Wint (BCHS '17) interned this summer at Community Human Services (CHS) in Oakland as part of the Bridging the Gaps program where Pitt Public Health students work directly with underserved populations to better understand their health needs.  

Scarpinato’s MHA Residency with Allegheny General Extended

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Mario "Mark" Scarpinato's (HPM '17) residency with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) was only supposed to last the summer, fulfilling the MHA program’s residency requirement; however, he has been asked to continue working at Allegheny General Hospital through the coming school year.  

Andrews Studies Diabetes in Rwanda

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Haylee Andrews (EPI '17) traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, over the summer to intern with Life for a Child (LFAC) under Professor Trevor Orchard.  

Rodriguez Serves on Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination Team

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Samantha Rodriguez (IDM '16) helped to plan, execute, and review the county’s Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program, as well as assisted with ORV distribution. 

Hemant Mahajan Assesses Hepatitis C Burden

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Hemant Mahajan (EPI '17) assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors. 

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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)
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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)
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Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment 

Large Pitt-led study uncovers complex genetics behind earlobe attachment

PITTWIRE - New research led by Pitt Public Health affiliates and published in the  American Journal of Human Genetics  reveals that an interplay of at least 49 genes contributes to earlobe attachment inheritance. “Sometimes the genetics of a fairly simple trait are actually quite complex,” said ... (12/06/2017)
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