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Tony Silvestre honored with PATF's Kerry Stoner Award

Congratulations to Anthony Silvestre, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, who is being recognized with the Kerry Stoner Award at the PATF 30th Annual Benefit in April. The Kerry Stoner Award is presented annually to honor a person who has, through a longtime dedication to Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force’s mission, shown commitment to the legacy and vision of Kerry Stoner, PATF's founder and first executive dir... 

Sedentary Behavior Linked to Poor Health in Adults with Severe Obesity, Independent of Exercise

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe obesity, independent of how much exercise they perform, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study showed for the first time.  The finding, published online and scheduled for the March issue of the journal Preventive Medicine, could be used to design and test programs for adults with severe obesity that emphasize reducin... 

Sedentary Behavior Linked to Poor Health in Adults with Severe Obesity, Independent of Exercise

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe obesity, independent of how much exercise they perform, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study showed for the first time. 

Evans Fellowship - $10,000 towards MPH/MSW

Looking to become a leader? Want a deeper focus on social justice, communication, management, community organizing, and grant writing skills to add to your public health toolbox? Find out how the Evans Fellowship can provide $10,000 towards your MPH/MSW joint degree by contacting  Dr. Mark Friedman at msf11@pitt.edu   

Student Opportunity

The HSHPS Fellowship Training Program provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students interested in working on Hispanic health research.  

Pitt Public Health-led study finds HIV-positive men at higher risk of developing heart disease indicator

Men with HIV were at significantly higher risk for development of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease, according to a large national study led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In addition, the study identified two modifiable risk factors independently associated with increased incidence of CAC: smoking and increased insulin resistance. The results are published in the journal  A... 

PITT PUBLIC HEALTH PART OF INTERNATIONAL STUDY THAT REVEALS NEW GENETIC CLUES TO AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

Pitt Public Health recruited hundreds of local participants and analyzed data for an international study that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Supported by the National Eye Institute, part of the NIH, the findings may help improve our understanding of the biological processes that lead to AMD and i... 

Pitt Vaccine Researcher Among First to Study Zika Virus Causing Birth Defects in Brazil

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When Ernesto Marques, M.D., Ph.D., first started hearing of strange rashes in Brazilian patients, he didn’t think much of it – perhaps it was a mild strain of dengue.So the University of Pittsburgh scientist and Brazilian citizen was quite surprised when his laboratory tests came back revealing it was a mosquito-borne virus called Zika that had most recently been implicated in outbreaks nearly half a world away in Polynesia.And now, nine months l... 

PEDIATRIC MEDICATION POISONINGS MORE LIKELY IN POOR, RURAL AREAS

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Children younger than 5 who live in economically disadvantaged areas had a greater risk of medication poisoning that resulted in referral to a health care facility, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the University of California, San Diego. These areas were rural and experienced high unemployment, along with lower rates of high school graduation and lower household income. The analysis of ... 

Lawrence A. Kingsley: HIV-positive men at higher risk of developing heart disease indicator

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Men with HIV were at significantly higher risk for development of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease, according to a large national study led by the  University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health . In addition, the study identified two modifiable risk factors independently associated with increased incidence of CAC: smoking and increased insulin resistance. “Taken together, these findings undersc... 

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Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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