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APHA declares 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health

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What we don’t always understand is how climate change is impacting our health, right now! We are seeing rising rates of climate-related health issues like asthma and allergies, respiratory disease, cholera, Zika, malaria, and dengue – just to name a few. The good news is that when people understand the health impacts of climate change, they are more motivated to take action. Stand with APHA to take action against the harmful health impacts o... 

Albert appointed deputy editor-in-chief for Innovation in Aging

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STEVEN ALBERT, professor and chair of Pitt Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, has been appointed deputy editor-in-chief for Innovation in Aging , a new peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal launched by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. 

Three Pitt Public Health researchers recognized with 2017 Toxicology Awards

Three Pitt Public Health researchers will be honored at the March awards ceremony of the 2017 Society of Toxicology (SOT), which recognizes excellence in advancing the science of toxicology. 

Obituary: M. Michael Barmada of human genetics

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Faculty member M. MICHALE BARMADA (HUGEN) died December 2, 2016, of gastroesophageal cancer.... Barmada was among the first Pitt researchers to tackle next-generation sequencing. Colleagues remember not only his intellect and skills in computational genetics, but also his strong desire to mentor others and share what he knew, “When he wasn’t teaching and mentoring, he was always ready to just sit around and talk about research,... 

Abdus Wahed presents at international conference

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ABDUS S. WAHED presented a plenary speech and provided a three-hour workshop at the International Conference on Repeated Measures, organized by the East West University of Bangladesh. 

The Opioid Epidemic and a Long Overdue Response

Associate Professor Linda Frank takes thoughtful look at responses to opioid epidemic. From our department and Pitt Public Health there can be many actions that can be taken. 

2016’s top three in public health

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INSIDE LIFE CHANGING MEDICINE - Pitt Public Health Dean DONALD S. BURKE discusses what he believes were the most important news developments in his field in 2016. 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

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My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.    

Pitt study: Pittsburgh-area girls falling steps behind in physical activity

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Teenage girls in Pittsburgh are falling more than a step behind -– they’re falling a few thousand steps behind in the area of physical activity, according to a study released today by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level rec... 

Will The world’s turn to right-wing populism make us sick?

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HUFFINGTON POST - “These data suggest that Trump voters were expressing dissatisfaction with real problems that included shorter lives and less healthy living conditions,” said DONALD S. BURKE, dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. 

Pittsburgh teen girls take barely half the steps recommended for health

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MEDICAL XPRESS - "Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level recommended by national and international health agencies," said lead author BONNY ROCKETTE-WAGNER (EPI), director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. "Girls who were obese or had given birth in the last year were even less likely to achieve adequate levels of physical activity.... 

Pittsburgh Teen Girls Take Barely Half the Steps Recommended for Health

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Teenage girls in Pittsburgh lag far behind the expected levels of physical activity for U.S. adolescent females, according to a new analysis based on a representative sample of that population. This study was led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health.  

Officials say PA’s Drug Monitoring Program making an impact in first four months

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WESA 90.5 FM - The Department of Health Policy and Management's Public Health Leader in Residence, LAUREN HUGHES, weighs in on Pennsylvania’s new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. She serves as deputy secretary for health innovation at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. 

Congratulations to Cura Zika's Celina Martelli Turchi on being named a "scientist who mattered" in 2016

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NATURE - In its " Nature' s 10" list of ten scientists who mattered this year, the international weekly journal of science recognized Cura Zika advisor, CELINA MARTELLI TURCHI for her work as the 'Zika detective' who raced to make sense of a medical mystery in northeast Brazil.  

Using multiple social media sites more linked to depression than total time spent digitally socializing

Compared with the total time spent on social media, use of multiple platforms is more strongly associated with depression and anxiety among young adults, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health found in a national survey. 

CMS Drops Medicare Part B Drug Payment Pilot

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REGULATORY AFFAIRS PROFESSIONALS SOCIETY - … Walid Gellad, co-director of University of Pittsburgh's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, told Focus: "If doctors had been adamantly supporting this pilot, I think it could have materialized despite pharma opposition. But organized medicine (the AMA, every specialty society impacted by reduced revenue) was opposed, and I think that is an important part of this story. We also just ran o... 

Congratulations Yara Elbeshbishi

HPM is pleased to announce that Dec 2016 MPH Candidate, Yara Elbeshbishi, will be a Project Analyst in the Marketplace Operations Department at the UPMC Health Plan. 

Extensive Brain Defects Seen in Babies of Mothers With Zika

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THE NEW YORK TIMES - … Dr. Ernesto T. A. Marques Jr., an infectious disease specialist at the University of Pittsburgh and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, said that study was consistent with what he had seen in Recife, Brazil. …  

Fresh Take: Trump Dominated the Vote in States with the Highest Mortality Rates

STAT NEWS -- There’s no shortage of explanations for Donald Trump’s victory, but one possibility is that Trump voters viewed the election as a life-or-death matter. Using data from Pitt Public Health’s   Mortality and Population Data System   (MOIRA), researchers found that Trump swept the 16 states with the highest mortality rates, while people in 15 of the 18 states with lowest mortality voted for Clinton...  

Medical examiner: Philly overdose surge may have killed 35 over 5 days

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THE INQUIRER / PHILLY.COM - Last weekend's frightening and widely reported string of overdoses in Philadelphia —  nine deaths in 36 hours , according to police — was just part of what officials  suspect was a devastating five days that left 35 people dead. It started Dec. 1, when 12 people died between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.  [Pitt Public Health's Jeanine Buchanich responds to Philadelphia's disturbing spike in overdose deaths.]  

Tracking Diesel Pollution In Downtown Pittsburgh

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WESA - The Allegheny County Health Department enlisted the help of a University of Pittsburgh professor to study the concentrations of diesel pollution Downtown. 

NSF: Pitt among top 25 universities for R&D at No. 18

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PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES  - The University of Pittsburgh is again among the nation's top 25 higher education institutions in terms of total research and development expenditures, coming in at No. 18 in 2015, according to the National Science Foundation . Pitt reported $866.6 million in total R&D expenditures in 2015, up from the $856.8 million in 2014. Pitt receives the majority of its research funding from the federal government. In fact, ... 

Congratulations Radhika Parekh!

HPM is pleased to announce that May 2016 MHA graduate Radhika Parekh has accepted a Consultant position with McKinnis Consulting Services, part of Navigant Consulting in Chicago. 

Pitt study supports aggressive use of blood-thinners after bleeding to reduce stroke risk

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - … Doctors often face a difficult choice after a patient who is taking the drugs bleeds: Should the patient resume taking the drugs and risk more bleeding or stop taking them and face a higher risk of stroke, said Dr. Samir Saba, a co-author of the study and associate chief of cardiology at UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute. ... 

Dabigatran Superior to Warfarin When Anticoagulation is Resumed After Bleeding

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - In the first analysis of how to treat patients on anticoagulants who suffer a major bleeding event, a clinical practice that routinely gives doctors pause, while also evaluating a new drug, University of Pittsburgh researchers lead by Pitt Public Health alumna INMACULADA HERNANDEZ (HPM '16)aim to provide much-needed guidance to clinicians trying to balance the risks of stroke versus bleeding when determining the best ... 

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