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Epidemiology's Jane Cauley shows testosterone treatment can benefit old men

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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. 

CDC’s canceled climate change conference is back on — thanks to Al Gore (and APHA)

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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. "[Gore] 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.” (1/27/1... 

Dean Burke's drop test could use shapes to spot cancer

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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.  

BCHS alumnus Jason Herring on how stigma prevents Pittsburgh sex workers from accessing resources

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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."  

EPI's Karen Matthews concurs: Relax in romance

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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.    

A short history of humans and germs: Episode 2 (VIDEO)

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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. 

EPI student Beth Shaaban on Pittsburgh's probe into the PWSA flush and boil order

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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.  

HPM's Walid Gellad agrees that leveraging Medicare's buying power could pull down drug prices

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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." 

EPI's Jane Cauley finds bone marrow fat in older men with diabetes affects fracture risk

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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.  

Chase Brexton Health Care picks HPM alumnus Patrick Mutch as new CEO

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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.”  

Poor odor identification may be early warning for dementia

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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.  

A short history of humans and germs: Episode 1 (VIDEO)

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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. 

Pregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants

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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.’” 

Find out about "Cool Pittsburgh"

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Take a look at what makes Pittsburgh great, through the eyes of Pitt grad students. 

Emily Robbins (IDM '16) joins Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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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.  

An open letter to the Allegheny County Council regarding e-cigarettes

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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. 

Walid Gellad on accusations of price fixing by drugmakers of insulin

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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." 

Meryl Karol receives 2017 SOT Founders Award

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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. 

Cauley's SWAN data results in surprising correlation between bone traits and future bone fragility

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NEWS MEDICAL - Jane Cauley (EPI) shared years of data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), enabling fellow researchers to  identify women who will experience bone fragility well in advance of a fracture.  

Biostats student Zhe Sun awarded 2-year fellowship by Children's Hospital

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Doctoral student ZHE SUN (BIOS '19), co-advised by WEI CHEN and YING DING, has been awarded a 2-year Research Advisory Committee fellowship for 2017-18 supported by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Congratulations Zhe! 

How to train yourself to need less sleep

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TIME - “There are far more people who would like to need less sleep than who actually need less sleep,” says DANIEL BUYSSE, Pitt professor of psychiatry and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. …  

El Khoudary finds that certain fat around the heart increases risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women

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JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - Findings by epidemiology's SAMAR R. EL KHOUDARY reveal a previously unknown, menopause-specific indicator of heart disease risk, pointing to potential strategies to reduce that risk. " For the first time, we’ve pinpointed the type of heart fat, linked it to a risk factor for heart disease, and shown that menopausal status and estrogen levels are critical modifying factors of its associated risk in women... 

New clinic aims to remove barriers to immunization

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TRIB LIVE - HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS was asked to weigh in on the tremendous economic benefits to a community when public health clinics offer vaccinations. In a city such as Pittsburgh, where there are no public hospitals, public clinics become even more crucial.  

Jennifer Jones

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JENNIFER JONES (BCHS ’11) is the community engagement coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute. In this role, she acts as a bridge between community and academia, creating capacity and partnerships. 

Melissa Knorr

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MELISSA KNORR (BCHS ’16) is the operations manager at The Open Door, Inc. She was first introduced to the organization as a social work intern in 2014, and stayed connected as a board member for the next two years. 

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