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Studies show people get more benefits from exercise as they age

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE -  “There’s been conflicting data on whether people are just living longer and we’re just prolonging the period of time they’re in poor health,” said Anne Newman, a Pitt geriatrician and epidemiologist involved in both studies. …   

Burke provides tools for understanding the opioid "Path to Hell"

PITT MED - Amid the wreckage of the opioid crisis, DONALD S. BURKE, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, has contributed to the discussion of the epidemic with a time-lapsed graphic of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, with counties colored according to their death rates. By the mid-2000s, the map displayed explosive color all around the nation (with a red hot spot indicating poisonings in Western Pennsylvania).  

Pitt class presenting naloxone recommendations to national public health group

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - A University of Pittsburgh public health law class that recently presented five recommendations for curbing opioid deaths in the region using naloxone to the Allegheny County Health Department will share those recommendations today at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Denver.The two-year-old class, Law in Public Health Practice, focused its semester-long research into tackling opioid abuse on ... 

Lopez (BCHS ‘90) profiled in Forward magazine

FORWARD MAGAZINE - Pitt Public Health MPH alumna   Ivette Lopez (BCHS ‘90)  was recently recognized in Seton Hill’s Forward magazine for her work in addressing diverse health problems, including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Lopez directs Latino Health Initiatives and serves as an associate professor of Public Health, Behavioral Science and Health Education at Florida A & M University. 

Pitt class's naloxone recommendations presented to national public health group

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES -  “Of the populations we studied, our research suggests that people recently released from incarceration would benefit the most from naloxone distribution because they are highly susceptible to overdosing,” said Elizabeth Van Nostrand, assistant professor of health policy and management at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, and adjunct professor at Pitt’s School of Law, in a statement. …   

Policy to prevent opioid overdose presented

MEDICAL XPRESS - "Heroin-related deaths have tripled in the past decade. There is no quick fix to the opioid overdose epidemic," said Elizabeth Van Nostrand, J.D., assistant professor of health policy and management at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, and adjunct professor at Pitt's School of Law. …   

Pitt Report on Policy to Prevent Opioid Overdose Presented at National Meeting

Training Allegheny County Jail inmates in the use of the heroin overdose antidote drug naloxone, distributing free naloxone to the family and friends of local veterans at risk for overdosing, improving overdose data collection—these are among the main recommendations that an innovative public health law class at the University of Pittsburgh presented recently to the Allegheny County Health Department. 

ANDREA KRISKA addresses American Diabetes Association on activity and prevention

MD MAGAZINE ( video ) - Whatever it is called there is mounting evidence that staying active, whether through exercise or other means, is an important part of preventing the development of diabetes as well as overall health in general. Pitt Public Health epidemiology professor Andrea M. Kriska discussed the role of activity in the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) during the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Associatio... 

Meet Amanda Everman (HUGEN '18), Dean's Scholar

“I don’t think I chose public health. Public health chose me....The more I learned about genetics, the more I knew it was what I wanted to focus on for my career,” she says. The Philadelphia native and Penn State grad says the short distance from her hometown and in-state tuition are nice bonuses, and she’s enjoying her new city. “I was surprised at how different Pittsburgh is from Philadelphia."  

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

THE WASHINGTON POST - “Our focus on Zika has changed,” said Ernesto Marques , an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health who is working on a project to develop a vaccine for the virus.  

Pitt to lead trauma network through $90 million federal defense contract

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Pitt Public Health's Epidemiology Data Center to  coordinate data collection and analysis for a new U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract to Pitt for up to $90M in research to improve trauma care for both civilians and the military alike... 

: Extension: CHE Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship Award

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) has extended the application deadline to October 18 for its Master's & Doctoral Student Scholarship Award. 

Reservations and events in the Pitt Public Health commons

The new Pitt Public Health commons can be reserved through  Karen M. Perkins  in the Dean's Office.  Please note that this space cannot be completely closed  to traffic. Groups holding events will need to be mindful of the needs of other users of the space, especially if the event is  not open to all (e.g. for department-specific events).  

Amrit Kaur’s letter published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In the Introduction To The U.S. Healthcare Delivery System I, students are asked to write a letter to the editor as part of developing the competency of Community Orientation. Occasionally letters get published. I’m pleased to share that Amrit Kaur’s letter that was published in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Meet Simon Yohannes (MMPH '17), Dean's Scholar

Third-year medical student Simon Yohannes decided on Pitt Public Health's Multidisciplinary Master of Public Health  to better serve the communities he cares about most. “I chose public health because of my interest in psychiatry—particularly in immigrant and refugee populations.” 

Opportunities for funding through Competition Space

Opportunities for funding through Competition Space 

How Safe Is Artifical Turf For Pittsburgh-Area Athletes?

PUBLICSOURCE/WESA - Environmental toxicologist Dr. Bernard Goldstein of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health weighs in on the on the safety of artificial turf fields. “Sometimes there is a real relationship, and it shows up first as a cluster. Unless you do the epidemiological studies, we just don’t know,” Goldstein said, adding that such clusters can occur in nature without a common cause."It’s far too early to assume... 

Meet Sarah Sanders (BCHS '18), Dean's Scholar

Dean's Scholar Sarah Sanders (BCHS '18) chose to pursue a career in public health after she was exposed to the roadblocks women and families sometimes face when trying to access consistent, quality health care. “On a small scale I was able to address some of these barriers,” she says, “I envision a world, or at least a city, where culturally competent health care pervades on a community level, where folks are being cared for at every interval o... 

Meet Helen Ann Lawless (BCHS '18), Dean's Scholar

Like many high school students who excel in the quantitative sciences and express a desire to enter health care, Helen Ann Lawless (BCHS '18) was encouraged to become a doctor.  “Once I discovered the field of public health, I knew I could still be involved in the health field while exploring my interests in population health, I changed my major...and never looked back.”  Today, she marvels on her journey from a Pitt undergraduate to a Pitt Pub... 

Meet Joanna Shaw (IDM '18), Dean's Scholar

Unsure of whether to pursue an MD, a PhD, or both, incoming Dean's Scholar Joanna Shaw chose Pitt Public Health's Department of Infections Diseases and Microbiology to further develop her research and lab skills while she solidifies her research and career plans... 

Meet Dean's Scholar Peter Lewellen (HPM '18)

Meet  Peter Lewellen , a pre-med graduate of Duke University and incoming Dean's Scholar in the Department of Health Policy and Management. A native of Manitowoc, WI, Lewellen is pursuing his Master of Health Administration (MHA) and also plans to complete the department's Health Systems Engineering Certificate with Pitt's Swanson School of Engineering... 

Increased Total, CVD Mortality in Young Adults With T1DM

HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge: … Rachel G. Miller, from the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues studied 502 adults <45 years old with childhood-onset T1DM from the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study during the 1996 to 2012 follow-up. …  

How Safe Is Artificial Turf For Pittsburgh-Area Athletes?

PublicSource via WESA-FM:  In the meantime, athletes don’t have to recuse themselves from the turf, said Goldstein, former dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. “But it is wise to take off athletic gear and shower right away,” he said. “There are certain kinds of preventive approaches which come at no cost. That’s one of them. Wipe off, go ahead.” …  

World AIDS Day 2016 Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the World AIDS Day 2016 Conference on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Register now at: 

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

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... 

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