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Fabio's research on gun ownership cited in New York Times

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NEW YORK TIMES - Research by Epi's TONY FABIO, was cited by op-ed columnist Bret Stephen's piece "Repeal the Second Amendment." Fabio's study, published in 2016 in the journal Social Medicine, analyzed the guns recovered by Pittsburgh Police and found that the vast majority were not carried by their legal owners.  

Donohue says Trump worsened ACA problems

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90.5 WESA - “The two main criticisms of the Affordable Care Act marketplace were that not enough plans were participating and that premiums were too high, and this policy change … will worsen both of those problems,” said HPM’s JULIE DONOHUE. CALEB WALLACE, an HPM alum and senior director of health policy and assistant counsel at UPMC Health Plan, said the company aims to maintain stability for consumers. “This change in particular … is a little ... 

HPM students take second at 2017 Robbins Case Competition

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Congratulations to Pitt Public Health’s team on their second place finish at the Robbins Case Competition at Baylor University. JOHN CORDIER (MHA/MBA), ZACHARY HAYES (MHA), and AMANDA WILKINS (MHA) were the students who competed in the event. HPM’s KEVIN BROOM (second from right, MHA and MHA/MBA program director) was there to cheer them on, and CHANDLER CAUFIELD (MHA/MBA) attended as an observer. She will be on the team representing us next year.... 

Down the Stream: Pittsburgh’s climate is changing and some are fighting back

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POST-GAZETTE - In this four-part, interactive feature about Pittsburgh’s changing climate, Public Health Dynamics Laboratory director MARK ROBERTS talks about modeling disasters. “We showed that, in many parts of Pittsburgh, you would hit areas where the emergency management system could not respond in the times it likes to respond to the numbers of events that occurred.” 

Thurston finds just three awful events is all it takes for a woman to end up with heart disease

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DAILY MAIL, UK - This study, led by EPI’s REBECCA THURSTON, is one of the first of its kind to assess the impact of trauma on heart disease risk. She said, “These findings underscore the importance of psychosocial factors, such as trauma exposure, in the development of heart disease risk in midlife women.” Thurston is a professor of epidemiology, psychiatry, and psychology, and director of the Women’s Biobehavioral Health Laboratory at Pitt. 

Researchers awarded $1.7 million to study the genetics of human facial features 

Researchers awarded $1.7 million to study the genetics of human facial features

JOHN SHAFFER, assistant professor in the Department of Human Genetics at Pitt Public Health, and Seth Weinberg, an associate professor in the Department of Oral Biology at the School of Dental Medicine, received a grant award of $1.7 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Res... (10/11/2017)

Albert lectures as new Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice 

Albert lectures as new Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice

To mark his installation as the Philip Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice, BCHS’s STEVEN ALBERT will revisit Rousseau’s 1754 Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men , or “Second Discourse.” We have moved beyond early philosophical speculation to an e... (10/10/2017)

Pitt Public Health annual faculty retreat 

Pitt Public Health annual faculty retreat

Every year our school faculty members gather for continuing education and updates on pertinent policies. They work hard all year, and students regularly tell us that it is these are the people that make their degree years so positive. (10/09/2017)

Gellad tells Nightly Business Report about impact of new California bill (Video) 

Gellad tells Nightly Business Report about impact of new California bill (Video)

CNBC - New California legislation prompts Nightly Business Report ’s Meg Tirrell to ask HPM’s WALLID GELLAD about California Governor Brown’s bill requiring pharma to announce 60 days before a rise of more than 16 percent over two years, and to provide justification for the hike. Locate Gellad’s co... (10/09/2017)

Gellad interviewed on Cigna's new OxyContin Rx policy 

Gellad interviewed on Cigna's new OxyContin Rx policy

CNN - Despite any advantages Xtampza may have (harder to crush and abuse), “people still get addicted to oral pills. They can still take too much. They can still overdose,” said HPM’s WALLID GELLAD, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing. Gella... (10/05/2017)

Kuller comments on why hypertension-linked dementia may impact more women than men 

Kuller comments on why hypertension-linked dementia may impact more women than men

It is known that high blood pressure in one’s 50s puts a person at risk for dementia in later life. It's now know that hypertension in the 30s and 40s has a similar effect, but only in women. LEWIS KULLER, epidemiology professor emeritus, talks about why this unexpected research finding might ... (10/05/2017)

Gellad questions CVS Health move to limit access to opioid painkillers 

Gellad questions CVS Health move to limit access to opioid painkillers

WALL STREET JOURNAL - One of the largest managers of pharmaceutical benefits in the U.S. says it will start limiting the duration and dose of some prescriptions for opioid painkillers, in an effort to combat widespread addiction. The restrictions, based on CDC recommendations published last year, co... (09/21/2017)

Gellad says the naloxone pricing system is out of control (video) 

Gellad says the naloxone pricing system is out of control (video)

WTAE ACTION NEWS - As the opioid crisis sweeping the country, demand for naloxone has soared—and so has the price. HPM’s WALID GELLAD, who studies drug pricing, says the system is completely out of control. Naloxone cost increases have sky-rocketed, a huge concern for emergency service providers and... (09/14/2017)

Burke on need to arm officials with opioid crisis data 

Burke on need to arm officials with opioid crisis data

WIRED - Researchers have been calling for this kind of data-driven approach to the national opioid epidemic. They want to study the spread of opioids like infectious diseases, by looking at transmission patterns and recovery rates. But much of the data is locked in state agencies, making it difficul... (09/14/2017)

HUGEN annual retreat welcomes new students 

HUGEN annual retreat welcomes new students

In 2003, the Department of Human Genetics revived a tradition: a beginning-of-the-year department retreat for faculty, staff, students, friends, and family at the Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology. Last weekend’s 2017 gathering featured a poster session, invited speaker talks, student talks, and a pa... (09/13/2017)

Terry models community service outside the classroom 

Terry models community service outside the classroom

BCHS rock star MARTHA TERRY is also amazing outside the classroom. Last weekend she was busy with community work in Pittsburgh’s Friendship neighborhood. (09/13/2017)

Gellad sceptical that drug company outcomes-based pricing can lower costs 

Gellad sceptical that drug company outcomes-based pricing can lower costs

Drug policy researcher WALID GELLAD says the outcomes-based contracts are being viewed as the solution to the drug-price problem, and they’re not going to be, at least not in the short term. The deals don’t stop drug companies from charging high starting prices for new drugs or from steadily raising... (09/12/2017)

Glynn finds small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults 

Glynn finds small increases in physical activity reduce immobility, disability risks in older adults

TUFTS NOW - Adding 48 minutes of moderate exercise per week is associated with improvements in overall physical functioning and decreases in risks of immobility in older adults who are sedentary, finds a new study assisted by author NANCY GLYNN, epidemiology researcher with the Center for Aging and ... (09/12/2017)

Epidemiology study named “Most Effective” in geriatric medicine 

Epidemiology study named “Most Effective” in geriatric medicine

An epidemiology study led senior author ANNE B. NEWMAN and alumna MINI E. JACOB (EPI ’14) was recently named one of the 10 most effective articles in geriatric medicine in 2016 at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting. "Can a Healthy Lifestyle Compress the Disabled Period in Older Adults?" ... (09/12/2017)

Rockette-Wagner finds that sitting for long periods each day linked to increased mortality 

Rockette-Wagner finds that sitting for long periods each day linked to increased mortality

TRIB LIVE - Even people who exercise the recommended two-and-a-half hours per week likely face an increased risk of death if they sit a lot every day, according to a new study on sitting’s health risks. The science of sedentary behavior is more limited than the science of physical activity, said epi... (09/11/2017)

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