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CHE’s Maseru to address AARP forum on health care issues in Pennsylvania

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - With just a week under his belt at Pitt Public Health, incoming director of the Center for Health Equity, NOBLE A-W MASERU, is to join an AARP-sponsored, 90-minute public panel discussion of how older adults (and younger ones with disabilities) could be affected by changes in federal law and state policies, including how proposals may impact health care and insurance, Medicaid funding, and related programs. 

Van Panhuis offers wisdom on some common myths about vaccines for kids

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CONSUMER REPORTS - Myth 2: It’s Safer to Space Out Kids’ Vaccines. Truth: No. Epidemiologist WILBERT VAN PANHUIS says that’s unwise. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks and vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. To start mixing this up is complicated and can be dangerous. 

NIH awards five-year R01 support to EOH’s Di for antibiotics research

The NIH has just announced a five-year award to Y. PETER DI of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) for his group’s research on developing a new class of antibiotics. Di also serves as the director of the Inhalation Exposure Facility and president of theChinese American Lung Association. 

Donohue on the causes of explosive growth in opioid prescription sales

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HUFF POST - What caused the explosive growth in opioid sales? The FDA and TV advertising. In 1997, the FDA rules governing pharmaceutical advertising changed, allowing TV ads to name both the drug and what was for, while only naming the most significant potential side effects. After that, the number of TV ads exploded. A 2009 NPR story stated “there’s an average of 80 drug ads every hour of every day on American television. And those ads clearly ... 

Garland and Fabio want more data to understand neighborhood variations in the deadliness of Pittsburgh shootings

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Dozens of potential factors cause the deadliness rate of shootings to vary widely across the city geographically and from year-to-year. BCHS’ RICHARD GARLAND and EPI’s ANTHONY FABIO, who study troubled youth and violence, wish more police data was available to find patterns in the factors influencing fatality rates. 

Newman contributes to study on how genes affect body mass 

Newman contributes to study on how genes affect body mass

NATURE COMMUNICATIONS - ANNE NEWMAN, EPI chair, is co-author of a recent article on the largest, most comprehensive genetic study of lean mass to date. By understanding the genetic contributions to lean mass—an indicator of muscle mass—future treatments may be developed to prevent the loss of lean m... (08/11/2017)

Pitt Men’s Study contributes to aging and cognition finding 

Pitt Men’s Study contributes to aging and cognition finding

THE LANCET - As the demographics of the HIV epidemic in the U.S. shift toward older age, IDM’s Pitt Men’s Study contributed to an article in Lancet on neurocognition in older HIV patients. (08/11/2017)

30 percent of women have this down-there infection—and they don’t even know it 

30 percent of women have this down-there infection—and they don’t even know it

READERS DIGEST - As many as one in three women will develop bacterial vaginosis (BV) at some point in their lives, but most will have zero clue that have an infection that can wreak havoc on their fertility and increase their risk of developing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. “Bact... (08/11/2017)

Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh celebrates 20 years of promoting health in underserved communities (video) 

Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh celebrates 20 years of promoting health in underserved communities (video)

Celebrating 20 years of service, BRIDGING THE GAPS PITTSBURGH has focused on promoting health in underserved communities while training future health and social service professionals. More than 350 community health interns have collaborated with 58 community partners to provide over 10,255 days of s... (08/11/2017)

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing 

Tseng and Ma use Bayesian hierarchical models to detect and categorize biomarkers in RNA sequencing

RNA-SEQ BLOG - Important work by biostatistics and human genetics professor GEORGE TSENG and biostatistics PhD student TIANZHOU MA proposes a full Bayesian hierarchical model for RNA-seq meta-analysis by modelling count data, integrating information across genes and across studies, and modelling pot... (08/10/2017)

Former Cincinnati health commissioner joins Pitt School of Public Health 

Former Cincinnati health commissioner joins Pitt School of Public Health

TRIBUNE-REVIEW - NOBLE A-W MASERU has been named director of the Center for Health Equity and associate dean for diversity at Pitt Public Health. “Dr. Maseru devoted his energies to achieving a healthier Cincinnati ...particularly in vulnerable and underserved populations,” said Donald S. Burke, dea... (08/08/2017)

Why belly fat really is the worst kind of weight gain, especially for women 

Why belly fat really is the worst kind of weight gain, especially for women

NBC TODAY - “Studies have shown that it’s not just being overweight that matters, it’s also where you store the fat,” said co-author SAMAR R. EL KHOUDARY, associate professor of epidemiology. “When the fat is near the heart it can be like a metabolically active organ that can secrete toxic chemicals... (08/07/2017)

Gary-Webb elected to chair APHA epidemiology section 

Gary-Webb elected to chair APHA epidemiology section

TIFFANY GARY-WEBB, associate professor in BCHS and epidemiology, has been chosen by her peers as chair-elect for the APHA's epidemiology section. Beginning in November, this 6-year commitment consists of 2 years as chair-elect, 2 years as chair, and 2 years as immediate past-chair. Says Gary-Webb, "... (08/02/2017)

Geriatric journal's impact rises under Newman's editorship 

Geriatric journal's impact rises under Newman's editorship

The Gerontological Society of America recently announced that new rankings show its academic journals lead among the most-cited aging publications. The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, which is edited by ANNE NEWMAN, chair of Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology, upheld its first... (07/28/2017)

Contaminants in Pittsburgh's drinking water worry D.C. environmental group, but not local experts 

Contaminants in Pittsburgh's drinking water worry D.C. environmental group, but not local experts

WESA 90.5 - Lead isn't the only potential water contaminant Pittsburgh residents should worry about, according to researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group. Of potential concern are chemicals called trihalomethanes, though they don't worry Pitt researchers including EOH's AARON BARCHO... (07/28/2017)

On health effects, blame the trucks, not the fracking? 

On health effects, blame the trucks, not the fracking?

WESA 90.5 - WVU’s Mike McCawley studies the spike in diesel truck traffic as a potential contributor to health impacts associated fracking. EOH’s JIM FABISIAK isn’t surprised, as diesel exhaust is a known carcinogen, adding “We also know that it contributes probably significantly to many of the othe... (07/28/2017)

What impact are our TV binge-watching habits having on our health? 

What impact are our TV binge-watching habits having on our health?

TV3 EXPOSE  - Ireland's private-TV news broadcaster cites research by Pitt Public Health's BONNY ROCKETTE-WAGNER on the impacts of TV watching on weight gain and diabetes risk. “Television watching (like other sitting behaviours) has very low energy expenditure, and therefore large amounts of time ... (07/26/2017)

EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay 

EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY - Epidemiologist ANDREA ROSSO set out to uncover why some people respond to physical exercise inventions better than others. Her hunt for these super-responders saw her looking at genes involved in dopamine regulation. Rosso speculates that higher dopamine levels may play a role i... (07/20/2017)

CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers 

CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers

In May 2017, ELIZABETH VAN NOSTRAND and her team from the Center for Public Health Practice were honored with the Medical Reserve Corps Program National Partner Recognition Award for the development of ELI, the Emergency Law Inventory tool — a repository of statutes and regulations that impact volun... (07/20/2017)

Burke keynotes for Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition 

Burke keynotes for Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition

On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Dean DONALD S. BURKE addressed members of the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition at their 2017 Summer Conference. The conference theme was New Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis, and Burke’s keynote address was titled Forcasting and Deflecting the Opioid Epide... (07/19/2017)

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