Epi Department News

Weighing In: Three Years Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Patients See Big Benefits, Pitt Study Says

For millions of Americans struggling with obesity and considering surgical procedures to achieve weight loss and alleviate obesity-related health complications, a new study adds weight to the health benefits attributed to bariatric surgery.  

Women Report Better Sexual Health after Weight-Loss Surgery, Researchers Find

Researchers measuring the changes in sexual function and sex hormone levels in women following bariatric surgery have found that, on average, women reported significant improvements in overall sexual functioning and satisfaction.  

Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Associated with Preterm Birth in Non-White Mothers

African-American and Puerto Rican women who have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to go into labor early and give birth to preterm babies, research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health reveals.  

Pitt Public Health Findings Suggest Improved Way to Determine Heart Disease Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

Physicians caring for people with type 1 diabetes might be better able to determine their patients’ chances of developing heart disease if they include their levels of protective antioxidants in the assessment, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  

First Annual MaryFran Sowers Memorial Lecture

Dr. Elsa S. Strotmeyer will give the first Annual MaryFran Sowers Memorial Lecture, “Peripheral nerves and musculoskeletal function: Impact on mobility outcomes in older adults” 

Finding ways to reduce stress is important for good health

The air conditioner broke this morning, and we all know how hot those Pittsburgh summer days can get; my Mother has to be at the doctors by 10am but of course my car is being fixed; my granddaughter’s softball league is playing at the middle school tonight at 7pm and my Family is meeting here for dinner before the game; I need to clean the house a little before my Family gets here; throw something together for dinner; and to top it all off my gra... 

Long-term HIV treatment may reduce risk for atherosclerosis


6-week Ambassador classes offer folks ways to embark upon healthy aging

There are many lifetime events that bring a family together. Whether it is a wedding, a birthday or other milestones, there is always one element that is involved — food. 

Dr. Lewis Kuller Receives 2013 American Heart Association Population Prize

Dr. Lewis Kuller, professor emeritus and distinguished university professor of public health, has been selected to receive the 2013 Population Prize by the American Heart Association. 

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC & Pitt Public Health Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Study Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injuries

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers have been selected by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a $16.5 million international study to evaluate treatments for pediatric traumatic brain injuries (TBI). 

Pitt Researchers Find No Increase in Brain Cancer Related to Working at Connecticut Jet Engine Manufacturing Plant

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health have concluded a 12-year, multi-part study into a perceived increase in brain cancer at the Pratt & Whitney jet engine manufacturing plant in North Haven, Conn., and have found no statistically significant elevations in the overall cancer rates among the workforce. 

Pittsburgh Remembers Respected Epidemiologist with Memorial Symposium

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health invites the public health community to attend a memorial symposium on Friday May 31, in honor of Dr. Kim Sutton Tyrrell who passed away late last year. 

Brooks Receives the 2012 Craig Award for Excellence in Teaching

Maria Brooks, associate professor in the epidemiology department has been awarded the 2013 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence for her exceptional service in and outside of the classroom, encouraging learning and professional growth of all of her students and advisees, ensuring that classroom content is meaningful and relevant, well thought out and organized, as well as being able to teach and convey concepts in the complex area of epide... 

Pittsburgh Epidemiologists Release Book on the "Silver Tsunami"

The average age of the world’s population is increasing at an unprecedented rate and this increase is changing the world. This “Silver tsunami” emphasizes the need to provide advanced training in epidemiology and increase the cadre of experts in the study of aging. 

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