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

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

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Meet PETER LEWELLEN (HPM '18), 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:https://www.maaetc.org/events/view/8202. 

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

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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... 

Study: Early menopause symptoms linked to heart risks

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Hot flashes and similar symptoms that hit women during their transition into menopause may be more than an annoyance, new research from the University of Pittsburgh reports. When the symptoms begin when a woman is 42 or younger, they may warn of an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Published Wednesday in the journal Menopause, the observational study was led by Rebecca Thurston, a professor of ps... 

Could the Next Brooklyn Be Pittsburgh?

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BROOKLYN BASED - When the borough you call home becomes known as one the most expensive places to live in America, it’s natural to look around for better alternatives.... there is another metropolis the 25-34 cohort is gravitating toward that is considerably more buzzworthy, filled with James Beard Award-nominated chefs, tech startups, and the cool factor of a soon-to-open Ace Hotel. The city that holds all this promise? Pittsburgh. It claims mor... 

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

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. 

How Pitt Public Health Swayed Immunization Policy in California

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Richard Pan knew he faced an uphill battle last year when championing his controversial California Senate bill aimed to ensure more children received immunizations. In order to get the bill passed, he had to find a way to help his fellow senators understand why immunizing individual children was good for everyone – and vital to their constituencies. “For lay people, the concept of community immunity – herd immunity – is a hard one,” said Pan, w... 

Alumna vaccinates morning radio hosts

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KDKA RADIO - Lauren Bealafeld Brungo  (BCHS ’15), nurse supervisor for the Allegheny County Health Department, gave flu shots live-and-on-air to KDKA Morning Show hosts Larry and John. Check out the insider video. 

Pitt Public Health alumnus Bennet Omalu discusses 'Concussion' in Thrival festival appearance

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - In a Thrival festival appearance, Pitt Public Health alumnus Bennet Omalu (EPI '04) had zero interest in football in 2002, when Mike Webster’s body arrived at the Allegheny County coroner’s office. So why was Omalu the one who discovered what was wrong with former Pittsburgh Steeler?In a speech that was at times motivational and even emotional, Omalu encouraged audience members to embrace their individuality, discussed... 

Pitt Researcher Turns to Lock-In Programs to Prevent ‘Doctor Shopping’

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Dr. Julie Donohue, associate professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been working with the state medicate agency to investigate the prevalence of opioid overdose in the Pennsylvania Medicaid population. Her pilot grant focuses on lock-in programs that determine the best criteria to identify people who are at risk for abusing prescription opioids, and limit them to filling pr... 

University appoints Jane Cauley to rank of distinguished professor

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - The University has honored Jane Cauley , Department of Epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health, appointing her as distinguished professor. The Distinguished Professor designation honors extraordinary internationally recognized scholarly attainment in an individual discipline or field. By nature of their appointment, distinguished professors are expected to make special contributions to the intellectual advancement... 

Pitt Researchers Analyze Patterns of Prescribed Opioid Misuse

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Dr. Thomas Songer, assistant professor of epidemiology at the   University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , discusses his research on the opioid epidemic. His goal is to find a pattern or common trait among those who start out needing prescribed opioids, but then eventually need hospitalization for misusing them. This research will help policymakers develop legislation to stop that pattern from occurring in the future.  YouTube... 

Lisa Bodnar appointed new vice-chair for research

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Congratulations to  Lisa Bodnar , an associate professor of epidemiology, with tenure, on her appointment as vice-chair for research in the department of epidemiology.  

Experts Say The Presidential Candidates Will Probably Live A Long Time Because They’re Rich And Well Educated

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BUZZFEED - With less than two months to go in the presidential campaign, the conversation around the candidates’ health — and the public’s right to know and speculate on it — is at the forefront.... At 70, Donald Trump would be the oldest elected US president; Hillary Clinton, 68, would be the second oldest. But their age alone isn’t exactly a red flag. The current life expectancy for men and women aged 70 in the US is 84.4 and 86.6 respectively... 

1976 Biostatistics Alumni Return for Mini-reunion

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Biostatistics alumni from the class of 1976 Bill Brant, Jim Daley (pictured), and Steve Belle met-up at the school on September 9, 2016, for a mini-reunion... 

No Driver? Bring It On. How Pittsburgh Became Uber’s Testing Ground

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NEW YORK TIMES -  Any day now, Uber will introduce a fleet of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, making this former steel town the world’s first city to let any passenger hail an autonomous vehicle.  

Wint Works to Understand Undeserved Population Health Needs

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Kristina Wint (BCHS '17) interned this summer at Community Human Services (CHS) in Oakland as part of the Bridging the Gaps program where Pitt Public Health students work directly with underserved populations to better understand their health needs.  

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University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions 

University draws on own experts to guide health and safety decisions

PITTWIRE - The new Healthcare Advisory Group, headed by Anantha Shekhar, new senior vice chancellor for the health sciences and dean of Pitt Med, will monitor the health status of the campus and ensure compliance with legal regulations. Members, including HPM’s Mark Roberts, EPI’s Anne Newman, EOH’... (06/17/2020)
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O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role 

O'Neal Summons Satan for Starring Role

PITTWIRE - Pitt Public Health staff member Scott O'Neal recently took center stage to sing the title role in the world premiere of "Satan's Fall," composed by Steward Copeland, founder of the iconic New Wave band The Police. The metal opera, based on "Paradise Lost", was co-commissioned by the Mend... (02/24/2020)
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Parker elected Hastings Center fellow 

Parker elected Hastings Center fellow

PITTWIRE - HUGEN's Lisa Parker was recently elected fellow to The Hastings Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of research scholars studying ethical questions in medicine, science and technology that help inform policy, practice and public understanding. Parker, along with Robert Arnold o... (02/05/2020)


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Miller finds homophobic men who display traits of toxic masculinity are more likely to be bullies 

Miller finds homophobic men who display traits of toxic masculinity are more likely to be bullies

DAILY MAIL - “There has been a lot of discussion around harmful masculinities in the media and in the research community,” said study author and medical anthropologist Elizabeth Miller, BCHS faculty and chief of adolescent and young adult medicine at Pitt Medicine. However, she added, “no one has a... (08/05/2020)