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Sedentary Behavior Linked to Poor Health in Adults with Severe Obesity, Independent of Exercise

Sedentary behavior is associated with poor cardiovascular health and diabetes in adults with severe obesity, independent of how much exercise they perform, a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led study showed for the first time. 

Evans Fellowship - $10,000 towards MPH/MSW

Looking to become a leader? Want a deeper focus on social justice, communication, management, community organizing, and grant writing skills to add to your public health toolbox? Find out how the Evans Fellowship can provide $10,000 towards your MPH/MSW joint degree by contacting  Dr. Mark Friedman at msf11@pitt.edu   

Student Opportunity

The HSHPS Fellowship Training Program provides paid and unpaid training opportunities for graduate and doctoral students interested in working on Hispanic health research.  

Pitt Public Health-led study finds HIV-positive men at higher risk of developing heart disease indicator

Men with HIV were at significantly higher risk for development of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease, according to a large national study led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In addition, the study identified two modifiable risk factors independently associated with increased incidence of CAC: smoking and increased insulin resistance. The results are published in the journal  A... 

PITT PUBLIC HEALTH PART OF INTERNATIONAL STUDY THAT REVEALS NEW GENETIC CLUES TO AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION

Pitt Public Health recruited hundreds of local participants and analyzed data for an international study that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Supported by the National Eye Institute, part of the NIH, the findings may help improve our understanding of the biological processes that lead to AMD and i... 

Pitt Vaccine Researcher Among First to Study Zika Virus Causing Birth Defects in Brazil

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When Ernesto Marques, M.D., Ph.D., first started hearing of strange rashes in Brazilian patients, he didn’t think much of it – perhaps it was a mild strain of dengue.So the University of Pittsburgh scientist and Brazilian citizen was quite surprised when his laboratory tests came back revealing it was a mosquito-borne virus called Zika that had most recently been implicated in outbreaks nearly half a world away in Polynesia.And now, nine months l... 

PEDIATRIC MEDICATION POISONINGS MORE LIKELY IN POOR, RURAL AREAS

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Children younger than 5 who live in economically disadvantaged areas had a greater risk of medication poisoning that resulted in referral to a health care facility, according to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and the University of California, San Diego. These areas were rural and experienced high unemployment, along with lower rates of high school graduation and lower household income. The analysis of ... 

Pittsburgh selected as “Best in Northeast” among nation’s “5 Best Big Cities”

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TIME - Among “5 urban gems offering an abundance of amenities at livable prices,” Pittsburgh was selected as the Best in the Northeast. Suited to both millennials searching for that first job and boomers eager for big-city convenience, this former rust-belt city is transforming itself with both homegrown and high-tech talent. “Between academia, innovative companies, and lots of startup activity, [the tech world] loves it here,” says Kamal Nigam, ... 

Downtown Pittsburgh tops list of nation’s best places to live (We're #1!)

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LIVABILITY - Pittsburgh tops the 2015 list of the nation's best downtowns. Factors considered include the city's growing population, high walk score, amenities, lively entertainment options and dynamic arts and cultural attractions for residents and visitors. Today’s young professionals ages 22–34 are especially drawn downtown to congregate, shop, dine, walk, bike, and live! 

Lawrence A. Kingsley: HIV-positive men at higher risk of developing heart disease indicator

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Men with HIV were at significantly higher risk for development of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease, according to a large national study led by the  University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health . In addition, the study identified two modifiable risk factors independently associated with increased incidence of CAC: smoking and increased insulin resistance. “Taken together, these findings underscor... 

Funding Opportunity

National Institutes of Health: Limited Submissions- One Application per University 

Pitt Public Health Part of International Study that Reveals New Genetic Clues to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

 The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health recruited hundreds of local participants and analyzed data for an international study that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. 

CRAB Invite

The Center for Health Equity (CHE) invites any faculty member or student doing research to utilize its Community Research Advisory Board (CRAB) for assistance. 

How Do We Agree On What “Good” Patient Studies Look Like?

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It seems intuitive: Want to do a good study to improve patient care? Then use real-world evidence to find out what works and what doesn’t – and how to fix it. But without common standards for conducting such studies it can be difficult to gather the support needed to make research-based changes. Sally Morton , Ph.D., professor and chair of biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and director of the Compara... 

JHF Health Innovators Fellowship Application

The Health Innovators Fellowship is designed as a competition and a learning experience. Fellows form a team and pitch technology ideas for an opportunity to win $5,000. 

Obituary: Niel Wald

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Radiation researcher Niel Wald , professor emeritus in the Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, died Nov. 28, 2015, at the Charles Morris Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Squirrel Hill. He was 90. Wald’s research focused on the health effects of radiation. His early work included the study of survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as radiation exposure in nucl... 

Congratulations Marian Jarlenski

Marian Jarlenski, PhD, MPH, has been appointed as a scholar in the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Career Development Program (K12HD043441). 

New Course Announcement- BCHS 2515 Worksite Health Promotion

BCHS 2515: Worksite Health Promotion, Dr. Elizabeth Felter, Thursdays 11-1, 2 Credits, Spring 2016  

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Tell us what we're doing well and how we can improve. Complete the survey by November 30 and enter to win a $15 Starbucks gift card. publichealth.pitt.edu/studentsurvey  

Russell Rule Rycheck Award Application Deadline

For MPH students to develop skills to add to their professional tool bag. Get details at publichealth.pitt.edu/scholarships and apply by December 4. 

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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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Lawmakers vote to end Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency, but Gov. Wolf says it’s not over. Burke is concerned. 

Lawmakers vote to end Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency, but Gov. Wolf says it’s not over. Burke is concerned.

PENN LIVE - Epidemiologist Donald Burke said, “The reason our case rates are as low as they are right now is exactly because of these emergency orders and the business closures and mitigation efforts that have followed. To pull back completely from these protections now… would be unwise in the extr... (06/09/2020)