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Pitt Public Health Analysis Challenges Assumptions About Bisexual Men and HIV Transmission

The number of HIV positive men who have sex with both men and women is likely no higher than the number of HIV positive heterosexual men, according to a U.S.-based analysis by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researchers. The finding challenges a popular assumption that bisexual men are responsible for significant HIV transmission to their female partners.  

Considerable Gender, Racial and Sexuality Differences Exist in Attitudes Toward Bisexuality

Men who identify themselves as heterosexual are three times more likely to categorize bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation," an attitude that can encourage negative health outcomes in people who identify as bisexual, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researcher Mackey Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

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.  

Pitt Public Health Professor Receives National Faculty Award

Margaret Potter, J.D., M.S., professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, yesterday was awarded a 2013 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Pfizer Faculty Award at the ASPPH Annual Meeting.    

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.  

Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies

BCHS faculty member, Dr. Jessica Burke, co-authored a paper, entitled “Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies” which uses conceptual agent based modeling to explore the impact of neighborhood interventions on community crime.   

Hardening of Arteries in Elderly Adults Linked to Plaques in Brain, Pitt Study Finds

Older adults with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have beta-amyloid plaques in their brain even if they have no signs of dementia, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published online today in the journal Neurology.   

Pitt Public Health Study Finds Nearly a Third of Pittsburgh Homicides Might Have Been Prevented

 

Fall Faculty Retreat

 

BCHS October News Highlights

 

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” 

New Pitt Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing Opens With Talk on Health Care Reform Effects on Medication Use

A new center focused on improving the quality, safety and value of medication use has been established at the University of Pittsburgh, and it will celebrate its launch with an inaugural lecture delivered by one of the nation’s experts in evaluating medication use and payment and delivery systems in health care. 

When Cells ‘Eat’ Their Own Power Plants; Pitt Scientists Solve Mystery of Basic Cellular Process

A mix of serendipity and dogged laboratory work allowed a diverse team of University of Pittsburgh scientists to report in the Oct. 1 issue of Nature Cell Biology that they had solved the mystery of a basic biological function essential to cellular health.  

Healthy Living May Keep Cells Young

Dr. Opresko interviewed by MedPage Today – Healthy Living May Keep Cells Young.  

Research on Computer Modeling for Emergency Preparedness Featured in Special Journal Issue

Cutting-edge research on computational modeling of public health emergencies and simulations of the potential response, brought together by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  

Genomics Innovator Dietrich Stephan Named Chair of Pitt Public Health Department of Human Genetics

Dietrich A. Stephan, Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Stephan also will serve as the associate director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, a collaborative initiative between the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC, where he will lead the efforts in population genetics and translational acceleration of new disc... 

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

 

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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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Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law 

Sabik sees decline in late stage cancer diagnoses after health reform law

PITT WIRE - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik. “Colorec... (01/28/2020)


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El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause 

El Khoudary finds heart disease risk grows as women move through menopause

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - A marker for heart disease risk considerably worsens as women transition through menopause. Black women experience this accelerated decline earlier in menopause than their white counterparts. According EPI's Samar El Khoudary, the findings add to growing evidence that menopaus... (02/10/2020)
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Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law 

Sabik finds decline in advanced stage cancer diagnoses following health reform law

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Advanced stage cancer diagnoses declined following health insurance expansion in Massachusetts, likely due to increased access to screening and diagnostic services that identified cancers earlier, according to new research led by health economists including HPM's Lindsay Sabik... (02/04/2020)
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Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students 

Miller's research proves program effective in preventing dating violence with middle school students

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Coaching Boys Into Men, a program that seeks to prevent dating violence and sexual assault, reduces abusive behaviors among middle school male athletes toward their female peers, according to clinical trial results published in JAMA Pediatrics. The trial, examining the short- ... (01/28/2020)