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CDC’s canceled climate change conference is back on — thanks to Al Gore (and APHA)

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THE WASHINGTON POST - It turns out there will be a conference in Atlanta this week about climate change and its effects on public health. It just won’t have the federal government behind it. "[Gore] called me and we talked about it and we said, ‘There’s still a void and still a need.’ We said, ‘Let’s make this thing happen,’ ” said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association. “It was a no-brainer.” (1/27/1... 

An open letter to the Allegheny County Council regarding e-cigarettes

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In advance of Monday’s Allegheny County Council Committee on Health and Human Services’ consideration of a proposed regulation to bring laws regarding e-cigarettes in line with traditional smoking laws, the 39-member UPMC CancerCenter and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Council show strong support of the regulation. 

'We cannot keep going like this:' Wolf joins opioid epidemic roundtable at Pittsburgh hospital (VIDEO)

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WTAE ACTION NEWS -- It is a heartbreaking statistic. Every 25 minutes in the United States, a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. Gov. Tom Wolf joined in the fight Friday by leading a roundtable discussion on how to combat the opioid abuse epidemic. "It should be treated as the public health issue that it is," said volunteer Faith Cotter. "Addiction affects the whole family, and I think we should withhold judgement."  Change the st... 

Son of Salk: cooperation will end polio

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PITT NEWS - Peter Salk knows the last step to eradicating polio: teamwork.   According to him, his father, Jonas Salk--the inventor of the injected polio vaccine in 1952--knew more than research would be necessary to eradicate the virus: “Cooperation brings us results. But he knew we have to deal with the issues that arise from man’s relationship to man.” Salk spoke to 150 students, professionals, and Pittsburghers about achieving polio eradi... 

BCHS's Jessica Burke appointed as new associate dean for education

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JESSICA BURKE, associate professor of behavioral and community health sciences, was recently appointed as the new associate dean for education of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, effective March 1, 2017. 

The Affordable Care Act – What’s the future hold? (VIDEO)

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KDKA-TV - Assistant professor MARIAN JARLENSKI (HPM) participated in a 30-minute panel discussion on the KD-PG Sunday Edition about the future of the Affordable Care Act. 

Pittsburgh one of “2017’s Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle”

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NEXTPITTSBURGH - If you’re resolving to be more active and get fit, then you’re in the right spot. In a recent research study, the personal finance website WalletHub crunched the numbers to determine “2017’s Best & Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle” based on 30 weighted measures of cost, participation, facilities and environment. Locals should rejoice (and hit the trails), because Pittsburgh lands an impressive No. 7 spot on the national li... 

APHA declares 2017 the Year of Climate Change and Health

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What we don’t always understand is how climate change is impacting our health, right now! We are seeing rising rates of climate-related health issues like asthma and allergies, respiratory disease, cholera, Zika, malaria, and dengue – just to name a few. The good news is that when people understand the health impacts of climate change, they are more motivated to take action. Stand with APHA to take action against the harmful health impacts o... 

Obituary: M. Michael Barmada of human genetics

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Faculty member M. MICHALE BARMADA (HUGEN) died December 2, 2016, of gastroesophageal cancer.... Barmada was among the first Pitt researchers to tackle next-generation sequencing. Colleagues remember not only his intellect and skills in computational genetics, but also his strong desire to mentor others and share what he knew, “When he wasn’t teaching and mentoring, he was always ready to just sit around and talk about research,... 

2016’s top three in public health

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INSIDE LIFE CHANGING MEDICINE - Pitt Public Health Dean DONALD S. BURKE discusses what he believes were the most important news developments in his field in 2016. 

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