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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... 

Three Pitt Public Health researchers recognized with 2017 Toxicology Awards

Three Pitt Public Health researchers will be honored at the March awards ceremony of the 2017 Society of Toxicology (SOT), which recognizes excellence in advancing the science of toxicology. 

Rosemarie Ramos (EOH '03, '05)

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My positive experience at Pitt Public Health has had a lifelong impact on me as a public health professional. It’s given me the self-confidence to contribute to improvements in population health and health equity.    

Tracking Diesel Pollution In Downtown Pittsburgh

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WESA - The Allegheny County Health Department enlisted the help of a University of Pittsburgh professor to study the concentrations of diesel pollution Downtown. 

To disrupt cancer growth, 2 Pittsburgh labs try cutting its fuel

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE REVIEW - Patricia Opresko , associate professor of environmental and occupational health  at Pitt Public Health, studies stopping telomere growth by bombarding parts of cells with free radicals, the harmful atoms that can be generated from smoking, stress and other environmental factors. The results of her work--published this month in the journal Nature Structural and Molecular Biology-- suggest that oxidative stress, if d... 

Are Children Growing Up Near Highways More Likely to Be Asthmatic?

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MD Magazine - The study was conducted by researchers from the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (PA), the University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR), and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. 

International Team Decodes Cellular Death Signals

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PHYS.ORG - A multidisciplinary international team of scientists solved the mystery of a recently discovered type of controlled cell death, mapping the path to potential therapies for conditions ranging from radiation injury to cancer. The study, led in part by the University of Pittsburgh, is reported today in two papers in Nature Chemical Biology.. .  “Our team successfully decoded the signaling language that cells use to trigger ferroptosis,” ... 

How Safe Is Artifical Turf For Pittsburgh-Area Athletes?

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PUBLICSOURCE/WESA - Environmental toxicologist Dr. Bernard Goldstein of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health weighs in on the on the safety of artificial turf fields. “Sometimes there is a real relationship, and it shows up first as a cluster. Unless you do the epidemiological studies, we just don’t know,” Goldstein said, adding that such clusters can occur in nature without a common cause."It’s far too early to assume... 

EOH's Barchowsky explains Arsenic exposure and muscle regeneration (VIDEO)

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WILEY VIDEO ABSTRACTS - Professor of environmental and occupational health Aaron Barchowsky and Fabrisia Ambrosio of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine explain new research detailing how chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration. The full report is published online in STEM CELLS , "Arsenic Promotes NF-Κb-Mediated Fibroblast Dysfunction and Matrix Remodeling to Imp... 

Chronic Arsenic Exposure Can Impair Ability of Muscle to Heal After Injury, Says Pitt Study

Chronic exposure to arsenic can lead to stem cell dysfunction that impairs muscle healing and regeneration, according to an animal study conducted by researchers at theUniversity of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. In a report published online in STEM CELLS, they noted that inhibiting a certain protein in an inflammatory pathway can reverse the harmful effects and that environmental exposures might explain why... 

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