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Even Limited Physical Activity is Linked to Lower Rates of Depression in Bariatric Surgery Patients

Adults undergoing bariatric surgery who are more physically active are less likely to have depressive symptoms and to have recently received medication or counseling for depression or anxiety than their less active counterparts, according to new research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

Dr. Fabio was invited to speak at the "Health Across the Lifespan- Allegheny County 2012" conference

Dr. Anthony Fabio, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Injury Research and Community Action (CIRCA), spoke at the Health Across the Lifespan Conference sponsored by the Graduate School of Public Health, the Allegheny County Health Department, and the Pennsylvania State Health Department. 

Pitt Vaccine Triggers Immunity to Prevent Colon Cancer

A first-of-its-kind vaccine developed by University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) researchers successfully prompted the immune system to respond to early indications of colon cancer in people at high risk for the disease. 

Epidemiology Department mourns the loss of longtime friend and colleague

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church for faculty member Kim Sutton-Tyrrell, who died Dec. 3, 2012, of ocular melanoma. Tyrrell, vice chair for academics in the Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was 54. 

Groundbreaking Epidemiologist Retires from Pitt Public Health

Sheryl F. Kelsey, Ph.D., the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University , retired last week from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , following an illustrious career in epidemiology. 

Changes in Carotid Artery During Menopausal Transition May Predispose Older Women to Higher Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Substantial changes in the diameter and thickness of a section of carotid artery in perimenopausal women may indicate a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in women, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health . 

Epidemiology Faculty Member Highlighted in Pittsburgh Magazine

The accomplishments of Eunha Shim, PhD, Epidemiology faculty member were recently highlighted in the October 2012 edition of Pittsburgh Magazine. 

Lucile Adams-Campbell (EPI '83)

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Lucile Adams-Campbell started her October 12 guest lecture with a surprising definition of a cancer survivor: anyone who’s been diagnosed with a cancer, starting with the moment of diagnosis and extending to end of life. This can mean duration from a single day to a span of many years. She went on to say that it is a lack of resources—access to care and treatment—that determines much of a survivor’s longevity. What happens after diagnosis matters... 

Urine Test Can Indicate a Woman's Risk of Bone Fracture, Pitt Public Health Study Finds

A simple urine test can indicate a premenopausal woman’s risk of suffering bone fractures as she ages, according to new research led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health epidemiologists. 

Epidemiology Graduate Wins Hagerdorn Prize

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health alumna Naoko “Nan” Tajima, M.D., Ph.D., recently became the second epidemiologist to receive the prestigious Hagedorn Award from the Japan Diabetes Society. It is the top prize in Japan for scientific work in diabetes.  Since 1987, one award recipient has been chosen annually.  Dr. Tajima is the second female to receive this honor. 

GSPH Assistant Professor Leads National Study That Offers Insight on Doubts About the %Good% in %Good Cholesterol%

New research from the University of Pittsburgh suggests that doubts raised recently about the protective effects of high density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol by a genetic study and several recent clinical trials of HDL-raising drugs could be put to rest by using a better indicator of HDL status. 

Pitt Researchers Link Heat and Increased Stroke Risk

  When temperatures approach or exceed 90 degrees, health officials warn people to stay inside and keep cool, and if that's not possible, drink plenty of fluids, use sunscreen, wear light clothing and avoid exertion.  

GSPH Associate Dean for Research Co-Principal Investigator in National Study

A multidisciplinary team at the University of Pittsburgh will be leading a national effort to explore the relationship between the bacteria that live in the lungs, gene activation patterns, and disease progression. The project, funded by a three-year, $8.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, intends to learn more about the causes and progression of two potentially deadly yet under-studied lung diseases, alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT... 

Pitt-led study finds more alcohol abuse among bariatric surgery patients

There was a higher prevalence of alcohol use disorders among patients who underwent bariatric surgery in the second year after surgery and specifically after a specific type of gastric bypass compared with the years immediately before and following surgery, according to a study in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

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