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Hemant Mahajan Assesses Hepatitis C Burden

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As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Hemant Mahajan (EPI '17) assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors. 

Pitt Public Health Nutritional Epidemiologist Selected to Serve on Federal Panel Shaping Pregnancy Diet and Health Guidelines

For the first time, federal dietary and health guidelines for Americans are being updated to include comprehensive advice for pregnant women. 

Newman Named as GSA’s Next Medical Sciences Journal Editor

The GSA has named Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH, as the next medical sciences editor-in-chief of The Journal of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 

Edward Gregg, PhD (EPI ’96), awarded ADA 2016 Kelly West Award

For his extensive dedication to the field of diabetes epidemiology,  Edward Gregg,  PhD  (EPI ’96) , was recognized by the American Diabetes Association as their 2016 Kelly West Award recipient. Given in memory of Kelly West, widely regarded as the “father of diabetes epidemiology,” this award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field. Gregg is currently Chief of the Epidemiology and Statistics Branch in the Div... 

Massoudi Receives Alumni Award for Practice

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Mehran Massoudi (EPI '92, '93) was awarded the Pitt Public Health Alumni Award for Practice on May 20, 2016, at the Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dorman Recognized with the 2016 Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination

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Janice Scully Dorman (HUGEN '81, EPI '83) was recognized on May 20, 2016, with the Alumni Award for Teaching and Dissemination at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society

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Four alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health's Omicron Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society during the 2016 Alumni Awards dinner. - Andrew Althouse (EPI '13) - Gwendolyn Haile Cattledge (EPI '89) - Mary H. Huynh (EPI '03) - Christina Louise Wilds (BCHS '97, '06)  

The Opioid Epidemic: Pitt Public Health Examines the Data

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Western Pennsylvania is in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic, prompting the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to create a pilot grant project that funds several studies exploring different aspects of the problem. Jeanine Buchanich, Ph.D., deputy director of the Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Pitt Public Health, discusses her pilot project to examine data on overdose deaths. The results will be made availa... 

Anne B. Newman,chair of epidemiology, Elected to Prestigious Medical Association

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Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H. , professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the   University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health , was elected to the   Association of American Physicians   at the nonprofit organization’s annual meeting recently held in Chicago. Dr. Newman was inducted into the association for having “attained excellence” in the “pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation ... 

Most Patients Likely to See Reductions in Pain and Disability after Bariatric Surgery; Study Identifies Who Benefits Most

In the three years following bariatric surgery, the majority of patients experienced an improvement in pain and walking ability, as well as a lessening of the degree to which back or leg pain interfered with work, according a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis of a multi-site clinical study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

Pitt Finding Suggests New Heart Disease Screening Target for Middle-Aged Black Women

Middle-aged black women have higher levels of a protein in their blood associated with a predictor of heart disease than their white counterparts, even after other factors, such as obesity, are taken into consideration, according to a study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine. 

Veronica Sansing-Foster (EPI '08, '10)

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Expectations were always high for Veronica Sansing-Foster, but her ascent to administrator and reseacher at the Food and Drug Administration wasn't the result of a calculated career path. Reflecting on the road that took her from the South Side of Chicago to the key post, she cites her own ability and hard work, her ties to generous mentors at Pitt Pubilc Health, and a measure of serendipity. 

Lewis Kuller: To Reduce Risk of Dementia, Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

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Vascular diseases after age 80 is associated with a greater risk of dementia, as is simply living longer, according to new research out of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In a small group of participants, the researchers found an association between zero or low levels of artery-clogging calcium deposits and a low risk of dementia and cardiovascular events, suggesting that the cardiovascular risk factors that lead t... 

Testosterone Treatment Shown for First Time to Benefit Men Over 65

The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health was among a dozen sites nationwide to participate in the first clinical trial to show that testosterone treatment for men aged 65 and older improves sexual function, walking ability and mood.                                                                                                                                                                 Results of The Testosterone Trials... 

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