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Gellad on Memorial Sloan Kettering curbing executives' ties to industry after COI scandals

NEW YORK TIMES - HPM's Walid ...
Gellad on Memorial Sloan Kettering curbing executives' ties to industry after COI scandals

NEW YORK TIMES - HPM's Walid Gellad calls the policy changes a "watershed moment" and went on to say, "This is highly significant, espeically at such a high-profile academic center. Leadership matters, and the institution has decided that their leaders should not also be concurrently leading for-pr... (01/14/2019)

Albert on program that helps seniors continue to live independently

REUTERS - "You really want to...
Albert on program that helps seniors continue to live independently

REUTERS - "You really want to see people be independent and able to manage without help from their families or from paid services," said BCHS's Steve Albert. "Presumably if you can improve function with the activities of daily life, you reduce the risk of nursing home placement."  (01/14/2019)

Biost joins Hugen in Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day

HUGEN staff joined BIOST for ...
Biost joins Hugen in Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day

HUGEN staff joined BIOST for their Staff Volunteer and Team Building Day, visiting Global Links to sort medical supplies for distribution in resource-poor communities. Afterwards, they switched gears at Lumberjaxes in Mount Lebanon, where they showed off their axe-throwing skills (Joe Germanoski wa... (01/14/2019)

Sevco named COO of UPMC Pinnacle

Congratulations to Mark Sevco...
Sevco named COO of UPMC Pinnacle

Congratulations to Mark Sevco (HPM '91) who will be the COO of UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg. Sevco was formerly president of UPMC McKeesport in McKeesport, PA and UPMC East in Monroeville, PA.  Read the announcement from Becker's Hospital Review.   (01/14/2019)

Garcia-Bates says timing of immunotherapy crucial to outcomes

MEDICAL RESEARCH - "HIV infec...
Garcia-Bates says timing of immunotherapy crucial to outcomes

MEDICAL RESEARCH - "HIV infection is a manageable disease with the advent and availability of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART). But, when ART is interrupted, the virus quickly rebounds to high levels and again targets the immune system. Therefore, new immunotherapeutic treatments are sought... (01/14/2019)

 

Thu
1/17
EOH Journal Club
Metal Concentrations in e-Cigarette Liquid and Aerosol Samples: The Contribution of Metallic Coils EOH Journal Club
Metal Concentrations in e-Cigarette Liquid and Aerosol Samples: The Contribution of Metallic Coils
Thu 1/17 11:00AM - 12:00PM
4140 Public Health, Young Seminar Room

Presenter: Kimberly Garrett

Paper: Metal Concentrations in e-Cigarette Liquid and Aerosol Samples: The Contribution of Metallic Coils

Authors: Pablo Olmedo, Walter Goessler, Stefan Tanda, Maria Grau-Perez, Stephanie Jarmul, Angela Aherrera, Rui Chen, Markus Hilpert, Joanna E. Cohen, Ana Navas-Acien, and Ana M. Rul

Abstract:
BACKGROUND: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) generate an aerosol by heating a solution (e-liquid) with a metallic coil. Whether metals are transferred from the coil to the aerosol is unknown.

OBJECTIVE:Our goal was to investigate the transfer of metals from the heating coil to the e-liquid in the e-cigarette tank and the generated aerosol.

METHODS: We sampled 56 e-cigarette devices from daily e-cigarette users and obtained samples from the refilling dispenser, aerosol, and remaining e-liquid in the tank. Aerosol liquid was collected via deposition of aerosol droplets in a series of conical pipette tips. Metals were reported as mass fractions (lg=kg) in liquids and converted to mass concentrations (mg=m3) for aerosols.

RESULTS: Median metal concentrations (lg=kg) were higher in samples from the aerosol and tank vs. the dispenser (all p<0 :001): 16.3 and 31.2 vs. 10.9 for Al; 8.38 and 55.4 vs. <0:5 for Cr; 68.4 and 233 vs. 2.03 for Ni; 14.8 and 40.2 vs. 0.476 for Pb; and 515 and 426 vs. 13.1 for Zn. Mn, Fe, Cu, Sb, and Sn were detectable in most samples. Cd was detected in 0.0, 30.4, and 55.1% of the dispenser, aerosol, and tank samples respectively. Arsenic was detected in 10.7% of dispenser samples (median 26:7 lg=kg) and these concentrations were similar in aerosol and tank samples. Aerosol mass concentrations (mg=m3) for the detected metals spanned several orders of magnitude and exceeded current health-based limits in close to 50% or more of the samples for Cr, Mn, Ni, and Pb.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings indicate that e-cigarettes are a potential source of exposure to toxic metals (Cr, Ni, and Pb), and to metals that are toxic when inhaled (Mn and Zn). Markedly higher concentrations in the aerosol and tank samples versus the dispenser demonstrate that coil contact induced e-liquid contamination

Thu
1/17
Epidemiology Seminar Series
Why is Age a Risk Factor: Insights from Population Studies - Anne B. NewmanWhy is Age a Risk Factor: Insights from Population Studies - Anne B. Newman Epidemiology Seminar Series
Why is Age a Risk Factor: Insights from Population Studies - Anne B. Newman
Thu 1/17 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Anne B. Newman is chair of the Department of Epidemiology; Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Sciences; director, Center for Aging and Population Health; professor of epidemiology, medicine, and clinical and translational science. Welcome by Andrea M. Kriska and Nancy W. Glynn. 
 

Thu
1/17
Pitt Public Health Event
Diversity in Practice Speaker Series Pitt Public Health Event
Diversity in Practice Speaker Series
Thu 1/17 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Scaife Hall

Health Sciences Diversity "Divserity in Practice" Speaker Series presents "Accommodating Disability in the Lab." Speakers include Assistant Professor, Dr. David Boone and Program Coordinator, Solomon Livshits from the department of Biomedical Informatics. 

Thu
1/17
Biostatistics Seminar Series
Chao Huang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Biostatistics Seminar Series
Chao Huang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Thu 1/17 3:30PM - 4:30PM
Public Health Lecture Hall (A115)

Chao Huang, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present "Surrogate Variable Analysis for Multivariate Functional Responses in Imaging Data".

Thu
1/17
Center for Global Health Lecture
Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human - Salmaan Keshavjee, Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Lecture
Humanizing the Global; Globalizing the Human - Salmaan Keshavjee, Harvard Medical School
Thu 1/17 4:30PM - 6:00PM


Dr. Keshavjee is the Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical University and his research spans four areas: (1) multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment and policy; (2) health-sector reform and access to health care and medical technology in transitional societies, with a special focus on countries of the former Soviet Union (Central Asia and the Russian Federation); (3) the role of non-governmental organizations in globalization and the formation of trans-border civil society; and (4) modernity, social institutions, civil society, and health in the Middle East and Central Asia. In addition to being an active clinician, his methodological expertise is in ethnography, participant-observation, and qualitative interview techniques. His lecture will be given in 602 Cathedral of Learning. 
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