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King, Wahed, and Belle find wearable fitness devices lack functionality

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LOS ANGELES TIMES - Participants without physical activity trackers showed nearly twice the weight loss benefits at the end of the 24 months. Participants who used wearable devices reported an average weight loss of 7.7 pounds, while those who partook only in health counseling reported an average loss of 13 pounds, according to researchers WENDY KING, ABDUS WAHED, and STEVEN BELLE. 

MPH students Cox and Feathers represent the health department at Sci Tech Days

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MPH students ERIN COX (EPI) and ALISON FEATHERS (IDM), along with members of the National Health Corps Pittsburgh, represented the Allegheny County Health Department at the Carnegie Science Center’s annual Sci Tech Days. They presented information about Lyme disease to middle and high school student participants. 

EPI student Kathleen Creppage's fentanyl discovery recognized by commonwealth

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We're proud that Epi's KATHLEEN CREPPAGE's #opioidepidemic discovery of illicit fentanyl in Allegheny County caught the attention of PA Physician General Rachel Levine and the PA Department of Health. Very timely research.  

BCHS faculty awarded 2-year contract to evaluate diabetes prevention pilot

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TIFFANY GARY-WEBB and ELIZABETH FELTER of Pitt Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences have been awarded a two-year contract to evaluate a Diabetes Prevention Pilot Project for Feeding America. They will be helping to determine the feasibility of offering DPP to people at risk of diabetes who receive food from a food bank. 

BCHS doctoral student O'Malley publishes on homicide review process

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HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICE – Doctoral student TEAGEN O’MALLEY (BCHS '18) and faculty co-authors examine the Pittsburgh Homicide Review Group to evaluate how academic–community partnerships can enhance public health research, encourage translation of research into practice, and support a data-driven approach to improving community health and well-being in "Preventing Violence: A Public Health Participatory Approach to Homicide Reviews." 

Congratulations to BCHS students taking new positions

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Congratulations to MPH students  SHANNON HUGHES (BCHS '17)   and KALI STALL (BCHS '17) on their new positions at the Consumer Health Coalition, a leading consumer health advocacy organization in Southwestern Pennsylvania--where they'll join fellow MPH alumna KATIE HOLLER (BCHS '16).  

Four BCHS students win travel & dissertation awards

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Four BCHS students have recently been awarded travel scholarships: SARA BAUMANN, the Dr. and Mrs. Ryonosuke Shiono (Nationality Rooms) Scholarship; LYCIA NEUMANN, a Global Health Travel Award and theTinker summer pre-dissertation grant from Center for Latin American Studies; CYNDY SALTER, the Ruth Crawford Mitchell Memorial (Nationality Rooms) Scholarship; and MPH/MID student KATIE SIVES, a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. 

HPM's Donohue and Angus comment on drug shortage ties to increased deaths

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REUTERS - In an editorial accompanying this new study, HPM's JULIE DONOHUE and DEREK ANGUS suggest five broad solutions to drug shortages, including early warning systems, rapid changes to professional guidelines about drug alternatives, and expanded stockpiles of drugs. Some of these approaches would "require major restructuring of the industry and its regulation," they write. 

Research by BCHS's Coulter finds sexual assault victimization disproportionately affects certain minority college students

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INSIDE HIGHER ED- "If sexual assault prevention efforts solely focus on heterosexual violence, they may invalidate sexual- and gender-minority people's assault experiences and be ineffective for them," said BCHS doctoral candidate ROBERT COULTER. "To overcome this, existing programs could be augmented to explicitly address homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and racism. And new interventions could be created specifically for sexual, gender, racial ... 

Congratulations on job placements for April HPM graduates!

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Congratulations to several  HPM students on their recent job placements, including MPH candidate JARED GARFIELD (HPM '17), and MHA candidates DANIELLE CEREP (HPM '17), SARAH MILLER (HPM '17), and MATT BAUER (HPM '17).    

HPM blogger Jarlenski explores political correlations within ACA Medicaid expansion

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MEDICAL CARE BLOG - Contributor and HPM assistant prof, MARIAN JARLENSKI, says the future of federal and state Medicaid policy will personally impact the 74 million people now covered through their states’ programs, including the 14.6 million who have gained coverage under the ACA expansion. Has there been a correlation between state-level changes in insurance coverage under Medicaid expansion and states’ political ideology or presidential voting... 

EPI's Bodnar urges more exercise for pregnant women

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WASHINGTON POST - An active lifestyle during pregnancy is safe and beneficial. Last week, epidemiology’s LISA BODNAR published a new report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that investigated the diets of 7,500 pregnant women. The study revealed alarmingly high percentages of added sugars and solid fats in the women’s diets. “Many women gain too much weight during pregnancy, and this has become a major public health concern... 

Lilly takes a stab at pricing transparency, but is it enough of the right data?

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STAT News --  “There are discounts that reduce the price of a drug for everyone and there are rebates that do not reduce prices for everyone. But if a wholesaler does not pass along discounts, then these may not be reducing the overall cost of the medicine, and that’s confusing.” said HPM's WALID GELLAD, co-director of Pitt's Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing.  

EOH's Barchowsky advises on how worried we should be about our drinking water

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PITTSBURGH COURIER - In its monthly health feature, the Courier focuses on drinking water quality in its health feature “Take Charge of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved.” EOH's AARON BARCHOWSKY advises about water safety. 

Women in the U.S. lack proper nutrition before pregnancy, according to EPI's Lisa Bodnar

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NEW YORK MAGAZINE - Research by LISA BODNAR, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, highlights the need for more nutritional guidance for women of reproductive age. Her team found that women in the U.S. aren’t achieving the dietary recommendations, noting that healthy maternal diets have been linked to reduced risks of preeclampsia, preterm birth, fetal growth restriction, and maternal obesity. 

Anson invited to share student services wisdom with colleages at ASPPH annual meeting

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We're proud of JOAN ANSON, who led a forum on "Student Services: Lessons Learned from the Field - Navigating Professional Growth in Student Affairs" at the ASPPH Annual Meeting in DC. It's wonderful to see our staff and faculty recognized as valuable leaders within the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. 

Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system

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DEAN BURKE led a session at today's ASPPH Annual Meeting on "Forecasting and Deflecting the Opioid Epidemic Curve" with a projection of likely opioid overdose deaths based on biostatistical data gathered by JEANINE BUCHANICH and the Mortality Information and Research Analytics (MOIRA) system, a repository and retrieval system for detailed death data from the National Center for Health Statistics developed here (named for the Fates of Greek myth). 

Health reform proposal could threaten long-term care, HPM researchers say

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TRIBLIVE.COM - HPM's EVERETTE JAMES and WALID GELLAD, along with graduate student researcher MEREDITH HUGHES, posted an analysis of the issues on a blog for the journal Health Affairs. Said Hughes, “I don't think it's something that people think of as something that they might need,” Hughes said of long-term care. “A lot of people are aware of health insurance and the issue of going to the doctor, but for most people this is not something that's ... 

Work by Cura Zika's Sadovsky leads to confirmation that the human placenta is most vulnerable to Zika in first trimester

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MEDICALRESEARCH.COM - Work by collaborator YOEL SADOVSKY, scientific board advisor for our CURA ZIKA initiative, finds that the mature placenta was likely to be resistant to infection. His work led to recent research confirmation that the greatest vulnerability to Zika is in the first trimester. 

DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues

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Dozens of Pitt Public Health grads from the capital area gathered at Penn Social during the 2017 ASPPH annual meeting, joining Dean Burke and host faculty for hearty conversations and refreshments. If the forecast of snow scared you away, we missed you! Access our photo albums anytime at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/flickr. 

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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

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PITTWIRE - A team of Pitt scientists led by IDM's PHALGUNI GUPTA developed a test to detect "hidden" HIV that is faster, less labor-intensive and less expensive than the current "gold standard" test. (05/31/2017)
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