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Taylor takes best of show with checkerboard peanut butter pie

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NEW YORK TIMES - This doctoral alum is amazing! CHRIS TAYLOR (EPI '10), who was inducted into the Pitt Public Health Delta Omega Honor Society chapter in May 2017, won best in show in the amateur division at the American Pie Council's championship in June in Orlando, Florida. His winner beat 205 other entries with a recipe inspired in part by a Take5 candy bar, one of his favorites.  

Goldstein comments on Paradise cost: coal, natural gas, and the true price of power

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WV PUBLIC RADIO - Professor and dean emeritus BERNARD GOLDSTEIN said he thinks the gas industry, which is highly fragmented, has missed opportunities to clearly address concerns about its own environmental effects. Those include air and water pollution near drilling sites, disposal concerns related to drilling waste, and the greenhouse gas emissions that result from methane leakage. As a result, any health effects remain to be clearly understood.... 

Burke research tops epidemiology citations in Classic Papers list

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GOOGLE SCHOLAR - In June 2017, Google Scholar released a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the test of time. These Classic Papers were published in 2006 and the list includes the ten most-cited articles, proving that though research is often about the latest findings, some have an impact long after their publication. We are proud to report that in the field of epidemiology, the Classic Papers list includ... 

Reynolds intervied on elderly experience of depression

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NEWSDAY - Asked about the keys to preventing depression, BCHS professor CHARLES REYNOLDS says, “It’s relatively straightforward for older adults who have relatively mild symptoms. We teach people better coping skills, better problem-solving skills and better sleep habits, and we encourage healthier lifestyles with more physical activities and better diets. Better self-care helps reduce the risk of depression in older adults, maybe by 20 to 25 per... 

Facing measles outbreak, Europe could benefit from Project Tycho (video)

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UPMC INSIDE - As it wrestles with an ongoing measles outbreak (35 deaths in the past year), Europe may soon learn more about the impact of vaccination programs, thanks to Pitt Public Health’s PROJECT TYCHO analysis just getting underway. Watch a video explaining epidemiological curves, how this Pitt data tool works to track the last 125 years of outbreaks, and how vaccines have prevented 100 million cases of infectious disease.   

Newman comments on research on aging independently

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PBS NEWSHOUR - Reporter Roni Dengler asked ANNE NEWMAN, epidemiology chair and former geriatrician, for comments on this new study. Newman voiced concern that the all-male cohort’s inconsistent participation may have skewed the results toward healthier individuals. The senior author from Upsala University acknowledged this limitation, noting that it’s possible the trends they see would be stronger if there had been less bias. 

Pitt Public Health partners with state to destroy leftover prescription opioids

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro hopes that destroying unused pills will help curb the state’s opioid epidemic. The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will be assessing the distribution of 300,000 drug-deactivation pouches in partnership with the state office and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. 

Baric co-founder of public health NGO in Peru

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Alumna KATIE BARIC (BCHS ’17), co-founder of the NGO, Hands on Peru, reports that “in June alone, we hosted 11 international volunteers, 9 health campaigns, and served 140 patients!&drquo; 

BCHS faculty meet with Feeding Ameria about U.S. family hunger

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Last month BCHS faculty TIFFANY GARY-WEBB and ELIZABETH FELTER met in Chicago with staff at Feeding America about evaluating community-based diabetes prevention programs in food banks. 

BCHS alumna begins new position at Pitt School of Medicine

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KRISTINA WINT (BCHS ’17) will begin a new position in the School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine with Dr. Lisa Schlar. She will coordinate interconception care for mothers using well baby visits to promote mother’s health. 

Former Cincinnati health commissioner, Noble Maseru appointed associate dean for diversity and CHE director

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Noble A-W Maseru, PhD, MPH, will join Pitt Public Health as director of the Center for Health Equity (CHE), associate dean for diversity, and professor of public health practice in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. Maseru served for more than a decade as health commissioner for the City of Cincinnati Health Department where he oversaw more than 400 employees and an annual budget of $49 million dollars. 

Salk's polio vaccine is biggest scientific discovery in Pennsylvania history

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SCIENCE ALERT - From the invention of the steam-powered boat engine to the sequencing of the human genome, each state can claim its own scientific advancements. Pennsylvania claims Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine, invented while working at the University of Pittsburgh. The vaccine is now used worldwide, and the World Health Organization thinks the disease can be eradicated in the near future. The number of cases is down from 22,000 cases in 1952 in th... 

“If Climate Change Brings an Environmental Health Crisis, How Will Pittsburgh Respond?”

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ALLEGHENY FRONT / 90.5 WESA - Beyond simulating epidemics, PUBLIC HEALTH DYNAMICS LAB models help predict the local impact of a severe air pollution crisis exacerbated by a heat wave. "We can get population-level estimates of how many calls to emergency rooms there would be based on the age and gender and diseases that people in various communities have,” says MARK ROBERTS, PHDL director and HPM chair. In 1948, twenty people died when thick smog ... 

Garland part of new Allecheny County anti-violence trauma team ready to hit the streets

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The Pitt Public Health CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY’s Violence Prevention Initiative received funding from the Allegheny County Health Department for community outreach to prevent firearm violence. RICHARD GARLAND, assistant professor of public health practice, will coordinate the effort, joined by a community trauma response team from FOCUS Pittsburgh. 

Kuller on whether new claim that heartburn meds raise dementia risk

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ALZFORUM - Last year, a widely reported epidemiology study came to the troubling conclusion that elderly people who regularly took proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) were at increased risk of dementia. Now, a study published in the June 7 Journal of the American Geriatrics Society challenges this association.  Which study is correct? Both Lewis Kuller, University of Pittsburgh, and John Breitner, McGill University, Montreal, said it’s impossible to t... 

Online Service Aiming to Match Moms-to-Be With Doulas Wins Student Pitch Competition

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PITTWIRE - Finding a suitable doula — a professional who gives physical and educational support before, during and after childbirth — can be difficult, said Pitt Graduate School of Public Health Student ALYSIA TUCKER of BCHS. Her prize-winning idea could make the process easier.  

Chancellor Gallagher weighs in on the "Pittsburgh myth, Paris reality"

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SCIENCE - "If the president truly wants to represent the interests of Americans, he would learn from the real histories of these regions and promote economic and environmental progress through research, education, and innovation," advises Pitt's Chancellor Patrick Gallegher, responding to the tired trope that Pittsburgh is a rusty urban relic—a manufacturing city of steel that has fallen on hard times, held back by unfair global competition, and... 

EOH’s Di exploring alternative for antibiotic-resistant infections

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NIH RESEARCH PORTFOLIO - In the face of antibiotic-resistant infections, the National Institutes of Health have awarded EOH’s Y. PETER DI a five year R01 support grant to research a new class of antibiotics, testing the efficacy of a set of novel antimicrobial peptides with potent bactericidal activity against most drug-resistant bacteria. 

Is Getting Genetically Engineered a Human Right?

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Pittsburgh ranked among nation’s “Top 10 downtowns”

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LIVABILITY - In 2016 rankings, Pittsburgh maintains its status among the nation’s best downtowns, after topping the list in 2015. Factors considered include the city’s growing population, high walk score, amenities, lively entertainment options and dynamic arts and cultural attractions for residents and visitors. Today’s young professionals ages 22–34 are especially drawn downtown to congregate, shop, dine, walk, bike, and live! 

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YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals? 

YNGBLKPGH. What does Pittsburgh mean to 140 young black professionals?

PITTWIRE -   Pitt alum Brian Burley (BUS ’13G) continues to highlight young black leaders and create community ties through his www.YngBlkPgh.com site. This social enterprise started with his book “YNGBLKPGH” (Young Black Pittsburgh) which features more than 140 African-American professionals und... (07/23/2018)
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BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use 

BCHS alum Chelsea Pallatino wins faculty development award supporting work on intimate partner violence & substance use

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna CHELSEA PALLATINO (BCHS ’17) has been awarded the Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Award by the University Center for Social and Urban Research to support her pilot research project entitled “Co-occurring Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use: Understanding B... (07/19/2018)
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Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education 

Innovation Institute recognized at Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

PITTWIRE - The University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute was recognized for its commitment to building programs that accelerate innovations from the laboratory and research into commercialization at the recent Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Alumni EVA... (07/02/2018)


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Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported 

Buchanich Finds 70K Opioid-Related Deaths Likely Went Unreported

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Several states are likely dramatically underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths because of incomplete death certificate reporting, with Pennsylvania leading the pack, according to a new analysis by Pitt Public Health. “Proper allocation of resources for the opioid e... (07/19/2018)
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Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use 

Pittsburgh finds overdose risk quintuples with opioid and Benzodiazepine use

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - In the first 90 days of concurrent opioid and benzodiazepine use, the risk of opioid-related overdose increases five-fold compared to opioid-only use among Medicare recipients. "Having multiple prescribers who are not in communication increases the risk for overdose,” says HPM... (07/02/2018)
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Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women 

Pitt Public Health finds ‘good cholesterol’ may not always be good for postmenopausal women

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Postmenopausal factors may have an impact on the heart-protective qualities of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – also known as ‘good cholesterol.' “The results of our study are particularly interesting to both the public and clinicians because total HDL cholesterol is still us... (06/25/2018)
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