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Considerable Gender, Racial and Sexuality Differences Exist in Attitudes Toward Bisexuality

Men who identify themselves as heterosexual are three times more likely to categorize bisexuality as "not a legitimate sexual orientation," an attitude that can encourage negative health outcomes in people who identify as bisexual, according to an analysis led by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health researcher Mackey Friedman, Ph.D., M.P.H.  

Weighing In: Three Years Post-Op Bariatric Surgery Patients See Big Benefits, Pitt Study Says

For millions of Americans struggling with obesity and considering surgical procedures to achieve weight loss and alleviate obesity-related health complications, a new study adds weight to the health benefits attributed to bariatric surgery.  

Pitt Public Health Professor Receives National Faculty Award

Margaret Potter, J.D., M.S., professor of health policy and management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, yesterday was awarded a 2013 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)/Pfizer Faculty Award at the ASPPH Annual Meeting.  

Women Report Better Sexual Health after Weight-Loss Surgery, Researchers Find

Researchers measuring the changes in sexual function and sex hormone levels in women following bariatric surgery have found that, on average, women reported significant improvements in overall sexual functioning and satisfaction.  

Low Vitamin D Levels During Pregnancy Associated with Preterm Birth in Non-White Mothers

African-American and Puerto Rican women who have low levels of vitamin D during pregnancy are more likely to go into labor early and give birth to preterm babies, research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health reveals.  

Pitt Public Health Findings Suggest Improved Way to Determine Heart Disease Risk in Type 1 Diabetes

Physicians caring for people with type 1 diabetes might be better able to determine their patients’ chances of developing heart disease if they include their levels of protective antioxidants in the assessment, according to a new study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  

Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies

BCHS faculty member, Dr. Jessica Burke, co-authored a paper, entitled “Dynamic Simulation of Crime Perpetration and Reporting to Examine Community Intervention Strategies” which uses conceptual agent based modeling to explore the impact of neighborhood interventions on community crime.   

Hardening of Arteries in Elderly Adults Linked to Plaques in Brain, Pitt Study Finds

Older adults with hardening of the arteries are more likely to have beta-amyloid plaques in their brain even if they have no signs of dementia, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published online today in the journal Neurology.   

Pitt Public Health Study Finds Nearly a Third of Pittsburgh Homicides Might Have Been Prevented

 

Fall Faculty Retreat

 

BCHS October News Highlights

 

First Annual MaryFran Sowers Memorial Lecture

Dr. Elsa S. Strotmeyer will give the first Annual MaryFran Sowers Memorial Lecture, “Peripheral nerves and musculoskeletal function: Impact on mobility outcomes in older adults” 

New Pitt Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing Opens With Talk on Health Care Reform Effects on Medication Use

A new center focused on improving the quality, safety and value of medication use has been established at the University of Pittsburgh, and it will celebrate its launch with an inaugural lecture delivered by one of the nation’s experts in evaluating medication use and payment and delivery systems in health care. 

When Cells ‘Eat’ Their Own Power Plants; Pitt Scientists Solve Mystery of Basic Cellular Process

A mix of serendipity and dogged laboratory work allowed a diverse team of University of Pittsburgh scientists to report in the Oct. 1 issue of Nature Cell Biology that they had solved the mystery of a basic biological function essential to cellular health.  

Healthy Living May Keep Cells Young

Dr. Opresko interviewed by MedPage Today – Healthy Living May Keep Cells Young.  

Research on Computer Modeling for Emergency Preparedness Featured in Special Journal Issue

Cutting-edge research on computational modeling of public health emergencies and simulations of the potential response, brought together by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.  

Genomics Innovator Dietrich Stephan Named Chair of Pitt Public Health Department of Human Genetics

Dietrich A. Stephan, Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Stephan also will serve as the associate director of the Institute for Personalized Medicine, a collaborative initiative between the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC, where he will lead the efforts in population genetics and translational acceleration of new disc... 

Finding ways to reduce stress is important for good health

The air conditioner broke this morning, and we all know how hot those Pittsburgh summer days can get; my Mother has to be at the doctors by 10am but of course my car is being fixed; my granddaughter’s softball league is playing at the middle school tonight at 7pm and my Family is meeting here for dinner before the game; I need to clean the house a little before my Family gets here; throw something together for dinner; and to top it all off my gra... 

Long-term HIV treatment may reduce risk for atherosclerosis

 

6-week Ambassador classes offer folks ways to embark upon healthy aging

There are many lifetime events that bring a family together. Whether it is a wedding, a birthday or other milestones, there is always one element that is involved — food. 

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Lara Siminerio Lemon delivers student address at Pitt's Commencement 2018 Graduate Ceremony 

Lara Siminerio Lemon delivers student address at Pitt's Commencement 2018 Graduate Ceremony

PITT WIRE - In Pitt's graduate student address, EPI doctoral graduate LARA  SIMINERIO LEMON told the audience: "You only have one life. So do what you choose with it but remember: it's the only chance you'll get ... Please do not lose the momentum that Pitt has provided to each one of us ... g... (04/26/2018)
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The HIV Prevention and Care Project turns 25 

The HIV Prevention and Care Project turns 25

PITT WIRE - Led by IDM's TONY SILVESTRE, the Pitt Public Health project serves as the facilitator of the HIV prevention and care community planning process in Pennsylvania. With initiatives like Acceptance Journeys and Project SILK, the work has received recognition from multiple federal health bod... (04/26/2018)
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HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests 

HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna MALIHA ZAHID ( HUGEN  '09) aims to reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to when undergoing diagnostic imaging. Her creation, to be used during cardiac stress tests, was a previous Pitt PInCh winner. (04/17/2018)

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Pitt Public Health surpasses 7,000 alumni with 2018 Convocation ceremony 

Pitt Public Health surpasses 7,000 alumni with 2018 Convocation ceremony

On Sunday, April 29, Pitt Public Health welcomed over 200 graduates into the school's alumni community at our annual Convocation. “Our alumni cohort is now 7,000 people deep, since the school’s founding 70 years ago. Our impressive alumni give the school an international network of influence and th... (06/13/2018)
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Williams-Pate represents Pitt Public Health as This is Public Health ambassador  

Williams-Pate represents Pitt Public Health as This is Public Health ambassador

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Thirty-five new ambassadors, including KYANNA WILLIAMS-PATE (BCHS ’19), are joining the program, representing the This Is Public Health brand and 23 ASPPH member institutions. Throughout the year, ambassadors participate in a series of public health outreach events along with p... (05/21/2018)

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990 

Racial disparity in premature deaths has narrowed since 1990

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - The past quarter century has brought a striking decline in earlier-than-expected deaths among blacks in the U.S. “We were surprised by these findings because they demonstrated such dramatic improvement,” said DEAN DONALD BURKE. “Our study shows that racial disparity in health ... (05/07/2018)
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