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What impact are our TV binge-watching habits having on our health?

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TV3 EXPOSE  - Ireland's private-TV news broadcaster cites research by Pitt Public Health's BONNY ROCKETTE-WAGNER on the impacts of TV watching on weight gain and diabetes risk. “Television watching (like other sitting behaviours) has very low energy expenditure, and therefore large amounts of time [spent doing it] could lead to energy imbalance and weight gain.” 

EPI's Rosso explores role of exercise in keeping Alzheimer's at bay

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MEDICAL NEWS TODAY - Epidemiologist ANDREA ROSSO set out to uncover why some people respond to physical exercise inventions better than others. Her hunt for these super-responders saw her looking at genes involved in dopamine regulation. Rosso speculates that higher dopamine levels may play a role in sticking to exercise regimes in lifestyle interventions. 

CPHP’s Van Nostrand launches ELI, new award-winning legal tool for emergency volunteers

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In May 2017, ELIZABETH VAN NOSTRAND and her team from the Center for Public Health Practice were honored with the Medical Reserve Corps Program National Partner Recognition Award for the development of ELI, the Emergency Law Inventory tool — a repository of statutes and regulations that impact volunteers participating in emergency response activities on the topics of liability, license reciprocity, scope of practice, and workers’ benefits. 

Goldstein on Herbert Needleman, who made groundbreaking discoveries on lead poisoning in children

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - “Herb’s science — to use a term already used by others — was an inconvenient truth,” said BERNARD GOLDSTEIN, former dean of Pitt Public Health and EOH professor emeritus. “It was ground-breaking work of the highest importance.... He was a hero to all of us in the public health community.” 

Burke keynotes for Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition

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On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, Dean DONALD S. BURKE addressed members of the Allegheny County Overdose Prevention Coalition at their 2017 Summer Conference. The conference theme was New Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis, and Burke’s keynote address was titled Forcasting and Deflecting the Opioid Epidemic Curve. 

HPM's Gellad asked about Ohio drug price measure

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BLOOMBERG - If a pharmaceutical company wants to gain access to the VA’s market, it has an incentive to offer the VA a lower price on its drugs, said HPM’s WALID GELLAD. But would drug companies simply raise their prices to the VA? 

Thurston on menopausal weight gain challenge

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ENDOCRINE TODAY - “Midlife and the menopause transition is a time when women typically gain weight, and losing it is difficult because there are multiple things going on,” REBECCA THURSTON (EPI) told Endocrine Today . “Women’s physiology is changing, their lives are very busy, and they’re caring, oftentimes, for partners, children and aging parents, so it is a challenge.” 

Gellad on why a money-back guarantee for drugs is a bad idea

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STAT NEWS - One health plan option Trump’s administration is considering may not be much of a deal for consumers. “It’s not going to lower prices substantially, certainly not in the short term and probably not in the long term,” said WALID GELLAD, HPM assistant professor and co-director of the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing at Pitt. “It’s an easy way out of addressing the real complexities.” 

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 how the data tool works. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

“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... 

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... 

Nicholls one of many new citizens that makes Pitt great

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - In the Heinz History Center’s Great Hall, Senior Judge D. Michael Fisher recently administered the oath of allegiance to immigrants as they stood before a U.S. flag. Human genetics researcher ROBERT NICHOLLS was there. “I grew up in Australia and finished my undergraduate work in Melbourne,” he said. After earning a doctorate in England, he lived in Boston, Florida, Cleveland and Philadelphia before coming to Pittsburgh.... 

Rosso finds slower walking may signal mental decline

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PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE - “For a while we weren’t really sure if it was just a parallel decline with age or a truly linked decline,” said EPI’S lead author ANDREA ROSSO. Finding a brain region tied to both provides strong evidence that gait and cognitive change are not just correlated but linked, she said. Measuring gait could allow for earlier dementia detection because individuals often slow their walking speeds before any signs of cognitive im... 

Opioids could kill nearly 5000,000 Americans in the next decade

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STAT NEWS - Pitt Public Health Dean DONALD S. BURKE was asked to weigh in on the problem of projected opioid deaths. “Are we doing enough of what we think works — prescription drug monitoring programs, medication-assisted treatment, naloxone? And are we matching the societal costs with a like expenditure in prevention?” 

Sabik finds Medicaid cuts linked to delayed breast cancer diagnosis

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CBS NEWS - As the Senate takes aim at replacing Obamacare, a new study says Medicaid cuts could boost the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer. “When women lose access to health insurance, they may be less likely to receive recommended mammograms and have access to regular primary care services that would facilitate an early diagnosis of cancer,” said HPM’s LINDSAY SABIK, senior author of the study published Monday in the journ... 

View Burke’s comments to Congress during Opioid Briefing (Video)

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Watch a short video of highlights from Dean Burke’s address at the ASPPH Opioid Briefing to Congress last Monday. He was one of five public health deans invited by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health to present expert testimony about the drastic need for more research data in confronting the abuse epidemic. 

Jarlenski presents at AcademyHealth’s annual research meeting in New Orleans (video)

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On June 24, 2017, HPM’s MARIAN JARLENSKI was interviewed during AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting in New Orleans. She was there to present about her maternal and child research on Medicaid’s funding of medically-necessary abortion and the resulting 15 percent risk reduction in severe maternal morbidity. 

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

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

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. (07/07/2017)
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Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus 

Toward Curing HIV: Test Finds Hidden Virus

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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