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Biostats student Lauren Balmert to present findings in Harrisburg

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Doctoral student LAUREN BALMERT (BIOST '17) has been selected to present her research on accidental poisoning mortality to our elected leaders and alumni at Pitt Day in Harrisburg on March 21, 2017.  

EPI researchers find ‘Equol’ may determine if soy protects your heart

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Researchers including faculty Akira Sekikawa & Rhobert Evans, students Vasudha Ahuja (EPI '15) & Abhishek Vishnu (EPI '14), and co-authors in Japan clarify in the BRITISH JOURNAL OF NUTRITION why eating soy foods provides a protective benefit only to some people. Japanese men who are able to produce equol—a substance made when certain “good” gut bacteria metabolize isoflavones in dietary soy—have lower levels of a risk factor for heart disease... 

Jarlenski study raises questions about why young mothers are being prescribed opioids

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FORBES - Young mothers are being prescribed opioid painkillers, placing their children—even those less than a year old—at risk for an overdose. A study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology  co-authored by HPM's MARIAN JARLENSKI found that 12% of women filled a prescription for an opioid within five days of their baby’s birth....[Of them] 14% filled a second opioid prescription 6 to 60 days after delivery.    

BCHS leader appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice.

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Professor Steven Albert, Chair of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, is the newly appointed Philip B. Hallen Endowed Chair in Community Health and Social Justice, recognizing the exceptional quality and importance of his career-long commitment to conducting research intended to improve the health and functioning of vulnerable populations, his teaching, service and leadership, and his dedication to health equity. 

CDC appoints BCHS's Bear to national oversight group on behavioral risk factor surveillance

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Assistant professor Todd Bear has been appointed to the CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) national workgroup which provides oversight for the BRFSS through annual reviews and recommendations concerning the content of the survey, sample design modifications, and protocol adjustments. Congratulations, Todd! 

HuGen's Nimgaonkar sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis 

HuGen's Nimgaonkar sheds light on shared roots of schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis

NEWS-MEDICAL - According to an in-depth computational analysis published in the JOURNAL OF SCHIZOPHRENIA and co-authored by VISHWAJIT NIMGAONKAR, professor of psychiatry and human genetics, variants in eight genes implicated in both schizophrenia and rheumatoid arthritis may explain why susceptibili... (02/24/2017)

EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people 

EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people

KNOWRIDGE - “Adults with severe obesity often have difficultly following national guidelines to participate in at least 30 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity for health benefits,” says lead author WENDY C. KING, associate professor of epidemiology. (02/24/2017)

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER 

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER

PASTE - According to EPI Data Center's ANTHONY FABIO, lead researcher on the study, TV programs that show risk taking, violence or using alcohol or drugs seem to increase risk of injury in people predisposed to hostility. (02/21/2017)

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality 

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality

U.S.NEWS - Speaking from experience, HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS says there are lots of things doctors can do beside taking care of patients. A nonclinical route as medical researcher allows those with a passion for innovation to have enormous influence on the future by discovering a drug or increasing u... (02/21/2017)

EPI and BIOST researchers find wearable fitness devices don't make you more fit 

EPI and BIOST researchers find wearable fitness devices don't make you more fit

NEW YORK TIMES - Work of epidemiology and biostatistics researchers WENDY KING, ABDUS WAHED, and STEVEN BELLE contributed to the IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial cited by the New York Times today. (02/20/2017)

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016 

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR - The NIEHS journal signaled out work by AARON BARCHOWSKY and co-authors as one of the top 25 "Papers of the Year" among 2,700 research papers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The research, published in Stem Cells, found that chronic exposure ... (02/16/2017)

Zimmerman’s CDC report: Flu shot is 48 percent effective 

Zimmerman’s CDC report: Flu shot is 48 percent effective

TRIB LIVE - This year's flu vaccine cut infection risk by less than half, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention co-authored by RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, associate professor in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and professor of family medicine at the University o... (02/16/2017)

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research 

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research

UNIVERSITY TIMES - Selected for this award in recognition of his “pioneering efforts in the field of HIV pre-vention and LGBT health,” RON STALL is praised as a leader in the development of behavioral risk reduction interventions because he has “directed the field to look at HIV from a new angle, se... (02/16/2017)

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski 

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going h... (02/15/2017)

EOH's Bernard Goldstein receives 2017 Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award 

EOH's Bernard Goldstein receives 2017 Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, dean emeritus, on receiving the Society of Toxicology's 2017 Public Communications Award! (02/14/2017)

Epidemiology's Jane Cauley shows testosterone treatment can benefit old men 

Epidemiology's Jane Cauley shows testosterone treatment can benefit old men

KNOWRIDGE SCIENCE REPORT - “We showed that testosterone improved men’s impression that their sexual function and walking ability had improved, suggesting that these effects are clinically important.” said JANE A. CAULEY, coauthor and chair of the TTrials recruitment committee, and principal investig... (02/14/2017)

Dean Burke's drop test could use shapes to spot cancer 

Dean Burke's drop test could use shapes to spot cancer

KNOWRIDGE SCIENCE REPORT - A new way to detect antibodies in blood opens the door to developing simple diagnostic tests for diseases for which no microbial cause is known, including autoimmune diseases and cancer.   “This ‘needle-in-a-molecular-haystack’ approach is a new way to develop diagnostic ... (02/11/2017)

EPI's Karen Matthews concurs: Relax in romance 

EPI's Karen Matthews concurs: Relax in romance

FIJI TIMES - Read what experts say about the effects of vacations to your health. "The more frequent the vacations, the longer the men lived," says KAREN MATTHEWS of Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology.  Matthews analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study to assess the benefits of v... (02/09/2017)

HPM's Walid Gellad agrees that leveraging Medicare's buying power could pull down drug prices 

HPM's Walid Gellad agrees that leveraging Medicare's buying power could pull down drug prices

NPR - The only government report that looks at the issue concluded that it would have a "negligible effect" on prices, but WALLID GELLAD of HPM disagrees. "There's a reason why the pharmaceutical industry does not want Medicare negotiation to happen, and the obvious reason is because it will lower p... (02/07/2017)

EPI's Jane Cauley finds bone marrow fat in older men with diabetes affects fracture risk 

EPI's Jane Cauley finds bone marrow fat in older men with diabetes affects fracture risk

HEALIO - Analysis of the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study by JANE CAULEY reveals that older men with type 2 diabetes have higher levels of vertebral bone marrow fat vs. men without disease, and the increase is associated with both femoral neck and total hip bone mineral density. (02/07/2017)

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