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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. 

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." 

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. 

HPM blogger Jarlenski explores political correlations within ACA Medicaid expansion 

HPM blogger Jarlenski explores political correlations within ACA Medicaid expansion

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 the... (03/21/2017)

EPI's Bodnar urges more exercise for pregnant women 

EPI's Bodnar urges more exercise for pregnant women

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 ... (03/21/2017)

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

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

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'... (03/20/2017)

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

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

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. (03/20/2017)

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

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

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 ma... (03/17/2017)

Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system 

Dean Burke forecasts future opioid death rates based on MoIRA system

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 repo... (03/16/2017)

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

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

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 ... (03/16/2017)

DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues 

DC alumni reception brings together friends and colleagues

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.publich... (03/15/2017)

Osteoporosis treatment is in crisis with lower drug usage, says EPI's Jane Cauley 

Osteoporosis treatment is in crisis with lower drug usage, says EPI's Jane Cauley

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The crisis in osteoporosis is an acute one, and in the last several years it has gotten to a crisis level because of the significant decline in treatment. As president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, JANE CAULEY, distinguished professor of epidemiolog... (03/14/2017)

Zhang shows Medicare Part D drug savings under ACA 

Zhang shows Medicare Part D drug savings under ACA

PITTSBURGH BUSINESS TIMES - "We found that Medicare beneficiaries with Part D prescription coverage with six or more chronic conditions who were aligned to an ACO had the highest savings on medical costs—$966 per patient in 2012, compared to their peers not assigned to an ACO," said lead author YUT... (03/13/2017)

Pitt Public Health - Fighting for a Future Free of Cancer (video) 

Pitt Public Health - Fighting for a Future Free of Cancer (video)

DIETRICH STEPHAN and SUSANNE GOLLIN of our Department of Human Genetics are featured in a video about their work to connect genetic technologies to address development and growth of breast cancer tumors. Hear about their personal motivations and their strategies for attacking cancer today and into t... (03/12/2017)

IDM's Ernesto Marques knows Brazil's Zika families suffer a life of struggle and scares 

IDM's Ernesto Marques knows Brazil's Zika families suffer a life of struggle and scares

NEW YORK TIMES - In the impoverished northeast, devoted parents live around the needs of children whose grave disabilities are only beginning to be understood. “These babies, most of them or all of them, they’re going to live very long lives, you can keep them alive a long time, and they will need a... (03/11/2017)

Krafty introduces biostatistical methods to uncover what happens when we sleep 

Krafty introduces biostatistical methods to uncover what happens when we sleep

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN STATISTICAL ASSOCIATION - Associate professor ROBERT KRAFTY and coauthors including Pitt's Sleep and Chronobiology Center introduce a new method to unlock information collected by devices that monitor activity during sleep. The study uncovered new connections between heart ra... (03/09/2017)

Hacker on how Black girls pay higher price when sex education isn't taught 

Hacker on how Black girls pay higher price when sex education isn't taught

PUBLIC SOURCE - Sex education curriculum is approved by district school boards, and the topic can become controversial. Allegheny County Health Department director and HPM/BCHS faculty member  KAREN HACKER says she supports comprehensive sex education. “There’s been very little evidence to show that... (03/09/2017)

HUGEN's Feingold studies how genes influence facial appearance 

HUGEN's Feingold studies how genes influence facial appearance

INSIDEUPMC - Senior associate dean, geneticist, and biostatistician ELEANOR FEINGOLD contributed to this interdisciplinary research team's findings: measures of eye, nose, and facial breadth could be associated with genetic variants in certain regions of the genome. In several of these regions, gene... (03/08/2017)

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