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Bodnar receives outstanding alumnus award from UNC Chapel Hill

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Vice-chair for research in the Department of Epidmiology, Lisa Bodnar is to receive the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017. 

The Environmentalist Papers make the case for conservation in this age

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FAST COMPANY - There are massive economic benefits in our environmental regulations. A paper by EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN and team members from across the country explores the science of environmental protection, noting that the 1963 Clean Air Act has cut key air pollutants by 70%, even as the U.S. population has grown by more than 50% and the economy (GDP) has expanded by 250%. It explains that Americans largely support environmental protection (j... 

Study by IDM's Mellors provides new understanding of HIV infections

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A new study represents an important advance toward better treatments and even a cure. “The immune system stays activated, angry, upset and inflamed despite current treatments, and that’s not good,” said study leader JOHN MELLORS of infectious diseases and microbiology. The research, involving various research centers including the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, counters the idea “that inflammation and immune-cell activati... 

Pitt mourns passing of Nathan Hershey, retired HPM faculty member and health law pioneer

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Health law pioneer and former pillar of the Pitt Public Health faculty, NATHAN (Nat) HERSHEY died on Saturday evening (4/15/17) due to complications from a fall. Nat was an irresistible champion for justice and equity and played an integral role in creating the field of health law, which regulates what is now the nation’s largest industry. 

EOH's Fabisiak interviewed on the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report

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KDKA - Radio afternoon news host Robert Mangino interviewed EOH's JIM FANISIAK about the American Lung Association's "State of the Air" report. Even though our Pittsburgh air seems clear, there's a lot more we can do to clear up some of the worst air quality in the country. 

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics 

Pitt Public Health appoints Shyamal D. Peddada to chair Department of Biostatistics

SHYAMAL D. PEDDADA, PhD has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics. Peddada comes to us from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) where he is the Acting Branch Chief of the Biostatistics & Computational Biology Bra... (04/19/2017)

EPI's Strotmeyer newly elected officer for the Gerontological Society of America 

EPI's Strotmeyer newly elected officer for the Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, announced its newest elected officers, including Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Department of Epidemiology. Officers are chosen by the GSA membership of more than 5,500 researchers, e... (04/18/2017)

Orchard receives medal as newly inaugurated Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology 

Orchard receives medal as newly inaugurated Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology

On April 13, 2017, TREVOR ORCHARD shared his inaugural lecture as Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology with Chancellor Patrick Gallegher and a throng of well-wishers during an event sponsored by Patricia Beeson, provost, senior vice chancellor, and chief academic officer of the University of Pitt... (04/14/2017)

Early onset hot flashes may signal higher heart risks, says EPI's Thurston 

Early onset hot flashes may signal higher heart risks, says EPI's Thurston

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - Hot flashes may be more than a troublesome nuisance for some women during menopause -- they may be a signal for increased risk of heart disease, suggests a team led by REBECCA THURSTON, Department of Epidemiology. The study showed that the association was independent of o... (04/13/2017)

Epi Gives Back brings Safe Sex Kit assembly to Pitt Public Health commons 

Epi Gives Back brings Safe Sex Kit assembly to Pitt Public Health commons

Epi Gives Back, an organization of students, faculty, and staff led by NANCY GLYNN, volunteered to assist the Allegheny County Health Department with assembling Safe Sex Kits for distribution through regional health clinics. ACHD supplied condoms, lubricant, and informational packets for the service... (04/12/2017)

Epi Gives Back collaborates with ACHD to assemble Safe Sex Kits 

Epi Gives Back collaborates with ACHD to assemble Safe Sex Kits

Epi Gives Back is a Department of Epidemiology group with a goal of contributing to the Pittsburgh community through volunteer service projects. Students and faculty recently volunteered with the Allegheny County Health Department, packing safe sex kits (comprised of condoms, lubricants, and informa... (04/11/2017)

HPM's Gellad weighs in on how many pills are too many 

HPM's Gellad weighs in on how many pills are too many

NEW YORK TIMES - The idea of dropping unnecessary medications started cropping up in the medical literature a decade ago. In recent years, evidence has mounted about the dangers of taking multiple, perhaps unnecessary, medications. To reduce the chances of adverse drug effects, patients can play an ... (04/10/2017)

Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants 

Professor Dan Weeks weighs in on federal cuts to big data training grants

CNBC.COM -- Professor of human genetics and biostatistics DANIEL WEEKS reported that applications for BD2K biomedical training grants submitted by the University were denied because of concerns over future funding for the BD2K Initiative. Short for Big Data to Knowledge, BD2K refers to an NIH-funde... (04/07/2017)

HPM's Zhang shows ACO reduces medical costs 

HPM's Zhang shows ACO reduces medical costs

Medicare beneficiaries with Part D prescription coverage with six or more chronic conditions who were connected to an ACO had the highest savings on medical costs — $966 per patient in 2012, said lead author HPM's YUTING ZHANG upon releasing findings. “This is encouraging because it demonstrates tha... (04/05/2017)

EPI's Yuan discovers telomere length predicts cancer risk 

EPI's Yuan discovers telomere length predicts cancer risk

R&D MAGAZINE - The caps of DNA at the end of our chromosomes known as telomeres are a crucial part of our biology. Their condition has been linked to aging, cancer, and a host of other conditions. The short and long extremes of telomere length significantly increase cancer risk, according to new res... (04/04/2017)

When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line, says Goldstein 

When coal replaces a cleaner energy source, health is on the line, says Goldstein

SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC - The TVA case study fits with many other examples of how coal pollution can harm health, says EOH's BERNARD GOLDSTEIN. “We should get rid of particulates, and coal contributes to that.... If the president gets his way, this would slow [coal’s descent] down,” says Go... (04/04/2017)

Large Epidemiological Study by EPI's Yuan finds Telomere Length Predicts Cancer Risk 

Large Epidemiological Study by EPI's Yuan finds Telomere Length Predicts Cancer Risk

 UPMC.COM/MEDIA -- Longer-than-expected telomeres “caps” of DNA that protect the tips of chromosomes may predict increased cancer risk and be a potential target for future therapeutics according to UPCI researcher and professor of epidemiology JIAN-MIN YUAN and colleagues--including doctoral candi... (04/03/2017)

BCHS student Ruiz's 'Ojo Latino' exhibit gives ethnic groups a voice 

BCHS student Ruiz's 'Ojo Latino' exhibit gives ethnic groups a voice

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - From dialects and colloquialisms to food and beyond, there is too much diversity among Latinos for one box. That reminder is one of the riches resulting from Ojo Latino. The photographic exhibit, running April 10-24 in the Pitt Public Health Commons, will kick off with a p... (04/03/2017)

Campus environment tied to sexual assault risk for LGBT people, says BCHS' Coulter 

Campus environment tied to sexual assault risk for LGBT people, says BCHS' Coulter

REUTERS HEALTH - College students in the U.S. who say their campus is welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are less likely to be victims of sexual assaults at school. Researchers found that students who perceived their campus as an inclusive environment for LGBT people were si... (03/29/2017)

BCHS's Baumann and Burke to present in Atlanta "Preliminary Lessons from Using Collaborative Filmmaking in Public Health Research..." 

BCHS's Baumann and Burke to present in Atlanta "Preliminary Lessons from Using Collaborative Filmmaking in Public Health Research..."

BCHS doctoral student SARA BAUMANN, co-author Pema Lhaki, and advisor JESSIE BURKE will present a poster at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research in Atlanta in June. The title is "Preliminary Lessons from Using Collaborative Filmmaking in Public Health Research: A Pilot Study of Menstrual Hygien... (03/28/2017)

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