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EPI's Karen Matthews concurs: Relax in romance

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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 vacations.    

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

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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.  

Poor odor identification may be early warning for dementia

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HEALTH CANAL - Research from co-author ANDREA ROSSO of Pitt Public Health's epidemiology department published in 'Neurology' finds that poor odor identification may be an early warning sign for dementia. This study is the first to look at that association in both black and white older adults over a long follow up of nearly 12 years.  

Cauley's SWAN data results in surprising correlation between bone traits and future bone fragility

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NEWS MEDICAL - Jane Cauley (EPI) shared years of data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), enabling fellow researchers to  identify women who will experience bone fragility well in advance of a fracture.  

El Khoudary finds that certain fat around the heart increases risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women

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JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION - Findings by epidemiology's SAMAR R. EL KHOUDARY reveal a previously unknown, menopause-specific indicator of heart disease risk, pointing to potential strategies to reduce that risk. " For the first time, we’ve pinpointed the type of heart fat, linked it to a risk factor for heart disease, and shown that menopausal status and estrogen levels are critical modifying factors of its associated risk in women... 

Why you could lose more weight WITHOUT using pedometers to hit your targets

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MIRROR - Pitt Public Health researchers CANDY KAMMERER ( HUGEN ), RYAN MINSTER ( HUGEN ), TREVOR ORCHARD (EPI), CHIP REYNOLDS (BCHS), AKIRA SEKIKAWA (EPI), and JIAN-MIN YUAN (EPI) have discovered that apps for weight loss may not be the dieting aid you were hoping for. 

Pittsburgh urban teens get less physical activity than the national average

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UPMC NEWS BLOG - “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level recommended by national and international health agencies,” said lead author Bonny Rockette-Wagner, director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. 

Sharing the wealth in Alexandria, Egypt

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UNIVERSITY TIMES - Epidemiology's RONALD LAPORTE and FAINA LINKOV solicited 6,700 research methodology volumes from 150 donors from 30 universities, and they sent them last month in a giant shipping container to the Library of Alexandria. LEWIS KULLER said, “One of the real goals of the library is to increase both the quality and the quantity of scientific investigations and public health [knowledge] in Africa." 

Pitt study: Pittsburgh-area girls falling steps behind in physical activity

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Teenage girls in Pittsburgh are falling more than a step behind -– they’re falling a few thousand steps behind in the area of physical activity, according to a study released today by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. “Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level rec... 

Pittsburgh teen girls take barely half the steps recommended for health

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MEDICAL XPRESS - "Sadly, we found that only about 5 percent of the hundreds of girls who participated in our study met the minimum daily activity level recommended by national and international health agencies," said lead author BONNY ROCKETTE-WAGNER (EPI), director of physical activity assessment at Pitt Public Health. "Girls who were obese or had given birth in the last year were even less likely to achieve adequate levels of physical activity.... 

Myths and truths about gun violence in Pennsylvania

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PUBLICSOURCE via NEW PITTSBURGH COURIER - … A recent study by ANTHONY FABIO, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, found that nearly 80 percent of guns obtained by Pittsburgh police in 2008 were not held by their original owner. 

ANDREA KRISKA addresses American Diabetes Association on activity and prevention

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MD MAGAZINE ( video ) - Whatever it is called there is mounting evidence that staying active, whether through exercise or other means, is an important part of preventing the development of diabetes as well as overall health in general. Pitt Public Health epidemiology professor Andrea M. Kriska discussed the role of activity in the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) during the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Associatio... 

Healthy Lifestyle in Old Age Shortens End-of-Life Disability

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MEDICAL XPRESS - Leading a healthy lifestyle not only extends one’s lifespan, but it also shortens the time that is spent disabled—a finding that had previously eluded public health scientists and demonstrates the value of investing in healthy lifestyle promotion, even among the elderly.  "This clearly demonstrates the great value of investing in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and encouraging people to maintain healthy behaviors into old a... 

Pitt Public Health-led study finds HIV-positive men at higher risk of developing heart disease indicator

Men with HIV were at significantly higher risk for development of coronary artery calcium (CAC), an early sign of coronary heart disease, according to a large national study led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In addition, the study identified two modifiable risk factors independently associated with increased incidence of CAC: smoking and increased insulin resistance. The results are published in the journal  A... 

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