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Celebrate 70: Global health impact (video)

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Faculty and alumni spoke on a panel to highlight the public health impact on global communities, including immigration crises, planetary health, climate change, and the importance of health systems. KELLY SALDANA (BCHS ’01) talked about creating resiliency and figuring out what that means both at the individual level and the systems level to help lessen negative effects of climate change.  

Celebrate 70: The opioid crisis (video)

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Experts from across public health disciplines discuss opioid epidemic research, intervention strategies, challenges, and steps for the future. “What we have to start to ask is what is it as a culture that we think is the most important part of what drives us, and that shouldn’t be bottom line, it should be quality of life, ” says JAN PRINGLE (EPI ’86) about the cultural shift on attitudes towards drug use.   

Celebrate 70: Local impact panel (Video)

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“It’s not about doing the cool work. It’s about doing the work that is necessary for that community,” says RUTH MODZELEWSKI (HUGEN '96) in a discussion featuring faculty and alumni about their impact on local communities, including collaboration between the private and public sector, the value of community based participatory research, empowering communities with early access to data, and acknowledging the “invisible” Latino community in Pittsbu... 

Celedon tells working parents, take a deep breath: preschool, daycare do not raise asthma risk

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UCSF NEWS - A study that involved combing through more than 50 years of data to assess the link between asthma and daycare and preschool attendance may provide welcome reassurance to working parents. Early child care does not boost children’s risk for developing this common respiratory disease, according to the study led by researchers including JUAN CELEDON, EPI and HUGEN professor.   

Traveling to Brazil? Get a yellow fever vaccination first says Marques

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WASHINGTON POST - Travelers headed to Brazil should make an appointment for a yellow fever vaccination. “If you are going for tourism, you should definitely get the vaccine,” said EPI’s ERNESTO MARQUES. The CDC recently raised the level of concern in response to a yellow fever outbreak. The agency expanded its warning to travelers unvaccinated tourists contracted the mosquito-borne virus in newly identified hot spots. 

Osteoporosis as serious, but less understood in men than women says Cauley

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HEALIO - In 1998, researchers submitted the initial NIH grant for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study, designed to examine bone loss and fracture risk factors in older men. Much less is known about fractures and osteoporosis in men than in women. Although osteoporosis is still considered a woman’s disease, a man aged 60 years has a 25% chance of experiencing a fracture in his lifetime, says EPI’s JANE CAULEY. 

Fabio on reasonable guns legislation hinges on reasonable discussion

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DAILY PRESS – In Del. Mike Mullin’s op/ed on gun violence he quotes EPI’S ANTHONY FABIO. Fabio worked with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on a study that found that in more than 80% of gun crimes, the person committing the crime was not in legal possession of the weapon. The problem isn’t legal gun ownership, it is illegal gun ownership. “All guns start out as legal guns,” says Fabio.   

Fabio's input on stolen gun homicides in the gun debate

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FACTCHECK.ORG - As lead author of the study on recovered guns in Pittsburgh, EPI's ANTHONY FABIO comments on the lack of relevant data in firearm research. Fabio served in a fact checking capacity, commenting on the recent President-Congress discussion on gun violence reduction. His major criticism; “There’s not a lot of money for research with the word ‘firearm’ in it.”  

Chalhoub: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

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DIDIER CHALHOUB (MMPH ’12, EPI ’15) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging Interdisciplinary Studies Aging Section. His areas of research include aging, osteoporosis, and sarcopenia, concentrating on osteoporosis and body composition with a special interest in understanding the effect of muscle-bone interaction on outcomes such as fractures. 

Buchanich: 2018 Delta Omega Inductee

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While completing her MPH and PhD degrees, JEANINE BUCHANICH (EPI ’98, ’07) worked full time for the Department of Biostatistics at Pitt Public Health and was appointed research assistant professor and deputy director of the Center for Occupational Biostatistics and Epidemiology in 2008. She has served as principal investigator or coinvestigator on many studies in occupational health epidemiology, vital status systems and tracing, and other topic ... 

Peter: 2018 Margaret F. Gloninger Service Award

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BERNADINE PETER (EPI ’88) is population health coordinator and registered dietitian at Val Verde Regional Medical Center in Del Rio, Texas. She previously served at Franklin Primary Health Center Inc. in Mobile, Ala., where she educated patients with diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, in addition to securing nutrition and wellness grants for the underserved. 

Norris: 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Research

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JILL NORRIS (EPI ’88, ’90) is professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research focuses on the relationship of environment in the development of autoimmune diseases, including type I diabetes, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus in genetically susceptible individuals. 

Analyzing street drugs an early warning system in opioid crisis

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Findings published in the journal Public Health Reports suggest that real-time information about stamp bags can be used to supplement current public health surveillance measures and could serve as an early warning of new illegal drugs of high lethality available at the local level. It is the first robust and detailed public health report of a stamp bag surveillance system.  

Thurston study reveals sexual harassment can make victims physically sick

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THE WASHINGTON POST - “People need to understand that trauma is not just something that happens in the mind,” said EPI's REBECCA THURSTON, who has spent the past four years studying women who have suffered sexual abuse and harassment. Over time, she discovered, sexual harassment can work like a poison, stiffening women’s blood vessels, worsening blood flow, and harming the inner lining of their hearts.   

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