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Pitt Public Health Finds Association Between Air Toxics and Childhood Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers’ pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition, according to the preliminary findings of a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Pitt Public Health Finds Association Between Air Toxics and Childhood Autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers’ pregnancies and the first two years of life compared to children without the condition, according to the preliminary findings of a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Pitt Public Health Epidemiologists Walk to Cure Diabetes

Dr. Nancy Glynn will lead a team from Pitt Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes 

Pitt Shares in $17 Million Federal Grant to Improve Traumatic Brain Injury Clinical Trials

University of Pittsburgh researchers are key players in a national “dream team” that seeks to identify the best biological and imaging markers of traumatic brain injury (TBI) to improve the ability of clinical trials to find effective treatments for the condition, which annually affects 2.5 million people in the U.S., including athletes and soldiers. 

Model to Improve Diabetes Management Well-Received by Primary Care Physicians

Nurses certified in diabetes education can be integrated successfully into primary care physician offices in an effort to improve the health of people with diabetes, according to a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health evaluation funded by the American Diabetes Association. 

Race and Ethnicity Important When Evaluating Risk of Fat Around the Heart

A man’s likelihood of accumulating fat around his heart – an important indicator of heart disease risk – may be better determined if doctors consider his race and ethnicity, as well as where on his body he’s building up excess fat, reveals an international evaluation led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.  

Five Pitt Public Health Faculty Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

Five members of the Pitt Public Health faculty have been included in the 2014 list of most highly cited researchers in the sciences and social sciences. The list, recognizing around 3,000 researchers worldwide, was compiled by Thomson Reuters.  

The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2014 Fellows

 

Pittsburgh Epidemiologist honored as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow

Elsa S. Strotmeyer, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, was recently named a fellow with the Gerontological Society of America.  

Sex Hormone Levels at Midlife Linked to Bad Cholesterol Carriers that Increase Heart Disease Risk in Women

As hormone levels change during the transition to menopause, the quality of a woman’s cholesterol carriers degrades, leaving her at greater risk for heart disease, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health discovered. 

Pitt Public Health Names First Katherine M. Detre Chair in Population Health Science

Anne B. Newman, M.D., M.P.H., has been selected as the first Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Science at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. 

Cruickshanks Receives Alumni Award for Research

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Karen Cruickshanks (EPI ’87) was honored with the 2014 Alumni Award for Research on May 17 at the annual Alumni Awards dinner. 

Dedicated Alumni Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society in 2014

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Three alumni were inducted into Pitt Public Health's Omicron Chapter of Delta Omega at the 2014 Alumni Awards  dinner:  Aaron Mendelsohn (EPI '96), Sean Rinella (EPI 0'10), and Adam Straub (EOH 0'08). “It is an honor to recognize these distinguished alumni for their commitment to advancing public health through research, teaching and community service,” said Donald S. Burke, Pitt Public Health dean and UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair of Global Health. 

Older Age at Onset of Type 1 Diabetes Associated with Lower Brain Connectivity Later in Life

Children and adolescents older than age 8 at the onset of type 1 diabetes had weaker brain connectivity when tested later in life relative to those who had earlier ages of diagnosis, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences researchers discovered. 

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