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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. 

To Keep the Weight Off, Keep Tracking Your Diet

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YAHOO NEWS - The researchers found that people tended to stop dietary monitoring after about four months, and that this was followed by regaining weight, said Qianheng Ma, a public health researcher at the University of Pittsburgh and the lead author of the study. 

Wendy King Receives Prestigious Award for Bariatric Surgery Research

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INSIDE UPMC - Wendy King, Ph.D., of the Department of Epidemiology of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, has been awarded the Circle of Excellence Award from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The award was recently presented at the group’s annual conference luncheon to recognize and honor a member who has made a significant and meaningful contribution to the Integrated Health Sciences Se... 

Studies show people get more benefits from exercise as they age

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE -  “There’s been conflicting data on whether people are just living longer and we’re just prolonging the period of time they’re in poor health,” said Anne Newman, a Pitt geriatrician and epidemiologist involved in both studies. …   

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... 

Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America

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THE WASHINGTON POST - “Our focus on Zika has changed,” said Ernesto Marques , an epidemiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health who is working on a project to develop a vaccine for the virus.  

Pitt to lead trauma network through $90 million federal defense contract

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Pitt Public Health's Epidemiology Data Center to  coordinate data collection and analysis for a new U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contract to Pitt for up to $90M in research to improve trauma care for both civilians and the military alike... 

Increased Total, CVD Mortality in Young Adults With T1DM

HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge: … Rachel G. Miller, from the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues studied 502 adults <45 years old with childhood-onset T1DM from the Pittsburgh Epidemiology of Diabetes Complications Study during the 1996 to 2012 follow-up. …  

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... 

Study: Early menopause symptoms linked to heart risks

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PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - Hot flashes and similar symptoms that hit women during their transition into menopause may be more than an annoyance, new research from the University of Pittsburgh reports. When the symptoms begin when a woman is 42 or younger, they may warn of an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. Published Wednesday in the journal Menopause, the observational study was led by Rebecca Thurston, a professor of ps... 

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

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. 

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