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Orchard receives medal as newly inaugurated Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology

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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 Pittsburgh. Orchard's talk was titled "The Cardiovascular Complications of Type 1 Diabetes: A 30-year Pittsburgh Perspective." 

EPI's Thurston finds early hot flashes are frequently linked with heart risk

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CBS NEWS - Among women between 40 and 53 years of age, frequent hot flashes were linked to poorer function in blood vessels, the study found. This association was independent of other heart disease risk factors, noted the team led by REBECCA THURSTON, EPI faculty, professor of psychiatry and psychology, and director of the Women's Biobehavioral Health Laboratory. 

Care packages received by Peace Corps Volunteers Godfrey and Cook

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INGRID GODFREY (IDM), pictured, and CLAY COOK (BCHS), both Peace Corp Volunteers in Moldova, were delighted to receive the care packages sent by friends via the Center for Global Health. The boxes were filled with cards and small, non-perishable items like candy, magazines, lightweight books, and small personal care items. 

FRED data plays key role in California's new high in vaccination rate

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WASHINGTON POST - California's school vaccination rate is at its highest level since 2001 after the state required almost all public school children to get immunizations. Pediatrician and elected official Richard Pan authored the new legislation after viewing the dramatic impact of measles vaccination via our own Public Health Dynamics Laboratory's FRED (Framework for Reconstructing Epidemiological Dynamics). The data visualization stirred Pan to... 

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

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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 other heart disease risk factors, and the link seemed restricted to the younger women in the study -- there was no such relationship among women aged 5... 

Center for Health Equity: Making a difference in communities of color

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PITTSBURGH COURIER - Coordinating health services in African American barbershops. Documenting the daily life of Latino immigrants. Exploring strategies to reduce gun violence. Building academic-community partnerships. These are some of the initiatives of the CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY (CHE) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. The center has a goal to reduce the major causes of excess mortality among underserved popu... 

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

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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 project. 

Epi Gives Back collaborates with ACHD to assemble Safe Sex Kits

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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 informational literature) are designed for distribution through local health agencies. For details about upcoming service projects to be held in the Pitt Pub... 

FRED modeling will help Allegheny County target heart disease interventions

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With the data, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Health is using its platform, the Framework for Reconstructing Epidemic Dynamics (FRED), to “model how different census tracts look with regard to different cardiovascular risk factors as well as outcomes in terms of mortality,” ACHD director and HPM faculty KAREN HACKER said. “Then we’re going to look to see if any of these social determinants may actually contribute to the differenc... 

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

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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 important role in medication “deprescribing.” HPM's WALID GELLAD advises that at every visit with a doctor, “patients should ask, ‘Are there any medic... 

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

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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-funded program to update biomedical big data sets. Weeks had high hopes of procuring funding, calling it "quite disheartening" given the time and effort sp... 

Pittsburgh leads "The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017"

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HARPERS BAZAAR - Pittsburgh is the top-ranked city in this list of "The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017"  -- ranking #4 overall worldwide after New Zealand, Canada, and Finland. "It's not the first thing you think of when dreaming of a weekend getaway, innovative food scene or art hub, but it delivers on all accounts in droves."   (Jan 5, 2017 issue) 

Pitt biostatistics student Yi Liu wins American Statistical Association best poster award

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Doctoral student YI LIU (BIOS ’17) was awarded the Mihaela Serban Best Poster Award in the American Statistical Association (ASA) Pittsburgh Chapter's 2017 poster competition for her presentation "Copula-based Score Test for Large-scale Bivariate Time-to-even Data, with an Application to a Genetic Study of AMD Progression." 

Students Partner with MedLife to Provide Care in Peru

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INSIDEUPMC.UPMC.COM -- Pitt’s Global Health Student Association recently traveled to Lima, Peru, on a week-long service trip. GHSA is composed of grad students who share an interest in global health and believe health care should be available to everyone. The students collaborated with MedLife to help provide preventative screening, health care and service to community members living in poverty. 

HPM's Zhang shows ACO reduces medical costs

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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 that ACO providers may be prioritizing their focus on beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.” 

EPI's Yuan discovers telomere length predicts cancer risk

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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 research by EPI professor and study lead author JIAN-MIN YUAN. His team found that certain cancers are much more likely in people with longer telomeres, ... 

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

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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 Goldstein, who coauthored a March 23 New England Journal of Medicine opinion piece on why the Trump administration should pay attention to environmental... 

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 candidate ZHENSHENG WANG (EPI ’17)--who analyzed blood samples and health data on more than 28,000 Chinese people enrolled in the Singapore Chinese Health ... 

Jennifer Silva, Expert on challenges of coal country to lecture at Pitt Public Health

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PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - On Tuesday, Jennifer Silva, an assistant professor of sociology at Bucknell University, will share her research tales at Pitt Public Health's “One Book, One Community” lecture. Among the questions Silva is trying to answer in her research: What happens when people feel left behind? Who do they blame? And if they can't rely on getting a job to have a good life, how do they create a life that is meaningful? 

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

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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 presentation on 4/10, 2 to 3 p.m., in A115. CAMILO RUIZ, a Colombian, is studying for advanced degrees in public health (BCHS) and anthropology. Wit... 

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HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests 

HuGen alumna's creation aims to reduce radiation exposure from stress tests

PITTWIRE - Doctoral alumna MALIHA ZAHID ( HUGEN  '09) aims to reduce the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to when undergoing diagnostic imaging. Her creation, to be used during cardiac stress tests, was a previous Pitt PInCh winner. (04/17/2018)
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Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together 

Coming of Age Ceremony brings Japanese tradition, Pittsburgh community together

PITT WIRE - While learning English at Pitt, 25 Japanese students missed out on the annual Coming of Age Ceremony, a national holiday in Japan. The Asian Studies Center threw them a party. “So many people support me here in Pittsburgh,” said Nanami Moriyasu, a Yasuda student majoring in English lite... (02/07/2018)
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Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women 

Thurston finds link between traumatic events and future heart disease risk in women

PITT WIRE - When we consider the determinants of women’s cardiovascular health, we need to think beyond biology alone,” said epidemiologist Rebecca Thurston. She recently led a study that demonstrates how traumatic experiences in life are linked to later vascular health issues that place women at ri... (12/12/2017)

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Pitt Public Health partners with PA and the Aetna Foundation on Opioid Data Dashboard 

Pitt Public Health partners with PA and the Aetna Foundation on Opioid Data Dashboard

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - "In as near-real time as possible, this dashboard will give health officials, policymakers, law enforcement and the public a more complete, dynamic picture of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania," Dean Burke said. "This should allow us to maximize limited resources to stem thi... (04/04/2018)
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Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs 

Dean Burke among ASPPH members that issued joint letter to Governor Wolf, urging for the removal of bans to syringe service programs

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - Pennsylvania leaders of ASPPH member schools issued a joint letter to Governor Tom Wolf, urging him to remove barriers to syringe service programs in the Commonwealth. DEAN DONALD BURKE was among the signers. Syringe service programs are among responses the opioid crisis recom... (03/14/2018)
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Team to discover 15 new genes that shape our face 

Team to discover 15 new genes that shape our face

ASPPH FRIDAY LETTER - DNA determines what we look like, including our facial features. But first, researchers need to figure out which genes in our DNA are responsible for specific characteristics of our face. HUGEN’s SETH WEINBERG says, “In the past, scientists selected specific features, includin... (03/05/2018)
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