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BIOS's Pyne publishes "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health"

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Biostatistics faculty member and scientific director of the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, SAUMYADIPTA PYNE, and co-editors A.S. Rao and C.R. Rao have recently published a 2-volume title, "Handbook of Statistics: Disease Modelling and Public Health" which will serve as a vital resource for statisticians who need to access a number of different methods for assessing epidemic spread in populations, or in formulating public health policy.   

As Zika babies become toddlers, some can’t see, walk, or talk

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NEW YORK TIMES - Infectious disease researcher ERNESTO MARQUES says about 3 percent of 1,000 pregnant Brazilian women in a recent sample were infected with Zika. “The problem’s not going away. We are still having cases. And the future of Zika babies already born is complicated by poverty and strained resources. “Most of these babies are from low socioeconomic status and rely on the public health system to provide care. It’s very difficult to mana... 

Goldstein comments on new study findings: Low birth weights linked to fracking sites

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STATE IMPACT - Infants born to mothers who live very close to natural gas fracking sites have a higher risk of low birth weight, according to a new peer-reviewed study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances . In response to the findings, EOH professor emeritus BERNARD GOLDSTEIN noted that children born with low birth weight have a greater risk of infant mortality, asthma, lower test scores, and lower lifetime earnings. He said, to m... 

Pitt Public Health launches life sciences business accelerator

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POST-GAZETTE - Serial entrepreneur and human genetics chair DIETRICH STEPHAN will serve as CEO of Pitt's new business accelerator, backing a push to leverage Western PA’s strengths in the life sciences with private investors. The 10-year goal is to tackle prevalent and intractable global diseases. The initial focus will be on cancer, Alzheimer’s, multidrug-resistant bacterial infections, obesity, diabetes, and rare genetic diseases.  

Gellad on proposed CVS-Aetna merger (video)

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C-SPAN - Doctor and HPM professor WALID GELLAD discussed the potential impact of the proposed CVS-Aetna merger with Washington Journal host Kimberly Atkins. He says it might mean a fundamental transformation of how health care is delivered... and the transition has been happening for decades. 

Adibi confirms chemical in soft plastics causes key changes in human placentas 

Adibi confirms chemical in soft plastics causes key changes in human placentas

POST-GAZETTE - Odds are you have phthalates inside you. And recent research by EPI’s JENNIFER ADIBI confirms previous findings that the plastic-softening chemicals are linked to changes in the placenta that seem to affect development of the fetus. Because of “ubiquitous exposure”, 99 percent of wome... (12/05/2017)

Roberts finds that top five commercial insurers increasingly rely on public programs 

Roberts finds that top five commercial insurers increasingly rely on public programs

MEDSCAPE - People who haven’t had insurance recently need help understanding their options, help that the ACA’s health care navigator program provided, says HPM’s ERIC ROBERTS. But the federal government has made steep cuts to that program’s funding. “This is a complex market to enter A well-informe... (12/04/2017)

Shaffer: Everything your biology teacher told you about earlobes is wrong 

Shaffer: Everything your biology teacher told you about earlobes is wrong

POPULAR SCIENCE - Geneticists often don’t like to perform population studies at such scale because they are too large to zoom in on any specific details. But that means that we might not be getting the full picture. Research by JOHN SHAFFER, ELEANOR FEINGOLD, and SETH WEINBERG tells us that there’s ... (12/01/2017)

Buchanich,Woolley, and Lann assist with study of opioid trends in other states 

Buchanich,Woolley, and Lann assist with study of opioid trends in other states

CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES - The analysis of California death rates was conducted at the county level using data from the Mortality and Population Data System (MPDS) at Pitt Public Health. Data from biostatisticians JEANINE BUCHANICH, SHANNON WOOLLEY, and MICHAEL LANN include ICD codes for underl... (12/01/2017)

Garland calls for action after several local children killed by gun violence 

Garland calls for action after several local children killed by gun violence

WTAE - “We as adults are always trying to make programs or projects that we think that the kids need,” said BCHS’s RICHARD GARLAND. “But my strategy has always been going to the source, so I’d like to talk to the kids and see what they really need and what’s really on their mind.” (11/28/2017)

Roberts says Medicare pay-for-performance didn’t deliver 

Roberts says Medicare pay-for-performance didn’t deliver

HEALTH LEADERS MEDIA - “As long as these programs do not account adequately for patient differences, which is very difficult to do, they will further deprive practices serving low-income populations of important resources,” said ERIC ROBERTS, assistant professor of health policy and management at Pi... (11/28/2017)

Roberts’ study says when parents are on Medicaid, kids get better health care, too 

Roberts’ study says when parents are on Medicaid, kids get better health care, too

91.5 WESA - When a parent has health insurance through Medicaid, their child is 29 percent more likely to receive an annual physical exam. That’s according to a new study designed by HPM researcher ERIC T. ROBERTS, who calls this correlation between pediatric care and parental health insurance a spi... (11/27/2017)

Van Panhuis on the myth of spacing out kids’s vaccines 

Van Panhuis on the myth of spacing out kids’s vaccines

CONSUMER REPORTS - It’s unwise to delay or spread out vaccines, says EPI’s WILBERT VAN PANHUIS. The CDC bases the schedule on disease risks, vaccine effectiveness at specific ages, and the way vaccines may interact with each other. “To start mixing this up is really complicated and actually can be d... (11/18/2017)

Dodson analysis of Pittsburgh’s open data informs opioid crisis responses 

Dodson analysis of Pittsburgh’s open data informs opioid crisis responses

DATA-SMART CITY SOLUTIONS, HARVARD - Using Pittsburgh’s public safety open data sets, HPM and PHDL’s ZAN DODSON has been advancing the region’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic by sharing his hot-spots research results to public health officials working to coordinate their responses to the c... (11/16/2017)

Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout 

Garland grant mobilizes trauma-response team for Thanksgiving Day rollout

POST-GAZETTE - The second, $160,000 grant was awarded to the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. RICHARD GARLAND, an assistant professor, is leading that effort and has hired two street outreach workers who are focusing on violence prevention through me... (11/15/2017)

FDA approved digital pill: Gellad talks about pros and cons 

FDA approved digital pill: Gellad talks about pros and cons

NPR - While warning of privacy and cost concerns, HPM’s WALID GELLAD explains the upside of the newly FDA-approved “big brother” digital pill. But he warns that there are broader privacy concerns when it comes to sensors that transmit health information. “We’ve seen time and time again that stuff th... (11/14/2017)

Gellad on Trump’s pick to lead Department of Health and Human Services 

Gellad on Trump’s pick to lead Department of Health and Human Services

BLOOMBERG - Azar “is not the pick you would expect from someone who is going around calling the pharmaceutical industry a bunch of murderers,” HPM’s WALID GELLAD, who heads Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, said in a phone interview, referring to Trump’s “Getting away with mur... (11/14/2017)

Castle on when senior-care roommates are the abusers 

Castle on when senior-care roommates are the abusers

STAR TRIBUNE - “It sounds awful to say this, but it’s probably going to take a senator’s mother or father to be involved in an incident like this for policymakers to wake up and take notice,” says HPM’s NICHOLAS CASTLE. “Not a lot of folks realize that the biggest threat to your loved one’s safety…c... (11/14/2017)

Jarlenski finds Medicaid expansion linked to smoking cessation 

Jarlenski finds Medicaid expansion linked to smoking cessation

UPI - “Smoking cessation is notoriously difficult to achieve,” said senior author MARIAN JARLENSKI, HPM. “The sizable increase we found in smoking cessation might lead to significant reductions in death and diseases caused by smoking, and the taxpayer-funded health care expenditures that come with t... (11/13/2017)

Gellad: A unique voice in the drug pricing debate 

Gellad: A unique voice in the drug pricing debate

GENETIC ENGINEERING & BIOTECHNOLOGY NEWS - Health Policy and Management’s WALID GELLAD is a policy researcher, primary care physician, director of Pitt’s Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing, music composer(!), and all-around truth-seeker. His broad expertise has made him a go-to resourc... (11/09/2017)

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