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EPI's King reports that standing is a good start for very obese people

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KNOWRIDGE - “Adults with severe obesity often have difficultly following national guidelines to participate in at least 30 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity for health benefits,” says lead author WENDY C. KING, associate professor of epidemiology.  

EPI's Fabio finds TV habits may be sending you to the ER

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PASTE - According to EPI Data Center's ANTHONY FABIO, lead researcher on the study, TV programs that show risk taking, violence or using alcohol or drugs seem to increase risk of injury in people predisposed to hostility. 

HPM's Roberts encourages medical career choices that suit your personality

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U.S.NEWS - Speaking from experience, HPM Chair MARK ROBERTS says there are lots of things doctors can do beside taking care of patients. A nonclinical route as medical researcher allows those with a passion for innovation to have enormous influence on the future by discovering a drug or increasing understanding of a disease. 

EPI and BIOST researchers find wearable fitness devices don't make you more fit

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NEW YORK TIMES - Work of epidemiology and biostatistics researchers WENDY KING, ABDUS WAHED, and STEVEN BELLE contributed to the IDEA Randomized Clinical Trial cited by the New York Times today.  

Arsenic work by EOH's Barchowsky cited as top paper of 2016

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ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR - The NIEHS journal signaled out work by AARON BARCHOWSKY and co-authors as one of the top 25 "Papers of the Year" among 2,700 research papers funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The research, published in Stem Cells, found that chronic exposure to arsenic might alter the ability of muscles to regenerate after injury, and that NF kappa B, a protein involved in tissue repair, might play a role. 

Zimmerman’s CDC report: Flu shot is 48 percent effective 

Zimmerman’s CDC report: Flu shot is 48 percent effective

TRIB LIVE - This year's flu vaccine cut infection risk by less than half, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention co-authored by RICHARD ZIMMERMAN, associate professor in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and professor of family medicine at the University o... (02/16/2017)

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research 

BCHS's Ron Stall named a 2017 chancellor award winner for research

UNIVERSITY TIMES - Selected for this award in recognition of his “pioneering efforts in the field of HIV pre-vention and LGBT health,” RON STALL is praised as a leader in the development of behavioral risk reduction interventions because he has “directed the field to look at HIV from a new angle, se... (02/16/2017)

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski 

New moms may be getting opioid painkillers they don't need, says HPM's Marian Jarlenski

PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER - "There are many guidelines for managing acute or chronic pain, but not for maternity care," said lead author MARIAN JARLENSKI, a Pitt health-policy researcher. "We have a public health crisis with opioid addiction. We were surprised to see more than 1 in 10 women were going h... (02/15/2017)

EOH's Bernard Goldstein receives 2017 Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award 

EOH's Bernard Goldstein receives 2017 Society of Toxicology Public Communications Award

Congratulations to Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, dean emeritus, on receiving the Society of Toxicology's 2017 Public Communications Award! (02/14/2017)

Epidemiology's Jane Cauley shows testosterone treatment can benefit old men 

Epidemiology's Jane Cauley shows testosterone treatment can benefit old men

KNOWRIDGE SCIENCE REPORT - “We showed that testosterone improved men’s impression that their sexual function and walking ability had improved, suggesting that these effects are clinically important.” said JANE A. CAULEY, coauthor and chair of the TTrials recruitment committee, and principal investig... (02/14/2017)

Dean Burke's drop test could use shapes to spot cancer 

Dean Burke's drop test could use shapes to spot cancer

KNOWRIDGE SCIENCE REPORT - A new way to detect antibodies in blood opens the door to developing simple diagnostic tests for diseases for which no microbial cause is known, including autoimmune diseases and cancer.   “This ‘needle-in-a-molecular-haystack’ approach is a new way to develop diagnostic ... (02/11/2017)

EPI's Karen Matthews concurs: Relax in romance 

EPI's Karen Matthews concurs: Relax in romance

FIJI TIMES - Read what experts say about the effects of vacations to your health. "The more frequent the vacations, the longer the men lived," says KAREN MATTHEWS of Pitt Public Health's Department of Epidemiology.  Matthews analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study to assess the benefits of v... (02/09/2017)

HPM's Walid Gellad agrees that leveraging Medicare's buying power could pull down drug prices 

HPM's Walid Gellad agrees that leveraging Medicare's buying power could pull down drug prices

NPR - The only government report that looks at the issue concluded that it would have a "negligible effect" on prices, but WALLID GELLAD of HPM disagrees. "There's a reason why the pharmaceutical industry does not want Medicare negotiation to happen, and the obvious reason is because it will lower p... (02/07/2017)

EPI's Jane Cauley finds bone marrow fat in older men with diabetes affects fracture risk 

EPI's Jane Cauley finds bone marrow fat in older men with diabetes affects fracture risk

HEALIO - Analysis of the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men study by JANE CAULEY reveals that older men with type 2 diabetes have higher levels of vertebral bone marrow fat vs. men without disease, and the increase is associated with both femoral neck and total hip bone mineral density. (02/07/2017)

Poor odor identification may be early warning for dementia 

Poor odor identification may be early warning for dementia

HEALTH CANAL - Research from co-author ANDREA ROSSO of Pitt Public Health's epidemiology department published in 'Neurology' finds that poor odor identificaiton may be an early warning sign for dementia. This study is the first to look at that association in both black and white older adults over a... (02/03/2017)

Pregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants 

Pregnant women turn to marijuana, perhaps harming infants

NEW YORK TIMES - “I don’t think public health officials should be alarming people,” said MARIAN JARLENSKI, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of Health Policy and Management at Pitt Public Health. “They just have to say, ‘There have been studies done, and there is some risk.’” (02/02/2017)

Walid Gellad on accusations of price fixing by drugmakers of insulin 

Walid Gellad on accusations of price fixing by drugmakers of insulin

MARKETPLACE - In a Marketplace interview about insulin drugmakers accused of price fixing, WALID GELLAD (HPM) said, “They’re competing on the price that the pharmacy benefit manager and the insurer pays. They're not competing on the price that the patient pays." (01/31/2017)

Meryl Karol receives 2017 SOT Founders Award 

Meryl Karol receives 2017 SOT Founders Award

SOCIETY OF TOXICOLOGY - In a career spanning almost four decades, MERYL KAROL has been actively engaged in research that has advanced the role of toxicology in safety decision-making. She has published extensively on chemically induced allergy and asthma and individual susceptibility to allergic dis... (01/31/2017)

Cauley's SWAN data results in surprising correlation between bone traits and future bone fragility 

Cauley's SWAN data results in surprising correlation between bone traits and future bone fragility

NEWS MEDICAL - Jane Cauley (EPI) shared years of data from the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), enabling fellow researchers to  identify women who will experience bone fragility well in advance of a fracture. (01/30/2017)

How to train yourself to need less sleep 

How to train yourself to need less sleep

TIME - “There are far more people who would like to need less sleep than who actually need less sleep,” says DANIEL BUYSSE, Pitt professor of psychiatry and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. …  (01/30/2017)

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