Epidemiology News

  • Women Fare Worse Than Men After a StrokeWomen Fare Worse Than Men After a Stroke

    Women tend to have a tougher time recovering from a stroke than men do, though the reasons aren't completely clear, researchers say. Lynda Lisabeth, professor of epidemiology, shares some possible explanations.

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:57:00 -0500

  • Researcher Develops Resources to Promote Critical Thinking, Build Professional Skills with Epidemiology Writing AssignmentsResearcher Develops Resources to Promote Critical Thinking, Build Professional Skills with Epidemiology Writing Assignments

    Most epidemiology students graduate having mastered the art of the 10-page research paper, but what happens when many of these students enter the workforce and suddenly have to write funding proposals, public health advisories, and even social media posts? Ella August, clinical assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, explores this question in the latest issue of the Journal of Public Health.

    Mon, 05 Feb 2018 16:00:43 -0500

  • Chemicals in Food Packaging, Plastics, and Makeup May Lower Vitamin D LevelsChemicals in Food Packaging, Plastics, and Makeup May Lower Vitamin D Levels

    PhD candidate Lauren Johns talks with Real Simple Magazine about the public health impact of chemicals in food packaging, plastics and makeup.

    Thu, 01 Feb 2018 16:55:07 -0500

  • Four Michigan Public Health Faculty Named Professors of Global Public HealthFour Michigan Public Health Faculty Named Professors of Global Public Health

    In January, the University of Michigan School of Public Health welcomed its second cohort of University of Michigan Professors of Global Health. The professorships, approved by the Board of Regents and effective January 1, and are held for three years.

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 16:00:00 -0500

  • 4 Things You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from the Flu4 Things You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from the Flu

    This has been a particularly bad influenza season, starting early, especially in the South and West Coast of the US. Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology, shares answers to some of the most common questions he receives about the flu.

    Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:16:18 -0500

  • WDIV Interview with Arnold Monto: Inside the Flu EpidemicWDIV Interview with Arnold Monto: Inside the Flu Epidemic

    This year's flu season is shaping up to be the worst in years. Arnold Monto, professor of epidemiology, talks to WDIV about the severity of this flu season, vaccine effectiveness and flu treatment.

    Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:06:02 -0500

  • Sioban Harlow Recognized for Excellence in ResearchSioban Harlow Recognized for Excellence in Research

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health has recognized Sioban Harlow, professor of epidemiology and of obstetrics and gynecology, with the 2018 Excellence in Research Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding scholarly or creative activity from Michigan Public Health faculty in basic or applied research that helps fulfill the school's mission.

    Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:33:56 -0500

  • This Flu Season, Don't Forget About TamifluThis Flu Season, Don't Forget About Tamiflu

    Despite recent controversies about its effectiveness, clinicians should not forget about using the antiviral Tamiflu to help shorten the course of influenza among patients during the coming flu season. Arnold Monto, MD, professor of epidemiology, talkes to MedPage Today about how antivirals may be more important than ever this flu season with an influenza vaccine that may not be as effective.

    Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:02:17 -0500

  • Dangerous Falls in Middle Age: What's Sight Got to Do with It?Dangerous Falls in Middle Age: What's Sight Got to Do with It?

    Falls among middle-aged people are an underreported issue, according to University of Michigan researchers. Now, they're probing the connection between falling and poor vision as a way to prevent injury.

    Fri, 03 Nov 2017 14:31:29 -0400

  • Understanding Epigenomics: How Environmental and Social Factors Affect Our Genes' 'Instruction Book'Understanding Epigenomics: How Environmental and Social Factors Affect Our Genes' 'Instruction Book'

    Faculty members at Michigan Public Health are leading the way in analyzing environmental and social factors along with epigenetic data to identify people and communities at risk for preventable diseases. Eventually, this research will lay the groundwork for targeted, precision health interventions and policies, social support, and communications that create better health outcomes both for individuals and on a population level.

    Wed, 01 Nov 2017 13:19:35 -0400

  • Better targeting in prevention could help curb TB infections in low-income, low-HIV countriesBetter targeting in prevention could help curb TB infections in low-income, low-HIV countries

    Treating members of a household known to be infected with tuberculosis could prevent more new cases than screening and treating the community at large, according to an analysis led by Jon Zelner, assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.

    Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:00:37 -0400

  • Interactive web tool shows potential impact of tobacco policiesInteractive web tool shows potential impact of tobacco policies

    University of Michigan researchers and the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) lung consortium have created an interactive Tobacco Control Policy tool geared toward decision-makers and public health professionals.

    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 08:43:16 -0400

  • Chinese infants not getting measles protection from momsChinese infants not getting measles protection from moms

    Mothers in China are not passing on protective antibodies against measles to their infants, leaving children under 8 months--the age at which vaccine is first administered--vulnerable to the disease, according to new research led by Matthew Boulton, senior associate dean for global public health at the School of Public Health.

    Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:53:34 -0400

  • Three Michigan Public Health researchers receive Fulbright awardsThree Michigan Public Health researchers receive Fulbright awards

    Two School of Public Health faculty and one post-doctoral researcher have received Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards that will take them overseas to do research during the 2017-2018 academic year.

    Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:27:11 -0400

  • TIME: Your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seatTIME: Your cell phone is 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat

    Here's what to do about it, according to Emily Martin, assistant professor of epidemiology.

    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:33:02 -0400

  • Not just hot flashes: Research reveals need to address range of symptoms in midlife womenNot just hot flashes: Research reveals need to address range of symptoms in midlife women

    When women reach "a certain age" they expect some typical symptoms that signal their journey through menopause. New research led by Sioban Harlow, professor of epidemiology, shows symptoms often cluster, and how they do so can suggest who is at risk for health problems and which women likely will experience healthy aging.

    Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:05:34 -0400

  • Can the new leader of WHO save the agency? Prof. Monto shares his thoughtsCan the new leader of WHO save the agency? Prof. Monto shares his thoughts

    Arnold Monto, professor of Epidemiology, and other public health experts reflect on the election of Former Ethiopian health minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as director-general of the WHO.

    Tue, 30 May 2017 16:31:39 -0400

  • Can Handling Money Spread Germs?Can Handling Money Spread Germs?

    Emily Martin, assistant professor of Epidemiology, talks to the Wall Street Journal about the germs that lurk in the nooks and crannies of dollar bills.

    Mon, 22 May 2017 10:15:56 -0400

  • Tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Mexico is expected to reduce obesity, diabetesTax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Mexico is expected to reduce obesity, diabetes

    The current 10 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Mexico should reduce obesity in the country by 2.5 percent by 2024 and prevent up to 134,000 new cases of diabetes by 2030, according to a new study co-led by researchers at the University of Michigan.

    Thu, 18 May 2017 09:47:07 -0400

  • Karvonen-Gutierrez receives NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development AwardKarvonen-Gutierrez receives NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

    Carrie Karvonen-Gutierrez, assistant professor of Epidemiology and core faculty member in the Center for Midlife Science at the School of Public Health, has been awarded a five-year NIH K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for her research use of metabolomics for early detection of osteoarthritis risk.

    Thu, 04 May 2017 16:13:15 -0400

  • Study: Mexican-Americans Receive Less Intensive Stroke RehabilitationStudy: Mexican-Americans Receive Less Intensive Stroke Rehabilitation

    A new pilot study reports that Mexican-American stroke survivors are less likely to receive inpatient rehabilitation than non-Hispanic whites. It's the next step for University of Michigan researchers examining stroke disparities.

    Wed, 03 May 2017 10:12:39 -0400

  • Public Health researchers awarded Graham Institute grants for sustainability projectsPublic Health researchers awarded Graham Institute grants for sustainability projects

    Andrew Jones, assistant professor of Nutritional Sciences, received a three-year Transformation Grant from the Graham Sustainability Institute to support his research on the links between diet, human health and environmental change in Kenya and Vietnam. Epidemiology Professor Joseph Eisenberg also received a grant to train faculty and students in Ecuador on research methods to help vulnerable communities devise climate-change adaptation strategies and to share findings with public officials.

    Tue, 02 May 2017 13:37:16 -0400

  • Boulton recognized by the Association for Prevention Teaching and ResearchBoulton recognized by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

    Matthew L. Boulton, professor of Epidemiology, Global Public Health and Health Management & Policy, received the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research's (APTR) Special Recognition Award at the organization's annual meeting on April 6.

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:44:02 -0400

  • Richardson in the Boston Globe: How sarin gas kills youRichardson in the Boston Globe: How sarin gas kills you

    "It's a pretty demeaning way to die," said Rudy J. Richardson, a toxicology professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. Your body loses control of a cascading number of voluntary and involuntary bodily functions, setting them into overdrive until your body can't handle it, and then "everything just pretty much shuts down."

    Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:45:11 -0400

  • Obesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of EpilepsyObesity in Early Pregnancy May Raise Child's Risk of Epilepsy

    Kids are more likely to develop childhood epilepsy if their mothers were overweight or obese early in pregnancy, according to a new study co-authored by Eduardo Villamor, professor of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health.

    Tue, 04 Apr 2017 10:06:06 -0400

  • MLive: Zombies invade University of Michigan in public health drillMLive: Zombies invade University of Michigan in public health drill

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health simulates a public health drill using zombies as a fun way to emphasize public health preparedness.

    Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:35:00 -0500

  • School of Public Health Recognizes Two Faculty Members with Collegiate ProfessorshipsSchool of Public Health Recognizes Two Faculty Members with Collegiate Professorships

    Two School of Public Health professors were appointed to collegiate professorships by the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan on March 16, 2017.

    Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:01:04 -0400

  • SPH Research: Mom's weight in early pregnancy associated with child's cerebral palsySPH Research: Mom's weight in early pregnancy associated with child's cerebral palsy

    ANN ARBOR--Being overweight or obese during pregnancy increases the chance of having a child with cerebral palsy, according to new research led by the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:02:08 -0500

  • SPH Experts Weigh in on This Year's Flu VaccineSPH Experts Weigh in on This Year's Flu Vaccine

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that the latest flu vaccine has been effective in preventing this year's viruses and cutting outpatient visits in half.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:29:31 -0500

  • Cutting Salt Provides Health Boost for Kidney Patients

    Encouraging people with kidney disease to reduce their salt intake may help improve blood pressure and cut excess fluid retention, at least for a while, a new University of Michigan study suggests.

    Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:20:51 -0500

  • SPH Partnering on 'Urine as Fertilizer'SPH Partnering on 'Urine as Fertilizer'

    Urine could be the sustainable fertilizer of the future. That's according to University of Michigan researchers who recently opened two unique restroom facilities that will help them test and refine the idea in the nation's largest study of its kind.

    Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:03:13 -0500

  • Examining Women's Bones During Menopause May Help Head Off FracturesExamining Women's Bones During Menopause May Help Head Off Fractures

    Michigan Medicine researchers found bones age in very different ways, setting the groundwork for new ways to identify women at risk of bone fractures far in advance.

    Fri, 27 Jan 2017 12:37:05 -0500

  • U-M Research: Indigenous Latin Americans prefer cervical cancer self-screening over medical facility exams

    Indigenous Latin American women prefer taking a test for cervical cancer at home by themselves rather than in a medical facility, a study of a Guatemala community shows. Cervical cancer is a disease associated with the human papilloma virus (HPV) that is preventable if detected in time. But it is one of the leading causes of death among women in Latin America, particularly in indigenous communities.

    Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:15:30 -0500

  • U-M Research: Lower premenopausal hormone levels associated with diabetes riskU-M Research: Lower premenopausal hormone levels associated with diabetes risk

    Premenopausal women with higher endogenous estradiol levels have a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes in midlife as they transition through menopause vs. women with lower endogenous estradiol levels, according to an analysis of data from the SWAN study.

    Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:49:19 -0500

  • SPH Partners on New Poverty Solutions Initiative

    One project involves alerting low-income homeowners about an exemption to reduce their high property taxes. Another effort employs health care workers in neighborhoods to help residents take better care of themselves. These are among nine projects funded through new grant programs by Poverty Solutions, a new initiative launched by the University of Michigan to prevent and alleviate poverty.

    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:23:47 -0500

  • Washing Away Winter Germs: Do You Need Antibacterial Soap?

    Antibacterial. There's something about the very word that provides a feeling of protection. After all, germs are everywhere. Health experts tell us to wash our hands often to avoid illness. So why not use a product that seems to give an extra edge against the bad guys?

    Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:16:04 -0500

  • A Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California's Sterilization ProgramA Long-Lost Data Trove Uncovers California's Sterilization Program

    University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers help determine that hundreds of the 20,000 sterilization victims in California are still alive.

    Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:00:09 -0500

  • Frenk delivers U-M commencement address, encourages grads to 'raise your sights' in times of change.

    University of Miami president and global health leader Dr. Julio Frenk implored University of Michigan graduates to "raise their sights" as they embark into a world that is undergoing a pivotal moment of change.

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:47:51 -0500

  • U-M Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center: Earlier diagnosis and treatment of chronic kidney disease can improve patient outcomes, says Saran.

    According to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S.

    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:01:17 -0500

  • Perceived long-term job insecurity puts pressure on older workers, finds U-M study.Perceived long-term job insecurity puts pressure on older workers, finds U-M study.

    The long-term threat of getting a pink slip is giving some older workers the blues. Employees believing for multiple decades that they will lose their jobs leads to heightened levels of fear and distress, a new University of Michigan study suggests.

    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:57:46 -0500

  • Mortality, hospitalization rates continue declining for kidney disease patients, notes Saran.

    Hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S., according to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). Hospitalization rates among end-stage renal disease patients decreased to 1.7 admissions per patient per year, as compared to 2.1 in 2005, or a reduction of 19%. In addition, mortality rates continue to decrease for dialysis and transplant patients, falling by 32% and 44%, respectively, since 1996.

    Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:36:37 -0500

  • LiveScience: Age of first stroke is getting younger; study by Li and colleagues.

    Strokes are striking people in the U.S. at younger ages, a new study finds.

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:02:08 -0500

  • Need a mumps booster? Boulton weighs in on this important disease.Need a mumps booster? Boulton weighs in on this important disease.

    The Arkansas Department of Health is investigating whether the mumps vaccine is less effective against the type of mumps contracted by hundreds of people during the past three months.

    Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:14:02 -0500

  • CDC Deputy Director Schuchat and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oshinsky headline 75th anniversary symposium, Nov. 18.

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health celebrates its 75th Anniversary in the 2016-2017 academic year. As part of the celebration, each department in the school has been assigned a month during the academic year to stage special events that mark the anniversary. November 2016 is the month for the Epidemiology Department. We invite you to join us for this special event connecting the "Past, Present, and Future of Epidemiology" on Friday, November 18, 2016.

    Wed, 16 Nov 2016 17:28:52 -0500

  • Are cranberries a cure for UTI's? Read Foxman's comments in this NYT article.Are cranberries a cure for UTI's? Read Foxman's comments in this NYT article.

    Misconception: Drinking buckets of cranberry juice can cure, and even prevent bladder, infections. Actually: You may enjoy the taste (see: vodka) but it won't cure and, probably, won't prevent recurrence.

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:33:48 -0400

  • SPHers present at APHA annual meeting in Denver, Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

    APHA presenters listed below include faculty, staff, and students of UM SPH. Presentations may include non-UM SPH presenters.

    Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:06:50 -0400

  • U-M celebrates World Polio Day: SPH and Rotary partner to light up iconic Rackham Building, October 24, 7-10 pm.U-M celebrates World Polio Day: SPH and Rotary partner to light up iconic Rackham Building, October 24, 7-10 pm.

    U-M Celebrates World Polio Day SPH and Rotary partner to light U-M iconic Rackham Building October 24, 2016 6:45 PM - 10:00 PM Lawn area adjacent to Burton Tower and across from Rackham Graduate School Building Sponsored by SPH and Rotary Club of Ann Arbor Contact Information: Terri Mellow, twm@umich.edu Cost: No charge

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:43:48 -0400

  • WDIV: Monto offers what to expect from flu season this year. (VIDEO)WDIV: Monto offers what to expect from flu season this year. (VIDEO)

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Flu cases have started popping up here and there around southeast Michigan. Does that mean we're in for an early flu season? Not necessarily. "I would say by the end of October, beginning of November, we'll know if it's going to be an early season," said Dr. Arnold Monto, from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:27:32 -0400

  • Michigan Daily: SPH symposium recognizes former dean Ken Warner.Michigan Daily: SPH symposium recognizes former dean Ken Warner.

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health held a day-long symposium Monday honoring former dean Ken Warner's work on tobacco control and population health.

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:05:59 -0400

  • Poverty: U-M launches initiative aimed at finding solutions.

    The University of Michigan has launched a new initiative to address one of humanity's most critical and seemingly intractable problems: poverty. Called Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, the initiative will explore and test models to ease the effects of poverty and broadly share that knowledge. The initiative will work with community groups and support active-learning options for students.

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:19:29 -0400

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