U-M School of Public Health Epidemiology News Archive

Epidemiology News Archive

  • Michigan Public Health Hosts CISNET MeetingMichigan Public Health Hosts CISNET Meeting

    The University of Michigan School of Public Health hosted the Cancer Initiative and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) consortium's midyear meeting May 14 to 18, drawing about 100 visitors from top institutions across North America and Europe.

    Wed, 30 May 2018 10:16:33 -0400

  • The Borders of Scientific Communication: Supporting Health Researchers from Developing Countries in Publishing Their WorkThe Borders of Scientific Communication: Supporting Health Researchers from Developing Countries in Publishing Their Work

    For decades, health researchers from the US and other developed countries have traveled to developing countries, extracted data, and returned home to publish their findings in respected journals. But, with funders like the NIH requiring direct collaboration with in-country researchers, this model has shifted in recent years. To support researchers in developing countries, Ella August, clinical assistant professor of epidemiology, launched the Pre-Publication Support Service (PREPSS), which helps researchers from developing countries prepare their original manuscripts for acceptance to peer-reviewed journals.

    Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:51 -0400

  • A Critical Age: Ending Stigma and Keeping Young People Healthy in Mind and BodyA Critical Age: Ending Stigma and Keeping Young People Healthy in Mind and Body

    Every year, the field of public health sees growing interest in studying and improving mental health. Public health's focus on preventive interventions means this work can help people avoid suffering from mental illnesses well before they might take hold.

    Fri, 04 May 2018 00:01:08 -0400

  • Researchers Visit Guatemala to Explore Collaborative OpportunitiesResearchers Visit Guatemala to Explore Collaborative Opportunities

    Cervical cancer has a high survivability rate when diagnosed and treated early, but among women of reproductive age in Guatemala, it is the leading cause of cancer-related death. In December, a delegation from the School of Public Health went to Guatemala to learn more about cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment and to explore collaborative opportunities for faculty and students with local and regional institutions.

    Thu, 03 May 2018 00:01:08 -0400

  • Low Iron, Vitamin B12 Reserves Linked to Behavior Concerns in Young BoysLow Iron, Vitamin B12 Reserves Linked to Behavior Concerns in Young Boys

    Significant iron deficiency and low blood levels of vitamin B12 in boys around age 8 are associated with behavior problems when they get to middle school, according to new research from Bogotá, Colombia, led by Eduardo Villamor, professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:22:07 -0400

  • Aging: The Natural Stress Reliever for Many WomenAging: The Natural Stress Reliever for Many Women

    A recent study led by Elizabeth Hedgeman, a doctoral graduate of the School of Public Health, found that perceived stress--a measure of confidence, control and ability to cope with life's stressors--decreased for most women over a 15-year span.

    Fri, 27 Apr 2018 13:13:46 -0400

  • Wealth Loss After 50 Can Be DeadlyWealth Loss After 50 Can Be Deadly

    According to a University of Michigan study, adults in their 50s and older who suffer a catastrophic loss of wealth have a 50-percent higher risk of dying than those who do not have such loss. The effect can last for two decades, and whether participants are very wealthy or have only modest savings makes no difference.

    Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:11:32 -0400

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Should Include Environment, Genetic FactorsColorectal Cancer Screening Should Include Environment, Genetic Factors

    When it comes to colorectal cancer, many people would benefit from individually tailored screening rather than standardized population guidelines. A new risk-prediction model, built by researchers at the University of Michigan and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle and colleagues, assesses the impact of environment and genetic factors on the development of colorectal cancer.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:55:26 -0400

  • Poultry, People and PathogensPoultry, People and Pathogens

    University of Michigan Researchers including Joseph Eisenberg, chair and professor of epidemiology, are studying chicken farming and drug-resistant bacteria in children in rural Ecuador.

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:46:27 -0400

  • Mexican Americans With Midlife Stroke May Have Worse Outcomes Than Non-Hispanic WhitesMexican Americans With Midlife Stroke May Have Worse Outcomes Than Non-Hispanic Whites

    Mexican Americans with midlife stroke may have significantly worse 90-day outcomes, compared with non-Hispanic whites, according to a study led by Lynda Lisabeth, professor of epidemiology.

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 13:00:21 -0500

  • Rotavirus Transmission Influenced by Temperature, Water MovementRotavirus Transmission Influenced by Temperature, Water Movement

    Climate in the tropics has a larger influence on transmission of the sometime deadly rotavirus than previously shown, University of Michigan researchers have found. Using sophisticated modeling, School of Public Health researchers showed communities that draw water from large, slow-moving or stagnant sources in cooler seasons have more transmission of the virus than those that access free-flowing water.

    Fri, 09 Mar 2018 12:44:25 -0500

  • University of Michigan Tops Research Universities for FulbrightsUniversity of Michigan Tops Research Universities for Fulbrights

    University of Michigan faculty scholars received 12 Fulbright grants for the 2017-18 academic year, including three from the School of Public Health--the most of any research university in the nation. The grants fund the scholars' research or teaching overseas for six to 12 months.

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:42:23 -0500

  • 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

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