Epidemiology News

Juan Gudino, Abigail Lee named This Is Public Health Ambassadors

Congratulations to Juan Gudino, MPH student in epidemiology, and Abigail Lee, MPH student in community and behavioral health, for being named This Is Public Health Ambassadors! Ambassadors represent the This Is Public Health brand and help raise awareness about the field of public health. Published June 13, 2019

Petersen calls for enforceable guidelines to slow spread of Canine Brucellosis

A new study to be published in July by Christine Petersen, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, finds that Canine Brucellosisis is reemerging because of an increase in the number of large breeding operations, ease of movement across state and national boundaries, and little regulation of the breeding facilities or the animals that are bred there. Petersen suggests enforceable guidelines are needed soon to keep infected dogs from being moved between facilities and across borders, preventing the disease from spreading among both dogs and humans. (Newswise) Published June 6, 2019

Carnahan, Zhu to participate in National Academy of Medicine’s Emerging Leaders Forum

Two College of Public Health faculty members -- Ryan Carnahan, associate professor of epidemiology, and Xi Zhu, associate professor of health management and policy -- have been invited to attend the inaugural Emerging Leaders Forum at the National Academy of Medicine on July 17-18, 2019. Published June 6, 2019

Robinson leads team that writes statin guidance paper

Jennifer Robinson, professor of epidemiology in the University of Iowa College of Public Health and director of the Preventive Intervention Center, was the lead researcher on a team from the National Lipid Association that issued a statement paper providing clinicians with new guidance for the use of statins in select patients. Published May 16, 2019

Petersen’s paper on canine brucellosis reemergence cited

A dog breeding center in Iowa has been the originating point for several cases of canine brucellosis. CPH associate professor Christine Petersen recently co-authored a paper about the reemergence of the disease, noting that all dogs need to be screened and tested for the infection before they are imported or cleared for interstate travel. (News-Medical.Net) Published May 15, 2019

Biking to work helps CPHers get energized for the day

Bicycling enthusiasts Peter Thorne, Ryan Carnahan, and Ruxton Smith were recently highlighted in Iowa Now for their dedication to cycling. "I ride my bike to work year-round for health and happiness. It energizes me in the morning and helps me reset at the end of the day," says Carnahan, CPH associate professor of epidemiology.  Published May 9, 2019

Community-based research in Newton, Iowa, promotes nutritional health

UI students and faculty of the College of Public Health are expanding their knowledge of nutrition to Newton, Iowa, through a community health partnership that promotes healthy lifestyles. Involving students from the UI and Grinnell College, the objective of the course is speak with the Newton community and develop health objectives that will benefit the city as a whole, said Linda Snetselaar, CPH professor of epidemiology and UI associate provost for outreach and engagement. (Daily Iowan) Published April 30, 2019

Analysis finds many women of child-bearing age continue to smoke electronic cigarettes

A new study from the University of Iowa published by JAMA Pediatrics finds that many women of childbearing age use electronic cigarettes, particularly among those who smoke conventional cigarettes. The study, led by Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, found that while use of conventional cigarettes was lower among pregnant women than non-pregnant women, the use of electronic cigarettes was almost identical between pregnant and non-pregnant women. (Multiple sources) Published April 29, 2019

UI study explores the role of hospital privacy curtains in infection control

A new study led by researchers from the University of Iowa College of Public Health adds to growing evidence that antimicrobial hospital privacy curtains could play an important role in reducing environmental contamination in the health care setting. Published April 25, 2019

Skipping breakfast associated with higher risk of cardiovascular death

A new study led by Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, found that people who never ate breakfast had an 87 percent higher risk of death caused by cardiovascular disease than people who ate breakfast every day. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, it supports the benefits of eating a daily breakfast in promoting heart health. (Multiple sources) Published April 24, 2019

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