Epidemiology News

Webinar: Public Health Careers in the Age of COVID-19

College of Public Health students interested in the job market are invited to a webinar with collegiate alumni from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28. Five CPH alumni will discuss the public health job landscape in the age of COVID-19.  Published September 17, 2020

Student Crystal Garcia reflects on heritage, health disparities

Crystal Garcia, a doctoral student in epidemiology, is a second- and third-generation Mexican American from Brownsville, Texas. Her heritage and family's experiences with health care and discrimination helped shape her current research into racial and ethnic health disparities. Published September 17, 2020

CPH alumnus, student to discuss the pandemic on Chat from the Old Cap

Join Darren Rausch (01MS), the director and health officer of the Greenfield (Wisconsin) Health Department, on Sept. 23 for the Chat from the Old Cap. Robert Niezgoda, a second-year PhD epidemiology student at Iowa, will host the online session discussing public health's response to COVID-19 and the unique challenges at hand. Published September 15, 2020

CPH alumnus, student to hold ‘Chat from the Old Cap’

Darren Rausch (01MS), the director and health officer of the Greenfield (Wisconsin) Health Department, who will discuss public health’s response to COVID-19, the unique challenges at hand, and the strategies being employed. He will also discuss how the pandemic has revealed some of the disparities that exist in communities, what those disparities are, and how […] Published September 14, 2020

Experts call for more contact tracers in Iowa

Christine Petersen, an epidemiology professor at the University of Iowa, said there's no way a few hundred contact tracers can keep up when Iowa is adding thousands of new confirmed coronavirus cases per week. "That's just terrible math," said Petersen. (Des Moines Register) Published September 9, 2020

Smart devices can help track illnesses

Smartphones and other connected devices can provide powerful real-time epidemiology tools that can be useful in tracking illnesses. A 2018 study by CPH assistant professor Aaron Miller found that anonymised smart thermometer data captured real-time Influenza Like Illness (ILI) activity at national and regional levels in the US. (Express Healthcare) Published September 9, 2020

High BPA exposure may increase all-cause mortality

Exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A was significantly and positively associated with all-cause mortality in U.S. adults, according to an analysis led by Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology. (Healio) Published September 3, 2020

Study finds BPA linked to increased death risk

Research by CPH assistant professor Wei Bao and colleagues found that participants in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2008 who had higher levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine had a greater risk of dying by the end of the study. (Newsweek) Published August 20, 2020

Hamann weighs in on decline in vehicle-bicycle crashes

Between March and June 2020, the number of vehicle-to-bicycle crashes in Iowa fell 34% over 2019. Cara Hamann, CPH assistant clinical professor, thinks the decrease is related to fewer cars being on the road. (Des Moines Register) Published August 14, 2020

Research finds link between pyrethroids, deaths from heart disease

A team of researchers at the UI College of Public Health examined the long-term effects on mortality of pyrethroid exposure among a nationally representative sample of 2,116 American adults. (New York Times) Published August 14, 2020


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