Epidemiology News

Study looks at link between glyphosate and cancer

A long-term study on the use of the weed killer glyphosate by agricultural workers has found no firm link between exposure to the herbicide and cancer. Published December 14, 2017

Petersen’s team researching leishmaniasis in foxhounds, humans

The research Christine Petersen and her colleagues are conducting on leishmaniasis is bringing much-needed insight to the problem of the disease in foxhounds and, ultimately, humans. "Because of implications of how this could help all infected creatures (not just dogs), we ran the trial all they way to the human clinical trial level," says Petersen, CPH associate professor of epidemiology. (Covertside) Published December 13, 2017

Number of genetic markers linked to lifespan triples

A new large-scale international study expands the number of genetic markers now known to be associated with exceptional longevity. The team of researchers, which included Bob Wallace, CPH professor of epidemiology, undertook a genome-wide search for variants influencing how long participants' parents lived. Their findings indicated genes that could one day be targeted to help prolong human life. (EurekAlert) Published December 7, 2017

Stroke deaths decrease in Iowa

A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with data gathered by a University of Iowa College of Public Health task force, showed that Iowa is one of 13 states nationwide that saw a steady drop in stroke death rates from 2000 to 2015. According to the study, the decline can be attributed to several factors, including development of a statewide stroke registry. (The Gazette) Published November 29, 2017

Toepp honored with ASTMH Young Investigator Award

Angela Toepp, a doctoral student in epidemiology, recently received Honorary Mention in the Young Investigator Award contest at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's (ASTMH) annual meeting in Baltimore. This award encourages developing young scientists to pursue careers in various aspects of tropical disease research. Published November 14, 2017

Robinson discusses importance of testing cholesterol levels

If cholesterol numbers make your head spin, doctors say here's the bottom line: Get tested ASAP to find out your "bad" cholesterol number because your long-term health may depend on it. A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk in half, but people with inherited high cholesterol may require drug treatment. "Usually, age 50 is where people's lifestyles or their genes are catching up with them," says Jennifer Robinson, CPH professor epidemiology. (Chicago Sun-Times) Published November 9, 2017

Study finds no firm cancer link to popular weedkiller

A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the herbicide and cancer. The research team was led by CPH alumna Laura Beane-Freeman (99MS, 03PhD) and included Charles Lynch, CPH professor of epidemiology. (Reuters) Published November 9, 2017

Stroke death rates continue to decline in Iowa

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a "Vital Signs" report indicating that after decades of decline, national progress in preventing stroke deaths has slowed. The report found stroke death declines have stalled in three out of every four states. Only 13 states saw stroke death rates continue to decrease steadily from 2000 to 2015. Iowa is one of those states, thanks in part to the Iowa Stroke Registry, a collaboration of the Iowa Department of Public Health and the University of Iowa.  Published November 3, 2017

Bao to talk about link between plastic containers, obesity at Science Cafe

Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology, will present "The Link Between Plastic Food Containers and Obesity" from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Everybody's Whole Foods in Fairfield, Iowa. His talk is part of the Science Cafe series sponsored by the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Published October 26, 2017

Alumna Carolyne Bennett puts her skills to work at the CDC

Chagas disease, Cyclospora, and rat lung worm in Hawaii? Carolyne Bennett, a recent MPH in epidemiology graduate, is learning all about these outbreaks as part of her work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Read more about her decision to attend the University of Iowa and her current fellowship at the CDC. Published October 24, 2017


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