Epidemiology News

Ecklund, Toepp, and Wallace honored with UI Discovery & Innovation Awards

Dixie Ecklund, Angela Toepp, and Robert Wallace were celebrated for their work during the Office of Research and Economic Development's annual Discovery & Innovation Awards Ceremony Tuesday. Published April 19, 2018

Study on U.S. arthritis trends turns up some unexpected results

A recent study finds that while the prevalence of osteoarthritis has more than doubled over time, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis has declined. In addition, the prevalence of obese people with all types of arthritis has decreased significantly. Study co-authors included Angelico Mendy with the UI College of Public Health. (Newswise) Published April 19, 2018

UI study: Statins save lives of people with high levels of bad cholesterol

Cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to save thousands of additional lives when used in people with higher levels of LDL cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, according to a new UI study. Co-author Jennifer Robinson, CPH professor of epidemiology, says the findings show that doctors should more aggressively treat patients who have high levels of LDL cholesterol with statins, and patients should feel safe using them. (Iowa Now) Published April 19, 2018

Vaccine for treating leishmaniasis in dogs can help curb spread to humans

A recent University of Iowa study reveals a vaccination used to treat dogs with leishmaniasis could be effective in containing its spread to humans. "No previous study has looked at using a vaccine as immunotherapy to improve the immune response in an animal that is already naturally infected," said Christine Petersen, the author of the study and a UI associate professor of epidemiology. "So, to show it was safe is a big deal." (Daily Iowan) Published April 5, 2018

Global Rural Health Case Competition winners announced

Armed with well-researched plans, information-packed slides, and seamless teamwork, six student teams competed for top honors and cash prizes in the inaugural Global Rural Health Case Competition held April 4 at the College of Public Health. The teams were given a case centered on the ongoing power crisis in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Their mission: to present feasible, sustainable solutions to restore health, hope, and resiliency to Puerto Rico. Published April 5, 2018

Podcast: ‘From the Front Row: Student Voices in Public Health’

Check out the first episode of our new podcast, "From the Front Row: Student Voices in Public Health." You'll get an inside look at what it's like to be a public health grad student in 2018 as three students discuss their experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Published March 29, 2018

Nutrition experts explore connection between diet, obesity, and cancer

A special theme issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics looks at the connection between diet, obesity, and cancer. "Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) play such an important role in both cancer prevention and cancer care. Our profession is involved in research to investigate diet-cancer relationships, as well as supporting individuals and communities in making lifestyle changes for cancer prevention and treatment," says Linda Snetselaar, editor-in-chief of the journal and CPH professor of epidemiology. (Medicalxpress) Published March 29, 2018

Vaccine to treat leishmaniasis in dogs could reduce its spread to humans

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that a vaccine that effectively reduces the incidence of a parasitic disease in dogs might also help thousands of Iraq war veterans infected with the same disease. Christine Petersen, associate professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and the study's lead author, says that infected dogs are the main reservoir of the disease in humans, which is then transmitted via sand flies. (Iowa Now) Published March 28, 2018

Epi Prof. Michael Pentella named State Hygienic Lab director

Michael Pentella, interim director of the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) since December, will become permanent director on June 1. Pentella is a clinical professor of epidemiology and former associate director in the SHL. He takes over the position from Chris Atchison, who retired Jan. 5. Published March 22, 2018

Field honored with Iowa Radon Hero Award

CPH Professor Bill Field was honored March 6 with the Iowa Radon Hero Award from the Iowa Department of Public Health for his work as a researcher, educator, and advocate.  Published March 8, 2018

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