Epidemiology News

UI study shows rise in primary breast lymphoma cases

A recent study from the University of Iowa shows that cases of primary breast lymphoma (PBL) have increased over the last four decades and continue to increase among younger women and for some subgroups. According to the researchers, this is the largest contemporary study describing presentation, incidence, initial local therapy, and outcomes for women with PBL. Paul Romitti, CPH professor of epidemiology, is a co-author of the study. Published March 20, 2017

Butali to discuss ‘Data-Driven Social Entrepreneurship’ March 1

Azeez Butali, assistant professor and Harold Amos Scholar in the UI College of Dentistry and CEO of Healthcare Trends, will discuss "Data-Driven Social Entrepreneurship: Lessons From Healthcare Trends," on March 1, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Healthcare Trends is a non-profit company that has developed a mobile application that combines an on-line and off-line electronic medical record, automated reminders, and a patient identification system into one package.  Published February 22, 2017

Chrischilles to head Department of Epidemiology starting July 1

Professor Elizabeth Chrischilles has been named the head of the University of Iowa Department of Epidemiology. Her appointment begins July 1, 2017. Chrischilles is professor of epidemiology and the Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Public Health. She also directs the Health Effectiveness Research Center and is associate director both for population sciences in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and for biomedical informatics in the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. Published February 13, 2017

Robinson discusses statin management in patients

Muscle pain, weakness, and cramping in patients on statin therapy is often reported as statin intolerance in clinical practice. Experts to whom these patients are often referred find, however, that most can tolerate a therapeutic statin dose. “In recent trials of patients who reported intolerance to two or more statins, about 80% were able to tolerate a good dose of a statin when it was given in a blinded fashion,” says Jennifer Robinson, UI professor of epidemiology and medicine. (MedPageToday) Published February 6, 2017

Change in marital status post-menopause may impact health

For women who marry later in life, a few extra pounds may accompany their nuptials, a new study suggests. On the other hand, older women who go through a divorce or separation may lose weight and see some positive changes in their health, according to the research, which is forthcoming in the Journal of Women's Health. Linda Snetselaar, CPH professor of epidemiology, is a co-author of the study. (EurekAlert) Published February 7, 2017

UI study evaluates safety of drugs used to dramatically lower levels of bad cholesterol

Heart disease patients taking an investigational class of drugs to achieve very low levels of cholesterol do not experience an increase in adverse events, including memory impairment or nervous system disorders, but may have an increased risk of cataracts, according to a study led by UI College of Public Health researcher Jennifer Robinson. Published January 31, 2017

Alumni Profile: Hope Tiesman researches workplace violence

A 2007 graduate of the College of Public Health, Hope Tiesman is a research epidemiologist with NIOSH in Morgantown, W.V. She credits her training with the Injury Prevention Research Center as helping her to not only secure a highly sought after position, but also to be able to enter it at full capacity. Published December 21, 2016

Petersen’s paper selected for the international WorldLeish-6 Collection

A research paper on Leishmaniasis transmission from mothers to children by Christine Petersen, CPH associate professor of epidemiology, and her colleagues has been selected to be included in the initial launch of the WorldLeish-6 Collection. The collection accompanies the 6th World Congress on Leishmaniasis that will take place in Toledo, Spain in May 2017.  Published December 8, 2016

Survey finds rise in use of child safety restraints in vehicles

Since 1985, Iowa has conducted an annual child-safety-restraint study which began with a state code change that required all children under the age of 3 to be protected by safety restraints when in a vehicle. “When the annual study started, the restraint use in Iowa was less than 50 percent for all ages,” said Cara Hamann, an associate in the UI Department of Epidemiology. The most recent survey results showed compliance with 99 percent of children age 1 or younger, 93 percent of 2- to 5-year-olds, 93 percent of 6- to 13-year-olds, and 84 percent of 14- to 17-year-olds. (Daily Iowan) Published December 1, 2016

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