Epidemiology News

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

2018 Cancer in Iowa report issued

An estimated 6,300 Iowans will die from cancer in 2018, 18 times the number killed in auto accidents, according to a new report released March 6 by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Lung cancer will continue to be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females and will be responsible for about 1,640—or about one out of every four—cancer deaths in Iowa, according to Cancer in Iowa: 2018. (Multiple sources) Published March 7, 2018

Janz contributes to key federal report on physical activity guidelines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report. Kathleen Janz, UI professor of health and human physiology, served as one of 17 members of the ad hoc committee tasked with updating federal guidelines on physical activity. Janz has a secondary appointment with the UI Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health. (CLAS) Published March 6, 2018

Cover letter and resume workshop set for March 7

CPH Assistant Professor Mary Charlton, along with Elizabeth Savelkoul, a career services professional from the Graduate College, will provide tips on writing a cover letter and resume based on the job you are applying for. Please RSVP in advance for the workshop on Wednesday, March 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in C217 CPHB. Published March 1, 2018

Cancer in Iowa 2018 report and news briefing is March 6

Join us LIVE on Facebook at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, for the annual "Cancer in Iowa" report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Mary Charlton, assistant professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health, will present the report findings and discuss the report's focus on obesity-related cancers. Published February 28, 2018

Iowa students win One Health Day event competition

A joint team of students from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University were chosen as winners of the 2017 One Health Day Student Events Competition for their efforts to organize the second annual Iowa One Health Conference. Published February 27, 2018

Trans fatty acid concentration linked to diabetes in U.S. adults

U.S. adults with a diet high in trans fatty acids are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than adults with a diet low in trans fatty acids, according to findings published in the Journal of Diabetes. "Reducing trans fatty acids intake may improve glucose metabolism and lower the risk of diabetes," says corresponding author Wei Bao, CPH assistant professor of epidemiology. (Healio) Published February 22, 2018

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