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UI joins other groups to study HPV-vaccine use

The University of Iowa is taking part is a yearlong study to investigate why human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines lag behind, compared with other vaccines for adolescents, in rural areas of the state. "The gap between adolescents being given this vaccine and others is definitely more pronounced in rural areas," said CPH Assistant Professor Natoshia Askelson, the director of the project. "We want to identify the factors that could be worked on so that all parents can vaccinate their children." (Daily Iowan) Published December 15, 2017

Study finds routine care of hydrogen sulfide monitors is needed to save lives

Some livestock producers are starting to wear low-cost gas monitors to provide warning alarms when hydrogen sulfide gases are released and become dangerous to life and health. UI researchers recently tested several monitors' performance over time, simulating what they might be exposed to over one year of use in a livestock environment.  Published December 14, 2017

Farm equipment operators should be cautious of alcohol-impaired drivers

A recent five-year study identified more than 60 alcohol-related crashes involving farm equipment in four Midwestern states. Most crashes resulted from the impaired passenger vehicle driver rear-ending or running head-on into the farm equipment. Not surprisingly, a greater percentage of the alcohol-impaired crashes occurred at night and on weekends. Published December 14, 2017

Researchers examine role of paid family leave in reducing nursing home use

A new study from the University of Iowa and Syracuse University suggests that a more inclusive paid family leave policy could be effective in reducing nursing home use among older adults.  Published December 14, 2017

Webinar: Strategies to End Fatal Bicycle Crashes in Iowa

How can we prevent bicyclists from being killed and injured on our roadways? Join a webinar on policy, legislative, and infrastructure solutions to increase bicycling safety at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Please register in advance.  Published December 14, 2017

Cass County Hospital receives Business Leadership grant

Cass County Memorial Hospital is among six businesses to receive a grant from the University of Iowa's College of Public Health, which recently announced its Business Leadership Network Community Grants. The hospital received the award for its Walk Cass County project which aims to expand and encourage walking as a way to connect families and friends while gaining health benefits. (Atlantic News Telegraph) Published December 14, 2017

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

Iowa’s individual health insurance market: What happened?

State of Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen will present, "Iowa's Individual Health Insurance Market: What Happened and Where Do We Go from Here?" at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Medical Alumni Auditorium (E331 GH). Published December 13, 2017

Field comments on high radon levels in North Dakota town

When an elderly resident of Casselton, ND, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, her family tested her home for radon and found shockingly high numbers for the radioactive gas. Although the city sent out a health alert about radon, "there should be more of an effort to see if it's widespread," says radon expert Bill Field, CPH professor of occupational and environmental health. (West Fargo Pioneer) Published December 12, 2017

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