The Complicated Costs of Caregiving

The wave of aging baby boomers means more families are taking on the financial and emotional load of caregiving. Published June 18, 2018

USPSTF: Don’t add ECG for cardio risk assessment

Adding electrocardiography screening to standard cardiovascular disease (CVD) assessment is not necessary for asymptomatic, low-risk adults, according to final recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The recommendation against screening ECG applies to adults with no CVD symptoms or CVD diagnosis, wrote lead author Susan Curry, PhD, of the University of Iowa, and her colleagues. (Cardiology News) Published June 15, 2018

UI students, faculty make a difference in Mason City

The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities is working with Mason City on roughly 20 projects throughout the community to make positive changes. Several UI groups are focused exclusively on the North End to improve the quality of life and the reputation of the neighborhood. As part of their work, a group of four public health graduate students explored stigma theory, which posits that stigma can lead to negative health outcomes. (Iowa Now) Published June 15, 2018

Grants help Iowa’s small cities revitalize their downtowns

Job losses and online competition have hit rural regional malls and retailers hard. But Ottumwa and other small Iowa cities are using state and federal grants to revitalize their downtowns. A grant partially funded by the college's Business Leadership Network helped spur a new bagel shop and public art in Ottumwa. (Des Moines Register) Published June 15, 2018

Video focuses on preventing workplace violence

Carri Casteel and Corinne Peek-Asa from the UI Injury Prevention Research Center talk about risk factors for and prevention of workplace violence in a new video from Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest. Published June 15, 2018

Study links food allergy to autism spectrum disorder in children

A new study from the University of Iowa finds that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more than twice as likely to suffer from a food allergy than children who do not have ASD. Wei Bao, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health and the study's corresponding author, says the finding adds to a growing body of research that suggests immunological dysfunction as a possible risk factor for the development of ASD. (Multiple sources) Published June 15, 2018

Keep current with Hardin Open Workshops

Need a refresher on PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, EndNote, literature searches, or other research topics? Check out Hardin Library's listing of free summer course offerings. Published May 31, 2018

Study to examine links between environmental exposures, cancers

The UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination has awarded $40,000 in cooperative funding to a team of researchers led by Paul Romitti, CPH professor of epidemiology. The team will investigate prenatal and postnatal exposures that may be linked to the development of breast and thyroid cancer in young adult women aged 20-39 years. (UIORED) Published May 31, 2018

Novak comments on effects of immigration raids on communities

Workplace immigration raids have increased dramatically nationwide in 2018. Raids have a similar effect on a community as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or political violence, said Nicole Novak, a postdoctoral research scholar with the University of Iowa College of Public Health. "It breaks down the fabric of a community," Novak said. The immediate traumatic impact is especially intense for children, who are really developmentally vulnerable, she said. (Des Moines Register) Published May 31, 2018

Peek-Asa offers advice on teaching teens to drive

Teaching teens to drive can be stressful for both kids and parents. For Corinne Peek-Asa, director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of Iowa, timing was everything when sharing feedback with her two teenage daughters. "I had to be patient with their moods," she explains. "It might have been a good time for me, but it wasn’t for them." (Washington Post) Published May 31, 2018

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