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Study finds no firm cancer link to popular weedkiller

A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the herbicide and cancer. The research team was led by CPH alumna Laura Beane-Freeman (99MS, 03PhD) and included Charles Lynch, CPH professor of epidemiology. (Reuters) Published November 9, 2017

Thorne comments on changes in EPA research policy

Peter Thorne, professor of occupational and environmental health in the UI College of Public Health and former chair of the EPA's Science Advisory Board, comments on proposed changes in the agency that would prevent scientists who receive EPA funding from acting as advisors. (NPR) Published November 9, 2017

Robinson discusses importance of testing cholesterol levels

If cholesterol numbers make your head spin, doctors say here's the bottom line: Get tested ASAP to find out your "bad" cholesterol number because your long-term health may depend on it. A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk in half, but people with inherited high cholesterol may require drug treatment. "Usually, age 50 is where people's lifestyles or their genes are catching up with them," says Jennifer Robinson, CPH professor epidemiology. (Chicago Sun-Times) Published November 9, 2017

CTSDMC part of potentially game-changing Parkinson’s study

The UI College of Public Health's Clinical Trials Statistical Data Management Center (CTSDMC) will collect and analyze data for a follow-up study testing whether a drug approved to treat cancer can be repurposed for Parkinson's patients, potentially slowing the disease's progression or even reversing its effects. This newest collaboration adds to a growing list of Fox Foundation projects on which the UI center has been working -- a partnership that began in 2009. (The Gazette) Published November 8, 2017

Faculty encouraged to take part in UI’s Theme Semester on sustainability

The University of Iowa's spring 2018 Theme Semester will explore sustainability -- meeting our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Sustainability is arguably the defining issue of our time. We hope to involve every faculty member on campus, and we need your help. Learn how you can incorporate sustainability-related content into coursework at a faculty luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Published November 8, 2017

IIPHRP inspires new programs, collaborations, and opportunities

Check out the latest issue of the Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy's (IIPHRP) newsletter to learn about the institute's Milestone Report, recent special guests, current students, the 7 Steps to a Healthy Home project, the Free Wheels program that provides bikes for kids in select neighborhoods, and more. Published November 8, 2017

Celebrate National Rural Health Day Nov. 16

Did you know that one of the College of Public Health's three Collective Areas of Excellence is rural health? Help celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 16 and find out how you can join in discussions on rural health "hot topics" and promote "the power of rural."  Published November 8, 2017

Afifi to discuss waterpipe use in the Mediterranean Region

Rema Afifi, CPH professor of community and behavioral health, will present "Social Norms and Attitudes Linked to Waterpipe Use in the Mediterranean Region" on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at noon in C44-A GH. She will discuss the socio-cultural dynamics associated with waterpipe (hookah) use and point to the need for a context-specific strategy to address the health implications of this alternative tobacco product. Published November 8, 2017

UI to offer new Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management

The University of Iowa has launched a new certificate program to equip clinicians and administrators with core healthcare management skills. The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, offered in the UI College of Public Health's Department of Health Management and Policy, will provide foundational business skills to physicians, other clinicians, and managers. Up to 10 students will be accepted to the initial cohort, with classes beginning fall 2018. Published November 7, 2017

College will honor 2017 Iowa Public Health Heroes Nov. 29

The University of Iowa College of Public Health is recognizing three leaders whose contributions across a range of disciplines are helping to promote better health and prevent disease throughout the state of Iowa. The 2017 Iowa Public Health Heroes Awards will be presented on Nov. 29 to Linda Kalin of Sioux City, executive director of the Iowa Poison Control Center; Julie Stephens of Cedar Rapids, public health emergency preparedness and disaster recovery specialist at Linn County Public Health; and Denise Wheeler of Des Moines, family planning coordinator and Title X director at the Iowa Department of Public Health. Published November 7, 2017


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