The Friday Letter is the Association of Schools and Programs of
Public Health's weekly e-newsletter featuring the latest research,
opportunities and developments from CEPH-accredited schools and
programs of public health.
After an extensive national search, Dr. Gregory Wilding has been
appointed as chair of the department of biostatistics at the
University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health
Washing with soap and water is second nature for many. But in
many other places around the world, handwashing with soap is rare.
In fact, a new study led by University at Buffalo researchers with
USAID, UNICEF and others shows that handwashing behavior must be
improved substantially in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr. Kimberley Persons from the University at Buffalo School of
Public Health and Health Professions has been accepted to the
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Academic
Leadership Institute (ALI).
The regulatory approaches to marijuana and tobacco in the United
States are on decidedly different paths and, according to
researchers from the U.S. and Australia, neither side appears
interested in learning from the other. “The two policy
communities have shown very little interest in each other’s
policy debates,” Dr. Wayne Hall and Dr. Lynn Kozlowski write
in a new paper published in the journal Addiction.
Zachary J. Schlader, PhD, assistant professor of exercise and
nutrition sciences at the University at Buffalo School of Public
Health and Health Professions, has been appointed to the editorial
board of the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory,
Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
Dr. Sarahmona Przybyla, assistant professor of community health
and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and
Health Professions received a $15,000 award from the University of
Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), one of 17 such centers
around the country.
When the FDA in 2012 approved a combination of drugs that could
be taken by people at high risk for HIV to lower their chances of
getting infected, it was hailed as a huge advance in public health.
Still, challenges remain with the treatment regimen known as
pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, according to a University at
Buffalo researcher who has received a grant for PrEP related pilot
Dr. Patricia J. Ohtake, associate professor of physical
therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Science in the University at
Buffalo (UB) School of Public Health and Health Professions, has
been appointed assistant vice president for Interprofessional
The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
(WHO-FCTC), has increased the adoption of tobacco reduction
measures around the world, contributing to a 2.5 percentage point
reduction in global smoking rates, according to a recent study
published in The
Lancet Public Health.
Women at the highest genetic risk for fracture benefit the most
from hormone therapy, according to a first-of-its-kind study led by
researchers at the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Public
Health and Health Professions.
Dr. Gary A. Giovino, professor and chair of the department of
community health and health behavior at the University at Buffalo
School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed
as a Fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
The first study of oral health in children with Type 2 diabetes,
including those who are obese, has found that these children tend
to have poorer oral health than children who do not have Type 2
Gum disease and tooth loss may be associated with a higher risk
of death in postmenopausal women but not increased cardiovascular
disease risk, according to new research in Journal of the American
Heart Association, the open access journal of the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association.
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health
Professions (SPHHP) will recognize National Public Health Week
(NPHW) April 3-9 with a series of events that highlight and
celebrate public health efforts important to improving the nation.
Additional activities will also take place throughout the entire
month of April to further expand the celebrations.
A discovery, several years in the making, by a University at
Buffalo research team has proven that adult skin cells can be
converted into neural crest cells (a type of stem cell) without any
genetic modification, and that these stem cells can yield other
cells that are present in the spinal cord and the brain.
While the opioid epidemic is ever-present across the nation, the
University at Buffalo plans to research an opioid addiction
treatment associated with the function of liver fibrosis. The new
research award for $73, 456 is funded from the University of
Rochester and National Institutes of Health from August 1, 2016 to
April 30, 2017.
For years, parents of children with high blood lead
concentrations have been advised by health experts to provide their
kids foods rich in iron, calcium and vitamin C. The research behind
these dietary recommendations, however, is lacking, according to a
new paper by a University at Buffalo researcher published online
March 7 in the Journal of Pediatrics.
Last spring, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unveiled a
$36 million ad campaign focused on the dangers of smokeless tobacco
use among rural teens. But the FDA’s “Smokeless
Doesn’t Mean Harmless” campaign may be doing more harm
than good, two noted North American public health researchers write
in the journal
For most people, cortisol, the vital hormone that controls
stress, increases when they wake up. It’s the body’s
way of preparing us for the day. But in police officers
who’ve experienced intense stress on the job, cortisol
functions much differently, according to recent research from the
University at Buffalo.
How do the lungs of e-cigarette users differ compared to
non-smokers and people who smoke traditional cigarettes? A pilot
study awarded to a University at Buffalo epidemiologist seeks to
provide some answers to that question.
A new report presents nearly 100 conclusions related to the
health effects of cannabis and cannabinoid use, and makes
recommendations for an agenda to help expand and improve cannabis
research efforts, and better inform future public health
The anxiety many men experience after being diagnosed with
prostate cancer may lead them to choose potentially unnecessary
treatment options, researchers from the University at Buffalo (UB)
and Roswell Park Cancer Institute report in a new study.