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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.

Police officers on the afternoon shift are twice as likely to report being tired, according to a University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions led study.
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 studies.
The University at Buffalo received a new award from the Naval Sea Systems Command. The funding award amount is $875,861 and will run through January 31, 2020.
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 Education.
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 (SRNT.)


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 diabetes.

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 Addictive Behaviors.

The School of Public Health and Health Professions will host the second annual Step Challenge as a way to promote healthy activity and encourage individuals to live healthier lifestyles.


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 decisions.


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.

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