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Latest Articles about the University at Buffalo

To address the increasing demand for public health skills, the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) added a new online MPH program, providing a degree pathway for not only traditional students, but also international students and working professionals.
A $790,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was awarded to Western New York groups to help improve health outcomes and reduce high rates of chronic disease among African Americans living along Ferry Street in Buffalo.
Air pollution, especially ozone air pollution that’s increasing with climate change, accelerates the progression of emphysema of the lung, according to a new study led by the University of Washington, Columbia University and the University at Buffalo.
In Dr. Jessica Kruger’s undergraduate public health courses, students might be asked to submit a website instead of a traditional paper.
A University at Buffalo researcher is among the recipients of a prestigious national honor for young scientists.
New research from the University at Buffalo provides pathophysiologic evidence of the effect of air pollution on cardiovascular disease in China. The findings also suggests that China may need to revise its standard for one type of pollutant.
During the “Jewels in Our Genes” study several years ago, Dr. Heather Ochs-Balcom and her team pinpointed four locations in the genome of African American women that may contain undiscovered genes that contribute to hereditary breast cancer.
For decades, Big Tobacco has sold African American smokers on menthol-flavored cigarettes through targeted marketing campaigns. That’s among the reasons why, in the U.S., black smokers who prefer menthols are 12 percent less likely to quit smoking compared to non-menthol users, according to the results of a newly published study.
The Center for Successful Aging (CSA) has awarded its first round of research funding for projects aimed at improving the lives of senior citizens.
A new University at Buffalo study based on levels before, during and after the Beijing Olympics reveals how air pollution affects the human body at the level of metabolites.
Long-term exposure to ambient ozone, appears to accelerate arterial conditions that progress into cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to a University at Buffalo study.
Dr. Sarahmona Przybyla, assistant professor of community health and health behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions is the author of the first paper to survey pharmacy students about their knowledge of and attitudes toward PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), which is a drug administered to people at high risk for HIV.
Dr. Gregory Homish, interim chair and associate professor of the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, was invited to serve on the Social Sciences and Population Studies B Study Section, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review.
Health care practitioners are split when it comes to opinions on which provider should take the lead in prescribing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which is administered to people at high risk for human immunodeficiency HIV.
Five interprofessional teams received recognition for their work with underserved populations in the 2019 Public Health Excellence in Interprofessional Education Collaboration Award sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC), with the top award going to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions.
Dr. Michael J. LaMonte, research associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, subcommittee on Physical Activity.
Dr. Gary Giovino has been named State University of New York Distinguished Professor, the highest faculty rank in the SUNY system.
A University at Buffalo project, “Interaction between meal composition and weight status on feeding- and stress-related hormones” was recently awarded funding.
A UB researcher helped the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) break new ground by appearing on the organization’s inaugural public health podcast. The podcast is calle “Epidemiology Counts,” and will air new episodes each month.
Seventy-five undergraduate students from the University at Buffalo made history by spending this past semester authoring their own textbook. Small groups of graduate students have authored content before. But never so many undergraduates, according to Dr. Jessica Kruger, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, who is known for her innovative teaching methods in public health.
It’s pretty common to see construction workers and other manual laborers stop into a store on lunch to grab a refreshing cold beverage on a hot day. And more often than not, the product they’re reaching for is a soft drink. That could be putting them at risk for kidney disease, according to the results of a new University at Buffalo study. The study suggests that drinking sugary, caffeinated soft drinks while exercising in hot weather may increase the risk of kidney disease. The study was published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.
The University at Buffalo will host the nation’s first-ever mobile produce market summit on March 5-6. The two-day conference will invite representatives from mobile produce markets across the U.S. to Buffalo to network, attend training sessions and share their successes and failures. Participants also will hear how the findings of a federally funded “veggie van” project being led by UB researchers can help set them up for success, whether they’re an established mobile market or just getting started.
A University at Buffalo student is receiving a prestigious award from the Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM).
The University at Buffalo was recently awarded funds through the Incarceration and Public Health Action Network (IPHAN) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
University at Buffalo faculty member Dr. Gregory Fabiano, professor of counseling, school and educational psychology, and associate dean for interdisciplinary research in the Graduate School of Education is continuing his nationally recognized work with ADHD children with a new study that will test how best to meet the special education goals of these children.
Access to and use of health information are critical to personal and public health outcomes. Better health information access and use help individuals improve knowledge, increase use of health services, reduce health care costs, adopt healthier behavioral patterns, and therefore promote health. But not everyone has the same access to this information.
A team of UB students and faculty members was among the five finalists that competed in New York State’s Aging Innovation Challenge on November 29 at the SUNY Global Center in New York City. The UB team presented mRehab, an innovative, portable, home rehabilitation system that uses 3D printing and smartphone technology. The team of faculty and undergraduate and graduate students designed the system for people who’ve lost upper limb motor function after stroke. Impairments following stroke make it one of the leading causes of disability, and many individuals with stroke don’t regain complete function of their upper limb upon being discharged from clinical services, the team explains on its project website.

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