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.
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. The
results titled, “Reprogramming
Postnatal Human Epidermal Keratinocytes Toward Functional Neural
Crest Fates,” were recently published in the journal Stem
Cells, were supported by grants from the National Institutes of
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.