2016 ASPPH Friday Letter Archive

12/15/16
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 as associate editor of the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE).
12/8/16

In the world of working out, weight loss is the 800-pound gorilla in the room.  The topic is unavoidable, particularly for obese women, who often struggle with exercise for a variety of reasons.  Learn about a new program aimed at changing the focus from the battle of the bulge to the other benefits exercise can provide.

12/1/16
When they enter the military, they’re among the healthiest people in the country. But as they begin active duty — and even more so when they conclude their service and enter veteran status — they often join the ranks of the nation’s unhealthiest populations.
11/21/16
Google’s Toilet Locator mobile app could provide an innovative solution to India’s open defecation problem in urban locales, but major challenges remain in mitigating the issue in rural areas where it’s most common, according to Dr. Pavani K. Ram, co-director of the community for global health equity at the University at Buffalo and an expert on global sanitation issues.
11/17/16
A study by University at Buffalo researchers shows that physicians in pediatric intensive care units are not using the newest guidelines to diagnose acute kidney injury (AKI) in critically ill children, a practice that could affect their patients’ long-term health.
11/10/16
Air pollution exposure has been identified as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and, yet, the effects of that exposure on pregnant women and fetuses has been largely understudied in the highest pollution environments.
11/3/16
What, if any, association exists between first use and current use of flavored tobacco products, and current flavored tobacco use and quit behaviors among US adults?  Those are questions a group of researchers, including Ms. Danielle Smith, a University at Buffalo doctoral student and senior research associate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, set out to answer in a recent study published in the peer reviewed journal Tobacco Control.
10/26/16
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) will host the 28th annual J. Warren Perry Distinguished Lectureship on Friday, November 4, 2016.  This year’s speaker is Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox Professor and dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health. Galea will address the timely and relevant topic of public health issues related to gun violence.
10/13/16
It is one of the only research centers in the world that allows scientists to study extreme environments, from a mile of ocean depth to nearly 23 miles into Earth’s stratosphere, and everything in between. And it is back up and running in its home at the University at Buffalo.
9/22/16

For decades, scientists thought acetylcholine was the only neurotransmitter responsible for controlling how muscles and nerves are wired together during development. Turns out, they were wrong.

8/31/16

Would people living with HIV be willing to self-report on daily substance use and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence using a smartphone app? That was a question researchers from the University at Buffalo set out to answer in a recent study.

7/29/16

Dr. Susan E. Bennett, clinical professor of rehabilitation science at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC).

7/22/16

Dr. R. Lorraine Collins, a professor of community health and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP), was named to the Academies’ Committee on the Health Effects of Marijuana: An Evidence Review and Research Agenda.

7/7/16

Dr. Lynn T. Kozlowski, a professor of community health and health behavior in the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, cautions that much more needs to be known about the effects of such an untested prohibition or ban of traditional cigarettes before any WHO nations implement the recommendation.

6/23/16

Writing in the journal BioMed Central Public Health, Lynn Kozlowski, PhD, says it’s time for tobacco control themes to be modernized.

6/17/16

Millions of school-aged children with and without disabilities and who live in low- and middle-income countries around the world grapple with this lack of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene — or WaSH — facilities every day. In fact, it is one of the biggest reasons why they do not receive a formal education.

6/15/16

The 14th annual University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions commencement ceremony took place on May 14, 2016 at 1 p.m. in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts and featured speaker Helene D. Gayle, PhD.

6/9/16

The University at Buffalo will receive a major, $7 million award to address a casualty of the national opioid epidemic: the spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among drug users who share needles. The funding award is from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

6/3/16

Dr. Gregory Homish, associate professor and associate chair of community health and health behavior in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was named to the WTC Health Program’s Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).

5/25/16

The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) received the AACR’s 10th annual Team Science Award at the association’s annual meeting held recently in New Orleans. WHI received the AACR recognition for “its collective efforts that have broadened our understanding of the effects of hormone therapy and nutrition on cancer.”

5/20/16
Dr. Michael J. LaMonte, research associate professor in the department of epidemiology and environmental health, director of the MPH epidemiology concentration and chair of the Public Health Program Committee at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been selected to serve on a national committee for the American Heart Association (AHA).
5/11/16
Mr. Robert Furlani, training director and research assistant professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was recently voted as a new member of the New York State Public Health Association’s board of directors.
4/29/16

Millions of people visit the websites of the Mayo Clinic, American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others, seeking authoritative health information. But are they receiving it?

4/15/16
Post-menopausal women who use metformin long-term for the treatment of diabetes may be at lower risk for developing certain cancers and dying from these diseases, reports a large prospective study from researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo.
4/8/16
The percentage of African-American high school seniors who smoke has changed very little over the past two decades. In fact, the percentages in 2014 and 1992 are statistically the same. That is among the findings presented in a supplement to the April issue of the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
4/1/16
The University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions  will recognize National Public Health Week (NPHW) April 4-10 with a series of events being held that week and all month that highlight and recognize public health issues that are important to improving our nation.
3/25/16

Garlic gets a bad rap for leaving people with stinky breath. But its benefits may outweigh the potential turn-offs. That is according to researchers at the University at Buffalo, who reported finding that compared to no intake, raw garlic intake was associated with a lower risk of lung cancer in a small Chinese population.

3/18/16
An abstract submitted by a University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions student for the 37 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the Society of Behavioral Medicine has been chosen to receive a 2016 Award for Outstanding Trainee Abstract from the Health Decision Making Special Interest Group.
3/11/16
Mr. Robert Furlani, BS, training director and research assistant professor at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, was recently voted on to the Western New York Public Health Alliance (WNYPHA) board.
3/4/16
One month, 16 million steps. That is the goal of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions 2016 Step Challenge.
3/4/16
Dr. Marc Kiviniemi, associate professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior and director of undergraduate public health initiatives at the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been accepted to the inaugural year-long Leadership Institute for mid-career professional in the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM).
2/26/16
Dr. Lili Tian, professor, associate chair and graduate director of the Department of Biostatistics in the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, will serve as a grant review panelist for the a Department of Defense (DoD) Award program.
2/5/16
One of the most unique pieces of research equipment at UB is about to get a makeover. The three-decades-old hyperbaric chamber housed in Sherman Annex on the South Campus is being upgraded, and the project will be handled by a Western New York company whose three generations of UB engineering graduates know the chamber inside and out.
1/29/16
Dr. Alan Hutson, professor and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been named as a grant review panelist for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH.)
1/22/16
Hawaii has made headlines by becoming the first U.S. state to raise the minimum legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21 from 18.
1/15/16
Numerous studies have examined the reasons adults use e-cigarettes. But what drives another important group — college-aged young adults — to use them? Turns out, like most things they are known to try, it is for enjoyment.
1/8/16
Women who report having periodontal disease are at greater risk for breast cancer, especially if they smoke or recently quit, according to University at Buffalo research published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention (CEBP), a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.