ASPPH Friday Letter

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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.

Latest Articles about the University at Buffalo

Although COVID-19 has caused increased deaths and health risks in the past several months, we found an unexpected health benefit due to the effectiveness of stricter combustion control polices, especially travel bans.

Research team launches study to understand the impact of the COVID-19 and the shelter-in-place guidelines on overall health.

The study objective was to assess the association between B-vitamin intake and iAs methylation in children with low-level arsenic exposure.

Given the prevalence and magnitude of physical impairments after critical illness, many survivors, including those recovering from COVID-19, could benefit from physical therapist services after hospital discharge. 

Undergraduate students recently spent two weeks in Jamaica finding out about behavior-driven diseases as part of an experiential learning study-abroad program offered through UBThisWinter.

Liquor stores are considered essential businesses, and allowed to stay open in New York State, but not everyone agrees that should be the case.

Along with UB graduate student dietitians, they’re taking “Introduction to Culinary Medicine,” a pilot course in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB that’s helping them understand food and health in a new way.

Public officials are instituting many of the same policies that were put into place in 1918, as a deadly influenza pandemic spread across the world, according to a University at Buffalo professor who has studied that case.

A leading New York health care network is providing clinical samples and expertise, and Gregory Wilding, PhD, chair of the biostatistics department of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, will validate the results. 

Three faculty from the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions have been named to editorships and as conference keynote speakers.

Dr. Jennifer L. Temple, associate professor of nutrition, and director of UB’s Nutrition and Health Research Laboratory, recently offered expert opinion to a question submitted to The Conversation, on whether any level of caffeine is safe for teens to ingest.

The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded the Paul Dudley White International Scholar Award to an abstract co-authored by Dr. Michael LaMonte, research associate professor.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded a one-year, pre-doctoral fellowship to Mr. Zhongzheng (Jason) Niu, a third-year PhD student in epidemiology.

Renewal of the grant allows researchers and clinicians at UB and its partners in the Buffalo Translational Consortium to continue to innovate, speeding the development of new treatments for disease, reducing health disparities and allowing more Western New Yorkers to benefit from clinical research.

Team Epigeniuses won the competition. Their innovation was a multi-day community-based intervention to educate women over the age of 12 in Abuja, Nigeria, on the transgenerational epigenetic effects of exposure to alcohol or drugs during pregnancy.

Researchers quizzed cannabis enthusiasts at a marijuana advocacy event about their beliefs on whether the drug is effective in treating certain medical conditions. The majority of the nearly 500 people surveyed failed the quiz, according to the best science available.

A UB epidemiologist and two graduates of the epidemiology PhD program contributed to a significant Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published in the New England Journal of Medicine that links vitamin E acetate as an e-cigarette additive to the outbreak of e-cigarette, or vaping, product-use associated lung injury cases.

The three projects selected for pilot grants have the broader aim of understanding how obesity develops and what systems might treat it. The projects include one led by Dr. Elizabeth G. Mietlicki-Baase, assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences, that will look at the peptide hormone amylin, thought to be a promising target for obesity, and how it taps into reward processing. 

UB has launched the Community Health Equity Research Institute, which will conduct research addressing root causes of health disparities among people who live in Buffalo’s East Side.