In the News: Zika is a scientific wakeup call for the world
In the News: Zika is a scientific wakeup call for the world

Dr. José F. Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health and head of the department of epidemiology and biostatistics, penned an opinion piece on the Texas news site, The Monitor,

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Lecture offers a glimpse into water quality expert’s research

Water microbiology expert Joan B. Rose has devoted her career to answering three questions: How is water quality changing? What effect do these changes have on human health? And how

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Diagnostic tests for sinus infections leave much to be desired, study says
Diagnostic tests for sinus infections leave much to be desired, study says

Many patients who see physicians for sinus infections expect to be prescribed an antibiotic, but for the majority of them, that course of treatment won’t be effective because their infections

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Dental fillings raise levels of mercury in the body, UGA study says
Dental fillings raise levels of mercury in the body, UGA study says

Dental surface restorations composed of dental amalgam, a mixture of mercury, silver, tin and other metals, significantly contribute to prolonged mercury levels in the body, according to new research from

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NSF STEM fellowship supports graduate student’s coral health research
NSF STEM fellowship supports graduate student’s coral health research

Even though they occupy less than one percent of the Earth surface, coral reefs are the ocean’s most diverse ecosystems, supporting 25 percent of all marine life, as well as

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Doctoral student receives Schlumberger Fellowship
Doctoral student receives Schlumberger Fellowship

María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research identifying the risk factors associated with tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala and

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UGA study finds Saharan dust affects marine bacteria, potential pathogen Vibrio

Iron, a critical element for living organisms, can be hard to hard to come by in open marine waters-except each summer, when atmospherically transported dust from north Africa’s Sahara Desert

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Diagnosing mononucleosis: Mark Ebell works to expedite proper treatment

The University of Georgia’s Mark Ebell wasn’t impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s. He still isn’t—a subject

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Chemical exposure could lead to obesity, UGA study finds
Chemical exposure could lead to obesity, UGA study finds

Exposure to chemicals found in everyday products could affect the amount of fat stored in the body, according to a study by University of Georgia researchers. Phthalates are chemicals found

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UGA child health expert praises FDA decision to fortify corn masa flour
UGA child health expert praises FDA decision to fortify corn masa flour

Corn masa flour, a staple in Hispanic cooking, is getting an added boost of nutrition, a move designed to reduce significant birth defects like spina bifida. The U.S. Food and

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UGA researchers receive NIH grant to improve cancer biomarker development

Researchers from the University of Georgia College of Public Health have received a two-year, $358,875 grant from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to develop novel

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A test is a useful tool, but can lead to ‘premature’ diagnosis

Epidemiology professor Dr. Mark Ebell was quoted by the Georgia Health News in a recent piece about “premature closure,” a type of medical mistake that happens when a doctor reviews a

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Study looks at reasons for delayed tuberculosis diagnosis in Uganda

Most studies of delayed tuberculosis diagnosis focus on the adverse effect of time elapsed between the onset of symptoms to reaching diagnosis and subsequent patient outcomes and control of community

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In the News: Does climate change contribute to disease?

Could climate change lead to more disease outbreaks and infections? Dr. Erin Lipp, a professor of environmental health science at the UGA College of Public Health, was asked this audience-generated

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Vitamin D deficiency may limit immune recovery in HIV-positive adults

A University of Georgia researcher has found that low levels of vitamin D may limit the effectiveness of HIV treatment in adults. Those with human immunodeficiency virus—commonly known as HIV—often

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Whalen receives $1.49 million grant for HIV, TB research training in Uganda

Every year, 50,000 people die in East Africa from tuberculosis. Worldwide, 1.5 million people die from the disease. And when HIV infection is added to the mix, TB becomes even

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Measure Blood Pressure at Home and Work, Too, Task Force Says

Blood pressure checks definitely save lives and are worth doing, experts said Monday, but patients need to get their blood pressure screened outside the doctor’s office, too. That’s because some

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Cordero named Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health
Cordero named Patel Distinguished Professor in Public Health

The University of Georgia College of Public Health has named one of its newest faculty members, Dr. José F. Cordero, as the first Gordhan L. and Virginia B. “Jinx” Patel

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UGA faculty publishes recommendations for state Alzheimer’s registry

UGA faculty recently published recommendations on the ethical and legal application of a population-based, statewide Alzheimer’s registry. They argue that with a more developed data-collection tool, Georgia’s public policy creators

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Naeher recognized at CTL Teacher of the Week

The Center for Teaching and Learning recently recognized Dr. Luke Naeher, professor of environmental health sciences, as CTL Teacher of the Week. Read Dr. Naeher’s featured profile below: Dr. Luke

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UGA student recognized for service, scholarship with Teratology Society award

UGA graduate student Rahat Wadhwa Desai was awarded the 2015 Marie W. Taubeneck Award from the Teratology Society at their 55th annual meeting in Montreal, Canada. The Taubeneck award is presented

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Southeast’s rural landscapes pose potential risk for salmonella infection

Researchers from the University of Georgia have determined that various freshwater sources in Georgia, such as rivers and lakes, could feature levels of salmonella that pose a risk to humans.

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Lu receives NIH award to study microbiome, arsenic metabolism link

Kun Lu, assistant professor of environmental health science at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, is one of six outstanding early-career scientists selected nationwide to receive an Outstanding

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EPI doctoral student wins international fellowship for women in STEM

Dr. Jane Mutanga-Mutembo, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been awarded the 2015-2016 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship. The

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Skip Your Annual Checkup

An increasing number of longitudinal studies have shown that regular checkups have no effect on preventing disease. Men’s Journal, in the Health & Fitness section of its June 2015 magazine, looked at

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Getting ready for Ebola

College of Public Health institute charged with preparing Georgia for disaster. The College of Public Health’s Institute for Disaster Management was recently awarded $756,000 in new federal funding to design

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Researchers find bimanual exam doesn’t accurately screen for ovarian cancer

The most commonly performed ovarian cancer screening test—the bimanual exam—is unlikely to benefit healthy women, according to a study led by researchers at the University of Georgia. UGA’s Mark Ebell,

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UGA awards sustainability grants to fund student projects

The UGA Office of Sustainability has awarded $43,000 to fund 11 interdisciplinary student projects through its annual Campus Sustainability Grants Program. Two students from the College of Public Health’s Environmental Health

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UGA study finds norovirus symptoms last an average of 44 hours

No difference found between hosts, pathogens and environmental settings Norovirus infections—sometimes known as the stomach flu—typically last for the same amount of time, independent of age or the type of

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Whalen: Vaccination is safe, necessary for public health

In the Athens Banner Herald this month, Dr. Chris Whalen, Ernest Corn Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, contributed in his thoughts and insights as researcher, medical doctor, and certified infectious

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CDC warns overprescribing antibiotics could lead to superbug

News coverage on national efforts to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues in a recent piece from the Washington Examiner on the dangers of overprescribing antibiotics. EPI faculty member Dr. Mark Ebell

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Antibiotic Resistant Super Bacteria Caused By Overprescription As Patients Pressure Doctors For Quick Results

This week, health officials in Los Angeles were met with an outbreak of a deadly bacteria known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which has infected a least seven patients, two of whom

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UGA faculty, student partner to sequence bird, crocodilian genomes

Using new computational methods developed by the University of Georgia’s Liang Liu, Travis Glenn and others, an international team of scientists was able to shed light on an obscure period

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EHS grad student awarded SETAC fellowship to study pharmaceutical pollution in GA Estuaries

David Brew, a second-year doctoral student at the UGA College of Public Health, has been awarded a $15,000 fellowship from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) for doctoral

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Why We Don’t Know The Real Ebola Mortality Rate In The U.S.

How likely is someone who gets treated for Ebola in the United States to die of the disease?  The data news blog FiveThirtyEight recently posed this question in light of

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Is the Ebola virus ‘incredibly contagious’ and ‘easy to catch’?

While campaigning for Republicans in New Hampshire on Oct. 16, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told Concord News Radio that the White House has not taken the Ebola threat seriously enough

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EHS grad student Adelumola Oladeinde to use EPA fellowship to study fecal pathogens

  Athens, Ga. – Adelumola Oladeinde, a second-year doctoral student in the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been awarded a Science to Achieve Results, or STAR, Fellowship

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Is 21 Days Long Enough For Ebola Quarantine?

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization say Ebola’s incubation period is two to 21 days. But is this long enough? Participating in the

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Estimates Of Ebola-Infected Air Passengers Include Big Assumptions

In a recent piece on the news blog FiveThirtyEight, EPI faculty member Andreas Handel commented on a recent Lancet study by researchers from the University of Toronto which concluded that

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Biological clock disruptions increase breast cancer risk, CPH study finds

The disruption of a person’s circadian rhythm—their 24-hour biological clock—has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, according to new University of Georgia research. The culprit, in this

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Ebola Not Expected to Pose Major Threat

A recent news piece on the NPR affiliate, 90.1FM WABE, recapped facts regarding the transmission and symptoms of Ebola, while affirming the low risk for infection and the readiness of

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An Important Indicator In The Fight Against Ebola

While the Ebola virus outbreak in the the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia continues, the W. Africa countries of Nigeria and Senegal appear to have the

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We’ll Probably Never Know If The CDC’s Grim Ebola Forecast Was Accurate

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a startling report forecasting over $1.4 million cases of Ebola in Africa within the next four months without effective

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Focus on Faculty: Erin Lipp
Focus on Faculty: Erin Lipp

Dr. Erin Lipp, a professor of environmental health science in the College of Public Health, encourages her students to think critically about science and how it affects the world in

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Despite Warnings, Antibiotics Still Overprescribed in Kids

Today in an ABC News Medical Unit report, Dr. Mark Ebell commented on a recent study that found that doctor’s are still prescribing antibiotics to children about twice as often as

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Infectious disease faculty’s studies enhance university’s research enterprise

Building upon UGA’s strengths in cutting-edge infectious disease research, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents provided funding in 2007 to hire seven new faculty members working at the

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CPH study takes a closer look at avian influenza virus trade-offs “across scales”

Growing evidence suggests that for avian influenza viruses, prolonged persistence in the environment plays an important role in transmission among aquatic birds, the viruses’ natural host. Since temperatures within the

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2014 EHS Scholarship and Award Winners

We would like to congratulate our Environmental Health Science 2014 Scholarship and Award winners! They have worked very hard and we very proud of their accomplishments. Amelia Watson – The

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Task Force Recommends Hep B Screening for High-Risk People

Doctors should regularly screen people at high risk for contracting the hepatitis B virus, which causes chronic illness and can lead to liver cancer if left untreated, according to a

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EHS student Anna Adetona wins AIHA GA Local Section Scholarship

Anna Hejl Adetona, a second-year doctoral student in toxicology at the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has been awarded a 2014-15 American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) Georgia Local

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Rapid Toxicity Test for Household, Industrial Compounds in the Works at Georgia

Multi-year testing methods have left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a list of 80,000 household and industrial compounds that need to be assessed to determine potential health risks. The

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EHS incorporates sustainability into its coursework

Discover UGA featured EHS faculty member Dr. Anne Marie Zimeri‘s classes – Environmental Health Science (EHSC 3060) and Environmental Film Festival course (FYOS 1001) – as examples of how UGA and in

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David Brew (EHS PhD) has been selected for an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award!

David Brew (EHS PhD) has been selected for an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award! This award is given to the top 10% of TAs University-wide. Posted March 12, 2o14.

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EHS alum Emily Scofield featured in UGA Grad School magazine

Environmental health science alumnus Emily Hanson Scofield was featured in the Winter 2014 issue of UGA Graduate School magazine. Scofield graduated from UGA with a Master of Environmental Health Science in

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American Society of Safety Engineers has selected Swati Patel as the first recipient of a new scholarship

American Society of Safety Engineers (Georgia Chapter) has selected Swati Patel as the first recipient of a new scholarship that was put in the works by Matthew Parker. She will

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Dr. Marsha Black inducted into new class of UGA Teaching Academy

EHS faculty member Dr. Marsha Black was one of eight UGA faculty members inducted into the newest class of the university’s Teaching Academy on Nov. 5, 2013. Founded in 1999,

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EHS doctoral student receives grant from the UGA Office of Sustainability

The University of Georgia Office of Sustainability has awarded $28,000 to fund nine interdisciplinary student projects through its annual Campus Sustainability Grants Program. The program, funded by student green fees,

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UGA professor receives grant to develop in vitro reproductive toxicant test

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has awarded a grant to the University of Georgia to develop a three-dimensional in vitro tissue model for identifying chemicals that

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Research by EHS faculty, Dr. Travis Glenn, featured in Science

Recognizing opportunities to develop approaches that use new DNA technologies is Dr. Travis Glenn’s forte.  Work that he initiated within weeks of joining EHS in late 2007 was featured in

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Injuries Contest: Tasteless Or Useful?

Dr. Mark Ebell was recently asked by the Georgia Health News to comment to about the online physician network website Sermo’s “Pro Football Injury Challenge,” where doctors where asked to guess

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How long should a cough last?

Patients tend to underestimate how long a cough should last, leading to unnecessary and inappropriate use of antibiotics, according to a review of the evidence and a survey of patient

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Dr. Mark Ebell interviewed by BBC Radio “Inside Health”

Dr. Mark Ebell, U.S. Preventive Task Force member, was interviewed by the BBC Radio 4 program “Inside Health.”  The interview addresses the Task Force’s recent draft guidelines regarding the use

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Discuss cancer-reducing drugs with women

Doctors should talk about breast cancer-reducing drugs with women and offer tamoxifen or raloxifene to those that have a high risk of cancer and aren’t likely to suffer side effects,

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Trail Creek water, sediment no longer shows toxicity after 2010 spill

The water and sediments in Athens’ little Trail Creek no longer seems fatal to life nearly three years after a massive chemical fire at the J&J Chemical Co. caused a

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Dr. Mark Ebell featured in U.S. Preventive Services Task Force videos

Dr. Mark Ebell, Professor of Epidemiology, is featured in two videos released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force about what the Task Force is and how it develops recommendations

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UGA global education forum to focus on obesity, food security and nutrition

University of Georgia faculty from multiple disciplines will discuss their efforts related to obesity, food security and nutrition during the seventh annual UGA Global Educational Forum April 2 in Grand

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Study finds cough sufferers have unrealistic expectations about recovery

If your cough is hanging on much longer than you expected, the problem isn’t the cough; it’s you. People expect acute coughing from a cold or flu to last seven

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Patient expectations on length of acute bronchitis not consistent with the best evidence, says UGA study

New research from the University of Georgia exposes a large discrepancy in the length of time patients expect an acute cough illness, also called acute bronchitis, to last and the

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UGA scientists test new toxicant detection tool, links to abnormal fetal development

For more than 40 years, Bisphenol A, more commonly known as BPA, was used in everything from plastic baby bottles and the lining of metal food containers to dental sealants.

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Tamiflu doesn’t offer relief promised, says UGA study

For the nearly 62 million Americans infected with influenza each year, oeseltamivir, commonly called Tamiflu, promises to offer relief. New research from the University of Georgia finds the medication may

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Flu research moratorium important, but somewhat problematic

Many scientists agreed with the decision to implement a moratorium on research designed to find how a nasty strain of bird flu is transmitted and how it might more easily

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UGA to Offer PhD in Environmental Health

The University of Georgia College of Public Health will soon offer the University System of Georgia’s first PhD in environmental health. The College of Public Health’s department of environmental health

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Areas to be tested for lead

The Environmental Protection Agency will test for toxic lead residue in Morningside and other Atlanta neighborhoods surrounding a former lead-smelting factory, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. At 740 Lambert Drive

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UGA researcher receives $2.82 million grant to track tuberculosis transmissions in Africa

Athens, Ga. – Christopher Whalen, the Ernest Corn Professor of Epidemiology in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics in the University of Georgia College of Public Health, has received a

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UGA faculty awarded innovative instruction grants

Twenty-two University of Georgia faculty projects designed to improve teaching recently were funded through grants provided by the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, in collaboration with the Office

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One Health mini-symposium to focus on climate change, infectious disease

On April 3, experts from the University of Georgia, Emory University and the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom will spend the afternoon sharing their One Healthperspectives on how

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The big picture

It’s a Thursday morning in early December, and Christopher Whalen is on the phone. The halls outside his office in UGA’s Coverdell Center are quiet—final exams are under way, and

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College of Public Health cancer survival study uncovers wide racial disparities

African Americans in Georgia, especially in rural areas, have drastically poorer survival rates from cancer. These disparities are much larger when compared to national data, according to the findings from

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Researcher studies the impact of green tea polyphenols on liver cancer in China

Dr. Jia Sheng Wang, department head for environmental health science, pulls tea from every nook in his office as he explains the protective effects of green tea polyphenols (GTP) against

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Georgia Study Aims to Refine Treatments for Cancer

Members of the faculty from the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health have teamed with graduate students and colleagues from the statistics department at Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts

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Bacteria Tied to Baby’s Death Linked to Formula Since 1980s

The rod-shaped bacteria that killed a Missouri infant this month have infected at least 120 infants worldwide since 1958 and have been linked to the use of baby formula in

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UGA College of Public Health professor Mark Ebell appointed to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Dr. Mark Ebell, an associate professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The USPSTF is

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First UGA faculty, students move to former Navy School campus

After years of planning and preparation, the first wave of University of Georgia faculty and staff members moved into a building on the former Navy Supply Corps campus in Normaltown

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Undergraduates named 2011-2012 CURO Honors Scholars

A group of first-year honors students at the University of Georgia is gaining investigative knowledge and experience in mentor-guided projects asCURO Honors Scholars with UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

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UGA study documents lung function declines in firefighters working at prescribed burns

After monitoring firefighters working at prescribed burns in the southeastern United States, University of Georgia researchers found that lung function decreased with successive days of exposure to smoke and other

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UGA experts available to speak on 2011-2012 flu season

Like all public places, the University of Georgia has its share of germs. But it also has experts who can help UGA students—and Georgia communities—stay healthier this flu season. Flu

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University profs decry Michelle Bachmann’s comments on HPV vaccine, advocate safety for female students

At the CNN/Tea Party Express debate, Michele Bachmann claimed the Human papillomavirus — commonly known as HPV — vaccine is a “potentially dangerous drug.” On the Today Show, Bachmann also

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UGA becomes first member of the University System of Georgia to offer Ph.D. in Epidemiology

The University of Georgia will become the first institution of higher education in the University System of Georgia to offer a doctoral degree in Epidemiology. The move was approved by

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WellPoint Picks Watson’s Brain For Medical Proof

WellPoint, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, and IBM have agreed to work together on a new method of bringing medical evidence to bear on diagnosis and treatment. The

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Human pathogen killing corals in the Florida Keys

Winter Park, Fl. and Athens, Ga. – A research team from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has identified human sewage as the source of the coral-killing

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Public Health Faculty Member Discovers Hidden Threats in Georgia Waterways

Safe to say, Marsha Black has made some rather important discoveries during her accomplished scientific career. She’s published groundbreaking research on the impact of pharmaceutical drugs on the ecological health

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Three UGA Honors students named 2011 Goldwater Scholars

Athens, Ga. – Victoria Akin, Michael Burel and Amar Mirza, third-year students enrolled in the University of Georgia Honors Program, have been awarded 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships. They are

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The ecological fallout: how radioactivity affects wildlife

The current news about radioactivity being released from a nuclear power plant in Japan is sad and worrisome. We are first concerned about the health and safety of individuals who

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Georgia Genomics Facility expands offerings to researchers

Crocodiles won’t speak to most people, but the Georgia Genomics Facility can get them to talk. The laboratory, which provides access to advanced instrumentation and training for DNA extraction, sequencing,

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Dr. Mark Ebell: Flu Diagnosis

Dr. Ebell was recently interviewed in The Athens Banner-Hearld for his work on flu diagnosis. The flu kills about 35,000 people and hospitalizes 200,000 more every year. It’s an all-too-common

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UGA Office of Sustainability awards $13,000 for student projects

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Office of Sustainability announced the inaugural winners in the UGA Campus Sustainability Grants Program on Feb. 22. The office awarded $13,000 of green

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Climate Projections Show Human Health Impacts Possible Within 30 Years

Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science, Erin K. Lipp was a member of a panel of scientists who spoke February 19, 2011 at the annual meeting of the American Association

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UGA Honors student receives 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia Honors student Muktha Natrajan of Martinez has received a 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She is among a group of 30 U.S. recipients selected for

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Scientists to study effects of train spill

More than five years after a train wreck sent a cloud of deadly chlorine gas through Graniteville, residents of the small South Carolina town believe their health still suffers. A

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2010 CDC-UGA Collaborative Research Seed Awards announced

Three collaborative CDC-UGA research proposals aimed at human and animal disease threats were selected for funding in the most recent CDC-UGA Collaborative Research competition. Funded by the University of Georgia

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Forum: Greenway is smart SPLOST expenditure

Greenways are a great investment for our community. The 2011 special-purpose, local-option sales tax will, if approved by voters in November, provide the funds needed to build out the heart

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Chemical spill will test nature’s resilience

On July 28, the J&J Chemical Co. in Northeastern Athens-Clarke County caught fire in the middle of the night. Firefighters contained the blaze with more than 740,000 gallons of water.

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Delta Omega Announces 2010 Student Poster Session Winners

The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health will be sponsoring its 13th Annual Student Poster Session through the Academic Public Health Caucus during the 138th American Public Health Association

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Anil T. Mangla Promoted to Director for the Infectious Disease and Immunization Program

Anil T. Mangla, Ph.D., M.P.H., FRIPH., adjunct professor of epidemiology within the College of Public Health, has been promoted to the position of Director for the Infectious Disease and Immunization

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Study finds significantly worse outcomes in cancer patients with cognitive impairment

Athens, Ga. – A new study published by researchers from the University of Georgia and the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., has found that cancer patients with dementia have

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Statins: Great drug, but does it prolong life?

Statins are among the most prescribed drugs in the world, and there is no doubt that they work as advertised — that they lower not only cholesterol but also the

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