Faculty hiring initiative will boost UGA’s strength in infectious disease dynamics
Faculty hiring initiative will boost UGA’s strength in infectious disease dynamics

The emergence and spread of infectious diseases is a major, growing, and increasingly complex global challenge. As the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear, addressing it requires expertise and tools from

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Crisis pregnancy centers may be hurting public health efforts
Crisis pregnancy centers may be hurting public health efforts

These centers are now offering STI and HIV testing, but new research shows they’re not up to standard Cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are again on the

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UGA’s Cordero to receive AAP award for contributions to the field of pediatric disabilities
UGA’s Cordero to receive AAP award for contributions to the field of pediatric disabilities

University of Georgia professor José F. Cordero has been selected to receive the 2021 Arnold J. Capute award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Children with Disabilities.

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Student Profile: Mechelle Claridy
Student Profile: Mechelle Claridy

Mechelle Claridy, who is pursing a doctoral degree in epidemiology and biostatistics at the College of Public Health, is not only passionate about advancing care for mothers and infants, but

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Getting to Know You: Dr. Danielle Lambert
Getting to Know You: Dr. Danielle Lambert

The College of Public Health has welcomed five new faculty this fall who we want to introduce to the wider CPH community. This week, meet Dr. Danielle Lambert, who has

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Getting to Know You: Dr. Amy Winter
Getting to Know You: Dr. Amy Winter

The College of Public Health has welcomed five new faculty this fall who we want to introduce to the wider CPH community. This week, meet Amy Winter, MPH, PhD, who

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CPH In the Media: August 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: August 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of August 2021: A study led by doctoral student Yang Ge found that COVID-19 patients who show symptoms

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COVID patients who show symptoms are more contagious to close contacts
COVID patients who show symptoms are more contagious to close contacts

Individuals with COVID-19 are most likely to spread the virus to close contacts 2 days before the onset of symptoms to 3 days after symptoms appear, and the risk of

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UGA College of Public Health welcomes it new CPH Alumni Board
UGA College of Public Health welcomes it new CPH Alumni Board

The College of Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of the CPH Alumni Board. The board will support the CPH Office of Development and Alumni Relations in its

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Contact tracing is a key to suppressing COVID-19
Contact tracing is a key to suppressing COVID-19

The emergence of the delta variant and continued vaccine hesitancy have caused many health and government officials to revisit the need for non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like social distancing policies, mask

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CPH In the Media: July 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: July 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of July 2021: Rebecca Wells, clinical assistant professor of health promotion and behavior, spoke to WUGA-FM about “Treasure

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CPH In the Media: June 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: June 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of June 2021: Research by epidemiology professor Toni Miles on the impacts of grief – and specifically in

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CPH In the Media: May 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: May 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of May 2021: Mark Ebell, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, helped unravel the CDC’s most recent mask recommendations

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CPH honors outstanding faculty, students, alumni, community members
CPH honors outstanding faculty, students, alumni, community members

In celebration of UGA Honors Week and the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, the College of Public Health recognized more than 70 dedicated faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community

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UGA study explores alternative strategies to control the spread of COVID-19
UGA study explores alternative strategies to control the spread of COVID-19

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, intense social distancing and lockdown measures were the primary weapon in the fight against the spread of SARS-CoV-2, but they came with a

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CPH In the Media: April 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: April 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of April 2021: José F. Cordero, physician and head of epidemiology and biostatistics, spoke to 11 Alive’s “Why

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Training nursing home communities to open up about grief
Training nursing home communities to open up about grief

Nursing home populations have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, these communities are bearing a disproportionate burden of the grief and loss associated

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CPH In the Media: March 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: March 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of March 2021: WUGA FM’s Athens News Matter checked in with environmental health science professor Erin Lipp, whose

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Juliet Sekandi and the case of the treatable yet rapidly spreading disease
Juliet Sekandi and the case of the treatable yet rapidly spreading disease

Tuberculosis is rampant in Uganda, where nearly 80,000 people develop the disease every year. While practicing there as the attending physician in charge of the public hospital’s TB clinic, Dr.

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Professor guides students through disease modeling
Professor guides students through disease modeling

When it comes to preventing the spread of infectious disease, for Andreas Handel, it’s all in the model. Infectious disease models help scientists understand and predict how diseases spread, whether

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CPH In the Media: February 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: February 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of February 2021: Related to COVID-19  – Toni Miles, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics,  discussed the overwhelming sense

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Meal prep helps families stick to healthy meal plans in face of stress
Meal prep helps families stick to healthy meal plans in face of stress

Daily stress can chip away at healthy eating habits. For families, that could mean a stressed-out caregiver gives in to a quick, easy, but probably unhealthy meal. But parents can

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UGA researcher to study impact of online dating abuse on marginalized teens
UGA researcher to study impact of online dating abuse on marginalized teens

UGA’s Danielle Lambert has received a $250,000 award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research how cyber dating abuse impacts marginalized adolescents in the South. For

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CPH In the Media: January 2021 Roundup
CPH In the Media: January 2021 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of January 2021: Related to COVID-19  – Kerstin Emerson, a clinical associate professor at the Institute of Gerontology,

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UGA professor develops tool to quickly predict COVID-19 severity
UGA professor develops tool to quickly predict COVID-19 severity

A University of Georgia researcher has developed tools to help clinicians quickly determine which COVID-19 patients are likely to need intensive care. While some of these types of tools, known

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CPH In the Media: December 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: December 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of December 2020: Related to COVID-19  – The latest wastewater tracking data collected by environmental health science professor

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CPH announces 2021 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Mini-Grant Winners
CPH announces 2021 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Mini-Grant Winners

Three student-led outreach projects addressing health disparities in the Athens-Clarke County community have been selected for funding through the UGA College of Public Health’s 2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mini-Grants

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UGA professor José F. Cordero named to Biden-Harris Agency Review Team
UGA professor José F. Cordero named to Biden-Harris Agency Review Team

University of Georgia professor José F. Cordero been selected as a volunteer member of the Biden-Harris agency review team for the Department of Health and Human Services. This team will

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CPH In the Media: November 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: November 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of November 2020: Related to COVID-19  – Faculty members José Cordero and Erin Lipp spoke to Capital Beat

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Student Profile: Cody Dailey
Student Profile: Cody Dailey

Cody Dailey, a doctoral student and UGA IDEAS Trainee in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, has always enjoyed the complexity of biology and the practicality of math and statistics.

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Faculty, students present at this year’s virtual APHA meeting
Faculty, students present at this year’s virtual APHA meeting

The 2020 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo is going virtual this year and faculty and students at the UGA College of Public Health are joining public health

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CPH In the Media: September 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: September 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of September 2020: Related to COVID-19  – Grace Bagwell Adams, CPH assistant dean of outreach, engagement and equity,

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Study supports airborne spread of COVID-19 indoors
Study supports airborne spread of COVID-19 indoors

New research from the University of Georgia supports growing evidence for airborne transmission of COVID-19 in enclosed spaces. Researchers were able to link a community outbreak of COVID-19 in China

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New UGA model highlights continued COVID-19 risks
New UGA model highlights continued COVID-19 risks

A new model posted by the University of Georgia’s Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases shows that the pandemic is not slowing down in the United States. Unlike other

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CPH In the Media: August 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: August 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of August 2020: Related to COVID-19 – Kerstin Emerson, clinical associate professor in the Institute of Gerontology, published

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CPH In the Media: July 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: July 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of July 2020: Related to COVID-19 – Environmental health science professor Travis Glenn, in stories by AARP, offered

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UGA study links mandatory social distancing to reduction in COVID-19 cases
UGA study links mandatory social distancing to reduction in COVID-19 cases

Mandatory social distancing policies can rapidly slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a new case study by two University of Georgia researchers. The study, which was published recently in

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Aging experts call for widespread dementia care training
Aging experts call for widespread dementia care training

The number of people in the U.S. living with Alzheimer’s or dementia is expected to triple by 2050, and the latest research from the Alzheimer’s Association shows that half of

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Dealing with grief in the time of COVID-19
Dealing with grief in the time of COVID-19

As of mid-July, the U.S. reported over 137,000 deaths due to COVID-19. Families are not only dealing with the death of loved ones and friends, but also significant changes to

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UGA helps rural health care providers during pandemic
UGA helps rural health care providers during pandemic

Health care professionals in Colquitt County have been better able to plan for their providers’ and patients’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a customized report from the University

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CPH In the Media: June 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: June 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of June 2020: Related to the COVID-19 – Grace Bagwell Adams, assistant dean of outreach, engagement and equity,

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Light drinking may protect brain function in older age
Light drinking may protect brain function in older age

Light to moderate drinking may preserve brain function in older age, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. The study examined the link between alcohol consumption and

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CPH In the Media: May 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: May 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of May 2020: Related to the COVID-19 – Grace Bagwell Adams, an associate professor of health policy and

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CPH celebrates faculty, student, staff successes
CPH celebrates faculty, student, staff successes

In celebration of UGA Honors Week and end of the 2020 Spring Semester, the College of Public Health and its various units recognized more than 45 amazing students, nine dedicated

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Study seeks risk factors for COVID-19 severity
Study seeks risk factors for COVID-19 severity

Researchers at the University of Georgia College of Public Health are working to determine risk factors for severe cases of COVID-19. The team, led by physician and epidemiologist Mark Ebell,

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CPH In the Media: April 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: April 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of April 2020: Related to the COVID-19 – Athens CEO and WGAU radio covered the COVID-19 resources produced

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Study projects 1,500 additional deaths in Georgia following relaxation in social distancing
Study projects 1,500 additional deaths in Georgia following relaxation in social distancing

A new University of Georgia study estimates that social distancing measures enacted across the state in March have reduced the total number of reported cases by 81% and likely saved

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Student Profile: Megan Bramlett
Student Profile: Megan Bramlett

Megan Bramlett, a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is one of the faculty, students and staff playing a big part in the UGA College of

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Public health hackathon produces COVID-19 resources
Public health hackathon produces COVID-19 resources

In the last few days before instruction resumed at the University of Georgia, over 90 public health students were hard at work crafting infographics, data visualizations, policy briefs and even

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CPH In the Media: March 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: March 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of March 2020: Related to the COVID-19 – José Cordero, head of the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics,

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Student Profile: Emily Reeves
Student Profile: Emily Reeves

Emily Reeves, a Master of Public Health student concentrating in epidemiology, is passionate about unbiased, equal access to reproductive healthcare. EXPECTED GRADUATION: May 2020 DEGREE OBJECTIVE: Master of Public Health

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How to prepare your family for COVID-19
How to prepare your family for COVID-19

Late on Monday, March 2, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that two cases of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, had been confirmed in Georgia. This comes one week after health officials

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CPH In the Media: February 2020 Roundup
CPH In the Media: February 2020 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of February 2020: Related to the COVID-19 – In a series of UGA Today features, José Cordero, head

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Gauging the threat posed by the coronavirus
Gauging the threat posed by the coronavirus

Influenza may pose a greater risk, and it’s not too late to get vaccinated Wearing a surgical mask is unlikely to protect healthy people from the novel coronavirus that originated

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UGA study using ‘selfies’ to encourage tuberculosis treatment
UGA study using ‘selfies’ to encourage tuberculosis treatment

Researchers from the University of Georgia and Makerere University in Uganda have launched a project leveraging the popularity of selfies to promote tuberculosis (TB) treatment. The intervention, dubbed DOT Selfie,

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CPH In the Media: December 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: December 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of December 2019: A team of researchers led by Charles Easley, an assistant professor of environmental health science,

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Researchers offer primer on simulation modelling for immunologists
Researchers offer primer on simulation modelling for immunologists

Simulation modelling is a powerful tool for understanding how different components of a complex system interact with one another, which makes it an ideal candidate for studying the body’s front

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Aspirin’s health benefits under scrutiny
Aspirin’s health benefits under scrutiny

UGA research shows benefits no longer clearly outweigh harms in adults without heart disease Taking a baby aspirin every day to prevent heart attack or stroke should no longer be

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CPH In the Media: November 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: November 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of November 2019: Andrea Swartzendruber, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, is a lead author on joint position

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Students contribute to NE Georgia’s first student-based health clinic
Students contribute to NE Georgia’s first student-based health clinic

This fall, the Clarke County School District (CCSD) opened Northeast Georgia’s first school-based health center (SBHC) on Athens’ east side. One-third of adults and one in four children in Athens-Clarke

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College of Public Health faculty leads position paper on youth sexual health and CPCs
College of Public Health faculty leads position paper on youth sexual health and CPCs

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology (NASPAG) have issued a joint position paper detailing how crisis pregnancy centers

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UGA leading effort to develop universal flu vaccine
UGA leading effort to develop universal flu vaccine

The University of Georgia has signed a contract with the National Institutes of Health to develop a new, more advanced influenza vaccine designed to protect against multiple strains of influenza virus

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UGA faculty tapped for Lt. Gov.’s healthcare task force
UGA faculty tapped for Lt. Gov.’s healthcare task force

The University of Georgia’s Toni Miles was invited to join a new state Task Force on Healthcare Access and Cost, led by Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan. In late August,

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CPH In the Media: July 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: July 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of July 2019: Andrea Swartzendruber, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, was quoted by The Hill in a

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Dr. Christopher Whalen named Holbrook Distinguished Professor in Global Health
Dr. Christopher Whalen named Holbrook Distinguished Professor in Global Health

Dr. Christopher Whalen, a leading international researcher on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis transmission in Africa, has been named to the Karen and Jim Holbrook Distinguished Professorship in Global Health. Karen Holbrook

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UGA study finds link between early-life exposure to famine and high cholesterol later in life
UGA study finds link between early-life exposure to famine and high cholesterol later in life

New research from the University of Georgia has revealed that early exposure to long periods of severe food deprivation can lead to high cholesterol later in life. The study, which

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UGA study offers new insights into substance use, sexual risk behavior interventions for young African American women
UGA study offers new insights into substance use, sexual risk behavior interventions for young African American women

Young black women living in the South have some of the highest rates of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. While there may be multiple factors that

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CPH In the Media: May 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: May 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of May 2019: A recent study from Changwei Li used metabolomics to pinpoints lifestyle factors that could lead

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Marsha Davis named dean of UGA College of Public Health
Marsha Davis named dean of UGA College of Public Health

Marsha Davis, a nationally recognized researcher and leader in community-based health promotion programs, has been named dean of the University of Georgia College of Public Health. Davis, a professor in

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CPH In the Media: April 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: April 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of April 2019: The Georgia Health News featured Lisa Renzi-Hammond, an assistant professor in the Institute of Gerontology

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UGA study pinpoints lifestyle factors that could lead to hardened arteries
UGA study pinpoints lifestyle factors that could lead to hardened arteries

In one of the largest of its kind, a new study from the University of Georgia pinpoints lifestyle factors that could lead to hardened arteries. The study performed an untargeted

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CPH In the Media: March 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: March 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of March 2019: In a report from the Georgia Health News on Georgia’s most recent county health rankings

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UGA study finds limited evidence to diagnose bacterial sinusitis
UGA study finds limited evidence to diagnose bacterial sinusitis

Sinus infections remain a leading reason why patients are prescribed antibiotics they don’t need. But that may be because there isn’t a lot of guidance for clinicians on which signs

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José F. Cordero honored by Puerto Rico Public Health Trust
José F. Cordero honored by Puerto Rico Public Health Trust

The Puerto Rico Public Health Trust recently honored University of Georgia College of Public Health professor José F. Cordero by establishing an award in his name aimed at recognizing professionals

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CPH awards mini-grants to students for community projects
CPH awards mini-grants to students for community projects

New experiential learning program builds community connections, research skills The University of Georgia College of Public Health has awarded mini-grants to four student-led community outreach projects focused on addressing health

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CPH In the Media: February 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: February 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of February 2019: Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber, an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, was quoted in a Cosmopolitan

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Early menarche linked to high blood pressure in late adulthood, UGA study finds
Early menarche linked to high blood pressure in late adulthood, UGA study finds

The age a woman begins menstruation is associated with having high blood pressure later in her life, according to a team of researchers at the University of Georgia. Specifically, researchers

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CPH In the Media: January 2019 Roundup
CPH In the Media: January 2019 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of January 2019: A 2014 study in the American Journal of Public Health by gerontology researcher Dr. Kerstin Emerson and

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CPH In the Media: December 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: December 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of December 2018: A recent study from Dr. Changwei Li, assistant professor in epidemiology and biostatistics, shed some

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UGA study points to optimal blood pressure treatment for stroke patients
UGA study points to optimal blood pressure treatment for stroke patients

Sixty percent of stroke patients admitted to U.S. emergency rooms have elevated blood pressure, and many studies say that having high blood pressure at the time of stroke can lead

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CPH In the Media: November 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: November 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of November 2018: Dr. Jenay Beer, a faculty member in health promotion and behavior and the Institute of

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Double Dawg: Jessica Ho
Double Dawg: Jessica Ho

Jessica Ho, an Honors student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in cellular biology and a Master of Public Health degree, says the Double Dawgs program brings her closer to

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CPH In the Media: October 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: October 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of October 2018: The Athens Wellbeing Project, led by health policy and management assistant professor Dr. Grace Bagwell

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Depression, anxiety, family death linked to preterm births, UGA study finds
Depression, anxiety, family death linked to preterm births, UGA study finds

Evidence linking stress and disease has been growing in recent years, and notably psychological stress during pregnancy has been associated with pregnancy loss, preterm birth and low birthweight. Yet, scientists

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UGA researcher outlines most important primary care studies from last 20 years
UGA researcher outlines most important primary care studies from last 20 years

Between patient visits and paperwork, it can be a struggle for primary care physicians to keep up with the latest medical research and, more importantly, figure out which studies are

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CPH In the Media: September 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: September 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of September 2018: As the east coast prepared for Hurricane Florence, Dr. Sarah DeYoung, an assistant professor at

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UGA researcher launches web-based directory to improve crisis pregnancy center transparency
UGA researcher launches web-based directory to improve crisis pregnancy center transparency

The profile of crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) may be on the rise, but it’s still unclear how many of these centers exist and where. Now, a research team at the

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UGA receives $2.6 million grant to track TB spread using cell phone records, genetics
UGA receives $2.6 million grant to track TB spread using cell phone records, genetics

Tuberculosis (TB) is the ninth leading cause of death worldwide, and though the World Health Organization has said the average global burden of disease is on the decline, some areas

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Number of U.S. preteens getting HPV vaccine is on the rise, says UGA research
Number of U.S. preteens getting HPV vaccine is on the rise, says UGA research

More U.S. preteens are getting their recommended vaccinations, according to a new study appearing in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overall,

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CPH In the Media: August 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: August 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of August 2018: Dr. Cham Dallas, director of the Institute for Disaster Management, presented at a two-day National Academies

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UGA to help guide development of norovirus vaccine
UGA to help guide development of norovirus vaccine

Researchers from Emory University and the University of Georgia have received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help guide norovirus vaccine decision-making. Norovirus is the

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Faculty find research, collaboration opportunities during tour of Georgia
Faculty find research, collaboration opportunities during tour of Georgia

Justin Bahl, a new faculty member in the College of Public Health, studies the spread of infectious disease. Sabriya Rice, a new faculty member in the Grady College of Journalism and

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Lung cancer screenings may not benefit older smokers, says UGA researcher
Lung cancer screenings may not benefit older smokers, says UGA researcher

Doctors should be clear about the potential harms of lung cancer screenings with their patients. That is the suggestion of a recent study appearing in JAMA Internal Medicine. University of

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CPH’s Ebell wins Fulbright to expand research on clinical decision making
CPH’s Ebell wins Fulbright to expand research on clinical decision making

Mark Ebell joins a growing number of faculty at the University of Georgia to be named a Fulbright scholar. In 2017, the university was named a top producer of Fulbright

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UGA receives grant to help doctors avoid antibiotic overuse
UGA receives grant to help doctors avoid antibiotic overuse

A patient walks into a doctor’s office with a cough and leaves with prescription for an antibiotic. Physician and University of Georgia researcher Mark Ebell sees something wrong with this

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CPH In the Media: July 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: July 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of July 2018: Research by Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, received a number of

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Early life exposure to famine can lead to depression
Early life exposure to famine can lead to depression

New research from the University of Georgia reveals that exposure to famine during specific moments in early life is associated with depression later in life. “Nutrition deprivation and stress are

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CPH In the Media: June 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: June 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of June 2018: A study led by Timothy Heckman, HPB professor and CPH associate dean for research, found

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Child bearing expectations can hinder family planning in rural Uganda
Child bearing expectations can hinder family planning in rural Uganda

The rate of infant and child deaths is very high in many developing countries, and Uganda is no exception. Some of the issues contributing to this problem are poor child

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CPH In the Media: May 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: May 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of May 2018: UGA students recently found that two streams flowing through the UGA campus register high levels

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Test for latent tuberculosis still accurate in high burden communities, UGA study finds
Test for latent tuberculosis still accurate in high burden communities, UGA study finds

Though tuberculosis (TB) is an old disease, with cases dating back 5,000 years, it remains a major global health threat. Accurately detecting latent TB infections, when the disease is still

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College sends off Class of 2018 grads with celebration
College sends off Class of 2018 grads with celebration

On May 4, the University of Georgia College of Public Health honored 230 public health students receiving degrees during its 13th annual Graduation Celebration held in the Athena Ballroom of the

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College praises students, faculty excellence with year-end honors
College praises students, faculty excellence with year-end honors

At events held during the 2017-18 academic year, the UGA College of Public Health and its various units recognized 39 amazing students, three dedicated faculty members, four remarkable alumni, four

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CPH In the Media: April 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: April 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of April 2018: Dr. Kerstin Emerson, clinical assistant professor in HPB and the Institute of Gerontology, had the

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Search committee to seek dean of College of Public Health
Search committee to seek dean of College of Public Health

University of Georgia Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a committee to begin a national search to fill the position of dean of the

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CPH In the Media: March 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: March 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of March 2018: A recent study by HPB professor Dr. Pamela Orpinas found that addressing two behaviors in

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CPH In the Media: February 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: February 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of February 2018: In an interview on WABE’s “A Closer Look with Rose Scott,” epidemiology assistant professor Dr. Andrea

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CPH In the Media: January 2018 Roundup
CPH In the Media: January 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of January 2018: Epidemiology professor Dr. Toni Miles spoke to the AJC about the impact of grief in

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Two public health graduate students selected to join CDC’s disease detectives
Two public health graduate students selected to join CDC’s disease detectives

Two University of Georgia graduate students have been selected to join the Centers for Disease Control’s prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). John Rossow and Yaribel Torres-Mendoza will begin a two-year,

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CPH In the Media: December 2017 Roundup
CPH In the Media: December 2017 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of December 2017: Dr. Jia-Sheng Wang’s receipt of the Translational Impact Award from the Society of Toxicology was

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Researchers find new genes that regulate blood pressure
Researchers find new genes that regulate blood pressure

Researchers at the University of Georgia have identified several new genes that influence how the body regulates blood pressure. This may help scientists develop novel blood pressure treatments or even allow

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College of Public Health celebrates World AIDS Day
College of Public Health celebrates World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with

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CPH In the Media: November 2017 Roundup
CPH In the Media: November 2017 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of November 2017: Dr. José Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health and co-director of the PROTECT Center,

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CPH In the Media: October 2017 Roundup
CPH In the Media: October 2017 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of October 2017: The Oct. 17 State of the Public Health’s Conference, organized by the CPH Office of

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CPH researcher designs software to teach modern infectious disease modeling, no coding needed
CPH researcher designs software to teach modern infectious disease modeling, no coding needed

When it comes to predicting the spread of disease, modern infectious disease epidemiologists must keep track of the interactions between infected and uninfected individuals, as well as the impact of

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Davis-Olwell selected as UGA Service-Learning Fellow
Davis-Olwell selected as UGA Service-Learning Fellow

Dr. Paula Davis-Olwell, an instructor in the Global Health Institute and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is one of nine UGA faculty members selected for a 2017-18 UGA Service-Learning Fellowship. This

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Dr. José F. Cordero to receive APHA Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service
Dr. José F. Cordero to receive APHA Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service

University of Georgia professor José F. Cordero has been awarded the 2017 Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health, the oldest and most prestigious award bestowed by the American

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GHI researchers receive seed funding for mobile phone-based TB treatment monitoring
GHI researchers receive seed funding for mobile phone-based TB treatment monitoring

Six collaborative, international research projects housed at the University of Georgia have received seed funding under UGA’s Global Research Collaboration Grant program. The program funds a range of early-stage projects

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UGA’s Dr. Christopher Whalen honored with Beckman Award for teaching excellence
UGA’s Dr. Christopher Whalen honored with Beckman Award for teaching excellence

For the third time in three years, a University of Georgia professor has been honored with the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for teaching excellence. Dr. Christopher Whalen in the College

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College welcomes new faculty, recognizes new roles in new academic year

The College of Public Health welcomes seven new faculty members this academic year. Spread across four departments and four institutes, the new hires comprise a part of a total of

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UGA research takes aim at curbing unnecessary antibiotic use
UGA research takes aim at curbing unnecessary antibiotic use

Sinus infections are one of the most common reasons patients walk out of the doctor’s office with an antibiotic prescription in hand. The problem is that bacteria causes only about

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Clinical impression remains most accurate predictor of whooping cough
Clinical impression remains most accurate predictor of whooping cough

When it comes to diagnosing whooping cough, a physician’s gut impression is still the most accurate predictor of infection, according to a new study from researchers at the University of

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Healthcare workers more likely to handle chemo drugs safely when management makes safety a priority
Healthcare workers more likely to handle chemo drugs safely when management makes safety a priority

Chemotherapy drugs are designed to kill cancer cells and improve the health of a cancer patient. However, these drugs pose a health and safety risk to healthcare workers who administer

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Primary care decisions often made without the best evidence
Primary care decisions often made without the best evidence

As medicine continues to shift toward evidence-based practice, some primary care providers may have a difficult time finding quality evidence to support their clinical decisions, according to a new study

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Cordero to receive Teratology Society honor, present Zika work
Cordero to receive Teratology Society honor, present Zika work

Dr. José F. Cordero, Patel Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the UGA College of Public Health, will be one of more than a dozen birth defects researchers to be

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Dr. José F. Cordero on Zika: Knowing the Facts
Dr. José F. Cordero on Zika: Knowing the Facts

Dr. José F. Cordero is a pediatrician and maternal health researcher whose expertise is improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Zika. In addition to serving as head of the UGA

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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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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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UGA, Forum Institute partner for preconception to infancy public health initiative
UGA, Forum Institute partner for preconception to infancy public health initiative

The University of Georgia College of Public Health has announced a new strategic partnership with The Forum Institute, an Oregon-based nonprofit think tank, to implement a first-of-its-kind preconception to infancy

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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Family member’s death can impact personal health, UGA research finds
Family member’s death can impact personal health, UGA research finds

Death takes a toll on the living, and in the case of baby boomers, the loss of a family member increases their likelihood of ending up in the hospital, according

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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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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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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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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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In the News: The Health Care Law’s Checkup

Dr. Toni Miles, professor of epidemiology, was one of seven health care experts invited to offer their thoughts on “The Health Care Law’s Checkup” in The New York Times’ Opinion

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In the News: Alzheimer’s Disease and African Americans

Dr. Toni Miles, professor of epidemiology at the UGA College of Public Health, recently made an appearance on the radio program, Another View the Radio Show.  Another View is an

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Focus on Faculty: Christopher Whalen
Focus on Faculty: Christopher Whalen

Dr. Christopher Whalen, the Ernest Corn Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, helps his students develop a lifelong passion for learning and the capacity for

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Attention to ethics needed in creating health care policy says UGA, Armstrong study

Just as the ethical standards for medical research require that scientists be aware of the effects their research has on persons in the study, researchers from the University of Georgia

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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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In the News: Mending a Broken Heart

Being sad can make you sick. How we deal with grief affects our health, says Toni P. Miles, professor of epidemiology at the University of Georgia. She’s spearheading a research project

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ernest Corn Professorship of Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Dr. Christopher Whalen

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Regents at their November meeting approved the establishment of the Ernest Corn Professorship of Infectious Disease Epidemiology.  Dr. Christopher Whalen has

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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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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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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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