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Risks of CPS school mercury spill
Chicago Sun-Times, April 3, 2019
Dr. Peter Orris, chief of service at UIC’s Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, is quoted in a Chicago Sun-Times article on a mercury spill at Marvin Camras Elementary in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin neighborhood.  Read the story

New app promotes medication adherence
WTTW 11, March 15, 2019
Dr. Mark Dworkin, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, earned a new NIH grant on using apps to promote medication adherence.  WTTW 11 provided coverage.  Read more

Solutions to strengthen California's Affordable Care Act marketplaces
Saramento Bee, February 1, 2019
An article in the Sacramento Bee mentions a report co-authored by Nicholas Tilipman, assistant professor of health policy and administration in the UIC School of Public Health, on the various options to shore up California’s insurance marketplace in the face of challenges from the federal government.  Read the story

Gunshot victims not entering trauma facilities
Chicago Medicine Magazine, February 2019
Dr. Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. was featured in Chicago Medicine Magazine on trauma services provided to Chicago gunshot victims. "Despite the presence of 19 trauma centers in Chicago, 30% of gunshot victims were still ending up in facilities that did not have a trauma team," he told the magazine.  Read the story  (page 22)

New grant continues study of Latino health
Crain's Chicago, January 30, 2019
Crain’s Chicago covered UIC's new $12 million contract from the National Institutes of Health to carry out Phase III of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos.  Read the story

PBS documentary features SPH researcher
Frontline, January 22, 2019
Dr. Robert Cohen, director of the UIC Mining and Education Research Center, was featured on a Frontline documentary on the hidden stories of black lung disease caused by silica dust exposure in mines. Watch the video (16:00) 

Reuters profiles research on metal exposure and heart disease
Reuters, January 9, 2019
Research from SPH's Maria Argos, PhD, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, on how exposure to pesticides and metals increases risk of heart disease was featured in Reuters.  Read the story

Research analyzes teen group behavior
Men's Health, January 9, 2019
Rachel Gordon, PhD, a fellow with the Institute for Health Research and Policy, published new research examining the social dynamics and pressures of high school years for American teens, which was featured in numerous publications, including Men's Health.  Read the story

Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnoses
Chicago Tribune, January 3, 2019
​Richard Warnecke, PhD, professor emeritus of epidemiology, identified racial disparities in diagnoses of breast cancer at Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence in a Chicago Tribune Article.  Read the story

What's next for Obamacare?  Professor joins panel discussion
Chicago Tonight, December 18, 2018
Anthony LoSasso, PhD, professor of health policy and administration, was a guest on WTTW’s news program "Chicago Tonight" discussing the Affordable Care Act and the latest news regarding the health care legislation.  Watch the video

Black Lung Disease on the rise
NPR and Frontline, December 18, 2018
An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation on failed attempts to control an outbreak of Black Lung Disease cites SPH's Dr. Robert Cohen, director of the UIC Mining Education and Research Center on the critical medical challenges facing former miners.  Read the story

Professor analyzes role of older workers in the workforce
Nautilus Magazine, December 6, 2018
S. Jay Olshanksy, PhD, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, was featured in Nautilus Magazine on the role of older workers putting off retirement to continue in the workforce.  Read the story

Olshanksy calls for health extension, not life extension
Boston Globe, December 1, 2018
S. Jay Olshanksy, PhD, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, told the Boston Globe start-ups focused on aging should aim to improve the amount of healthy years people experience.  Read the story

Great Lakes director discusses Sterigenics risks
ABC 7 News, November 29, 2018
Dr. Susan Buchanan, director of the Great Lakes Center for Environmental and Occupational Health in the UIC School of Public Health, appeared in an ABC7 news segment discussing medical instrument sterilization plant Sterigenics. The Willowbrook plant uses the carcinogenic gas ethylene to sterilize medical tools. Buchanan says the risk for cancer is elevated for people exposed to the gas. (Scroll down to second video on page).   Watch the video

Professor promotes "health span" concept as just as important as life span
New York Times, November 19, 2018
S. Jay Olshansky, PhD, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, was featured discussing the need for health providers to promote “health span” just as importantly as lifespan.  Read the story

Professor analyzes insurance coverage of experimental treatments
ABC 7 News, November 13, 2018
Anthony LoSasso, PhD, professor of health policy and administration, was featured on ABC 7 News analyzing insurance gaps for technologies like prosthetics that are deemed experimental. Read the story

Race, Barriers to Cancer Care
Reuters, November 1, 2018
Reuters featured a study led by Sage Kim, PhD, associate professor of health policy and administration, that found Black women, poor women, and women with deep distrust of the healthcare system were less likely than other groups to report having any barriers to care that might trigger extra help from navigators. Read the story

Public health students take second in national case competition
UIC Today, October 18, 2018
“We have sent a team to compete in the Case Competition every year for several years,” said Larry Wrobel, clinical assistant professor of health policy and administration and director of the master of healthcare administration program. “This year there were 31 teams from around the country, and we came in second — that’s the best we have ever placed.”

For-profit nursing home residents more likely to be diagnosed with neglect issues
UIC Today
“We have a growing number of people who need services provided by nursing facilities, but the reality is that a third of nursing homes in Illinois receive below-average ratings by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Substandard care puts residents at great risk for serious health issues,” said Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Racialized gender images may contribute to poor breast cancer outcomes in minority women
UIC Today, September 26, 2018
“Regardless of whether women are aware of obstacles to screening and treatment, barriers tend to interfere with timely follow-up of abnormal test results, delaying diagnosis and treatment,” said Sage Kim, associate professor of health policy and administration.

Willowbrook residents voice concerns over cancer risks at community meeting
WGN 9, August 29, 2018
“This is no longer just a suspected carcinogen but on the weight of the evidence it’s a known human carcinogen joining asbestos, cigarette smoke and very few other chemicals as known human carcinogens,” said Dr. Peter Orris, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Resurgence of crippling black lung disease seen in U.S. coal miners
Reuters, August 23, 2018
“It’s pretty staggering that more than half of the cases were in the more recent period since 1996,” said Kristin Almberg, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences. “These are our first snapshots of how big this problem really is.”

UIC School of Public Health establishes Mining Education and Research Center
UIC Today, July 2, 2018
“The center will bring together, under one umbrella, all the projects we are working on that have to do with health effects associated with work in the mining industry, including lung disease from mineral dust exposure and injuries,” said Dr. Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Long-serving faculty member earns lifetime achievement award
UIC Today, June 26, 2018
“We are working with everyone, from occupational therapy to audiology to dentistry, and of course with experts like Jay Olshansky in the School of Public Health,” Bruce Douglas said. “It’s something that I think should get a lot of attention on campus. I think everyone at UIC will one day know what senescence means.”

What if we treated violent crime the way we treat Ebola?
Washington Post, June 18, 2018
Dr. Gary Slutkin, professor of global health and epidemiology and founder of Cure Violence, was interviewed on treating violent crime like an infectious disease.

Scientific Studies Confirm A Spike In Black Lung Disease
NPR, May 22, 2018
“It’s not that we’re discovering a new disease, but that this disease should have been eradicated,” said Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Do clean needle exchanges for addicts work?
NBC 5 St. Louis, May 17, 2018
NBC5 news St. Louis aired a segment on Missouri’s lack of a legal needle exchange program for injection drug users. As part of the piece, the reporter visited one of the UIC School of Public Health Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP) clinics in Humboldt Park.

Manganese pollution in Southeast Side yards prompts new EPA probe
Chicago Tribune, May 9, 2018
The Chicago Tribune mentioned a study by UIC researchers in the School of Public Health that seeks to determine if residents of Chicago’s East Side are affected by toxic levels of manganese. Their preliminary findings, which have not been published, suggest that children in this area do indeed have elevated levels of the neurotoxic metal used in steel production.

Fighting Street Gun Violence as if It Were a Contagion
New York Times, May 8, 2018
“Consciously or unconsciously, they want someone to talk them down,” said Gary Slutkin, Director of Cure Violence.

How to sell a soda tax
U.S. News & World Report, April 9, 2018
"Given the adverse effects on health associated with consuming sugary beverages and the lack of nutritional content of these products, there has been increasing interest in reducing [sugar-sweetened beverage] consumption in the United States and around the world," says Lisa Powell, director of the health policy and administration.

Most Illinois coal mining injuries go unreported: study
Crain's Chicago, March 9, 2018
Robert Cohen, clinical professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, examined mining injuries and illnesses in Illinois between 2001 and 2013.

Occupational health literacy: a concept deserving attention in public health
The Pump Handle, March 2, 2018
A recent study by Drs. Linda Forst, Lee Friedman and Joe Zanzoni found that many community health center workers are unaware of the workers' compensation system or how to file a claim if injured.

Can menstrual cups help prevent vaginal infections?
UIC Today, February 20, 2018
“One of the most common vaginal infections, bacterial vaginosis, doubles the risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV,” said Supriya Mehta, associate professor of epidemiology.

Examining health effects of toxic metals in drinking water
UIC Today, February 6, 2018
“There are naturally occurring elevated levels of arsenic in drinking water in many areas of Bangladesh,” said Maria Argos, associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. “Much of my work has focused on the health effects in adults — cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes related to various levels of arsenic.”

Educating workers at risk for occupational injuries
UIC Today, February 2, 2018
“With the growth of the low-wage workforce, their elevated risk for injury on the job, and their reliance on community health centers, we wanted to see how work-related injuries were detected in these centers and how familiar health care workers are with workers’ compensation,” said Dr. Linda Forst, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences.

Dirty water taking toll on Americans’ health, wallets
Chicago Tribune, January 24, 2018
"But until now, we haven't known the cost associated with illness acquired through recreation on natural waters. This information should help policymakers put the costs of water-quality monitoring and water-quality improvement projects into context," Sam Dorevitch, director of environmental and occupational health sciences.

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