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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.” https://bit.ly/2N7I97s

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. https://wapo.st/2t52H92

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. https://n.pr/2x12uIn

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. https://on.ksdk.com/2wYOej0

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. https://trib.in/2ryBJFY

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. https://nyti.ms/2wiBaEW

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. https://bit.ly/2v1kuRF

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. https://bit.ly/2tw6IWC

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. http://bit.ly/2FXJ08c

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.  https://bit.ly/2EEgxCS

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.” https://bit.ly/2sLlzw0

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. http://bit.ly/2DWjouC

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. http://trib.in/2Bs4l5L

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