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Research Uncorked



SPH hosted its first Faculty Research Mixer on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Faculty and students had an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues to discuss research interests. Research posters from current projects were available for viewing. The  goal of the event was to foster new collaborations and scholarly activity.


Making a Difference: SPH Researchers in the News


Seniors Who LIve with Their Abusers Often Suffer Recurrent Abuse
Eastern Group Publications

Older adults who have been hospitalized for injuries from an assault are more likely to experience subsequent physical abuse if they are female, widowed, diagnosed with dementia, or return home to live with the perpetrator, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Approximately 8 of every 1,000 adults over 60 in the U.S. are victims of elder mistreatment, according to Adult Protective Services. Thirteen percent of those cases involve physical or sexual abuse, but of those, fewer than 10 percent are reported to Adult Protective Services, studies have shown. Victims face increased risk of being abused again, but the risk factors for revictimization have been unclear.

Lee Friedman, associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his colleagues in the UIC School of Public Health looked at the medical records of adults over 60 who had been admitted to five of the largest hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area for physical or sexual abuse between 2000 and 2011 and found 111 such cases

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UIC Expands Rapid Water Testing at Chicago Beaches
Chicago beachgoers will receive more up-to-date and accurate alerts about the water quality at their favorite lakefront hangouts this summer as part of a breakthrough rapid water-testing program developed at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

For the past two summers, UIC has partnered with the Chicago Park District to conduct same-day water testing at nine beaches as part of a pilot program. The data collected is used by park officials to issue swim advisories when bacteria levels are high. This summer, the program will expand to 20 beaches – all but seven of those in Chicago – as part of a $500,000 contract with UIC approved earlier this year by the Park District board.

And as for those seven beaches not tested? Don’t worry, says Sam Dorevitch, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at UIC. They’re located near beaches with testing, which will allow the Park District to issue accurate advisories for all 27 beaches.

The decision to expand the program came after a study published by UIC researchers in the journal Environmental Health showing that rapid testing, which analyzes levels of bacterial DNA in a water sample within about four hours, can produce a swim advisory by early afternoon the same day. By contrast, water culture testing, the most widely used method for swim advisories, takes 24 to 48 hours to yield results.

“So when the Park District in the past used to say on a Saturday morning, ‘The bacteria level is high,’ what that really meant was yesterday, the bacteria level was high,” said Dorevitch, lead author of the study. “The public was getting information that was 24 hours old, and during those 24 hours, the conditions changed.”

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(Source: Sharon Parmet, Associate Director, News Bureau, Office of Public and Government Affairs, UIC,

An editorial by Robert Cohen, clinical professor or environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health, is cited in a Smithsonian Magazine article on black lung disease. Read the article here:

USA Today (, the New York Post ( and U.S. News & World Report ( report on research by  Jyotsna Jagai, research assistant professor of environmental and occupational health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health. Jagai's research, recently published in the journal Cancer, describes the cumulative risk posed by five environmental domains - air, water, land, built and socioeconomic - on cancer incidence rates in the United States







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