SPH News is a compilation of news articles from the WVU School of Public Health, as well as links to external publications, newscasts and websites that mention our school and the accomplishments of our students and faculty members. The School of Public Health has no control of the content of external websites.
WVU Healthcare - WVU researcher takes part in a joint U.S.-Canadian effort to create safer work environments for youth
5/30/2013 4:38:42 PM
Kimberly Rauscher, Sc.D., an assistant professor in the WVU Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences, co-edited the report “Health and Safety of Young Workers: Proceedings of a U.S. and Canadian Series of Symposia” with Carol Runyan, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor of epidemiology and director of the Pediatric Injury Prevention, Education and Research Program at the Colorado School of Public Health, John Lewko, Ph.D., of Laurentian University, and Dawn Castillo, M.P.H., of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). [Read More...
WV Public Broadcasting - Appalachian traffic fatality rates higher than in rest of country, study says
5/24/2013 10:50:36 AM
Appalachian traffic fatality rates higher than in rest of the country, study says. Dr. Matao Zhu
, at the WVU Injury Research Control Center
, says road quality is a concern. [Read More...
The Suicide Epidemic - Newsweek
5/22/2013 12:43:21 PM
This spring, suicide news paraded down America’s front pages and social-media feeds, led by a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which called self-harm “an increasing public health concern.” Although the CDC revealed grabby figures—like the fact that there are more deaths by suicide than by road accident—the effort prompted only a tired spasm of talk about aging baby boomers and life in a recession.
We blew past an even bigger milestone revealed in November, when a study lead by Ian Rockett
, an epidemiologist at West Virginia University, showed that suicide had become the leading cause of “injury death” in America. As the CDC noted again this spring, suicide outpaces the rate of death on the road—and for that matter anywhere else people accidentally harm themselves.
Legal Examiner - Texting and Driving Injuries Rise
5/22/2013 12:40:48 PM
As states take measures to keep drivers from texting and talking while driving, a new report from researchers at the West Virginia University School of Public Health
concludes that the laws probably aren't having much impact on the number of injuries caused by distracted driving. “Keeping an Eye on Distracted Driving,” appears in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The paper was co-authored by Jeffrey H. Cohen, M.D., interim dean of the WVU School of Public Health
, and Motao Zhu, M.D., Ph.D.
Both study public health and safety topics through WVU’s Injury Control Research Center.
ASPH Friday Letter - SOPHAS Site Visits at West Virginia University and Georgia State University
5/17/2013 12:47:45 PM
SOPHAS site visits to introduce the centralized application system to faculty and staff from CEPH-accredited schools and programs continue. [Read More...
Worker camps from natural gas boom cause headaches for local officials - Mountaineer News Service
5/8/2013 2:34:15 PM
MNS - WVU School of Journalism - The transient nature of the natural gas industry’s labor camps can create concerns for both the communities they encroach on and the laborers themselves, says Mike McCawley, chair of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences
at West Virginia University. [Read More...
Wyoming County Report - Public Health Issues Discussed
5/6/2013 1:10:57 PM
Dr. Michael McCawley
of the West Virginia University School of Public Health
discussed plans for improving health in Wyoming County with members of the Mullens Ministerial Association. [Read More...
Interim Chair for the Department of Epidemiology Appointed
5/3/2013 9:02:55 AM
Jefferson C. Frisbee, PhD will serve as the Interim Chair of the Department of Epidemiology until a permanent chair is named. Dr. Frisbee is a tenured Professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology in the WVU School of Medicine, and also serves as Director of the WVU Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences. [Read More...
Charleston Gazette - EPA C8 guidelines too weak, study says
4/27/2013 4:45:00 PM
Dr. Alan Ducatman
, a West Virginia University researcher who has studied C8, said the new paper has several limitations, including its focus on a small sample of children.
Grandjean examined C8 impacts on kids in the Faeroe Islands, a fishing community in the Norwegian Sea. The area's marine food diet is associated with intake of C8 and other perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, and the government-run health-care system there provides a wealth of detailed data making such studies easier to conduct.
But Ducatman also said the new paper adds to previous research that drew similar conclusions about the potential problems with the EPA's C8 advisories.
"This exposure model adds formality to possible implications for water regulations," Ducatman said last week. [Read More...
The State Journal - Physicians, scientists call for moratorium on mountaintop removal
4/24/2013 11:33:06 AM
There is "sufficient documentation" linking mountaintop removal mining to adverse health effects. Until the science is clearer, the report states, "preventative action in the face of uncertainty is warranted." Much of the review focuses on the work of West Virginia University professor Michael Hendryx. The coal industry has made several attempts to rebuke his study informally and through research.