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Each day, faculty, students and others in the School of Public Health conduct research on today's most pressing public health issues. Diabetes, obesity, substance abuse and tobacco use top the list of health disparities faced by West Virginians.
Noise pollution from oil, gas development may harm human healthMichael McCawley, PhD
Modern oil and gas development techniques such as directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” produce noise at levels that may increase the risk of adverse effects on human health, including sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and other conditions that are negatively impacted by stress, according to a study by authors at the nonprofit science and policy research institute PSE Healthy Energy and West Virginia University.
Self-injury ties with diabetes as 7th leading cause of death in U.S.Ian Rockett, PhD, MA, MPH
A new study finds self-injury – suicide and drug self-intoxication – ties with diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and ranks ahead of influenza and pneumonia combined and kidney disease. Ian Rockett, Ph.D., professor in the West Virginia University School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and affiliate of the Injury Control Research Center, led the study reported in JAMA Psychiatry online.