Highlighted Research

The Burden of Pedestrian- and Cyclist-Motor Vehicle Crashes (PCMVCs) and Costs in West Virginia: 2000-06

Christiaan Abildso, PhD, MPH

Christiaan Abildso, PhD, MPH, presented "The Burden of Pedestrian- and Cyclist-Motor Vehicle Crashes (PCMVCs) and Costs in West Virginia: 2000-06," as part of the WVU Injury Control Research Center's Research Webinar Series, March 18, 2014 at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Keeping an Eye on Distracted Driving

Jeffrey Coben, MD

Admit it or not, most of us are guilty of having fiddled with a cell phone while behind the wheel. As West Virginia and other 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 asserts the laws probably aren’t making much impact on the number of injuries caused by distracted driving.

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.

Noise pollution from oil, gas development may harm human health

Michael 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.