Severe Asthma Patients on Ways Their Doctors Could Improve Treatment
“Having a doctor who really listens to you and works with you can go such a long way toward making you feel supported.”
Adult-onset asthma is common. What to consider if you’re diagnosed.
“In children, asthma tends to be more benign,” says professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sally Wenzel. “In adults, it’s more unpredictable.”
Pitt Public Health Experts Weigh in On East Palestine Derailment
A train carrying toxic materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio on February 3. Since the derailment, faculty members at Pitt Public Health have been interviewed by numerous media outlets to provide their expertise on the situation. Read the news stories below. (Subscription may be required for some outlets).
Officials burned off toxic chemicals from Ohio train. Was it the right move?
“From a vulnerability perspective, the greatest risk of exposure is in the train workers as well as the responders, the people who did the burn," said Dean Lichtveld.
How vinyl chloride, chemical released in the Ohio train derailment, can damage the liver – it’s used to make PVC plastics
Vinyl chloride – the chemical in several of the train cars that derailed and burned in East Palestine, Ohio, in February 2023 – can wreak havoc on the human liver.
Who should be on Allegheny County’s new board of health?
Experts weigh in on what types of appointees are needed to build a healthier Pittsburgh and surrounding county.
What is vinyl chloride, the chemical released from the East Palestine train cars?
“The cloud that was really being produced was not vinyl chloride but what it was being turned into — the combustion product,” said James Fabisiak, associate professor of Environmental and Occupational Health.
Pitt Climbs in Highly Cited Researcher List
Five public health faculty appeared in the annual listing of Highly Cited Researchers, published by the UK-based data analytics firm Clarivate.
How cancer cells can become immortal – new research finds a mutated gene that helps melanoma defeat the normal limits on repeated replication
A defining characteristic of cancer cells is their immortality. Cancer cells, however, can overcome this limitation to form tumors and bypass “mortality” by continuing to replicate.
Researchers call for action on lead-contaminated meat due to EHN reporting
EHN-The paper, published last month in the American Journal of Public Health, cites an EHN.org investigation that found lead fragments are a known danger in hunted meat, but most states do not inspect for possible contamination.