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A team of biostatisticians led by University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health scientists announced today in PNAS that they’ve developed a framework to determine how much congruence and discordance laboratory animals have with specific human diseases.
February 3, 2023

Statistics Remove Bias from Debate about How Well Mouse Models Mimic Human Disease

Mice and other animals have been key to some of the biggest medical breakthroughs in human history. But animals aren’t always good models of human disease, leading to failed experiments and controversy over their usefulness.

Dean Maureen Lichtveld said this represents a larger issue of a lack of funding for public health infrastructure
February 1, 2023

What the end of the COVID emergency declarations may mean

Dean Maureen Lichtveld said this represents a larger issue of a lack of funding for public health infrastructure.

After a mix-up leads Janet Stout to her true calling at Pitt, a discovery changes her life and the health of countless others.
January 27, 2023

Go With the Flow

After a mix-up leads Janet Stout to her true calling at Pitt, a discovery changes her life and the health of countless others.

Dr. Christine McClure is part of the spring 2023 cohort of Multiplying Good Pittsburgh ChangeMakers.
January 25, 2023

Christine McClure was named a Multiplying Good Pittsburgh ChangeMaker

Dr. Christine McClure is part of the spring 2023 cohort of Multiplying Good Pittsburgh ChangeMakers.

Coleman Drake
January 19, 2023

Availability of recreational cannabis reduced demand for prescription codeine

A new study discovers how recreational cannabis laws (RCLs) affect the dispensing of prescription opioids.

States that permit recreational use of cannabis see a reduction in demand for prescription codeine, an opioid with a high potential for misuse, according to a new multi-institutional study led by University of Pittsburgh and Cornell University scientists.

Flu statistics in 2023
January 19, 2023

Flu Statistics in 2023

"The most important trend we saw was the dramatic decrease in flu that occurred with the onset of the COVD-19 pandemic and all the mitigation strategies for COVID,” says Dr. Mark Roberts, M.D.

Engaging in light physical activity in lieu of sedentary time may help Black Caribbean men to reduce their adiposity, according to study results published in Obesity.
January 10, 2023

Replacing sedentary time with light activity tied to less adiposity in Black Caribbean men

"Our findings illustrate the potential importance of also promoting light-intensity physical activity,” Megan M. Marron, PhD, and Iva Miljkovic, MD, PhD, FAHA.

Dr. Patricia Documet
January 9, 2023

United Way looking to help Latinos in Lawrence County

Dr. Patricia Documet said the biggest needs revolve around the language barrier, with translation services and bilingual speakers needed.

Research increasingly shows that the dangers of alcohol have been downplayed and its benefits exaggerated
January 6, 2023

Alcohol use is widely accepted in the US, but even moderate consumption is associated with many harmful effects

This month, millions of Americans are taking part in “Dry January” in an effort to forgo alcohol for a month and cleanse themselves of the excesses of the holiday season.

medicaid health policy
January 5, 2023

Millions Could Lose Medicaid by April as Pandemic Rules Ease

"For example, their state’s Medicaid program might not be able to find them and get the information needed to maintain their enrollment," said Eric Roberts. 

Patient Screening
January 5, 2023

Most high-risk patients aren't screened for HIV, Hep B or Hep C

A new study led by Dr. Julie Donohue looked at 361,000 Medicaid recipients across 11 states, including Pennsylvania.

vaccine research
December 19, 2022

Pitt’s $1B in research funding puts it among ‘elite group of American universities'

Many of these research-based programs benefit local communities. Dara Mendez leads a team that will assess whether health and social systems address the health and well-being of Black women in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

SPH Lab
December 19, 2022

When the World Goes Viral

Public health professionals are key to disease prevention

SARS. Ebola. Zika. COVID-19. Monkeypox. Influenza. RSV. Polio. Wait, polio?

Beth Shaaban
December 16, 2022

Advancement and Academe

Successful transition to independence higher among postdocs who diversify institutions

Faculty Researchers
December 15, 2022

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.