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Air quality concerns delay Pittsburgh Pirates game
June 30, 2023

Air quality concerns delay Pittsburgh Pirates game

"But the longer it goes on, obviously, the more impact that it can have because there's a cumulative effect," said Dr. Sally Wenzel. 

Pitt honors longtime staff employees at ceremony
June 29, 2023

Pitt honors longtime staff employees at ceremony

30 Pitt Public Health staff with long tenures at the University were honored during the Chancellor's Annual Staff Recognition Ceremony.

Poor air quality in Western Pennsylvania pauses many summer outdoor activities
June 29, 2023

Sorry, kids: Poor air quality in Western Pennsylvania pauses many summer outdoor activities

Kids with respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, are of concern, agreed Dr. Sally Wenzel. 

Project Silk
June 26, 2023

Project Silk offers a safe space for young LGBTQ+ people of color

Project Silk started in 2012 as a focus group by the Pitt Public Health as a way for the community to talk about HIV, particularly in young, queer people of color. 

Suresh Kuchipudi, PhD, MVSc, MBA
June 22, 2023

Meet Suresh Kuchipudi

New IDM Chair Arrives July 1

In the waning days of 2019, a novel pathogen called SARS-CoV-2 most likely crossed species from animals to humans and delivered a 21st century reminder—needed or not—that the war between man and microbes is not over.

Draconian laws deter pregnant women from treating drug abuse
June 16, 2023

Draconian laws deter pregnant women from treating drug abuse

Marian P. Jarlenski, says that this care can fall through the cracks because many obstetricians are less inclined to treat addiction than they are a pregnancy.

 Aaliyah Campbell measure the surface temperature of a tree in Pittsburgh during summer 2022.
June 14, 2023

How youth can battle extreme heat in their communities

EHN spoke with heat equity experts about how young people can work toward protecting the most vulnerable from extreme heat and advancing climate justice.

TV dramas effectively prompt middle schoolers to talk about vaping dangers
June 14, 2023

TV dramas effectively prompt middle schoolers to talk about vaping dangers

“Something surprising, which we wouldn’t have known without these focus groups, is that although all of the students knew the term ‘vaping,’ several said they did not know what e-cigarettes were,” said Hoffman.

Federal air monitoring investment could lower southwest Pennsylvania cancer rates
June 13, 2023

Federal air monitoring investment could lower southwest Pennsylvania cancer rates

Five new air monitoring projects will be community-led and could reduce cancer-causing exposures. The challenge? Turning data into action.

Sarah Annalise Sanders: We can improve Black maternal outcomes by enhancing access to community birth
June 13, 2023

Sarah Annalise Sanders: We can improve Black maternal outcomes by enhancing access to community birth

Sanders, a postdoctoral associate, writes: "It is essential for advocates for racial health equity and access to birth center care to understand and respond to the racist history of maternal care in America."

gas stoves are under fire
June 9, 2023

Expert insights: Why gas stoves are under fire

Contributing to concern about the direct health risks of indoor gas appliances is the recognition that natural gas piped into homes brings with it some radon.
Certain neighborhoods in Allegheny County linked to greater risk of severe asthma, study finds
June 8, 2023

Certain neighborhoods in Allegheny County linked to greater risk of severe asthma, study finds

“We wanted to see if living in an EJ tract had a relationship to the severity and controllability of asthma,” said Dr. Sally Wenzel. 

Muscle fat content predict risk of cognitive decline: Study
June 8, 2023

Muscle fat content predict risk of cognitive decline: Study

"Our data suggest that muscle adiposity plays a unique role in cognitive decline, distinct from that of other types of fat or other muscle characteristics," said Caterina Rosano.

BCHS alumna Monica Henderson
June 7, 2023

A nurturing and ever-evolving path

A year after graduation, BCHS alumna Monica Henderson reflects on her personal and professional journey.