In the Media: News Roundup (February 25, 2022)

February 25, 2022

SPHHS researchers, including Anna Maria Siega-Riz (Dean, School of Public Health and Health Sciences), Andrew Lover, Youssef Oulhote, Nicholas Reich, Susan Sturgeon, Rachel Volberg, and alumna Christine Langton '21PhD (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), Laura Vandenberg (Environmental Health Sciences), Elizabeth Evans, Laura Attanasio, Sarah Goff, and MPH students Juliana Sopko and Parker Sweet (Health Promotion and Policy), and Amanda Paluch and Katie Potter (Kinesiology), comment in multiple news stories about the potential impact and spread of the coronavirus and response to the pandemic; environmental contaminants and autism risk; breast cancer risk; gambling behaviors; oral contraception and ovarian function; the adverse health effects of BPA; opioid addiction treatment; the optimal number of steps to take per day to stay healthier longer; the potential health benefits of pet ownership; and the potential health benefits of pet ownership.

Updated February 25, 2022:

Scientists Finally Did a Study to See If Taking 10,000 Steps a Day Actually Matters. Here's What They Found - Amanda Paluch, Kinesiology (Inc., 2/22/22)

What health experts expect from the next COVID phase in Massachusetts - Andrew Lover, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (WBUR, 2/18/22)

Europe proposes drastic cuts of BPA, a hormone disruptor found in plastics and food - Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences (Science, 2/16/22)

Oral Contraceptive Use Tied to Marker of Ovarian Function - Christine Langton, '21PhD, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Physician's Weekly, 2/16/22)

UMass Amherst Scientist Studying Origins, Risk Factors Of Autism Wins $3 Million Grant - Youssef Oulhote, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (CBS Boston, 2/14/22)

UMass Amherst researcher wins $3 million grant to study effects of pollutants on autism - Youssef Oulhote, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (MassLive, 2/14/22)

What Happens to Your Body When You Exercise for Just 10 Minutes a Day - Amanda Paluch, Kinesiology (Well and Good, 2/12/22)

The $22 Billion Wager: DraftKings and Others Are Reaching for a Piece of the Sports-Gambling Prize - Rachel Volberg, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Barron’s [via MarketWatch], 2/11/22)

Europe’s revolutionary BPA proposal puts more scrutiny on US regulatory inaction - Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences (Environmental Health News, 2/9/22)

Experts say not to worry about new version of omicron detected in Massachusetts - Andrew Lover, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (WGBH Radio Boston, 2/4/22)

UMass Amherst seeks 200 additional participants for New Moms Wellness Study - Susan Sturgeon, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (MassLive, 2/4/22)

Have a dog and a kid? A UMass Amherst professor is seeking families for a study about the mental and physical benefits of pets - Katie Potter, Kinesiology (Boston Globe, 2/3/22)

BPA replacement linked to increased cardiovascular disease - Laura Vandenberg, Environmental Health Sciences (Environmental Health News, 2/2/22)

Omicron drives US deaths higher than in fall’s delta wave - Nicholas Reich, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Associated Press, 1/28/22)

Hampshire Hope: Jails take huge step toward rehab - Elizabeth Evans, Health Promotion and Policy (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1/28/22)

Public health officials are preparing for the next pandemic - Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Dean, with Laura Attanasio, Sarah Goff, and MPH students Juliana Sopko and Parker Sweet, Health Promotion and Policy (WWLP-TV, 1/26/22)

Charts Show Hospitilizations Falling Mass. as Omicron Weakens, but Deaths Are Still Rising - Andrew Lover, Biostatistics and Epidemiology (Boston Globe, 1/25/22)