The School of Public Health and Health Sciences is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first-ever Western Massachusetts Health Equity Summit on Thursday, October 2, 2014. The Summit will bring together practitioners and community leaders from across the region. Participants will work, learn, and take important steps toward greater health equity in Western MA.
Early bird registration is available through August 15th. More information is available on the summit website. If you have questions, please contact Risa Silverman in the Office for Public Health Practice and Outreach.
Professor Nancy Cohen, Head of the Department of Nutrition, has been named as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This designation recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. With 75,000 members, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine possible health effects of wood smoke exposure on Native subsistence hunters and to provide culturally-relevant recommendations for mitigation. The research grant is one of six awarded for projects to identify and reduce tribal health risks associated with climate change, indoor wood smoke exposure, environmental asthma and other unique tribal concerns.
A research team led by Krishna Poudel, Associate Professor of Community Health Education, is reporting high coinfection rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among HIV-positive individuals residing in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The researchers found a high prevalence of HCV exists among both individuals who are receiving antiretroviral therapy and those who are not, suggesting that screening for HCV among HIV-positive people would be useful, in particular, for those with lifetime injection drug use and soon after their initial HIV diagnosis.
Challenging risk assessment methods used for decades by toxicologists, a new review of the literature led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg suggests that oral gavage, the most widely accepted method of dosing lab animals to test chemical toxicity, does not accurately mimic how humans are exposed to chemicals in everyday life. Oral gavage is at present the dosing scheme preferred for assessing potential toxicity of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) by regulatory agencies.
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