University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health http://wesa.fm en Steps for Older Adults to Reduce the Risk of Falling http://wesa.fm/post/steps-older-adults-reduce-risk-falling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Among people 65 and older, falling is a dangerous reality. Yet a new program has reduced falls among the elderly by 17 percent statewide according to the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. </span><a href="http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/our-faculty?department=Behavioral+and+Community+Health+Sciences&amp;letter=%25&amp;type=Primary+Faculty&amp;pagesize24=true&amp;uid=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Steven Albert is</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/our-faculty?department=Behavioral+and+Community+Health+Sciences&amp;letter=%25&amp;type=Primary+Faculty&amp;pagesize24=true&amp;uid=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">Chairman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Services and says older adults often do not realize the severity of their falling risk.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:33:40 +0000 Katherine Blackley 27210 at http://wesa.fm Steps for Older Adults to Reduce the Risk of Falling Accessing 125 Years of Contagious Disease Research http://wesa.fm/post/accessing-125-years-contagious-disease-research <p>Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have collected and digitized all weekly surveillance reports for reportable diseases in the United States going back more than 125 years.</p><p>The design, called <a href="http://www.tycho.pitt.edu/">Project Tycho</a>, is led by researchers Drs. Donald Burke and Willem van Panhuis. They say this <a href="http://www.nigms.nih.gov/Research/FeaturedPrograms/MIDAS/Pages/default.aspx">access to this data</a> can be vital to preventing and treating contagious diseases.</p><p>Dr. Burke, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health says the data has always been available, but not so easy to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/open">access</a>.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:10:00 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21215 at http://wesa.fm Accessing 125 Years of Contagious Disease Research LGBT Health Concerns http://wesa.fm/post/lgbt-health-concerns <p>According to <strong>Dr. Ron Stall</strong>, director of the <a href="http://www.lgbthlres.pitt.edu/">Center for LGBT Health Research</a> at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, the dearth of investment in sexual health research, especially for the LGBT community, is something of an American tradition. Primarily due to the hot-button nature of conversations about sexuality and sexual practices, “the US has been slow to invest in sexual health in general.”</p><p>This additional roadblock makes the advances that have been made in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV all the more impressive. According to Stall, thanks to breakthrough drug research, HIV “has now become a chronic manageable disease much like diabetes,” for those who are aware of their illness and have access to drugs. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:28:33 +0000 John Lavanga 13219 at http://wesa.fm LGBT Health Concerns Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform? http://wesa.fm/post/will-congress-vote-immigration-reform <p>The White House released a video on &nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/12/white-house-immigration-reform_n_3428816.html">immigration reform</a>&nbsp; featuring staffers in an attempt to push their support for the issue.&nbsp; It's hoped Congress will vote on the issue before before the July 4th holiday? Six years ago President Bush urged lawmakers on Capitol Hill to pass his proposed immigration reform. Instead the bill passed away. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 03:22:33 +0000 Marcus Charleston 11326 at http://wesa.fm Will Congress Vote on Immigration Reform?