Increased opioid analgesic prescribing (OAP) has been associated with increased risk of prescription opioid diversion, misuse, and abuse. A team including investigators at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health (CPH) studied regional and rural-urban variations in OAP trends in Kentucky, from 2012 to 2015, and examined potential county-level risk and protective factors.
Five student researchers and one faculty member earned awards at College of Public Health Research Day, held April 13 in conjunction with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science Conference. They are:
Oral Presentation Winner: Radmila Choate, PhD student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, for “Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Impact on Severity of Bronchiectasis.”
Honorable Mention: Elizabeth Rhodus, PhD student in Gerontology, for “Behaviors Characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Geriatric Cohort with Mild Cognitive Impairment of Early Dementia.”
On April 6, 2018, the Beta Gamma chapter of Delta Omega, the honorary in public health, welcomed 20 new members. Dr. Julia Costich, chapter president, presided as - for the first time ever - Beta Gamma welcomed undergraduate majors in Public Health alongside graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The 2018 inductees to Delta Omega are:
Is there a genetic cause underlying the epidemic of obesity and metabolic syndrome, particularly among African Americans? An interdisciplinary team led by Dr.
A pair of reports from the Rural and Underserved Health Research Center at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health shed new light on the scope of practice of rural family physicians.
The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department’s Board of Health has selected Svetla Slavova, PhD, of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health as the 2018 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero. The award is given annually to individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to improving the health of Lexington residents. The winner is announced each April as part of National Public Health Week (April 2-8, 2018).
How might a widely-prescribed nerve pain medication be contributing to the epidemic of opioid-related deaths? A new multi-site study and resulting publication by lead author Dr.
Most cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed in working-age women, making employment issues a top concern of many breast cancer patients, but especially low-wage workers who may not have the benefit of paid leave or flexible work arrangements.