Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a type of growth factor that promotes growth and survival of neurons. Fetal exposure to opiates can lead to postnatal withdrawal syndrome, which is referred as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Preclinical and clinical studies have shown an association between opiates exposure and alteration in BDNF expression in the brain and serum levels in adult.
Dr. James W. Holsinger, Jr., Chancellor and Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, co-authored the publication “Leadership for Public Health 3.0: A Preliminary Assessment of Competencies for Local Health Department Leaders,” along with colleagues from Ferris State University.
Dr. Elizabeth Hunter, assistant professor of Gerontology, University of Kentucky College of Public Health Graduate Center for Gerontology, is an author of a new publication in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded its Population Research Prize for 2017 to Donna K. Arnett, PhD, MSPH, “for insightful research successfully blending the basic molecular sciences with population studies to produce a highly relevant new understanding of major aspects of cardiovascular disease including risk prediction, hypertension and heart failure.”
Dr. Kathleen Winter, assistant professor of Epidemiology at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is the lead author of a new publication examining two pertussis outbreaks that occurred in 2010 and 2014, both in California.
"Kentucky's Evolving Response to the Opioid Epidemic"
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Free naloxone kits to help reverse opioid overdoses will soon be available to the community through a partnership between the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health and part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.