A new report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) reveals the prevalence and charges associated with drug overdose in the Bluegrass state. The report, "Drug Overdose Deaths, Hospitalizations, and Emergency Department Visits in Kentucky, 2000‐2012", analyzes overdose morbidity and mortality among Kentucky residents and documents the enormous societal and financial toll on the Commonwealth's population.
A new study, titled "Daily Activity and Health in the Lives of Adult Women", at the University of Kentucky will examine how daily activity related to personal goals affects women's overall sense of well-being as they age. Its purpose is to link daily life, especially the amount and quality of different activities, to aspects of psychological health and biological changes that may be important for physical health.
A recent Bluegrass Poll found that 57 percent of registered voters are in favor of legislation that would ban smoking in enclosed public places statewide. This deep support makes perfect sense in a state that has, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation's highest smoking-related death rate.
A collaborative study including Dr. Yelena Tarasenko, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, examines the accuracy of children's, their guardians', and health care professionals' (HCPs') perceptions of child overweight and obesity, the degree of agreement between their perceptions, and relationships with weight loss attempts among overweight or obese children.
The University of Kentucky College of Public Health has presented its inaugural Outstanding Alumni Award to Yousuf J. Ahmad, a 2008 doctoral graduate of the college. Dr. Ahmad will return to on February 28, 2014 to discuss leadership challenges in the changing healthcare environment.
Swannie Jett, a 2011 DrPH graduate, is making Black History as Seminole County's first African-American health director. Dr. Jett said, "I'm focused on solving the population health problem in Seminole County, so we'll move from being fourth in health outcomes in the state to No. 1, and we would change health behaviors, such as smoking, obesity, etc."
For junior faculty with clinical and/or teaching responsibilities, it's difficult to find enough time to prioritize their own research. On top of time constraints, junior faculty members often have limited experience in the precise art of writing successful federal grant applications and managing large grants. It takes time, training, and funding to accelerate a research career. The KL2 Career Development Program provides these resources to investigators to do just that.
The projects improving sector- and state-based occupational disease and injury surveillance, promote risk-hazard reduction in forestry and logging, reduce injury and disease exposures among workers due to circumstances that may limit their options for safeguarding their safety and health, and promote prevention through design.
A new study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researcher Peter Zhou shows that targeting Twist, a nuclear protein that is an accelerant of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program in human cells, may provide an effective approach for treating triple-negative breast cancer.
Williams joins UK's continued efforts on quality improvement and outcomes research. The Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) is focused on creating, testing and scaling next-generation solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery and the overall health of people within Kentucky and beyond. A primary objective of the center is to accelerate the discovery of new knowledge concerning clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery, particularly in rural and limited-resource settings.