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New study aims to understand the origins of preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, a syndrome that can affect pregnant women, has been called mysterious in both popular and scientific literature. It is characterized by high blood pressure and often protein in the urine. Symptoms vary, ranging from headaches to seizures and life-threatening complications. What causes preeclampsia, which occurs in an estimated five to eight percent of all pregnancies, is not well understood, so there isn’t a way to determine who will develop it.

Posted:  September 18, 2019

Social relationships could be key to overdose prevention in rural areas

As the opioid epidemic has widened, some of the most heavily impacted areas have been in rural Appalachia, a region of the country stretching from parts of New York to northern Alabama and Georgia. Opioid use in this region has grown disproportionately, driven in part by the higher prevalence of people using prescription opioids non-medically, the transition from prescription opioids to heroin, and the more recent increased availability of Fentanyl.

Posted:  June 18, 2019

Resa Jones, alumna receive Water Foundation grant to study contamination in local communities

Resa M. Jones, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, was awarded a grant from the California-based Water Foundation to study the effects of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) water contamination in partnership with the Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water.

Posted:  March 5, 2019

Public Health in Focus: Innocent Tumwebaze, postdoctoral research fellow

Each week in 2019, we're highlighting someone in the College of Public Health—students, alumni, researchers and beyond—for a feature we're calling Public Health in Focus. Click the photo below to hear from Innocent Tumwebaze, a research fellow in the Water, Health and Applied Microbiology Lab, or check out all of the portraits so far


Posted:  January 10, 2019