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National Public Radio

Whatever happened to … the mysterious kidney disease striking Central America?

news outletNational Public Radio
Publish DateAugust 26, 2019

Dr. Cecilia Sorensen in an editorial in the current issue of The New England Journal of Medicine calls this new mysterious form of kidney failure "a sentinel disease" in the era of climate change. "We know that climate change is exacerbating a lot of different human diseases. It exacerbates cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease," says Sorensen, an emergency medicine physician who also teaches at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. "But this is one of the first identified where we can say this disease probably wouldn't have occurred if it weren't for the extreme global temperatures."

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The Denver Post

Colorado researchers map places to temporarily store guns in effort to prevent suicides

news outletThe Denver Post
Publish DateAugust 26, 2019

In an effort to prevent suicides, local researchers at the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus have identified 62 locations in the state where a person can temporarily store their firearms outside of the home during a mental health crisis. Faculty with the Colorado School of Public Health and the CU School of Medicine created an online map of those locations that can be used for residents looking for a place to temporarily store their guns.

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CBS4 Denver

Under-Used: Colorado expert says buprenorphine is an effective opioid treatment

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateAugust 22, 2019

Robert Valuck is a professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. “This is one of the ways to do it that’s the most accessible. Methadone clinics are wonderful but there are not that many of them and buprenorphine could be prescribed by virtually any doctor that’s willing to get one day of training,” he said.

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Daily Camera

Opinion: Jonathan Samet: Boulder can protect its youth by banning flavored tobacco products

news outletDaily Camera
Publish DateAugust 19, 2019

By Jonathan Samet, dean of the Colorado School of Public Health. As a Boulder resident and public health physician, I urge the Boulder City Council to take an action needed to protect Boulder’s youth — pass a policy that bans all flavored nicotine products in all locations. While the Food and Drug Administration took jurisdiction over electronic cigarettes in 2016, action at the national level will likely be delayed for years, and in the meantime communities can take steps to protect youth, as proposed for Boulder.

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Researchers examine altitude’s role in depression and suicide

news outletNPR
Publish DateAugust 19, 2019

The Mountain West has some of the highest rates of depression and suicide. Researchers think the mountains, with a lack of oxygen at high altitude, could be interfering with people's mental health.Emmy Betz is an emergency physician and researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She also just wrapped up a stint on the Colorado Suicide Prevention Commission. She says it's really important to look at other factors.

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Guns, hate and mental health: where do they intersect? And how should we move forward?

news outletCPR
Publish DateAugust 15, 2019

Emmy Betz is an emergency physician at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where her research focuses on preventing suicide by gun."Seventy-six percent of firearm deaths in Colorado are suicides," Betz said. We need to be talking about those." In the conversation, Betz discussed mental health stigmas; extreme risk protection orders (so-called 'Red Flag' laws), which allow judges to temporarily confiscate guns from those who pose an imminent risk; and hospitals' ability to combat mental illness. The question is, does the United States have a gun epidemic?

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Colorado Public Radio

Metro State says there’s no connection between cancer diagnoses and 40-year-old campus building

news outletColorado Public Radio
Publish DateAugust 13, 2019

The firms did not test for asbestos or lead. The types of cancer the employees were diagnosed with -- liver, lung and two cases of breast cancer -- aren’t common outcomes for asbestos and lead, said Jonathan Samet, epidemiologist and dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, at the town hall. Because there were no cancers or diseases associated with asbestos or lead, and because the university regularly tests for these components, they weren’t included in the tests. Samet said that the investigation would have been different had the cancers been related to known exposures. He used the example of Legionnaires disease, a type of pneumonia caused by bacteria.

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U.S. News & World Report

Lots of gluten during toddler years might raise odds for celiac disease

news outletU.S. News & World Report
Publish DateAugust 13, 2019

"The kids who went on to celiac disease were consuming more gluten in their diet in early childhood," said study co-author Jill Norris, head of epidemiology at the University of Colorado's School of Public Health. However, Norris' team warned it's too soon to recommend eliminating gluten from the diets of young children, even those with a genetic risk for celiac disease. "The worry is you would cut out healthy foods high in fiber and other nutrients simply to cut out gluten," Norris said.

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