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Public Health    Infectious disease    Health Care Policy and Research

Public Health Researchers Detail Way Forward Post-Pandemic

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. public health system must focus on critical questions of accountability, politicization and updating data systems if it is to do its job well and maintain the trust of the American people, according to a new report from the Colorado School of Public Health.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date July 09, 2024
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Public Health    Infectious disease   

Bird Flu in Cows? What is H5N1, and What Is All the Fuss About?

Although bird flu (H5N1) has circulated among wild and domestic flocks for 30 years, it has surprised public health experts in the past two years with the longest, largest and deadliest outbreak in history. Either through infection or preventive culling, the avian flu virus has affected a record 90 million domestic birds since January 2022 in the United States alone.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Community    Public Health    Vaccinations    Equity Diversity and Inclusion   

Program That Culturally Tailored COVID-19 Messages Spotlighted

The constant influx of rapidly changing data at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult to understand, creating a public health communication gap that took a particular toll on disproportionately affected communities.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Research    Public Health   

Rep. Crow Impressed by ‘Breadth and Depth’ of Global Health Work at CU Anschutz

At a roundtable discussion on global health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus faculty briefed U.S. Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) on the many ways CU Anschutz is transforming trauma care in austere settings and training the next generation of healthcare providers in developing nations worldwide.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date December 21, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health   

2023 State of Research Address Highlights Growth, Innovation, Partnerships

Record funding, a growing workforce and new collaborations were among the highlights of the Dec. 12 annual State of Research address. Presented live over Zoom, Vice Chancellor for Research Thomas Flaig, MD, shared the 2023 research landscape and the many ways his office is partnering with investigators to advance scientific discovery.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Public Health   

Study Provides New Insight into Low Social Determinants of Health Screening Rates

A new study provides the latest data on the low rates for screening and documenting Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) in healthcare settings.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Community    Public Health   

CU Anschutz Top Stories of 2023

In 2023, top health scientists at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus produced life-changing discoveries that buoyed understanding of some of the most complex questions in medicine today.

From what drives obesity and cognitive decline with aging, to how homeless and methamphetamine policies affect public health, campus researchers spend their lives seeking the answers to the questions that matter.


Author Staff | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Press Releases    Public Health    Medical Marijuana    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Interactive Evidence Based Mapping Tool Gives Policymakers More Insight into Highly Concentrated Cannabis Products

After conducting the first scoping review of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have developed an evidence based interactive mapping tool to assist policymakers as they consider regulating the concentration of THC in cannabis products and as more potent products move into the marketplace.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date November 08, 2023
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Public Health    Pediatrics    Endocrinology

Less Physical Activity in Adolescence Likely Rooted in Physiology

The slowdown of physical activity during adolescence is not likely caused by lifestyle and environment but by energy demands placed on the body as it grows and sexually matures, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date November 01, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Cathy Bradley Outlines Five-Year Plan for the Colorado School of Public Health

Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, is more than two months into her role as the newest dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) and the first woman appointed to this position. She commemorated the beginning of her tenure at the 2023 State of the School Address by acknowledging the school’s history and her vision for its future over the next five years.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Research    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Research Gains Ground in Detecting Recent Cannabis Use

Whether people use cannabis to induce sleep, relieve symptoms or relax during downtime, a vehicle crash or accident at work could leave them in jail or the unemployment line. Frequent users can lose their jobs or face criminal charges, even if their last puff or gummy was days or weeks prior to an incident.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 23, 2023
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Public Health    Epidemiology    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Poisoned: Assessing the ‘Dirty Truth’ About Foodborne Illness

It’s been 30 years since Americans began looking at hamburgers differently. In 1993, what started as an alert from a Seattle emergency department doctor of an unusual number of bloody diarrhea cases ended in the then-largest foodborne outbreak in the nation’s history.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 14, 2023
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Faculty    Public Health   

Program Merges Bioethics and Public Health in Search of Justice

Daniel S. Goldberg has devoted his career to studying how laws affect public health. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, legal and ethical considerations played critical roles in crafting public health policy and protecting the most vulnerable. Goldberg saw a need to better explore the interplay of public health law and ethics – as well as opportunities for improving health justice – and launched the PHEAL program at the Colorado School of Public Health with the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date August 15, 2023
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Research    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    ColoradoSPH at CSU

Red Meat Allergy From Ticks: Reality or Science Fiction?

Apparently, people love their red meat. Either that, or they find news of a rare allergy that can result from a tick bite juicy fodder for water-cooler chit-chat.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 01, 2023
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Community    Public Health   

Hypothermia, Powerful Currents Top Danger List for Water Sports

Editor's Note June 2024:

Four people died within four days in Colorado waters recently, and another man remains missing, swept away by the Colorado River during a rafting accident in Grand County. The deaths bring 2024 water-related fatalities to at least 12, with the outdoor water recreation season just getting started.

The recent fatalities include:

  • The missing man’s 56-year-old rafting partner from the June 1 Colorado River outing in Grand County.
  • A man in his 20s, who died on June 2 after going under water and never re-emerging from Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton. His body was later pulled from the water, following a search-and-rescue effort.
  • A woman who died after the commercial raft she was in hit a bridge pylon on the Cache la Poudre River west of Fort Collins on May 30.
  • A 65-year-old woman who died on May 31 after falling from her bicycle and into Boulder Creek while riding with her husband.

The deadly four-day string of accidents has experts reminding outdoor recreationists to wear life vests and remain aware of weather and surroundings. The following article posted last year offers more life-saving advice from Todd Miner, EdD, senior instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine:

A 25-year-old tourist visiting Rocky Mountain National Park slipped while viewing a waterfall on July 3, plummeting to the pool below, where forceful hydraulics sucked him in and held him under. Within seconds, a summer vacation turned tragic, his body recovered downstream later that evening.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Press Releases    Public Health

Cathy J.  Bradley, PhD, named as Colorado School of Public Health’s next Dean

The Colorado School of Public Health today announced the appointment of Cathy J. Bradley, PhD, MPA, as its next dean.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date June 06, 2023
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Community    Public Health   

Here’s How to Avoid a Spring Surge of Hungry Ticks

On a trip five years ago, as he was about to check off the last of all 50 states he’d visited, Daniel Pastula jumped out of the car for a quick photo at the Maine state line. After memorializing the moment, Pastula glanced down to an unwelcome surprise – his pant legs were crawling in ticks.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 18, 2023
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Students    Public Health    Student and Alumni    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz    Opioid Research   

Boyfriend’s Fentanyl Death Inspires Nonprofit to Battle Crisis

Charlie Ternan had a job interview and wanted to cool the back pain that had flared on a long drive up the California coast. It was spring 2020, the COVID pandemic had just begun, and graduation was weeks away at Santa Clara University.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

After the Marshall Fire: Survey Offers Community Snapshot of Recovery

The story of the most destructive wildfire in Colorado’s history didn’t end with the receding of hurricane-strength winds and the extinguishing of the blaze’s last embers. Over a year later, while some questions the Marshall Fire left in its wake have been answered, many others remain, including where future public policy should go.


Author Matthew Hastings | Publish Date April 19, 2023
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Patient Care    Public Health    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Concertgoers Allowed to Carry Narcan Into Some Festivals. Will It Help Save Lives?

The recent Food and Drug Administration approval of the nasal spray Narcan is good news for music festival attendees hoping to carry the medication in case they witness an opioid overdose.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date March 30, 2023
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Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Six Tips for Spotting Fake Health News

Everybody can help fight the health misinformation epidemic by not falling for – and not sharing – fake news. It’s something experts like Lisa Bero, PhD, hope people will do for the sake of evidence-based science and, ultimately, societal health.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Research    Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Fake News: Medical Quackery Enters a New Dimension

By creating a rapt worldwide audience at a time of worry, COVID-19 brought out the worst in fake health news. Misinformation clogged the airwaves, with claims of microchipped vaccines, dangerous miracle cures and mask-mandate conspiracies plastering TV stations and social media platforms.

Today, pandemic “news” has abated. But misinformation has not.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Research    Public Health

Bird Flu Surveillance Aims at Keeping Human Risk Low

Sightings of dead geese in neighborhood ponds are becoming sadly more common today, as the most significant avian flu outbreak in U.S. history continues its march across the country. Nearly 58 million birds have fallen to the wild waterfowl-driven epidemic, with the virus now detected in 47 states.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 20, 2023
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Community    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Should You Extinguish Your Gas Stove?

A paper published last month attributing 12.7% of childhood asthma cases to gas stoves generated a lot of heat, especially after U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. said banning these common household stoves was being considered.


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Research    Press Releases    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Research Can Help Older Adults Plan for Changes in Driving and Firearm Use

New research from the Firearm Injury Prevention Initiative examined diverse viewpoints on reducing access to potentially dangerous situations among older adults due to changes in physical or cognitive functioning.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date November 16, 2022
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Research    Breast Cancer    Liver Cancer    Colorectal Cancer    Pancreatic Cancer    Cancer    Public Health    Esophageal Cancer    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Imaging Information System Could Speed Up Prognosis for Certain Cancers

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that a new imaging information system may ultimately provide a faster, more accurate prognosis for certain cancers.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date September 19, 2022
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Faculty    Public Health

Should I be Worried About Phthalates, or Forever Chemicals?

Forever chemicals, or phthalates, are ever-present in our lives, from plastic packaging to household products to personal-care commodities. We can’t avoid them entirely, but we can minimize their influence on our health.


Author Kiley Carroll | Publish Date August 16, 2022
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Education    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Samet to Step Down as Colorado School of Public Health Dean

Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, the third and longest-serving dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH), will step down from the top post pending a completed nationwide search for his replacement, administrators announced today.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 08, 2022
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Patient Care    Public Health    Epidemiology    Monkeypox    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Rare Spread of Monkeypox Puts Health Experts on Alert

The unusual spread of monkeypox from West and Central Africa, where it has occurred sporadically, has health experts on alert. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued a health advisory asking clinicians to be on the lookout for the virus’s characteristic rash and fever.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 23, 2022
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Research    Public Health    Epidemiology    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Study Shows Investment in Public Health Programs Helps Prevent the Spread of Foodborne Illnesses

A new study released by the Colorado School of Public Health evaluated the structural and outbreak factors associated with reporting foodborne outbreaks and found that the number and types of foodborne outbreaks reported varied substantially across states, with high reporting states reporting four times more outbreaks than low reporting states.


Author Laura Kelley | Publish Date May 18, 2022
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Research    Patient Care    Public Health

Expert: Alarming Increase in Tuberculosis Deaths Emerging in COVID’s Wake

Worldwide focus on the novel SARS-CoV-2 reversed momentum that was halting an age-old killer. Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world’s most-lethal infectious disease after COVID-19, and, according to an infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, health experts had planned to end the TB epidemic by 2035.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 10, 2022
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Research    Public Health    Health equity   

CU Anschutz Researchers Team Up to Bolster the Health of Americans With Disabilities

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are joining efforts to improve the lives and healthcare of the 61 million Americans living with disabilities, a number expected to rise in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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Community    COVID-19    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Donor Gift Provides Powerful Boost to COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach

Longtime University of Colorado benefactors and siblings, Alan Cogen and Judi Cogen, continue to have a significant impact on the Denver community. Thanks to their recent gifts, the Cogens are assisting underserved populations in the metropolitan area.


Author Danielle Davis | Publish Date April 08, 2022
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Community    Public Health    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Ads Contributed to Hooking Black Smokers on Menthols. Now CU Experts Are Fighting Back

Years of targeted advertising by tobacco giants turned menthol cigarettes into a racial issue, hooking mostly Black Americans on the minty-tasting tobacco products. Now public health experts at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have rallied a powerful community effort to reverse a deadly trend and social injustice. 


Author Laura Veith | Publish Date March 04, 2022
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Research    Press Releases    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Publication Shines Light on How Language Impacts Firearm Injury Discussions

In a new peer-reviewed paper in the American Journal of Public Health, physician and researcher Emmy Betz, MD, MPH, leads a diverse group in tackling how words used in relation to firearm injuries and deaths can impact prevention of firearm injury.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date December 08, 2021
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Research    Public Health    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Study Recruitment Effort Grows Into a Public Health Tool to Reach Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women

Three years ago, researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health launched a forward-looking study. They looked to use social media and mobile application technology to reach out to young (16 to 20 years of age) American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women living in urban areas. The goal: push out messages and virtual interventions aimed at preventing alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEPs) and fetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASDs) – serious health risks for both women and children.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 19, 2021
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Press Releases    Public Health    Student and Alumni    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Students Examine the Role of Public Health in Racism in Harvard Review Article

In a new article published in Harvard Public Health Review, Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) students critically examine the role of public health in racism and oppression and how they, as the future leaders of public health, would like to see this addressed and changed.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date November 03, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    COVID-19    Public Health    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

New Survey Shines Light on Racial Disparities Persisting in COVID-19 Vaccination

A new public health survey reveals critical information regarding the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine messaging and public policies on individual perception and behaviors in the United States.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date October 26, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Study Finds Correlation Between Rural Geography and Access to Handguns, Suicidality Among Colorado Teenagers

Living in rural, isolated areas correlates with easier access to handguns and higher risks of suicidality among Colorado teenagers, according to a cross-sectional study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open. These findings can help inform public health and policy experts on how best to allocate educational firearm safety and suicide prevention resources in the state.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date October 13, 2021
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Students    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Olympian and Grad Student Talks About Mental Health, Seeking Balance

Maddie Godby, a graduate student in the Population Mental Health & Wellbeing Program at the Colorado School of Public Health, flew to her first Olympic Games this summer knowing full well the month in Japan would be unlike anything the world has seen.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date September 27, 2021
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COVID-19    Public Health    Epidemiology

From Smoking Decrees to COVID-19: Epidemiology Has Changed the World

This brief essay takes on a topic that returns about 9 billion hits with a Google search on the phrase Why Science Matters. Here, I offer comments that are framed in public health and that dwell on public health sciences. Recently deceased, former Gov. Richard Lamm quipped (in 1986): “The major factors that brought health to mankind were epidemiology, sanitation, vaccination, refrigeration and screen windows.” I agree with Gov. Lamm.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date August 09, 2021
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Research    Press Releases    Public Health

New Study Shows Mathematical Models Helped Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in Colorado

Colorado researchers have published new findings in Emerging Infectious Diseases that take a first look at the use of SARS-CoV-2 mathematical modeling to inform early statewide policies enacted to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in Colorado. Among other findings, the authors estimate that 97 percent of potential hospitalizations across the state in the early months of the pandemic were avoided as a result of social distancing and other transmission-reducing activities such as mask wearing and social isolation of symptomatic individuals.


Author Tonya Ewers | Publish Date July 07, 2021
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Education    Students    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Bettering the World Through Data (and Spreadsheets)

Alexa Hansen was in the final semester of completing her psychology degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, when the career ahead didn’t seem to be a great fit.


Author Staff | Publish Date May 25, 2021
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Research    Public Health    Vaccinations

Evidence Suggests Bubonic Plague Had Long-Term Effect on Immunity Genes

Scientists examining the remains of 36 bubonic plague victims from a 16th century mass grave in Germany have found the first evidence that evolutionary adaptive processes, driven by the disease, may have conferred immunity on later generations from the region.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date May 18, 2021
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Education    COVID-19    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

From Congo to Colorado: MPH Grad Envisions Outpacing Diseases

Growing up in big-city Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Papy Bawongo Boyamba, MD, looked forward to visits from the man in the white coat. Something about the man and his professional, caring manner gave the boy a vision of his own future.


Author Chris Casey | Publish Date May 11, 2021
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Research    Education    Students    Public Health    Pharmacy

CU Anschutz Schools and Colleges Rank Among Nation’s Best in 2022 U.S. News & World Report Listing

Schools and colleges of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus are again ranked among the best in the country on the 2022 U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of higher education programs.


Author Staff | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Research    COVID-19    Public Health

Coronavirus Mutates Fast; New Strains Can Arise in Single Patient

Scientists have discovered that mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus can arise quickly in patients undergoing long-term treatment for the infection, allowing it to evolve into variants that pose new threats to public health.


Author David Kelly | Publish Date February 11, 2021
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Research    COVID-19    Public Health

Shaping National Public Health Policies With Science

Professors and faculty members at most research universities spend the bulk of their professional time in well-known academic pursuits: teaching, researching, collaborating with colleagues, and leading the next generation of experts in their respective fields. Less apparent are hundreds of hours some volunteer to present at conferences, provide testimony for policies, and collaborate on scientific committee work, publish papers, and review others’ work for publication.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date January 26, 2021
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Diabetes    Public Health    Women's Health   

Placental Function Can Illuminate Future Disease in Adults and Children

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered a direct association between placental function in pregnant women and future metabolic disorders in children and adults, a finding that could lead to earlier intervention and diagnosis of disease. 


Author David Kelly | Publish Date January 21, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Awareness    Public Health    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz   

Dangerous Haze Is Back in Colorado. Get Prepped for More Fire Days Ahead

A cold front brought a blanket of snow to Colorado in late October 2020, a welcome gift for a state ravaged by wildfires. As the flakes fell, they helped tame record-breaking burns that had been threatening communities for weeks, racing from the Rocky Mountains above to the borders of Boulder below.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 10, 2020
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Education    Public Health

Top Global Expert on Air Pollution and Tobacco Control Takes Reins of ColoradoSPH

The newest dean on campus has a lot to boast about. A recent invitation to the Vatican. An award presented by a king. But after 40 years in a career that landed him many top-level posts and prominent international recognition, the dean of the Colorado School of Public Health (ColoradoSPH) remains straight-forward and modest.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 28, 2017
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