A new book co-edited by Dr. Kent Pinkerton at UC Davis represents the first comprehensive attempt to examine the effects of climate change on respiratory health at an international level.
In the book published by Springer under the Respiratory Medicine series, “Global Climate Change and Public Health,” forty-three experts give their unique perspective on the current state of knowledge and recommend actions to reduce national and global threats to public health. It comes on the heels of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report suggesting global warming is most certainly occurring and likely to accelerate. read more
The provision of patient lifts, and access to them when it counts, can significantly contribute to the reduction of injury and improvement of job control among nurses, according to new research from UCSF.
“Our study shows that making lifting equipment readily available and removing barriers against lift use are both key to injury prevention,” says lead author Soo-Jeong Lee, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health Systems at UCSF’s School of Nursing. read more
Tomás León always wanted to work internationally. It all started with a trip to Latin America as an undergrad in engineering. Opportunity knocked again with a trip to Asia in 2013 to investigate the environmental factors shaping the transmission of liver flukes, specifically Opisthorchis viverrini in Thailand and Clonorchis sinensis in China. read more
Winter 2013-2014 Bridges stories:
I write this Director’s Letter with sadness for the loss of Pat Buffler. As the adjacent story amply documents, Pat was a true leader of occupational and environmental epidemiology. More than that, she was a wonderful person who often had a twinkle in her eye and delighted in furthering the careers of students and younger faculty. She was always warm and welcoming to me after I joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She was a major supporter of the COEH because as former Director of the Southwest Occupational Health and Safety Educational Research Center, she understood the needs of our training programs. Pat always had a special fondness for our Labor Occupational Health Program. We miss her, but the legacy of her work will live on. read more
Patricia Buffler, an internationally esteemed researcher known for her work on some of the world’s largest studies on childhood leukemia and environmental health, and a former dean at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health, has died. read more
Researchers from the Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory at UC Davis suggest wearing a weight transfer device while working in a stooped posture may reduce the risk of developing lower back disorders, a widespread problem in occupations such as agriculture and construction. read more
In August, 2013, the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) recognized UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Colleen Reid in its 2013 Student Poster Award competition at its 23rd annual meeting held in Basel, Switzerland. She received an Honorable Mention in a competition of 35 entries. Reid, from Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, will receive a free one-year student membership in ISES and an online JESEE journal subscription. read more
Author Seth Holmes, a cultural anthropologist and public health physician, spent eighteen months immersed in the daily struggles of Mexican migrant farm workers. In Skagit Valley, Washington – famous for its strawberries – he lived in a labor camp for five months, working side-by-side minimum-wage berry pickers and interviewing workers and farm owners. Three months followed in Central California, pruning vineyards and living homeless and in a slum apartment. Next, in Oaxaca, Mexico, he lived and worked in the Triqui village once home to the migrants he met in Washington. Later that year, he would accompany ten Mexicans illegally running the Arizona border. Apprehended and released, Holmes later rejoined them after they crossed successfully into California. read more
Recycling workers are at high risk of injury and illness in California,” says Valeria Velazquez, Coordinator of Public Programs at UC Berkeley’s Labor Occupational Health Program. Dirty syringes, asbestos, lead, rat feces, fire arms, and even a grenade are just a few of the nasty surprises in recycling waste that Velazquez became aware of during LOHP’s training campaign designed to improve the safety of recycling workers in Alameda County. read more
Formaldehyde levels during hair straightening treatments can exceed federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) short-term exposure limits and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended ceiling, finds a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. read more
The timing could not have been better for the introduction of Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) Standard, recalls graduate Deborah Gold, MPH ‘93. She and her colleague Robert Nakamura wrote the standard, the first of its kind in the nation, mandating employers to protect and immunize health care workers and high risk employees from aerosol transmissible diseases that spread from person to person through the air such as tuberculosis, SARS, and pandemic flu. read more
People on the go may be more comfortable and productive using small to mid-size hand-held tablets compared to larger ones, according to researchers at the University of California. Adding a ledge or handle grip also increases its usability and decreases fatigue, their study concludes. read more
“When Technology and Ergonomics Collide” was the theme of a new course offered by COEH’s Summer Institute held in Oakland, California, on July 31, 2013. read more
Marc Schenker, a physician and specialist in occupational, environmental and pulmonary disease, received the alumni award of merit on Nov. 2 from the Harvard School of Public Health. The award is the highest honor the school bestows on graduates with significant careers in public health. It was awarded at the school’s centennial celebration. read more
The Italian Ministry of Higher Education appointed Dr. David Rempel as the international member of a five person Commission that reviews all promotion applications in Italy to both associate and full professor appointments in Occupational and Legal Medicine. read more
The US Environmental Protection Agency named Michael Jerrett, chair of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley, to its Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Oxides of Nitrogen Primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards Review Panel in June 2013. The panel gives independent advice to the EPA Administrator on national air quality standards.
The University of California’s COEH Ergonomics Program welcomes back ergonomics consultant Ira Janowitz. He also teaches in the ergonomics courses to COEH graduate students and serves as the ergonomics course director for the COEH Annual Institute for Continuing Education. read more
COEH faculty Meredith Minkler received the 2013 Tisch Research Prize from the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. Each year, Tisch College awards the Tisch Research Prize to “recognize a career of academic research on issues related to active citizenship.” read more
2010 PhD graduate in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) program, Dr. Mary Foley (Director, UCSF/Stanford Center for Nursing Research and Innovation) has been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). This is the highest honor in nursing profession in the .S. Dr. Foley was recognized by the Academy for having used the policy process to guide positions, legislation, and regulation. read more
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