Yearly Archives: 2015


Affluence as a predictor of vaccine refusal and underimmunization in California private kindergartens

By |December 18th, 2015|Research Highlights|

Non-medical vaccine exemption rates in California private schools far exceed those of public schools, but little is known about specific factors which may be associated with high exemption rates in private schools. The percent of personal-belief exemptions (PBEs) among California public and private kindergartens were computed for 2000–2001 to 2014–2015 academic years. For the [...]

More Than 80 Percent of Guns Used in Mass Shootings Obtained Legally

By |December 17th, 2015|News|

The weapons used in this week's massacre in San Bernardino, California, were purchased legally, raising questions about how preventable gun violence is under current U.S. firearm laws. Eighty-two percent of weapons involved in mass shootings over the last three decades have been bought legally, according to a database compiled by Mother Jones magazine that defines [...]

First Published Paper for Public Health’s Qian is a Winner

By |December 17th, 2015|News|

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2015) — Even though Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, little has been studied about their clinical profiles, quality of care, and outcomes related to heart failure. Feng (Johnson) Qian, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, addressed this issue [...]

To What Extent do Sleep Quality and Duration Mediate the Effect of Perceived Discrimination on Health? Evidence from Philadelphia

By |December 2nd, 2015|Research Highlights|

Little research investigates whether sleep mediates the adverse effect of perceived discrimination on health and even less is known about whether sleep quality and sleep duration mediate the relationships in the same fashion. We applied a recently developed mediation analysis approach to a survey administered in 2008 in Philadelphia, PA, that includes 9042 adults. [...]

Low level arsenic contaminated water consumption and birth outcomes in Romania—An exploratory study

By |December 2nd, 2015|Research Highlights|

Women are exposed to drinking water with low arsenic concentrations (<10.0 μg/L) worldwide, yet little work has been done to assess the risk. To begin to address this data gap, we conducted an exploratory study of birth outcomes in Timis County, Romania. We prospectively followed 122 women with singleton deliveries, for whom we constructed individual exposure [...]