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community health sciences Accomplishments

May 2, 2018
Philip Danquah (Environmental and Occupational Health) is this year's recipient of the prestigious Michelle Chino Dissertation Scholarship awarded by the School of Community Health Sciences. The award was presented at the school's honors recognition reception in April. He also works as a graduate assistant in the registrar's office.      

May 1, 2018
Xiangxue Xiao and Yingke Xu (both Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine), and Bowen Liu (Math and NIPM) recently published findings in Osteoporosis International, a high-impact peer-reviewed medical journal published by Springer that is an official journal of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The graduate students’ findings resulted from projects they worked on while enrolled in EAB 788 in spring 2017, a course taught by professor Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and NIPM) that focuses on logic and application of meta-analysis in public health. Xiao and Xu published “Thiazide Diuretic Usage and Risk of Fracture: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies” on March 25. Liu published “Depression and Risk of Fracture and Bone Loss: An Updated Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies” on March 12.

Apr 24, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) authored "Lagged Influence of Fine Particulate Matter and Geographic Disparities on Clinic Visits for Children’s Asthma in Taiwan" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health to investigate the documented diagnosis of children’s asthma in clinic visits for children aged less than 15 years old that were associated with PM2.5 in two counties located in west-central Taiwan with a high density of industries during 2005–2010.  A significantly lagged effect up to 6 days was observed when PM2.5 increased from 36.17 cubic micrograms to 81.26 cubic micrograms. In addition, 47.83 percent of areas were identified to have children vulnerable to asthma. The findings in this research can be useful for forecasting children’s asthma clinic visits in the coming days, and can serve as a valuable reference for the implementation of an early warning to governmental agencies about susceptible populations.

Apr 19, 2018
Nora Caberoy (Life Sciences) and Francisco Sy (Community Health Sciences) gave their research presentations at the 38th Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering Annual Meeting and Symposium public health session at the University of Arizona earlier this month. Caberoy presented her research "Lessons from the Eye: Can We Redirect the Cellular Eating Process to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease?" Dr. Sy presented " An Assessment of Filipino American Health in the Greater Las Vegas Area: A Pilot Study".  

Apr 16, 2018
Francisco S. Sy (Environmental and Occupational Health) received the "Severino Koh Lectureship Award in Science" in recognition of his significant contributions in environmental and occupational health from the Philippine American Academy of Science and Engineering at its 38th annual meeting at the University of Arizona earlier this month. Dr. Sy, chair of the department of environmental and occupational health, gave the keynote address, "The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities".

Apr 9, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien and Ge Lin Kan (both Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Disparity of Imputed Data from Small Area Estimate Approaches – A Case Study on Diabetes Prevalence at the County Level in the U.S." to assess concordance and inconsistency among three small area estimation methods — multi-level logistic regression, spatial logistic regression, and spatial Poison regression — that currently are providing county-level health indicators in the U.S. They used diabetes prevalence at the county level from the 2012 sample of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System as an example. The mapping results show that all three methods displayed elevated diabetes prevalence in the South, while point estimates are apparently different among different methods. This study provides the evidence about the need of building up a unified small area estimate method with necessary clusters and confounding variables to prevent possible inconsistencies in prevalence estimates. Both Chien and Kan are with the epidemiology and biostatistics section of their department.

Mar 12, 2018
Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) co-authored "Traumatic Life Events and Development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among Female Factory Workers in a Developing Country," which has been published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. The study analyzed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among 607 lower socioeconomic status working females in Bangladesh. PTSD was found to be significantly associated with age, income, chronic pain, and a number of stressful events. Based on the findings, mental health conditions are highly prevalent among working women in developing countries and these may have serious consequences on their well-being, quality of life, and working lives. It would be in the best interest for the western companies, donor and aid agencies, and consumer groups to provide more resources and evidence support to improve the mental health along with physical health of workers in a developing county.  

Feb 15, 2018
Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) was awarded a new NIH R15 grant for $450,000 titled “Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women.” This grant earned a perfect score of 10.

Feb 13, 2018
David Howard (Medicine and Community Health Sciences) in January had two papers published on outcomes following sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence among female military beneficiaries. This was the first study that looked at the issue of outcomes following surgical management of stress urinary incontinence among the very large population of female military beneficiaries. One paper was published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and one in the Journal of Women's Health.      

Feb 6, 2018
Innovation (Research & Economic Development), the university's research magazine, recently received a Bronze Award of Excellence from District VII of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). CASE Awards of Excellence showcase best practices in alumni relations, fundraising, public/government relations, advancement services, special events, and outstanding communications from districts across North America. The team members who produced the award-winning 2017 issue of Innovation are editor-in-chief Raegen Pietrucha; consulting editor Cate Weeks; art director S. A. Lien; photographers Josh Hawkins, R. Marsh Starks, and Aaron Mayes; editorial interns Alexandra Karosas and Rachel Glaze; contributing writers Tony Allen, Marian Alper, Afsha Bawany, Shane Bevell, Vaneh Darakjian, Kevin Dunegan, Caroline Funk, Sara Gorgon, Matt Keleman, Sean Kennedy, Kelly McDonough, Kristen Peterson, Angela Ramsey, Jason Scavone, Chelsea Sendgraff, Stan Smith, and Pashtana Usufzy; and proofreaders Liam Frink, David Hatchett, Zach Miles, Lori Olafson, Robin Toles, and Jill Zimbelman. CASE District VII annually recognizes award winners online and at the annual District VII conference, which will take place in San Francisco in March. UNLV award winners are listed online.