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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health News

Environmental and occupational health studies span the broad scope of health promotion, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities. Additional areas of emphasis include environmental health, social/behavioral health, and epidemiology.

Current Environmental and Occupational Health News

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Research | May 28, 2020

Physical therapy professor Szu-Ping Lee relies on patients – particularly veterans and seniors – as well as clinicians to help guide his research on ways to improve mobility after limb loss.

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People | March 2, 2020

One of the best things about public health is its interdisciplinary nature, according to practitioner Jason Flatt, who says it allows him to tap into fields as diverse as sociology, medicine, nursing, and psychology.

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Business and Community | December 30, 2019

A collection of news stories from 2019 highlighting UNLV's impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.

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People | September 9, 2019

A new face at UNLV, this professor brings unique perspective of public health focused on neurodevelopment in children and chemical exposures during pregnancy.

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Research | June 20, 2018

Posture — not screen time — is biggest factor behind neck and shoulder pain, UNLV study finds.

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People | June 18, 2018

Commitment to a healthy lifestyle helps make Asma Tahir a good fit for the university’s pollen program.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

May 7, 2020

In late April, The American Lung Association issued its annual air quality grades, including a pretty bad one for Las Vegas (F), pegging it as the ninth-worst-polluted metropolitan area in the country. The Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability immediately shot back that the area’s air quality is “good, despite the American Lung Association grade,” based on its compliance with all but one (ozone) of the EPA standards for air pollutants.

Las Vegas Sun
April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t the first viral outbreak Brian Murphy has seen as a health care professional in Las Vegas. An HIV caregiver since the 1980s, he says there are lessons to be learned from past outbreaks, particularly the emergence of HIV/AIDS.

March 30, 2020

Public health experts at UNLV and Southern Nevada Health District hosted a live online discussion on Monday to talk prevention of COVID-19 and what the future may hold.

March 30, 2020

Las Vegas health experts discuss COVID-19 today at UNLV.

KSNV-TV: News 3
March 30, 2020

UNLV and the Southern Nevada Health District have teamed up for a virtual discussion Monday morning on the COVID-19 outbreak.

WCER Communications
October 23, 2019

University researchers and evaluators working with rural schools, the community-school model, and Native American communities in Wisconsin shared their expertise and latest evidence-based findings recently in a public hearing at the state Capitol focused on the critical intersection between education and health.

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

June 22, 2020
John Olawepo, Jennifer Pharr, Axenya Kachen, Babayemi Olakunde, and Francisco Sy (all Environmental and Occupational Health) and Chad Cross (Medicine) recently published an article, "Changes in Body Mass Index among People Living with HIV Who Are New on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" in the journal...
June 19, 2020
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy), Lung-Chang Chien (Environmental and Occupational Health) and former UNLV student co-authors recently published an article, "Financial difficulty in community-dwelling persons with lower limb loss is associated with reduced self-perceived health and well-being” in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International...
June 17, 2020
Paula Frew and Laura Randall (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently had their article "Patient Decision Making Related to Maternal and Childhood Vaccines: Exploring the Role of Trust in Providers Through a Relational Theory of Power Approach" published in Health Education & Behavior. 
June 11, 2020
Ann M. Vuong (Environmental & Occupational Health) published an article on "Prenatal Exposure to a Mixture of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Child Reading Skills at School Age" in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. Prenatal exposure to persistent organic pollutants may affect child neurobehavior; however,...
June 9, 2020
L.-W. Antony Chen (Environmental and Occupational Health), in collaboration with faculty at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, received an award from the National Science Foundation for a three-year project that will study the impact of wildfires in the Arctic region, with emphasis on brown carbon, a unique air pollutant and climate forcer. UNLV...
June 4, 2020
Paula Frew (Environmental & Occupational Health) recently published the article "Factors Associated With Referring Close Contacts to an App With Individually-Tailored Vaccine Information" in Vaccine.