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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health News

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health emphasizes the role of air, water, the home environment, and the workplace as critical determinants of health.

Current Environmental and Occupational Health News

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

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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.

Environmental and Occupational Health In The News

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November 12, 2020

Whether you have your own home office or are using a laptop at your kitchen table, if you’re one of the many Canadians who are working from home, you know how important a comfortable setup can be.

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.

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Recent Environmental and Occupational Health Accomplishments

January 8, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) and Kavita Batra (School of Medicine) published the article "Explaining handwashing behavior in a sample of college students during COVID-19 pandemic using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change: A single institutional cross-sectional survey" in collaboration with Robert Davis...
January 7, 2021
Kavita Batra (Medicine), Patricia Cruz, Chad L. Cross, Neeraj Bhandari, Jennifer R. Pharr, Mark P. Buttner (all Environmental and Occupational Health), and Farooq Abdulla (University Medical Center of Southern Nevada) co-authored an article in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health titled “Incidence of Neonatal...
January 6, 2021
Chia-Liang Dai (Teaching and Learning) served as lead author on the article "Physical activity interventions targeting perceived body image among adolescent girls" published in the Journal of Physical Education and Sport in collaboration with colleagues Manoj Sharma (Environmental and Occupational Health), Ching-Chen Chen (Counselor Education,...
January 5, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) co-authored the article "COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy in the United States: A rapid national assessment" in collaboration with colleagues from New Mexico State University, Ball State University, University of Toledo, University of Houston-Victoria, and University of Florida.
January 4, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental & Occupational Health) co-authored an article, "Examining Determinants of Metabolic Syndrome in People with Intellectual Disabilities" in collaboration with colleagues Ram Lakhan and Louisa Summers of Berea College and Vinayak K. Nahar of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
December 23, 2020
Markie L. C. Twist (Environmental and Occupational Health) recently wrote the "Introduction to Special Issue on Sexual Health Risks and Assessments" in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy. The journal offers a multidisciplinary forum for review and debate in the field of sex and relationship therapies. It presents original research and...