Weekly Edition – June 19, 2012
In this week’s edition
:: Ask the Expert focuses on child safety
Ask the Expert focuses on child safety
June is National Safety Month and the National Children’s Study in Douglas County is presenting a free Ask the Expert – Child Health and Safety community discussion.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 | 11 am – 12 pm
Moderated by 9News anchor Cheryl Preheim, the event features presentations by:
Carolyn DiGuiseppi, MD, PhD, MPH | NCS Investigator and Deputy Director of the Colorado Injury Control Research Center
The National Children’s Study is the largest long-term study of environmental and genetic influences on children’s health ever conducted in the United States. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of all children for generations to come. The Colorado Study Center in Douglas County is operated by the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Battelle Memorial Institute. Visit www.coloradochildrensstudy.org for more information.
Prostate test cost-benefit clash gets to heart of health care debate
Last month, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommended against the routine use of the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, citing data from clinical trials in Europe and the U.S. saying that statistically the risks outweigh the benefits.
“One man in 1,000 – at most – avoids death from prostate cancer because of screening,” the task force report said. Meanwhile, for every 1,000 men screened, 30 to 40 will develop erectile dysfunction or urinary incontinence; two will experience a serious cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack; and one will develop a serious blood clot in his leg or lungs due to treatment. For every 3,000 men screened, one will die of complications from surgery.
As men, their providers and policy experts wrestle with the PSA conundrum, recent battles over mammography and hormone replacement therapy illustrate key lessons. When women learned that there was potential harm from annual breast screening and hormone therapy, far fewer demanded mammograms and hormone sales tanked. Evidence shows informed consumers could actually save millions of dollars by realizing that when it comes to health care, less often may be more.
On the other side of the debate were doctors who treat prostate cancer, prostate cancer survivors, patients and the patients’ nervous wives or partners who feared that leaving any cancer untreated was simply too risky.
Colorado School of Public Health professors Tim Byers, MD, MPH and Adam Atherly, PhD weigh in on the debate in this CU Denver School of Public Affairs Solutions article.
Alumni News and Notes
We are proud to share in the celebration and success of our alumni. If you are a graduate of the school or one of our predecessor programs, then share your news and updates.
The school has a new alumni e-mail address you can use to submit your alumni updates and information, CSPH.Alumni@ucdenver.edu. Please include your name, e-mail, program and graduation year.
Jennifer Guida ‘11
MPH-epidemiology alumna Jennifer Guida is currently a Healthcare Research Analyst at Axion Health, Inc., a private occupational health and safety software company located in downtown Denver. She joined Axion following graduation last year and has since focused on developing new software solutions to help manage and improve the quality of care in occupational health clinics. As a research analyst, Jennifer writes and integrates complex algorithms to reflect occupational health clinic workflows in Axion software; conducts literature searches on new recommendations and guidelines; develops medical surveillance protocols and surveys; and provides consulting services to occupational health clinics. She has also spoken at occupational health and safety conferences. Since graduating Jennifer has expanded her knowledge of epidemiological principles, and the practice of occupational health and safety practice is done in the real world. She is grateful for her time at CSPH because it helped shape her career. She also gives a special thanks to all of the faculty who helped along the way.
Alumni – You can now connect with the school on LinkedIn. Join our group today.
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