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Mailman School of Public Health faculty are renowned scientists, practitioners, and educators working on the forefront of critical public health issues in the U.S. and around the world. They are frequently called upon by journalists to discuss their work and to comment on vital issues and events of our day.

Below are some examples of topics and 2014 publications where our faculty members have been cited for their research findings and expert commentary.




New Gene Map of Deadly Bird Flu Points to Pandemic Concerns, April 10
Stephen Morse, global co-director of the U.S. government–funded PREDICT Project consortium, says the research is addressing key questions but must be done carefully for many reasons. "If someone is infected in the laboratory, there would be serious consequences," he says.

Study: Asthma has $1.3B impact on New York, April 4
Dr. Sally Findley comments that for the NY State to better combat the illness, it needs to reach out to children with asthma and their parents, who often may not understand the illness or the ways that it can be treated.

Global Air Pollution on the Rise, April 2
CNN's Jonathan Mann speaks to Dr. Darby Jack about the different types of air pollution and the potentially fatal affects of dirty air.

A Tale of Two Air Quality Programs: China vs. the U.S., April 2
Can China improve its record on air pollution? A new study, by Deliang Tang and colleagues published last week in the journal Plos One, suggests that opportunities for significant improvement abound.





Investing in the Science of Public Health, March 24
"When we think of science for health, we think first -- and invest mostly -- in curing diseases once they have occurred... However, the greatest return on investment often comes from the science of preventing the disease in the first place." Article by Dean Linda P. Fried on the role of public health.

Measles outbreak sparks fear of resurgent diseases, March 15
An unexpected number of measles cases recently reported has raised risky concerns about vaccine safety. Dr. Stephen Morse discusses the importance of early vaccination.

Why the Cancer Cluster Cases in Fukushima Aren't Related to the Nuclear Disaster, March 13
Dr. Norman Kleiman discusses reports of a “cancer cluster” surfacing three years after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. In the long term, the primary health concerns are mental health effects: the anxiety and fear of living in what people perceive as a contaminated area.

The Science of Older and Wiser, March 12
Wisdom is one of the most important qualities a person can possess for healthy aging. Dr. Ursula Staudinger, co-founder of The Berlin Wisdom Project and director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, distinguishes between general and personal wisdom and how positivity about life is more beneficial in advanced age.

Injections Providing Protection Against AIDS in Monkeys, Studies Find, March 5
Researchers are reporting that injections of long-lasting AIDS drugs protected monkeys for weeks against infection, a finding that could lead to a major breakthrough in preventing the disease in humans. Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr comments on a preliminary human trial to start later this year.

Is It Worth Enforcing a Shoe-Free Home?, March 3
In cities and suburbs alike, more people are adopting a no-shoes-at-home policy. Dr. Stephen Morse discusses if that practice is more hygienic and when not to ask guests to go barefoot.

If Obesity Is a Disease, Then What?, March 3
In a Letter to the Editor, Dr. Linda Fried argues that, "The classification of obesity as a disease is not rhetoric to attract research dollars and public urgency.





Study supports claims of Agent Orange exposure after Vietnam War, February 26
Dr. Jeanne Mager Stellman, who authored the study, discusses findings that aircraft used to spray Agent Orange may have sickened service members who worked with the aircraft after the war.

Camels May Be Source of Mystery MERS Virus in Middle East,
February 25
Virus expert Dr. Ian Lipkin comments on results of a recent study linking camels to the spread of the MERS virus. “There are some areas where we found it in 100 percent of camels. So this is not an uncommon infection,” said Dr. Lipkin, who led the study published in the journal mBio.

Anti-gay communities linked to shorter lives: study, February 24
Dr. Mark Hatzenbuehler and colleagues sought to find out if an intolerant environment was tied to premature death among LGBT individuals. They found that "the size of the relationship between anti-gay prejudice and mortality was large."

Healthy Interest, February 19
Article spotlights a City Council award to Dr. Alwyn Cohall for Project STAY, which looks to improve the health of ex-cons.

Public Health Advocates Find Flame Retardant Fight Follows Familiar Formula, February 7
Public health historian Dr. David Rosner comments on the likelihood of a California case against flame retardent manufacturer Chemtura being overturned.

Fatal Car Crashes Involving Pot Use Have Tripled in U.S., Study Finds, February 4
Fatal crashes involving marijuana use tripled during the previous decade, fueling some of the overall increase in drugged-driving traffic deaths, Dr. Guohua Li reports.



Initiative Increases Focus on the Health of Boys, January 22
Dr. David Bell comments on a new web-based resource that helps healthcare providers to better engage adolescent and young-adult male patients.

Real Time Data Could Soon Provide Flu Forecast, January 13
Dr. Jeffrey Shaman talks about his accuracy rate in predicting flu and the number of people who are infected or susceptible. He also mentions the number of new infections in a week, and suggests that eventually flu forecasts will be used to help people, schools, and government agencies prepare sooner for outbreaks. See related New York Times article.

Mold, Mice and Zip Codes: Inside the Childhood Asthma Epidemic, January 3
As part of a special NBC Dateline investigation into the links between poverty and childhood asthma Dr. Matthew Perzanowski talked with Lester Holt about how asthma rates vary dramatically by neighborhood with poorer areas disproportionately affected.