This article was originally published by the Source.  One of the health care issues about which seemingly all Americans agree: Prescription drug prices have skyrocketed. And they keep going higher. How do Americans get better value for their health care dollars? One answer may be novel pricing models that more closely link a drug’s price […]
The legalization of marijuana has become a trend in various states across the United States. As a result of looser marijuana policies, a whole new market for recreational marijuana retailers has developed in legalized states. The authors of this study sought to examine the online marijuana marketing practices on Weedmaps, a popular website for retailers. […]
WashU expert: Obamacare to get a rebuild By Chuck Finder Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, is an expert and researcher in hospital and health-system efficiency, among many other aspects of modern-day health care. As co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy, an assistant professor in the cardiovascular division of the School of Medicine and […]
Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration RUMI KATO PRICE, PhD, MPE Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine Faculty Scholar, Institute for Public Health Scholar, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences Bio: Dr. Rumi Kato Price is a professor of psychiatry and a psychiatric epidemiologist who brings her expertise to bear on a range of research […]
Lower number of people covered leads to higher rural health insurance premiums, study finds by Neil Schoenherr Small risk pools may contribute to the challenges faced by private insurance plans in rural areas, in which case risk reinsurance, or insurance for the insurer, is a potential policy solution, finds a new study from the Brown […]
WashU Expert: Incentivizing New Uses For Off-Patent Drugs This article originally appeared on The Source and is reprinted here with permission. Generic medications could be an effective way to improve health outcomes while lowering costs, but the existing drug patent system is poorly designed to motivate such discoveries, says an expert on health law at Washington University […]
The Institute for Public Health will award $15,000 to Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, PhD, in Washington University’s Department of Psychiatry, to support her project “Examination of the role of social media on substance use and violence behaviors.”
Research team uses economics tool to measure racial inequities in virus testing By Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health Almost every health official, physician or researcher you speak with will agree: COVID-19 testing among every population is essential for informing virus detection, self-isolation, and prevention of onward transmission. Racial disparities related to the COVID-19 epidemic […]
During his first year in office, President Donald Trump spoke about high drug prices but took little action to address the problem. His budget proposal, released this week, does lay out a strategy — though what is most notable is not what’s included, but rather what is missing, said an expert on drug pricing and policy at Washington University in St. Louis.
The Institute for Public Health has awarded Public Health-Cubed grants of $15,000 to eight projects this fall.
COVID-19 patients at higher risk of death, health problems than those with flu Data analysis offers comparison of the 2 viruses Almost a year ago, COVID-19 began its global rampage, going on to infect about 69.5 million people and kill about 1.6 million as of early this month. From the beginning, most scientists have said […]
Cigarette ads have long been absent from television, radio and billboards in the United States due to federal bans. But that doesn’t mean the tobacco industry isn’t pitching its products to potential buyers.
The Center for Health Economics and Policy (CHEP) pilot program has awarded funding for four projects in the 2017-2018 cycle. The funding for these year-long projects begins on June 1, 2017. Demonstrating the Economic Value of spine nerve Injury Reconstruction Spine nerve injuries (i.e. brachial plexus injuries) have a profound effect on patients due to the devastating and […]
This article originally appeared on The Source and is reprinted here with permission. Elevated Urea Levels Likely a Culprit Diabetes is known to increase a person’s risk of kidney disease. Now, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that the converse also is true: Kidney dysfunction increases the risk of diabetes. […]
WashU Medicine spearheads collaboration to install radiation machine in Guatemala
This article originally appeared in The Source and is reprinted here with permission.  Overuse Contributes to Drug-Resistant Infections, Excess Costs Despite public health campaigns aimed at reducing unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics, the drugs continue to be prescribed at startlingly high rates in outpatient settings such as clinics and physician offices, according to a new study at Washington […]
The Institute for Public Health Center for Health Economics and Policy pilot program announces funding for three projects in its latest round of funding. Assessing the Impact of Costs on HIV PrEP Drug Use Among Young Black Men Zachary Feinstein, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science The number of new HIV infections in […]
On July 30 & 31, students from the Institute for Public Health’s Public Health Advanced Summer Education program and Summer Program for Research in Global Health presented their research programs and culminating symposium. On July 31, Wolfgang Munar offered a talk titled “Deadline the Unexpected – the 1990s Cholera Epidemics in South America.” At the close […]
At least one out of every 100 St. Louis County adult residents had an active COVID-19 infection earlier this fall, while about five out of every 100 adults had contracted the disease at some earlier point, according to test results of a representative sample of county residents. Working with the county, the Institute for Public […]
This article was originally published by The Conversation.  Vaccines save between two and three million lives per year by protecting individuals from diseases such as measles, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and others. Clean water is the only other public intervention to save more lives than vaccines. Despite their life-saving benefits, however, parental resistance toward childhood vaccinations […]
St. Louis-area residents need more food banks, community gardens and neighborhood grocery stores to improve food access for residents.
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On April 10, 2015, the Center for Community Health Partnerships at the Institute for Public Health hosted a discussion panel titled “Systemic Issues and Potential Broad-Based, Upstream Solutions to Challenges Facing Community Health and Health Care.” Participants included: Lannis Hall, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine and Director […]
This article was originally published by the Siteman Cancer Center on the August Gateway Region YMCA blog.    It comes as no surprise that healthcare is expensive. Anyone who has been to a doctor may recall being charged a co-pay, receiving bills for lab work or paying for appointments not covered by insurance. And all of this […]
Q: Are you currently working on any public health research? What are you hoping to work on in 2017? Analyses of how Medicaid physician payment rates vary across states, and how this affects access to care An analysis of the intersection of housing, child welfare (child abuse & neglect), medical care, and social services (multiple […]
The Community/University Health Research Partnership (CUHRP) Initiative was formed to help community organizations and academic researchers at Washington University and Saint Louis University work together to address some of the most critical health problems in St. Louis. Overview: Listening to community concerns The St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnerships (CUHRP) Initiative was formed after a series […]
Advancing Aging Research & Education at Washington University: Preparing for Longer, Productive Lives “Students may live to age 100”   – Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton This was just one of the messages at the 19th Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards recently presented by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging. Center Director Nancy Morrow–Howell, introduced […]
Sometimes, We Need More Conveners: a Community Partner Profile Think of her as the ultimate “convener” — bringing large numbers of people together to problem-solve issues that try to tear communities apart. Issues like violence. A former community organizer specializing in “collective impact”, Serena Muhammad, director of strategic initiatives for MHB (formerly the Mental Health […]
by Kim Furlow, Institute for Public Health; Elvin Geng, MD, MPH, director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation; and Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, co-director, Center for Health Economics and Policy Members of the Institute for Public Health team are using mathematical and epidemiological modeling to help inform local and state government and health authorities’ responses […]
The 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) brings together more than 4,000 international experts and partners from academia, industry, government, and beyond to exchange information and to discuss the broader role of aging science. This meeting is the premier gathering of gerontologists from both the United States and around the world.