Religion associated with HPV vaccination rate for college women

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It’s been more than a decade since a vaccine was introduced to prevent contraction of human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends patients start receiving the vaccine between ages 11 and 12, with catch-up vaccination recommended for certain groups through age […]

Light Pollution May Be Increasing West Nile Virus Spillover From Wild Birds

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We’re in the midst of summertime mosquito bite season and cities across the country are reporting a heightened number of West Nile Virus (WNV) cases. The house sparrow is one of the most common carriers of WNV in urban areas. Mosquitos feed off the infected birds and spread the virus to humans. New research finds […]

USF COPH represents at the World Social Marketing Conference

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From reducing salt intake to preventing smoking, social marketing may be the key to establishing behavior change, according to USF College of Public Health faculty and students who attended the 6th World Social Marketing Conference. “I have always been fascinated by how effective corporations are at persuading people to buy products or enroll in services,” […]

COPH professor helps develop campus-wide initiative to increase male mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviors

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Chances are you’ve seen those billboards talking about an insurance plan that’s right for you. Or maybe you’ve passed the posters at the mall trying to convince you to buy the latest smartphone or pair of shoes. Visual advertising is an effective marketing technique. But what if it was used, instead, to persuade us to […]

Who, what, where, when and why? COPH professor works to gain clearer picture of Florida’s violent deaths

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every hour seven people in this country die a violent death. To track those deaths, the CDC devised the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), a data collection system that Florida recently joined after receiving a three-year, multimillion dollar grant provided by the CDC to […]

Concussion is a leading cause of injury for children in recreational sports

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Elementary school-aged children who participate in recreational sports are at greater risk of concussion than most other sports-related injuries. A new study published in PLOS ONE focused on children 5-11 years old who play recreational football, soccer and baseball/softball. Karen Liller, PhD, professor of community and family health at the University of South Florida College […]

Recent COPH graduate accepts Yale post-doc fellowship

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There hasn’t been a lot of downtime for Malinee Neelamegam. In May, she received her PhD in epidemiology from the USF College of Public Health (COPH). Shortly after, she left for Malaysia, where she’s from, to begin work as a post-doc fellow with the Global Health Equity Scholars (GHES) program, funded by the National Institutes […]

USF Women’s Health Collaborative celebrates interdisciplinary research at annual luncheon with seed grants, recognizes Betty Castor

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The University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative held its sixth annual Leading the Way Awards Luncheon during National Women’s Health Week at the Bryan Glazer JCC. The annual luncheon, sponsored by PNC Bank, sold out with more than 300 leaders and health researchers in attendance and raised over $80,000 to help improve the health […]