Archive for 2018

Four from Occupational Health Sciences receive TTBD licenses

Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBD) at OHSU granted licenses for discoveries to four Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences faculty members in the 2018 ceremony at OHSU last week, along with 72 other OHSU faculty who also received licenses in fiscal 2017. Shown holding TTBD glass mugs labelled as seen in the picture below are Drs. Stephen Lloyd, Amanda McCullough, Kent Anger and Ryan Olson. For comparison, TTBD granted 141 license requests in 2016, executed 104 License and … Read More

Heart Health Month: what’s up in your workplace?

Earlier this month we blogged about loneliness, which serves to remind all of us about the importance of our relationships with the people in our lives, including co-workers. But what about the functional health of those pumping organs of ours? As we embrace Total Worker Health®, we recognize the  many circumstances and conditions impacting our health – which directly influences our safety, well-being and productivity. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reminds us on … Read More

Loneliness and work

During the past few months, several articles in the popular press have addressed the topic of loneliness and work. Many of the articles referred to an original Harvard Business Review piece authored by Vivek Murthy, titled  “Work and the Loneliness Epidemic: Reducing isolation at work is good for business.” Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014 to 2017. During his tenure and as he commanded the U.S. Public Health Service … Read More

From fruit flies to Alzheimer’s

My group is studying Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We all want to live a long and healthy life, but unfortunately, with aging comes the risk of developing diseases like AD. At 75 about 5% of us have AD and at 85 this risk increases to almost every other person. AD is the fifth-leading cause of death, and in contrast to many other diseases, the number of deaths due to this form of dementia continues to dramatically … Read More

Revisiting hair products and formaldehyde

I was recently asked by the NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) Science Blog Administrator if something new was going on regarding hair smoothing products. Apparently the blog I wrote for NIOSH in 2012 (Hair, Formaldehyde and Industrial Hygiene) received a number of new comments and visits in January of this year. I held my breath – hoping against hope – that perhaps there was finally some good news I had missed: perhaps there might … Read More

Institute scientists develop technologies to reduce the severity of skin cancers

In a recent paper in Nature Scientific Reports, Drs. McCullough and Lloyd report findings on prevention of skin cancer with DNA repair enzymes. These enzymes, normally produced in yeast, were enclosed into a lotion and applied like a sunscreen onto mouse skin, and tested for their ability to prevent non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSCs). Their data showed significant reductions in tumor burden in mice receiving the lotion containing the DNA repair enzyme relative to control lotion. … Read More

Real-time health surveillance in remote regions

Health and disease surveillance in many low-income countries is poor, such that disease outbreaks are recognized very slowly, sick people in remote villages are monitored erratically, and the availability and utilization of vaccines and drugs are unclear. To address these problems, we undertook a feasibility study in remote regions of northern Uganda to determine whether minimally trained lay workers resident within villages could reliably transmit health-related information at regular intervals. This NIH-funded research study was … Read More

New OR-FACE fatality investigation report

Falls continue to be the leading cause of death in the construction industry. These deaths are preventable. A newly published fatality investigation report by the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) Program examines some contributing factors of a fall that took the life of a construction worker. The worker, who was installing siding on an apartment building, died after falling 20-25 feet from a pump-jack scaffold. In addition to describing a number of safety … Read More

Sleep and aging in the Portland community

Dr. Nicole Bowles, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Steven Shea’s laboratory, recently presented several short seminars to the Northeast Portland community. The seminars focused on sleep disorders and how disturbed sleep impacts the health of African Americans. Dr. Bowles also discussed methods to improve the bedroom environment in order to improve sleep duration and quality. Dr. Bowles spoke as part of PreSERVE’s October Talk’n’Taste series. PreSERVE is a coalition of individuals from non-profits, health institutions … Read More

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