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  • Chemicals in shampoo, toothpaste and medicines are being detected in surface waters and fish nationwide, and Evan Gallagher and Andrew Yeh, among others, are investigating whether these chemicals are in south Puget Sound and their effects on fish. In the News
    UW Health Sciences NewsBeat | October 15, 2014
  • Your dog really could make you sick. Researchers estimate that there are roughly 4 million pet-derived human infections in the U.S. per year, costing the public upwards of $300 million in medical expenses. Peter Rabinowitz is quoted. In the News
    The Atlantic CityLab | October 10, 2014
  • The danger of overdoses from prescription pain medication led Gary Franklin to help develop guidelines for prescribers. In the News
    UW Health Sciences NewsBeat | October 10, 2014