Our most-read stories of 2019

December 13, 2019 | Jolayne Houtz
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From “popcorn lung” to mapping environmental health risks: a look back at our top stories from Health & Safety Matters, the DEOHS blog

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In 2019, more than twice as many of you read Health & Safety Mattersthe blog of the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciencescompared to 2018, driven by stories about environmental justice, air pollution, toxic chemicals and the connections between humans and animals. We invite you to revisit 10 of our top 2019 blog posts below. 


Can Roundup cause cancer?

“Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic,” said DEOHS Professor Lianne Sheppard. “As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is.”




Mapping Washington’s environmental health disparities

DEOHS doctoral student Esther Min helped create a new interactive map showing which communities are most impacted by pollution and environmental inequality.




Your barista’s lung health

New DEOHS research investigates whether a disease known as “popcorn lung” poses a threat to baristas and other coffee industry workers.




Feels like home

DEOHS master’s fellowship winner Brianna Willis found a sense of community and faculty mentors with international experience through our MPH in One Health program.




“What are they getting exposed to out there?”

DEOHS research measures air traffic pollution around Sea-Tac Airport in a study that creates new opportunities to understand potential health effects on nearby communities.




The human-animal bond

DEOHS and our partners launched the One Health Clinic, a one-stop place for health care and veterinary care for homeless youth and their pets.




Traffic pollution and dementia

A first-of-its-kind study led by DEOHS uses car-mounted sensors to map exposure to Seattle traffic pollution—and reveal its possible link to dementia.




Antibiotic resistance in orcas

Killer whales can carry antibiotic-resistant strains of E. coli, according to new research led by DEOHS. Is that contributing to the decline of this endangered species?




The doctors for your life

Specialists help injured workers get their lives back at the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Clinic, a collaboration among DEOHS, Harborview, UW Medicine and the UW Division of General Internal Medicine




When pesticides drift

DEOHS research informs state efforts to protect farmworkers from pesticide exposure.