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Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Portrait with Vegetables (The Green Grocer)

Polyphenol Research by Nutrition Doctoral Student

Nasira Burkholder-Cooley, RD, DrPHNasira Burkholder-Cooley, RD, DrPH and recent alum from the doctoral nutrition program at Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH), used the Adventist Health Study cohort to compare polyphenol intakes across dietary patterns and food sources. This is the first study to assess intake of polyphenols by dietary pattern and food source among a large North American population.

smoking cessation initiatives in San Bernardino County

Tobacco-Free Pharmacies Initiative in San Bernardino County

The sale and use of tobacco products is a public health concern and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States. Pharmacies are places where people go to purchase medicine and products that increase their well-being and health. However, most pharmacies in the United States also sell and market the use of cigarettes in their stores. Tobacco products are known to cause more than 480,000 deaths a year in the United States. The use of tobacco affects not only those who use these products but also the environment and the individuals that live in those communities.

Janice Rutherford, Carment Soret, Adam Soret, Larry Beeson, Larry McCallon

Dr. Beeson and Dr. Soret Honored for Work in Air Quality Improvement

On January 18, 2017, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held a ceremony that honored two faculty from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health; Dr. Larry Beeson, DrPH, Epidemiologist and Dr. Sam Soret, PhD, Environmental Health Scientist. The SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Students Celebrate World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day was celebrated on Twitter by the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. The Public Health Core (PCOR) class used a Team Based Learning (TBL) strategy to learn about global health issues while simultaneously identifying publicly available toilets that could be accessed by the large homeless population in San Bernardino. Students tweeted their pictures of toilets and descriptions using the #LLUtoilet and #worldtoiletday hashtags.

Professor Visits Senators in DC

Professor Ronald Mataya traveled to Washington DC recently to work with Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH). CCIH is a consortium of organizations and individuals interested in how transformational Christian faith has a positive impact on international health. Dr. Mataya is one of 10 CCIH board members and an active participant in the organization’s activities. His recent trip was to lobby with senators about federal funding for global health programs.

Holiday Decor Safety

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Student Publishes Lit Review on Sleep Deprivation and Hormones

[Photo: Ms. Katie Viehmann-Wical]

Non-communicable chronic diseases are on the rise globally: Diabetes affects 9 percent of all adults; heart disease affects 17.5 million people; obesity affects 642 million people; and depression affects 350 million people. All of these diseases are negatively impacted by a lack of sleep.

Loma Linda University School of Public Health DrPH Health Education student Ms. Katie Viehmann-Wical, MPH recently published a literature review regarding sleep hormones in the Journal of Family Medicine.

 Dr. Edward McField, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Loma Linda University School of Public Health

New Grant for Mental Health Programs

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health is actively engaged in addressing regional health disparities. A grant has recently been awarded to the Center for Leadership in Health Systems in the school of public health for a program designed to support community resilience and improve population health. Dr. Edward McField, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, will work with the African American Mental Health Coalition and will serve as the Principal Investigator for representing Loma Linda University.