WVU Medicine Cabinet News Stories

New W.Va. smoking numbers: less than previously thought

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A new set of data assembled by researchers in West Virginia University’s School of Public Health, in collaboration with the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health’s Division of Tobacco Prevention (WVDTP), suggests just under a quarter of West Virginia adults smoke, which is less than previously believed. The assessment revealed a 23.9 percent overall smoking rate statewide. “The findings were surprisingly and pleasantly lower than expectations,” Bruce Adkins, Division Director for the WVDTP, said. “Because of sustained statewide prevention and cessation efforts, the lower prevalence could be the beginning of a downward trend for cigarette smoking.” For the first time the WVATS collected tobacco use data concerning adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), and the results reflect a well-accepted view among public health professionals: there are far more LGBT smokers than in the general population. Nearly 41% of those identifying as LGBT smoke. “We have established the principle that one’s sexual orientation is important to measure,” explained Robert Anderson, investigator at the WVU Prevention Research Center. Adults aged 25 to 34 and people who had not completed high school showed a similarly high rate. When the data was simply examined by gender, men were found to be a little more likely than women to use cigarettes. The WVATS was conducted over the first four months of 2012. A total of 2,132 adults were surveyed via telephone. Responses were weighted to represent the entire adult population of West Virginia. The latest WVATS sampling strategy differs in a major way from earlier surveys, since it added a sample of adults who only have a cell phone. This presents a more accurate estimate of statewide tobacco use.  The new WVATS numbers will now serve as baseline measurements for future studies. As technology changes, so do the methods of data collection. “We are not able to make any claim about trends,” continued Anderson. “That is due to the fact that the sampling strategy differs in a major way from earlier surveys, since we added a sample of adults who only have a cell phone. We believe this presents a more accurate view of statewide tobacco use.” A brief report detailing the WVU Prevention Research Center’s findings in greater detail is available at http://prc.hsc.wvu.edu/Products.aspx. To learn more about the WVU Prevention Research Center, visit http://prc.hsc.wvu.edu. [...]

WVU study shows baby boomers in worse health than their parents

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Despite having a reputation of being the healthiest and most active generation, baby boomers are actually in worse overall health than their parents, according to a new study by researchers at the [...]

WVU Healthcare to kick off Women’s Heart Health Month with luncheon and screening event

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – She could be your mother, your sister, your daughter, your neighbor. As the leading killer of women in the United States, cardiovascular disease claims the life of one American woman every minute. In fact, heart disease causes more deaths each year than cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and accidents combined. February is Women’s Heart Health Month, which always kicks off with National Wear Red Day. This year, area women will gather at noon Friday, Feb. 1, at [...]

WVU medical students to complete surgery rotation in Oman

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When medical students go through their surgery rotations, they expect to participate in rounds and suture patients’ wounds. But, two [...]

WVU School of Pharmacy students encourage teens to pursue higher education

Note: Due to inclement weather, this event has been canceled. It will be rescheduled in March. [...]

WVUHS CEO announces intention to retire

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – J. Thomas Jones, who as leader of the [...]

Ornish program enrolling patients for next session

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Participants are now being enrolled for the next [...]