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What’s driving infant mortality rates in rural areas? Hint: It’s more than access to health care

New study explores why rural counties have higher infant mortality rates than more urban areas.

December 1, 2020Research and Innovation

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Florida Blue supports USF epidemiologist’s innovative efforts to track COVID-19

University of South Florida College of Public Health Professor Edwin Michael’s arrival on campus coincided with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving an innovative system he’d built to track and predict disease outbreaks its debut amid a global crisis with severe statewide implications.

November 9, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF researchers exploring what human physiology can tell us about how animals cope with stress

How we respond to stress has been a source of scientific research since the term was introduced more than 70 years ago. While the analysis of human stress response has provided valuable insight, new work from University of South Florida researchers is offering a novel perspective on how other vertebrates may regulate flexibility in coping with stress.

October 15, 2020Research and Innovation

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USF researchers find death counts fail to capture full mortality effects of COVID-19

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19. Some argue that statistic is inaccurate due to inconsistencies in how deaths are being reported. But researchers from the University of South Florida claim that even if those deaths have been correctly measured, the number doesn’t fully convey the true mortality effects of COVID-19.

September 23, 2020Research and Innovation

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Study investigates hurricane evacuations in the era of COVID-19

The 2020 hurricane season is breaking records with 23 named storms, and more are projected to develop over the next few weeks. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts there will be as many as 25 by the time the season ends. Researchers say this extremely active forecast is especially troublesome due to the compounding risks of COVID-19.

September 21, 2020Research and Innovation

Drone mapping mosquito habitats over marshland in Manatee County. Photo by Zachary Murray

Using drone mapping to identify mosquito habitats in Manatee County

Traditional mosquito abatement programs, which generally call for the spraying of insecticides across widespread areas via helicopters, can be expensive and imprecise. Manatee County, looking for a more effective and less-costly strategy to combat flood water or “nuisance” mosquitos, turned to experts at the USF College of Public Health who’ve researched and used drone technology in combatting malaria-carrying mosquitos in parts of Africa and Asia.

July 14, 2020Research and Innovation, USF Health

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Various disciplines incorporating COVID-19 into lesson plans

USF faculty members are finding palpable teaching opportunities to engage students while social distancing. Many have added the coronavirus to their syllabus, using real-life examples and online tools to meet educational requirements.

April 27, 2020University News

COVID-19 cases in Pinellas and Hillsborough County broken down by zip code, as tracked and entered by the Hillsborough County Health Department on April 16, 2020.

Tracking COVID-19 in Tampa Bay

USF aims to identify where clusters of COVID-19 cases are occurring in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.

April 21, 2020Research and Innovation

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COVID-19 possibly striking more children than expected

The number of children infected with the coronavirus is far more extensive than what is currently reported -- a hidden detail that could vastly underestimate the demand on health care systems and pediatric intensive care units.

April 16, 2020Research and Innovation, USF Health

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New USF Analysis Predicts a Serious Hospital Bed Shortage in Hillsborough County in the Absence of Social Distancing

A new report outlines the severity of COVID-19’s impact on hospitals in Hillsborough County if measures aren’t taken to follow social distancing guidelines. Researchers from the University of South Florida applied a model that demonstrates the demand for hospital beds could significantly exceed their availability unless social distancing measures are widely followed for two months.

April 3, 2020Research and Innovation

College of Public Health graduate student, Miriam Escobar, helps track COVID-19 exposure.

Identifying the ‘At-Risk’: USF Faculty and Students Helping Stop the Spread of COVID-19

More than 60 USF students and faculty members are dispersed across the state of Florida to assist the Florida Department of Health in identifying people who’ve come in contact with someone who’s tested positive for the coronavirus. They’re focused on finding those considered ‘high-risk’, meaning someone who may have attended the same gathering, or were in close proximity.

March 30, 2020University News

Jodi Ray, a COPH instructor and program director of Florida Covering Kids and Families

ACA Enrollment Goes Up in Florida Despite Funding Being Down

The numbers are in and 1.9 million Floridians selected or were re-enrolled in health care plans in 2020 during the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period held from Nov. 1 to Dec. 21.

January 30, 2020Research and Innovation

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