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Louisville, Kentucky public radio station WFPL looks at the dangers of the drinking water contaminate, perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, in the wake of the Hollywood film “Dark Waters.” The environmental thrillerdepicts the real-life story of the 20-year battle waged by Cincinnati attorney Rob Bilott against chemical giant DuPont. Bilott, played by actor Mark Ruffalo, as a young corporate defense lawyer living in Cincinnati. His grandmother, who lives in Parkersburg, West Virginia, gives his phone number to local farmer, Earl Tennant. Tennant lives next to a landfill.
WFPL interviewed Susan Pinney, professor in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Environmental Health, about the effects of PFOA and its possible presence in the drinking water of communities across the nation. One group estimates up to 110 million Americans drink water with dangerous levels of contaminants. Pinney said granular activated carbon filtration systems need to be installed in water treatment facilities to remove the PFOA threat from drinking water. “To me where we’re at right now, we’re soon going to find that there are a whole lot more communities with exposed people than anyone thought,” said Pinney.
Other media in Greater Cincinnati also covered the tie between 'Dark Waters' and Pinney's research.
December 13, 2019
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Angela Clark and her research team started noticing an unprecedented trend — an increasing number of people who needed emergency services after receiving naloxone (Narcan), an opioid antagonist used for complete or partial reversal of opioid overdose. The overdose victims were arriving outside the emergency department, which meant nurses were walking outside the emergency department to aid these incapacitated patients. Clark knew nurses had not been trained to respond to these situations, and their safety was at risk. Angela Clark, a professor of nursing at the University of Cincinnati, decided to develop a training program to teach nurses how to protect themselves while leveraging their medical expertise. “Nurses are trained to put the patient first, while police are trained to put safety first,” said Clark, whose team launched the Be-SAFE program in 2017.
December 11, 2019
It’s no secret that genetics, family history and ethnicity can play a role in heart disease. Sakthivel Sadayappan, a professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, has spent more than two decades examining that complex tie and discovering a genetic variant that predisposes people of South Asian descent to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, commonly known as an enlarged heart. Sadayappan uses that knowledge unearthed in the laboratory to reach members of the South Asian community through a non-profit known as Red Saree.