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Lead study author Felicia Rabito and a team of researchers found that simply using cockroach bait eliminated enough of the pests so that children with moderate to severe asthma had almost 50 fewer days with symptoms in a year. Story below.

Research is an integral part of who we are at SPHTM. Our faculty conduct timely, important research to address global health concerns and to discover the why behind many of the health issues that plague populations. Each department has a number of strengths, research niches, where they stand out among their peers. Research also goes hand in hand with what happens in the classroom. Students learn directly from faculty who are actively conducting research, and students are encouraged to get involved in research opportunities. Indeed, it is a critical part of our goals as a school to advance public health knowledge through rigorous evidence-based scientific investigation.

Research Highlights

Bait knocks out cockroaches and asthma symptom days 
It may be easier and cheaper for parents to manage a key asthma trigger in children — exposure to cockroaches — than previously thought, according to a new Tulane University study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Read more...

Tulane and UNICEF report reveals health inequities in Latin America & Caribbean
Researchers at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine partnered with UNICEF to analyze health inequities in Latin America and the Caribbean. The goal of the new report is to inform policymaking in the region, which still has great strides to make in access to health care for all women, infants and children. Read more...

Living with Water: Mosquito Control
While the last outbreak of yellow fever in the United States occurred in 1905 in New Orleans, the species of mosquito that transmits yellow fever (as well as dengue, chikungunya and Zika fever viruses)—Aedes aegypti—is still around. But, “the danger associated with mosquitoes is not high if you don’t have a pathogen that they’re transmitting in your environment,” said Dawn Wesson, associate professor of tropical medicine. Read more…