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Promoting a better way to treat trauma in the elderly

Questions for Dr. Richard Besdine

Elderly patients under the stress of a trauma such as a hip fracture are highly vulnerable to delirium, heart or kidney failure, and other complications. Researchers, including Dr. Richard Besdine, have shown that when an orthopaedist and a geriatrician co-manage care, results improve.

Fossil study: Dogs evolved with climate change


A cooling, drying climate over the last 40 million years turned North America from a warm and wooded place into the drier, open plains we know today. A new study shows how dogs evolved in response to those changes, demonstrating that predators are sensitive to climate change because it alters the hunting opportunities in their habitat.

Brown to lead $4-million solar cell research grant


Solar cells made from perovskites have great potential for high efficiency and low cost, but more research is necessary to scale them up to mass production. A new federal grant will support that effort and other perovskite improvements at Brown University, Rhode Island College and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Brown researchers helping to select Mars 2020 rover landing sites


In early August, NASA held the second in a series of landing site workshops for the 2020 mission to Mars. Three Brown geoscientists — Jack Mustard, recent Ph.D. recipient Tim Goudge, and graduate student Kevin Cannon — attended, advocating for sites they think are best suited to the mission’s scientific objectives. Their sites came out of the workshop ranked high on NASA’s list.

As Days Warm, Emergency Visits and Deaths Rise

A new study by researchers at Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health, including doctoral student in Epidemiology Samantha Kingsley, projects an increase in deaths and emergency visits in Rhode Island as climate change pushes summertime temperatures higher by the end of the century. The study has also revealed a finding of more immediate public health concern: Even in the present day, when temperatures rise above 75 degrees there is a noticeable increase in medical distress among state residents of all ages.

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