As days warm, emergency visits, deaths rise

A new study finds that in Rhode Island heat-related emergency department visits and deaths increase notably among people of all ages as temperatures rise above 75 degrees. The study projects that if the population were living with the warmer temperatures forecast for the end of the century, emergency department visits and deaths would be measurably higher. 

(Distributed August 20, 2015)

Brown experts to advise R.I. overdose task force

Dr. Jody Rich, Traci Green, and Brandon Marshall, members of the Brown University faculty, will advise a new task force that Gov. Gina Raimondo appointed Aug. 4 to develop a plan to combat the state's epidemics of opioid addiction and overdose.

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(Distributed August 5, 2015)

Cell phones and risk of brain tumors: What's the real science?

(CNN) The city of Berkeley, California, passed a law that goes into effect next month requiring cell phone stores to inform customers about safety recommendations. The move reopened a decades-old debate about whether mobile phones cause brain tumors.

"There are individual studies and findings that do produce a risk, but on balance the judgment has to be made on the totality (of the evidence)," Savitz said, adding that there is error in even the best and biggest studies.

(Distributed August 4, 2015)

NIH funds study of early life chemical exposures

With more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next four years, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will study how exposure to three common chemicals during pregnancy and childhood affects brain development and the thyroid.  Read the story

(Distributed July 27, 2015)

Epidemiology Doctoral Candidate, Nina Joyce, Successfully Defends Thesis

Nina Joyce, PhD candidate in epidemiology, recently successfully defended her dissertation, titled “Patterns and Side Effects of Lipid Lowering Therapy in Children Ages 8 to 20.” In 2008, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated a previous set of guidelines on treatment of elevated cholesterol in children. These guidelines proved controversial because they suggested more aggressive screening and treatment for children and lowering the minimum age of using pharmacological treatment from 10 to 8 years old.

(Distributed July 6, 2015)
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