Epidemiology Department Seminar: Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH

Maureen Phipps, MD, MPH, Assistant Dean for Teaching and  Research on Women's Health, Chair and Chace-Joukowsky Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, will be kicking off our Fall seminar series of 2016.

(Distributed September 28, 2015)

IOM Assesses Program for Low-Income Kids with Mental Disability

In 2013, nearly 1 percent of all U.S. children received support from the Supplemental Security Income program because of low household income and mental disabilities, including attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, a mood disorder, an autism spectrum disorder, or other condition. The program’s size, recent apparent growth, and news reports about instances of fraud prompted criticism that led the Social Security Administration to ask the Institute of Medicine to assess the program.

(Distributed September 16, 2015)

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)
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