The China Forum on Public Health, Environment, and Public Policy

Tongzhang ZhengTongzhang ZhengIn a rapidly changing world, it is increasingly clear that public health research and policy requires a global outlook. To address this need, on April 21, the Brown University School of Public Health, the Watson Institute's China Initiative, and the Institute at Brown for Environment & Society held The China Forum on Public Health, Environment, and Public Policy.

(Distributed April 22, 2015)

Steven Martinez interview about HIV testing and prevention

Steven MartinezSteven MartinezSteven Martinez, a graduate student in the department of behavioral and social sciences at the Brown University School of Public Health, interviewed about HIV testing and prevention among young MSM of color. Featured in "The Body" - an informational news source about HIV/AIDS. 

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(Distributed April 21, 2015)

Public Health Research Day 2015

Each spring the School of Public Health hosts Public Health Research Day. This event gathers together members of the public health community to present the latest research on how the public's health – both locally and abroad – is affected by many pressing issues, from climate change and socioeconomic disparities to infectious diseases and addiction, among others.

View our multimedia coverage of Public Health Research Day 2015

(Distributed April 20, 2015)

NIA grant to fund nursing home study

Susan MillerSusan MillerA new grant from the National Institute on Aging will allow Susan Miller and colleagues in the School of Public Health to gather important evidence about whether the consumer, government, and nursing home industry movement of "culture change" is delivering on the promise of improved resident care.

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(Distributed April 17, 2015)

Two juniors win Truman scholarships to study public health

Mya Lee RobersonMya Lee RobersonSophie Crane McKibbenSophie Crane McKibbenThe Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced 58 new Truman scholars nationwide. Mya Lee Roberson and Sophie Crane McKibben of Brown's Class of 2016 will pursue graduate studies in public health. The foundation honors outstanding college juniors dedicated to careers in public service.

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(Distributed April 16, 2015)

Public health researches to lead major analysis of dementia study

Constantine GatsonisConstantine GatsonisBrown University public health professors Constantine Gatsonis, Ilana Gareen, and Roee Gutman will lead the statistical analysis of the $100-million, four-year IDEAS study, which will test how scanning for brain plaques may affect care and outcomes for patients with dementia or cognitive impairment.

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(Distributed April 16, 2015)

Ira Wilson appointed co-chair of Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid

Ira WilsonIra WilsonPROVIDENCE, RI - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today appointed a diverse group of health care professionals, patient advocates, businesspeople and other policy leaders to address the structural challenges facing Rhode Island's Medicaid system. Ira Wilson - chair of the department of health services, policy and practice - will co-chair the Working Group.

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(Distributed April 15, 2015)

Study suggests importance of medical communication

Terrie WetleTerrie WetlePhysician attentiveness and communication have a strong relationship with the quality of the care for nursing home residents, according to a study led by School of Public Health researchers, which was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association on April 7. Dean of the School of Public Health Terrie Wetle is a co-author of the study.

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(Distributed April 14, 2015)

Study finds cancer link for muscle-building supplements

Tongzhang ZhengTongzhang ZhengA new study led by Tongzhang Zheng associates taking muscle-building supplements with an increased risk of testicular cancer. Men who used such pills and powders were more likely to have developed testicular cancer than those who did not, especially if they started before age 25, took more than one supplement, or used the supplements for three or more years.

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(Distributed April 13, 2015)

Study tallies huge cost of hepatitis C drugs for RI prisons

Photo: Mike Cohea/Brown UniversityPhoto: Mike Cohea/Brown UniversityCorrectional systems are obliged to treat inmates but, as a new study of Rhode Island prisons shows, treating every chronically infected inmate in the state with expensive but effective hepatitis C drugs would cost nearly twice as much as the entire correctional health budget. Treating only the sickest would far outstrip the pharmaceutical budget. The study was led by researchers at the Brown University School of Public Health. 

(Distributed April 9, 2015)
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