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)

Study: Curbing HIV in Cabo Verde

Filipe MonteiroFilipe MonteiroThe African archipelago nation of Cabo Verde could bring its HIV epidemic under control within 10 years by ramping up four interventions already underway, according to a new study by postdoctoral scholar Filipe Monteiro that used a sophisticated computer model created by Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology. Much of the progress could be achieved, the model predicts, by focusing the effort just on the most at-risk populations. 

(Distributed April 8, 2015)

Dr. Martin Weinstock to receive epidemiology award

On May 7, 2015, at the Annual Society for Investigative Dermatology meeting in Atlanta, Dr. Martin Weinstock, professor of dermatology and epidemiology, will receive the first Founders Award from the American DermatoEpidemiology Network. This award is given periodically to a senior dermato-epidemiologist whose work has advanced the care of dermatological disease and has inspired and mentored the careers of junior dermato-epidemiologists.

(Distributed April 7, 2015)

Study: Early sip of alcohol linked to more drinking later

A new study by researchers in Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies finds that children given a sip of alcohol before sixth grade were more likely to have had a full drink or have gotten drunk by ninth grade than those who didn’t get a sip. But the study reveals only an association, not proof of a cause, the researchers caution. Results appear in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

(Distributed March 31, 2015)
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