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Brown faculty work on Mediterranean diet featured in Italian newspaper

Dr. Richard BesdineDr. Richard BesdineA group of American researchers from AFAR, the American Federation for Aging Research, travelled to Italy to discuss their research on the benefits of the the Mediterranean diet. Members of the group included Dr. Richard Besdine, medical officer of AFAR, professor of health services, policy and practice, and director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research and Dr. Fox Wetle, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. Their travels were featured in the Italian newspaper Nuovo Quotidiano di Puglia. 

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(Distributed July 14, 2015)

Organized programs help prevent or delay diabetes

Ethan BalkEthan BalkOrganized diet and exercise programs can stave off diabetes for those at risk, according to a new recommendation. The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, unpaid group of public health and prevention experts who develop recommendations for community health, commissioned a review of 53 studies describing 66 combined diet and physical activity promotion programs. The studies were done between 1991 and 2015. 

Ethan Balk - assistant professor of health services, policy and practice - lead author of the commissioned report, commented on findings that revealed organized diet and exercise can ward off diabetes. “In general, people who may be at increased risk for diabetes (both adults and children) include those who are overweight or obese and those who have a sedentary lifestyle.”

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(Distributed July 14, 2015)

Bill Rakowski retires

Bill RakowskiBill Rakowski

“Anybody who knew me as a teenager, including me,” Bill Rakowski insists, “would have never expected me to have the career that I had. I'm not saying it was stellar – but to wind up at an Ivy League?” Rakowski, professor of behavioral and social sciences and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Public Health, is retiring after a decades-long career at Brown, and he speaks like someone who still can’t believe the good fortune he’s had along the way.

(Distributed July 6, 2015)

Equality and Health: SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage

David ManningDavid ManningThe Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges recognized same-sex marriage by requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The majority opinion, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, declared:

(Distributed July 6, 2015)

Don Operario and Joseph Hogan, new associate deans

Don Operario (left) and Joe Hogan (right)Don Operario (left) and Joe Hogan (right)Beginning in July, Don Operario and Joseph Hogan will assume their roles as associate deans at the School of Public Health. The previous position of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs was split into two positions: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs.

(Distributed July 2, 2015)

Review indicates where cardio benefits of exercise may lie

Running fitnesRunning fitnesEveryone knows that exercise generally helps the cardiovascular system, but much remains unknown about how the benefits arise, and what to expect in different people who exercise to improve their health. To gain a more precise understanding of how exercise improves health and whom it helps most, researchers analyzed the results of 160 randomized clinical trials with nearly 7,500 participants.

(Distributed June 30, 2015)

Public health undergrad’s study questions states’ Hep C policies

Soumitri BaruaSoumitri BaruaThough she's just 19, rising public health junior Soumitri Barua is the lead author of a study showing that most states in 2013 were rationing hepatitis C treatment against the recommendations of doctors and possibly against federal law. Dr. Lynn E. Taylor, her mentor, calls her efforts "stellar." Halfway through her undergraduate studies at Brown University and not quite done with her teens, Soumitri Barua is the lead author of a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine that raises troubling questions about how states have responded to the hepatitis C epidemic. 

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(Distributed June 30, 2015)

Christopher Schmid appointed to FDA advisory committee

Christopher SchmidChristopher SchmidProfessor of biostatistics Christopher Schmid, has been appointed to serve on the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration. The Committee advises the Commissioner or designee in discharging responsibilities as they relate to helping to ensure safe and effective drugs for human use and, as required, any other product for which the Food and Drug Administration has regulatory responsibility. Schmid joins a roster of 13 voting members with an initial appointment of a four-years.

(Distributed June 30, 2015)

Brandon Marshall earns NIH award for study of drugs, HIV

Brandon MarshallBrandon MarshallBrown University epidemiologist Brandon Marshall is one of the first six scientists to earn a newly created award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He will use the funding, $1.5 million over five years, for an innovative study of injection drug use and its role in the spread of HIV.

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(Distributed June 26, 2015)

Brown faculty collaborate with Chinese researchers on air pollution

Tongzhang ZhengTongzhang ZhengEarlier this month, several faculty members from the Brown University School of Public Health attended the Brown-China Workshop on Epidemiology and Biostatistics held in Xi'an, China. During the week-long workshop, Brown faculty collaborated with scientists from the Chinese Institute of National Environmental Health Sciences and China’s National Cancer Center on issues relating to air pollution and human health.

(Distributed June 26, 2015)
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