Miriam Hospital study finds smoking during pregnancy alters newborn stress hormones and DNA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Researchers from The Miriam Hospital have studied the effects of smoking during
pregnancy and its impact on the stress response in newborn babies. Their research indicates that newborns of mothers who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy show lower levels of stress hormones, lowered stress response, and alterations in DNA for a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to fetus. The study and its findings have been published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.

(Distributed October 20, 2014)

CAAS raises awareness for AIDS Project RI

Saturday, September 27, 2014 marked the 29th Annual AIDS Walk for Life. The Brown University Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies (CAAS) participated in the walk for the second year in a row to support AIDS Project Rhode Island. Leading the team was Brown University’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow Patricia Cioe. Cioe’s research is currently focused on smoking cessation and cardiovascular risk reduction in HIV infected adults.

(Distributed October 19, 2014)

What's Behind the Criticism of Hospice? Is It Fair?

An article on the recent and widespread criticism of hospice care cites and links to a new paper by Joan Teno, professor of health services, policy and practice, that found that small for-profit hospices and hospices located in the south and southwest have higher discharge rates than others. read more...

(Distributed September 15, 2014)

Five Questions With: Susan Miller

Susan Miller, professor of health services, policy and practice, answers questions about her recent study indicating that nursing homes investing in “culture change” must make extensive changes for the most important quality of care benefits to be produced.  Read more...

(Distributed September 8, 2014)

Nursing homes: Care improves with culture change

Nursing homes that invest in “culture change” can develop a more residential and less hospital-like feel. Culture change also allows residents and front-line care workers more of a say in how homes operate. A new study finds that the practice produces important benefits in quality of care, but only when the changes are implemented extensively. Findings are reported in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.Read more...

(Distributed August 28, 2014)
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