Amy Nunn weighs in on the new STD epidemic fueled by social media

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As social media apps like Tinder become more common, though, the Rhode Island Department of Health says rates of STDs have also risen. Numbers released this week are in line with national trends. Rhode Island saw an increase in STD cases from 2013 to 2014. Syphilis cases increased by 79 percent, with gonorrhea cases up by 30 percent and HIV cases up by nearly a third. The Department of Health says high-risk behaviors, including hookup apps, have contributed by encouraging high-risk, casual behavior.

(Distributed May 29, 2015)

Inmates cut off methadone less likely to seek it after release

Dr. Josiah RichDr. Josiah RichWhen people on methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) are incarcerated in the United States, they are almost always forced off of the addiction-controlling medicine. In a randomized trial led by researchers at Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, inmates allowed to stay on MMT while in jail proved much more likely to seek treatment after release than those whose treatment was interrupted. The lead author of the study was Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Brown University and director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital.

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(Distributed May 29, 2015)

Injection Drug Use Fuels Rise In Hepatitis C Cases

Brandon MarshallBrandon MarshallThe rise in injection drug use across the country, especially the eastern U.S., is fueling an outbreak of hepatitis C. Outreach workers are offering clean needles and testing to contain the spread. Recently, an outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana drew the attention of public health experts, media and lawmakers. Most of the cases are linked to sharing needles to inject drugs. Injection drug use is also fueling an epidemic of hepititis C. Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health, spoke to NPR about the growing threat of hepatitis C.

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(Distributed May 27, 2015)

Commencement 2015

Commencement 2015Commencement 2015Last Sunday – on a perfectly warm and blue-sky spring afternoon – family, friends, and faculty gathered to watch students from the School of Public Health graduate on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle. The crowd erupted in cheer after cheer as names were called out and beaming newly-minted graduates crossed the stage. For the 112 students who graduated, it was the culmination of many years of hard work and rigorous study in the field of public health. 

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(Distributed May 26, 2015)

Commencement forum: Maternal and Child Health – The importance of a great start!

Maureen Phipps and Stephen BukaMaureen Phipps and Stephen BukaCommencement weekend would not be complete without the annual School of Public Health forum.  This year did not disappoint, and on Saturday, May 23rd an interdisciplinary panel of faculty from the School of Public Health, Alpert Medical School, Hasbro Children's Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital participated in Maternal and Child Health – The importance of a great start!  The panel of talented researchers vowed to make Rhode Island the healthiest place in the world for children. The forum highlighted just a portion of the important work being done by illustrating how maternal exposures, genetics, the physical environment and social experiences of children set the stage for health and development throughout early life. 

(Distributed May 26, 2015)

Five Questions With: Dr. Joan Teno

Dr. Joan TenoDr. Joan TenoDr. Joan Teno of the Brown University School of Public Health and Alpert Medical School spoke to Providence Business News about palliative treatment, end-of-life care, and hospice payment. Dr. Teno is professor of health services, policy, and practice and associate director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research.

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(Distributed May 26, 2015)

Hailee Dunn and co-authors awarded prize for women's health research

Hailee DunnHailee DunnA paper by Hailee Dunn and co-authors has been awarded the Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for best manuscript published in Women's Health Issues in 2014. The Gibbs Prize is awarded annually to recognize excellence in research on women's health care or policy. Priority is given to manuscripts that report the results of original research and that improve understanding of an important women's health issue. Dunn graduated in 2014 with an MPH from Brown's School of Public Health

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(Distributed May 21, 2015)

Ira Wilson and Dennis Keefe: Meeting R.I.'s Medicaid challenge

Ira WilsonIra Wilson"The state of Rhode Island has a good health care system. Rhode Island deserves and demands a great system. We can build one," say Ira Wilson and Dennis Keefe in a new opinion article published in The Providence Journal.

(Distributed May 21, 2015)

A statistical study of first-year college rape

Rape prevalenceRape prevalenceA survey of more than 480 female freshmen students conducted in 2010 at a university in upstate New York found that 18.6 percent said they experienced at least one attempted or completed rape in the year after they started college. Results appear in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The lead author of the study was Kate Carey, professor of behavioral and social sciences in the Brown University School of Public Health and Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.

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(Distributed May 20, 2015)

Nunn marks hepatitis testing day at Nasdaq

Amy Nunn, rightAmy Nunn, rightPROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A coalition of hepatitis C experts opened trading on the Nasdaq stock market May 19 to mark National Hepatitis Testing Day. Part of the morning's events on Wall Street included a panel discussion with Amy Nunn, assistant professor of public health and of medicine, who spoke about her work in Philadelphia to link medically underserved residents to care.

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(Distributed May 19, 2015)
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