Air pollution and preterm births

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Air pollution has been linked to decreases in birth weight, and it may also factor in preterm births. Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology David Savitz has co-authored a study examining more than 258,000 births in New York City. In "The Uncertain Relationship between Air Pollution and Risk of Preterm Birth" in Environmental Health Perspectives, Savitz says that if air pollution is a factor, better regulations could help with the prevention of preterm births.
(Distributed September 9, 2016)

Prenatal testing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – New prenatal screening tests are able to provide more information with less risk, but the advances can also open doors for mis-use of the information. In "Pandora's Baby: How a New Type of Prenatal Genetic Testing Could Predict Your Child," which Professor of Economics Emily Oster authored for TIME, Oster says implementing the new cell-free fetal DNA testing could lead to a loss of control over how the information is used.
(Distributed September 2, 2016)

Milwaukee and economic development

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The riots following the police shooting death of Sylville Smith turned attention to Milwaukee, one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Professor of Sociology John Logan says in VOA's "In Wake of Riots, Milwaukee Looks Inward for Solutions" that little has been done to target economic development that would have an "impact on the low income inner city or minority communities."
(Distributed September 2, 2016)

Language polarization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Finding solutions for complex challenges can be daunting when people use different words for the same things. In "Republicans and Democrats in Congress Speak in Completely Different Languages," new research co-authored by Professor of Economics Jesse Shapiro shows increased polarization in the language used by the two political parties. The study was also covered by The Washington Post and The Economist.
(Distributed September 1, 2016)
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