Lifespan disparities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The difference in lifespan between wealthy and poor Americans is growing, and smoking has helped drive the disparity, according to former PSTC Postdoc Andrew Fenelon, a Research Service Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics. The uneducated are more likely to smoke than the educated, which contributes significantly to the gap in life expectancy, Fenelon says in the New York Times in "Disparity in Life Spans of the Rich and the Poor Is Growing."

(Distributed February 25, 2016)

Foster to lead new SSRI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The demand for consistent, professional administrative research support in the social sciences has led to the creation of the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) at Brown. The activities of the SSRI will formally commence on July 1, 2016, with PSTC Director Andrew Foster assuming the position of director. An email from Provost Richard Locke to Brown faculty states that the new initiative will initially "draw upon the expertise and infrastructure of Brown’s Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC), which has demonstrated excellence as a provider of grant, project, methodological, and data support." Read more.

(Distributed February 24, 2016)

Zika facts and fiction

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The rapid spread of the Zika virus has many on edge. At a recent panel discussion at the Watson Institute, Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie said there are as many questions as answers about the emerging epidemic. He noted the global climatic changes and unintended consequences of development that are increasing the prevalence and distribution of the mosquito carrying the disease, but also said, "We probably wouldn't be talking about Zika at all if the microcephaly issue wasn't an issue." The Providence Journal reported on the panel in "Many questions, but few answers, at Brown University's Zika panel."

(Distributed February 23, 2016)

High-impact Medicare article

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The article likely to have the most impact of the top ten Health Affairs articles for 2015 was co-authored by former PSTC Trainee Momotazur Rahman. His article about leaving Medicare Advantage was one of ten selected by Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil, who then said in an interview in Politico that Rahman's article would likely have the most impact of the ten. Rahman, an assistant professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown, was advised by PSTC Director Andrew Foster during his graduate program.
(Distributed February 18, 2016)
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