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)

Drinking and pregnancy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding alcohol and pregnancy has met with much resistance. Associate Professor of Economics Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, says there are risks associated with alcohol consumption during early pregnancy before a woman may know she is pregnant, but the CDC's recommendation for women of childbearing age to abstain from alcohol unless they are taking birth control is extreme. Oster is quoted on the issue by the Los Angeles TimesNPR, and Slate.
(Distributed February 15, 2016)

Governance and citizen participation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The Smart Cities urban initiative in India leaves out some vital elements, says Professor of Sociology Patrick Heller in an article he co-authored for the Times of India. The lack of popular participation in governance plays a role in "weakening the very idea of citizenship," say the co-authors in "So far from smart: Missing from India’s Smart Cities plan — citizen participation." When citizens – particularly the poor – do engage, the result is better governance as well as improved quality of life.

(Distributed February 12, 2016)

Guns, drugs, and automobiles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Americans don't live as long as those in other high-income countries, and former PSTC Postdoc Andrew Fenelon, a Research Service Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics, has co-authored a paper explaining part of the reason why. The article, "Major Causes of Injury Death and the Life Expectancy Gap Between the United States and Other High-Income Countries," names guns, drugs, and motor vehicle crashes as three major causes of the life-expectancy gap. Read more.

(Distributed February 11, 2016)
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