Mark Lurie, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, is Senior Author on a Study Published in PLOS ONE that Finds HIV Spreads Faster as Violent Conflict Looms.

According to a Brown University study, HIV incidence in sub-Saharan countries shows a tendency to spike significantly five years prior to armed conflict breaking out.

Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the study analyzed the relationship between HIV incidence in 36 countries in the sub-Saharan region and armed conflict, revealing that rates of incidence are generally at their worst before hostilities begin. Specifically, there's a five-year period where HIV prevalence is high prior to the start of the bloodshed.

(Distributed November 16, 2015)

Mindfulness Linked to Lower Obesity Risk, Belly Fat

A new study finds that people with a high degree of attention to their present thoughts and feelings — “dispositional mindfulness” — are less likely to be obese than people with a low degree of dispositional mindfulness. They also had about a pound less belly fat on average.

(Distributed October 26, 2015)

Can mindfulness help patients stay in treatment?

A common problem with treatments involving changes in diet and other lifestyle behaviors is that patients don’t always stick with them rigorously. A new $4.7-million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow a team of four Brown University researchers to study whether mindfulness can help patients do better.

Brown University researchers will lead a multi-institutional set of studies examining whether mindfulness interventions are effective in helping patients stick with medically recommended lifestyle changes.

(Distributed October 5, 2015)

Number of 80°-plus days rising steadily in RI

A new, unpublished analysis conducted by Brown University researchers of weather data collected at T.F. Green airport over the last 60 years shows a significant rise in the number of extremely hot days.

After a study showed that Rhode Islanders are more likely to seek emergency care and die on days hotter than 80 degrees, Brown University researchers have counted such days over the last six decades. The researchers found the yearly total is increasing.

(Distributed October 5, 2015)
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