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A new, unpublished analysis conducted by Brown University researchers of weather data collected at T.F. Green airport over the last 60 years shows a significant rise in the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

Epidemiology Seminar: Anne Fortino Rositch, PhD

Anne Fortino Rositch, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present a seminar entitiled, "Methods and Opportunities for Increasing Research Capacity and Control of Cervical Cancer in Women Worldwide." Dr. Rositch is a methods-focused epidemiologist concentrating on global cancer epidemiology, with a background in laboratory science and experience conducting international field-based research. For the last nine years Dr.

(Distributed September 28, 2015)

Epidemiology Seminar: Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH

Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, DrPH, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University will present a seminar entitiled, "Dietary Priorities for Obesity: Are All Calories Created Equal?" Dr. Mozaffarian is a cardiologist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on the effects of diet and lifestyle on cardiometabolic health, including global impacts of suboptimal diet and effectiveness of policies to improve diets around the world. Dr.

(Distributed September 28, 2015)
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