Brown Experts Advise Governor’s Overdose Task Force

The statistics are startling. In 2014, 239 people in RI lost their lives to overdose, more than the number of homicides, motor vehicle deaths, and suicides combined. The problems of opioid dependence and accidental drug overdose have been growing for some time. And growing in direct relation to a dramatic increase in the amount of opioids prescribed. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers has skyrocketed, more than quadrupling since 1999 in the United States.

(Distributed November 30, 2015)

College Rape Study Reveals Alcohol, Drug Use Pattern

Professor Kate Carey:

A woman's risk of being raped during college is highest during her freshman year, studies have shown. Now, researchers who want to understand which women may be at greatest risk of experiencing sexual assault while they are incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol during their first year say they have uncovered two factors linked with women’s risk of sexual assault.

(Distributed November 20, 2015)

Student Flu Clinic

The School of Public Health is holding a flu clinic for students on Monday 11/23. Students may stop by anytime 12:00-1:00 pm at the School of Public Health, 121 South Main St. Room 636 to be vaccinated. Brown ID required. Free of charge.

(Distributed November 16, 2015)

Evidence Lacking about Breast Implant Safety

A review of more than 30 studies seeking answers about silicone gel breast implant safety finds that the studies don’t provide definitive evidence. The new paper may help inspire improved analyses of existing data as well as a new registry to provide better data.

(Distributed November 10, 2015)

Study Examines Sexual Minority Health Disparities

Health disparities research is a relatively new and growing field of study, and one that cuts across disciplines to examine differences in health and healthcare outcomes affecting diverse populations.  For an article that appears in the October issue of the American Journal of Public Health, several Brown University School of Public Health faculty members examined National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data to

(Distributed October 29, 2015)

High Dose Flu Vaccines Significantly Reduce Hospitalization Risk during Influenza Season

Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH:

In the largest nursing home study to date on the effect of high dose flu vaccine, researchers found that shots with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. There was a 1.2 percent difference (19.7 percent versus 20.9 percent) in admission for the group that received the high dose vaccine compared to the one that received the standard dose vaccine. The findings were presented as a late breaking research presentation on Oct. 10 at the Infectious Diseases Society of America meeting in San Diego.

(Distributed October 13, 2015)

Gatsonis Winner of the American Statistical Association’s Long-Term Excellence Award

At the 11th International Conference on Health Policy Statistics at the Biltmore Hotel Oct. 7-9, 2015, Constantine Gatsonis, chair of Brown University’s Department of Biostatistics , delivered the plenary talk and received the group’s Long-Time Excellence Award. More than a dozen Brown University faculty members and students presented during the three-day event.

(Distributed October 13, 2015)
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