Brief interventions during routine care found to substantially reduce alcohol use among men living with HIV

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Among the more than 1 million people in the U.S. living with HIV, 19 percent meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder. The consequences can be severe, with heavy drinking associated with increased liver disease, greater engagement in risky sexual behavior, lower adherence to antiretroviral therapy and greater risk of death.

(Distributed August 14, 2018)

Professor Simin Liu honored at the 2018 China Heart Congress

At the 2018 China Heart Congress (CHC), where over 10,000 cardiovascular disease researchers from around the world gather, Dr. Simin Liu, Professor of Epidemiology, Medicine, and Surgery and Director of the Center for Global Cardiometabolic Health, was awarded an Honorary Adjunct Professorship at the Chinese National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, Fuwai Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

(Distributed August 9, 2018)

Pilot study suggests ADHD drugs do not improve cognition in healthy college students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Contrary to popular belief amony some college students, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications may fail to improve cognition in healthy students and actually can impair functioning, according to a study by researchers at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island (URI).

(Distributed July 23, 2018)

2018 Academy Health Interest Group Award Recipients

The Academy Health Annual Research Meeting is the gathering place for individuals leading the charge to transform delivery systems and health care in a rapidly changing landscape. Over the course of the three-day conference, more than 2,500 individual attendees work together to share and strengthen the evidence needed to inform the decisions that affect the health of individuals and communities.

(Distributed July 2, 2018)

Brown Undergraduates Named Milken Institute Future Health Leaders

The Milken Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank working to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health. According to the Institute, “We are strong believers that the only way to solve today’s most pressing public health challenges is by bringing prevention to the forefront, engaging unlikely partners, and collaborating to create and implement actionable solutions that are tailored to community needs.”

(Distributed July 2, 2018)

Study finds early-life obesity impacts children’s learning and memory

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —A new study led by Nan Li, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Epidemiology, found that children on the threshold of obesity or overweight in the first two years of life had lower perceptual reasoning and working memory scores than lean children when tested at ages five and eight. The study also indicated that IQ scores may be lower for higher-weight children.

(Distributed May 25, 2018)
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