In advance of National Public Health Week, Dean Marcus shares insights

With a diverse lineup of National Public Health Week events starting on April 2, Dean Bess Marcus shares her thoughts on Brown’s role in advancing public health through research and education.

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New study hints at a previously undiscovered link between glutamate and mood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A new study shows that healthy people who take attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs experience a surge in the neurotransmitter glutamate in key parts of the brain. And that increase in glutamate is associated with subsequent changes in positive emotion.

Opioid addiction treatment behind bars reduced post-incarceration overdose deaths in Rhode Island

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder.

Suzanne Colby: The tobacco industry can’t be trusted

An opinion piece by Suzanne Colby,  professor of behavioral and social sciences, in the Providence Journal warns readers not to trust the tobacco industry: 

New Tool To Combat Overdose Deaths: Fentanyl Test Strips

[Lynn Arditi for RINPR] A new study co-led by Rhode Island epidemiologist Traci Green, found that a simple drug testing strip—similar to a home pregnancy test—accurately detected the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl in street drug samples.

Erin Anthony named Research Support Librarian

Erin is available during office hours in room 362 to provide research and reference support to students and faculty. Erin can provide assistance with building advanced searches for literature and systematic reviews. She also specializes in assisting with EndNote citation management software. Please feel free to stop by during her office hours with reference or research questions.

Mammogram rates increase after ACA eliminates co-payments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) eliminated cost sharing for screening mammograms, their rate of use rose six percentage points among older woman for whom such screenings were recommended, a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds.

Enzyme shown to regulate inflammation and metabolism in fat tissue

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] —The human body has two primary kinds of fat—white fat, which stores excess calories and is associated with obesity, and brown fat, which burns calories in order to produce heat and has garnered interest as a potential means of combating obesity.