CRANSTON, R.I. — By the time police caught Paul Roussell with heroin last summer, the 58-year-old lobster fisherman had been addicted to the drug for almost 10 years. He’d gone from sniffing two bags of heroin a day to 10, then as many as 17. He was running drugs for dealers to afford his habit. “I had already planned that I was going to die,” he says.
He went to prison first. That may have saved his life.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — New data from a long-term study of 355 mothers and their children found that fixing peeling paint and removing other household sources of lead during the mother’s pregnancy can reduce levels of dust lead in homes to levels significantly lower than previously deemed achievable.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, has reduced the number of Americans without health insurance from 18 percent to about 13 percent, statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show.
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.
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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — New research from Brown University suggests that federal rankings of Medicare Advantage plans may unfairly penalize those that enroll a disproportionate number of non-white, poor and rural Americans.
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.
The Brown University School of Public Health will distribute $100,000 in loan forgiveness funds from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation to 20 public health Master's alumni engaged in work that improves the health of underserved populations. Congratulations to all of the recipients!