Climate change will have region-specific impacts on human health, economy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Earth has already warmed approximately 1.7 degrees since 1901, the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA) reports, and projected warming between 2.7 degrees and 3.6 degrees by 2100 will bring even more record-breaking storms, rising sea levels and spread of disease-carrying insects. 

Dr. Megan Ranney: ‘Our focus is on stopping shootings...saving human lives’

(Providence Journal) A Rhode Island Hospital emergency physician and Brown University professor was the lead author for a piece in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday about gun violence and the Twitter hashtag #ThisIsOurLane.

Study finds that in treating obesity, one size does not fit all

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Analyzing data from more than 2,400 obese patients who underwent bariatric weight-loss surgery, researchers identified at least four different patient subgroups that diverge significantly in eating behaviors and rate of diabetes, as well as weight loss in three years after surgery. READ MORE

New studies on student alcohol use can inform interventions to reduce blackouts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — College students who drink alcohol don’t typically intend to drink to the point that they “black out,” and they also don’t fully grasp what specific drinking behaviors present the greatest risk of blackouts, a new series of studies finds. READ MORE

Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Health Scholars Retreat

On October 15th, 2018, the annual Academic Pediatric Association Environmental Health Scholars Retreat was held at the Brown University School of Public Health. The retreat gives pre- and postdoctoral trainees an opportunity to present children’s environmental health research in a supportive environment to leading researchers and each other. This year’s 14 trainees came from across the country and presented on a range of environmental health threats facing children, including air pollution, endocrine disrupting chemicals, and toxic metals.

Medicaid expansion linked to reduced mortality among dialysis patients

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — In the first three years of Medicaid expansion due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the number of patients with end-stage kidney disease who died within a year of starting dialysis decreased in states that expanded Medicaid compared to non-expansion states, new research found.