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Mindfulness training may help lower blood pressure, new study shows

A study at Brown University finds that mindfulness could reduce blood pressure by enhancing attention control, emotion regulation and self-awareness of both healthy and unhealthy habits.

R.I. researchers, policymakers outline new framework for opioid use disorder treatment

Aiming to reduce treatment gaps and guide state policy, a diverse set of voices from Brown University and the State of Rhode Island developed a cascade of care model for opioid use disorder.

More research is needed to understand the impact of a suspended driver's license on access to healthcare

Eighty percent of drivers’ license suspensions are due to non-driving events, such as failure (or inability) to pay a fine. At the same time, 3.6 million Americans miss or delay healthcare each year because of transportation barriers. In a new editorial published by the American Journal of Public Health, Professor Nina Joyce and colleagues argue that more research is needed to understand the impact of a suspended license on access to health care.

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Jennifer Tidey Appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research

Jennifer Tidey, Ph.D., Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior has been appointed as the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the School of Public Health effective January 1, 2020.

Hassenfeld researchers study “biomarkers” to identify risk for autism

What if we could recognize signs of developmental disorders much earlier, saving parents years of confusion and worry and helping address challenges sooner? At Brown University’s Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute, we’re studying “biomarkers” that have the potential to identify a child’s risk for autism and other developmental disorders well before more obvious symptoms are apparent.

In confronting opioid crisis, researchers to test neighborhood-based interventions, fentanyl test strips

With opioid drug overdose deaths skyrocketing in recent decades, researchers are confronting the epidemic in multiple ways. Two new five-year grants from the National Institutes of Health, totaling $6.8 million, will expand those efforts.

Study finds inadequate treatment for nursing home residents with COPD

A new study finds nearly 60% of nursing facility residents with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) had low peak inspiratory flow rate, and for most, their treatment was substandard.

Foods High in Vitamin A May Help Ward Off Skin Cancer

A new review in JAMA Dermatology by researchers at Brown and colleagues finds a diet rich in vitamin A is tied to a lower risk for squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.

Study Indicates Benefits of Physical Activity Outweigh Risk of Air Pollution

As air pollution increases, a big question that looms is whether or not it is still safe or worth it to exercise outside in heavily polluted areas. Few studies have looked at the interaction between air pollution and physical exercise when it comes to the risk of mortality. Researchers at the Brown University School of Public Health decided to address this question using the Elderly Health Service Cohort, a large prospective cohort in Hong Kong.

Tech-based delivery of cognitive-behavioral therapy shows promise for alcohol use treatment

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors, and is a proven treatment for alcohol use disorder. However, the training and expert supervision needed to deliver consistent, high-quality face-to-face sessions is costly, limiting the widespread implementation of CBT in clinical practice. Delivering CBT through technology-based platforms, such as web-based programs and mobile apps, has potential to provide widespread and low-cost access to this evidence-based intervention ─but it's important to establish that tech-based CBT is as effective for alcohol treatment as the in-person format. A new report from researchers in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and colleagues systematically examined the evidence for tech-based delivery of CBT for alcohol use and found a benefit for tech-delivered interventions when used either as a standalone therapy for heavy drinking or in addition to usual care in specialty substance use settings.