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Brief Behavioral Interventions Found to Reduce Adolescent Alcohol Use

A meta-analysis by Brown researchers to assess behavioral interventions finds motivational interviewing effectively reduces alcohol use among adolescents.

Pod e-cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes, new study finds

In the first-ever clinical trial of fourth-generation electronic cigarettes, researchers found that adults who switched to e-cigarettes had lower levels of a major carcinogen compared to smokers who continued using combustible cigarettes.

Study delves into emotional wellness in the human brain

A new study led by Tara White, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, is the first to reveal specific brain compounds that signal emotional wellness in healthy people.  

Common diabetes medication may lower mortality for nursing home residents with COVID-19

A study involving hundreds of Veterans Affairs patients led by Dr. James Rudolph shows a link between the diabetes drug metformin and a lower risk of death from COVID-19.

Rural seniors with dementia have longer nursing home stays, study finds

Rural Medicare beneficiaries with Alzheimer’s and related dementias have longer nursing home stays and shorter survival time than their urban peers, a new study by Professor Eric Jutkowitz and colleagues has found. 

Food Insecurity among Older Adults Is Not Solely the Result of Financial Barriers

Study finds a more comprehensive understanding, that includes social and functional limitations, will aid future research on the impact of food insecurity on the health of older adults and inform senior nutrition programs.

Amid pandemic, U.S. must reduce incarceration to protect public safety

Dr. Josiah “Jody” Rich, a Brown professor of medicine and epidemiology, joined a panel of experts assembled by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to explore ways to combat coronavirus behind bars.

Study finds high rates of asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection in skilled nursing facilities

Researchers found high rates of asymptomatic and presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections in a multistate sample of skilled nursing facilities between March and July.