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Study Measures Light Exposure Effects on Nursing-Care Center Residents

Researchers conducted a study of tunable lighting to test a strategy for measuring and documenting light exposure for typical nursing-center residents, and to evaluate the data in terms of various metrics for human circadian responses over the course of a day.

Misleading ads turn people away from HIV-prevention meds

Professor Amy Nunn and colleagues' commentary in Lancet HIV argues the ads target people who already take the pills and dissuade them from continuing to do so by making false claims about their safety

New study reveals previously invisible health issues among Asians in the US

Asian Americans typically rank as healthier than the general US population. But a new study says that's true only when data are looked at collectively.

Embedded Pragmatic Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease: Difficult to Define and Implement, but Desperately Needed

A blog post by Professor Jill Harrison, executive director of the IMPACT Collaboratory, the joint award to Brown and Hebrew SeniorLife to fund and support non-drug dementia interventions, addresses the need for pragmatic clinical trials and the challenges in defining and implementing them.

Three teams awarded 2020 Research Seed Awards

Brown University's annual Research Seed Awards help faculty advance research proposals by supporting the generation of preliminary data and the pursuit of new directions or collaborations in research. Three teams of public health faculty have received these competitive awards in 2020

Study finds 44% of Medicaid enrollees do not reinitiate HIV treatment after discontinuation

Many Medicaid enrollees with HIV do not reinitiate ART after discontinuing their treatment, according to a new study by Tingting Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of health services, policy and practice.

Study finds adjuvanted trivalent flu vaccine more effective than standard vaccine in reducing hospitalization in older patients

The results of a study by a team of Brown University researchers that found an adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine was more effective than a standard non-adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine in reducing the risk of flu- and pneumonia-related hospitalization in patients 65-years-of-age and older were presented at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Clinical Vaccinology Course in Washington, D.C..

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.