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July 7, 2015

Dominick Frosch (Alumnus) 'Hypertension' doesn't mean 'too much tension'

Jul 7, 2015 (Reuters) Not everyone understands what “hypertension” means, and as a result, some patients may not take their blood pressure medications as directed or manage lifestyle factors effectively, a new paper suggests.
July 6, 2015

Andrew Papachristos (Alumnus) One Boy’s Death Draws Renewed Attention to Chicago’s Street Violence

Jul 6, 2015 (Wall Street Journal) The death of a 7-year-old boy during another Fourth of July weekend marred by multiple murders and dozens of shootings here is bringing renewed attention to the difficulty of curbing street violence in the nation’s third-largest city.
July 2, 2015

Amani Nuru-Jeter (Alumna) Coping While Black: A Season Of Traumatic News Takes A Psychological Toll

Jul 2, 2015 (NPR) Can racism cause post-traumatic stress? That's one big question psychologists are trying to answer, particularly in the aftermath of the shooting at the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., and the recent incidents involving police where race was a factor.
June 6, 2015

Sammy Zahran (Alumnus) Studies Link Childhood Lead Exposure, Violent Crime

Jun 6, 2015 (Chicago Tribune) After growing up poor in a predominantly African-American neighborhood of Cincinnati, the young adults had reached their early 20s. One by one, they passed through an MRI machine that displayed their brains in sharp, cross-sectioned images. For those who had been exposed to lead as toddlers, even in small amounts, the scans revealed changes that were subtle, permanent and devastating.
May 27, 2015

Maria Glymour (Alumna) Poverty-Linked Heart Risks Greatest for Poor Black Women, Younger Adults

May 27, 2015 (Reuters) Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study.
March 2, 2015

Kate Strully (Alumna) People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health

Mar 2, 2015 (NPR) Kate Strully, a sociologist at the University at Albany, State University of New York, studied what happened when healthy people were laid off following a plant closing. She found that losing a job increased the odds of developing stress-related health conditions by 83 percent — conditions like stroke, heart disease, diabetes and emotional or psychiatric conditions.
February 28, 2015

Jennifer Stuber (Alumna) Facebook Wants to Use Its Interface to Stop Suicide

Feb 28, 2015 (Newsweek) “For people who are at risk for suicide, they often feel isolated and disconnected, and the fact that they’re reaching out on social media presents an opportunity,” says Jennifer Stuber, co-founder and faculty director of Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, which is affiliated with the University of Washington and is a partner on the Facebook initiative.
February 27, 2015

Sara Johnson (Alumna) A Town Where a School Bus Is More Than a Bus

Feb 27, 2015 (New York Times) As Sara B. Johnson and others wrote in a February 2013 article for Pediatrics: “The fact that early environments shape and calibrate the functioning of biological systems very early in life is both a cautionary tale about overlooking critical periods in development and reason for optimism about the promise of intervention. Even in the most extreme cases of adversity, well-timed changes to children’s environments can improve outcomes.”
February 24, 2015

Duana Fullwiley (Alumna) Building a Face, and a Case, on DNA

Feb 23, 2015 (New York Times) Duana Fullwiley, an associate professor of anthropology at Stanford, said that she worried that use of such images could contribute to racial profiling. She noted that Dr. Shriver developed his system by analyzing the DNA and faces of people with mixed West African and European ancestry. “This leads to a technology that is better able to make faces that are African-American,” she said.
February 18, 2015

Christina Roberto (Alumna) Obesity is a Health Care ‘Time Bomb,’ Warn Lancet Authors

Feb 18, 2015 (Toronto Star) Unprecedented obesity rates are a “time bomb” of future burdens on health care systems but global efforts to reverse the epidemic are failing, according to a major new series in the Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals.

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