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November 20, 2014

Jason Houle (Alumnus) These Revealing Portraits Depict The Many, Many Faces Of American Debt

Nov 20, 2014 (Huffington Post) More than 35% of Americans ages 24 to 28 are dealing with debt that surpasses the value of any of their assets, Dartmouth College assistant professor Jason Houle states. That's approximately double the proportions of the late 1980s and mid 1970s.
November 14, 2014

David Chae (Alumnus) Discrimination may affect health of older Chinese-Americans

Nov 14, 2014 (Reuters) One in five older Chinese Americans in Chicago has experienced discrimination, and this source of added stress could have negative health effects, according to a new study.
November 12, 2014

Seth Holmes (Alumnus) Wins the Margaret Mead Award

Nov 7, 2014 (UCSF News) UC San Francisco’s Seth Holmes, MD, PhD, has won the Margaret Mead Award, which is presented to a younger scholar for a particular accomplishment, such as a book, film, monograph, or service, which interprets anthropological data and principles in ways that make them meaningful to a broadly concerned public.
November 12, 2014

Jason Block (Alumnus) Study Shows Employees Offered Financial Incentives Were 33 Times More Likely to Participate in Wellness Programs

Nov 7, 2014 (PR Newswire) "While the jury is still out about whether workplace wellness programs improve health, the programs have great potential," said lead author Jason Block, MD, TOS Member and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School's Department of Population Medicine. "Our goal was to evaluate what motivates people to participate in these programs and what strategies companies and insurers can use to get everyone involved. Our data show that financial incentives clearly work to motivate participation in a health coach program."
October 30, 2014

Fenaba Addo (Alumna) Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents, But Not As Much As (Or Why) You Think

Oct 29, 2014 (Wall Street Journal) While credit-card balances among young people have actually fallen some over the past decade, a new study by Fenaba Addo in the journal Demography finds that “credit card debt is positively associated with cohabitation for men and women.” In other words, debt pushes people into living with partners, not just parents.
October 9, 2014

Andrew Papachristos & Chris Wildeman (Alumni) Research May Give Potential Homicide Victims A Heads Up

Oct 9, 2014 (NPR) New research in Chicago finds that homicide victims are concentrated among a tiny network. Tracing that network might lead to public health measures to protect would-be victims.
October 7, 2014

Allison Aiello (Alumna) Four-Year-Old Boy's Death Is First Linked to Enterovirus D-68

Oct 6, 2014 (NBC Nightly News) A community is on edge after health officials confirmed a 4-year-old New Jersey boy died of Enterovirus D-68.
September 8, 2014

Brendan Saloner (Scholar) Of Pot and Percocet

August 29, 2014 (New York Times) Prescription opioid painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin have come under intense scrutiny in recent years because of the drastic rise in overdose deaths associated with their prolonged use. Meanwhile, access to medical marijuana has been expanding — 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized its broad medical use — and chronic or severe pain is by far the most common condition reported among people using it.
September 8, 2014

Molly Martin (Alumna) Study to Look at Financial Impact of Gas Boom

September 2, 2014 (Wall Street Journal) Researchers are looking at whether money from the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom helps children and families in regions where companies are drilling. Penn State University sociology professor Molly Martin said there is a unique opportunity to compare northeastern Pennsylvania communities that have experienced the boom during the last six years with nearby ones in New York state that haven't.
September 8, 2014

David Van Sickle (Alumnus) Propeller Health Raises $14.5 Million Series B Financing Led by Safeguard Scientifics

September 4, 2014 (MarketWatch) Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, today announced that it raised $14.5 million in Series B financing, led by Safeguard Scientifics SFE, -1.41% with participation from Series A investor The Social+Capital Partnership. Propeller Health will use the funding to accelerate product development, strategic alliances, client services, sales and marketing.

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