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February 26, 2014

David Grande (Alumnus) Ads Focused On A Few Drug Risks Might Make Them Memorable

February 21, 2014 (NPR) The way that prescription drugs are advertised on TV could be better, especially when it comes to communicating the risks and side effects of medicines. Now the Food and Drug Administration is calling for research into how the ads could be improved.
February 26, 2014

Helena Hansen (Alumna) Income Inequality Is Making Americans Sick

February 10, 2014 (Newswise) Income inequality is making Americans sick, according to a groundbreaking Social Science and Medicine article by Jonathan Metzl and Helena Hansen.
February 11, 2014

Jason Houle (Alumnus) The middle class student debt squeeze

February 3, 2014 (Aljazeera America) - A recent study by Jason Houle, an assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth University, found that students like Bader, from families earning $40,000 to $59,000 a year, incur $11,000 more in student-loan debt than those from poorer families and those from more affluent homes.
February 11, 2014

Jeff Niederdeppe (Alumnus) CVS becomes first big U.S. drugstore chain to drop tobacco

February 5, 2014 (Reuters) Cornell University communication professor Jeff Niederdeppe cited "an evolving social climate that has become less and less supportive of the marketing, sale, and use of tobacco products in the U.S."
February 11, 2014

David Van Sickle (Alumnus) Obamacare Gives Boost to Startups Focused on Health Care for Poor

February 6, 2014 (Businessweek) - Propeller Health co-founder and CEO David Van Sickle says the increase in demand for technology like his is linked to the Affordable Care Act’s efficiency push. Insurance companies are willing to pay for Propeller’s product because it reduces trips to emergency rooms, producing “savings of between $700 to $1,000 per patient, per year,” he says.
January 17, 2014

Jason Houle (Alumnus) The War On Poverty In Vermont

January 14, 2014 (Vermont Public Radio) - Jason Houle, Dartmouth College sociology professor, conducted a new study that's been published in the journal, Sociology of Education. He shares his findings on the disparities of debt.
January 17, 2014

Samir Soneji (Alumnus) New Analysis Shows Fewer Years of Life Lost to Cancer

January 14, 2014 (Newswise) - Since the enactment of the National Cancer Act in 1971, the US has spent hundreds of billions of dollars in cancer research and treatment. And yet, the cancer mortality rate—the historic benchmark of progress—has only declined modestly while the mortality rates of other leading causes of death have declined substantially.
January 17, 2014

David Chae (Alumnus) Racism May Accelerate Aging on a Cellular Level

January 15, 2014 (PBS News Hour) - Can experiencing discrimination lead to premature aging? Researchers think there could be a connection. According the Centers for Disease Control, African-American men die six to seven years earlier than white men.
January 9, 2014

Laura Tach (Alumna) Survey finds dads defy stereotypes about black fatherhood

December 20, 2013 (LA Times) - By most measures, report says, black fathers are at least as involved with their kids as other men in similar living situations.
January 9, 2014

Stefan Timmermans (Alumnus) Screening Newborns For Disease Can Leave Families In Limbo

December 23, 2013 (NPR News) - Like every state, New York requires that newborns get a small heel prick so that a few drops of blood can be sent to a lab for testing. The idea is to catch health problems that could cause death or disability without early intervention.  But in recent years, patient advocacy groups have been pushing states to adopt mandatory newborn screening for more and more diseases, including ones that have no easy diagnosis or treatment.

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