Brian Zink, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, responds to a previous opinion piece on the overuse of the emergency room, noting that the article's "premise is patently incorrect and potentially harmful for patients who have symptoms that concern them."
David Lewis, professor emeritus of community health and medicine and founder of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, pens an op-ed about the General Assembly's failure to act on the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act before recessing for the summer, which he says "could well have fatal consequences for citizens in our state."
New research suggests that former prisoners have “alarmingly high” rates of death from alcohol and drug misuse. Sarah Wakeman, from Harvard Medical School and Brown's Josiah Rich wrote a commentary on the study, which is quoted in this article.
Rhode Island researchers have received 500-thousand dollars in federal grant money to investigate a fungus that’s killing native bats. The mysterious illness has attacked bats across the country. Brown University scientist Richard Bennett has been leading the fungus research with the University of California San Francisco.
In an article on attempts to build the “hyperloop,” a radically speedy new form of land-based transportation that uses compressed air to push objects along, Prof. Stephen Lubar comments on the history behind using this technology, the idea of which has been around since Greek antiquity.
An article on summer college programs for high schoolers, includes info on Brown's programs. “We’re trying to give them a taste of what it’s like to be on a college campus—everything from the level of academic rigor to being responsible for managing their time,” says Robin Rose, senior associate dean at the School for Professional Studies.
A new study conducted jointly by Harvard Law School, Brown University’s Department of Medicine, Rhode Island’s Miriam Hospital, and the Kirby Institute of Australia has found that the majority of state-run Medicaid programs are creating formidable barriers to patients with the potentially deadly Hepatitis C virus from being treated with new wonder drugs that can cost as much as $1,000 a pill.
Timmons Roberts and Guy Edwards co-author a blog post on what can be made of the joint announcement on climate change made Tuesday by the United States and Brazil following a meeting between Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Barack Obama at the White House.
New research finds that both the head and body muscles of fish help them gulp down prey in one explosive action. Scientists have long hypothesized about the mechanics of the process, but now researchers at Brown University have X-ray video proof of how it works.
An article on the Indian Partition created in 1947 between India and Pakistan cites “The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia,” a book about the Partition by Vazira Zamindar, associate professor of history.
Kate Carey, professor of behavioral and social sciences, comments on a new study of a sexual assault prevention program targeting college women. Carey, who was not involved in the study, said "“It clearly shows a benefit of participating in the intervention, which substantially reduced the risk of completed and attempted rape as well as nonconsensual sexual contact.”
Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, comments on the current economic crisis in Greece and cautions against austerity as a solution. “The definition of a dangerous idea is it’s a zombie,” he said. “It keeps coming back, and it’s immune to critical evidence."
Using data from two long-term studies of women and men, researchers led by Abrar Qureshi, professor of epidemiology, have found a potential link between citrus consumption and malignant melanoma of the skin.
In an article on the rise in drug-dependent babies, Barry M. Lester, director of the Brown University Center for the Study of Children at Risk, comments, saying that even though methadone- and heroin-exposed babies have been seen since the 1970s, there are no good studies of the long-term effects.
Four Brown University students will take part in this summer’s White House Internship Program, and one of them, Emma Dickson, lists Providence as her hometown. The others are Andrew Gonzales of Richmond, California, Syndney Menzin of Locust Valley, New York and Benjamin Miller-Gootnick of Washington, D.C.
Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of international studies and political science, comments on the future of oil prices, as the market prepares for the return of Iranian crude: “Some people think the Saudis might reduce their oil production to try to stabilize the price while Iran is increasing theirs. I tend to disagree with that,” Colgan said in part.
Brandon A. Gaudiano, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, writes about skepticism surrounding new research that looks at treating people diagnosed with schizophrenia with a form of talk therapy instead of prescription medication.
In a recap of the 2015 state legislative session, Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on how well key people — Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed — seemed to be getting along. “It appears, from the outside, that the three most powerful people at the top knew how important it is to work together,” she said.
Brown University awarded scholarships to 20 Providence high school graduates from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence during an event at President Christina Paxson’s home Wednesday evening.
An editorial on discrimination within current fair housing laws cites research of 2010 Census data by John Logan, professor of sociology, that found high levels of black-white segregation persisted, especially in some large cities in the Northeast and Midwest.
An article on the community impact of HIV testing cites research by Amy Nunn, associate professor of behavioral and social sciences, who studied HIV rate disparities in Philadelphia. "In a nutshell, where you live and the color of your skin is going to influence whether you survive HIV," Nunn said.
In an article on calls to get rid of the Confederate flag following the shootings in Charleston, Matthew Guterl comments on the risk of the South becoming a racial scapegoat. “There’s a political function to demonizing the South … and it works very well for politicians, but I reject that, because the North has also had its share of problems and does today," he says in part.
Philip Gould, professor of English, writes about the image of being "American" that he sees in the FX hit series "The Americans." "At a time when we consider what makes us “American,” “The Americans” points us toward today’s widespread skepticism (or blithe disregard) toward absolute political beliefs, as well as the true believers who wage wars defending them," Gould writes.