Wed 11 Oct | Scientific American

Where's the proof that mindfulness meditation works?

The ubiquitous technique for relieving stress and pain has remarkably little scientific evidence backing it, a group of scientists contend. Brown Mindfulness Center Director Eric Loucks weighs in on the challenge of developing an evidence framework for such a personal, spiritual concept.
Tue 10 Oct | HealthDay News

Be 'mindful' of the hype

A new study by Willoughby Britton, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School, and other researchers finds that dependable scientific evidence has lagged worrisomely behind the rapid and widespread adoption of mindfulness and meditation for pursuing mental and physical wellness goals.
Sat 7 Oct | CBC Radio

NRA lobbying has suppressed gun violence research

In the aftermath of last week’s shooting in Las Vegas, CBC interviewed Associate Professor of Medicine Megan Ranney on the U.S. government’s role in research into firearms violence and how such research could help to save lives.
Sat 7 Oct | Chemistry World

Chemists reinvent the wheel

Professor Lai-Sheng Wang and his research team at Brown University have made a new molecular wheel by striking a gold and niobium solid target with an intense laser beam.
Fri 6 Oct | WRVO

The dangers of meningitis: one woman's story

Dr. Allan Tunkel, associate dean for medical education at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, joined WRVO's Take Care series to comment on the case of a young woman who died from meningitis and described worrisome signs to look out for.
Thu 5 Oct | Financial Times

How experts can regain our trust

Steven Sloman, cognitive scientist at Brown University, comments on why experts will always be needed to inform on issues ranging from the inner-workings of a fridge to complicated topics involving the economy or climate change. His comments are part of a feature that offers ways that politicians can regain peoples' trust.
Thu 5 Oct | The Washington Post

. . .Why democracy is better than technocracy

In examining the 'impossible task' British Prime Minister Theresa May has ahead of her, Matthias Matthijs cites a paper co-authored by Brown Professor Mark Blyth that explains two reasons why bad political ideas gain support.
Thu 5 Oct | ABC7

House clears first hurdle in GOP's race for tax reform

Richard Arenberg, an adjunct lecturer at the Watson Institute, commented on the House Republicans' approach to passing their ambitious tax reform plan. “The Republicans are opting to go for a one-party, ‘leave the Democrats out,’ approach on the tax bill, just as they did on the health bill,” Arenberg said. “This will likely have a similar effect, solidifying Democratic opposition. Abandoning a bipartisan approach on the front end could turn out to be a fatal error on the tax bill as it was on fixing Obamacare.”
Thu 5 Oct | The Providence Journal

Puerto Rican doctors say relief efforts fall short

Dr. Janice Santos Cortes, a professor of urology at Brown, joined another physician at the Warren Alpert Medical School to raise public awareness of the imminent health risks Puerto Rico faces if recovery efforts aren’t heightened. Cortes has family members and medical colleagues in Puerto Rico that have conveyed a desperate situation.
Thu 5 Oct | The Providence Journal

Gregory K. Fritz: Baby’s traumas shape mental health

Gregory K. Fritz, M.D., editor of the Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, wrote an op-ed about the importance of recognizing the connection between infant experiences and adult physiological and mental health outcomes.
Thu 5 Oct | Team USA

Ty Walker aims to help youth Olympians reach top potential

Despite her full work load, Olympic snowboarder and Brown University student Ty Walker is looking to inspire others by serving as a Young Change-Maker at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. “I think trying to be a positive influence and a role model is the most important thing,” said Walker, who finished 14th in women’s slopestyle in 2014 in Sochi, where the event made its Olympic debut. “For me, it’s great to be a good athlete and a good student, but it doesn’t matter unless you’re a good person."
Thu 5 Oct | Turn to 10

Health Check: Traffic injuries and kids

A new study suggests that parked or slow moving vehicle can be every bit as deadly as one on the road. "Those can include things such as rollovers, front overs, back overs, and also children being left in the vehicle and exposed to the elements,” said Dr. Mark Zonfrillo, lead author of the study and Brown University injury researcher. He says even power windows can present dangers.
Wed 4 Oct | RI NPR

Rosanne Cash helps launch Brown University songwriting series

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash kicked off Brown Arts Initiative's Songwriting Series with a songwriting master class and performance Wednesday at Brown University's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, spoke with RIPR's Morning Edition Host to discuss their songwriting approach.
Tue 3 Oct | Washington Post

We know that evidence-based medicine works. So why don’t politicians support it?

Eric M. Patashnik, professor of public policy and political Science, co-authored a new book titled "Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine” and joined the Washington Post to share the book's most significant findings. Patashnik said that contrary to popular belief, doctors begin to use treatments before their effectiveness is evaluated and that once ineffective treatment starts it can be difficult to stop.
Tue 3 Oct | The Providence Journal

Brown University endowment reaches $3.5 billion

Strong stock-market performance globally helped boost Brown University’s endowment to $3.5 billion at the end of June — with an annual return for the year ending on that date of 13.4 percent, which exceeded expectations.
Tue 3 Oct | Quartz

Op-ed: How Americans’ faith in civilized debate is fueling white supremacy

In an op-ed that examines whether white supremacist views should be openly discussed in forums or debates on the grounds of free speech, Matthew Guterl, professor of Africana studies, explains that universities are right to promote the free and fair exchange of ideas, but to do so with the intent to foster new ideas and better understandings. Guterl suggests there is danger to giving space to "broken-down theories disproved long ago" with awful, bloody consequences, and he pointed to lessons that can be learned from W.E.B. Du Bois when he confronted one of the chief architects of white supremacy at the time.
Tue 3 Oct | Live Science

Doctors remove more than 100 pieces of metal from a man's stomach

Dr. Steven Moss, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Brown University, commented on the case of a 52 year old man, who underwent surgery to remove over 100 pieces of metal that clumped together in the man's stomach. Although he was not involved in the case, Moss said it was surprising that the man needed surgery on four separate occasions to remove these objects.
Mon 2 Oct | The Providence Journal

175 in Burrillville advised to use bottled water after tap water fails EPA tests

With the help of researchers from Brown University, the health department tested water systems in Rhode Island that found unsafe levels of chemicals in the Oakland Association water system, which provides water for some Burrillville residents. About 175 people in Burrillville were advised not to boil their tap water because it concentrates two chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.
Mon 2 Oct | Slate

Hospitals aren’t fully prepared for mass shootings

Despite opioids and guns killing roughly the same amount of people, Megan L. Ranney, associate professor of emergency medicine, said there is a large disparity in the number of studies that are looking at both issues. Her comments come in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Fri 29 Sep | Scientific American

To Read Someone's Mind, Look into Their Eyes

A growing body of evidence lends support to the phrase, "Eyes are the window to the soul." This article cites a study led by Brown University researcher James Cavanagh that found pupils became more dilated when people had to make tradeoffs between two different, but difficult choices.