Thu 6 Jul | Albuquerque Journal

Expert: NM teacher evals are toughest in the nation

New Mexico rated more than twice as many teachers below effective than any other state in a 24-state study conducted by a Brown University economist who studies teacher evaluation systems across the country.
Thu 6 Jul | Buzzfeed

In some counties, opioids are prescribed more often

Federal data shows that doctors in some counties are prescribing up to six times more opioids than in 2015. Dr. Melanie Lippmann, assistant professor of emergency medicine, said the data showed other encouraging data like the overall decline of opioid prescriptions in the U.S.
Thu 6 Jul | Health Data Management

EHR use interrupts doctor-patient connection

The use of electronic health records during patient encounters has the potential to negatively impact patient-physician interactions, according to a Brown University study that used a qualitative analysis of comments from hospital- and office-based physicians.
Thu 6 Jul | The National

Need for 'unified strategy' to fight extremism propaganda

Selim Sazak, a researcher at Brown University, is quoted in this article about battling ISIL propaganda. He said that countries involved in the fight need a clearer strategy. “Sixteen years since 9/11 and we still don't have a grand strategy on how to combat violent extremism,” said Mr Sazak.
Thu 6 Jul | Modern Medicine

Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefit

Dale W. Steele, MD, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown and co-author of the report, says there have been very few randomized trials involving tympanostomy tubes for children with recurrent acute otitis, and there is a particular need for further research—particularly for higher risk patient groups.
Wed 5 Jul | Bloomberg

The Daily Prophet: Whatever you call it, it isn't complacency

Roundup of market trends notes that John Friedman, an associate professor of economics at Brown University, told Bloomberg News' Suzanne Woolley in May that the affluent are active savers and that active savers make up 15 percent to 20 percent of all savers.
Wed 5 Jul | The Boston Globe

My friend faces three life sentences in Turkey

Stephen Kinzer, a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, writes about his colleague Sahin Alpay, one of more than 200 Turkish journalists and other media workers now languishing in jail.
Wed 5 Jul | Vice

JAY-Z sets himself free on '4:44,' his best album in years

An article about JAY-Z's new album mentions its similarities to the message of Jelani Cobb in a lecture titled "The Unsafe Spaces of Democracy" at Brown University in which he talked about how a governmental system can continue to function while simultaneously acting as a disservice to individuals living within it.
Wed 5 Jul | Providence Business News

Brown names math institute founder new research VP

Jill Pipher, professor of mathematics and founding director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, has been named the new vice president for research at Brown University. She will begin her new role beginning July 1.
Tue 4 Jul | The Providence Journal

Opinion: How can Christians support the Republican health plan?

Thomas B. Coburn, visiting scholar at Brown University, wrote about the discrepancy between the Republican's proposal to strip down Medicaid coverage and Christian values. Of the majority Senate Republicans who call themselves Christians, Coburn asked how the plan aligns with the teachings of the Gospel.
Mon 3 Jul | New Scientist

Peering inside an AI’s brain will help us trust its decisions

Chris Grimm of Brown University and his colleagues created a system to peer into what artificial intelligence might see when making decisions. The tool is handy way for coders to double check that an algorithm is coming up with the right answer for the right reasons, another researcher said.
Wed 28 Jun | BuzzFeed

Under wrong circumstances, fecal transplants can be harmful

Colleen Kelly, a gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University, commented on the dangers of clinics going off the rails and experimenting with performing fecal transplants, which the FDA banned doctors from using other than for treating people with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. Kelly mentions she's had to decline patients who've asked for the procedure. “I never wanted to be a snake oil salesman,” she said. “To me, doing it for these other indications is like researching on a person without their consent.”
Tue 27 Jun | The Providence Journal

Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, commented on the Democrats' strategy for turning congressional districts over to their candidates and surrogates. ". . .the big obstacle for them [Democrats] is that the bill’s provisions do not take effect until well after 2018, and not entirely until 2025. So it is unclear they will be able to persuade the majority of voters in congressional districts that the sky is falling on health care if nothing much changes.”
Tue 27 Jun | STAT News

The game changers: 12 bold attempts to slow the opioid epidemic

In a feature about 12 game changers that have the potential to slow the opioid epidemic, STAT News includes an initiative led by Dr. Geoff Capraro, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, that aims to make the antidote naloxone more readily available in public areas.
Tue 27 Jun | News-Medical

Physical activity plus Fitbit can help during early alcohol recovery

A pilot study involving researchers at Brown suggest that a lifestyle physical activity intervention supported by a Fitbit device can successfully supplement existing alcohol treatment among depressed women during early recovery. The findings will be presented during the 40th annual scientific meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism in Denver.
Tue 27 Jun | NBC 10

NBC 10 I-Team: National expert says cancer cases can't be ignored

A national expert in environmental cancer from Brown University said health investigators should not ignore the possibility that dozens of cases of cancer may be linked to specific schools in North Providence. “If there is a cluster we should not let it go,” said Tongzhang Zheng, professor of epidemiology. “It should cause attention.”
Tue 27 Jun | Consumer Reports

5 reasons to get an HIV test today

Philip Chan, assistant professor of medicine, says there are several reasons why people should get tested for HIV regardless of their situations in a feature intended to honor National HIV Testing Day.
Tue 27 Jun | Teen Vogue

What it means to be intersex

An article titled "What it means to be intersex" cites work by Brown University researcher Anne Fausto-Sterling that found the percentage of the population to be intersex was 1.7 percent, about the same chances as being born a red head.

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