Tue 18 Aug | Providence Business News

URI awarded $2.5M grant to create program to improve geriatric care

The University of Rhode Island has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to implement a health care workforce program that will lead to higher quality care for older patients. URI teamed with a host of partners, including Brown University, to identify the specific geriatrics education and training needs of the state’s health care workforce.
Tue 18 Aug | Education Week

What If Teachers Could Be Promoted?

Matthew Kraft, assistant professor of education, guest blogs on the need for teachers to be recognized and rewarded for their work in meaningful ways, such as a career ladder system.
Mon 17 Aug | The Providence Journal

Improving care for older Rhode Islanders

Richard W. Besdine, professor of medicine at the Alpert Medical School, co-wrote an op-ed about the Integrated Care Initiative, a new effort aimed at improving the health of Rhode Islanders who have both Medicare and Medicaid. The initiative could "lead to better care continuity, improved patient safety, better chronic illness management, preserved function and decreased hospitalizations," the article reads.
Mon 17 Aug | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Dr. Mark Zimmerman

Mark Zimmerman, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School, answered five questions about prescription medicine and precise diagnoses. Zimmerman recently published an opinion piece in which he said "prescription medicine and therapy are effective for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, thus the need for precise diagnosis is often unnecessary.”
Mon 17 Aug | EWA.org

Schools Slow to Wake Up to Research on Sleepy Teens

Policymakers are being urged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start school later in the morning to increase the odds of adolescents getting sufficient sleep. The article cites a 1998 Brown University study on adolescent sleeping habits.
Mon 17 Aug | Education Week

What If All Teachers Had a Coach?

Matthew Kraft, assistant professor of education, wrote a blog post on Education Week on the challenges of being a teacher and improving teacher quality by implementing coaching programs.
Mon 17 Aug | USA Today

Transgender people face alarmingly high risk of suicide

Michelle Forcier, associate professor of pediatrics, comments an article about suicide rates among transgender people. "Your love and acceptance is the best medicine your kids can ever get," Forcier said. Other experts agree with Forcier's sentiments, saying suicide prevention begins in parents' homes.
Sun 16 Aug | The Wall Street Journal

How Medicare Rewards Copious Nursing-Home Therapy

Vincent Mor, professor of health services, commented on the high costs of nursing homes saying federal programs have provided financial incentives for institutions to give high levels of rehabilitative care. “Playing to the max has a long tradition in health care,” he says. At nursing homes the tradition is based on the number of minutes of therapy given, but increased therapy does not always equal a better outcome, Mor said.
Sun 16 Aug | Lawfare

Leaked Snowden Documents Seem to Contradict NSA Critics

Timothy Edgar, senior fellow in the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, says the recent news stories about AT&T's involvement with the NSA have failed to address the contradiction stated in documents released by Edward Snowden: That telecoms have sifted and forwarded messages to the government, bashing the notion that the NSA had access to all internet data.
Sat 15 Aug | Providence Business News

With ample resources, Brown offers variety

Brown University's robust wellness initiatives are unique both for variety and a robust menu of resources. "One of Brown's goals is to give faculty and staff the tools, resources and opportunities to participate in things that can help maintain and improve their lifestyle," said Michele Wise, a benefits special programs coordinator.
Sat 15 Aug | The Providence Journal

Medicaid, state exchanges key to drop in uninsured

An article about the decline of uninsured Rhode Islanders mentions Brown University's dual-degree program in medicine and population medicine. "The goal is to provide students with an integrated set of knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will allow them to care for individuals, families, communities, and populations when they become practicing physicians,” said Dr. Jeffrey Borkan, assistant dean for primary care-population health.
Fri 14 Aug | Providence Business News

Pell Humanities Initiative honors Claiborne Pell’s commitment to the humanities

A new Pell Humanities Initiative created by the Pell Center at Salve Regina, the University of Rhode Island University Libraries and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will showcase the contributions of humanities in society as a way to honor the late Sen. Claiborne Pell’s commitment to the humanities. Brown is a participating organization that will host an event for the Initiative this fall.
Fri 14 Aug | Associated Press

Rhode Island researchers study link between heat and health

The number of emergency room visits and heat-related deaths will increase in New England if temperatures rise due to climate change, according to an analysis by researchers at Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health. Gregory Wellenius, associate professor of epidemiology, said the survey could be used to reduce the heat advisory threshold.
Fri 14 Aug | AOL

Is there a formula for a perfect day?

A listing that details the 10 best times to do something mentions a study by Brown University that found people who weigh themselves in the morning are more likely to maintain their weight.
Thu 13 Aug | Tech Insider

Drugs aren't solving mental illness — here's what might

Brandon A. Gaudiano, a clinical psychologist and faculty member at the Alpert Medical School, comments on the confusion over the best way to treat mental illness. "We have a lot of scientifically verified psychosocial treatments, and yet it's very difficult for consumers to access them," he says.
Wed 12 Aug | GoLocalProv.com

Brown Football Picked to Finish 5th in Ivy League

The Brown Bears football team has been picked to finish fifth in the Ivy League in the Ivy League preseason media poll. The Bears did receive one first place vote. Harvard was picked to finish first with 130 points while Dartmouth and Yale were picked to finish second and third with 116 and 98 points respectively.
Wed 12 Aug | WJAR

Fung unlikely to face recall election

Wendy Schiller comments on the possibility that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung will face a recall election in light of recent problems he's facing. "Voters are seeking newer, more powerful ways of controlling their politicians, of holding them accountable," Schiller said.
Wed 12 Aug | The National Interest

Debunked: Why 5 Criticisms of the Iran Deal Are Wrong

Nicholas Miller, assistant professor of political science, debunks five criticisms of the Iran nuclear deal. "...the deal is a significant nonproliferation achievement that substantially limits Iran’s ability to acquire nuclear weapons for the foreseeable future," Miller writes in part.
Wed 12 Aug | CNN.com

Trump's signature move: The 'meh' shrug

Barbara Tannenbaum, a professor of public speaking and persuasive communications at Brown, comments on Donald Trump's signature shrug, noting that "people in the anti-Trump camp see it as condescending."
Wed 12 Aug | CNN.com

Kids have three times too much homework, study finds; what's the cost?

A joint study by researchers from Brown University, Brandeis University, Rhode Island College, Dean College, the Children's National Medial Center and the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology finds that found students in the early elementary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much.
Tue 11 Aug | Live Science

10 Interesting Facts About Heroin

Barry Lester, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics, comments on how babies exposed to heroin in his or her mother's womb can be born physically addicted to the drug, and the withdrawal they go through after being taken off the drug.
Tue 11 Aug | Science 360

XROMM puts biomechanics on the fast track

With support from the National Science Foundation, biologist Elizabeth Brainerd and her team at Brown have developed X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology, or “XROMM,” a new technology that combines CAT scan and X-ray technology for visualizing bones and joints in motion, both animal and human. The technology is showcased in a video demonstrating how it works on turtles.