Sat 10 Jun | The New York Times

Prozac Nation is now the United States of Xanax

Peter D. Kramer, a Brown University psychiatrist, commented on how widespread anxiety in this generation isn't anything new. Speaking on the eras between the 1950s and1970s, Kramer said, “And then there were substantial social spurs to anxiety: the World Wars, the atom bomb. If you weren’t anxious, you were scarcely normal.”
Fri 9 Jun | The American Prospect

School suspensions, test scores and lead poisoning

In a new working paper published in May, economists suggest there is a casual relationship between lead exposure and the likelihood kids will be placed in detention or face other punishment. Reporter Rachel Cohen mentions that Brown economist Anna Aizer was among the first researchers to look at this relationship.
Wed 7 Jun | The Boston Herald

Beacon Hill bill calls foul on the mascots

As lawmakers from the Bay State heard a proposal to ban the use of Native American mascots in high school team names, Brown assistant professor Adrienne Keene commented on the impact of appropriating Native American culture.
Wed 7 Jun | IEEE

Magnetocapacitance turned upside down offers a new tool in spintronics

Brown researchers in collaboration with Japanese scientists have found a way to invert the effect and lower the capacitance of magnetic tunneling junctions. The results could lead to the development magnetic sensors for “spintronic” applications including computer hard drives and next-generation random access memory (RAM) chips.
Wed 7 Jun | Time

The truth about weight gain and pregnancy

Emily Oster, professor of economics at Brown University and author of "Expecting Better," commented on the topic of weight gain and pregnancy by saying, "If anything, you should probably be more concerned about gaining too little weight than too much."
Tue 6 Jun | The New York Post

Kids exposed to lead may have higher rates of criminal activity: report

Anna Aizer, associate professor of economics, commented on a Brookings Institution report that suggests a link between exposure to lead and incarceration rates. One of the studies listed in the Brookings report was conducted by Aizer, who told New York Post, “There’s increasing evidence that blood-lead levels at older ages [age 6 through second graders] are predictive of worse outcomes, like IQ.”
Tue 6 Jun | Consumer Affairs

Sleep apnea in pregnant women poses major risk to newborns

Sleep apnea is a condition that can affect anyone and has serious medical implications, but a new study led by Brown University researcher Ghada Bourjeily shows that it may be particularly harmful to pregnant women and their unborn children.
Mon 5 Jun | WSAV

The next chapter

A short feature on the ways volunteering benefits the participant cites a Brown University study that found spending time with others improves mental health.
Sun 4 Jun | Sea Coast Online

Influx of elderly patients forces ER to practice comfort care

Doctors trying to come up with systematic ways to identify which patients could benefit from palliative care are using a screening tool, dubbed P-CaRES, developed at Brown University, a simple list of questions clinicians can answer about each patient in the ER.
Sun 4 Jun | Christian Science Monitor

Suburbia's new face

John Logan, professor of sociology, commented in an article about the diversification of suburbs, which has seen an increase of minority groups in 78 of the top 100 cities. Logan described the dynamic immigrants play in these neighborhoods.
Fri 2 Jun | STAT News

When might patients use their brains to restore movement?

Article mentions Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue who led the team that first tested technology that could determine the intent of specific brain signals of paralyzed patients and help translate those signals into physical action.