Sat 13 May | The Providence Journal

Children do best with their families

Children who are taken care of by family relatives routinely have better outcomes than those living in foster or congregate care, Professor Gregory K. Fritz wrote in an op-ed supporting kinship caregiving.
Sat 13 May | SI Live

Drug prevention website created to battle Staten Island's drug epidemic

James Oddo, borough president of Staten Island, N.Y., recently announced a website portal that will provide data on overdose and addiction. According to Oddo, the research team tasked with finding ways to combat the opioid epidemic came across an overdose prevention campaign being used by the state of Rhode Island in partnership with Brown University.
Tue 9 May | Evening Telegraph

Political Nostradamus from Dundee foresaw the rise of Trump

Mark Blyth of Brown University's Watson Institute has earned a reputation as one of the world’s most respected political economists after predicting the election of Donald Trump and Britain's vote to exit the European Union. The recent French election had the potential to be another political disruption, but Emmanuel Macron ended up winning by a decisive margin. Blyth speaks about the global economy and its impact on politics.
Tue 9 May | NY Daily News

Yoga can help treat depression

Lisa Uebelacker, associate professor of psychiatry, commented on a new study that suggests practicing yoga can ease symptoms of major depression.
Tue 9 May | Live Science

What does drinking 77 percent alcohol do to you?

Mark A. Celio, an assistant professor at Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, warned that higher concentrations of alcohol in drinks can be deadly for heavy drinkers. His comments come after Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin has been recalled because of incorrect labeling on its alcoholic contents.
Tue 9 May | MedPage Today

More opioids after c-section, more opioids at home

Jenna Emerson of Brown University and her colleagues presented new findings that suggests women who take more opioids to recover from cesarean delivery are also more likely to use more opioids once they are discharged.
Mon 8 May | Daily Mail

Why a magnet could be the solution

A feature on the various ways magnets are being used in everyday lives mentions a pill system being developed by Brown researchers that could change how pills are dissolved and absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract.
Sat 6 May | Quartz

Shape-shifting cuttlefish fights off a romantic rival

Continuing coverage of the study that documented, for the first time ever, cuttlefish fighting in the wild. Justine J. Allen of Brown University and Derya Akkaynak, now at the University of Haifa in Israel, recorded video of the fight, which they just released, along with an article in The American Naturalist describing the encounter.
Fri 5 May | The New York Times

To lift growth, Janet Yellen says, make it easier for women to work

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen delivered a speech at Brown University for the "125 Years of Women at Brown" conference. In the unusually personal speech, Yellen said policies making it easier for women to work could significantly improve the nation’s economic growth.
Fri 5 May | WCVB (CNN)

White House drug policy office facing massive cuts, draft memo saysg

Dr. David C. Lewis, founder of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University, commented on the Republican backed plan to cut Obamacare's requirement that extended insurance coverage to include addiction services and mental health treatment. "If you cut off even the essential funding for people to get that treatment, they simply won't get it," Lewis said.
Fri 5 May | The Hill

Democrats and Republicans share blame in rewriting the role of the Senate

Richard Arenberg wrote an op-ed about how both political parties have participated in damaging the Senate, the Supreme Court and American democracy by making it possible to have a simple majority vote to approve measures and nominations. Arenberg is a visiting lecturer in political science, international and public affairs at Brown University.
Fri 5 May | Fox Providence (Dan Yorke State of Mind)

Following Dr. Khaled Almilaji’s story to an underground hospital in Syria

A follow-up episode to the story of Dr. Khaled Almilaji, a graduate student from Brown University who has been unable to return to the United States from Syria. In this episode, Almilaji's wife, Dr. Jehan Mouhsen, and Dr. Adam Levine and Melissa Godfrey joined the program to discuss an underground hospital Almilaji is working on to get off the ground. The project, less than 40 miles away from the chemical attack that drew international ire, is in need of significant funding.
Wed 3 May | New Atlas

Video captures cuttlefish going wild in the wild

For the first time ever, researchers captured footage of male cuttlefish duking it out in the wild in a stunning display of colors and ink. Study co-author and Brown University researcher Justine Allen recalls the events leading up to the underwater dual which was published in American Naturalist.
Wed 3 May | Providence Business News

Brown receives $3.1M to improve data analysis

Computer scientists at Brown University have received $3.1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to build a new software for big-data exploration and analysis, the school announced April 26.
Tue 2 May | ABC6

Brown University students test drone delivery

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's cookies? Dozens of Brown students lined the College Green Tuesday afternoon, their eyes to the sky eagerly awaiting a delivery drone with its cargo of Insomnia Cookies.
Tue 2 May | The Providence Journal

R.I. officials warn of soaring presence of fentanyl-laced cocaine

State health officials say that supplies of cocaine that were seized in Rhode Island during drug raids have been found to be laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine and has been associated with the surge in accidental overdose deaths in 2016. Dr. Traci C. Green of Brown University commented on fentanyl’s growing reach, saying, "We need to really consider all possible exposures to illicit drugs, meaning powders and pills.”

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