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.
Mon 26 Jun | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Linda Resnik

Linda Resnik, professor of health services, policy and practice, was recognized by the Providence VA Medical Center with the Paul B. Magnuson Award for her work with veterans affected by upper-limb amputations. Resnik spoke with Providence Business News about the VA’s new prosthetic for veterans who have experienced upper-limb loss.
Mon 26 Jun | Tampa Bay Times

For Fourth of July, an American feast inspired by founding father Alexander Hamilton

In anticipation of Fourth of July feasts taking place across the United States, Tampa Bay Times introduces some of the culinary tastes of one of America's founders, Alexander Hamilton. Linford Fisher, associate professor of history, describes why Hamilton would've been drawn to New York City and the dishes that could've piqued his palate.
Mon 26 Jun | Providence Business News

ProThera and WIH receive $1.95M in grant money

ProThera Biologics and Women & Infants Hospital were awarded a $1.95 million to begin the second phase of a study that will examine the potential of an inhibitor protein to treat and prevent neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury. Brown faculty members Barbara Stonestreet and Xiaodi Chen will work with ProThera to conduct the study.
Mon 26 Jun | Medical Express

'Own-point-of-view' video method leverages power of perception to improve emergency care

Megan L. Ranney, associate professor of health services, comments on the findings of a recent study that used a video technique to examine physicians' clinical decisions. Although the findings are preliminary, Ranney notes the techniques used in the study can have "obvious applications for studying and improving physicians' cognitive processes, biases and interactions with patients."