Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Laura Vandenberg says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ignoring its own data about the chemical BPA.
Epidemiology’s Rachel Volberg recently explained why people are attracted to playing lottery games like Mega Millions to the Boston Herald.
As the nights grow longer and winter settles in across the north, a team of health researchers is using a “community mobilization” approach to translate research into practice for an Alaska Native youth suicide prevention program in 15 remote Alaska towns. The intervention, “Promoting Community Conversations About Research to End Suicide” (PC CARES) was developed by Lisa Wexler and Cris Smith at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with colleagues from Northwest Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Wexler and colleagues pilot-tested the program in 10 far-flung Native Alaska communities over the past year. They recently received a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to expand the project, “re-envisioning it to adapt to a new region,” as she explains.
The dominant messaging in many teen pregnancy prevention campaigns is often framed in a stigmatized context of the negative consequences of young motherhood: a young woman’s promising life squandered by the responsibilities of motherhood; teenage girls acting irresponsibly or making “bad choices”; teen mothers and their children becoming societal burdens; and young mothers perpetuating the cycle of troubled family units. Aline Gubrium, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Policy, and Betsy Krause, Professor of Anthropology, aim to work against these negative stereotypes through their “Hear Our Stories” digital storytelling project.
A recent pilot study by kinesiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that pedaling while conducting work tasks improved insulin responses to a test meal. Investigators led by Research Professor Stuart Chipkin found that insulin levels following the meal were lower when sedentary workers used a pedal desk compared to a standard desk. In addition, work skills were not decreased in the pedaling condition.
Researchers in the kinesiology department are looking male volunteers with knee pain due to osteoarthritis to participate in a research study.
Do you have a “little bit” of trouble hearing? Have you been told that you are “not quite ready’ for hearing aids? Are you between 50 and 64 years of age? If so, you are invited to participate in an NIH-funded research study on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) by researchers from the department of communication disorders.
The Department of Communication Disorders has released the inaugural issue of the its alumni newsletter.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" guides public health promotion and practice around the world. But prevention strategies and programs to promote healthier lifestyles alone are not a solution; one must also consider public health policies and their impacts on accessibility and equity.
David L. Chin, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, is quoted in a story appearing in the Daily Hampshire Gazette addressing the "ripple effects of Question 1," a hotly-contested state ballot question to establish nurse-patient staffing ratios. Chin commented that the ballot question probably wouldn't have the intended effect.
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