The Daily Hampshire Gazette profiles a new pilot program being offered by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences this fall that will allow students, faculty and staff to travel to Cuba to study that nation’s public health system. The new program is a collaboration involving the SPHHS and the International Programs Office with Cuban education and healthcare organizations.
Middle-aged adults often show up in hearing clinics complaining that they have trouble hearing, but standard tests show their hearing ability, known to scientists as pure-tone threshold, is only slightly impaired, says Professor of Communication Disorders Karen Helfer. Typically, they leave with no confirmation of their sense that they are hearing less well. Her new five-year, $2 million NIH grant will help to explore this disconnect and to investigate the idea that what middle-aged adults may be noticing is not hearing loss but an early age-related change in listening effort.
The Molecular and Cardiovascular Physiology Lab at is looking at how heart disease risk changes during the menopausal transition and is seeking premenopausal women who are 40 years old or older.
Associate Professor of Biostatistics Ken Kleinman has received a four-year, $1.24 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences to provide medical researchers with new software, a web application tool and other support designed to help them determine proper sample size, improve statistical power and improve other methods when using cluster-randomized trials in their studies.
In a new paper, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Edward Calabrese continues his campaign to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the linear no threshold (LNT) single-hit model for risk assessment for exposure to ionizing radiation, and by extension, other chemicals and compounds.
Alumna Laura Sylvester MPPA/MPH '16 is highlighted in an alumni profile piece appearing on the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences website. The profile recounts how Sylvester recently celebrated the passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - a bill she helped create and shape as a graduate student - at a signing ceremony with Governor Baker and other at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on July 27.
The Republican recently interviewed Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Katie Becofsky about a new study she's leading in her Behavioral Medicine Lab.
The Physical Activity and Health Lab seeks children and adolescents 1.5-17 years old to be a part of a research study to assess physical activity measurements using accelerometer technology. Participants will be asked to conduct their normal, every day activities while wearing two activity trackers and being recorded by a video camera to track their physical activity levels.
Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Richard Peltier is interviewed by The Republican in a feature story about his work developing air pollution sensors. He also talks about the differences between working in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. Peltier says air quality in the developing world can be hard to measure and the health effects are equally difficult to track.
Researchers in the Muscle Biology Laboratory in the kinesiology department are seeking participants for a study aimed at quantifying thigh muscle and fat content in healthy older adults (65-80 years old) who are not exercising heavily.
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