The SPHHS Insider - July 2016

Doctoral candidate Alexandra Purdue-Smithe co-authors article finding caffeine is not associated with premenstrual syndrome

A prospective study of caffeine and coffee intake and premenstrual syndrome among more than 3,600 women by epidemiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that caffeine intake is not associated with PMS, and current recommendations for women to reduce caffeine intake may not help prevent the development of PMS. Details appear in the current early online edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Lead author and Ph.D. student Alexandra Purdue-Smithe, her advisor Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, and colleagues point out, “The prospective design of our study and 14-year follow-up allowed us to assess whether caffeine and coffee intake could impact the initial development of PMS; to our knowledge, no other studies have addressed this question.”

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Zhang leads study that finds obese nursing home residents more likely to be admitted to poor quality facilities

A study led by Ning Zhang, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, found that obese nursing home residents are more likely to be admitted to poor quality facilities than non-obese people. This may be because obese individuals require more care and modifications to the physical environment and many homes don’t want to pay the associated costs.The study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The article was co-authored by Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, Associate Professor and Health Policy & Management Program Head, Andrew Barenberg, a doctoral candidate in Economics at UMass Amherst, Jerry Gurwitz, Professor in the Primary Care Medicine at the UMass Medical School, and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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Audiology doctoral candidate Katie Dellorso awarded scholarship by industry group Alpaca Audiology

A Communication Disorders doctoral candidate was chosen in a nationwide competition as the recipient of a $10,000 scholarship by Alpaca Audiology. Katie Dellorso, a candidate in the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program, was recently awarded the scholarship by Alpaca, a network that uses the collective purchasing power of its members to help audiologists purchase hearing aids at rates that are competitive with big box retailers. The award is given annually to one student currently enrolled in an accredited doctoral level audiology program in the U.S. who the group’s board feels has high potential to “amplify the profession of audiology.”

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