Health & Behavior News

A selection of news items written by or involving Division of Health & Behavior faculty members.

July 22, 2014

What if the ethnic makeup of the primary investigators who receive grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) reflected the diversity of the U.S. population as a whole? At a special cardiology grand rounds presentation on Friday morning, July 18, Gary Gibbons, MD, director of the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), asked just that question.

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July 07, 2014

Cigarette use is declining among young people at the same time that hookah smoking is gaining in popularity, says a new study from NYU that finds nearly one out of five high school seniors used the water pipe device sometime in the last year. The study's findings confirm earlier research showing that students from families of higher socioeconomic status are more likely to use hookahs, as are males, white students, those who already smoke cigarettes, and those who had previously used alcohol, marijuana or other illicit substances, says the study published online today in Pediatrics. Joseph Palamar, PhD, MPH, lead author is quoted.

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June 28, 2014

Residents in Jefferson County, Mo., say a local fireworks stand wants young people to associate their business with the party drug molly. Joseph Palamar, MD, MPH, is quoted discussing the drug’s usage rates among teens.

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June 20, 2014

Rachelle Theise, PsyD, provides tips for parents on how to help your children make friends, and practice and build important social skills.

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May 20, 2014

With the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period behind us, the next big task is connecting the newly insured to care. This will undoubtedly require significant effort and one we will struggle with in the coming years as population demographics change. Seventy-seven million Americans struggle with health literacy, which comes into play not only when following through on your doctor's recommendations, but in understanding how to use a health plan. The DREAM Project is a five-year community based participatory research study as part of the NYU School of Medicine.

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