Health & Behavior News

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

December 05, 2013

High school seniors who frown upon the use of drugs are most likely to be female, nonsmokers or hold strong religious beliefs, according to a study by Joseph Palamar, PhD. Palamar examines how teenagers’ attitudes toward marijuana influenced their thoughts on the further use of other illicit drugs. The work appears online in the journal Prevention Science.

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November 30, 2013

Posting the calorie content of menu items at restaurants is designed to make diners stop and think, tally up the total and make wiser choices. In real life, that doesn't seem to be the case, according to new research led by Brian Elbel, PhD.

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November 27, 2013

For African-Americans who have hypertension, controlling their high blood pressure is critical to avoid serious complications. However, a history of racial discrimination and/or mistrust in their physicians often causes them to skip taking their necessary medication, finds a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. lead author Yendelela Cuffee, PhD, is quoted.

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November 12, 2013

The Affordable Care Act mandates that large chain restaurants post calorie counts for all items on their menus. However, posting calorie counts has not shown to be an effective way to fight obesity. Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, comments.

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October 02, 2013

In nearly 12 years at City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg advanced a robust public-health agenda on tobacco, food and drinks that broke new ground but was also deeply controversial—an approach that divides the two major-party candidates running to succeed him. Brian Elbel, PhD, is quoted.

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