Health & Behavior News

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

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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September 17, 2013

Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD, Professor of Population Health at the Center for Healthful Behavior Change, has received funding from the NIH's Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for his grant, "Tailored Sleep Health Education: A Community Engaged Approach (TASHE)."

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September 12, 2013

Black men have the greatest burden of premature death and disability from hypertension (HTN) in the United States, and the highest incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer (CRC). While several clinical trials have reported beneficial effects of lifestyle changes on blood pressure (BP) reduction, and improved CRC screening with patient navigation (PN), the effectiveness of these approaches in community-based settings remains understudied, particularly among Black men. Article by Joseph Ravenell, MD, et al.

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