Health & Behavior News

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

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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August 14, 2013

Tanya Spruill, PhD, a health psychologist and behavioral scientist, was awarded a two-year R21 grant from NIH/NHLBI to study the occurrence of stressful events and stress-related thoughts (i.e., rumination, worry) in 163 healthy participants over two weeks of their routine daily lives, and to examine their associations with objectively-assessed sleep quality and ambulatory blood pressure.

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July 24, 2013

Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD, has been accepted to the NIH Center for Scientific Review’s Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology (CASE) Study Section.

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June 07, 2013

Older, thinner patients with sleep disordered breathing may be at risk for brain atrophy in regions of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease, researchers have reported. Janna Mantua is quoted.

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May 14, 2013

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MS, MPH, FACP, was awarded the Herbert W. Nickens Award at the 36th Annual Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This award is named in memory and honor of the late Dr. Herbert W. Nickens, former Director of the Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services and the first Vice President and Director of the American Association of Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Division of Community and Minority Programs. The Nickens Award recognizes exceptional commitment to cultural diversity in medicine and improving minority health.

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