In the Media

A selection of media items or involving Department of Population Health faculty members.



April 02, 2013

Makeup plays an essential role in most women’s lives and is a major part of their daily routine. However, women are not aware of the hazardous chemicals in makeup that can cause significant skin and health issues. Leonardo Trasande, MD, provides commentary.


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March 16, 2013

While environmental hazards are often invisible, the health effects on home occupants are very real. Experts say that concerned homeowners should hire a qualified home inspector who can identify these environmental risks. Leonardo Trasande, MD, is quoted.


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March 14, 2013

Carolyn Berry, PhD, has accepted an appointment to the Health Disparities and Equity Promotion Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, of the National Institutes of Health, for the term beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2017.


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March 07, 2013

A film festival dedicated to stories about people with disabilities kicks off this week in New York City. The event, called “ReelAbilities,” is primarily a celebration of people with different abilities, but one troubling new film explores a particularly dark chapter of medical history. Barron Lerner, MD, discusses film.


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March 07, 2013

With the increased understanding of the relationship between stress and disease, the role of stress in explaining persistent disparities in health outcomes has received growing attention. One body of research has focused on allostatic load--the "wear and tear" that results from chronic or excessive activation of the stress response. Other research has looked at the link between stress and health behaviors. In this study, we conducted 7 focus groups with a total of 56 people to understand how people living in Highbridge, South Bronx, New York, a low income community with poor health outcomes, perceive stress and its relationship to health. Focus group participants described a direct causal pathway between stress and poor health as well as an indirect pathway through health behaviors, including uncontrolled eating, sleep deprivation, substance abuse, smoking, violence and aggression, and withdrawal and inactivity. Participants articulated a number of theories about why stress leads to these unhealthy behaviors, including self-medication, adaptive behavior, discounting the future, depletion of willpower, and competing priorities. Their nuanced understanding of the link between stress and health elucidates the mechanisms and pathways by which stress may result in disparities in health outcomes and create challenges in changing health behaviors in poor communities like the South Bronx. Sue Kaplan, JD, is a co-author.


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