CPH In the Media: April 2018 Roundup

UGA College of Public Health news and media mentions for the month of April 2018:

Dr. Kerstin Emerson, clinical assistant professor in HPB and the Institute of Gerontology, had the lead quote in a recent Wall Street Journal feature which looked at how addressing loneliness can play a part in improving the health of older adults.

Dr. Andrea Swartzendruber, EPIBIO assistant professor, was a recent guest on an episode of WREK 91.1 FM’s North Avenue Lounge, which examined sex education programming in Georgia schools. Listen to the entire episode here.

On April 24, CPH graduate students presented a second series of quantitative analyses and findings from data collected from the Athens Wellbeing Project Data (AWP), a project led by HPAM assistant professor Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams.  The event, which was open to the public, received media attention from both the Athens Banner Herald and WUGA.

HPAM assistant professor Dr. Lesley Clack  commented in a report by the Bend Bulletin which examined the most recent quarterly report of the St. Charles Health System, a four hospital network and health care company in Central Oregon.

A study by HPB professor Dr. Pamela Orpinas, which identified traits that increase high school dropout risk, was mentioned in reports on U.S. News & World Report Healthday.

Dr. Carolyn Lauckner, an assistant professor in HPB, spoke on the behavior of “cyberchondriacs” in a recent news piece by CBC. The article refers to her 2013 study which found people formed a quick impression about their own health or those of family members from scanning their internet search results.

Dr. Lisa Renzi-Hammond, assistant professor of HPB and GERON, spoke to WUGA 91.7 FM reporter Alexia Ridley about her 2017 study which found lutein, common in leafy green vegetables, can improve brain function in individuals both young and old. Additional coverage at Nutritional Outlook.

A recent study by researchers at UGA found a reduction in prescriptions for opioids when states instituted any medical cannabis law.  Dr. Grace Bagwell Adams was a co-author of one of the studies which received media coverage at numerous new outlets, including NPR, U.S. News & World Reports, Science Daily, Reuters, STAT, Scientific American, The Washington Post, MassLive, The Washington Times, ZME Science, Pain News Network, Devdiscourse, Dayton Daily News, Insurance Journal, WUSF News, ESM1.com, Alive for Football, et al.

A study led by CPH alum Dr. Jamila Porter (DrPH ‘16), was featured in Streetsblog USA. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, studied the impact of Florida’s Complete Streets policies originally implemented in 1984.

Posted April 30, 2018.