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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common conditions facing U.S. Veterans, with no effective cure. Additionally, many Veterans use alcohol to alleviate their trauma, making medical treatment even more complex. For these high risk patients, Professors Christy Capone and Carolina Haass-Koffler are thinking outside the box: Could a treatment involving psychedelic drugs potentially save Veteran lives?
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Late last year, Scarlett Lanzas was chatting with neighbors — a group of fellow immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean — at the community pool in their housing development in Miami. That’s when Lanzas heard a neighbor say something in Spanish that was not true.
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Good Morning America

Dr. Ashish Jha talks increase in COVID cases

The dean of the Brown University School of Public Health shares what to know to stay safe amid a summer wave of COVID-19 cases and the new strain circulating.
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New York Times

How Scared Should You Be of Bird Flu?

How worried you should be about H5N1, the bird flu virus spreading on dairy farms in the United States, depends on who you are. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described the current H5N1 risk to the general public as low. The risk that the virus poses is tempered by the fact that it doesn’t spread easily among people — yet.
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Brown University leaders Ashish K. Jha and Kim Cobb discuss the intersection of climate change and people’s health, the challenges of our information ecosystem, and how the University’s collaborative efforts are fostering innovative solutions and preparing future leaders.
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How do we receive the information that shapes our beliefs, and how do we know if we can trust our sources? Professor Stefanie Friedhoff says information is a critical social determinant of health.
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No one knows when the next pandemic will sweep across the United States. It could be bird flu, or an as-yet unknown infection. But after living through the Covid-19 pandemic, which claimed more than 1 million American lives, left more than 300,000 children orphaned, and shut down workplaces and schools, U.S. citizens should demand that the nation does better next time.
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Brown armed him with the tools needed to analyze and improve health policy, but Chima Ndumele’s passion for righting injustice keeps him looking forward, focused on improving the lives of low-income Americans.
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When I began my Ph.D. in an interdisciplinary environmental studies program, students further along in the program warned it was going to be particularly hard for us to get academic jobs. They pointed out that among the brilliant and productive faculty who enthusiastically taught our program, none had in fact received training like ours— they all had Ph.D.s in clearly defined fields.
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Outside a farm in Michigan in early May, an RV pulled up and parked. Registered nurse Aracely Nerio and others helped set up a canopy, where nearby farmworkers could find shade or bottles of water, and check their blood pressure and glucose levels. Health care is often out of reach for these laborers.
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Rhode Island will make history later this year when it opens the first state-approved safe injection site in the country. To get ready for this big moment, we spoke to Brandon del Pozo, who’s studied the effects of New York City’s safe injection sites.
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News from SPH

Humans in Public Health: H5N1 Bird Flu

In this special bonus episode of Humans in Public Health, we talk with Professor Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University, about the rising concerns about bird flu in the United States.
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Swearer Center

Student Spotlight: Batool Behnam

Batool Behnam, Graduate Assistant with Swearer Center’s community partnership team and current master's student at Brown’s School of Public Health, is concentrating on Global Health and graduating this Spring 2024. Through research, teaching and community services, Behnam’s dream is to reduce inequalities among communities.
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A panel discussion sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the School of Public Health brought experts together to discuss how we respond to the public health crisis in the Middle East.
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News from SPH

Behind the Lectern: Joseph Hogan

In his nearly thirty years at Brown University, Professor Joseph Hogan has witnessed not just a revolution in the fields of biostatistics and HIV research, but a transformation at Brown. In this interview, he traces the young history of biostats at the University and explains how the field helps researchers deliver results that are rigorous and reproducible.
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DeLauro, a longtime advocate for expanding health care coverage, improving the health of women and children, and addressing social determinants of health such as poverty, will speak to the class of 2024, sharing insights from her decades of public service.
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The Information Futures Lab (IFL) at Brown University’s School of Public Health is pleased to introduce its 2024 Visiting Fellows cohort. Leaders in community-based journalism, equitable tech entrepreneurship, culturally competent communication and infodemics research have joined the Lab to drive a set of innovative projects and pilots that are responding to urgent information challenges in real time.
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A discussion comparing health policy challenges facing the U.S. to those faced by other high-income countries illustrated how the Center for Health System Sustainability aims to improve health care systems through research.
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Boston Globe

What the drug reform movement missed

Camping on city streets, open-air drug use, and crime are generating fierce pushback against harm reduction efforts like decriminalization. It doesn’t have to be this way.
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This is the third article in Unmasked, a series by undergraduate Chris Walsh ’25.5. With a mix of personal perspective and research analysis, Unmasked addresses the public health value of greater openness and self-advocacy around autism.
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