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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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Health Care’s Carbon Problem

Despite being on the front lines of the climate crisis, the health care sector is also one of the greatest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. A new study from Brown researchers looks at these decarbonizing efforts across the globe.
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The Promise and Challenges of Dual Vaccination

Four years out from the onset of the COVID-19 epidemic, a new study explores the extent to which COVID-19 and influenza vaccines are being distributed and employed simultaneously, particularly among high-risk populations.
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MPH student Rosemelly Jimenez Medal's father has worked as a short-haul trucker for over 25 years, and she noticed that he was struggling to hear conversations at dinner. So Jimenez Medal teamed up with her father and noise researcher Erica Walker, RGSS Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Brown University, to conduct hearing screenings on short-term truckers in California.
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Driving Under the Influence (of Cannabis)

As cannabis legalization continues to spread, a Brown researcher is driven to understand the risks of impaired driving and to help drivers make safer choices.
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Mental Health Spending Surged During the Pandemic

Americans’ use of mental health services pivoted to remote visits and increased considerably, a new study found. Economists think both changes are here to stay.
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Clean Air Simplified

A study led by Professor Joseph Braun found that inexpensive, easy-to-assemble Corsi-Rosenthal boxes effectively filter out indoor air pollutants.
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A new study highlights an unintended consequence of interventions to combat the country’s illicit opioid epidemic, emphasizing the need to include harm reduction strategies as part of a comprehensive response.
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Brown’s Information Futures Lab fellowship program provides dedicated practitioners with the resources, time, and support to develop and test pilot projects that address information disorders and digital literacy.
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Public health research abstracts are welcome from Brown University students and trainees at all levels conducting public health research. We also welcome abstracts from our community and agency partners interested in presenting their datasets. 
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