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2015 Faculty in the News

Mailman School of Public Health faculty are renowned scientists, practitioners, and educators working on the forefront of critical public health issues in the U.S. and around the world. They are frequently called upon by journalists to discuss their work and to comment on vital issues and events of our day.

Below are some example of topics and 2015 publications where our faculty members have been cited for their research findings and expert commentary.



Bespoke HealthCare: Precision Medicine Won't Work Without Precision Questions, February 26
"Precision medicine has the potential to help treat many diseases, improve outcomes, and enhance overall well-being in people. But it can’t do anything if we don’t have a medical system that provides comprehensive health care," according to Prof. Patrick Wilson.
Study That Paid Patients to Take H.I.V. Drugs Fails, February 25
"We did not see a significant effect of financial incentives," said Prof. Wafaa M. El-Sadr. But, she said, "there is 'promise for using such incentives in a targeted manner.'"
  The Dangerous Silence of Academic Researcher, February 23
Prof. Y. Claire Wang writes, "Speaking out carries risks, but staying silent in the public discourse may be even riskier…Speaking out is not only our right, it is also our responsibility."
Eye-opener: U.S. Teens Getting Less and Less Sleep, Study Shows, February 16
"Reasons for the trend are uncertain," but lead author Prof. Katherine Keyes said increasing use of social media, smartphones and other electronics might have contributed.
Arsenic Traces in Rice Cause Health Worries, February 4
"The number of health effects we contribute to arsenic has grown over time," said Prof Joseph Graziano. "We've learned arsenic can alter the DNA. It may influence the health outcomes later in life."
Vaccines and Herd Immunity, an Explainer February 2
As the measles outbreak that started in Southern California continues to spread, Prof. Stephen Morse explains why herd immunity is so necessary to prevent a serious outbreak and what the anti-vaccine movement has to do with it.


New Healthy Initiative Is Designed for Latinas with Breast Cancer, January 29
"Many of the women who took part are first-generation immigrants from Spanish-speaking Latin American countries who live in disadvantaged communities and do not have a lot of extra income to spend on food," according to Prof. Heather Greenlee.
Fit Kids February: Understanding Today's Health Challenges, January 28
"We've seen an increase in obesity in the last 30 years, and an upward trend for school age children. For adolescents, the trends are significantly worse," says Prof. Helena Duch.
Five Ways to Control the Aging Process, January 21
Prof. John Rowe recommends: Stay physically active, eat real food, stay socially connected, develop positive resiliency, train your brain.
AAA invests $12 Million in Study of Older Drivers' Needs, January 20
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is directing $12 million to the Mailman School of Public Health so researchers can study driving behavior and health factors affecting older drivers for the next five years.
Prediction: All Predictions About Ebola Are Unpredictable, January 15
"It's not like weather predictions," says Prof. Jeffrey Shaman, who despite the novelty of the field, has been posting forecasts of the number of Ebola cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia since September.