January 28, 2020

In the News

  1. January 28, 2020
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    Most men with HIV know whether they have enough of the virus in their blood to make them contagious, but new research by Rob Stephenson, professor of nursing, and health behavior and health education, found that one in five may mistakenly think they can’t spread the virus even when they can. The results, he says, suggest that some HIV-positive men may not fully understand the public health message that “undetectable equals untransmittable.”

  2. January 28, 2020
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    “The court avoided making the administration’s deeply unpopular campaign to demolish the ACA a centerpiece of the presidential race. Given that the court has frequently expedited or taken other extraordinary steps in cases of similar import, its refusal to do so in this instance looks an awful lot like an effort to help the Republican Party,” wrote Leah Litman, assistant professor of law, on the Supreme Court’s refusal to consider a challenge to the Affordable Care Act until after the presidential election.

    The Washington Post
  3. January 28, 2020
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    “Over the span of a decade-long export reform initiative, this is the only instance where lethal weapons have been recategorized as commercial products. At the very time we should be restricting access to military-style firearms, the new regulations aim to normalize them and boost sales,” said Susan Waltz, professor of public policy, on the Trump administration’s easing of regulations on some commercial firearms exports.

  4. January 27, 2020
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    The scale and complexity of the quarantine in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus broke out last month, is probably unprecedented, says Howard Markel, professor of health management and policy and director of the Center for the History of Medicine: “This is just mind-boggling. I’ve never read about or seen a bigger one than they’re proposing. … It’s a bazooka, not a BB gun.”

    The Washington Post
  5. January 27, 2020
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    Karyn Lacy, associate professor sociology, and Afroamerican and African studies, discusses in an op-ed the energy that black people expend daily to counteract racial stereotypes and get fair treatment: “I study race and race relations for a living, and I’ve long known that strategizing about ways to avoid or counteract discrimination is an energy-draining task, and for too many, it’s part of everyday life.”

    The New York Times
  6. January 27, 2020
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    “I think this is an important step in demonstrating that we have methods where we can reduce the risks that the things in urine pose,” said Krista Wigginton, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, whose research shows that urine can be used as a fertilizer without fear it will fuel the spread of antibiotic resistance — an issue experts have said is as great a threat to humanity as the climate crisis.

    The Guardian (U.K.)
  7. January 24, 2020
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    “If ever there were a case where your heart says yes but your mind says no, Juliana unfortunately is that case,” said David Uhlmann, professor from practice and director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program, commenting on a landmark lawsuit brought on behalf of young people against the U.S. government. The case was quashed by a federal appeals court because “climate change is not an issue for the courts.”

    The New York Times
  8. January 24, 2020
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    Emily Martin, associate professor of epidemiology, says this flu season is already notable for two reasons: “One is we are having a very early season. … The second thing … is that in previous years we will usually have some influenza A and then we will have a little bit of influenza B that comes a little later in the season, in the spring, and this year it is backwards.”

  9. January 24, 2020
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    Gentrification “may not be pushing (black) people out, but making them feel like, ‘This isn’t my home anymore, and I don’t feel comfortable here anymore.’ … It’s residents feeling like they no longer belong because young white people are coming to the neighborhood in much greater numbers,” said Margaret Dewar, professor emerita of urban and regional planning, on the impact of Detroit’s rebirth on its African-American residents.

    U.S. News & World Report
  10. January 23, 2020
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    “Parents should take a close look at their teen’s gaming behavior and set reasonable limits to reduce harmful impacts on sleep, family and peer relationships and school performance,” said Gary Freed, professor of pediatrics, and health management and policy, whose research shows that 71 percent of parents believe that video games may have a positive impact on their kids, while 44 percent try to restrict video game content.

    International Business Times