NIMHD in the News - 2015

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Arizona State University students to focus on Latino youth to combat diabetes

October 6, 2015 - The program, called “Every Little Step Counts,” is a five-year, $1.2 million study funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The program will test the effects and benefits to creating a community-based intervention plan among Latino youth.

NIH launches landmark study on substance use and adolescent brain development

September 25, 2015 - The National Institutes of Health today awarded 13 grants to research institutions around the country as part of a landmark study about the effects of adolescent substance use on the developing brain. The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study will follow approximately 10,000 children beginning at ages 9 to10, before they initiate drug use, through the period of highest risk for substance use and other mental health disorders.

Racism linked to mortality for both blacks and whites in U.S.

September 17, 2015 - In U.S. communities with high levels of racial prejudice, both blacks and whites may have worse survival odds than people who live in more tolerant places, a study suggests. Researchers examined U.S. survey data on racial attitudes from 1993 to 2002 and linked the responses to death records through 2008, to explore the impact of prejudice on mortality. Altogether they had data from almost 11,000 people living in 100 communities nationwide.

New NIH-funded study explores the impact of exercise on breast cancer outcomes

September 8, 2015 - Physician-scientists at University Hospitals Case Medical Center's Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are leading a new study exploring the impact of exercise on outcomes for older breast cancer survivors.

Study: Smoke-Free Zones, Higher Taxes Deter Youth Smoking

September 8, 2015 - Banning smoking in the workplace and increasing taxes on cigarettes have discouraged teens and young adults from taking up smoking, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Merced. The researchers found that a 100 percent smoke-free environment reduced the odds of taking up smoking by one third.

Study: Nursing home care for minorities improves

July 7, 2015 - A new study of nursing homes has found that, while disparities continue to exist, the quality of care in homes with higher concentrations of racial and ethnic minority residents has improved and that this progress appears to be linked to increases in Medicaid payments.

Can a Shave and a Haircut Save African-Americans from Colon Cancer?

April 23, 2015 - A potentially life-saving program kicked off in Washington, D.C., amid the buzz of electric razors, hum of blow dryers and scent of shaving cream and hairspray. The goal is to use barbershops and hair salons as gateways to better health for African-Americans, who have the highest rate of new cases of colorectal cancer and are the most likely to die from this disease.

Social Media Campaign Aims to Draw Students in to Health Careers

April 2, 2015 - The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center has created a video and quiz as part of a broader social media campaign to encourage local area underrepresented (racially and ethnically diverse, first generation and low socioeconomic) students to consider a path toward a health career.

Working nights might raise the risk for diabetes

March 10, 2015 - African American women who work night shifts are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than those who have never worked nights.

Interventions Lower Diabetes Risk in Women who had Gestational Diabetes

February 23, 2015 - Women with a history of gestational diabetes face a heightened risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for years after giving birth, but intensive lifestyle intervention or a medication regimen can have a protective effect in this population, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy, typically in the second trimester.