News and Announcements

Till Bärnighausen co-authors paper on understanding and validating measures of governments’ political commitment to HIV

Pop Center faculty member Dr. Till Bärnighausen has co-authored a paper in Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice entitled “Bringing the state back in: Understanding and validating measures of governments’ political commitment to HIV.”

Bell Fellow Fahad Razak co-authors article in JAMA that examines how physicians can better assist patients with decision making

Pop Center Bell Fellow Fahad Razak has co-authored an article in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that explores the importance of integrating some behavioral science into medical training to allow physicians to better assist patients with medical decision making. This article focuses on the prospect theory, a framework to understand how choices are made, to help gain insight into how patients make choices in the face of uncertainty so that physicians can become even better guides to patients.

Human rights violations and smoking status among South African adults

Until now, no public health study has examined South Africans’ experiences of human rights violations and smoking. The first paper to examine this relationship has just been published in Social Science & Medicine;  Pop Center faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, Cassandra Okechukwu, and David Williams are co-authors. The results of their analysis suggest that smoking behaviors are more prevalent in South Africans who report that they have experienced violations of their human rights or who have a close relationship to others who experienced such violations.

New Study: The relationship among workplace characteristics, physical activity, and BMI

Pop Center faculty member Orfeu Buxton and post-doctoral fellow Erika Sabbath contributed to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine examining the relationship of BMI, physical activity, and age as they relate to workplace characteristics. Their paper presents intriguing insights into the relationship of workplace harassment and obesity, among other findings.