News and Announcements

RWJF Scholar Christina Roberto co-authors study on impact of ‘food addiction’ on food policy

Pop Center RWJF Health & Society Scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, has co-authored a recently published paper titled “The Impact of ‘Food Addiction’ on Food Policy” that examines how lessons learned from alcohol and tobacco addiction could inform protective policies relating to unhealthy food.

Thurston’s findings stress importance of targeting economically disadvantaged women in fight against heart disease

Rebecca Thurston, former RWJF scholar at the Pop Center, has co-authored a study recently published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, on the link between consistently low socioeconomic status in midlife and heart disease later in life.

Gillman co-authors study revealing young adults to be less aware of having hypertension

HSPH and Pop Center faculty member Mathew Gillman, M.D., co-authors study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine that finds young adults to be less aware that they suffer from hypertension, and therefore, less likely to receive treatment.

Glymour co-authors paper on role of early-life educational quality & literacy in racial disparities in cognition in late life

Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour co-authored a paper titled “The Role of Early-Life Educational Quality and Literacy in Explaining Racial Disparities in Cognition in Late Life” published in the Journals of Gerontology.

HSPH & Pop Center faculty co-author paper on income inequality and sexually transmitted infections in the US

HSPH and Pop Center faculty members SV Subramanian, Till Bärnighausen, and
Ichiro Kawachi  have co-authored a recently published paper on a novel framework for evaluating the relationship between income inequality and sexually transmitted infections in the United States.

Papachristos’ Study on Key Role of Networks in Gun Violence featured in Yale Daily News

A recent article in the Yale Daily News highlights the findings of a study co-authored by Andrew Papachristos, PhD, a scholar in the RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program at the Pop Center from 2010-2012, which reveals that networks play a key role in gun violence and how this insight could lead to improved gun violence prevention programs.

Jason Block and Christina Roberto speak about changes in nutrition labeling

The FDA’s announcement that it planned to update nutrition labels got a lot of press last week, with many popular media outlets reaching out to experts for comment. The Pop Center’s own Jason Block and Christina Roberto were quoted in a LiveScience article that discussed the proposed changes. Block is the Associate Director of the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at HSPH, and Roberto is a RWJF Health and Society Scholar who has published and spoken extensively on the power of food labeling.

Bullied in fifth grade, poor health in tenth grade?

A new study in Pediatrics, co-authored by faculty member Mark Schuster, examines the longitudinal associations of bullying with mental and physical health from elementary to high school. The study, titled “Peer Victimization in Fifth Grade and Health in Tenth Grade,” revealed that bullying was associated with worse mental and physical health, greater depression symptoms, and lower self-worth over time. These findings suggest that if clinicians recognize bullying when it first starts and intervene accordingly, they may be able to reverse the downward health trajectory experienced by youth who are repeated targets.

Socioeconomic status and obesity in Cairo, Egypt: A heavy burden for all

Egypt has an extremely high obesity rate–much higher than would be expected given the country’s level of economic development. How does this paradox affect the correlation between SES and obesity? Faculty members Ichiro Kawachi, SV Subramanian, and Allan Hill conducted a study which found that obesity is prevalent across the SES spectrum in Cairo, i.e. there are no marked correlations between obesity and SES measures such as education, household expenditures, household assets, subjective wealth, and father’s education. The paper, published in Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health, analyzes these findings and considers how they should inform health policy.