- september 7, 2017
Scientists narrow down the startling risk factors that can cause autism
In the past decade, researchers have come a long way in narrowing down which conditions may make autism more likely to develop. What they learn could lead to more sophisticated treatments for autism at its early stages, or even prevent the disorder from developing in the first place.
Heather Volk is quoted in article in CNBC.
- september 7, 2017
Long-Term Opioid Prescription Use Jumps Threefold Over 16-Year Period, Large-Scale Study Suggests
A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that opioid prescription use increased significantly between 1999 and 2014, and that much of that increase stemmed from patients who’d been taking their medication for 90 days or longer.
Ramin Mojtabai, MD is study author. Article from JHSPH News Release.
- august 28, 2017
Exercising in midlife offers no protection against dementia, study finds
Contrary to previous research, a new study has found that exercising in midlife is not associated with delaying the onset of cognitive decline and dementia — including Alzheimer’s disease — later in life.
Alden Gross, lead author, is quoted and Joe Gallo was involved in the study. Article from the Minnesota Post.
- august 18, 2017
5 Innovative People Improving Brain Health and Performance
Beneath the drive for professional success is the desire for personal growth. And one crucial part of continued growth is researching one of our most vital organs--the brain. These are five BrainFutures presenters who are doing science-backed things with the brain.
Michelle Carlson is one of the presenters mentioned in INC.
- august 17, 2017
Higher Rural Suicide Rates Driven by Use of Guns
Rural suicide rates in Maryland, 35 percent higher than urban rates, can be traced to significantly higher use of firearms in rural areas.
Paul Nestadt, MD (postdoctoral fellow in DMH) led the study.
- august 15, 2017
How characters with autism got starring roles on TV’s ‘Good Doctor,’ ‘Atypical,’ ‘Claws’
As autism has increased in frequency and recognition in society, TV is welcoming more characters with the condition. But as TV seeks more representation of people with physical or developmental challenges, it's important to present accurate and honest portrayals, while not defining characters solely by their condition.
Heather Volk is quoted in USA Today.
- july 20, 2017
Civil unrest related to Freddie Gray death caused depressive symptoms among mothers in affected neighborhoods, study finds
Article in The Baltimore Sun about new research by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Tamar Mendelson is quoted in the article.
- july 20, 2017
Mother petitions for playground safety, telling school board her first-grader was attacked by classmate
The attack occurred on an open and highly visible field next to the playground and was observed by at least one child that the child’s mother knows of. The incident, which was of a sexual nature, has made the child’s mother into an advocate for school playground safety at Guilderland (NY).
Elizabeth Letourneau is quoted in The Altamont Enterprise (Guilderland, NY).
- summer 2017
Tooth Fairy in the Lab
#JHSPH researchers are bringing the latest, greatest tools in #autism diagnosis and treatment to the whole world.
Heather Volk's and Dani Fallin's research discussed in an article in the Summer Edition of the Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine.
- june 6, 2017
Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in Elderly May Predict Amyloid Deposition
Older cognitively normal adults who tend to be sleepy during the day may be more likely to have future beta-amyloid deposition, according to a new study. Beta-amyloid deposition thought to be is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
Adam Spira, study lead, is quoted.
- june 1, 2017
B’More Clubhouse Helping Their Members Build Meaningful Lives
It’s called “psychiatric rehabilitation.” Simply put, it’s helping people with mental illness transition from patient-hood to person-hood.
JHSPH research is mentioned in article at WJZ. (Bill Eaton has been strongly involved with B'More.)
- may 26, 2017
How the American Health Care Act Would Affect Mental-Health Coverage
The Republican bill would decrease access for millions, and in the process dismantle the tools used to fight substance abuse.
Elizabeth Stuart is quoted in The Atlantic.
- may 1, 2017
Are Bullies Getting Run Out of U.S. Schools?
The long-feared, lunch-money-stealing schoolyard bully may soon be a thing of the past, a new analysis suggests. The analysis stems from an ongoing survey conducted from 2005 to 2014 that found bullying has been on a decade-long downswing.Tracy Evian Waasdorp is quoted in U.S. News and World Report.
- april 25, 2017
Right wing relapse? How the Opioid Fight is Threatened by Healthcare Reform
Newsweek features the work of Professor Deborah Agus's opioid treatment program through her organization, the Behavioral Health Leadership Institute (in which Joint Professor Michael Fingerhood is also involved). Brandon Saloner is also quoted about his research.
april 5, 2017
- Childhood Sex Abuse Could Accelerate Puberty in Girls, Study Finds
A study that tracked small cohort of child sex abuse survivors over three decades say they’ve observed another phenomenon: that child sex abuse accelerates the timeline of puberty in adolescent girls. Early puberty has been linked to a higher risk of certain cancers, like ovarian and breast cancer, due to prolonged exposure to estrogen.
Ryan Shields is quoted in CBS News.
- march 24, 2017
Social Media is Causing Depression Among Teen Girls
A "steady stream of research" suggests that far more girls than boys are battling major depression in their almost-adult years — and the growing psychological dependence on Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media may be making young women more vulnerable to mental illness.
Ramin Mojtabai’s research is mentioned in MSN Lifestyle.
- march 22, 2017
Loss of Spouse or Partner to Suicide Linked to Physical, Mental Disorders
In this nationwide register-based cohort study, an increased risk of mental and physical disorders, mortality, and adverse social events were noted among people bereaved by spousal suicide. Bereavement by suicide differed from bereavement by other manners of death. Paper published in JAMA Psychiatry by Annette Erlangsen, PhD (Adjunct). Holly Wilcox, PhD is contributing author. View paper: http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2609649?resultClick=1
Coverage in Baltimore Sun: Suicide causes partners more mental, physical ailments
- march 22, 2017
When the First Report Is Ignored, Terrible Things Happen
Organizations serving youth need strong child sexual abuse prevention policies.
Elizabeth Letourneau discusses her and Ryan Shields’ work at the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse in Pychology Today . They were asked to make recommendations as to how a Pennsylvania Dioceses should reform policies and procedures to make child sexual abuse prevention a focus.
- march 7, 2017
Game Played at School May Curb Bad Habits Down the Road
Thousands of students at dozens of schools in the region have learned to control potentially destructive behavior through a program called the Good Behavior Game, which ongoing research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has shown has immediate rewards in the classroom and long-lasting public health benefits.
Sheppard Kellam and Nicholas Ialongo are featured in this Baltimore Sun article.
- march 2, 2017
Why do Myths About Vaccines Persist?
Despite extensive scientific evidence, myths persist about the safety of vaccines, and their connection to autism.
Dani Fallin discusses the impact these misperceptions have on autism research on WYPR Morning Edition.
- february 15, 2017
The Career Pivot is the Ultimate Test of Self-Reinvention
Andrew Feinberg is mentioned in a piece in The Washington Post about older workers reinventing themselves, which features two Bloomberg School MPH students, Jim Miller and Pauline Lubens.
- february 14, 2017
Close Friends and Loving Relationships Keep the Brain Strong
Having a vibrant social life may protect your brain as you age, according to a new report from AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health. The council’s review of the data shows that having close ties to friends and family, as well as participating in meaningful social activities, may help keep your mind sharp and your memories strong. Michelle Carlson's rsearch is mentioned.
- february 13, 2017
Is a Teen Depressed, or Just Moody?
From 2005 to 2014, the prevalence of depression — that is, the chance of having a major depressive episode over the course of a year — increased significantly among 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States and the prevalence is more intense among girls, per a recent study. Ramin Mojtabai, study lead, is quoted in The New York Times.
- february 7, 2017
U.S. Legislation Boosted Access to Autism Services, With No Added Cost to Families
Findings show 2008 federal 'parity' law is having desired effect, researchers say. Use of health care services by children with autism increased modestly in the wake of a U.S. law requiring equal insurance benefits for mental and physical health. But out-of-pocket costs for their families didn't rise, a new study finds. Co-authors Elizabeth Stuart and Colleen Barry are quotedin HealthDay.com.
- february 7, 2017
Long-lasting Mental Health Isn't Normal
Most people have at least one bout of depression, anxiety or other disorder, study suggests. A small, poorly understood segment of the population stays mentally healthy from age 11 to 38, a new study of New Zealanders finds. Everyone else encounters either temporary or long-lasting mental disorders.William Eaton is quoted in Science News.
- january 17, 2017
Questions About Teen Depression (feat. Dr. Oz)
The incidence of adolescent depression grew by 37 percent, and teen suicide rates, particularly among young girls ages 10-14, tripled in the past 15 years. Ramin Mojtabai's research is mentioned in NewsOK.
- january 3, 2017
Depression in Teens on the Rise
WYPR broadcast with Ramin Mojtabai and Tamar Mendelson.
Study leader and professor of mental health, Dr. Ramin Mojtabai says more research is needed. Then, preventing and spotting depression in teens. Hopkins psychologist Tamar Mendelson tells us what behavioral changes parents and teachers should look for.
- december 22, 2016
Helping the Lonely and Elderly During the Holidays
About 29 percent of people age 65 or older live alone, according to the Administration on Community Living, an agency established in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to encourage housing choice and community support for older Americans and people with disabilities.
Joseph Gallo is quoted in The Baltimore Sun.
- december 20, 2016
Study: Teen Violence Spreads Like A Disease
Treating violence like a contagion through a social network can be effective.
The Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence is mentioned in Vocativ.
- december 6, 2016
Elizabeth Letourneau talks about child sexual abuse being a preventable public health issue at TEDMED Conference
In her talk, she makes the argument that treating pedophilia as not solely a criminal justice issue, but as a preventable public health issue that should be addressed with more compassion.
- december 2016
The Good Behavior Game is citied in the first-ever Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health
One universal elementary school-based prevention program has shown long-term preventive effects on substance use among a high-risk subgroup, males with high levels of aggression. (Chapter on Prevention; page 3-6)
- november 22, 2016
Mindfulness in Schools | WYPR On the Record With Sheila Kast
A nonprofit called the Holistic Life Foundation has been bringing mindfulness, yoga, and meditation into Baltimore public schools for nearly 15 years. Suspensions and detentions appear to have dropped as a result, and some kids have really taken the practice to heart.
Tamar Mendelson is interviewed.
- november 16, 2016
If you have depression, you likely aren't getting the treatment you need
At any given moment, about 8% of adults in the US have symptoms of depression. That's far more common than cancer, heart disease, or other major illnesses. And it can lop years off of people's lives. But only about a quarter of those people ever get mental health treatment.
Joseph Gallo is quoted in Business Inside | Yahoo! Finance.
- november 15, 2016
There’s a Startling Increase in Major Depression Among Teens in the U.S. (TIME)
A study led by Ramin Mojtabai is receiving broad media coverage. The study, which appears in Pediatrics, found that the rate of adolescents reporting a recent bout of clinical depression grew by 37 percent over the decade ending in 2014, with one in six girls reporting an episode, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests.
To learn more, see the study.
- november 8, 2016
Instead of detention, these students get meditation
Children who’ve acted up can simmer down in what a West Baltimore elementary school calls its "Mindful Moment Room," a warm, brightly lit space strewn with purple floor pillows, yoga mats and the scents of essential oils.
Tamar Mendelson is quoted in CNN International.
- november 4, 2016
This Election Will End. The Mental Damage May Not
Americans unnerved by the 2016 campaign may need help dealing with its consequences.
More than half of Americans are experiencing election-related stress comparable to that often attributed to work, money, or the economy, the American Psychological Association has said. And while the good news is the presidential contest will end next week, the bad news is that because of the ferocity of the campaign, the mental damage may linger. And for some groups, it may get even worse—depending on who wins.
William Eaton is quoted in article in Bloomberg.
- october 25, 2016
Scientists seek better understanding of how genetic, environmental factors join forces to cause disease
NIH-funded study co-led by Andrew Feinberg will explore effects of lead exposure. Article in JHU HUB.
- october 2016
Ten-Year Effects of the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Cognitive Training Trial on Cognition and Everyday Functioning in Older Adults
George Rebok’s article on advanced cognitive training has been named the fifth most cited paper out of 155 papers for consideration in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) from 2000 - 2015.
- october 13, 2016
Prevention is Possible! Exploring the Public Health Approach
Elizabeth Letourneau’s latest Psychology Today column discusses ways to prevent children from engaging in sexually abusive behavior towards others. One third to one half of child sexual abuse is committed by other youth.
- october 3, 2016
The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games
Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products—and found them wanting. George Rebok is quoted in an article in The Atlantic.
- october 2016
FDA Black Box, VA Red Ink? A Successful Service-Connected Disability Claim for Chronic Neuropsychiatric Adverse Effects From Mefloquine
Remington Nevin, MD, DrPH ’16, recently had a case report published in Federal Practitioner.
- september 13, 2016
Journal of Advances in School Mental Health Promotion names Tamar Mendelson's article as top 20 most popular with journal readers
Tamar Mendelson's article is, Feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a yoga and mindfulness intervention for school teachers .
- september 8, 2016
Counterpoint: After Jacob, work harder to prevent child sexual abuse [Op-Ed]
Instead of just reacting to perpetrators, create programs so they don't offend in the first place.
Elizabeth Letourneau urges policymakers and the rest of us who want to end child sexual abuse to invest our efforts and resources. She writes in the wake of the news that 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was sexually assaulted before he was murdered 27 years ago by Danny Heinrich.
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