Jul 26 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Genetic mutations that cause melanoma, depression in adolescents, and more.

Around the country, print, broadcast and online media outlets are covering the groundbreaking work of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) leaders, scholars, fellows and grantees. Some recent examples:

The Las Vegas Sun interviewed RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Debra Toney, PhD, MS, BSN, FAAN, who was chosen by the Coca-Cola Company to carry the Olympic torch in the relay leading up the opening ceremony on July 27. Read more about Toney’s experience in the latest issue of Sharing Nursing’s Knowledge.

RWJF Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program alumnus Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, is part of a team conducting research on genetic mutations and cancer. Health Canal reports on their findings, including which sun-damaged cells in a tumor contribute to melanoma.

A study led by RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumna Margaret Sheridan, PhD, finds that childhood adversity produces measurable changes in children’s brains, Science Daily reports.  It affects the amount of both the brain’s white matter (which is necessary for forming connections) and its gray matter, the research team found. For the study, they analyzed brain scans of Romanian children who had been moved from an orphanage to quality foster care homes.

An article from The Atlantic cites a working paper by Health & Society Scholar Jason Fletcher, PhD, that finds “adults who suffer from adolescent depression ultimately make about 20 percent less money than their peers and are somewhat less likely to be employed.”

RWJF Physician Faculty Scholar Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, spoke to CNN’s The Chart blog about food allergy treatments for children, in light of a study that finds children with egg allergies could eventually develop a tolerance by consuming extremely small quantities of the allergen and increasing the dosage over time. Gupta, whose son has a food allergy, recently conducted a study that found children who live in rural areas are less likely to have food allergies than children who live in cities.

Research led by RWJF/U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Clinical Scholar Charles Scales, MD, continues to receive media coverage. United Press International reports on the study, which finds that the number of Americans suffering from kidney stones has nearly doubled since 1994, due in large part to the increase in obesity, diabetes and gout.

Nurse.com reports on a study led by Physician Faculty Scholars alumnus Michael D. Howell, MD, MPH, that finds similar outcomes for unstable patients when a rapid response team of trained intensive care specialists, or a team of providers already assigned to a patient’s care, provide care and treatment. The existing team requires lower levels of staffing and preserves provider continuity, Howell says.

Eran Magen, PhD, an alumnus of the Health & Society Scholars program, participated in a “20 Question” interview with The Student Doctor Network about his career.

The Pantagraph reports that the Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University has received a three-year, $1.11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help diversify the nursing workforce. Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Janet Krejci, PhD, RN, Mennonite dean, said “This is one of our larger grants. We are thrilled… We can create the health care workforce that this community needs for the future.”

Ann Cary, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, A-CCC, also an alumna of the Executive Nurse Fellows program, was in the news to talk about a grant awarded to the nursing school where she is a dean—Loyola University. Cary spoke to the Associated Press about the nearly $1.2 million the school received as part of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program, which grants money to nursing students pursuing graduate degrees to become nurse faculty.

Sara S. McLanahan, PhD, a member of the Health & Society Scholars National Advisory Committee, spoke to the New York Times about how marriage and family structures affect income gaps and upward mobility.

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