Aug 2 2012

Human Capital News Roundup: Sleep's effect on vaccinations, gun violence, lead contamination, 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:

Technically Philly reports that, after organizing “Game Solutions for Health,” in which students competed to build the best mobile heath tool, RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars alumna Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN, CS, FAAN, will now lead a technology and innovation lab and related course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Read a post Hanrahan wrote for the RWJF Human Capital Blog about Game Solutions for Health.

Not getting enough sleep after receiving a vaccination could reduce vaccine effectiveness, according to a study by RWJF Health & Society Scholar Aric Prather, PhD. “People who slept less than six hours per night were nearly 12 times more likely to be left unprotected by the vaccine than those who slept more than seven hours per night,” because their immune systems produced fewer antibodies in response to the vaccine, Health Day reports.

RWJF Clinical Scholar Comilla Sasson, MD, MS—an emergency room physician at the University of Colorado Hospital—spoke to Colorado Public Radio about caring for, and following up with, the victims of the mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.

A guest editorial in the Pekin (Ill.) Daily Times cites research co-authored by Health & Society Scholar Sammy Zahran, PhD, that finds increased incidence of aggravated assault in cities with “vehicles using leaded gasoline that contaminated [the] cities’ air.”

Medical XPress reports on a study by Health & Society Scholar Thomas Fuller-Rowell, PhD, that examined the health impacts of social class and income-based discrimination on young people. Fuller-Rowell and his co-authors found marked differences in blood pressure, stress hormones and body mass index among adolescents who perceived they were being discriminated against. Read more about the study.

An article on the Huffington Post, “On the Origin of American Gun Violence,” cites a 1999 study on crime and public health by Health & Society Scholars site director Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD.

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