Apr 25 2013
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Human Capital News Roundup: Teen moms and obesity, female lawmakers, HIV prevention, 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, alumni and grantees. Some recent examples:

A study led by RWJF Clinical Scholar Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, finds that women who had their first child before age 20 are more likely to be obese later in life than those who were not teen moms, Health Day reports. “When clinicians care for teen mothers, we have so many immediate considerations— child care, housing, school, social and financial support—that we may fail to consider the long-term health effects of teen pregnancy,” Chang said. Caroline Richardson, MD, a Clinical Scholars alumna, and Matthew Davis, MD, MAPP, an alumnus and program site co-director at the University of Michigan, co-authored the study with Chang.

RWJF Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus Craig Volden, PhD, was a guest on MSNBC’s The Cycle to discuss his study published in the American Journal of Political Science. Volden and his colleagues examined the sponsorship histories of 140,000 bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives over the last 40 years, and concluded that female lawmakers may be more effective at passing legislation than their male counterparts, particularly during times of party polarization, because they tend to work across party lines.

A study led by RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows alumna Margaret Grey, DrPH, RN, FAAN, finds that Internet-based psycho-educational intervention programs improve outcomes for young patients entering adolescence with type 1 diabetes, Monthly Prescribing Reference reports.

Medical News Today and the MinnPost report on an article written by Gary Taubes, MSE, MS, recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, in The British Medical Journal about the non-profit he co-founded, the Nutrition Science Initiative. The Initiative will fund nutrition and obesity research, which Taubes says has been flawed and inconclusive in the past. Learn more about the Nutrition Science Initiative.

“Despite discussion to the contrary, the best available economic evidence suggests that immigration expands the economic opportunities and incomes of Americans and helps reduce the budget deficit,” Scholars in Health Policy Research alumnus Michael Greenstone, PhD, writes in a post he co-authored for the New York Times Room for Debate Blog.

Harold Pollack, PhD, MPP, wrote a post for the Washington Post Wonk Blog about why HIV prevention has stalled in the United States. President Obama’s 2010 National HIV/AIDS strategy “is a promising approach,” he says, but effective prevention has been hindered by budget cuts and shortfalls. “HIV is by no means the most neglected public health concern. It’s just one area in which the human consequences of under-funding and neglecting policy are obvious and acute,” he writes. Pollack is an alumnus of the Scholars in Health Policy Research program and a recipient of an Investigator Award.

Aaron S. Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH, recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, gave comments to Live Science about how the biotechnology industry could be affected by the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, testing whether human genes can be patented. The Court heard arguments on the case last week. The story was reprinted on Yahoo.

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