NIMHD in the News - 2018

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Diabetes management improved in high-risk population through community program

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January 31, 2018 — An ethnic population at high risk for Type 2 diabetes achieved significant control of the disease through participation in community-based health programs, demonstrating that active intervention and culturally-sensitive education can reverse the course of certain illnesses.

Biggest study ever of teen brains to reveal how screen time affects kids

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January 31, 2018 — What helps and hurts the teenage brain? A revolutionary new study hopes to find out how kids’ minds are shaped during this crucial and turbulent stage of life. Researchers are following more than 11,000 children for the next decade, studying how dozens of factors — including drugs and alcohol, diet and exercise, screen time, academic and social stress, sleep patterns, sibling and parent relationships — impact their brains. As part of TODAY's "Brain Power" series, NBC special anchor Maria Shriver talked with 9-year-old Nick and 10-year-old Gemma, who are both taking part in the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study, or “ABCD,” launched by the National Institutes of Health

$8.5M NIH grant to help Tuskegee researchers reduce prevalence of health disparities

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January 30, 2018 — An $8.5 million National Institutes of Health grant will enable Tuskegee University researchers to improve our understanding of why diseases — such as cancer, obesity and HIV — disproportionately affect minority populations, and how targeted community education programs can reduce the pervasiveness of these diseases. Research funded by NIH’s National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) program will help researchers in the university’s multidisciplinary Center for Biomedical Research examine the molecular, genetic and epigenetical determinates that contribute to the ferocity of specific diseases among the African-American community.

Griffith receives national recognition for health behavior research

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January 23, 2018 — Derek M. Griffith has been selected for the American Association of Health Behavior Fellows Class of 2017. Griffith, who is an associate professor of Medicine, Health, and Society and founder and director of the Center for Research on Men’s Health at Vanderbilt, is being recognized for his significant contributions in the field of health behavior research.

High-intensity smoking linked to diabetes in black patients

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January 16, 2018 — Black men and women who smoke more than one pack of cigarettes a day could be as much as 79 percent more likely to develop diabetes mellitus than those who have never smoked, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Duke lands $7.2M from NIH to address racial, ethnic disparities

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January 9, 2018 — The new Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) has landed $7.2 million from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). REACH Equity will address racial and ethnic disparities in clinical care, and will do so through developing and testing new interventions, according to Duke. Those interventions will be aimed at improving patient experience when it comes to interacting with health care providers and systems.