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At Dean's Seminar, Ness promotes innovation and creative thinking

On Friday, Oct. 4, Roberta B. Ness, James W. Rockwell professor of public health at the University of Texas School of Public Health, delivered the first Dean’s Seminar of the academic year. Formed in recognition of the College’s accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health, the series brings internationally renowned scholars and practitioners to campus for discussions on pressing issues facing an ever-expanding field of public health.

Posted:  October 7, 2019

Digital literacy gaps could limit benefits of online health tools

Can low computer literacy limit a person’s ability to benefit from a health support system? A new study from Stephen J. Lepore, professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, found that less tech-savvy people may not get the full benefits of an online health service. The push toward more technology in patient support may risk bringing the “digital divide” to healthcare.

Posted:  October 1, 2019

Study finds association between adolescent overweight/obesity and snacking habits

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend that children eat nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day to meet their nutritional needs. But are teens snacking in ways that lead to better health—or unwanted weight?

A new study led by College of Public Health researchers and published in Nutrients has found that adolescents with normal weight had fewer snacks daily and smaller snacks per occasion (i.e., fewer calories per snack) than teens classified as overweight or obese. 

Posted:  October 1, 2019

New study aims to understand the origins of preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, a syndrome that can affect pregnant women, has been called mysterious in both popular and scientific literature. It is characterized by high blood pressure and often protein in the urine. Symptoms vary, ranging from headaches to seizures and life-threatening complications. What causes preeclampsia, which occurs in an estimated five to eight percent of all pregnancies, is not well understood, so there isn’t a way to determine who will develop it.

Posted:  September 18, 2019