Perspectives in Research

Church Attendance Could Lower HIV Rates in High-Risk Women

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A potential tool to combat the HIV epidemic in Baltimore is gaining attention, and it may involve an unlikely location — the church. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Memphis School of Public Health have identified church attendance as a possible way to encourage communication about sexual(...)

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BRCA Testing: The Hidden Cost of Knowledge

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In late March 2015, Angelina Jolie penned a new op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in which she detailed her continued struggles with hereditary cancer risks. After having a preventive mastectomy in 2013, she recently shared her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, in an effort to prevent a cancer that killed three(...)

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Can Tasty Food Reduce Stress?

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According to the World Health Organization, more than 1 billion adults in the world are overweight, making them candidates for chronic disease and disability. Many of these people have one thing in common: They unconsciously start eating sweet and high-calorie foods to deal with stress and anxiety. And though later detriments to health may ultimately(...)

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To Reduce Youth Violence, Prescribe a Summer Job

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Troubling tales of race, poverty and violence seem to span the contours of today’s media. However, University of Pennsylvania criminologist Sara Heller’s research1, published last month in Science, contributes a hopeful voice to the dialogue. In a randomized controlled trial of disadvantaged youth in Chicago, her study shows a significant link between joblessness and youth(...)

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Early Detection of Colorectal Cancer via MicroRNAs

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Since their discovery in the early 1990s and 2000s, microRNAs have been implicated in a variety of human conditions. Most recently, however, microRNAs are being scrutinized under a different light: not as causative agents in human diseases, but rather as potential guides for cancer detection. The microRNA is a short nucleotide sequence, usually 21 to(...)

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