Category: CNN.com

Creatinina: Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

June 11th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Daniel Brooks, Newsmakers, School of Public Health 0 comments

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Daniel Brooks, School of Public Health

Juan Salgado was 16 when he started cutting sugarcane, in a town near the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in 1966…

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“The people who are mainly affected are poor workers, typically in agricultural situations. There’s really not much availability of the treatment options.”

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For the love of lightening up

April 30th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Gail Steketee, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Gail Steketee, School of Social Work

Your Nana’s collection of figurines. The treadmill from your days as a runner. That unfinished five-year quilting project. As spring-cleaning season kicks in, you’re inspired to chuck anything that isn’t being put to good use. But then you falter, since getting rid of stuff can be an emotionally charged process…

Expert quote:

“There has not been much research into why we form these attachments to objects, psychologically, but most of us form them. Sometimes it’s just simple joy or aesthetics — there’s pleasure in seeing an object — but often nostalgia, guilt and anxiety play a role.”

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Why do poor people smoke more?

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Megan Sandel, Newsmakers, Renee Boynton-Jarrett, School of Medicine, School of Public Health 0 comments

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By Megan Sandel, School of Medicine, School of Public Health
and Renee Boynton-Jarrett, School of Medicine

Crystal R. takes pictures of her neighborhood as part of Witnesses to Hunger. Among Crystal’s photos of piles of trash, abandoned lots and barbed wire fences is a striking picture: large advertisements for “special prices” of cigarettes promising “Kool — be true” that greet her on her way to shop for food…

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Texts fail when delivering tragic news, experts say

March 26th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Tammy Vigil 0 comments

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Tammy Vigil, College of Communication

For weeks, families of the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 endured an agonizing wait — desperate for word of the fate of their loved ones. But when the first piece of definitive news finally arrived, for some of them it came not from a personal phone call or meeting, but a text message…

Expert quote:

“There are several basic things to consider in how to best send a message”

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War affects children in unforeseen ways

March 11th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, Ellen DeVoe, Newsmakers, School of Social Work 0 comments

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Ellen DeVoe, School of Social Work

When Melissa Seligman’s husband left on his second deployment to Iraq in 2005, their 2-year-old daughter began banging her head on the floor. The Army wife tried to rock the girl, sing to her. With a newborn to care for, too, sometimes all Melissa could do was quickly slide her hand between the toddler’s head and the floor…

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The power of prejudice — and why you should speak up

February 6th, 2014 in 2014, CNN.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Ruha Benjamin 0 comments

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Ruha Benjamin, College of Arts & Sciences

An argument between two mothers at my children’s elementary school turned ugly recently when one of the moms was told to “go back to where you came from.”…

Expert quote:

“Virtual solidarity is great, but if you find yourself rallying more on Facebook than you are in your own community, then you need to think about that, both in terms of effectiveness and in terms of displacement.”

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Former NFLer: ‘Your mind just goes crazy’

February 1st, 2014 in 2014, Centers & Institutes in the News, CNN.com, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

A few years ago, during one of his lowest points, Ronney Jenkins decided to play a game of Russian roulette…

Expert quote:

“The problem is, people are diagnosing CTE clinically all over the place. There is no framework to make that diagnosis while someone is alive.”

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First Major League Baseball player diagnosed with CTE

December 15th, 2013 in 2013, Centers & Institutes in the News, CNN.com, Newsmakers, Robert Stern, School of Medicine 0 comments

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Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

When he was on the baseball field, Ryan Freel was unafraid to fling his body, and his head, into plays — diving after balls and crashing into outfield walls…

Expert quote:

“The real important issue is that he hit his head multiple times — small hits, big hits, in baseball and outside of baseball. When it comes to the development of CTE, our current sense is that it requires repetitive brain trauma and not just a couple of big concussions.”

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How to counter online bullies

October 30th, 2013 in 2013, CNN.com, College of Communication, Newsmakers, Patrice Oppliger 0 comments

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Patrice Oppliger, College of Communication

In middle and high school in Mauldin, South Carolina, Simpson was an early adopter of AOL Instant Messenger and other chat programs, and she used them to needle and taunt her friends and classmates…

Expert quote:

“I left the movie wanting to be a mean girl. Everybody was mean to each other. And there was this sort of fake resolution at the end, where the next group of ‘plastics’ came in. So this is going to be a never-ending circle.”

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Syrian war’s brutality isn’t going away

October 12th, 2013 in 2013, Augustus Richard Norton, CNN.com, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Newsmakers, Syria 0 comments

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Augustus Richard Norton, College of Arts & Sciences

A gruesome snuff video that has garnered more than 180,000 views on YouTube underlines just how grim the Syrian conflict has become…

Expert quote:

“The only identifying marks on the uniforms are yellow ribbons, which, in theory, would identify them as Hezbollahis.”

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