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Women of reproductive age who had substance use disorders were twice as likely to show up with injuries at Massachusetts emergency rooms, suggesting the need for screening and referrals for substance use as part of emergency department treatment protocols, according to a new study led by BU School of Public Health researchers. Those findings, published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, were an offshoot of a primary study examining outcomes for Massachusetts women, ages 15 to 49, who were identified in hospital and other databases as having a substance use disorder (SUD), the diagnostic category that covers both significant substance
Women across the world are finding it harder to have kids. Researcher Lauren Wise is launching the nation’s largest Internet-based study of fertility to find out why. In 2006, as Lauren Wise was immersed in researching the fertility of men exposed prenatally to the now-banned drug DES (diethylstilbestrol), she and her husband decided it was time to begin their own family. At 32, the Boston University School of Public Health epidemiologist had already published dozens of papers about reproductive risks. But as the months ticked by fruitlessly, Wise gained personal insight into the same fertility quandary she had explored professionally.
Resilience protects military members from future mental health problems, new study finds.