In the 55 years since the first U.S. Surgeon General report on the health consequences of cigarette smoking, smoking has declined substantially. Despite this progress, however, it remains the leading preventable cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Smoking rates also remain disproportionally high and relatively unchanged among certain vulnerable populations.
In an effort to provide the highest caliber of professional programming devoted to research and practice in the field of nicotine and tobacco research, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) will host an interdisciplinary panel highlighting evidence-based strategies to reduce tobacco-related disparities.
WVU School of Public Health Senior Associate Dean and Professor Linda Alexander, EdD, shared her research insights as part of the SRNT’s 25th annual meeting in San Francisco. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, Dr. Alexander joined researchers from around the globe for the meeting’s presidential symposium, “Tobacco Control for All: Addressing Smoking Disparities for Priority Populations.” The video of the event is available on YouTube.
The SRNT’s annual meeting is an educational scientific program that allows more than 1,100 international attendees to stay current with the latest breaking research in areas including preclinical and clinical, public health and epidemiology, policy and regulatory science, health disparities and global health.
From 2016 to 2017, the West Virginia University Health Research Center evaluated the business impact of the Mon River Trails System, which is a network of 48 miles of trails in North Central West Virginia. Christiaan Abildso, assistant professor and the Center's program director, recently spoke with WBOY-TV about their efforts.
More girls and young women are committing suicide; targeted prevention efforts may help save them, says WVU researcher
Teenage girls and young women are increasingly likely to commit suicide, said West Virginia University researcher John Campo. In particular, the rates at which they die by hanging and suffocation have risen markedly. These were the findings of a study he and his colleagues carried out recently. Their findings appear in JAMA Network Open.
WVU Public Health undergraduate student Brittany Smith has been selected to present her research at a national conference later this year. Smith will present "Intimate Partner Relationships and Substance Use Behaviors" at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting and expo in Philadelphia in November.