Global Health Consortium collaborates with PAHO, selects Malaria Champion

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Carlos Espinal and Andria Rusk [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] As part of the Consortium’s mission of end the spread of vector-borne, or mosquito spread, diseases such as malaria, Espinal and Andria Rusk, research assistant professor with the Global Health Consortium, are collaborating with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on the Municipalities for Zero Malaria’ initiative, part of the Malaria Champions of the Americas project. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Researchers evaluate HIV prevention intervention on farmworker communities, find positive results

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Condoms [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Latina immigrants in farmworker communities are a vulnerable and understudied population who are at a high risk for contracting HIV. Nationally, rates of new HIV infections among Latinas are more than four times that of non-Latina white women – and the rates are even higher for those in marginalized populations.   Researchers from Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work’s Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA) recently concluded a three-year study on the effectiveness of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) evidence based SEPA (Salud/Health, Educación/Education, Prevención/Prevention, Autocuidado/Self-care) program. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Florida International University researchers study predictors of retention in care and viral suppression among Florida youth

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] HIV Virus [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] A study conducted by researchers at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work aimed to assess predictors of retention in HIV care and viral suppression among youth diagnosed with HIV between 1993 and 2014 in Florida. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Dietetics and Nutrition students launch podcast by dietetics students for dietetics students

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Dietetics Next logo [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] As part of the class “Seminar in Dietetics and Nutrition,” students at Stempel College are creating a podcast by dietetics students for dietetics students. “Dietetics Next” looks to become a resource for students and gives them the opportunity to discuss topics and answer fundamental questions many encounter on the track toward becoming dietitians. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Florida International University researchers team up with University of Minnesota to develop a database of DNA adducts

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] DNA [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] The frequent exposure to chemicals in the environment and diet leads to the chemical modification of DNA, resulting in the formation of DNA adducts. Some DNA adducts can induce mutations during cell division, and when occurring in critical regions of the genome, can lead to disease, including cancer. Dr. Marcus S. Cooke, professor in the department of Environmental Health Sciences at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work, is a coinvestigator on a $164,000 grant from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in partnership with Dr. Anthony P. DeCaprio, department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Arts, Science and Education at FIU, and a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, comprising Drs. Jingshu Guo, Peter Villalta, Scott Walmsley, and Robert Turesky. [/su_column] [/su_row]

Flavored tobacco a major factor in the popularity of waterpipe smoking, study finds

[su_row] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] hookah [/su_column] [su_column size="1/2" center="no" class=""] Flavored tobacco is one of the major factors behind the popularity of waterpipe smoking in the United States and internationally, a recent FIU study found. Researchers at Stempel College examined the impact of tobacco flavor manipulation on satisfaction, puffing behavior and toxicant exposure among high-frequency and low-frequency waterpipe users. [/su_column] [/su_row]