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Increasing the Power of Information to Lessen Childhood Injury

By |June 20th, 2016|

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 20, 2016) — A new study looks at how mothers gather information about childhood injuries — the leading cause of death for U.S. children. UAlbany health communication expert Jennifer Manganello, PhD, MPH, the paper’s lead author, says findings are designed to lead to improved dissemination of injury-prevention information to mothers.

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Heterogeneity identified at birth and blood pressure in adulthood

By |May 10th, 2016|

American Journal of Human Biology

Timothy B. Gage*, Furrina F. Lee*, Erin K. O’Neill, Jeff Napierala*, and Gregory Dirienzo*

Objective: In the developmental programming literature, the association of birth weight and blood pressure later in life is modest at best. This article reexamines this issue using Covariate Density Defined mixture of regressions (CDDmr) to determine if a latent […]

Female Infertility and “Emerging” Organic Pollutants of Concern

By |May 9th, 2016|

By Michael S. Bloom , Romeo Micu, Iulia Neamtiu

Modern chemical instrumentation has fostered a revolution of sorts, in which epidemiologic studies of female infertility can now devote attention to very low level, “background” exposures to “emerging” non-persistent organic pollutants, rather than on “legacy” persistent organic pollutants. Predicated on widespread and frequent contact, and substantial experimental evidence […]

Barriers to Addressing Adolescent Substance Use: Perceptions of New York School-Based Health Center Providers

By |May 9th, 2016|

by Brett Harris, Benjamin Shaw, Hal Lawson and Barry Sherman

Adolescent substance use is associated with chronic health conditions, accidents, injury, and school-related problems, including dropping out. Schools have the potential to provide students with substance use prevention and intervention services, albeit with confidentiality challenges. School-based health centers (SBHCs) provide confidentiality, positioning them as ideal settings […]

Racial and ethnic differences in leaving and returning to the parental home: The role of life course transitions, socioeconomic resources, and family connectivity

By |May 9th, 2016|

By Lei Lei, Scott South

Background: Although Black and Hispanic young adults in the U.S. are less likely than Whites to move out of the parental home and more likely than Whites to return, reasons for these differences have not been clearly identified.

Objective: This study examines the ability of racial/ethnic disparities in life course transitions, socioeconomic resources, […]

Identifying Classes of Explanations for Crime Drop: Period and Cohort Effects for New York State

By |May 9th, 2016|


This paper advances current understanding of the contemporary crime drop by focusing on the changes in the age distribution of arrests from 1990 to 2010. Using the New York State Computerized Criminal History (CCH) file, which tracks every arrest in the state, we apply standard demographic methods to examine age-specific arrest rates over time. We […]

Benjamin Shaw Named Gerontological Society of America Fellow

By |May 9th, 2016|

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 21, 2015) — Benjamin Shaw, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior in the University’s School of Public Health and director of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Click the link to read full story–January 2016 — Ben […]

Affluence as a predictor of vaccine refusal and underimmunization in California private kindergartens

By |December 18th, 2015|

Non-medical vaccine exemption rates in California private schools far exceed those of public schools, but little is known about specific factors which may be associated with high exemption rates in private schools.

The percent of personal-belief exemptions (PBEs) among California public and private kindergartens were computed for 2000–2001 to 2014–2015 academic years. For the 2014–2015 academic […]

More Than 80 Percent of Guns Used in Mass Shootings Obtained Legally

By |December 17th, 2015|

The weapons used in this week’s massacre in San Bernardino, California, were purchased legally, raising questions about how preventable gun violence is under current U.S. firearm laws.

Eighty-two percent of weapons involved in mass shootings over the last three decades have been bought legally, according to a database compiled by Mother Jones magazine that defines a […]

First Published Paper for Public Health’s Qian is a Winner

By |December 17th, 2015|

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2015) — Even though Asian-Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, little has been studied about their clinical profiles, quality of care, and outcomes related to heart failure. Feng (Johnson) Qian, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, addressed this issue […]