Articles by: Derik Hertel

Most Popular Stories of 2015

Most Popular Stories of 2015

As 2015 draws to a close, we’d like to share with you some of the most popular stories on Geisel NewsCenter this year. From the Geisel Communications team, Happy Holidays and have a safe and Happy New Year!

Young E-cigarette Users Often Switch to Tobacco Smoking, Study Finds (Audio)

VPR – Continued coverage on comments by Samir Soneji on the study that found young people who use e-cigarettes are very likely to move on to smoking real tobacco products. Soneji speculates that e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine slowly, tempt novices to try it in a user-friendly form. “So a 17-year old kid who has never used cigarettes before might use e-cigarettes and it might allow him to become more tolerant of the side effects of nicotine using e-cigarettes and then unfortunately if addiction happens he might switch to traditional cigarettes,” says Soneji.

Class Participation: Let’s Talk About It

Huffington Post via Quiet Revolution – Quotes Kendall Hoyt, assistant professor of medicine, on grading class participation and how introverts and extroverts should be held to the same standard. “You don’t get a pass for your personality type. I understand that social anxiety is a real thing—I am an introvert, and my mother used to actually faint if she had to do public speaking—but part of my job as a teacher is to teach people how to articulate and be heard,” says Hoyt.

Hidden Hookah Dangers

Hamilton Spectator – Continued coverage on a recent Geisel School of Medicine study, which surveyed 1,050 young smokers, ages 15-23, and found that within two years, 39 percent who had smoked a hookah had graduated to cigarettes. The study notes that the young and impressionable get hooked at a rate greater than 30 percent.

Why This Doctor Dropped Everything to Go to Culinary School

Yahoo News – Features Julia Nordgren, MED ’99, who maintains a personal health and diet practice, consults with companies on how to keep employees healthy, and offers cooking classes in order to transform the way the medical field approaches healthy eating with patients, and educate people on how diet affects health.

New Drugs Might Prevent Migraines Before They Start

U.S. News & World Report via Health Day News – Quotes Thomas Ward, professor of neurology, on recent research that is closing in on a new class of drugs that can prevent chronic migraines by interrupting the chain of events thought to create the headaches. “It’s very exciting, because this would be a form of prevention that might not have a lot of side effects and would be highly effective for people who have not had good treatment,” says Ward. “The hope is these drugs will be clean, reduce the number of headaches people get, and won’t carry a lot of baggage.”