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Recovery From Opioid Addiction: What Research Says About Role of Steady Employment – Burlington Free Press

Read article – Quotes Robert Drake, the Andrew Thomson, Jr., 1946 Professor, professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and of community and family medicine, in an article about a recent study that examined the correlation between steady employment and addiction recovery. “It doesn’t really address what we know and have known for more than half a century about recovery,” says Drake. “When people get abstinent, they have a high rate of relapsing.” To promote long-term recovery, Drake suggested that involvement in meaningful activities is essential.

Jamaica Plain Native to Run Boston Marathon for Fiancé – Jamaica Plain News

Read article – A feature story about Megan Bunnell ’13, Geisel ’19, who will be running in the Boston Marathon to raise money for Joslin Diabetes Center, where her boyfriend Eric Schlobohm has been a Type 1 diabetes patient for years. “I’m excited to be a part of something as big as the Boston Marathon as well as knowing I’ll have raised money for an organization I care a lot about,” said Bunnell.

Where Are the ‘Fattest Cities’ in the U.S.? New Study – Digital Journal

Read article – Quotes Diane Gilbert-Diamond, associate professor of epidemiology and of community and family medicine, about a new study that found that geographic variations in weight are not evenly distributed and some cities have populations heavier than others. “Some people set really high goals for healthy eating and exercise and then feel discouraged when they can’t meet or sustain those goals. People should feel encouraged that even small increases in exercise and healthy eating can improve health,” says Gilbert-Diamond. “Individuals can also be tempted by fad diets that promise fast results. Most people cannot successfully lose weight and keep it off with these diets. Seek sound nutrition advice from your doctor or sources like Harvard’s nutrition source for a sustainable healthy diet.”

I’ve Treated Transgender Troops for Years. Trump Is Wrong to Ban Them From the Military. – USA Today

Read article – An opinion piece by Jack Turco, professor of medicine, in which he discusses President Donald Trump’s opposition to transgender soldiers serving in the military. “Trump’s opposition to transgender soldiers is not only morally wrong but also factually inaccurate. By understanding both history and present circumstances, we can see that transgender soldiers do not present the cost or disruption that Trump imagines,” says Turco. (Turco is participating in this year’s Dartmouth Public Voices project.)

How International Premeds Can Find a Med School – U.S. News & World Report

Read article – Quotes Marek Svoboda, Geisel ’23, in an article that shares tips on how international students can apply to medical school. Svoboda, an international MD-PhD student who was raised in the Czech Republic, says when he was applying to U.S. medical schools, he often called schools to check if funding and scholarships are available to international students. Svoboda also says it is important for medical school hopefuls to recognize that it is exceedingly difficult to get admitted to U.S. medical schools, even if they have strong grades and test scores. “The most important thing is to be aware (of) how hard it is, and many students won’t realize that until the last minute or ever really, so be informed and then … be realistic about this,” says Svoboda.

Next FDA Chief Must Continue Fight Against Teen Vaping, Local Health Officials Urge – CNN

Read article – Quotes Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is leading city and county public health officials to urge the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents’ growing use of e-cigarettes. (Picked up by KXLH.)

Next FDA Chief Must Continue Fight Against Teen Vaping, Local Health Officials Urge – News 4 via CNN

Read article – Continued coverage of comments by Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is leading city and county public health officials to urge the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents’ growing use of e-cigarettes.

As Londonderry Man Lives With Illness, NH Researchers Search for a Cause – New Hampshire Union Leader

Read article – Quotes Elijah Stommel, professor of neurology, about how he and James Haney, a professor of biological sciences from the University of New Hampshire, are working on finding a cause and cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). They are exploring whether cyanobacteria in New Hampshire’s waterways could be a potential environmental trigger for ALS. “We have been looking very closely at aerosol exposure,” Stommel said. “When we look at post-mortem tissue of patients’ brains and compare it to what we see in the lungs, most people harbor some degree of cyanobacteria in their lungs.”