SoHE News & Events: Oct 25–31

Erin Bailey on NBC15 discussing racial disparities in healthcare

Image: Erin Bailey on NBC 15 discussing racial disparities in healthcare.

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SoHE CSCS grad student Erin Bailey on NBC

Earlier this week, local NBC affiliate WMTV ran a story on racial disparities in local healthcare, including expert input from SoHE graduate student Erin Bailey, of Civil Society and Community Studies and the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Bailey has studied the issue in depth and coordinates the Carbone Center’s Cancer Health Disparities Initiative’s Dane County African American Cancer Outreach Project.

New research: Dementia risk linked to Down syndrome

Three in five people with Down syndrome in Wisconsin will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a similar neurodegenerative condition by age 55. That’s according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Neurology, co-authored by Eric Rubenstein and Lauren Bishop of the Waisman Center, and Sigan Hartley, SoHE’s 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology, a professor in Human Development and Family Studies, and an investigator with the Waisman Center.

New research: Litzelman on caregiver utilization of social resources

Dr. Kristin Litzelman, of Human Development and Family Studies, has a new article out in the journal Cancer discussing informal lung cancer caregivers’ patterns of use of “social resources”—things like faith-based groups, social clubs, counseling, and cancer support groups.

New research: Blumenstock and Papp on sexual enjoyment in young adult relationships

Shari Blumenstock, a postdoctoral fellow at SoHE, is lead author on newly published research in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships exploring the relationship and momentary sexual satisfaction of young adults in mixed-gender partnerships using contraception. Dr. Lauren M. Papp, associate dean for research and the Vaughan Bascom Professor in Women, Family, and Community, was also an author on the paper.

Research update: Raison’s study begins recruiting patients

Last week, Usona Institute announced it had begun recruiting patients to its study assessing the outcomes of psilocybin treatment for major depressive disorder. The research is led by Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children, and Families at SoHE and Usona’s Director of Clinical and Translational Research.

Fairbanks noted in Wisconsin Triennial review

The Isthmus‘ Linda Falkenstein found it “refreshing to see a representative of the fiber arts” in Professor Marianne Fairbanks‘ woven works featured in the Wisconsin Triennial show at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The show runs through February 16, 2020.

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