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Arnold School faculty, staff and students published a record 535 peer-reviewed journal articles in 2015 (see recent publications), a few of which have been translated into press releases (below). Arnold School experts are available to speak to media about their research into an array of public health issues, including tobacco control, nutrition, health disparities, stroke recovery, physical activity, cancer prevention, vaccinations, rural health, healthy aging, hearing loss, obesity, water contaminants and environmental cleanup methods.

The Arnold Scool of Public Health helps shape national and state health-related policies as well as clinical recommendations and outreach programs. Our more than 250 tenure-track faculty, clinical researchers, and staff members conduct scientific research that they then translate for applications by public health agencies, organizations, clinicians/professionals and individuals.

 

Press Releases

World AIDS Day 2017 to Focus on “Ending the Epidemics” in South Carolina

South Carolina government agencies, private-sector organizations, the faith community, public health professionals and others will come together for a World AIDS Day event at6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, on the North Steps of the State House in Columbia.

$14.8 million grant to expand Disability Research and Dissemination Center

Epidemiology and biostatistics professor Suzanne McDermott will serve as a principal investigator on a grant from the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

The American Academy of Audiology, and the University of South Carolina’s Speech and Hearing Research Center are urging the public to be conscious of hearing health.

Does access to quality playgrounds vary with a child's socioeconomic status & obesity risk?

Arnold School researchers examine differences in access to playgrounds and associations between youth (grades 3-5 in one U.S. county) weight and playground accessibility and quality.

Arnold School of Public Health to expand to Greenville

The University of South Carolina’s nationally-renowned Arnold School of Public Health will open a satellite program in Greenville focused on research and education that tackles some of South Carolina’s most pressing health needs.

New research links Gulf War Illness to gastrointestinal disturbances

A new study has found a gastrointestinal link that could help explain many of the health issues facing those with Gulf War Illness as well as opening new pathways to treatment options that may improve both gastrointestinal and neurological symptoms associated with the disorder.

Arnold School develops training to increase physical activity at child care centers

Free online training designed to increase physical activity and prevent childhood obesity among children at South Carolina preschools and child care centers has been developed by researchers at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Study finds new pathway for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Researchers have discovered a new way to treat non-alcoholic fatty liver disease—a condition that affects up to 25 percent of the population and may lead to cirrhosis and eventually liver cancer or failure.

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance releases annual report card

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, led by Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate, released their annual report on youth's physical fitness. 

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance releases report

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, chaired by Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate, and the CDC have released a report on trends in physical education class attendance among high school students over the past two decades.

Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Sept. 26 Symposium and Discussion Papers

This symposium will include a collection of expert papers by more than 100 researchers, scientists, and policymakers in three categories: better health and well-being, high-value health care, and strong science and technology.

PASOs’ Early Childhood Initiative selected as Pioneer

As a Pioneer, PASOs has been invited into the inner council of Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as these organizations work together to build a better vision for how children grow up in the United States. 

Researchers find six-fold increase in sleep disorders for Veterans

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Associate Professor Jim Burch and team find 600 percent increase in sleep disorders among U.S. Veterans.

Professor appointed to national advisory committee

Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate has been appointed to the 2018 Physical Activity Advisory Committee. He also served on the 2008 committee to advise on the first set of Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. 

Lung cancer screening underutilized

Although clinical trials have shown that lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography can detect lung cancers early and reduce lung cancer mortality, less than half of family physicians in a recent survey agreed that screening reduces lung cancer–related deaths.

The fast casual conundrum

According to researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health, entrées at fast casual restaurants -- a category that includes restaurants such as Chipotle and Panera Bread -- have a higher average calorie count than fast food establishments, such as a McDonald’s or Bojangles.

National Physical Activity Plan update

Russ Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance, and Jim Whitehead, CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine, will unveil and explain innovative approaches and strategies of a new 2016 National Physical Activity Plan that will make a profound difference in American health.

Stroke researcher earns $11.1 million NIH grant

University of South Carolina Professor Julius Fridriksson has been awarded an $11.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research stroke recovery and work to improve the lives and communication skills of patients after they suffer strokes. Fridriksson, a professor in the Arnold School of Public Health, studies how a person’s brain recovers from a stroke.

Increasing physical activity in preschoolers

Training teachers to provide preschool children with more ways and opportunities to be active throughout the school day increases the children’s activity level, according to research led by University of South Carolina exercise science Professor Russell Pate.

Gift will create an aging institute

The University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health will create a new institute focusing on how to age well from cradle to grave by addressing issues faced by the most vulnerable in our population – young children and older adults – thanks to a $7 million gift from the School’s largest benefactors.

Faculty member elected to museum board

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor Heather Brandt has been named a new member of the Columbia Museum of Art Contemporaries Board.

Perceptions of flavor capsules, less harmful & more appealing

Cigarettes with flavor capsules in the filters are seen by smokers as less harmful and more appealing than regular cigarettes, causing them to increase in popularity according to research led by University of South Carolina professor Jim Thrasher.

Exercise delays onset of high cholesterol

Men who have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness may delay by up to 15 years increases in blood cholesterol levels that commonly occur with aging, according to a University of South Carolina researcher’s work published in the “Journal of the American College of Cardiology.”

Professor honored with top national award

Russell Pate, professor of exercise science in the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, has been named a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.

Pro-inflammatory diet linked to colorectal cancer

Arnold School researchers have found that diets high in fiber, spices, healthy fats and carotenoids all contribute to an anti-inflammatory effect that links to reduced risk of colorectal cancer

BMI may no longer be relevant indicator of health

Researchers from the Arnold School of Public Health have determined that Body Mass Index (BMI) may not be as useful as was once previously thought, especially for women.

 

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