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Media Coverage

Public health is a widely relevant field, impacting diverse populations and communities locally and around the world. Here are a few examples of the Arnold School faculty and students working with the media to promote and advance public health in South Carolina and beyond. Visit our Press Room for recent press releases and media/communication contacts. 

In the News

Shana Harrington

Researcher sees hope in rehabilitation

USC Carolina News & Reporter reports on exercise science clinical associate professor Shana Harrington's research into how physical therapy can help cancer patients -- the earlier, the better. 

Russell Pate

AHA News: The Road to Better Exercise Might Be in Your Playlist

US News and World Report reports how music playlists can improve exercise. Professor of exercise science Russell Pate confirms that positive effects on mood can increase commitment to continuing physical activity. 

Janice Probst

To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs

Health services policy and management professor emerita Janice Probst discusses rural hospitals and how CEOs need training in order to help them avoid closure. 

Brie Turner-McGrievy

Adopting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle

Associate professor of health promotion, education, and behavior Brie Turner-McGrievy answers WalletHub's questions about adopting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. 

Anthony Alberg

Combatting the vaping epidemic

ABC Columbia asks epidemiology and biostatistics professor/chair and cancer epidemiologist Anthony Alberg for inpu on the health effects of electronic cigarettes. 

Nansi Boghossian

Stuy finds racial differences in health outcomes for preterm infants

Physicians Weekly reports on study led by epidemiology and biostatistics researchers Nansi Boghossian and Marco Geraci on racial differences in health outcomes for infants born before 30 weeks gestation

Geoff Scott

Climate change and coastal urbanization lead to increases in dangerous bacteria

Geoff Scott, professor and chair of environmental health sciences and director of the Ocean and Human Health Center on Climate Change Interactions, discusses the dangers of vibrio bacteria and the causes for its increasing presence in coastal waters.  

Anthony Alberg

Vaccination exemptions aren't all based on religion

Professor and chair of epidemiology and biostatistics Anthony Alberg discusses vaccination exemptions with The Spartanburg Herald.

Carrie Draper

Local grocery store closing decreases access to food

WLTX19 asks health promotion, education, and behavior research associate Carrie Draper about how the closing of a local Save a Lot will impact food access for surrounding residents. 

Tony Alberg

Physicians can turn away unvaccinated patients

The Spartanburg Herald asks epidemiology and biostatistics professor and chair Anthony Alberg for expert input on whether and why physicians might turn away patients who choose to forgo vaccines.

Saurabh Chatterjee

Environmental toxin linked to intestinal problems

The State's Sammy Fretwell reports on increasing harmful algal blooms and interviews environmental health sciences associate professor Saurabh Chatterjee about recent Ocean Center research that links microcystin to inflammation in the intestinal track for those with underlying liver disease. 

Shawn Arent

Jogging is best for those with genes more likely to make them obese

Exercise science professor and chair Shawn Arent discusses the benefits of jogging in a Business Insider Nederland article on a study that found jogging to be the most effective exercise for individuals whose genes make them more likely to be obese. 

Anindya Chanda

Coping with air quality issues indoors

Greenville News asks environmental health sciences assistant professor Anindya Chanda for expert input on the air quality and mold issues facing employees at Clemson University. 

Davis Moore

Athletes with ADHD may need more time to recover

US News & World Report asks exercise science assistant professor Davis Moore about study that found athletes with ADHD take longer to recover from concussions.

Susan Yeargin

Avoiding preventable heat-related illnesses during summer months

Exercise Science associate professor and athletic training expert Susan Yeargin explains to US News & World Report how to stay hydrated and exercise safely during the heat of the summer months

Delia West

New data fills research gaps on weight loss experiences for minority groups

Medical Xpress reports on research published in Obesity by Exercise Science Professor and TecHealth Director Delia West on the use of intensive lifestyle interventions to produce sustained weight loss among minorities who have type 2 diabetes. 

Peiyin Hung

Rural Mothers, Babies at Risk When Hospitals Cut Obstetric Services

Health Services Policy and Management assistant professor Peiyin Hung talks to US News & World Report about the risks and challenges mothers and babies face when obstetric services are cut from hospitals.

Katrina Walsemann

Student debt and mental health

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor Katrina Walsemann explains the connection between student debt and mental health to NPR's Marketplace. 

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Fitness trackers for children

Exercise Science Ph.D. student Lindsay Deckers discusses the appeal and merits of fitness trackers for kids with TechRadar. 

Steven Blair

4,400 steps associated with longer lives for women

CNN asks Exercise Science Professor Emeritus Steven Blair to weigh in on study findings that 4,400 steps per day is associated with longer lives for women.

Katrina Walsemann

The hidden costs of student debt

Salon quotes Katrina Walsemann on the health impact (e.g., anxiety, shorter sleep, poorer mental health) of student debt on their near-retirement parents.

Geoff Scott

Vibrio bacteria threaten health along the coast

The State interviews environmental health sciences chair and clinical professor Geoff Scott about the dangers of vibrio bacteria and how the new Center for Oceans and Human Health and Climate Change Interactions is addressing this public health threat.

Alexander McLain

C-sections associated with allergies, asthma

Health New Digest reports on findings from research by epidemiology and biostatistics associate professor Alexander McLain, whose study found a connection between c-sections and asthma/allergies. 

Julie Smithwick

Arnold School of Public Health Community Health Worker Institute launches

Columbia Regional Business Report discusses the new Community Health Worker Institute with director Julie Smithwick and Arnold School associate dean Lee Pearson. 

Brie Turner McGrievy

Eating healthy while dining out

The Washington Post asks health promotion, education, and behavior associate professor Brie Turner-McGrievy for advice on making healthy choices while eating out. 

Mary Wilson

UofSC researchers seeking participants in soul food health study

Project Manager Mary Wilson explains the BRIE Lab's NEW Soul Study (led by HPEB associate professor Brie Turner-McGrievy), which aims to reduce cardiovascular disease in the African American population, with Cola Daily's Karamie Sullivan.

Carrie Draper

Connecting Columbia’s Low Income Neighborhoods to Fresh Food​

FreeTimes asks Carrie Draper, vice chairwoman of the city’s Food Policy Committee and a co-founder of FoodShare South Carolina and member of the Arnold School's Nutrition Consortium, to weigh in on connecting low-income neighborhoods with fresh food. 

Edward Frongillo

The struggle of getting daily adequate nutrition for some older adults

WFPL Louisville asks health promotion, education, and behavior professor Edward Frongillo for insights on the impact of food deserts and food insecurity on the health of older adults. 

Melissa Nolan

Public health emergency declared over measles in anti-vax hotspot near Portland, Oregon

CBS News cites research from epidemiology and biostatistics assistant professor Melissa Nolan when reporting on possible outcomes due to growing populations of unvaccinated individuals. 

Janice Probst

Solutions to shortfalls in access to physical activity through playgrounds and parks among children in SC

Greenville News asks Health Services Policy and Management Professor Janice Probst for input on how to improve shortfalls in access to physical activity through playgrounds and parks for children in SC, as identified in a recent report.

Janice Probst

Patients With Cancer in Rural America Remain Underserved

Health services policy and management professor Janice Probst discusses the health of rural Americans with The ASCO Post. 

Russell Pate

New Physical Activity Guidelines announced

NBC News breaks down the new Physical Activity Guidelines, including recommendations for children, which exercise science professor Russell Pate helped develop.

Melissa Nolan

Controlling the West Nile Virus

Epidemiology and biostatistics assistant professor Melissa Nolan talks to Texas Standard about a project using remote sensing to pinpoint mosquito breeding zones. 

Heather Brandt

Non-medical vaccinations exemptions on the rise

News Observer asks health promotion, education, and behavior associate professor Heather Brandt for input on rising rates of non-medical vaccination exemptions. 

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Transgender veterans are as health as cisgender peers

Them  interviews health services policy and management assistant professor Janelle Downing about a recent study on the health of transgender and cisgender veterans. 

Janice Probst

Closing/merging rural hospitals in South Carolina

The Post and Courier asks HSPM professor and Office of Rural Health Research director Janice Probst to weigh in on the possibility of merging and/or closing rural hospitals in SC.

Julius Fridriksson

Transcranial direct current stimulation may improve post-stroke aphasia

Communication sciences and disorders professor Julius Fridriksson discusses new findings that tDCS may improve aphasia among stroke survivors with Medpage Today. 

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Transgender veterans are as healthy as their cisgender peers

Janelle Downing, assistant professor of health services policy and management, discusses a recent study on the health of transgender and cisgender veterans with MetroWeekly.

Davis Moore

Concussions affect mental health of athletes with ADHD more than others

Exercise science assistant professor Davis Moore explains the findings of a recent study on concussions to the UK Daily Mail: athletes with ADHD have a greater risk of depression and long-term anxiety after concussions than those without ADHD.

Melissa Nolan

Kissing bugs spread Chagas disease in southern states

Epidemiology and biostatistics assistant professor Melissa Nolan discusses the spread of Chagas disease through kissing bugs. 

Melissa Nolan

Non-medical vaccination exemption increase, impacting public health

Epidemiology and biostatistics assistant professor Melissa Nolan explains findings to NPR station KJZZ from a recent study related to non-medical vaccination exemptions and the impact on public health.

Anthony Alberg

Links between baby powder and cancer

Epidemiology and Biostatistics professor and chair Anthony Alberg gives expert input to the Post & Courier regarding the issue of whether baby powder has been linked to cancers

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SC Alzheimer's Disease Registry offers insights

Office for the Study of Aging's Maggi Miller and Mindi Spencer share information on the Arnold School's South Carolina Alzheimer's Disease Registry for WACH Fox. 

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What happens when people litter

Environmental Health Sciences research assistant professor Joe Jones explains to SC Public Radio happens when people litter and what we can do to help. 

Mindi Spencer

Alzheimer's death rates in South Carolina

Mindi Spencer, HPEB associate professor and associate director of research in the Office for the Study of Aging, talks to the The Post and Courier about an Alzheimer's Association report that South Carolina has the highest death rates from Alzheimer's Disease.

Dirk den Ouden

Electric jolt to brain may improve stuttering

Communication sciences and disorders associate professor Dirk den Ouden weighs in on a new therapy for treating stuttering: an electric jolt to the brain. 

Xuemei Sui

Short exercise tests can predict risk of mortality

Exercise science faculty Xuemei Sui and Steven Blair contribute to a study that determines just a short treadmill test can predict the risk of mortality.

Jan Probst

People in South Carolina die earlier than in other states

Greenville News interviews health services policy and management professor and SC Rural Health Research Center director Janice Probst about life expectancy of South Carolinians. 

Brie Turner-McGrievy

Study improves health by making soul food healthier

Post & Courier features health promotion, education, and behavior associate professor Brie Turner-McGrievy's new nutrition study to reduce cardiovascular disease risk among African Americans. 

Delia West

Setting SMART goals to stick to New Year's health resolutions

Exercise science professor and director of the SmartState Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles Delia West says SMART goals can make New Year's health resolutions successful. 

Delia West

Weight management during the holidays

Exercise science professor and director of the SmartState Technology Center to Promote Healthy Lifestyles Delia West explains holiday weight management to WIS TV.

Christine Pellegrini

Calorie counting and wearable physical activity devices

Healthline consults with exercise science assistant professor Christine Pellegrini on the pros and cons of calorie counting and wearable physical activity monitoring devices.

Heather Brandt

Social media aids emergency response

HPEB Associate Professor Heather Brandt discusses the uses of social media as tools for emergency repsonse and recovery (both during and after the event) with Fox News U.S. 

Janice Probst

Improving health in Appalachia

HSPM Professor Janice Probst explains to The Greenville News how better economic conditions, education, job opportunities, and insurance would improve health in Appalachia. 

Lucy Ingram

Unique challenges accompany new strain of gonorrhea

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor Lucy Ingram details the challenges of a new strain of gonorrhea to the Post & Courier.

Elizabeth Crouch

How adverse childhood experiences affect health later in life

Charleston City Paper asks Health Services Policy and Management's Elizabeth Crouch & Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior's Aditi Srivastav about the connections between adverse childhood experiences and poor health.

Anindya Chanda

Safe disposal of chemical agents

Aiken Standard asks Environmental Health Sciences Assistant Professor Anindya Chanda for expert input on disposal of chemical agent near Aiken County school.

Mark Macauda

Tick prevalence and health risks

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Research Assistant Professor Mark Macauda discusses prevalence and health risks of ticks with South Carolina Public Radio. 

Mark Sarzynski

Heat impact workout perceptions

Exercise Science Assistant Professor Mark Sarzynski explains to the Spartanburg Herald Journal why hot yoga feels like an effective workout.

Julie Smithwick

Changes in children's healthcare usage by immigrant parents

The Post & Courier interviews PASOs Director Julie Smithwick about a new trend in South Carolina and other states: some immigrant parents are now opting children out of healthcare services.

Carrie Draper

Food deserts in the midlands

WIS TV asks Carrie Draper, Director of Policy and Partnership Development for the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, to weigh in on food deserts in the midlands.

Russell Pate

Making Greenville County healthier

The Greenville News asks Exercise Science Professor Russell Pate for insight on Greenville Health System's 20-year plan to make Greenville County healthier.

Ronnie Horner

Arnold School expands to Greenville

Associate Dean for Clinical Public Health Ronnie Horner (left) and Dean Thomas Chandler discuss the Arnold School's expansion to the upstate with Greenville News.

Saurabh Chatterjee

New study sheds light on Gulf War Illness

Research led by ENHS Associate Professor Saurabh Chatterjee helps explain many of the health issues facing those with Gulf War Illness (GWI) as well as opening new pathways to treatment options. 

Russell Pate

SHAPES/SC to increase physical activity among children

EXSC Professor and CPARG Director Russell Pate discusses new SHAPES/SC project to increase physical activity among preschool-aged children with Post & Courier.

Brie Turner-McGrievy

Why vegan/vegetarian diets work

HPEB Assistant Professor Brie Turner-McGrievy explains the science behind why vegan/vegetarian diets work for weight loss for The Washington Post.

Jason Wigand

Communicating with someone who has hearing loss

US News & World Report calls on COMD Clinical Assistant Professor and Cochlear Implant Program Director Jason Wigand for tips on how to best communicate with someone who has hearing loss. 

Jan Probst

Rural health care access

HSPM Professor and SC Rural Health Research Center Director Jan Probst explains the challenges of rural health care access for U.S. News and World Report. 

Brie Turner-McGrievy

Weighing in on vegan weight loss

Women's Health Magazine solicits scientific expertise from HPEB Assistant Professor Brie Turner-McGrievy on vegan weight loss studies.

Katrina Walsemann

Parents take on child-related student debt

The Post and Courier discusses growing debt acquired by parents for students' education with study author Katrina Walsemann (HPEB). 

Saurabh Chatterjee

New pathway for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Science Daily features research from the lab of ENHS Associate Professor Saurabh Chatterjee, identifying new pathway for treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Susan Steck

Plant-based diet may lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer

Knowridge Science Report features EPID/BIOS Associate Professor Susan Steck's study of the effects of a plant-based diet on prostate cancer.

Courtney Monroe

Effectiveness of activity trackers

HPEB Assistant Professor Courtney Monroe comments on wearable physical activity trackers for HealthDay. 

Brie Turner-McGrievy

Social media's role during the thousand year flood

HPEB's Brie Turner-McGrievy discusses Arnold School research on the role of social media during thousand year flood of 2015 with WACH Fox (video). 

Lee Pearson

Impact of the aging population in S.C.

The Post & Courier reports on Associate Dean of Operatons and Accreditation Lee Pearson's testimony on the aging population in S.C. before the House Ways & Means Committee.

Jason Wigand

Protecting your hearing for the long run

Communication Sciences and Disorders Clinical Assistant Professor Jason Wigand lends his expertise to U.S. News & World Report on how headphone users can protect their hearing. 

Suan Yeargin

S.C. football safety policies

The State interviews Athletic Training Assistant Professor Susan Yeargin on South Carolina's 'sudden death' football safety policies. 

Brie Turner-McGrievy

Seasonal food-cravings and low-grade addictions

Cancer Prevention and Control Program Lead Nutritionist Trisha Mandes and Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor Brie Turner-McGrievy (pictured left) discuss seasonal food cravings/addictions with S.C. Public Radio.

Dirk den Ouden

Game improves post-stroke communication

The Post and Courier discusses potential of new video game developed by COMD Assistant Professor Dirk den Ouden and computer science/engineering colleagues to improve post-stroke communication abilities.

Jim Burch

Study finds 600 percent increase in Veterans sleep disorders

United Press International reports on study findings by EPID/BIOS Associate Professor Jim Burch and team regarding the increase in prevalence of sleep disorders among U.S. Veterans.

Carrie Draper

Making sure all kids eat well

The State publishes letter to the editor by the Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities' Carrie Draper on making sure all children eat well during summer.

Daniela Friedman

Improving brain health in S.C.

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor and Chair Daniela Friedman tells AARP S.C. how the S.C. Healthy Brain Research Network works to improve brain health.

Susan Yeargin

Working out in triple digit temperatures

Athletic Training Assistant Professor Susan Yeargin (Department of Exercise Science) talks with ABC Columbia on exercise safety in the extreme summer heat. 

Jan Eberth

Family doctors don't always screen smokers for lung cancer

FOX News Health reports on a study by Epidemiology and Biostatistics Assistant Professor Jan Eberth, which found that many family physicians may have inacurate knowledge about lung cancer screening. 

Katrina Walsemann

Schools look to lessen student stress over debtloads

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior Associate Professor Katrina Walsemann comments on the link between student debt and mental health for the Waterlook Chronicle.


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