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Rutgers Global Health News
Preschool is an opportunity to foster a culture of health in which childhood poverty doesn’t lead to poor adult health, according to a policy paper by Rutgers’ National Institute for Early Education Research. High-quality preschool can contribute to children’s physical and mental health throughout their lives.
Geologist Ken Miller’s research has shed light on what he calls “the greatest hits of Earth history,” including the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction, some 65 million years ago, which wiped out half of all species on the planet, including the dinosaur.
Healio.com’s Infectious Disease News spoke with institute director Richard Marlink, MD, who treated some of the first HIV/AIDS patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York and helped establish the first HIV/AIDS clinic in Boston. In this interview marking the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Marlink discusses the likelihood of a cure and vaccine, federal funding, testing among high-risk populations, PrEP, stigma, and medical treatment.
Thomas Sokolowski, director of Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum, reflects on his work during the 1980s as a pioneer in activism through art. Challenging the world to fight the deadly epidemic that was just becoming known as AIDS, he and a small group of friends founded Visual AIDS, organized the first Day Without Art, and made the red ribbon an icon of awareness.
Assistant professor Umer Hassan, who grew up in Pakistan, remembers being fascinated by the handheld tricorder used to diagnose medical conditions on Star Trek. Now, he is working to recreate some of that technology in real life. As an engineer and a global health researcher, Hassan is developing biosensors that can quickly and inexpensively detect infections in people living with HIV/AIDS in underdeveloped countries.
In this episode of Rutgers Around the World, a podcast produced by Rutgers Global, institute director Richard Marlink shines a light on the field of global health by reflecting on his own career path and his work in fighting HIV/AIDS in the United States and abroad.
An eight-part podcast by Big Picture Science features interviews from the “Science Denial: Lessons and Solutions” event that Rutgers Global Health Institute co-presented with New York Academy of Sciences on November 2.
In advance of the 2018 Anita Ashok Datar Lecture on Women’s Global Health featuring Planned Parenthood Federation of America past president Cecile Richards, Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership interim director Lisa Hetfield talks about the links among women’s health, family health, and global health, as well as the roles of passion and ambition in creating a more just world.
A new 4 Plus 4 Program at Rutgers enables aspiring physicians to explore their various interests and dive into global health issues as undergraduates. As long as they maintain a required minimum GPA and fulfill all pre-med course requirements, they are guaranteed admission to medical school.
African indigenous vegetables are loaded with micronutrients, but the residents of an urban slum in Kenya aren’t always able to reap the benefits. Rutgers food systems researcher Shauna Downs, with support from Rutgers Global Health Institute, is analyzing the local production and consumption of these nutritious crops with an eye toward improving health.