News and Research

Previous Scholar Update: Katy Kozhimannil

March 10, 2017

Previous BIRCWH Scholar Katy Kozhimannil is featured in this Modern Healthcare article entitled "Why wildly varying C-section rates persist" (March 9, 2017). The article discusses the often excessive rates at which C-sections are performed in the US, and how hospital management, funding, and insurance may play a role in the usage of the C-section procedure.

Scholar Rachel Isaksson Vogel Featured: Melanoma Suvivorship

March 10, 2017

Masonic Cancer Center Scholar Rachel Isaksson Vogel, is featured in articles about melanoma survivorship. The study compares sun exposure times and protection behaviors in melanoma survivors and those who have never had the disease, including time spent outdoors and choices about protective measures in the sun. Overall, the study concludes that surivors are more likely to make favorable decisions about sun protection, although notes that some survivors reported sunburns and high sun exposure in the last year.

While most melanoma survivors limit sun exposure, some report getting suntans and sunburns: MedicalXpress, March 2, 2017

Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun: HealthDay, March 2, 2017

Some Melanoma Survivors Are Still Getting Too Much Sun Exposure: NPR, March 2, 2017


Jerica Berge: Previous Scholar Updates

February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 - Previous scholar Jerica Berge is featured in a January 2017 Reuters article by Lisa Rapaport, "Few dad take part in trials of obesity treatment for kids." The article discusses the small amount of fathers who participate in studies preventing or treating obesity in children. The research report finds that when one parent was allowed to join the study, only 6% of parent participants are fathers. Though concluded through limited research, lead study authors hope to learn how the absence of fathers in obesity trails may affect treatment of childhood obesity. Dr. Berge, co-director of the UMN Healthy Eating and Activity across the Lifespan Center, suggests that differing parenting styles could affect children's health behaviors.

Read the article here: Few dads take part in trials of obesity treatment for kids

Katy B. Kozhimannil: Previous Scholar Updates

February 17, 2017

Former scholar Katy B. Kozhimannil is quoted in a January 2017 Fortune article entitled "An Obamacare Repeal Could Strip Women of Workplace Breastfeeding Protections." Dr. Kozhimannil comments on a 2015 UMN study of rates of women who "had access to both break time for nursing or pumping and a private place to express milk." (Zillman, An Obamacare Repeal...)

Read the article here: An Obamacare Repeal Could Strip Women of Workplace Breastfeeding Protections

Dr. Kozhimannil was also published in The American Journal of Managed Care. The January 2016 article is entitle "Hospital or Home: Building a Better US Maternity Care System."  It discusses a recently published paper in the New England Journal of Medicine about the safety of birthing in a hospital or ourtside the traditional hospital setting. The article considers the benefits and risks, how it affects pregnant women, and how maternity can be safer for all women. 

Read the article here: Hospital or Home: Building a Better US Maternity Care System

Journal of Women's Health: "Can Breastfeeding Reduce a Woman's Risk of Metabolic Syndrome?"

February 17, 2017

February 16, 2017 - A Journal of Women's Health article reports that the risk of metabolic syndrome and related disorders may be reduced in women who spend a longer time breastfeeding. The article, entitled "Association Between Duration of Breast Feeding and Metabolic Syndrome: The Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys," features a study of Korean women aged 19-50 years assessing their risk of developing metabolic syndrome based on their total duration of breastfeeding throughout their lifetime. (Citation: Choi Se Rin, Kim Yong Min, Cho Min Su, Kim So Hyun, and Shim Young Suk. Journal of Women's Health. January 2017, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/jwh.2016.6036.)

“The advantageous effects of breastfeeding for newborns and babies are well established, and this study, which suggests that breastfeeding may protect the mother against metabolic syndrome, further adds to the evidence base supporting the benefits of breastfeeding for maternal health,” says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of Women’s Health. (via Journal of Women's Health)

BIRCWH Scholar Deanna Teoh featured: "New study shows higher rates of cervical cancer"

February 10, 2017

deannaFebruary 10, 2017 - Minnesota News Network article featuring BIRCWH Scholar and oncologist Deanna Teoh states that "a new study shows that cervical cancer is killing far more women in the U.S. than originally thought."

The article discusses mortality rates of minority women, and how a UMN team is trying to reduce these disparities through the development of programs and resources.

Research Program on Migration and Health 2016 - 2017

February 7, 2017
pimsaRequest for proposals for research and graduate student awards on migration and health:
"In light of the current public debate regarding immigrants, it is vital that university-based research be available to the decision makers making choices that affect migrants and their health.  PIMSA, a collaborative research program between Mexico and the U.S., provides opportunities for research that contributes to the development of evidence-based policies affecting migrants and their health.
PIMSA is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Research Awards and grants for graduate students related to migration and health topics. Please view the full announcement for application details and timelines.

This cycle will be open to researchers and graduate students from any of the University of California campuses, University of Arizona, University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Houston, working in collaboration with researchers from the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT for its Spanish acronym) accredited institutions in all Mexican states and Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), or from Mexico's Secretariat of Health research institutions. 

PIMSA is administered jointly by the Health Initiative of the Americas (HIA) and the California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) under the auspices of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.

Research Priority Areas

All research proposed should highlight the migratory context and impact on health of the issue or problem of interest. Research questions should be focused on the projected impact of results on public policies.

The following research areas will be given priority:

  1. Mental health, including domestic violence and violence from a public health perspective, alcohol and substance abuse, and its relation with culture;
  2. Chronic diseases, including nutrition related conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and obesity;
  3. Infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs);
  4. Women’s health, including reproductive care, breast and cervical cancer, and women’s rights;
  5. Occupational health, including farmworkers rights, injury prevention, respiratory illness, heat-related illness, and pesticide exposure;
  6. Access to health care, including best practices for health prevention and promotion; strategies for expanding health insurance; legal aspect of access to health care; and the use of medical technology to reduce health disparities and web-based health information technologies.*High value will be given to proposals concerning immigration and/or the healthcare reform.
  7. Health Economics under the current political environment" (University of California Berkeley, The Health Initiatives of the Americas)

Required LOI due February 14th, 5:00pm PDT.


Former BIRCWH Scholar Anne Blaes Featured: Women On Aromatase Inhibitors May Show Signs Of Early Blood Vessel Damage That Could Lead To Heart Disease, Research Suggests.

December 14, 2016

Former BIRCWH Program Scholar Dr. Anne Blaes is featured in these 2 articles presenting research that suggests women on aromatase inhibitors may show signs of early blood vessel damage that could lead to heart disease. 

HealthDay (12/9, Norton): "Women on breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors may show signs of early blood vessel damage that could lead to heart disease, a small study suggests." The findings were presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

MedPage Today (12/9, Susman) Research reports "Arterial elasticity, which is tied to cardiac events, may be disrupted by long-term treatment with aromatase inhibitors (AIs) among breast cancer survivors."