Health Beat January 2024

Health Beat

College of Health newsletter

January 2024

All the news that fit to print

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In the news

These stories are predominately made up from the college's alumni magazine, press releases from OSU News and Research Communications, and media mentions.

Students and Alumni

Dean's Health Heroes

Health Heroes stand out among their fellow students and alumni.

They are doing incredible and impactful work in our community, exemplifying our vision to bring health and well-being within reach for all.

Meet all of the Dean's Health Heroes.


Good News for January 2024

Our faculty and staff do amazing things! They receive national, university and college honors; publish books and articles; serve on editorial boards and much more!


Healthy Discoveries

The Healthy Discoveries program gives undergraduates the support they need to start conducting research projects early in their college careers. This valuable program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Patricia Valian Reser Fund for Experiential Learning.

Let's meet some of our previous 2023 cohort undergraduate student researchers! We'll be highlighting a few of them each month.

Publications for the month of January

Check out the recent publications from researchers across the college over the past month. See if you can guess the researcher(s) based solely on publication titles:

Prenatal exposures to fine particular matter (PM2.5) increased the risk of severe respiratory distress among term newborns and support the development and prioritization of public health and prenatal care strategies to increase awareness and minimize prenatal exposures to air pollution.

Overall, HTKS-Kids has the potential to provide a more equitable and comprehensive assessment of self-regulation in young children.

Social network research can contribute to a deeper understanding of the principle of "linked lives" in life course research, by studying how networks evolve through life events and analyzing broader networks beyond intimate or family ties.

This study's findings underscore the importance of considering individual characteristics such as race, ethnicity, and income level, as well as personal appraisals of military service and the availability of social support, in understanding and treating PTSD among veterans.

By adopting a life course perspective, the study suggests that interventions should be tailored to the individual experiences of veterans rather than focusing solely on the context of the war zone served.

The cycle whereby optimism and sleep enhance one another could improve physical health and psychological well-being among aging adults and play an important role in maintaining optimism.

The findings of this study can help identify individuals at risk of high levels of PAH exposure and inform the development of targeted interventions based on the source of exposure.

This study reveals important associations between motor skills and executive functions in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that are consistent across Eastern and Western cultures.

The findings suggest that early assessment and intervention focused on motor skill development may have cascading benefits for cognitive development in children with ASD.

This has significant real-world applications for early screening and the design of targeted interventions to support the developmental needs of young children on the autism spectrum.

Exposure to organophosphate ester flame retardants and plasticizers (OPEs) in house dust may increase the risk of stress in Canadian mothers during pregnancy and early postpartum. However, there is no significant association between OPEs and depression. Further research is needed to fully understand the impact of OPEs on maternal mental health.

The development of the Older Adult Compendium fills an important gap by providing an older adult-specific system for quantifying the energy costs of physical activities, which will enhance research and practice to promote physical activity in aging populations.

The standardized MET60+ values enable more accurate comparisons and tailoring of physical activity for older adults.

This major update expands the utility and accuracy of this widely-used tool for converting reported physical activities into standardized intensity values.

The age-specific focus and addition of new activities enhance its real-world relevance for researchers and practitioners aiming to quantify physical activity and its health impacts in different populations.

Maintaining the Compendium as a "living document" allows it to remain a vital resource as new science emerges.

This study found that stricter state alcohol policies are associated with lower rates of alcohol-related arrests, disciplinary actions, and rape offenses on college campuses. These findings suggest that implementing more restrictive alcohol policies may help reduce these issues among college students.

This research study's findings contribute to the ongoing discussion about the effectiveness of traffic congestion reduction projects and their potential co-benefits for public health.

Despite the theoretical benefits of reducing traffic congestion on air quality and, by extension, public health, this study suggests that the implementation of electronic tolling systems in Texas did not lead to measurable improvements in infant health outcomes over the study period.