Health Beat May 2024

Health Beat

May 2024

College of Health newsletter

All the news that's 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

Class of 2024 spotlights

These College of Health graduates are ready to make a difference, improving the future of health and well-being for all.

View all Class of 2024 spotlights.

See how COH students are applying classroom knowledge, building professional networks, and testing out fulfilling careers in health and well-being.

Meet all the internship spotlight students.

Internship spotlights

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 our Health Heroes, and nominate your own.

Good News!

Good News for May 2024

Our faculty, staff and students do amazing things!

They receive national, university and college honors; publish books and articles; serve on editorial boards and much more.

Did you or someone you know do something we should share? Let us know by submitting some Good News.


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 2024 undergraduate student researchers! We'll be highlighting a few of them each month.

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:

Publications for the month of May

This review examined the safety of recombinant human lactoferrin (rhLF) as a food ingredient. Results from animal and human studies showed that rhLF was well tolerated and safe, with no significant toxicity-related outcomes. However, further studies are needed to address unanswered safety questions such as immunogenicity and immunotoxicity potential.

This research paper discusses the implementation of the Zero Suicide framework in the adult emergency department setting. It highlights the importance of tailored strategies for nurse leaders in suicide prevention and provides recommendations for adapting each component of the framework in the emergency department.

This research studied the function of alpha-tocopherol (α-T) as a vitamin in zebrafish embryos. It found that α-T deficiency leads to increased lipid peroxidation and metabolic dysregulation, impacting both biochemical and morphological changes in early development. The study also suggests that α-T is critical for neurodevelopment and is regulated by the α-T transfer protein (TTPa) and the mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway.

The development of a simple, bedside method to concentrate breast milk could have significant implications for improving the health outcomes of premature babies and empowering mothers to provide the best possible nutrition for their vulnerable infants.

This study underscores the potential health benefits of specific types of greenspace, particularly trees and diverse plantings, in reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease hospitalizations. It also highlights the need for targeted urban planning and public health policies to enhance greenspace, especially in marginalized communities, to promote health equity and overall well-being.

This study analyzed tweets from the AYA cancer community to understand how they discuss the financial burden of oncofertility care and advocate for change. The conversations highlighted the high cost of care and proposed actions to improve access and support. Future research can explore the impact on policy change and clinical care.

Voluntary alcohol consumption for 6 months in male cynomolgus macaques resulted in reduced intracortical bone porosity without affecting mineralization or mechanical properties.

This suggests that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may increase the risk of low trauma bone fractures.

This study examines the impact of a co-designed intervention on negative behaviors during school recess and explores the facilitators and barriers to implementing the intervention. Results show a decrease in negative behaviors post-intervention and suggest the need to assess school and recess culture before making changes. Reculturing around the importance of recess and the roles of adults is crucial for sustaining positive playground behavior.

This study highlights the critical link between household air pollution and child mortality and provides a strong basis for targeted interventions that could improve child health outcomes in settings similar to the Navrongo HDSS in northern Ghana.

The findings advocate for the adoption of clean cooking technologies and fuels as a strategic public health measure to reduce under-5 mortality, thereby contributing to the achievement of global health targets and improving the quality of life in vulnerable populations.

UV-C treatment is a promising way to process donor milk that balances safety with preserving the beneficial components that support the health of vulnerable babies. Using UV-C in milk banks could help provide higher quality donor milk to premature or sick infants who depend on it for protection against infection and optimal development.

Research seminar videos

Weren't able to attend or watch a College of Health Friday research seminar? Here's your chance to get caught up with the recordings from May. Not every seminar is recorded, so make sure to attend in-person if you can.

Be sure to check out the full lineup for Spring term.


Mark your calendars!

June 4 Bray Health Leadership Lecture

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, will deliver the 2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture titled "Public Health After the Pandemic: How Can We Do Better?" at 5 p.m. followed by a reception on Tuesday, June 4, in the MU Horizon Room.

Learn more about Dr. Sharfstein and register for this free lecture.

June 10 Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

QPR is an evidence-based suicide prevention curriculum that teaches individuals to identify the signs and symptoms of someone who may be at risk, and to confidently offer immediate support and referrals.

Register for this training.