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Dolores Albarracín

Holistic approach best for tackling nonmedical drug use, study finds

Health practitioners are constantly developing new ways to help those with drug and alcohol addictions wean themselves from their substance of choice. Most such programs have limited success, however. A new study finds that interventions that take a multidimensional approach – tackling the biological, social, environmental and mental health obstacles to overcome while also addressing a person’s substance use – work best for those hoping to stop using drugs.

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Yanina Pepino

Loss of senses of smell, taste could identify COVID-19 carriers

Professor of food science and human nutrition M. Yanina Pepino is a member of the Global Consortium for Chemosensory Research. The group, which includes experts from 38 countries, is gathering data on the loss of smell and taste perception among people with respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19 to determine whether impairment of these senses can predict people who may be carriers.

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Eunice Santos

How can researchers predict social behavior during pandemics to enhance public health policies?

Eunice E. Santos, the dean of the School of Information Sciences, studies how computational models can help explain social behaviors and the factors that influence decision-making during pandemics.

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Ian Brooks

Brooks presents research at WHO meeting on COVID-19 “infodemic”

Ian Brooks, iSchool research scientist and director of the Center for Health Informatics, and Sebastian Garcia Saiso, director of the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), presented their preliminary social media analytics research on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization (WHO). 

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New commitment to health data will improve health policy in the Americas

A new plan of action to improve information systems for health (IS4H) was approved ton October 2, 2019 by ministers of health of the Americas. The plan will ensure better collection and management of data to inform decision-making, policy development, and monitoring and forecasting for the Region’s health situation.

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Ian Brooks

Brooks presents state of health informatics to regional Ministers of Health

Director of the Center for Health Informatics Ian Brooks gave an invited talk on health informatics at “Celebrating 25 Years of the Core Health Indicators,” a side event held on September 30 during the 57th Session of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) Directing Council. PAHO is the regional office of the World Health Organization.

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