Health Research News Spring/Summer 2015

Low Maternal Lead Levels Associated with Adverse Birth Outcomes
Even years after widespread lead abatement methods have been considered to be successful and childhood lead levels have dropped significantly, maternal exposure to lead may still be impacting birth outcomes according to new research by Dr. Felicia Rabito, associate professor of epidemiology at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Read more>>

Tulane receives $6.5 million grant to prevent congenital syphilis
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has received a $6.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study new methods to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of syphilis in resource-poor countries. Read more>>

Can probiotics improve pediatric diarrhea outcomes?
Dr. Margaret Kosek, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Dr. Richard Oberhelman, professor and chair in the Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, have been awarded a five-year $3.3 million grant to study the use of probiotics in treating pediatric diarrhea in Peru. The grant has been awarded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Dr. Kosek and Dr. Oberhelman will serve as co-principal investigators for this grant. Read more>>

Tulane joins CDC effort to eliminate malaria in Hispaniola
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine  is part of a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led consortium that aims to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020. Read more>>

Can your cellphone help you lose weight?
Cellphone support can help people lose significantly more weight, according to a study conducted by researchers at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Read more>>

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