The Center is very proud of our graduating seniors who participated as Peer Health Partners, or PHPs, during their undergraduate years at Emory: Alex Boettcher, Michelle Cholko, Sheri Feigenbaum, Jaclyn Gaylis, Ed Kovel, Samantha Levin, Jelecia Miller, Molly Narrod, Ashley Porch, Erin Swearing, and Keitra Thompson.
These students embody the vision of the Center and dedicated countless hours of their time to help spread knowledge regarding the science of human health to freshman enrolled in Health 100 courses.
The Center for the Study of Human Health is proud to announce that the following seniors graduated today with a minor in Predictive Health: Leah Abrams, Raven Bowie, Bianca Eugene, Sheri Feigenbaum, Jackie Gaylis, Aerhealle Hampton, Jelecia Miller, Ashley Porch, Shriya Reddy, Tyler Stratton, and Ann Wobler.
These students have a number of exciting career opportunities available to them. Their destinations in the coming months include medical school, public health school, internships with city- and county-level organizations, and nutrition-related programming for hospitals and non-profit organizations, among other opportunities. Watch for forthcoming posts highlighting these individual student achievements. Photo courtesy of Instagram #Emory2013
Many of our graduating seniors can likely relate to the difficulties of choosing a career path, let along having to make difficult decisions between pursuing a research passion versus one of a more personal nature. This choice was once faced by the new president-elect of the American Psychological Association, Nadine Kaslow, an Emory professor and chief psychologist of Grady Health System who is also the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet. Dr. Kaslow has been able to incorporate her two passions through these joint appointments. To learn more about the motivations underlying her career and lifestyle paths, please visit http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/10/health/lifeswork-nadine-kaslow/.
Keep Calm and Breathe On
Finals week is challenging for everyone, and this week students affiliated with the Center for the Study of Human Health provided an opportunity for their peers to decompress through yoga, meditation, and art therapy. The promotional video (follow the link above) was created by Taylor Werkema as part of his final project for a class on Empowerment, Life Balance, and Stress Relief offered through the Center. More than 30 students turned up for the event, and many others joined in as word spread across the library!
The Center for the Study of Human Health and Emory Dining recently sponsored a Talk & Cooking Demo by Registered Dietitian Wendy Jo Peterson at Food EU.
With final exams right around the corner, over 100 students turned out to hear her talk about how to fuel your body and mind for optimal health and energy. The students learned how to make a great tasting green smoothie, a health boosting kinky kale salad and a tropical chia pudding. Her recipes require few ingredients and no cooking at all! They were simple, quick and easy to make. Best of all, they passed the student taste test and were declared delicious!
Wendy Jo’s green smoothie is as simple counting 4-3-2-1.
- 4 handfuls of fresh spinach
- 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 bananas
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
- Milk of your choice (cow, almond, coconut, soy are common choices)
Put all ingredients in a blender, add milk until the mixture blends smoothly and is a consistency you like. Enjoy!
Ms. Peterson is a Registered Dietitian who works to inspire others to cook more, eat smarter, and approach life as though it’s worth tasting. She is the author of the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies and hosts a radio show on nutrition.
Author: Lisa DuPree, Center for the Study of Human Health
The final course requirement for Predictive Health Minors is called “Health 410: Predictive Health Challenge.” This year’s inaugural senior class took on as their final challenge the creation of an app to improve health. The class has been working in small groups of 2-4 students to produce an app targeting a specific health challenge that they have identified. On Friday, May 3rd at 8:30 am in White Hall Room 207, students will describe the health challenge that they are targeting and then publicly demonstrate how their app works. We encourage Emory students and community members to attend these presentations.
Ear infections are the most common among preschool aged children, though can be difficult to distinguish between one caused by bacteria, and thus requiring antibiotics, and a case caused by a virus which will ultimately resolve without such treatment.
Dr. Wilbur Lam, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, is working with colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, to develop a “Remotoscope”, an iPhone attachment and accompanying app that works as an otoscope. Using a phone equipped with the Remotoscope, a parent could snap images of the child’s inner ear over the course of the illness to aid physicians in diagnosing the cause of an infection, as well as use the images to determine whether or not to seek medical attention.
For more information about the device, please visit: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2012/09/remotoscope_for_ear_infections/campus.html.
Previous studies on caloric restriction in animal models like mice and nematodes found that the reduction in consumption lead to an increase in longevity. Thus far, the impacts of such dietary restrictions in primate species have been mixed, with at least one major study finding no such association between life span and calorie restriction and another concluding that the restriction did in fact add years.
While longevity is still being debated, these studies are finding that the animals “health span”, or the number of years they live before showing signs of age-related disease, is extended among primates living on calorie restricted diets. To learn more about the concept of a “health span”, as well as specific findings related to health outcomes such as cancer and heart disease among the study cohorts, please visit: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/08/caloric-restriction-in-monkeys.html.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Emory with a $6 million grant to continue work towards an AIDS vaccine. The team, led by Bali Pulendran, PhD and Rafi Ahmed, PhD, includes researchers from across the university, including the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory Vaccine Center, and the Rollins School of Public Health.
The funding will go towards exploring how programming innate immunity can lead to protective antibodies against HIV in a nonhuman primate model, by using nanoparticles that mimic properties of the virus to illicit a response.
For more information about this research and the grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, please visit: http://news.emory.edu/stories/2012/09/gates_grant_for_aids_vaccine_research/campus.html.
Sales on large sodas and sugary drinks at movie theaters, restaurants, and other locations are now restricted in New York City after a vote by the Board of Health. This is part of the city’s bold move to curb obesity rates; estimates indicate that at least 5,000 city residents die from obesity-related causes each year.
The ban, however, does not include all sellers in the city and doesn’t capture all sugary drinks. For example, only stores and venues that receive health department inspection grades are impacted by the restriction, leaving vending machines and convenience stores like 7-11 untouched. Diet sodas are exempt from the ruling, but restaurants with self-service soda fountains can no longer provide cups larger than 16 ounces.
For more on New York City’s new food-related regulations, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=1.