Faculty Scholars in the News

Read current and archived media coverage featuring the innovative public health research, practice, advocacy and education in which Institute for Public Health Faculty Scholars are engaged.

December 2019

MIKE MASTERSON: The great ‘I
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette | 12/3/19
An increase in narcissism? Faculty Scholar Henry Roediger gives insight on what people have to say about this phenomenon.

Cannabis Hashing Out a Budding Industry
S&P Global | 12/3/19
Faculty Scholar Rachel Sachs speaks to what drug prices would look like if the economic logic of the White House was applied to the Senate Finance Committee’s drug-pricing package.

William Barr said certain “communities” should show police more respect, ignoring the reasons why they don’t
Vox | 12/4/19
Faculty Scholar Hedwig Lee part of research team analyzing data on fatal police encounters from 2013 to 2018, talks about how interesting findings show differences based on race.

Will sky-high drug prices spur the US to use an obscure power over patents?
Healthcare Dive | 12/4/19
March-in rights are back in focus to lower drug prices. Faculty Scholar Rachel Sachs weighs in.

Trauma Surgeon Battles Bullets In The Operating Room And The Community
NPR/Kaiser Health News | 12/5/19
Faculty Scholar, Dr. Laurie Punch continues their work in dealing with gun violence from the operating room and beyond.

Halting opioid abuse aim of several grants from NIH, CDC
The Source | 12/3/19
Faculty Scholar, Dr. Cynthia Rogers and team to receive grant for their research on the impact of opioids on expectant mothers and their babies.

Lower number of people covered leads to higher rural health insurance premiums, study finds
The Source | 12/3/19
Risk reinsurance, or insurance for the insurer, is a potential policy solution for private insurance plans in rural areas. Faculty Scholar Abigail Barker talks about it.

What You Need To Know As 2020 Affordable Care Act Deadline Approaches
St. Louis Public Radio | 12/5/19
Faculty Scholar Timothy McBride mulls what Medicaid expansion could look like Missouri.

Why Doctors Need to Be on Twitter
Psychology Today | 12/7/19
Contrary to common notions of doctors, Faculty Scholar Jessica Gold weighs the importance of doctors having a presence on social media.

All In The Family: How MRSA Bacteria Spread At Home
St. Louis Public Radio | 12/8/19
Faculty Scholar Stephanie Fritz discusses the danger of MRSA bacteria and its surprising prevalence in the daily lives of children.

Fast-tracking psilocybin for refractory depression makes sense
MDedge | 12/10/19
Faculty Scholar Dr. David A. Patterson Silver Wolf points to the gap in antidepressants currently approved by the FDA, and their ability to effectively treat MDD.

The House Just Passed Its Prescription Drug Plan — Here’s What’s In It
NPR | 12/12/19
Faculty Scholar Rachel Sachs weighs in on the House Prescription Drug Plan: a plan to reduce drug prices.

Atatiana Jefferson’s Death Reminded Us of the Work Needed to Protect Black Lives
The Ringer | 12/13/19
Study led by Faculty Scholar Odis Johnson reveals that black women are more likely than other demographics to have been unarmed when killed by law enforcement.

Uber’s data revealed nearly 6,000 sexual assaults. Does that mean it’s not safe?
The Conversation | 12/13/19
Read Faculty Scholar Liberty Vittert’s piece revealing data on incidents of sexual assault involving Uber rides.

Young children lost health insurance faster in Missouri than in any other state
Springfield News Leader | 12/14/19
The Center for Health Economics and Policy’s Analysis of the Fiscal Impact of Medicaid Expansion in Missouri is cited in this article regarding health insurance rolls in Missouri.

Democrats Tout Federal Patent Take-Backs for Lowering Drug Costs
Bloomberg Law | 12/16/19
Faculty Scholar Rachel Sachs talks march-in rights and how they can be used to lower drug prices.

How the Trump Administration wants to enable States to Import Lower-cost Drugs from Canada
Advisory.com | 12/19/19
Associate Professor of Law, Rachel Sachs discusses how the importation of lower-cost drugs from Canada must meet statutory requirements.

SNFs with More Frail Patients More Likely to be Penalized under VBP
McKnight’s Long-Term Care News | 12/19/19
Center for Health Economics and Policy Co-director, Karen Joynt Maddox and team looked at how patient and nursing home characteristics impact provider performance under Medicare’s SNF Value-Based Purchasing program.

Missouri Foster Kids to See Increased Protections after Legal Settlement
St. Louis Public Radio | 12/19/19
Division Chief of Adolescent Medicine in the WUSM Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Katie Plax, discusses how a recent lawsuit settlement could help teens who have automatically been prescribed psychotropic drugs for trauma, instead, receive cognitive behavioral therapy.

Experts “not optimistic” about Trump Plan to Import Drugs from Canada
CBS News | 12/20/19
Washington University law professor Rachel Sachs discusses whether or not Canada will try to limit pharmaceutical imports by the U.S.

 Amazon Rainforest Has Lost 24,000 Square Miles in the Last 10 Years—An Area the Size of West Virginia
Newsweek/The Conversation | 12/23/19
Professor of the Practice of Data Science and Faculty Scholar Liberty Vittert discusses this alarming trend.

Tech and Health Care Need their own ‘Hippocratic Oath’ to make Digital Health Work
STAT News | 12/23/19
Executive Director of the WUSM Healthcare Innovation Lab and Faculty Scholar, Dr. Thomas M. Maddox weighs in on a few critical flaws in the ways that health care and tech work together…or don’t.

‘Mumbai gasping, state needs to act fast to clear the air’
Hindustan Times | 12/26/19
Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor at the School of Engineering and Faculty Scholar Pratim Biswas reflects on similarities between air quality in St. Louis throughout history as compared to Indian cities.

The Meaning in Prosperity
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | 12/26/19
Director of The Africa Initiative, Dr. Benjamin Akande and Graduate Fellow Abass Babatunde wrote this op-ed regarding how an abundance of wealth triggers a sense of social responsibility.

In Good Taste: How Dates Perk up Winter Days
Feast Magazine | 12/27/19
Dr. Adetunji Toriola, associate professor of surgery at Siteman Cancer Center and Institute Faculty Scholar talks about how dates (high source of energy and protein but rich in sugar) can help with the winter doldrums.