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Research Offers Evidence of Gender Differences in Insomnia Heritability

By Anne Dreyfuss/University Public Relations Genes may contribute more to the development of insomnia symptoms in females than in males, according to a new study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate student. Drawing on pre-existing data from the Virginia Adult Twin Studies of Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders (VATSPSUD), a large data set collected by VCU psychiatry […]

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Collaborative Study Offers Treatment Options for Premenstrual Dysphoric disorder

By Anne Dreyfuss/University Public Affairs Confining antidepressant treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder to only the days that women are symptomatic is effective at lessening the condition’s symptoms, according to a collaborative study from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, Yale University and Cornell University. “Many women who have PMDD prefer to take their antidepressant medication for as […]

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VCU Project Encourages Breastfeeding Among Low-Income Mothers in Richmond

By Brian McNeill/University Public Affairs A new project at Virginia Commonwealth University will encourage, inform and empower economically disadvantaged Richmond-area mothers to breastfeed. The project, “A CBPR Evaluation of the ‘Mommies, Babies, Bellies & Daddies – The ABCs of Breastfeeding,’” is a targeted intervention to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration. “Breastfeeding provides substantial health benefits […]

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VCU Study Examines Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings in States Not Expanding ACA Medicaid Coverage

By Stevi Antosh/VCU Massey Cancer Center Low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast and cervical cancer screenings compared to those in states that are implementing expansions, according to a study by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers. The ACA is […]

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Bodnar-Deren Receives 2 Grants

Dr. Susan Bodnar-Deren, an assistant professor in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Sociology, has been awarded two grants. Bodnar-Deren received a $19,149 award from the VCU Council on Community Engagement for a project entitled “A CBPR Evaluation of the ‘Mommies, Babies, Bellies & Daddies – The ABCs of Breastfeeding’ – a targeted intervention to encourage inform, and […]

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Designing Healthy Outcomes for Babies

By Anne Dreyfuss/University Public Affairs The infant mortality rate in Virginia dropped by almost 20 percent from 2007 to 2012 according to a report released in November by the Virginia Department of Health, but the positive news didn’t extend to Richmond’s low-income African-American population, which continues to face a rate of infant deaths three to […]

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Domestic Violence 101 course now available online

Domestic Violence: Understanding the Basics, a course presented by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women , is now available online. The one-hour interactive course describes the behaviors and characteristics that are inherent to domestic violence. The 10-section course also provides an overview of the scope […]

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VCU gets grant for stroke prevention in women’s project

The Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health has received a two-year grant totaling nearly $700,000 to support the Virginia Women’s Stroke Prevention Initiative. The Medical Education Grant from Pfizer Inc. supports the initiative’s focus to promote the prevention of stokes in underserved women. “Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States,” […]

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CEnR Lunch and Learn on December 6

Jessica Venerable, grant and research analyst for the Office of the Vice President for Research, will discuss grant funding for Community-Engaged Research on December 6. She will focus on how to find grants that support CEnR and what grantees are seeking. The talk is from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 1004A of the ASPIRE […]

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Institute for Women’s Health requests pilot proposals

The VCU Institute for Women’s Health is preparing a National Institute of Health Center Grant application that focuses on the etiology and course of mental health disorders and unhealthy behaviors in male and female college students. The Center will examine gender differences in the development of a variety of conditions so interventions can be tailored […]

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