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Compared to other cultural groups, Latino families are no more likely to care for their elders, but Latinos are more likely to be high intensity caregivers (in terms of the range and scope of responsibilities) compared to non-Latino whites.
Aging may be a universal experience, but culture and ethnicity affect how aging relatives fit into the family picture. Latino families, says CPHHS Assistant Professor Carolyn Mendez-Luck, tend to care for their elderly family members at home and delay institutionalization, relative to other racial and cultural groups.
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Although maternal stress, anxiety, and depression have been linked to negative birth outcomes, few studies have investigated preventive interventions targeting maternal mental health as a means of reducing such problems. This randomized controlled study examines whether Family Foundations (FF)—a transition to parenthood program for couples focused on promoting coparenting quality, with previously documented impact on maternal stress, depression, and anxiety—can buffer the negative effects of maternal mental health problems.

Methods
To assess the effects of FF, we used a randomized block design with a sample of 259 expectant mothers assigned to FF or a control condition and analyzed using propensity score models. We examine two-way interactions of condition (intervention vs. control) with maternal mental health problems (financial stress, depression, and anxiety) on birth outcomes (birth weight, days in hospital for mothers and infants). For birth weight, we assess whether intervention effects depend on length of gestation by including a third interaction term.

Results
FF buffered (p < 0.05) the negative impact of maternal mental health problems on birth weight and both mother and infant length of post-partum hospital stay. For birth weight, assignment to FF was associated with higher birth weight for infants born before term.

Conclusions
These results demonstrate that a psycho-educational program for couples focused on enhancing mutual coparental support, with preventive effects on maternal mental health, can reduce incidence of birth problems among women at elevated risk. Such improvements in birth outcomes could translate into substantial reductions in public and personal healthcare costs. Future work should assess mediating mechanisms of intervention impact and cost-benefit ratio of the intervention.
Objective Although maternal stress, anxiety, and depression have been linked to negative birth outcomes, few studies have investigated preventive interventions targeting maternal mental health as a means of reducing such problems. This randomized controlled study examines whether Family Foundations (FF)—a transition to parenthood program for couples focused on promoting coparenting quality, with previously documented impact on maternal stress, de...
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Resistance Exercise Reduces Body Fat and Insulin During Androgen-Deprivation Therapy 
for Prostate Cancer


Purpose/Objectives: To determine whether exercise could reduce biomarkers of cancer progression in prostate cancer survivors (PCSs) on androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT). 


Design: Randomized, controlled trial.


Setting: Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing.


Sample: 51 PCSs randomized to one year of resistance and impact training or a stretching control group. 


Methods: The authors investigated changes in body composition and cancer-related biomarkers, and the influence of age and fat loss on changes in biomarkers. 


Main Research Variables: Body composition (total fat, trunk fat, and lean mass), insulin, insulin-like growth 
factor-1, and sex hormone–binding globulin.


Findings: In the 36 PCSs with baseline and 12-month data, total fat (p = 0.02) and trunk fat (p = 0.06) mass decreased in the training group compared to gains in controls. Loss of total and trunk fat each mediated the relationship between groups and one-year change in insulin (p < 0.05). Age moderated the insulin response to exercise where insulin reductions were smaller with increasing age (p = 0.03). 


Conclusions: Resistance and impact exercise may reduce body fat among PCSs undergoing ADT, in turn exerting an insulin-lowering effect. 


Implications for Nursing: Nurses should counsel PCSs to exercise to reduce the risk of obesity and associated conditions, including cancer progression. 

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The stakes are high as boomers retire and put greater demands on the health-care system. In 2017, the U.S. population will hit a tipping point. For the first time, people age 65 and older will outnumber those under 18, according to the National Institute on Aging. This shift is known as “The Silver Tsunami.”

See what we, and our colleagues across +Oregon State University, are doing to make the future healthier and more affordable.

#gerontology   #publichealth   #healthyaging
Oregon State researchers are tackling topics that will touch everyone, either through their own life journey or as they assist elderly parents and family members.
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“Helping others makes me feel alive,” Jenny says. “It is part of what gives my life meaning and purpose. If my work has benefited students even half as much as working with and learning from them has benefited me, then I consider myself successful.”

Jenny, who graduated with a degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Health Behavior, is one of five Oregon State students given the honor by the Women’s Center as part of the Women of Achievement celebration. The awards recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of scholarship, leadership and service of undergraduate and graduate women at Oregon State.

#publichealth  
College of Public Health and Human Sciences alumna Jenny Jackson, PhD ’15, has received the 2015 Student Leader Award from Oregon State University for her contributions to students, the community and Oregon.
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The grants were announced today by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Educational Sciences. In all, 15 Early Learning Program grants were awarded; OSU received three of the grants and was the only Oregon institution to receive funding from that program.

#parenting   #HDFS   #preschoolers  
Researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences have been awarded $4.6 million in federal grants to study how to better prepare at-risk children for school.
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What is Rick's advice to current students and recent alums? What one specific moment inspired his career path? What is the best advice he's ever received, and who gave it?

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"Life course research reveals both the bright sides and the dark sides of human experience," says CPHHS Professor Rick Settersten. "This fuels the passion I feel around matters of social inequality.”
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The FORCE Lab is a biomechanics laboratory that provides cutting-edge research and intervention strategies for injuries.
Under the supervision of physical therapists and lab staff, the interns study movement, identify inefficiencies and provide recommendations designed to decrease stress on the musculoskeletal structures in the body.
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"To coach is to instill impersonal qualities without losing sight of the person; it’s to foster growth honestly. In our line of work, these attributes save lives." - TEAM OREGON instructor Aria Minu-Sepehr

Motorcycle safety for all Oregon riders is ‪#‎publichealth‬
"It’s not uncommon, for instance, to receive glorious hugs from your coworkers at the start and end of a teaching day. Undiminished pleasure comes, as well, from working with students, who make heavy and often deeply emotional investments in learning to ride or pushing their limits," says TEAM OREGON Instructor Aria Minu-Sepehr.
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Two of the many facets of ‪#‎PublicHealth‬ are preparedness and prevention. Both are addressed by the experts at Oregon State University Extension Service's Master Food Preservers.

Hotline volunteers refer to recipes and research-based information vetted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The answers aren’t always obvious.

“It’s so important because there’s so much misinformation on the web,” says Nellie Oehler. “For canning recipes, it has to be research-based or it can be lethal.”
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Katherine Larsen, a recent OSU graduate, interned with IE3 in Cape Town, South Africa during the summer of 2014 at the Cape Town Refugee Centre. Majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences through the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Katherine was able to help counsel and provide guidance to refugees in the small community of Observatory. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work graduate degree from Portland State University and plans to focus her career on clinical social work with the intent to work abroad in the future. Read on to learn about the ups and downs of returning from a life-changing IE3 Global Internship.
"There is a saying on the streets of downtown Cape Town that holds so much truth, 'I came here to change Cape Town, but Cape Town changed me.' I feel blessed to have had such a wonderful experience in the amazing country of South Africa," Katherine says.
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OSU Dietetic Intern Anya Cronkhite posts about the pros and cons of non-nutritive sweeteners. We learned something new. Will you?

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How are artificial sweeteners different than sugar? Are they safe? Do they help you lose weight? When to use them?
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Lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family and every community guides the work of our distinguished faculty and extraordinary students. We are responding to the most challenging public health issues facing us today, focusing on prevention strategies to promote health across the lifespan, from healthy children to healthy aging. We are teaching, conducting pioneering research and delivering outreach programs that address optimal nutrition for health, overcoming poverty and hunger, changing inactive lifestyles, improving the lives of children and older adults at-risk, preventing disease, addressing public policy and access to healthcare, and maximizing environmentally friendly materials and structures. 

Inspired by our mission as a leading land-grant university, we create synergy in teaching, research, and outreach to develop the next generation of globally minded public health and human sciences professionals. Through interdisciplinary research and innovative curricula, we advance knowledge, policies and practices that improve population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.