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Hughes' Research Shows Verbal Cues Can Help Smokers Quit


November 19, 2015 marks the date of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. According to John Hughes, M.D., UVM professor of psychiatry and VCBH investigator who has been studying how smokers quit for the last 30 years, verbal cues from concerned friends can lead to cessation. Based on recent research, Hughes has tips for diplomatically helping people quit smoking. Read more>>>


VCBH Launches Second Preventive Medicine Special Issue, November 2015


The November 2015 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine is the second to be organized by VCBH investigators, featuring an introduction by Director Stephen Higgins, Ph.D. The theme, "Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities," is of fundamental importance to improving population health and effectively managing chronic health conditions. See the issue>>>


Sigmon Talks Methodone Success Rate & Contigency Management Research


Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., talks to WCAX Newschannel 3 about the 90-percent success rate of Methadone and Subxone maintenance at the Chittenden Clinic, where she serves as Director. She also explains how research at the VCBH shows that even more opiate abusers could be helped if "contingency management" incentives were put in place. See the story>>>


Higgins Featured in FDA Video Series: Tobacco Regulatory Science in Action

The FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) partners with public health agencies to conduct research that helps regulate tobacco based on the best available science. The VCBH, led by Director Steve Higgins, Ph.D., participates with studies on "Tobacco Regulatory Science in Vulnerable Populations."

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Methadone Clinic Receives Farm-Fresh Produce through Intervale Partnership


A pilot project connects patients at the Chittenden methadone clinic in Burlington with farm-fresh fruits and veggies from the Intervale Center's food rescue program. Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., a researcher at UVM's Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, started the project to help boost nutrition among a population that often has trouble accessing healthy meals. See the story>>>


VCBH's Garavan to Play Role in Large-Scale NIH Study of Adolescent Brain


Hugh Garavan, Ph.D., VCBH director of neuroimaging and UVM professor of psychiatry, will lead UVM's research efforts in a huge landmark study on the effects of substance use on the still-developing teen-aged brain. More than 10,000 children, ages 9 to 10, will be enrolled at research institutions across the country and followed for 10 years. Read the story>>>


Interim Buprenorphine Trial Helps Vermonters on Methadone Clinic Waitlists


The VCBH's Stacey Sigmon, Ph.D., saw the need for a clinical trial that would use technology to improve the lives of people awaiting treatment at methadone clinics. A year-and-a-half ago, she received a $650,000 National Institutes of Health grant to design such a program and the preliminary results are encouraging.  Read the story>>>


U.S. Senator Leahy Sends Special Video Message to VCBH Conference Attendees


October 1-2, the VCBH hosted its third annual national, interdisciplinary conference to discuss and share strategies for changing the personal behavior patterns that increase health risks and contribute to health disparity problems. The conference kicked off with a special message of appreciation and support from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. See the video>>>


Gaalema Examines Smoking’s Impact on Behavior in Two Populations

Diann Gaalema, Ph.D., UVM assistant professor of psychiatry, is the lead author of two separate research reviews involving individuals with mental illness and/or low socio-economic status who smoke. The studies appeared in July's Tobacco Regulatory Science and April's Preventive Medicine. Read More>>             

WCAX Showcases New VCBH Study Aimed at Helping Moms Quit Smoking

Stephen Higgins, Ph.D., director of the VCBH, explains that the study is looking at low-income moms who smoke and have young kids. He says only about 20 percent of these moms are able to quit smoking when they find out they're pregnant. His new $3.6 million grant aims to help them.
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Last modified November 16 2015 01:00 PM