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The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Connector Monthly Newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter featuring updates from OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D., information about behavioral and social sciences in the news, events and announcements, findings from recently published research, funding announcements, and other updates. The current newsletter is provided below.
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OBSSR Connector Monthly

October 17, 2019

Director's Voice

Social and Behavioral Sciences Key to Research Funded by the NIH HEAL Initiative to Tackle the National Opioid Crisis. To reverse the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $945 million in total fiscal year 2019 funding for grants, contracts and cooperative agreements across 41 states through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative or NIH HEAL Initiative. The trans-NIH research effort aims to improve treatments for chronic pain, curb the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdose and achieve long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

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Research Spotlights

Findings from Recently Published Research


stigmas - oct. 2019

Stigmas can increase public health risks

Recently published research funded by NHGRI and National Science Foundation used dynamic and game theory to explore the effects of infectious disease stigmas on public health. Stigmas have been a part of human societies dating back to prehistoric times. Some theories propose that stigmatization of infectious diseases may have been adaptive by reducing disease risk and prevalence. However, other theories contend that stigmatization has strong negative impacts on community health.
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students - oct. 2019

High school students with stronger peer-to-adult networks have fewer suicide attempts

A recent publication funded by NIMH explores how relationships in high school students impact suicide attempt rates. The World Health Organization has reported that suicide is the second leading cause of death of adolescents worldwide. It will likely take a wide range of interventions to reduce suicide rates, however current interventions in adolescence primarily focus on individual‐level psychiatric risk factors and strategies to treat high‐risk youth.
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tweets - oct. 2019

Tweets reveal symptoms of nicotine dependence in JUUL users

In a recent publication supported by funding from NCI and the National Science Foundation used messages on Twitter to investigate the effects of JUUL use on symptoms of nicotine dependence and withdrawal. JUUL is a popular electronic nicotine delivery system that has a high nicotine content with a rapid speed of absorption. However, many users may not know of the nicotine content nor expect the acute effects or potential for nicotine dependence.
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