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The Lancet Psychiatry: Death rate from alcohol and drug misuse in former prisoners alarmingly high
Alcohol and drug misuse are responsible for around a third of all deaths in former male prisoners and half in female ex-prisoners, a new study of almost 48,000 ex-prisoners published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal has found. Moreover, the research shows that a substantial proportion of these deaths are from preventable causes, including accidents and suicide (42 percent in men and 70 percent in women). (2015-04-21)

Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers
Teachers are likely to interpret students' misbehavior differently depending on the student's race, according to new research findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (2015-04-15)

Study tallies huge cost of hepatitis C drugs for RI prisons
Correctional systems are obliged to care for inmates but, as a new study of Rhode Island prisons shows, treating every chronically infected inmate in the state with expensive but effective hepatitis C drugs would cost nearly twice as much as the entire correctional health budget. Treating only the sickest would still far outstrip the pharmaceutical budget. (2015-04-09)

UT Dallas criminologist challenges effectiveness of solitary confinement
A new study by a UT Dallas criminologist finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. (2015-03-31)

UT Dallas criminologist's study shows lack of mental health care for prisoners
New research by a University of Texas Dallas criminologist has found that a substantial number of prison inmates have not received treatment for mental health conditions. (2015-02-25)

Improving inmate health can lead to better community health and safety
If prisoners received better health care while behind bars and after release, both their health and the community's health would improve, new research has found. (2015-02-25)

UTHealth research: Mental health care lacking in state and federal prisons
A significant portion of state and federal prisoners are not receiving treatment for mental health conditions, according to research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. (2015-01-12)

Research paper says women in prison need and want treatment for physical and sexual abuse
Women in prison want and need specific treatment for traumas such as physical and sexual abuse, a new research paper says. (2015-01-06)

Liver cirrhosis more common than previously thought, study finds
Cirrhosis of the liver is more common than previously thought, affecting more than 633,000 adults yearly. And surprisingly, 69 percent of the adults identified as possibly having cirrhosis may not know they have the disease. (2015-01-05)

Scientists do glass a solid -- with new theory on how it transitions from a liquid
How does glass transition from a liquid to its familiar solid state? How does this common material transport heat and sound? And what microscopic changes occur when a glass gains rigidity as it cools? A team of researchers at NYU's Center for Soft Matter Research offers a theoretical explanation for these processes. (2014-11-24)

Stressful duties linked with increased risk of sudden cardiac death among police officers
Stressful and physically demanding law enforcement activities are associated with large increases in the risk of sudden cardiac death among US police officers compared with routine policing activities, finds a study published in the BMJ this week. (2014-11-18)

2014 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award goes to Omid Kokabee
Omid Kokabee, an Iranian graduate student in physics at the University of Texas at Austin who was imprisoned for refusing to contribute to weapons research in his home country, has been awarded the 2014 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). (2014-10-28)

CWRU researcher finds training officers about mental illness benefits prison's safety
Case Western Reserve University mental health researcher Joseph Galanek spent a cumulative nine months in an Oregon maximum-security prison to learn first-hand how the prison manages inmates with mental illness. What he found, through 430 hours of prison observations and interviews, is that inmates were treated humanely and security was better managed when cell block officers were trained to identify symptoms of mental illness and how to respond to them. (2014-10-27)

Sesame Street teaches physicians a lesson
More than two million people are incarcerated in the United States, the world's highest incarceration rate. Scott A. Allen, M.D., a professor of medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, and two colleagues report in Annals of Internal Medicine that while many people need to be in prison for the safety of society, a majority are incarcerated due to behaviors linked to treatable diseases such as mental illness and addiction. (2014-10-06)

Involving female offenders in release planning can increase reintegration success
Women who are about to be released from prison need to be more involved in their discharge planning if they are to successfully reintegrate into their communities and avoid returning to prison, according to a new study. (2014-09-22)

Counselling has limited benefit on young people drinking alcohol
Counselling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, a new study suggests. (2014-08-20)

Racial makeup of private prisons shows disparities, new OSU study finds
A disproportionate number of Hispanics are housed in private prisons across the United States, a pattern that could leave such prisons vulnerable to legal challenges, new research from Oregon State University shows. (2014-08-06)

Boomers building muscle at the gym -- without passion
In a study recently published in the International Journal of Wellbeing, James Gavin, a professor in Concordia University's Department of Applied Human Sciences, investigates our motivations for exercise, from looking good to having fun. He finds that for the baby boom generation, passion is the most important motivator -- a fact the fitness industry should embrace. (2014-08-06)

For a holistic approach to POW trauma
Tel Aviv University's professor Zahava Solomon examines the compounding effects of war captivity and war trauma on prisoners of war. While symptoms of psychological illness are often pigeon-holed as specific individual disorders, Solomon argues against a narrow 'tunnel vision' in treating POWs such as Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who remains in rehabilitation. (2014-07-07)

Prisoners unfairly excluded from general clinical research
Prisoners are being unfairly excluded from taking part in potentially beneficial clinical research, on the grounds that it would be too difficult and expensive to do so, indicates a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (2014-06-23)

Lethal injection comes under new scrutiny after botched execution
The botched execution in April of a man convicted of murder brought to the fore of national consciousness the precarious state of capital punishment. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, details the history of lethal injection, what went wrong in April and how states are currently handling the practice, once deemed the most humane way to execute prisoners. (2014-05-28)

Researchers propose treating prison population to fight US hepatitis C epidemic
Nearly four million Americans may be infected with the hepatitis C virus, with many people unaware of their status. The virus can take decades to make those infected ill with cirrhosis, cancer or liver failure. Three researchers argue in the May 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that America's oversized prison population provides a critical opportunity to tackle the US hepatitis C epidemic. One in six prisoners is infected with the virus. (2014-05-14)

To curb hepatitis C, test and treat inmates
The nation's oversized prison population provides an opportunity to battle the US hepatitis C epidemic because inmates have a high prevalence of infection and are readily reachable for testing and treatment, argue authors of a new article in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2014-05-14)

Released prisoners are more likely to suffer early death
Men who have been incarcerated and released are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as those who have not been imprisoned, according to a new study published by Georgia State University criminologist William Alex Pridemore. (2014-05-13)

Black male incarceration can compromise research studies
Federal restrictions on including prisoners in medical research have negatively impacted research involving black men, who are disproportionately imprisoned, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. Because individuals who are already in ongoing studies must be dropped if they are incarcerated, this compromises the ability of researchers to examine racial disparities in health outcomes studies. (2014-05-06)

Are Southern death-row inmates more polite?
Southern states are known to uphold a culture of honor and adhere to traditional politeness norms, but does this hold true for death-row convicts? A new article published today in SAGE Open finds that Southern death-row offenders are more likely to apologize for crimes in their final statements than offenders from other regions of the US. (2014-04-08)

HIV treatment while incarcerated helped prisoners achieve viral suppression
Treating inmates for the human immunodeficiency virus while they were incarcerated in Connecticut helped a majority of them achieve viral suppression by the time they were released. (2014-03-31)

Experts call for prison health improvements
In a new paper in the journal Health Affairs, several participants in a workshop convened by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine unveil their recommendations to improve health care for prisoners both during incarceration and after release. From a public health standpoint, they argue, it's shortsighted to regard prison populations as separate from the community. (2014-03-03)

Does solitary confinement fuel more crime?
Solitary confinement does not make supermax prison inmates more likely to re-offend once they're released, finds a study on the controversial penitentiaries led by a Michigan State University criminologist. (2014-02-25)

Medicaid expansion improves health care services for prison population
National study finds that prison systems are increasingly aiding prisoners' enrollment in Medicaid, both during incarceration and in preparation of release. (2014-01-16)

Prisoners believe they are just as law abiding as non-prisoners
The belief that we consider ourselves better than our peers holds true to convicted criminals as well. Research from the University of Southampton has shown that prisoners believe themselves to have more pro-social characteristics -- such as kindness, morality, self-control, and generosity -- than non-prisoners. (2014-01-09)

New study to ensure justice for life prisoners across the globe
In the first study of its kind researchers are to examine life imprisonment on an international scale. The work will be led by Professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit -- an expert in penal law and life imprisonment at The University of Nottingham. Life imprisonment worldwide: principles and practice has been funded with a grant of £222,000 from the Leverhulme Trust to look at life sentences for prisoners across the globe to ensure justice for life prisoners. (2014-01-02)

Up to 1 in 4 female prisoners in England and Wales self-harm
As many as one in four women prisoners in England and Wales self-harm every year, and female prisoners are four times more likely to self-harm than male inmates, according to the largest ever study of self-harm in prisons, published in The Lancet. (2013-12-15)

Jailhouse wine is not as delicious as it sounds, could be deadly
In a case series seemingly tailor-made for cinematic tragedy or farce, emergency physicians report severe botulism poisoning from a batch of potato-based (2013-12-13)

Prevalence of undiagnosed HIV infection low among state prison entrants
An analysis indicates that the prevalence of undiagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among state prison entrants in North Carolina was low, at 0.09 percent, according to a study appearing in the Nov. 27 issue of JAMA. (2013-11-26)

Screening new inmates for HIV may not reveal many new undetected cases, study shows
More than 22,000 inmates entering North Carolina prisons in 2008 and 2009 were tested for HIV, but only 20 previously undiagnosed cases of HIV were found in this population. (2013-11-26)

Services fail to treat prisoners with schizophrenia -- increasing risk of violent reoffending
New research from Queen Mary University of London shows released prisoners with schizophrenia are three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners, but only if they receive no treatment or follow-up support from mental health services. (2013-11-20)

Are prisoners with military mettle more likely to toe the line or cross it?
University of Cincinnati research examines whether prison inmates with military backgrounds are more likely to misbehave. (2013-11-18)

Crime associated with higher mortality rates
People with criminal records die younger than those without, shows a comprehensive national study for Norway conducted by researchers at IIASA and Statistics Norway. (2013-11-06)

Torture permanently damages normal perception of pain
Held alone in tiny, filthy spaces for weeks or months, sometimes handcuffed and blindfolded, prisoners of war suffer severe beatings, burns, electric shocks, starvation, and worse. New research from Tel Aviv University shows that ex-prisoners of war continue to suffer from dysfunctional pain perception and regulation, likely as a result of their torture. (2013-11-05)

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