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Cardiologist talks with NPR on winter eating

Ira Ockene, MD, the Barbara D. Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology and professor of medicine, talked with NPR recently on seasonal variation of eating patterns and why it seems people eat more in the wintertime. “We are driven by things implanted in our brain a long, long time ago,” Ockene told NPR reporter Allison Aubrey, explaining that primitive impulses compel people to stockpile calories for the long, cold days ahead.

New study: Men with disabilities face higher rate of sexual assaults

Monika Mitra, PhD, assistant professor of family medicine & community health, was interviewed by National Public Radio’s health blog Shots on her new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicating men with disabilities are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted during their lifetime than men who do not have disabilities. Dr. Mitra told NPR’s Whitney Blair Wyckoff that research into sexual assaults on men with disabilities had been limited. “Looking back, I was a little surprised to see the results that we got,” Mitra said.

$130,000 in scholarships given at Alumni Association Dinner

Twenty-four medical students received almost $100,000 in scholarships from the Alumni Association while nine other received more than $36,000 in scholarships named in honor or remembrance of others.