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Ready to quit smoking? Beware bad headlines.

  A number of outlets, including NPR and the Huffington Post, published articles last week summarizing a study comparing outcomes from people who stopped smoking abruptly versus cutting down gradually. The study was interesting, but much of the coverage significantly misrepresented the findings, and many outlets ran pieces characterizing the study as supporting going “cold turkey” as being the most effective way to stop smoking. This is nonsense. It’s nonsense and not even what the study found. The NPR article was actually pretty good, though it had a terrible headline that contradicted both the study’s findings and the actual content of the article. Here’s how the NPR article summarized the study design: Study participants were randomly assigned to two groups. One had to quit abruptly on a given day, going from about a pack a day to zero. The other tapered down over the course of two weeks, first to half a pack each day, and then to a quarter of a pack before quitting. People in both groups used nicotine patches before they quit, in addition to a second form of nicotine replacement, like gum or nasal spray. They also had talk therapy with a nurse before and after quit day. Not only was this clearly not a “cold turkey” approach, generally thought of as not using any forms of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), or medications, but participants actually used TWO kinds of NRT, and also received behavioral support. Near the end of the NPR article, they specifically reference other studies where the “cold turkey” approach has shown to be incredibly unsuccessful. “She says in other studies where...

Announcing the winners of the 2015 Hall Health Center Art Contest

Congratulations to the three student artists whose submissions were voted in the “top 3” among the 23 submissions that came in from 13 students! They each have won a $100 prize.  Photos of their works are shown below.    Fade to Orange – Lisa Hagen Glynn, student   At the Eternal Picnic – Amy McIntyre, student   Breaking Down Barriers – Chloe Noel, student   These other artists had their submissions accepted for the 2015-16 exhibit at Hall Health, which will start in early October.  Soon after that date, a reception will be held of all of the student, staff, faculty, and alumni whose works of art are on display at Hall Health. Yellow Room – Marijke Keyser Peterhof – Taylor Zajicek Grasses – Stephen Edwin Lundgren The Eyes of Masiphumelele – Do Hyeong Lim The Homeless Man – Do Hyeong Lim Fall Colors – Phil Eidenberg-Noppe Thanks to all who...