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Members in the News

The following Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) members and their research were recently featured in news articles or videos. To have your news spot featured in the next issue of Outlook, please email lbullock@sbm.org.

Joanna Buscemi, PhD
Dr. Buscemi was featured in a September 30 Chicago Tribune article about an elementary school that has added physical activity breaks to the school day. In the article, Buscemi endorses the breaks and explains research evidence (as outlined in a 2014 SBM health policy brief) shows that physical activity can improve students' academic achievement.

Jiun-Hau Huang, SM, ScD
Dr. Huang's research at National Taiwan University shows that female college students' intentions to use tampons were mostly influenced by positive attitudes and supportive subjective norms, moderated by sexual orientation and gender characteristic (butch/femme identity). His work was featured in August by several media outlets, including Central News Agency, UDN, NOW News, Liberty Times Net, and China Times.

Suzanne M. Miller, PhD, and Michael A. Diefenbach, PhD
Drs. Miller and Diefenbach are quoted in a September 21 Wall Street Journal article about a study analyzing how men and women approach prostate and breast cancer diagnoses and treatments in social media posts. The study found men are more analytical while women are more emotional. Drs. Miller and Diefenbach questioned the reliability of the study sample.

Joshua K. M. Nan, PhD, and Rainbow T.H. Ho, PhD
Drs. Nan and Ho were featured in a July 27 Hong Kong Economic Journal newspaper article addressing the World Health Organization's concern of the social factors affecting health. They advocated creative arts therapy (including art, music, dance/movement, and drama) as an essential social factor to promote well-being and as an alternative behavioral medicine therapy among mainstream treatments of mental illness.

Sherry L. Pagoto, PhD
Dr. Pagoto was featured in an August Allure magazine feature about the dangers of indoor tanning and the role colleges play. "Indoor tanning is the prime suspect behind the alarming rise in melanoma rates among young people," the article's sub-headline proclaims. "So why do so many colleges let their students tan for free right on or near campus?"

John M. Salsman, PhD, and Heather S. Jim, PhD
Drs. Salsman and Jim were featured in an August 10 Reuters Health article showcasing their studies about the impact of patient spirituality on cancer care. The article says, "Cancer patients who report more religiousness or spirituality may also experience fewer physical symptoms of cancer and treatment and more social connection, several new papers suggest. The new analyses reviewed previous studies of spirituality involving more than 44,000 cancer patients altogether. The studies varied in many ways, but religion and spirituality were associated with better health regardless of specific religion or set of spiritual beliefs."