Sexual health research focused on men who have sex with men is lacking, according to health researchers, even in the midst of rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, in this population.
The Methodology Center at Penn State has received a $13 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to support both ongoing and new research for the next five years that could lead to health apps for smartphones and more accurate genetic research.
Marijuana use in teenagers is on the rise, while cigarette and alcohol use are stable or declining, according to Penn State researchers. In particular, black teens are using more marijuana than in recent decades.
Researchers affiliated with the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and The Methodology Center, research centers in the College of Health and Human Development, won awards at the Society for Prevention Research 2014 Annual Meeting.
Despite high levels of binge drinking that take place on college campuses, college enrollment does not lead to substance abuse problems later in adulthood, and it may actually prevent adult substance abuse among youth who would not be expected to attend college, according to Penn State researchers.
Some people quit smoking on the first try while others have to try to quit repeatedly. Using such mobile technology as hand-held computers and smartphones, a team of researchers from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh is trying to find out why.
"One thing that really stood out among the relapsers is how their urge to smoke just never dropped, in contrast to those who were successful in quitting for a month -- their urge dropped quickly and systematically -- almost immediately upon quitting," said Stephanie Lanza.
If you attend one of the Methodology Center's Summer Institutes, the probability is very high that you'll learn something new about statistics. This year, 40 researchers from more than 20 universities and research organizations convened at the Penn State Conference Center Hotel from June 29 to July 1 for the 14th Summer Institute on Longitudinal Analysis. Each year the Institute has provided researchers across the country with the chance to network and brush up on valuable, cutting-edge methodological theory.