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Preventive Medicine Special Issues


Since 2014, the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health has partnered with Preventive Medicine to produce a special issue every November focused on behavior change, health, and health disparities. VCBH Director Stephen T. Higgins, PhD serves as editor for these issues and the scientific papers are from researchers that have been hand-selected based on their exemplary contributions to the fields of opioids, tobacco, and treatment and have most recently participated in the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health's annual conference.

 

 

 

November 2020: Seventh Special Issue Released

 

Preventive Medicine Special Issue 2020VCBH is pleased to announce that the November 2020 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine, edited by Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, is now available. This year's issue highlights some current challenges in tobacco control and regulatory science and features researchers that participated in the VCBH 7th Annual Conference held in October 2019.

 

Dr. Higgins notes in his editorial, "This 7th issue includes 17 commentaries, reviews, and original empirical studies, 16 of which are devoted to current tobacco control and regulatory science research and policy, topics critically important to protecting the public health from the longstanding and devastating harms of tobacco use. The challenge of balancing efforts to protect youth from e-cigarettes while allowing for evidence-based evaluation of their potential to reduce the harms of cigarette smoking among adults features prominently in many of these contributions, complemented by original studies on rural-urban disparities, tobacco harm perceptions, use patterns and toxin exposure, modeling of tobacco-related mortality, novel tobacco research methods, and reducing cigarette smoking through regulatory policies, including nicotine reduction in cigarettes, and novel clinical interventions."

 

Some of the commentaries, reviews, and studies included are:

 

Tobacco harm reduction: Past history, current controversies and a proposed approach for the future
Dorothy K. Hatsukami, Dana M. Carroll

 

Shared and unique risk factors for tobacco use among rural versus urban adolescents
Megan E. Roberts, Andreas A. Teferra, Brittney Keller-Hamilton, Joanne G. Patterson, Amy K. Ferketich

 

Modeling smoking-attributable mortality among adults with major depression in the United States
Jamie Tam, Gemma M.J. Taylor, Kara Zivin, Kenneth E. Warner, Rafael Meza

 

Decreasing smoking during pregnancy: Potential economic benefit of reducing sudden unexpected infant death
Stephen T. Higgins, Eric P. Slade, Donald S. Shepard

 

Current smoking as a marker of a high-risk behavioral profile after myocardial infarction
Diann E. Gaalema, Hypatia A. Bolívar, Sherrie Khadanga, Jeffrey S. Priest, ... Philip A. Ades

Preventive Medicine Sixth Special Issue

The November 2019 Special Issue of Preventive Medicine is the sixth in a series that focuses on behavior change, health, and health disparities. 

Select researchers that participated in the 2018 Vermont Center on Behavior and Health 6th Annual Conference were invited to contribute to the Special Issue based on their exemplary scholarship and research on opioids, tobacco, and treatment adherence. VCBH Director, Dr. Stephen Higgins, once again acted as guest editor for the special issue and organized the selection of papers.

Considerable attention is given to the ongoing U.S. opioid epidemic and the critical need to develop clinical infrastructure to meet the growing demand for opioid-related clinical services. Selected papers also address tobacco use and adherence to medical regimens.

 

Past Special Issues

2018: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2017, Volume 117, Pages 1-114
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2017: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2017, Volume 104, Pages 1-136
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2016: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2016, Volume 89, Pages 1-182
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2015: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2015, Volume 80, Pages 1-106 
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

2014: Special Issue: Behavior Change, Health, and Health Disparities
November 2014, Volume 68, Pages 1-80
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins

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2012: Supplemental Issue on Incentives and Health
November 2012, Volume 55, Supplement, Pages S1-S124 (1 November 2012) Incentives on Health
Edited by Stephen T. Higgins, Kenneth Silverman, Stacey C. Sigmon and Neal A. Naito