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The Effects of Smoking During Pregnancy

Laura Stroud, PhD, of The Miriam Hospital's Center for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, talks about the link between moms who smoke during pregnancy and the risk for offspring smoking or being nicotine dependent.

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A Center to Study Stress, Trauma, and Resilience Established

This is the first research center in Rhode Island devoted to examining how the stress and trauma encountered early in life can have lasting impacts on our health and wellness.

Study Supports Value of Video Games in Promoting Physical Activity

Research led by a behavioral scientist at The Miriam Hospital is providing further evidence that active video games, such as the Wii and Xbox Kinect gaming systems, can help sedentary individuals achieve more physical activity than traditional exercise.

New Portal Enables Patient Access to Clinical Trials

Lifespan is pleased to announce a new portal linked seamlessly from its website, developed to enable patient and family access to information on hundreds of its active and enrolling clinical trials.

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A National Research Hub at The Miriam Hospital

The federal government is helping create a research center at The Miriam Hospital to focus on the mental and physical health of children who are neglected, abused, and/or have food insecurity.

This important work has been widely covered in the news media including:

Five Questions with the Center's Director, Dr. Laura Stroud

12/12/2021 (Providence Business News)

Biomedical Research Excellence

10/7/2021 (Providence Business News)

New Research Center Focuses on "Childhood Stress and Health Disparities"

10/7/2021 (WJAR-TV)

The Adverse Long-Term Health Implications of Childhood Trauma

10/7/2021 (The Boston Globe)

Research Encompassing Infancy to the Elderly

Childhood Stress, Lifelong Consequences

2021 (

Being a New Mom during COVID

9/9/2021 (

Domestic Violence May Have a Next Generation Prenatal Affect

3/4/2019 (Frederick News Post)

Using Movement as Medicine

10/24/2017 (CBS News-TV)

Helping Teen Girls Thrive

4/11/2017 (

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