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Map of State-level Reproductive Rights

This map indicates the reproductive rights policy climate for each state plus the District of Columbia in the year prior to when women gave birth in 2016 (i.e., preconception year). Data were compiled in 2014 and 2015 (Credit: Elsevier)

Research Highlights

When reproductive rights are less restrictive, babies are born healthier

The study found that women, particularly US-born Black women, in states with restrictive reproductive rights policies deliver more low birth weight babies and experience greater health inequities. This project is a collaborative between researchers at the School of Public Health at UCLA and the Mary Amelia Center at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, a center that take conducts interdisciplinary research to identify and disrupt barriers to knowledge, opportunity, and health for women and their communities while addressing inequities in health across the lifespan. Keep Reading >>

Tulane researcher studies deadly White Spot Syndrome Virus in crawfish

Dr. Samendra Sherchan, assistant professor of environmental health sciences at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, has been awarded a grant by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and LA Sea Grant to study the occurrence of White Spot Syndrome Virus in Louisiana crawfish ponds. Keep reading >>

Tulane research finds high BMI linked to COVID-19 severity in African Americans

Body mass index (BMI) is associated with the development of severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and admission to intensive care units (ICU) in African Americans, according to a single-center, retrospective cross-sectional study published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. Keep reading >>