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What Do You Meme? How Memes Can Be Used to Affect Health Behavior Change

By Trevor Bell In today’s world, memes rule supreme, particularly for teens and young adults. Whether it’s Barack Obama’s portrait, crying Michael Jordan, or dogs, memes have the ability to make light of almost any situation. But, what if memes can help those affected by illnesses? In a qualitative study looking at how Instagram could…

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Study confirms grad students have higher rates of anxiety and depression

I’m currently in my second semester of grad school, and I have heard many people talking positively about mental healthcare since I’ve been here.  Within the first few days of classes in August, we were informed where and how to get mental health help on campus.  I know plenty of people who have sought assistance…

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“If your mother says she loves you, check it out”, Stephanie Brown’s guide to identifying false new stories

On Monday, our class had the pleasure of hearing UNC’s own Stephanie Brown discuss her most recent article “New Stories Credible or Clickable: Schema of Fake News to Corrections” featured in Communication: Journalism Education Today. Stephanie Brown is the director of the Parks Library at UNC’s School of Media and Journalism and is expert in…

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Medicaid Expansion and the Opioid Epidemic in the U.S.

As the United States continues to be embattled in an ongoing opioid overdose epidemic, new research is showing the benefits that Medicaid expansion has had under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to a recent study out of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the rate in which patients who were…

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What Can We Learn from PR Theories

Let’s talk about these persuasion techniques from the fields of PR and advertising. They don’t just need to apply to consumer marketing or branding—they can inform health campaigns. Mendelsohn’s Three Assumptions for a Successful Campaign Target your messages Assume target audience is uninterested in messages Set reasonable, mid-range goals & objectives How to best “assume”…

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