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Idan Shalev, assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State, is a 2015 recipient of the Rising Star Award, presented by the Association for Psychological Science. Shalev has been recognized for his innovative work in genetic markers of stress and aging.

Students at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, in partnership with students from the College of Nursing and the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development, recently devised technological solutions to help children and their parents navigate complex medical conditions during the mHealth Challenge, held Nov. 17 at Penn State’s University Park campus. Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Penn State mHealth Challenge is an engaged scholarship event where undergraduate students from three colleges compete in a cross-college idea pitch contest.

Students in the College of Health and Human Development often find careers in fields that serve the homeless. Whether they are administrators of health care facilities, managers of social services, physicians, counselors, or any number of other service-related careers, students will likely, at some point in their career, work with people wrestling with homelessness.

BBH, IST students placed second with their C Pain Go app, in the 2015 mHealth Challenge. The C-Pain Go app was designed to focus on patients who suffer from chronic pain by setting multiple reminders throughout the day to ask the patient how he/she was feeling in order to record symptoms and track their pain on a daily basis.

The College of Nursing teamed with students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology to take home first and third places in the 2015 mHealth Challenge. Both teams developed an idea for an app to help kids with diabetes or celiac disease learn about and manage their condition.

Penn State researchers were recently awarded $5 million to study the link between stress and how it impacts health behaviors such as exercise and sleep.

People with heart disease may benefit from maintaining positive emotions, according to health researchers.

Depressive symptoms and mood in the moment may predict momentary pain among rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to Penn State researchers.

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.

Reacting positively to stressful situations may play a key role in long-term health, according to researchers.