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Frank Otto

Staff Writer
Frank Otto is a staff writer in the University Communications Department who serves as the editor of DrexelNow. He began at Drexel in December 2014. 

Previously, Frank served as a reporter for The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa. for three years. His duties included covering several school districts and municipalities as well as reporting on spot news and features. He also interviewed Carly Rae Jepsen once.

Contact:

fmo26@drexel.edu

215.571.4244

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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute to Benefit from Landmark Eagles Autism Challenge

For the first time, the Philadelphia Eagles will hold a bike ride and 5k run/walk to raise money for autism research efforts, and the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute was named as one of the benefitting partners.
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A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Researcher Awarded $11 Million Grant to Investigate Early Intervention Efforts

A researcher from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute received a $11 million Autism Centers of Excellence grant from the NIH to look into how early detection and treatment efforts lead to better outcomes for children on the spectrum.

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Smokers 20 Percent More Likely to Quit When Cigarettes Cost $1 More

Smokers were found to be 20 percent more likely to quit smoking when packs of cigarettes cost just one dollar more, according to a new public health study out of Drexel University.
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Cloudy Water Linked to Gastrointestinal Illnesses

A review of studies from both North America and Europe found links between acute gastrointestinal illness, which typically includes diarrhea and vomiting, and cloudy drinking water.
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Opioid Users 50 Percent More Likely to Get Treatment Under Obamacare

People with opioid use disorder are 50 percent more likely to get treatment and their insurance is twice as likely to pay for it since the Affordable Care Act was fully implemented, a Drexel University researcher found.
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A Parting Gift: New Catfish Named for Academy of Natural Sciences' Retiring President

George W. Gephart Jr. will retire with a new, tiny catfish from South America named after him, capping nearly two decades of identification work by one Academy of Natural Sciences scientist.
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Dinosaur-Era Plant Found Alive in North America for First Time

A large species of green algae was discovered alive in North America for the first time ever, with the only previous record being fossils dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
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Domestic Violence Twice as Likely to Start for Pregnant Women After HIV Diagnosis

For women who have never experienced intimate partner violence before, a diagnosis of HIV during pregnancy means that they are twice as likely to experience violence after their child is born, a new study found.
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Male Hepatitis B Patients Suffer Worse Liver Ailments, Regardless of Lifestyle

A new study determined that it doesn’t matter where a person lives or the choices they make, male hepatitis B patients will always be at greater risk for more severe liver illnesses.
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Research Lacking When it Comes to Heart Disease in Prison Populations

A multi-institution team found multiple areas of research that can be explored in both the incarcerated and released population — which number more than 13 million Americans — to better understand and prevent cardiovascular disease.
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Antidepressant Use in Pregnant Women Linked to Small Increase in Autism

Antidepressant use in pregnant women was linked to increased cases of autism in their children, though the trend actually appeared to be relatively small, effecting just 2 percent of children with diagnoses.
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Obamacare Led to Gains for Children, But Gaps Persist for Latino Kids

A new Drexel University-led study found that the national implementation of the Affordable Care Act led to improved health insurance coverage and well-child visits for all youth, but disparities remained for Latino children.