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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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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.
A pregnant woman in a blue dress holding her stomach.

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.
A pediatrician talking to a woman who has her daughter in her arms

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.
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State Report: Prescription Opioid Misuse in Young Pennsylvanians Down, But Varies By County

A data brief put out by Pennsylvania’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup found that fewer young people in Pennsylvania reported taking prescription opioids in 2014 compared to 2011, but the numbers are varied across the state.
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Even Perfectly Clean Hands Can Lead To MRSA Transmission in NICU Babies

A new study led by Drexel University found that even if hospital workers follow handwashing guidelines as closely as possible, MRSA can still be transmitted among their newborn patients in the NICU.
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Birds of All Feathers Work Together to Hunt When Army Ants March

When army ants move out, a new Drexel University study found that, instead of chasing each other away, birds work together to follow the column and hunt the insects that marching ants scare out of hiding.
A patient wearing a blood pressure cuff.

Obamacare Key to Improving Access in Mexican-American Patients with High Blood Pressure

A Drexel study found that the Affordable Care Act, if embraced, can dramatically reduce disparities between Mexican-heritage people and white patients with hypertension.
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Making Art Activates Brain’s Reward Pathway – Drexel Study

Coloring, doodling and drawing all showed significant bloodflow in the section of the brain related to feeling rewarded, a new study by a Drexel University art therapist found.
A woman walking on a sidewalk in front of a brick wall.

People Walking to Work or an Errand More Likely to Stroll into Dangerous Areas, Study Says

Pedestrians with a purpose, such as going to work or a store, were more likely to walk in areas with a higher risk of being hit by a car, compared to walkers on recreational strolls, a new study has found.
Cover photo for the National Autism Indicators Report 2017: Developmental Disability Services and Outcomes in Adulthood

27 Percent of Adults with Autism Who Use State Disability Services Have No Work or Other Activities: National Autism Indicators Report 2017

In its latest annual report, the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute examined a survey of adults who use developmental disability services and found that a significant number with autism are not engaged in work or day activities outside the home.
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Common Artificial Sweetener Likely a Safe, Effective Birth Control, Pesticide for Insects, Drexel Study Finds

Erythritol, a non-nutritive sweetener found in products like Truvia, has proven effective in killing fly larvae and slowing down their egg production, making it a good candidate for human and pet-safe pesticide use.
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Urban Health Collaborative Develops New Health Profile of West Philadelphia Promise Zone

Examining data from a variety of sources to create a picture of health factors in the Promise Zone, the Urban Health Collaborative seeks to put information in the hands of those able to use it to work toward improving the neighborhoods’ health.