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Health

A cupcake display at last year's Relay for Life event on campus.

At Relay for Life, Drexel Students to Walk for a Cancer Cure

This year’s benefit for the American Cancer Society is looking to improve on last year’s event, which raised $17,800 and featured 230 participants.

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CDC/WHO Ebola Guidelines Could Put Sewer Workers at Risk

Research from Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that guidelines for safe disposal of liquid waste from patients being treated for the Ebola virus might not go far enough to protect water treatment workers from being exposed. In a study recently published in the journal Water Environment Research, a group of environmental engineering researchers reports that sewer workers downstream of hospitals and treatment centers could contract Ebola via inhalation — a risk that is not currently accounted for in the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization Ebola response protocol.
Drexel professor Ramesh Raghupathi, PhD, center, and doctoral student Brielle Ferguson, right, at the Society for Neuroscience's Capitol Hill Day.

Drexel Neuroscientists Go to Washington to Make Budget Requests

Doctoral student Brielle Ferguson and professor Ramesh Raghupathi participated in the Society for Neuroscience’s Capitol Hill Day last month, speaking with congressional representatives about the importance of federal funding for their research.
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Purse Strings, Not Heart Strings: Revenue Emphasis Helped Philly ‘Soda Tax’ Pass Instead of Health Argument

In a behind-the-scenes look at how policymakers formed Philadelphia’s sugar-sweetened beverage tax, researchers from Drexel University found that an emphasis on revenue generation for pre-kindergarten education, not health benefits, served as a winning strategy.
The Community Wellness HUB at Drexel University

A Community Wellness HUB Opens at the Dornsife Center

In an effort to decrease health disparities among residents in Mantua and Powelton Village, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is opening a comprehensive wellness program that will focus on education, preventive services and community building.
A photo taken in 1885 of Anandibai Joshee, who graduated in 1886; Kei Okami who graduated in 1889; and Sabat Islambooly, who graduated in 1890. Photo courtesy Legacy Center Archives, Drexel College of Medicine.

Remembering the Pioneering Women From One of Drexel’s Legacy Medical Colleges

Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, the world’s first medical school for women and one of two predecessor institutions to Drexel’s College of Medicine, graduated the first Native American doctor, the second African-American doctor and the first women with medical degrees in India, Syria, Japan and Canada.
Colony morphologies of 96 Burkholderia cenocepacia isolates from cystic fibrosis patients.

The Evolution of a Deadly Bacteria in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

College of Medicine scientists have made new headway in understanding how a common pathogen leads to chronic lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients.

Drexel College of Medicine students celebrate upon learning their residency destinations.

Emotions Run High as Drexel’s Future Doctors Meet Their Match

At the annual Match Day celebration at the Queen Lane Campus, 260 College of Medicine students learned where they would be working as residents next year. More than one-third will be staying in Pennsylvania.
African American hands

For Organ Transplant Recipients, Skin Diseases and Risk Factors Differ by Race

A review of medical records from 412 organ transplant recipients by College of Medicine researchers revealed marked racial differences in post-transplant dermatologic disease.
A pair of firefighters in full gear walking away toward a firetruck.

Better Injury Data Management Can Save Fire Departments Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

A new study out of Drexel University shows that more accurately tracking injuries in the fire service can save fire departments a great amount of money and more accurately focus injury prevention efforts.
A doctor's white coat with pens that include a drug company's name.

Two-Thirds of Americans See Docs Who Got Paid by Drug Companies: Study

A new study led by Drexel University found that a majority of Americans visited doctors in the past year who had been paid or given gifts by pharmaceutical or medical device companies — but very few patients knew about it.
Jerry Fagiano sitting at a table with his elbow on it as he speaks during a panel.

Drexel Hosting Discussions on the Health Dangers of Rolling Back Environmental and Climate Policies

Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health will hold a discussion and host a leading expert to talk about the human health effects that could result from potential rollbacks on climate and environment policy in the United States.
A child playing with a toy at a daycare.

More Day Cares Near By, More Germs? Maybe Not, According to Drexel Whooping Cough Study

A team of Drexel University researchers looking into how a higher density of day care facilities may affect the prevalence of illness in a neighborhood and found that it doesn’t really have much of an effect.