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Health

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If Sitting Is The New Smoking, Should Employers Be Held Liable?

Doctors have warned us for years about the health risks associated with sitting too much. Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time to a number of health issues, including increased high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat and cholesterol. They also warn that prolonged sitting increases the risk of cardiovascular problems and cancer. What does this mean for organizations whose employees end up sitting for at least eight hours a day? Should they be held liable for harms caused to employees in sedentary workplaces?

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Drexel’s Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice Receives ‘Empowering’ Grant

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a grant to the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice that will expand offerings and resources in Healing Hurt People.
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Identifying the 'Master Regulator' Involved in Infant Lung Damage

BPD is a chronic lung disease that affects up to 15,000 premature infants every year in the United States.
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Multivitamin Use During Pregnancy Linked to Lower Risk of Autism With Intellectual Disability

Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy was linked to a 30 percent decrease in risk of a child developing autism with an intellectual disorder, according to a new Drexel University study.
Rec Center group fitness class.

The New and Improved Drexel Rec Center YouTube

The Drexel Recreation Center relaunched its YouTube page to feature videos about its programming and staff.
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Drexel Study: Women Firefighters Can Improve Safety, But Fire Department Culture Must Change

A new study by Drexel’s Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends discerned that gender may be a unique contributor to safety, but hypermasculine fire service culture creates barriers.
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Drexel Receives $1.5 Million FEMA Grant to Study Stress and Violent Injuries in Fire Departments’ EMS Workers

Drexel University’s Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) team will lead a study that was funded for $1.5 million to create a data system and standardized checklist for injuries and stress suffered by EMS workers in fire departments.
Drexel medical students in the simulation lab.

An Online Resource for Professionalism in Medicine

Developed by Drexel faculty, ProfessionalFormation.org (PFO) is an online resource for professionalism learning, assessment, remediation and research in clinical education.

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Violent Crime Increases During Warmer Weather, No Matter the Season, Study Finds

A study analyzing crime data in Philadelphia for 10 years found that rates of violent crime and disorderly conduct are higher when the weather is warmer and more pleasant, even rising sharply during warmer-than-typical winter days.
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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.
Zak Brodnik in the lab

Zak Brodnik Wants to Change How You Think About Addiction

As a doctoral candidate in neuroscience in the Drexel University College of Medicine, Zak Brodnik’s work focuses on the biology underlying drug-use disorders, and he has a message he wants to deliver alongside his research.
Drexel University College of Medicine student Hong De Sa running a 100-mile race

Life Lessons From a Drexel Med Student’s 100-Mile Race

Hong De Sa, a fourth-year medical student in Drexel University’s College of Medicine, ran a 100-mile race this summer and still went to work the next day. Along the way, she learned that there’s always more gas in the tank to overcome a challenge.