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Health

A microscopic image of the Hepatitis B virus.

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.
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.
A bottle of pills overturned over a map of Pennsylvania.

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.
Malaria Parasite

Study Finds Malaria Parasite is a Fine-Tuned Machine

Scientists discovered two thirds of the parasite's genome are essential for survival, identifying many potential new drug targets to investigate.
A newborn baby in the NICU

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.
"Earl Dotter in Low Coal WVA 1976 & Ground Zero NYC 2001," courtesy Earl Dotter.

The Drexel Collection Hosts Two Photography Exhibits Examining the Consequences of Hazardous Work

The Drexel Collection’s summer exhibit will showcase the legacy of photographer Earl Dotter’s 50 years of experience photographing workers, particularly those working in dangerous fields with hazardous materials like asbestos.
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.
Petri dish with yeast colonies that survived DNA breakage by Rad52-guided inverse RNA strand exchange (Credit: Georgia Tech)

Repairing Broken DNA

A College of Medicine study reveals an unexpected function of the homologous recombination protein Rad52 and may help to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer.
Gulf War

Searching for Clues to Treat Gulf War Illness

Scientists shed light on the neurological consequences of exposure to low-levels of nerve agents and suggest a drug that could treat some of the toxins’ neurological effects.
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.