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Health

A warning sign saying "This is a smoke free building."

Smoke-Free Policy Cuts Nicotine Detected in Philadelphia Public Housing in Half: Study

The largest public housing authority to implement comprehensive smoke-free policies, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is seeing significant positive results related to secondhand smoke exposures.
Chef Brian Lofink serves up an Asian-inspired menu at a recent cooking workshop.

Building Community Over Cauliflower at Dornsife’s Cooking Workshops

Chef Brian Lofink, of Sidecar Bar & Grille, offers weekly lessons in cooking healthy food. Free and open to the Drexel community and neighborhood residents, the program fits right in with the Dornsife Center’s mission.
A collection of different beers.

In Philly, the More Places to Buy Alcohol, the More Violence

Violence increases in areas where there are high densities of stores where alcoholic beverages can be purchased and carried out, according to a new study by Drexel University researchers partnered with the City of Philadelphia.
A view downtown in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Drexel-Led Study Into the Impact of Urban Living on Health Awarded $12 Million Grant

Awarded $12 million by the Wellcome Trust as part of the its new Our Planet, Our Health initiative. The research network led by Drexel’s Ana Diez Roux will explore the impact of urbanization and urban policies on the health and environmental sustainability of Latin American cities and how lessons learned there can be applied to cities worldwide.
A group of women wearing visors and buttons with red ribbons for HIV awareness.

Must-See-TV: Educational Shows that Entertain Have Greater Impact on Faithful Viewers

A study of viewing audiences shows that the television programs most effective at imparting an educational message about social behaviors are the ones that keep people watching engaged and coming back for more.
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Could Low-Flow Create High Risk? EPA Taps Drexel to Study Water Quality Impact of Conservation Practices

As public awareness of the need for water conservation, and new water-saving technology, have become increasingly effective at stemming excess water use, new questions are surfacing about how our plumbing, which was built to handle a regular flow of water, might now be a risk factor for bacterial and chemical contamination. In hopes of preventing future public health crises related to the systems that carry and treat our water, the Environmental Protection Agency is tasking a team of researchers, led by Drexel University, with a $2 million project to bring together existing and new experimental data on building plumbing—the stretch of pipes that takes water from main to tap—into a risk assessment tool that can guide new water use and safety regulations.  
Rendering of an x-ray baby with a brain inside

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Children 

A new study from the College of Medicine shows that a common antibiotic exacerbated cognitive problems in pediatric animal models. 

A Latino couple visiting with a physician.

Study: Obamacare Benefitted Latinos, But Disparities Remain

A new study found that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, helped improve access and utilization of health care for Latinos, but the benefits varied by heritage group and persistent disparities remain.
An infographic showing the differences in public health voting by region, gender and political party, citing numbers from the story.

Democrat Senators Vote for Public Health Policies 4 Times More Often Than Republicans: Study

Polarization in the Senate was displayed in a recent study that found a 67-percentage- point split between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to voting for public health policies endorsed by the American Public Health Association.
Skyline over top of a row home neighborhood.

As Neighborhood Status Falls, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Black Residents Spikes

A Drexel University-led study found that significant increases in cardiovascular disease was linked to black residents of neighborhood with lower socioeconomic status and higher levels of violence and disorder.
Drexel student Chandupa Abeyratna, right, at the Cambodian Senate.

A Co-op in Cambodia Protecting the Public’s Health

A Drexel student’s experience at an international nonprofit helped shape her views of global public health and clarify her future.
A child sitting on a park bench looking sad

Anxiety Measure for Children with Autism Found Reliable

In children on the spectrum, anxiety is often masked by the symptoms of autism. But a new variant to a standard anxiety screening method has now proven effective in separating the two and leading to important diagnoses.