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Research

Vincent O'Leary, center, celebrates his Truman Scholarship alongside President John Fry.

Drexel’s Vincent O’Leary Receives Truman Scholarship for Environmental Science

O’Leary is the first Dragon to be named a Truman Scholar, which provides a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school for students pursuing careers in the public sector.
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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.
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.

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Treatment Window for Fragile X Likely Doesn’t Close After Childhood, Drexel Study Finds

A Drexel University-led study looked into human and rat brain samples and found that the biological structures potentially contributing to Fragile X syndrome are present in adult brains — something that mouse samples did not show.
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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.
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Getting on the Same Wavelength

Past research has revealed that our brains synchronize when listening to the same idea or story. Now, a tool developed by Drexel biomedical engineers can better understand this phenomenon.
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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.
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Unfiltered: Instagram Has Become a Haven For People Making Sensitive and Stigmatized Self-Disclosures

Depression has a way of silencing its sufferers. Even in today’s technology-connected society, people are hesitant to talk about their painful experiences and suffering for fear of being stigmatized. Though this has been the unfortunate norm for quite some time, new research from Drexel University is steadily uncovering the areas of social network sites where the sufferers are finding solace. In their latest finding Andrea Forte, PhD, an associate professor, and Nazanin Andalibi, a doctoral candidate in Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics who study how people interact on social media, have observed that one way people in pain are overcoming silence is by using Instagram — and recruiting pictures to help them explain the feelings and experiences that are often too painful or complicated to put into words.