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Research

third-hand smoke

'Non-Smoking' Doesn't Mean Smoke-Free — Drexel Study Finds Third-Hand Smoke Spreads Inside

Despite decades of indoor smoking bans and restrictions, new research from Drexel University suggests the toxins we’ve been trying to keep out are still finding their way into the air inside. Findings by a group of environmental engineers show that third-hand smoke, the chemical residue from cigarette smoke that attaches to anything and anyone in the vicinity of a smoke cloud, can make its way into the air and circulate through buildings where no one is smoking.
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25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture Yet of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator

More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given Academy of Natural Sciences paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.
Pittman Graduation 2018

William S. Pittman Graduation Ceremony Recognizes 2018 African-American Grads

At the third annual William S. Pittman Graduation Ceremony, African-American graduates from the Class of 2018 gathered with friends, family and University leaders for a night of drums, dance and recognizing student achievement.


Week of Undergraduate Excellence 2017

Stop and See the Excellence: Week of Undergraduate Excellence to Showcase Student Achievement

The second annual Week of Undergraduate Excellence, running from May 14–18, will host presentations, programming and partnerships all aimed at allowing student achievement to shine.
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Malaria-Carrying Parasites Spread More When They Can Jump Into Multiple Birds - Study

A study out of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found that blood parasites that cause malaria spread more widely if they can use many different kinds of birds as hosts. But even those "generalist" parasites are limited.
View of an empty doctor's office and exam table.

Bias and Discrimination Keep Women With Higher Body Weights Away from the Doctor- Drexel Study

The stigma of weight and internalized feelings relating to it were found in a Drexel University study to be associated with healthcare avoidance in women with higher body weights.
PIER

Drexel Joins Regional Health Systems to Expand Access to Clinical Trials

The PIER Consortium™ will bring clinical trial sites to larger numbers of patients, while also bringing new treatments to market faster.
A screenshot of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Health section masthead from April 15, 2018.

Philadelphia Area Hospital Ads All ‘From the Same Playbook,’ Study Finds

Most advertisements for hospitals in the Philadelphia area emphasize patient stories and medical staff, a Drexel University study found, not really allowing for any to stand out.
Full shelves with soda, fruit drinks and teas.

After Tax, Philadelphians 40 Percent Less Likely to Drink Soda Every Day

The first study to look at what Philadelphians actually drank instead of sales at local stores since the city's "Soda Tax" came into play, the study found that residents stopped drinking soda every day at a significant rate.
Faculty Highlights

Faculty Highlights: Grants and Awards From Winter 2018

Check out what Drexel University faculty and staff accomplished during the winter term.
Ticks

Drexel to Co-Host Lyme Disease Conference

To address gaps in Lyme disease diagnostics and treatment, College of Medicine microbiologists are bringing together researchers, physicians and patient advocates.

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Mayors’ Political Leanings Strongly Influence Thoughts on City Health Policy Effectiveness

A new Drexel University study found that cities’ lead decision-makers view how effective municipal policies are at reducing health disparities differently based on their social ideologies.