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2021

    • Graphic showing data of percentage of adult autistic Medicaid beneficiaries with medical conditions, by race and ethnicity.

      Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Persist for Individuals with Autism

      December 16, 2021

      Using Medicaid data, researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute identified health, nutrition and psychiatric conditions that varied in prevalence. They found a higher prevalence of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and obesity by race.

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      A ‘Vicious Cycle’ of Nonfatal Overdoses Causes ‘Alzheimer’s-Like’ Symptoms, Drexel Team Suggests

      December 08, 2021

      In a new review paper Dornsife researchers look at previous studies on how an opioid overdose affects brain function and risk behaviors.

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    • A restaurant closed to indoor dining

      New Data Shows Public Health Benefit to Closing Indoor Dining

      December 06, 2021

      Closing indoor dining during the first two waves of the pandemic was associated with a 61% decline in new COVID-19 cases over a six-week span, preventing an estimated 142 daily cases per city, compared with cities that reopened indoor dining during that period, according to recently published data from experts at the Dornsife School of Public Health. The team looked at data from March to October 2020 in 11 U.S. cities, including Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dallas. The results were published last month in the journal Epidemiology.

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      Strong Professional Development Networks Benefit Autistic Students

      December 06, 2021

      Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute recently published a study on the social networks of professional development providers who coach teachers to implement evidence-based teaching practices (EBPs) in their classrooms for their autistic students. When professional development providers have strong networks of professional support, they can potentially gain access to helpful resources to provide higher quality, successful individualized coaching for teachers.

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    • From left to right: Drexel students Sarah Wetzel, William Newman and Atharva Bhagwat. “This is inside the Plenary, a large room where the delegates from each country and organization gathered for the high-level events. Barack Obama also gave a speech in here a few days prior, which Sarah and I were able to attend,” Newman said. Photo courtesy William Newman.

      Drexel Hosts First COP Event, Sends Delegation to COP26

      November 22, 2021

      Though the University has observed the United Nations climate conference since 2015, this was the first time that it cohosted an event at the international gathering, which 11 Dragons attended in 2021.

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    • The staff of Drexel University’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supported international Dragons through a laundry list of ever-changing circumstances with the blend of practicality and hope needed in pandemic times.

      Global Again: How ISSS Showed Up for International Dragons During the Pandemic

      November 19, 2021

      The staff of Drexel University’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supported international Dragons through a laundry list of ever-changing circumstances with the blend of practicality and hope needed in pandemic times.

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      How Do Autistic Individuals Interact with the Criminal Justice System?

      November 11, 2021

      Researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University recently published research that identified the experiences of autistic individuals and their caregivers across their interactions with the criminal justice system through analysis of a statewide survey in Pennsylvania, including as victims of an interaction, criminal offenders and witnesses to a crime, with respondents reporting both positive and negative experiences.

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    • Cars lined up at the drive-through testing site in South Philadelphia outside Citizens Bank Park.

      For the City’s Public Health Infrastructure, Key Lessons From the Pandemic

      November 04, 2021

      The spread of COVID-19 illustrated yet again how systemic racism, in its many manifestations, profoundly shapes the health of Black people and people of color in our city, writes the School of Public Health’s Ana V. Diez Roux in this “Rebuilding Philly” essay originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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      How Philadelphia Reacted When the Pandemic Hit

      October 14, 2021

      Researchers at Dornsife analyzed the most difficult or stressful events experienced by Philadelphians and found trends in how residents coped through things like anxiety, depression, worries and fears.

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      NIH Awards Drexel University $14.4 Million for Health Disparities Research

      October 14, 2021

      Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health and College of Nursing and Health Professions recently received a 5-year, $14.4 million “Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation” (FIRST) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to hire, retain and support diverse, early career researchers with a focus on health disparities research on aging, chronic disease and/or environmental determinants.

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