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Democrats and Republicans Agree: Take Politics out of Health Policymaking

Despite era of Divisiveness, Americans across Party Lines call for Greater Role of Evidence-based Research in Health-related Lawmaking
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Tower Health and College of Medicine Break Ground on New Four-Year Regional Campus

Tower Health and Drexel University held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 17 for the Drexel University College of Medicine at Tower Health four- year regional campus in West Reading.
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'Selfie Mode' For Heart Imaging Could Help Doctors Spot Heart Disease Earlier

Using the electrical impulses generated by the heart to carefully illuminate the picture, an ultrasound contrast dye created by Drexel University researchers is giving doctors a clearer look at the most camera-shy organ in the body. Enabling the heart to take a selfie, of sorts, means doctors could eventually be able to see the early signs of heart disease and treat it before it becomes deadly.

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Public Health Campaigns Need Greater Emphasis on Complementary Role of Condoms and Vaccination to Prevent HPV among Gay Men

Public health efforts must emphasize condom use and vaccination together to reduce human papillomavirus (HPV) cases among young sexually active gay men, according to researchers at  Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health  published today in the journal  Vaccine . The work builds on other studies demonstrating success of these methods by modeling how many HPV cases can be prevented by increasing the number of people vaccinated.

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Drexel and Lazarex Cancer Foundation Establish Program to Help Improve Health Outcomes for Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Drexel University is partnering with the Lazarex Cancer Foundation to establish Community IMPACT, a program that will focus on reducing cancer and improving health outcomes in Philadelphia, starting in West Philadelphia neighborhoods. The program involving the Dornsife School of Public Health, College of Nursing and Health Professions and the College of Medicine will combine public health qualitative and quantitative assessment and research methods with a grassroots engagement in communities that are often not invited to make their own decisions for health care.

Patients Who Lose a Significant Amount of Weight Before a Transplant Are at Higher Risk of Dying

Patients Who Lose a Significant Amount of Weight Before a Transplant Are at Higher Risk of Dying

A new study out of Drexel University suggests that even planned and advised weight loss could also be dangerous for kidney transplant candidates if it’s not closely monitored.

 

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Keeping First Responders Safe: Drexel-Developed Safety Climate Scale Helps Fire Departments Reach Health and Wellness Goals

A new scale, that effectively measures the safety climate of a fire department, has been developed by researchers from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, according to a paper published today in the journal Safety Science.
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Patients Insured By a Marketplace Health Plan are Less Likely to Receive a Mental Health Medical Appointment Than Those Covered by Medicaid or Employer-sponsored Insurance

Among adults with mental health needs, those covered by Medicare or employer-sponsored health insurance have greater access to medical treatment, less out-of-pocket cost and are more likely to receive care than those seeking an appointment through an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace-sponsored plan, according to findings from researchers at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Their study, published in the May 2019 issue of Health Affairs, provides preliminary results on disparities among those experiencing psychological stress since the ACA became law in 2010.

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Train Your Brain to Eat Less Sugar

A recent study led by Evan Forman, PhD, a psychology professor in Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences, shows that a computer game can be used to train its players to eat less sugar, as way of reducing their weight and improving their health.
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Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs

Researchers from Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics have been integrating a tablet-based checklist tool into the workflow of a pediatric trauma center and, over the course of 15 months, have shown that it doesn’t hamper doctors’ performance.
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Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Will Deliver Drexel College of Medicine Commencement Address

 

David J. Shulkin, MD, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, will address the Drexel University College of Medicine class of 2019 at its commencement ceremony on May 17. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad Street, where approximately 459 degrees will be presented, including 242 MD degrees, as well as 14 PhDs and 203 master’s degrees from the college’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies.

 

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Parents Learn Skills to Encourage Healthier Diet in Children, Without Leaving the Dinner Table

A new project from Drexel University's Center for Weight, Eating, and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) called "Project PICNIC" aims to help parents guide their children toward healthier choices, without it turning into a battle of wills.