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Smartphone screen image of family eating salads while video chatting female counselor for Project PICNIC

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.
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Drexel University and Johns Hopkins University Announce Unique Study of Therapeutics Arts Using Virtual Reality

A shared research interest in the applications of creative expression and creative arts therapies at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) and Johns Hopkins University's International Arts + Mind (IAM) Lab has shaped a new collaboration between the two universities. Built on the collective values of applied and translational research linking the creative arts and brain sciences, researchers from CNHP and IAM Lab will work together on a new creative arts therapies project that utilizes virtual reality.
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Three A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Research Projects Funded by Eagles Autism Challenge

On World Autism Day (April 2) the Eagles Autism Challenge announced eight projects to be funded after being evaluated by an independent scientific advisory board comprised of top autism researchers. Of the eight total projects funded, three will be led by researchers from the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute.
Charles B. Cairns, MD, will become the next Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs.

Charles B. Cairns, MD, Named Drexel College of Medicine Dean

Charles B. Cairns, MD, will become the next Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Dean and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs. He will succeed Daniel V. Schidlow, MD, who announced last year that he planned to retire this summer.
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Drexel Study: Smartphone App Predicts Diet Lapse 

According to a recent study, led by Evan Forman, PhD, a psychology professor in Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences, a first-of-its-kind smartphone app called OnTrack can predict ahead of time when users are likely to lapse in their weight loss plan and help them stay on track.
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Report: Low-Income and Minority Youth with Autism Face Worse Outcomes than Peers

The A.J. Drexel Autism Institute releases The National Autism Indicators Reports every year since 2015. The recently released fourth edition, "The 2018 National Autism Indicators Report: High School Students on the Autism Spectrum," highlights the challenges facing minority youth and those from low-income households.
Drexel University College of Medicine is one of six founding signatories of a new branch of the TIME’S UP foundation aimed at creating safe spaces for women in the health care industry.

Drexel University College of Medicine Named Founding Signatory with TIME’S UP Healthcare

Drexel University College of Medicine is one of six founding signatories of a new branch of the TIME’S UP foundation aimed at creating safe spaces for women in the health care industry.
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Drexel Study: 'Hospitals Spend a Lot of Money to Convey the Same Message'

The Philadelphia region has one of the highest concentrations of hospital services in the U.S. Yet, the print advertising themes for these hospitals lack variation, according to a study conducted by two health administration researchers at Drexel University.
A rendering of the Drexel College of Medicine branch campus that will be built in West Reading through an agreement with Tower Health.

Tower Health, Drexel Sign Medical School Academic Agreement, Further Plans for New Campus

Tower Health and Drexel University have secured appropriate accreditation approval to establish a new four-year regional campus of Drexel University College of Medicine in West Reading near Reading Hospital.  A 20-year academic agreement between Tower Health and Drexel University was signed today. The campus will be operational for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Educational Outreach and Public Policy Changes Needed to Reduce Health Hazards for Nail Salon Technicians

The nail salon industry has seen rapid growth within the last 20 years, becoming increasingly popular among women of all ages who like to get their nails professionally done. For the technicians in those salons – many of whom are non-native English speakers – this beauty comes with a cost: an exposure to potentially unsafe chemicals and other health hazards in the workplace. A new study by Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health found that educational outreach and change in public policy are needed to help reduce these hazards for salon employees and owners.

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Can a 6-hour Program Prevent Obesity? Drexel Psychologist Wants to Find Out

What if an hour a week for six weeks could prevent young adults from becoming obese? Meghan Butryn, PhD, a Drexel University psychology professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, is trying to find out.
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Q&A: Drexel’s Future Reading Hospital – Tower Health Medical Branch Campus

How will the College of Medicine’s Reading Hospital – Tower Health medical branch campus benefit Drexel? The College of Medicine’s Senior Vice Dean for Educational and Academic Affairs Valerie Weber explains.