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Your Neighborhood May Influence Your COVID-19 Risk, Drexel Study Suggests

Markers of the pandemic’s impact – testing rates, positivity ratio (cases among total tests), case rates by overall population and deaths – are clustered in neighborhoods, with low-income and predominantly minority communities experiencing worse outcomes than wealthier and predominantly white neighborhoods. The findings, part of the first research to look at comprehensive neighborhood-level data from March through September 2020 from three large U.S. cities – Chicago, New York and Philadelphia – were published today in Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.

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  • A pair of doctors treating a patient with chemotherapy. Doctors' Biases Mean Black Men Don't Get the Same Treatment in Healthcare
    February 20, 2017

    Black men likely don't get the same healthcare treatment that white men do because of doctors' biases and fear of black men, according to a new qualitative study.
  • Marcellus Shale gas tower Methane Levels Have Increased in Marcellus Shale Region Despite a Dip in Well Installation
    February 9, 2017

    Despite a slow down in the number of new natural gas wells in the Marcellus Shale region of Northeast Pennsylvania, new research led by Drexel University finds that atmospheric methane levels in the area are still increasing. Measurements of methane and other air pollutants taken three years apart in the rural areas of Pennsylvania that have been the target of natural gas development over the last decade, revealed a substantial increase from 2012 to 2015.
  • A doctor in a white coat holding a clipboard Spanish-Speaking and Non-Citizen Latino Parents Half as Likely to Feel Docs Are Listening
    February 8, 2017

    A study led by faculty from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health found that the parents of Latino children who only speak Spanish or who are non-citizens feel half as likely to be heard as those who only speak English when communicating with their children’s doctors.
  • 6 different maps displaying "heat measures" of stroke risk factors by race in the United States. Stroke Risk Factors Centered in Southeast United States
    February 8, 2017

    An effort to map the major risk factors for stroke in the United States — high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking — shows that most of those risk factors center among populations in the Southeast.
  • Injured soccer play holds knee on field. Youth Soccer Coaches Can Prevent Injuries With Just 90 Minutes of Training
    February 8, 2017

    A study from sports medicine experts shows that properly trained coaches can be as effective as professionals when it comes to teaching proper movement techniques.
  • syringe and vials ‘Who Needs a Flu Shot? – Not Me’
    February 8, 2017

    “There has been a little flu, but there will be more…we have not seen the worst of it, flu usually peaks in February,” said an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer in January. Now in February, we think – people better get their flu shots, take vitamin C and heed the public health cautions plastered across the news media. But what impact do these public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a Drexel University communication researcher, probably not. And it’s not because we think we’re invincible, it’s because we like to think we’re immune to the influences of messages in the mass media — a communications theory termed the “third-person effect.”
  • A person using a ride-hailing service in New York Trump Order Puts Lyft and Uber at Odds, Professors Weigh In on What’s at Stake for Brands
    January 31, 2017

    A poll asked a panel of business school professors to grade Lyft and Uber, app-based, ride-hailing services, on their reactions to Donald Trump’s executive order barring visitors and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States. Lyft was quick to oppose the ban and donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) while Uber was more equivocal and continued to operate despite the publicized Taxi walkout.

  • A warning sign saying "This is a smoke free building." Smoke-Free Policy Cuts Nicotine Detected in Philadelphia Public Housing in Half: Study
    January 30, 2017

    The largest public housing authority to implement comprehensive smoke-free policies, the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is seeing significant positive results related to secondhand smoke exposures.
  • Chef Michael Solomonov, Photo credit:Rachel Wisniewski Drexel’s 2017 Philly Chef Conference Turns Lens to National Restaurant Industry Stage
    January 26, 2017

    The role of a chef is always expanding. National food issues and trends are transforming how America eats and drinks. On March 5 – 6, the 2017 Philly Chef Conference will bring together the big names and rising stars in the Philadelphia-area restaurant scene for a food-focused, academic- and career-minded series of discussions—from developing and retaining talent in the kitchen to restaurant analytics and the current state of food law—in hopes of preparing chefs to face these ever-evolving set of challenges. 
  • A collection of different beers. In Philly, the More Places to Buy Alcohol, the More Violence
    January 24, 2017

    Violence increases in areas where there are high densities of stores where alcoholic beverages can be purchased and carried out, according to a new study by Drexel University researchers partnered with the City of Philadelphia.
  • A view downtown in Fortaleza, Brazil. Drexel-Led Study Into the Impact of Urban Living on Health Awarded $12 Million Grant
    January 24, 2017

    Awarded $12 million by the Wellcome Trust as part of the its new Our Planet, Our Health initiative. The research network led by Drexel’s Ana Diez Roux will explore the impact of urbanization and urban policies on the health and environmental sustainability of Latin American cities and how lessons learned there can be applied to cities worldwide.
  • Saint Lucifer Jalapeno Spice Drexel’s Food Lab Gets Spicy with New Collaboration
    January 20, 2017

    St. Lucifer Foods Co. LLC. headed by two Philadelphia-based culinary entrepreneurs, created their company’s first spice blend with a broad goal to make anything it seasoned, taste better. Creators Ted Ebert and Tom Hewell aimed to portray ‘The Glory of Hot’ – and their masterful blend of garlic, salt, vinegar and fiery habanero peppers, achieved just that. But, as a single spice blend, getting adequate space on the grocery shelves became a problem. To build out their spice family, they turned to students in The Drexel Food Lab and Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management to turn up the imagination, testing and creation process of their second spice blend.

  • photo of Alison Young, Eisenhower Fellow Drexel’s Alison Young Named Eisenhower Fellow, Will Study Gender Equity of Public Sector in G20 Countries
    January 18, 2017

    Drexel University’s Alison Young, executive director of the Institute for Strategic Leadership in the LeBow College of Business, was one of 20 U.S. leaders from government, business and civil society to be selected as a 2017 Eisenhower Fellow. The fellows are some of the leading minds in education policy, consumer protection, agriculture, diplomacy, defense, education, health, media, immigrant integration and public service.

  • A group of women wearing visors and buttons with red ribbons for HIV awareness. Must-See-TV: Educational Shows that Entertain Have Greater Impact on Faithful Viewers
    January 17, 2017

    A study of viewing audiences shows that the television programs most effective at imparting an educational message about social behaviors are the ones that keep people watching engaged and coming back for more.
  • sink Could Low-Flow Create High Risk? EPA Taps Drexel to Study Water Quality Impact of Conservation Practices
    January 12, 2017

    As public awareness of the need for water conservation, and new water-saving technology, have become increasingly effective at stemming excess water use, new questions are surfacing about how our plumbing, which was built to handle a regular flow of water, might now be a risk factor for bacterial and chemical contamination. In hopes of preventing future public health crises related to the systems that carry and treat our water, the Environmental Protection Agency is tasking a team of researchers, led by Drexel University, with a $2 million project to bring together existing and new experimental data on building plumbing—the stretch of pipes that takes water from main to tap—into a risk assessment tool that can guide new water use and safety regulations.  
  • cyber defense Drexel Team Eyes Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
    January 11, 2017

    Drexel University is preparing to field its first intercollegiate team in cybersecurity. A dozen students have been in training since the summer, coached by professionals from Susquehanna International Group, LLC, to ready themselves for the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition—a national contest that pits students against hackers and a variety of digital dilemmas they might face in the cybersecurity field. Drexel and SIG are partnering to enter a team in the competition for the first time. 
  • Rendering of an x-ray baby with a brain inside Drug Shown to Aid Injured Adult Brains May Exacerbate Cognitive Problems in Children
    January 10, 2017

    Study suggests the pediatric brain responds differently to traumatic brain injury treatment that targets inflammation.
  • A Latino couple visiting with a physician. Study: Obamacare Benefitted Latinos, But Disparities Remain
    January 9, 2017

    A new study found that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, helped improve access and utilization of health care for Latinos, but the benefits varied by heritage group and persistent disparities remain.
  • An infographic showing the differences in public health voting by region, gender and political party, citing numbers from the story. Democrat Senators Vote for Public Health Policies 4 Times More Often Than Republicans: Study
    January 9, 2017

    Polarization in the Senate was displayed in a recent study that found a 67-percentage- point split between Democrats and Republicans when it comes to voting for public health policies endorsed by the American Public Health Association.
  • Skyline over top of a row home neighborhood. As Neighborhood Status Falls, Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among Black Residents Spikes
    January 4, 2017

    A Drexel University-led study found that significant increases in cardiovascular disease was linked to black residents of neighborhood with lower socioeconomic status and higher levels of violence and disorder.
  • corn People Aren't The Only Beneficiaries of Power Plant Carbon Standards
    January 4, 2017

    When the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 it exercised its authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions to protect public welfare. The Plan, now the focus of escalating debate, also put the nation on course to meet its goals under the Paris Climate Agreement. Given that other pollutants are emitted from power plants—along with carbon dioxide—research has shown that carbon emission standards for the power sector benefit human health. New research released today shows that they would also benefit crops and trees.
  • Photo of a person searching on Google What Do Google Search Queries Reveal About Brand Attitudes?
    January 4, 2017

    It has been widely thought that brand search volume — the counts of queries that a search engine receives from users that include specific brand names, like “iPhone” — can predict sales for that brand. Google makes this information available to marketers for free through Google Trends, an application that allows anyone to see how frequently popular brand names are searched, and it has become a valuable tool for marketers. But new research from Drexel University, Brigham Young University and Google shows there is a lot more to consider when looking at the large number of queries that include brand names.

  • 1985 Aerial View of Drexel University Pearlstein Gallery Celebrates 125 Years with ‘Drexel & the City’ Exhibition
    January 4, 2017

    In honor and celebration of Drexel University’s 125th anniversary, the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will present a new exhibition showcasing the influences of art, science and industry that have shaped the university’s past and continue to inspire its future. The exhibit, ‘125 Years: Drexel & the City’, will run from Jan. 12 through March 19 – with the opening reception taking place on Jan. 12, from 5-7 p.m. in the Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert Street).

  • Message Regarding Academic Freedom, Freedom of Speech and the Need for Inclusivity and Respect
    December 29, 2016

    The social media comments over winter break by George Ciccariello-Maher, Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at Drexel, have precipitated a heated public dialogue. The issue has caught the attention of national media and put Drexel in the spotlight. As University leaders, we understand that people have very different perspectives and opinions on such matters; it is our duty to ensure that all members of our community feel truly welcome and can participate in an inclusive learning environment. Instances such as this one both test and strengthen Drexel’s fundamental dedication to the principles of academic freedom and freedom of expression.

  • Response to Professor George Ciccariello-Maher’s Tweet
    December 25, 2016

    Drexel became aware today of Associate Professor George Ciccariello-Maher's inflammatory tweet, which was posted on his personal Twitter account on Dec. 24, 2016. While the University recognizes the right of its faculty to freely express their thoughts and opinions in public debate, Professor Ciccariello-Maher's comments are utterly reprehensible, deeply disturbing, and do not in any way reflect the values of the University.
  • McMichael Students holding up posters as a thank you for Promise Neighborhood grant Drexel and Philadelphia Awarded Multi-Million, Multi-Year Promise Neighborhood Grant
    December 21, 2016

    Drexel University President John Fry, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite, PhD, community members and area elected officials gathered at Morton McMichael Elementary School on Dec. 21 to officially announce that the community surrounding Drexel in West Philadelphia has won the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods Program Implementation Grant Competition. Drexel was the lead applicant of the grant, on which the City of Philadelphia, The School District of Philadelphia and several other area groups and non-profits also partnered.

  • A microscopic image of a tumor cell migrating through collagen. The Way You Move: Tumor Cells Move Differently Than Normal Ones
    December 20, 2016

    A new study by a Drexel biology professor determined that tumor cells can’t move the same way that normal cells do to get through tight squeezes in the body, opening up the potential for future, targeted therapies.
  • A police car at an intersection Black Males Nearly 3 Times as Likely to Die Due to Police Action, Study Finds
    December 20, 2016

    A Drexel public health researcher used a population health view to describe disparities in the death of males in the United States due to legal intervention. He found that black males are almost three times as likely to die as their white peers.
  • Dan M. Filler, Kline Law Dean Drexel Names Daniel M. Filler Dean of Thomas R. Kline School of Law
    December 13, 2016

    Drexel University has named Daniel M. Filler, JD, dean of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. A highly accomplished legal scholar, practitioner and academic, Filler will ensure Kline Law’s position as a national leader in training law students to be resourceful advocates, while expanding the reach of its programs to attorneys and legal scholars around the world.

  • a mixture of painted colors Drexel Selected to Be Site in NEA’s First-Ever Funding of Arts Labs
    December 12, 2016

    For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts is funding research labs, and Drexel’s Department of Arts Therapies was chosen to lead one focusing on arts and health.
  • An arm being given an immunization through a needle. More are Positive About HPV Vaccine on Twitter Than Not, Drexel Study Finds
    December 12, 2016

    A Drexel University study into sentiments toward the HPV vaccine on Twitter found that significantly more tweets post positive sentiments toward vaccines, such as the value of prevention and protection, than not.
  • holiday stress Drexel Faculty Experts Explain How to Survive and Thrive During the Holidays
    December 1, 2016

    It’s that time of year again. The physical, emotional, financial and gastrointestinal strains posed by the holiday season can make it feel like more of a slog than a restorative hiatus. So, as an early gift from the Drexel media relations team, we’ve sifted through the University’s stable of experts to find those best suited to provide some advice on how to make this season a joyous one. 

  • Ultrasound Wound Healing Device NIH Funds Clinical Trial to Test Device That Heals Wounds With Ultrasound
    November 29, 2016

    The battery-powered applicator — as small and light as a watch — is the first portable and potentially wearable device to heal wounds with low-frequency ultrasound.
  • climate change Urban Climate Change Research Hub Opens at Drexel
    November 29, 2016

    In the battle to adapt to and mitigate climate change caused by humans, most environmental engineers and climate scientists agree that cities are the front line. Due to the sheer density of their population, and the quantity of resources they consume, cities have the potential to most quickly and significantly affect—and be affected by—climate risks. They also have the ability to integrate climate resiliency into their plans for the future, according to environmental engineering professor Franco Montalto, PhD, who will direct a network of North American climate change researchers concerting their efforts via a new hub at Drexel University. 
  • A young girl holding her finger out for an HIV test. In Africa, Fighting HIV in Young Mothers Through Education
    November 28, 2016

    A new program run by a new faculty member in Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health will attempt to address education as a determinant of HIV risk in young South African mothers.
  • Technician holding a blood sample for HIV testing. Risk-Taking Behaviors Tied to Racial Disparities in HIV in Gay Communities
    November 14, 2016

    Researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health re-examined data showing a disparity between HIV prevalence in black and white men who have sex with men and found that a racial gap between them was reduced once levels of risk within their communities were considered.
  • Epilepsy EEG Test 5 Things You Didn't Know About Epilepsy
    November 7, 2016

    During Epilepsy Awareness Month, Carla LoPinto-Khoury, MD, a neurologist and assistant professor in the College of Medicine, explains the many faces of the condition.
  • vote button Panel of Professors Gives UBER a Grade of ‘C’ for ‘Self-Serving’ Endorsement of Nevada Assemblyman
    November 2, 2016

    Drexel University’s Institute for Strategic Leadership in partnership with the American Marketing Association administered a Real Time Expert Poll © asking a panel of business school professors to grade Uber on its first ever endorsement of a political candidate. The panel gave Uber a “C” for its move to support the re-election of republican candidate Derek Armstrong with a mailer and an email campaign encouraging voters to “Uber” to polls and cast their vote for him. Armstrong has recently been under attack by the Nevada State Democratic Party, which claims that he does not support sufficient criminal background checks for Uber drivers.

  • Inis Nua Inis Nua Theatre Company Partners With Drexel for Revival of ‘Dublin by Lamplight’
    October 31, 2016

    In 1904 Dublin poverty and political unrest grip a city struggling for independence just as the Irish National Theatre of Ireland is taking off. In Drexel University’s Co-Op Theater Company production of “Dublin by Lamplight” 40 different characters, represented by a cast of six, cycle through many narratives: Will the King of England be assassinated? Will the laundry girl get her big break? Will the show go on? The show, which is co-produced by Inis Nua Theatre Company, will open in November at Mandell Theater as part of Drexel’s Mandell Professional in Residence Project.

  • Exterior of Perelman Center for Jewish Life Ribbon-Cutting Marks the Opening of Drexel’s Perelman Center for Jewish Life
    October 31, 2016

    More than 100 guests celebrated the opening of the Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 26. Construction for the new facility at N. 34th Street was made possible with the help of a $6 million gift from Perelman. It is the first building at Drexel constructed entirely through private philanthropy.

  • Map of Female Genital Cutting Prevalence in Africa Drexel Women’s Care Center Improving Female Genital Cutting-Related Health Services For Women and Girls in Philadelphia
    October 21, 2016

    With a rapidly growing immigrant population, Philadelphia ranks seventh among major U.S. cities with the highest prevalence — up to 16,500 — of women and girls impacted by female genital cutting (FGC).
  • Tom Kha Soup Study Shows Mismatched Cuisine Could Make Your Meal More Enjoyable
    October 20, 2016

    Ordering an Italian main course? According to a Drexel University food science researcher, if you want to be certain you’ll enjoy your meal, you should probably get the spring rolls to start.

  • People enjoying a meal at the EAT Cafe. Welcoming Everyone to the Table: Philadelphia’s First Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant To Open
    October 20, 2016

    In Philadelphia, Drexel University, the Vetri Community Partnership, Giant Food Stores and other community partners are teaming to open the city’s first pay-what-you-can restaurant.
  • Bee, Flower Philadelphia Public School Students Will Become Urban Scientists With New $1.17M NSF Grant
    October 18, 2016

    Four hundred local fourth, fifth and sixth grade students will have the opportunity to become urban scientists with resources made possible through a new, three-year $1.17 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Wine on shelves at a grocery store. After Privatization, Link Found Between New Liquor Establishments, Violence
    October 18, 2016

    A team led by a Drexel University professor found that areas of Seattle where new establishments with alcohol were added following Washington state’s privatization efforts saw a significant increase in violent assaults.
  • Fibroblasts Sleeping Cells’ Survival Instincts: A Double-Edged Sword?
    October 13, 2016

    Drexel researchers explore why cells are unable to cope with the challenges associated with getting old.

  • privacy Just Give Me Some Privacy — Anonymous Wikipedia Editors and Tor Users Explain Why They Don't Want You to Know Who They Are
    October 12, 2016

    Not everyone who strives to navigate the internet without being tracked is up to no good. This is the underlying premise of a qualitative study led by a trio of Drexel University researchers, who set out to gather the stories of people working on collaborative projects online — like editing Wikipedia — and are concerned about their privacy and taking steps to protect it. 

  • Discovery Day 2016 Record Growth at College of Medicine’s Discovery Day 2016
    October 11, 2016

    More than 400 Drexel University College of Medicine students and scientists will showcase original research at Discovery Day 2016 on Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
  • Fossils discovered from the B. rex around a drawing of what the fish's head looked like. A New ‘King’ — New, Gigantic, Ancient Armored Fish Discovered
    October 11, 2016

    In the Arctic, a team that included scientists from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found fossils of a giant new species of extinct armored fish that they named Bothriolepis rex — the new king of Bothriolepis.
  • Photo of Main Building Drexel Surpasses Fundraising Goal, Raises $120.7 Million for Fiscal Year 2016
    October 5, 2016

    Drexel closed fiscal year 2016 by raising $120.7 million in outright gifts and pledges, surpassing the University’s goal by $700,000 and beating FY2015 by $5.3 million. This marks the third year in a row of achieving a record-breaking fundraising total.