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Study finds that early childhood language skills can lead to school success

A new study, led by researchers at the University of Washington in collaboration with Rebecca Alper, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and colleagues from the College of Liberal Arts, looked at a comprehensive set of school readiness skills in order to try to determine which is the most solid predictor of a child’s later success. Researchers from the University of Delaware and the University of North Carolina also contributed to the project.

Posted:  June 28, 2018

Bass receives NIDA grant for intervention promoting PrEP at needle exchange

Sarah Bauerle Bass, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences and director of the risk communication laboratory, received a 3-year R34 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and pilot test a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) communication intervention for female IV drug-using clients of a needle exchange.

Posted:  June 26, 2018

On WHYY, Sarwer talks early impact of soda tax

David Sarwer, associate dean of research and director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), was quoted in WHYY’s The Pulse, a weekly health and science radio show and podcast. In the story, which looked at the impact of the City of Philadelphia’s decision to tax 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened drinks, Sarwer comments on the promising public health impact of the controversial soda tax.

Posted:  June 25, 2018

Video: Adapting fitness technology to help wheelchair users stay active

Shivayogi Hiremath, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, has been working with a team of students and post-doctoral fellows on developing a device that helps wheelchair users stay informed about their daily physical activity. Hiremath and the team are currently conducting a pilot study with 20 participants who are wearing the Fitbit-like devices with hopes of expanding the research in the future.

Posted:  June 20, 2018

Nursing students bring library to North Philadelphia school as part of Community Home clinical course

On a wall inside a newly refurbished community center in Kensington are a series of signposts.

Narnia, reads one. The others: Oz, Mt. Olympus, Hogwarts, Wonderland, the Magic Tree House. Nearby, a first-grader walks around with a copy of Dr. Seuss’s ABC, heading to the back of a line of children—more than 20 deep— eagerly waiting to sign out their books. Some are showing friends what they found; others are nose-deep reading before they’ve even finished checking out.

Posted:  May 29, 2018

Hundreds receive training in administering Narcan in hopes of combating fatal overdose

In April, the College of Public Health offered training in administering Nalaxone (brand name Narcan), a drug that reduces the effects of opioids and can reverse otherwise fatal overdoses—which caused 1,200 deaths in 2017, according to the Philadelphia County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Posted:  May 18, 2018

Photos: Southeastern PA Opioid Summit brings together city officials, Temple researchers to discuss prevention, treatment and policy

Last month, the Southeastern PA Opioids Summit brought together leaders in research, clinical practice and policymaking to address the opioid epidemic in our region and chart the way forward in responding to the crisis.

Southeastern PA Opioids Summit

Posted:  May 16, 2018

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