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Temple employees invited to participate in musculoskeletal pain study

The College of Public Health invites Temple University employees with work-related or non-work-related musculoskeletal pain, weakness or numbness to participate in a musculoskeletal health study running from now until April 2016.  Musculoskeletal pain refers to neck, mid, or low back pain, shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand pain, pelvic/SI, hip, knee, ankle pain or TMJ (temporomandibular joint pain).  Eligible participants will receive a $70 gift card. 
Posted:  June 10, 2015

Lessons learned: CPH professor publishes study of sexual behavior among bisexual Latino men

Miguel Muñoz-Laboy, associate professor of social work, was always interested in men’s physical and mental health, but it was the AIDS epidemic that turned his focus to how men’s sexual identification or orientation may change over time, also known as sexual fluidity. “It was devastating,” he recalled. “I knew people who died. I had a real strong push to work in the area of HIV research, intervention, and prevention.” 
Posted:  June 4, 2015

Opinion: Water Contamination and Public Health Impacts Post-Earthquake

Nepal after the earthquake
Disasters are unpredictable; they can strike anytime, anywhere.  Natural disasters do not discriminate between socioeconomic, political or national boundaries.  When they strike, however, human lives and properties are lost or greatly impacted.  Survivors risk their lives from a host of consequences including contaminated drinking water, even more so in the developing countries.
Posted:  June 1, 2015

CPH Dean discusses informed consent for biobanking in The Chronicle

CPH Dean discusses informed consent for biobanking in The Chronicle

The issue of obtaining informed consent is tricky—especially when you are asking a relative of a deceased patient for their loved one's organs. But, what if you are asking them to donate something most people have never heard of?

How relatives are asked for consent for tissue donation for biobanking, and what they remember, is the focus of research by Dean Laura Siminoff and a team of researchers as part of the Genotype-Tissue Expression project (GTEx), an NIH-funded project. The goal of GTEx is to collect tissue samples from 900 donors—all of whom are recently deceased.

Posted:  May 27, 2015

CPH professor wins $2.5 million grant to study how a protein may prevent cardiovascular disease

Joon Young Park, assistant professor of kinesiology and director of Temple’s Cardiovascular Genomics Laboratory, has made a career of studying the human circulatory system. Now Park and his colleagues are investigating how certain proteins may mimic the effect of aerobic exercise, and thereby prevent cardiovascular disease.
Posted:  May 20, 2015