With the increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures for the body, an important question has arisen: Do these procedures have long-term benefits—and if so, what are they? In a literature review recently published in Aesthetic Surgery Journal, researchers from the College of Public Health examined this question in regards to body contouring surgeries. What they discovered sheds light on these procedures’ potential impact on body image—as well as their limitations—and may help cosmetic surgeons treat patients more effectively.
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It’s always inspiring to meet someone smart, talented and driven. And when you meet hundreds of people like that in a single day, it’s worth celebrating. Today we marked the beginning of the academic year by welcoming more than 700 new undergraduate students to the College of Public Health at Temple’s 2016 Convocation. They join a diverse group of 167 faculty members and over 4000 current students, who together represent one of the most innovative institutions of public health education and research in the country.
Imagine dividing a single grain of sand into a million pieces. This is the scale of nanoparticles: tiny man-made bits of matter that are being used in a widening array of consumer products, from the microprocessor in your computer to odor-resistant workout clothes. Lok Pokhrel, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, says that while nanoparticles are proving their usefulness, they are entering the environment at an alarming rate—and the consequences to our ecosystem and human health are still unknown.
Sponges and sprays aren’t the only tools in the fight against infectious disease outbreaks—for environmental health researchers like Mark Weir, math equations can be just as powerful. Weir is an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Temple’s College of Public Health whose research team just published a paper in Environmental Science and Technology. Their focus: building a mathematical model that identifies objects that might harbor microbes even after being disinfected. It’s a tool that could change the way healthcare facilities prevent infectious disease o
In developing countries, dirty water kills: more than 1.9 million people die each year from illnesses related to unsafe drinking water, according to the World Health Organization. Many of those deaths could be prevented by water filtration, but in the poorest countries water filters can be too expensive to buy. That’s why one professor and his student at Temple’s College of Public Health are experimenting with a new method of water purification that could make big waves. It’s low-cost. It’s sustainable. It’s…a loofah.
For the first time ever, a Temple researcher has been awarded a grant by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Heather Murphy, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the College of Public Health, will use the funding to develop a costing model for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs at schools in developing countries.
On May 6, faculty, students and supporters of the College of Public Health marked the college’s 49th graduation ceremony in the packed Liacouras Center. College Dean Laura Siminoff said in her opening remarks that the 1388 graduating students represent the best of Temple University. “It should make us all extremely proud that our students are focused on professions that represent the highest ideals of service to others,” she said.
For Estelle Richman, health policy is personal. Throughout her career she has earned a reputation as someone who advocates for individual well-being and dignity—as Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health and Managing Director, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Public Welfare, and Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The College of Public Health is excited to welcome Richman as its 2016 commencement speaker, and we spoke with her about her beginnings, her career, and the issues she sees as most vital to the future of public health.
The Global Water Alliance, a Philadelphia-based association of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) experts, hosted its annual conference at Temple for the first time ever on April 6, highlighting the university’s attention to global public health issues.