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Digital literacy gaps could limit benefits of online health tools

Can low computer literacy limit a person’s ability to benefit from a health support system? A new study from Stephen J. Lepore, professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, found that less tech-savvy people may not get the full benefits of an online health service. The push toward more technology in patient support may risk bringing the “digital divide” to healthcare.

Posted:  October 1, 2019

Study finds association between adolescent overweight/obesity and snacking habits

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommend that children eat nutrient-dense snacks throughout the day to meet their nutritional needs. But are teens snacking in ways that lead to better health—or unwanted weight?

A new study led by College of Public Health researchers and published in Nutrients has found that adolescents with normal weight had fewer snacks daily and smaller snacks per occasion (i.e., fewer calories per snack) than teens classified as overweight or obese. 

Posted:  October 1, 2019

New study aims to understand the origins of preeclampsia

Preeclampsia, a syndrome that can affect pregnant women, has been called mysterious in both popular and scientific literature. It is characterized by high blood pressure and often protein in the urine. Symptoms vary, ranging from headaches to seizures and life-threatening complications. What causes preeclampsia, which occurs in an estimated five to eight percent of all pregnancies, is not well understood, so there isn’t a way to determine who will develop it.

Posted:  September 18, 2019

TEP intervention is a promising model for engaging high-risk populations

Individuals of transgender experience are disproportionately affected by HIV, but resources for prevention and treatment within the mainstream healthcare system can be limited. Often, it’s grass-roots organizations that fill the healthcare gap for this community. In Philadelphia, the homegrown Trans Equity Project has been delivering peer-based health education and support to transgender individuals since 2003.

Posted:  July 23, 2019

Based on Task Force recommendations, Temple University now a tobacco-free campus

On July 1, Temple University will implement a new tobacco-free policy based on recommendations from Dean Laura A. Siminoff and the Presidential Smokefree Campus Task Force. In celebration of this change, we’ve reprinted the story, with updates, on the task force’s work from the 2018 edition of our Year in Review.

Posted:  July 1, 2019

Social relationships could be key to overdose prevention in rural areas

As the opioid epidemic has widened, some of the most heavily impacted areas have been in rural Appalachia, a region of the country stretching from parts of New York to northern Alabama and Georgia. Opioid use in this region has grown disproportionately, driven in part by the higher prevalence of people using prescription opioids non-medically, the transition from prescription opioids to heroin, and the more recent increased availability of Fentanyl.

Posted:  June 18, 2019

Maas earns $2.1 million grant to test treatments for pediatric speech disorder

A child receiving speech therapyChildhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a pediatric speech disorder that makes it difficult for kids with normal cognitive and language skills to intelligibly speak the words they want to say. It’s a motor disorder, where speech muscles aren’t weak or paralyzed but the brain can’t properly guide their movements to produce clear speech.

Posted:  June 13, 2019