Students and faculty members in the College of Public Health joined researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University at the annual Community-Driven Research Day on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
One out of every three American adults has obesity, defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30. About one in 13 American adults has extreme obesity and weighs 100 pounds more than their recommended body weight, leaving them with a BMI of 40 or greater. And yet, only 1 percent of the patients eligible for bariatric surgery, considered to be the most effective treatment for obesity, actually undergo the surgery each year.
After receiving a cancer diagnosis, navigating the pathways of existing treatments can be complicated. But recently developed genetic tests for tumors have added a new layer of complexity to the cancer recovery process. Tumor genetic testing, also known as tumor genomic profiling or TGP, can help doctors find a targeted approach to treating cancerous tumors, but the testing also reveals a wealth of information about an individual’s genetic code, including what other cancers he or she is susceptible to.
Appointments with a medical provider typically entail more than just interaction with the doctor. There are check-ins with reception, a pre-screening with a nurse, and then a follow-up with the office’s front desk after speaking with the doctor. While researchers have studied how physicians’ racial biases affect the experience of minority patients, little attention has been paid to how healthcare staff’s biases might affect patients.
By Alexis Rogers, KLN '19
When conducting a study in any community, it’s important for researchers to understand and respect that community’s history, language, religious customs, hierarchies and autonomy. When conducting research internationally, the need for this understanding becomes even more crucial as the cultural differences expand.
Research shows that breastfeeding through the first six months of a child’s life can have key health benefits for infants, such as reduced risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, as well as for mothers, such as a lesser likelihood of high blood pressure and breast cancer.
According to the CDC, nearly 14 percent of adults smoke nationwide; while this number continues to drop, smoking rates in low-income and minority groups are often more than 25 percent.
Third-year doctoral physical therapy students presented the findings of their capstone projects—either original research or a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) about a clinical question—at the annual Evidence-Based Practice Day on Friday, Oct. 19.
Students also were recognized for exemplary work:
Over the past year, Temple’s College of Public Health has continued to redefine the boundaries of public health education, research and practice. Our faculty stand at the forefront of a shifting health landscape, making innovative connections across disciplines and reimagining clinical education.
Our digital Year In Review magazine includes top stories from across the Temple University College of Public Health in 2018:
The Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion has received $4.375 million in funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) for an additional five years as a rehabilitation research and training center on independent living and community participation of individuals with serious mental illness. This marks the fourth such grant for the Collaborative.