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Bringing Clarity to Concussion Research

Kinesiology researchers at the College of Public Health are leading the way in concussion and traumatic brain injury research.  Three papers recently published by Kinesiology PhD candidate Keisuke Kawata and other Temple researchers examine new ways to detect the severity of concussion and to study its effects on sensory and brain function.       

Posted:  May 17, 2016

For Military Cadets, Somebody to Lean On

How do you convince someone that it’s okay to ask for help?  That question is at the heart of a paper just published in BMC Public Health by Sarah Bauerle Bass, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences, graduate student Javier Muñiz, and a team of other researchers.  Bass and her colleagues examined perceptions of help-seeking among male military cadets.  They found that these cadets were often unlikely to ask for help in addressing personal circumstances like depression, substance abuse, and stressful life events. 

Posted:  May 17, 2016

Policy Expert On E-Cigarette Regulations: It’s About Time

Jennifer Ibrahim, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of health services administration and policy, comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s new regulations on the manufacture and sale of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes.  The FDA’s new guidelines prohibit sales to minors, and require e-cigarette manufacturers to disclose the ingredients used in their products—which are sometimes dangerous toxins. 

Posted:  May 6, 2016

Temple Researchers Map the Changing Landscape of IV Drug Use

Temple Researchers Map the Changing Landscape of IV Drug Use

It might sound counterintuitive:  the idea that providing needles to IV drug users is a good public health strategy.  But Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), a health services organization that runs one of the largest syringe exchange programs in the country, is proving that clean needles are a powerful tool in preventing HIV transmission.  Now two researchers from Temple University’s College of Public Health are helping PPP improve its services by conducting an innovative analysis of 15 years of client data.  Their findings—just published in AIDS and Behavior

Posted:  April 15, 2016

Can Business Thinking Solve Social Problems?

Students at workshop

What if pressing public health issues could be efficiently—and ethically—addressed through a profit-driven approach?  That question was at the heart of a workshop called “Doing Well While Doing Good,” co-hosted today by the College of Public Health and the Fox School of Business.  

The workshop highlighted innovative social impact ventures started by Temple students, who shared how they’re working at the intersection of public health and business entrepreneurship—and, in the process, redefining what it means to be successful. 

Posted:  April 8, 2016

Taking control of postpartum weight gain

CORE program helps new mothers lose weight
A lot changed for Teeah Mccall after she gave birth to her daughter Kristina. Not only did she find herself with a new set of responsibilities as a parent, but she also had to adjust to her post-pregnancy body, which included a few extra pounds.
According to a research study by the Center for Obesity Research (CORE) in the College of Public Health, Mccall is not alone.
The childbearing period is a critical life stage for weight gain and the development of cardiometabolic disease, especially for the nearly three-quarters of African American women who enter pregnancy already overweight or obese.
Posted:  April 5, 2016

New research on HIV prevention interventions for Latino male couples

Omar Martinez

In a recent paper published in PLOS ONE, Assistant Professor of Social Work Omar Martinez and other researchers from the School of Social Work in Temple’s College of Public Health examine how to best develop HIV prevention interventions for Latino male couples.  Here Martinez discusses the intervention his team developed, called Conectando Latinos en Pareja, and explains their broader study that provided the basis for several recently published papers. 

Posted:  April 5, 2016