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Opinion: Should we re-examine health research?

Dean Laura A. Siminoff

In recognition of National Public Health Week, Dean Laura Siminoff offers her take on the direction of public health research and practice in the United States.  She argues that instead of investing the majority of our healthcare research funds into finding cures for diseases, we should look more closely at preventing those diseases in the first place. 

As a society, why should we focus on preventing diseases as well as trying to cure them? 

Posted:  April 4, 2016

Empowering individuals with aphasia

The Aphasia PACT Center

It’s easy to take for granted:  the sheer number of things we can do thanks to our ability to speak, read, and write.  Think about talking to a loved one, reading a best-seller, or writing a letter to an old friend.  Now imagine losing those capacities suddenly and without warning.  That condition is known as aphasia, and it can upend someone’s life.  But an interdisciplinary collaborative at the College of Public Health (CPH) called the Philadelphia Aphasia Community at Temple (PACT) is empowering individuals with aphasia to come together, talk about their condition, and help each other move forward.

Posted:  March 30, 2016

Salzer promotes inclusion in Israel

Individuals with disabilities face extra challenges large and small throughout their lives.  But these individuals are better equipped to tackle those challenges—and more likely to win—when our society emphasizes inclusive infrastructure, policies and attitudes.  That’s according to Mark Salzer, chair of the Rehabilitation Sciences Department.  He was invited to speak at a recent training in Jerusalem, discussing community inclusion with government officials and disability service providers from across Israel. 

Posted:  March 28, 2016

Pokhrel receives Outstanding Reviewer Award

Lok R. Pokhrel, a researcher and assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics has received an Outstanding Reviewer Award for 2015 from the international journal Science of the Total Environment (Elsevier). The award recognizes Pokhrel’s work as a peer reviewer for the publication and for his positive contribution to the journal’s quality.

Posted:  March 4, 2016

New study looks at contamination of private well water

A study out in the journal Epidemiology and Infection reports that Canadians who receive water from household or private wells may be at a greater risk of contracting waterborne illnesses than those served by municipal systems. Private household wells are not regulated in Canada or the United States.  

Each year, more than 20 million people in Canada report some level of acute gastrointestinal illness (AGI). Though much is known about AGI in relation to food, little is known about the connection between AGI and drinking water. 

Posted:  December 1, 2015