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"How Do I Look?" Examining Body Image & Contouring Surgery

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.

Posted:  September 30, 2016

A Better HIV Intervention for Gay Latinos

Temple University Professor Omar Martinez Researches HIV Incidence Among Gay Latinos.

Incidence of new HIV cases is decreasing steadily in the United States—but not for everyone. “The HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately impact sexual and gender minority Hispanics/Latinos,” says Omar Martinez, assistant professor of social work at Temple University’s School of Social Work. In fact, the CDC estimates that if current trends continue, 1 in 4 Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

Posted:  September 28, 2016

The Power of Perception

Temple University Patient-Centered Care Research College of Public Health

Today’s healthcare providers have an incredible array of tools and techniques to help their patients. But often they forget that one of the most powerful aspects of providing high-quality medical care is simply asking the patient: “What do you want?”

Posted:  September 26, 2016

White House Initiative Includes Temple Researchers

Two Temple researchers are part of a White House effort to establish a national clearinghouse of educational resources about kidney transplant and living donation. Heather Traino, associate professor in the College of Public Health, and Avrum Gillespie, assistant professor in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, are part of the initiative which will allow patients, living donors, and the interested public to access information that was previously privately-held, and which will help them make informed decisions about kidney transplants and donation.

Posted:  June 15, 2016

Do Youth With Autism Experience More Adversity?

Kristin Berg, an assistant professor of occupational therapy, remembers the moment well.  Early in her career she worked as a mentor for children and teenagers with disabilities, but some of them seemed disengaged no matter what she tried.  Was something on their minds?  It wasn’t until one teen opened up about being abused—and others began sharing similar experiences—that Berg understood.  “I realized that many of these youth had never been asked about abuse,” she says.  “I thought I had all the answers, but it turns out I was asking the wrong questions.”

Posted:  June 10, 2016