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Big Questions About Tiny Particles

Lok Pokhrel Temple University Epidemiology Nanotechnology Research

Imagine dividing a single grain of sand into a million pieces.  This is the scale of nanoparticles:  tiny man-made bits of matter that are being used in a widening array of consumer products, from the microprocessor in your computer to odor-resistant workout clothes.  Lok Pokhrel, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, says that while nanoparticles are proving their usefulness, they are entering the environment at an alarming rate—and the consequences to our ecosystem and human health are still unknown. 

Posted:  May 27, 2016

Obesity Expert Applauds New Food Labels

David Sarwer, associate dean of research at the College of Public Health and director of Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), comments on changes to the nutrition facts label recently announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Among other changes, the new label will put greater emphasis on serving size and calorie content, and will measure added sugars.

Posted:  May 24, 2016

Enlisting Equations to Fight Disease

Sponges and sprays aren’t the only tools in the fight against infectious disease outbreaks—for environmental health researchers like Mark Weir, math equations can be just as powerful.  Weir is an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Temple’s College of Public Health whose research team just published a paper in Environmental Science and Technology.  Their focus:  building a mathematical model that identifies objects that might harbor microbes even after being disinfected.  It’s a tool that could change the way healthcare facilities prevent infectious disease o

Posted:  May 24, 2016

Loofahs As Water Filters?

In developing countries, dirty water kills:  more than 1.9 million people die each year from illnesses related to unsafe drinking water, according to the World Health Organization.  Many of those deaths could be prevented by water filtration, but in the poorest countries water filters can be too expensive to buy.  That’s why one professor and his student at Temple’s College of Public Health are experimenting with a new method of water purification that could make big waves.  It’s low-cost.  It’s sustainable.  It’s…a loofah.

Posted:  May 20, 2016

UNICEF Grant Helps Researcher Build Groundwork for Hygiene

For the first time ever, a Temple researcher has been awarded a grant by the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).  Heather Murphy, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the College of Public Health, will use the funding to develop a costing model for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs at schools in developing countries. 

Posted:  May 19, 2016

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