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Bass receives NIDA grant for intervention promoting PrEP at needle exchange

Sarah Bauerle Bass, associate professor of social and behavioral sciences and director of the risk communication laboratory, received a 3-year R34 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop and pilot test a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) communication intervention for female IV drug-using clients of a needle exchange.

Posted:  June 26, 2018

On WHYY, Sarwer talks early impact of soda tax

David Sarwer, associate dean of research and director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), was quoted in WHYY’s The Pulse, a weekly health and science radio show and podcast. In the story, which looked at the impact of the City of Philadelphia’s decision to tax 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened drinks, Sarwer comments on the promising public health impact of the controversial soda tax.

Posted:  June 25, 2018

Photos: Southeastern PA Opioid Summit brings together city officials, Temple researchers to discuss prevention, treatment and policy

Last month, the Southeastern PA Opioids Summit brought together leaders in research, clinical practice and policymaking to address the opioid epidemic in our region and chart the way forward in responding to the crisis.

Southeastern PA Opioids Summit

Posted:  May 16, 2018

At graduation ceremony, students urged to pursue their passions and serve others

On Thursday, May 10, more than 1,100 graduates from the College of Public Health and the School of Social Work, representing more than 30 programs, received their bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the College of Public Health Graduation Ceremony in the Liacouras Center. With their classmates in Temple’s other schools and colleges, they make up the university’s largest graduating class on record.

Posted:  May 11, 2018

Student spotlight: Internships provide public health undergrad with experience in the lab and the field

Like all College of Public Health undergraduate students, Lindy Thornton needed to complete two internships before graduating. Through her internships, Thornton gained experience through a combination of hands-on data analysis and fieldwork. These, she says, can go a long way with her applications as well as her career down the road. Now a senior, she’s applying to graduate schools to study health informatics.

Posted:  March 14, 2018

SBS alumna, faculty explore link between secondhand smoke and pediatric MS

Around the world, approximately 7,000 children are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or MS, a central nervous system disorder that affects communication, coordination, muscle strength, and other ability.

There also exists a similar condition that largely mimics MS: Monophasic acquired demyelinating syndrome (mono-ADS). Like MS, it affects the central nervous system through demyelination, in which the protective covers around nerve cells are damaged. However, Mono-ADS differs from MS in one key way: it doesn’t present again after the initial attack, from which children typically recover.

Posted:  March 8, 2018

New study to help kids to healthier snacks and smiles

The most common—and preventable—chronic disease of childhood is dental caries, or tooth decay, and developing healthy nutritional habits is a key to prevention. In a new five-year study, Temple’s College of Public Health, the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry and the Monell Chemical Senses Center are joining forces to tackle the challenges of children’s oral health and eating behaviors. 

Posted:  February 22, 2018

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