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Pharmacy, Health Policy Experts to be Featured on NBC10 @ Issue on Sunday

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of the potent opioid painkiller Zohydro ER has been met with fierce criticism, both locally and across the nation. Tune into Philadelphia's NBC10 @ Issue on Sunday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m., as USciences' pharmacy and health policy experts discuss this drug in further detail.

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OT Faculty, Student Set to Explore Cultural Differences in Healthcare at International Conference

The University’s Department of Occupational Therapy will be well-represented overseas, as faculty members are set to attend the 16th International Congress of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, in collaboration with the 48th Japanese Occupational Therapy Congress and Expo, on June 18-21, in Yokohama, Japan.

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Getting 'Your Bell Rung' is No Music to the Ears, Says USciences Doc

While concussions are most commonly associated with sports-related injuries, associate professor Dr. Anthony Acquavella says prevention and awareness begins by recognizing that these brain injuries can also result from slips and falls, playground injuries, and car accidents.

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A Look Back on Our Week in Sweden

It seems hard for us to believe that we spent an entire week in Sweden. Gathering data, exploring The city, visiting various PT clinics, observing orthopedic surgeries, and discussing future international exchange options created a fun filled, busy, yet incredible educational opportunity that we are forever grateful for experiencing. We were able to conclude our week in Sweden talking to fellow PT students and faculty about future international exchange options and we left just as excited as when we arrived. We want to say a special thank you to everyone at University of the Sciences as well as the research...

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Young Adults and Medication Adherence

There is little focus on the young adult population (ages 16 to 24) when trying to understand the relationship between age and medication adherence. It is important to categorize them separately from other age groups since they are at a distinctly different developmental point in their life compared to children and adults. There are many factors that influence medication adherence in adolescents. Exploring these factors, particularly the barriers, through a disease state such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), will allow us to appreciate the many challenges young adults face when taking medications. Barriers: Adolescent years are crucial years, behaviorally and...

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The Research Continues!

Today, we were able to test muscle activation of the Achilles' tendon in the remaining 6 subjects. We were able to work with a well rounded sample of Achilles' tendon rupture patients; containing patient's with surgically repaired tendons, patient's with conservatively treated ruptures and patients with re-ruptures. The data collection went smoothly and the results are looking promising... Although, we still have many hours of data crunching and research writing ahead! Today concluded our data collection in the University of Gothenburg's research lab. We are incredibly grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity and would like to say a...

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Commendation for CVS!

By Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He serves as the author and editor of The Pharmacist Activist newsletter ( from which this editorial was taken. On February 5, CVS announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores in the United States by October 1, 2014. CVS President and CEO Larry Merlo stated, “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help...

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Learning in Sweden Continues!

Today, Jess and Colleen observed surgeries at the University of Gothenburg Orthopedic Surgery center. It was an incredible experienced that allowed them to gain insight as to what occurs during surgery and why post operative precautions exist. They also discussed variations in operative procedures and post operative rehabilitation protocols between Sweden and the United States with orthopedic surgeons. Kristen and Alex are excited to experience the OR on Thursday. Meanwhile, Alex and Kristen spent the day in a Swedish Sports Medicine Physical Therapy clinic. They found a solution to crutching around USciences in the winter (See attached photo)! While in...

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Day 1 of EMG Testing the Achilles' Tendon was a success!

Today, the four of us were able to test 6 Achilles' Tendon rupture patients in collaboration with University of Gothenburg's research team. We gathered data regarding endurance, strength, power, and velocity of Achilles Tendon and are thrilled about the data collected. Our previous experiences testing 'healthy' Achilles' tendons at USciences has allowed us to adapt and proficiently transition to the Swedish research lab. We can't wait to continue this process throughout the week! View this photo View this photo View this photo

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Jet lagged? ... Nope! Excited to begin our week of Research in Sweden. =)

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