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11/10/2016

USciences students get a lesson on alcohol abuse prevention, public safety

Approximately 200 University of the Sciences students discussed the ramifications of drug and alcohol abuse, noise violations, underage drinking and the use of fake IDs at a meeting with an officer from the Philadelphia Police Department last month hosted by the Office of Student Engagement. On Wednesday, October 26th, Lt. Derek Hawkins, commanding officer at University City District, spoke to USciences students involved in fraternities and sororities about hot topics that impact college students. Following Lt. Hawkins' presentation, a question and answer session was held giving students the opportunity to ask questions pertaining to the topics discussed. Each semester, fraternity...

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11/08/2016

Big jump in PA maternal and neonatal hospital stays, need for treatment, due to opioid crisis

Addiction treatment programs in Pennsylvania generally give pregnant women first priority in access to treatment. But with the opioid crisis straining already limited budgets and program resources across the Commonwealth, more access to treatment, housing, care management, and specialized programming for mothers is needed to meet demand, according to presenters at a Maternal Care Coalition forum. Presenters at the Philadelphia program, held in September, described the impact of the opioid crisis on maternal health to a packed room of several hundred healthcare, social services, and public health providers. Local experts presented on barriers to care, funding challenges, and best practices...

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11/03/2016

Philip Masaitis PharmD’17 Named Leader of Tomorrow by the Drug Information Association

In recognition of his leadership of the USciences’ chapter of Drug Information Association, Philip Masaitis PharmD’17 recently received of the Leader of Tomorrow - Americas Inspire Award at the DIA’s 2016 annual meeting in Philadelphia. “The chapter affects the lives of students by enlightening them about opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry, a potential for a rewarding career,” said Masaitis. “Being president of this student organization and contributing to this cause by sharing my passion has been an extremely fulfilling experience.” Masaitis accepted the award during the 52nd annual conference in June and said the award reflects not just on him,...

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10/28/2016

USciences Students Get an Introduction to Army Life at Fort Knox Basic Camp

Eyelids heavy, running on just four hours of sleep and sitting propped up against their packs, Adam Reed HS’19 and Lauren Kaminski PharmD’21 knew they couldn’t give in to fatigue because the call to protect their unit from an attack could come at any time. “Being out in the field you have to be ready for anything,” said Reed. “It is continuous training.” Reed and Kaminski weren’t under assault in the deserts of the Middle East, but rather simulating a battle scenario in the hills of Kentucky. Lauren Kaminski PharmD’21 at morning lab with ROTC Task Force Dragon Battalion at...

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Pharmacy Students Recognized at City Hall in Honor of American Pharmacists Month

Student representatives from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s Student Society of Health System Pharmacy were honored by Philadelphia City Council on Thursday October, 27, 2016 with a resolution in honor of American Pharmacist Month, which is celebrated in October. Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell led the presentation with other members of the council, reading the resolution in full before presenting Christopher Dorian PharmD’19 with a copy of resolution. Dorian thanked the council members, saying he hopes that the organization will be a resource to the city’s legislative leaders should they consider legislation regarding the role of pharmacists in the health system....

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10/27/2016

Health Tip: Four Ways to Prevent a Stroke

Having a stroke can be a debilitating and life changing event for an individual and their family. Regardless of one’s age or family history, 90 percent of strokes are preventable. In honor of World Stroke Day on October 29, University of the Sciences Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Greg Thielman, PT, MSPT, EdD, is sharing tips for preventing stroke. Stoke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain and is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., killing nearly 130,000 people a year. “There are many things that you can do to modify...

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10/25/2016

USciences Professor Authors Textbook on Drug Discoveries for Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease

Adeboye Adejare PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, is editor and author of a new book, Drug Discovery Approaches for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders: Alzheimer’s Disease. The book, which published its first edition in September, aims to improve drug discovery and development for neurodegenerative disorders by focusing on current knowledge and strategies in Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Adeboye Adejare, center, presents his book "Drug Discovery Approaches for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders: Alzheimer's Disease" to Provost Dr. Peter Miller, left, and President Dr. Paul Katz, right. It provides a compilation of chemical considerations required in drug discovery, examines different classes of...

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More Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Achievements

Karin Richards, chair of the department of kinesiology, presented at the Regional Conference on Aging on the topic Calm Minds, Active Bodies. She will also be presenting at on “Applying Behavior Change Techniques” at a workshop in Richmond Virginia. Richards was also selected as a master trainer by the American Council on Exercise for applying behavior change techniques Paula Kramer PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, director of the post-professional doctor of occupational therapy program, has been invited to give the keynote address for the New York State Occupational Therapy Association conference on November 5. Dorela Priftanji PharmD’17 was awarded the Pennsylvania Society...

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10/04/2016

Health Tip: Flu Season is Beginning Already

October marks the start of flu season. Should you get ahead of the falling temperatures and get vaccinated this year? Absolutely, says Stacey A. Gorski, PhD, a biology professor who specializes in immunology and vaccinology at University of the Sciences. “Vaccinations should help contain the spread of the disease and keep people healthy through the holiday season and throughout the winter,” said Gorski. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health there were 64 influenza-associated deaths last flu season and more than 31,800 cases of the virus in the state. These numbers are likely to be largely underestimations because they only...

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09/29/2016

Physical Therapy Alumnae Create Innovative Program to Get ICU Patients Moving

Christine Huntzinger MPT'02 Two University of the Sciences graduates have challenged the status quo in an effort to hasten rehabilitation for patients in the ICU at Pennsylvania Hospital where they work as physical therapists. Christine Huntzinger MPT’02, DPT, and Anastasiya “Stacy” Ruiz MPT’07 initiated and developed the ICU mobility project at Pennsylvania Hospital, which works to start physical therapy with patients as early as possible, even if they are still on a ventilator. “There has been so much evidence supporting early mobilization in the critical care setting in recent years,” said Dr. Huntzinger. “We recognized that we needed to stay...

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