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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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09/23/2016

More Faculty, Staff, Student, and Alumni Achievements

The USciences Society of Physics Students received the Blake Lilly Prize from the American Institute of Physics. It is an award that recognizes SPS chapters and individuals who make a genuine effort to positively influence the attitudes of school children and the general public about physics. The chapter also received the Marsh White Award and the Future Faces of Physics Awards this year. The chapter is led by student project leader Kacy Catalano and the faculty mentor is Dr. Roberto Ramos. Dr. Roberto Ramos served as session chair at the International Applied Superconductivity Conference in Denver, Co. in September. The...

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09/20/2016

Melissa Lamberto Phys’11 turned her passion into a career as a medical physicist

The first in her family to attend college, Melissa Lamberto Phys ‘11 found her path to a rewarding career in Medical Physics at USciences When Melissa Lamberto Phys’11 was deciding on a major she knew two things: she loved science and caring for others. “I knew I wanted to focus on science and find a way to help people, but I wasn’t sure what my career options were,” said Lamberto. Although Lamberto was a biochemistry major, her professors helped her follow her passion for physics. It was Lamberto’s advisor, Elia Eschenazi PhD, who helped her discover her path to a...

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09/15/2016

Nick Tomasello Phys'16 BW'18 Published for Research into the Shrinking Observable Universe

The mystery of the universe was always the most exciting and intriguing part of physics for Nick Tomasello Phys’16 BW’18. “There is so much out there that we don’t understand,” said Tomasello. So for his senior project last year, Tomasello thought he would try to measure the universe, or at least the part that we can see, in an effort to increase his understanding and knowledge of the deep, dark unknown. With guidance from his mentor and advisor USciences Professor of Physics Paul Halpern, PhD, Tomasello decided to use a mathematical formula to recalculate the size of the observable universe,...

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09/01/2016

Health Tip: Protect Your Children with the Right Backpack

Each fall as students return to school it may seem the number of books and notebooks seems to multiply. While parents may fear the mountain of homework each night, they should also be concerned about the damage that an improperly worn backpack is doing to their child’s back. Supriya Sen OTD, MS, OTR/L, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences, said it is important for parents to understand and appreciate the importance of what constitutes a good backpack for their child to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. Poor fitting backpacks can lead to injuries such as strains, fractures, and...

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08/11/2016

BTE continues Investment into USciences’ BTE Technologies Advanced Training and Research Lab

A partnership between BTE and University of the Sciences continues to provide students with access to high quality equipment and software so that they can learn to provide the most effective treatment options on the most up to date machines. The BTE Technologies Advanced Evaluation and Rehabilitation Lab, which first opened in Samson College of Health Sciences in May 2011, was updated with a new gift from BTE this summer. The company presented the lab with The Eccentron, a negative resistance training machine, and provided training for faculty and staff. To use the machine, the patient pushes back against pedals...

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