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12/10/2014

Return on Educational Investment: 5 Key Reasons to Consider Being a Physician Assistant

With hospitals and clinics scrambling to find enough primary care doctors to meet the demand of patient care from the Affordable Care Act, they are increasingly turning to an already short supply of physician assistants.

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12/08/2014

New Year’s Fitness Goals Should Start with a Trip to the Doc, Says USciences Profs

Stay accountable to fitness goals by scheduling a physical exam before Jan. 1, says USciences professors Karin Richards and Joan Ward.

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12/05/2014

Medication Adherence and Hospital Readmissions

Whether patients are getting medications, seeing a primary care provider, discharged from a hospital, or getting emergency care, they are being shifted between different health care providers. Transitions of care is an important aspect of healthcare because it allows smooth movement of patients from one setting to another. Transitioning from the hospital to home can be difficult for patients, potentially leading to readmission if the transition is not well coordinated. Kirkham conducted a retrospective cohort study in two acute care hospitals in the United States to see the effect of a collaborative pharmacist-hospital care transition care program on the likelihood...

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12/03/2014

PCP Announces Live APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training Program at USciences

The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences announces a live APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Training Program on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

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11/24/2014

Us and Them: Exploring Imaginary Borders with Dr. Eric G. Bing

Dr. Eric Bing was the lecturer at the fifth annual Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global Health at USciences on Thursday, Oct. 30.

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11/21/2014

Medication Adherence In Patients with Depression

Depression is a mental disorder that has an unknown cause. There are many explanations for developing depression including genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological features. Signs and symptoms of depression vary from minimal to severe. Indication that someone may need medication to regulate his or her mood include the following symptoms: persistent sadness, hopelessness, fatigue, irritable mood, loss of interest, feelings of guilt, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts. There are a variety of classes of medications used for depression, but they all need to be given an adequate trial of about twelve weeks to see if the medication is efficacious....

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11/18/2014

Philly Issues First ‘Code Blue’ of Season: USciences Prof Explains What That Means to Homeless Population

Those fortunate enough to be somewhere warm during this recent cold snap might wonder how Philadelphia’s homeless population can survive the frigid outdoor conditions, said Stephen Metraux, PhD, associate professor of health policy and public health at USciences.

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Students 'Walked to End Alzheimer's Disease' on Nov. 9

Members of the student chapter of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) at University of the Sciences participated in the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer's on Sunday, Nov.9, at Citizens Bank Park.

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11/12/2014

Medication Adherence In Hypertension Patients

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, does not usually present itself with symptoms. However, it can be deadly if not treated properly. Through time, 78 million Americans have been diagnosed with hypertension. High blood pressure occurs when the force of blood is high causing the arteries to stretch and damage, which can lead to severe complications such as heart attacks. To prevent cardiovascular events, it is important to chronically treat hypertension. With increasing number of patients getting this disease, it is key for patients to stay educated, monitor blood pressure, and adherent to their diet and medication regimen. According...

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OT Students, Faculty Well-Represented at POTA Conference

The Department of Occupational Therapy at University of the Sciences was well-represented at the 2014 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) Annual Conference, held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, in King of Prussia, Pa.

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