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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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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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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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New microbiology course offers look into bread, chocolate and coffee

For me, the words “bread, chocolate, and coffee” conjure daydreams of a warm summer day, sipping espresso and indulging a Pain au Chocolat at a French bistro by the sea. But would you be surprised to hear that that same daydream is only possible because of microbes? Yes, those savory and sweet concoctions only make it to our cups and plates after spending some quality time with bacteria and yeasts. This semester, students in USciences Applied Microbiology course will learn about the process of fermentation in producing bread, chocolate and coffee. Fermentation was, quite likely, “discovered” by accident in ancient...

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More Faculty, Staff, Student and Alumni Achievements

Richard Minoff, director of undergraduate pharmaceutical and healthcare business, traveled to Accra, Ghana to present a two-day course for Roche Pharmaceuticals. The course was for the company’s Sub-Sharan marketing, medical, and market access managers on the best practices for annual brand planning. The course emphasized marketing insights development, brand story development, and strategy development. Roche managers from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Gabon and Ivory Coast attended. Paul Halpern, who chairs the American Physical Society's historic sites committee, announced that the committee is honoring two physics sites with commemorative plaques. The first is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Holifield Radioactive Ion...

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Dr. Amy Jessop honored with Public Health Recognition Award

Dr. Amy Jessop, an associate professor of health policy and public health at University of the Sciences and director of Hepatitis Treatment Research and Education Center, received the Individual Public Health Recognition Award from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia on May 10 for her work with Prevention Point Philadelphia. Dr. Jessop is a member of the board of directors at Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP), an organization focused on reducing the risk for those who are at high risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and other blood-borne diseases. The organization was founded in 1991 as an underground syringe exchange. It was...

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What is Big Data and how will it revolutionize the health industry? Part III

Big Data has already made an impact in many industries, and is transforming how we think of healthcare and public health. It will continue to revolutionize healthcare, pharmaceuticals, clinical trial management, administration, and all aspects of the health industry. The US has the highest healthcare costs in the world, and our outcomes are often mediocre. The application of Big Data techniques will help reduce these costs and improve outcomes. As the field matures, we will see a cumulative effect, as insights build atop each other. Big Data is a revolution, but it is still in its infancy. The truth is,...

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The European Biosimilars Market

In previous blogs, I have written about what biosimilars are and have speculated about the development of the US biosimilars industry. While the US biosimilars market may not fully mature for another decade, the European biosimilars market has been expanding for years. In this blog, I will analyze what the European biosimilars market looks like and whether it is a preview of the US biosimilars market. The biosimilars market in Europe has existed now for over a decade. The first approved biosimilar was a somatotropin in 2006. Since then, Europe has seen 22 biosimilars emerge in several different drug classes...

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What is Big Data and how will it revolutionize the health industry? Part II

Big Data is poised to revolutionize the healthcare industry. The revolution goes beyond just analyzing text based notes. It is being used in predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, genomics, and in many other ways. You may have heard the term “Internet of Things.” This refers to the fact that many devices are now connected to the Internet, from your phone to your car to wearables like the Apple Watch and FitBit. It is estimated that by 2020, there will be 25 billion connected devices. These devices capture real time data, and allow for real-time alerts. They produce tons of data on...

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The Reference Product Strikes Back

A lot of consideration has gone into biosimilars and what they mean for the biologics drug market. The idea behind biosimilars is that they will reduce costs by providing cheaper alternatives to existing biologic drugs. As mentioned in previous blogs however, biosimilars are by no means a cheap and simple cure to high drug costs. There are several road blocks like high production costs and long periods of development biosimilars must face on the way to the market place. These road blocks cut into the discounts biosimilars could offer. This leaves a unique opening for reference products. Reference products could...

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