38 posts categorized "Public Health"


STAT: It’s time to measure addiction recovery rates, not just addiction rates

Robert Ashford, a USciences PhD student, and his co-authored in an opinion article for STAT News about the need for more research and measurement of addiction recovery rates. 
"In the midst of a serious addiction crisis, in which 72,000 people died from overdoses in 2017, it can be easy to forget that recovery is not only possible but is the reality for nearly 10 percent of U.S. adults. Losing sight of that can skew public policy and funding priorities to narrowly focus on preventing deaths instead of aiming more broadly to both reduce unnecessary deaths and promote long-term wellness among the 20 million Americans who have a substance use disorder — barely 4 million of whom receive treatment"


Health Day: Vaccination 101: Make Sure Kids Are Up to Date

USciences’ Zachary Klase PhD asked all parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before they head back to school. Dr. Klase’s health tip was featured on Health Day.  


Philadelphia Inquirer: New on the streets: Drug for nerve pain boosts high for opioid abusers

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Gail Goves Scott, manager of the University of the Sciences’ new Center for Substance Use Disorders about the recent news that individuals are have begun abusing gabapentin, a non-opioid medication used to treat nerve pain.  
“I was surprised to hear from counselors and criminal justice folks at conferences this year that gabapentin was being abused,” said Gail Groves Scott, manager of Philadelphia’s University of the Sciences Center for Substance Use Disorders. “It was news to me.” 
“I used to work as a pharma rep in pain management and I never heard a doctor say it was being abused. It’s a well-known non-opioid choice for patients with neuropathic pain,” she said. “I think it’s well-known that people with a disease of addiction will use whatever they can get, even if the effect is only psychological.”


Hidden City Philadelphia: Digging Up Vine Street In Search Of Old Skid Row

USciences Dr. Steve Metraux, who studies homelessness and related topics in the department of Health Policy and Public Health, shared his research into the founding and evolution of Philly’s Skid Row, the area along Vine Street between 6th and 11th streets, in an article for Hidden City Philadelphia.


WHYY: Studies find those with HIV at higher risk of becoming homeless

USciences Dr. Stephen Metraux was interviewed in a WHYY story about the correlation between HIV and homelessness.

"There have been studies in city after city that say that stable housing is more predictive or as predictive as being on medication in determining your health outcomes will be," he said, 

Homelessness is the tip of the iceberg of a bigger problem for Metraux. 

"There's kind of a larger group that is either on the verge of becoming homeless or just not adequately housed, either doubling up with others, or in substandard housing, or paying way more rent than they can afford."


Hear the full story on WHYY.


Philly.com: Commentary: Embracing a replacement for Obamacare will require compromise on all sides

USciences Professor Stephen Metraux PhD, director of health policy, penned a blog post for Philly.com about the proposed American Health Care Act and how lawmakers and observers will have to make compromises on both sides of the aisle.


Staten Island Advance: Pharmacists react to Narcan backlash: They're 'on the front line'

Mayank Parikh PharmD’13 was interviewed by the Staten Island Advance about how he and other pharmacists are fighting back against a Narcan backlash.

"Pharmacists are on the front line," said Parikh, owner and operator of Super Health Pharmacy, Tottenville, noting that pharmacies all over the country are taking this initiative. "If you have the opportunity to save someone's life, how can you look the other way?"

Read the full story from the Staten Island Advance


The News Journal: 5 things to know about the flu shot

Dr. Stacey Gorski, assistant professor of biological sciences who specializes in immunology and vaccinology, shares five things you should know about the flu shot.  

Getting vaccinated early is just one recommendation clinicians give. Here are some other facts about this year's flu season worth keeping in mind as the season kicks off.

Read the full story here.


Philadelphia Inquirer: Hepatitis B: The 'silent' threat that's demanding attention

Hepatitis B is widespread in Asian and sub-Saharan African countries, including South Korea and many immigrants have brought it with them to the United States, leading to a need for increased awareness in the health community.

USciences’ Amy Jessop said often there is not a focus addressing the virus. “It’s way down in the list in importance,” said Jessop.

Read the full story:



thedp.com: Penn hosts first-time-ever health symposium for local colleges

For the first time, the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition brought together Philadelphia universities for a day of panels and workshops that focused on health issues at colleges. The event aimed to allow representatives from local schools — including Temple, Drexel, Haverford, Villanova, La Salle and University of the Sciences — to come together to learn about how to improve health education and discuss common concerns.

Read more: http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/02/undergraduate-health-symposium