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Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a bacterial infection that occurs during or after antibiotic use and can make people very sick. In fact, C. diff, which causes symptoms ranging from diarrhea to colon inflammation, kills thousands of Americans every year and is becoming more common, harder to treat and much more expensive. Now, new research from Drexel University College of Medicine details the results of a study investigating an experimental vaccine that proved to be successful in preventing the infection. The study is set for publication in the October 2014 edition of Infection and Immunity.

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An estimated 68,000 women and men in the U.S. die each year from metastatic breast and prostate cancers — aggressive forms of the disease that occur when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs, liver, bones or brain. Now researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have developed a compound directed at a target they identified that inhibits metastatic progression by blocking tumor cells from “re-seeding.” Their discovery has been accepted into a highly competitive drug development program at the National Cancer Institute and will now be headed to clinical trials.

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The thirteenth annual Manuel Stamatakis Golf Classic, held by Drexel University College of Medicine, raised $275,000, bringing the total raised to more than $3 million since the event debuted in 2002.

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Drexel University College of Medicine is pleased to announce that Valerie D. Weber, MD, MS, FACP, has been appointed vice dean for education, effective October 1, 2014.

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Barbara Schindler, MD, professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine, has been elected a professional member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the accrediting body for educational programs at medical schools that grant Doctor of Medicine degrees in the United States and Canada. Schindler's appointment began July 1, 2014.

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