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Recent concussion laws that set out to prevent head injuries in American teenage athletes should be extended to include the activities of summer camps, travel teams and all-star teams. This will ensure that all youths who suffer head injuries receive appropriate care and education, says Drexel sports medicine physician Thomas Trojian, MD. Trojian is the lead author of a study that showed a marked increase in the number of teenagers receiving medical treatment for sports-related concussions after laws pertaining to sports-related concussions were passed in Connecticut in 2010. The findings are published in the journal Injury Epidemiology.


Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most common blood-borne illness, affecting three to five million Americans, and many of them don’t even know it. Philadelphia has a high rate of HCV among its residents, who many times have limited access to screening and treatment. So how do you get help to the people who need it the most? You go door to door. A new study, led by a Drexel University College of Medicine researcher and recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, shows that when advocates made a focused effort in a medically underserved area, they were able to help patients get screened, diagnosed and treated.


As the epidemic of community violence swells in U.S. cities, one promising place for intervention and prevention of future violence is the emergency departments of hospitals. More than 25 hospitals nationwide have adopted a public health approach to helping victims of violence with programs that aim to prevent future violent injuries, not just treat them.


Infectious diseases — like HIV/AIDS, measles, hepatitis, influenza, malaria and Ebola — are collectively the second leading cause of death globally, according to the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In the United States alone, the burden of infectious diseases is almost as high; infectious diseases are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., killing about 170,000 people each year.


Drexel University College of Medicine’s Department of Surgery was recently awarded a Susan G. Komen Philadelphia® Community Grant to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer early detection, treatment and support for patients for 2015-2016.


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