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Is dog walking hazardous to senior health?

Between 2004 and 2017, dog walking related fractures in people 65 or older more than doubled, and two factors are the cause: increased pet ownership and a greater emphasis, in recent years, on physical activity at older ages.

Penn Today Staff

Designing with nature, now

Thanks in large part to the foundation Ian McHarg built, PennDesign’s Landscape Architecture Department has led the field for decades. Here’s a glimpse at how it’s staying relevant as the importance for the profession—one that is central to solving some of the world’s greatest challenges—grows.

Lauren Hertzler

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Trump-friendly Newsmax bundled into Comcast’s Xfinity service

The Annenberg School for Communication’s Victor Pickard discussed conservative news channel Newsmax and its recent deal with Comcast. If Comcast is “feeling the heat from the right, it will make sense to appease some of those critics,” said Pickard.


Philadelphia Inquirer

In new book, Wharton prof shows how Facebook, Amazon, and Netflix algorithms shape our decisions

Kartik Hosanagar of the Wharton School spoke about his proposal for greater transparency via an “Algorithmic Bill of Rights.” Hosanagar believes consumers have a right to know when algorithms have made significant decisions about them and what data were used to reach those conclusions.


Minneapolis Star Tribune

How to respond to anti-Muslim speech? Here are some suggestions

Emile Bruneau of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about his research on counteracting the “collective blame” Muslims face in the U.S. Bruneau and his collaborators found asking parallel questions like “If the KKK members were white Christians, does that mean all white Christians are murderers?” caused people to switch from “thinking reflexively to thinking reflectively.”


A new research center at Wharton wants to make a fintech hub out of Philly

The Wharton School’s David Musto will be heading the new Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance, which will offer research courses and mentorship to students pursuing careers in the fintech sector. “Penn’s unique mission has always been to take on the biggest real-world challenges and opportunities through knowledge-based and data-driven innovation,” said President Amy Gutmann.


Philadelphia Inquirer

5 questions: Is your body clock important?

Carsten Skarke of the Perelman School of Medicine offered a primer on chronobiology and how our body clocks might affect medical treatments. “The big hope is that we can find a way to synchronize the time of treatment with the molecular time of the patient.”


Doctors weigh in on potential benefits of taking a cold shower

Helene Glassberg of the Perelman School of Medicine said those at risk of heart disease should avoid jumping into cold pools or showers. “Abrupt exposure to cold water causes your blood vessels to restrict, causes you to take a deep breath, causes your heart rate and blood pressure to potentially go up and this could potentially cause a stressor on the heart.”


Genetic research is the wrong way to make sense of ADHD

Jason Schnittker of the School of Arts and Sciences said that linking mental illness to genetics won’t do much to reduce stigma. Instead, he proposed, “it would help to show that mental illnesses are common, even if they’re not diagnosed, and while they can be severe, they can be managed effectively.”



What happened to Salvador Cabañas?

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Ramon Diaz-Arrastia commented on soccer player Salvador Cabaña’s recovery from a traumatic brain injury. “Some people refer to these injuries as ‘hidden injuries,’ because if you were to look at the individual, on the surface – say you meet them at a cocktail party – they’d look perfectly normal, but the problems they are having are in the areas of executive functioning, in the areas of mood and emotional lability,” said Diaz-Arrastia.


Smithsonian Magazine

Your opinion of sushi is a good predictor of how willing you are to eat insects

Paul Rozin of the School of Arts and Sciences found that individuals who frequently eat sushi are more likely to try eating insects.



Do mosquitoes feel the effects of alcohol

Tanya Dapkey of the School of Arts and Sciences said it’s unlikely that mosquitoes feed on inebriated humans to get drunk themselves. However, she said, the fact that “alcohol makes us more attractive to them is an interesting question to me.”