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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.

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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.


A spinal surgery, a $101,000 bill, and a new law to prevent more surprises

Benjamin Chartock, a Ph.D. student in the Wharton School, said a new law in New York that created a binding arbitration process between hospitals and insurers is “keeping patients out of the middle of these billing disputes.”


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.



In lieu of ‘objectivity,’ journalism professors argue for credibility and directness

Barbie Zelizer of the Annenberg School for Communication spoke about the problematic nature of “objectivity” in journalism, which she considers an “unachievable ideal.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

Using catheter to replace heart valve better than open-heart surgery, studies suggest

Wilson Szeto of the Perelman School of Medicine said more research and “longer follow-up” are necessary to confirm beneficial outcomes from a new aortic-valve-replacement procedure.


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.”