Perelman School of Medicine

The beauty of the two-wheeled commute

On Bike to Work Day, Penn will fete two-wheeled commuters with snacks, showers, and swag. For many at the University, commuting by bike is a way of life. Five Penn staff and faculty share how they make it work and why they keep riding.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Can algorithms diagnose disease better than doctors?

Proponents of artificial intelligence in medicine say the technology holds great potential in predicting drug interaction, infection risk factors—even in cancer diagnoses Penn’s Ravi Parikh and Amol Navathe discuss their research on the best way to leverage artificial intelligence in medicine.

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. woman was convinced she bought Obamacare insurance. She got scammed by a look-alike website.

PIK Professor Ezekiel Emanuel spoke about a class exercise in which he asks students to shop for health insurance using the government marketplace. When he attempted the assignment, he found it easy to accidentally use an unaffiliated site. “Unless you know what the right place looks like, what the offers are, they’ve done a very good job of making it look like it’s the [government] health insurance site.”


The New York Times

Tuesday could be the beginning of the end of Philadelphia’s soda tax

Christina Roberto of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on Philadelphia’s soda tax: “It’s not surprising that, if you raise the price of something, people will buy less of it.”


The Atlantic

What is pornography doing to our sex lives?

Mary Anne Layden of the Perelman School of Medicines said the social pressure to mimic pornography can result in more sexual violence for some and a resistance to sex by others.



This is the difference between feeling anxious and having an anxiety disorder

Holly Valerio of the Perelman School of Medicine clarified the differences between having anxious feelings and actually having an anxiety disorder. For those with the latter, there is “often a disconnect in the estimation of danger … in anxiety-producing situations versus the actual or realistic threat,” she said.


The New York Times

Where should a child die? Hospice homes help families with the unimaginable

Chris Feudtner of the Perelman School of Medicine said palliative care for children is a “largely silent, hidden, and woefully unmet need.” However, he said, these facilities are expensive and unsustainable under the current reality of American health care.