New vaccines to protect infants from infections
A new Penn Medicine study puts researchers within closer reach of vaccines that can protect infants against infections by overcoming a mother’s antibodies.
Penn Medicine named official health system of the Philadelphia Flyers
The partnership brings two iconic Philadelphia brands together to collaborate on community-driven initiatives.
Losing tongue fat improves sleep apnea
A Penn Medicine study suggests the tongue could be a new target for treating the common sleep disorder.
An entire course of radiation treatment in under one second
Findings related to FLASH radiotherapy—using protons rather than electrons—prove feasible in the future for cancer therapy.
When automotive assembly plants close, deaths from opioid overdoses rise
A Penn study links eroding economic opportunity to opioid deaths, and builds on previous research that links declining participation in the labor force to increased opioid use in the U.S.
A gift for disruption: Visionary Roderick Wong gives back to PennHealthX
Wong, an alum with a medical degree and an MBA, has given Penn Medicine a $6 million gift to endow the Roderick T. Wong PennHealthX Program, one of the largest single gifts to support medical education.
A new era in cystic fibrosis treatment
FDA approval of new therapies for cystic fibrosis is a major breakthrough for patients, meaning fewer complications, delayed progression and even longer life expectancies.
Promising findings for multiple myeloma immunotherapy
Adam Cohen of the Perelman School of Medicine headed a clinical trial that found an experimental therapy can make a difference for patients who have exhausted other options.
In memoriam: Penn remembers those who passed in 2019
Penn professors and faculty reflect on the giants in art, academia, and beyond who left us this year.
Uncovering a defective sperm epigenome that leads to male infertility
A new mouse model allows researchers to track defective sperm and potentially find ways to correct it.
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The mystery of the Havana Syndrome
The Perelman School of Medicine’s Douglas Smith offered commentary on the concussion-like symptoms experienced by American diplomats in Havana in the winter of 2017. While some have suggested that their symptoms were psychosomatic, Smith said that “there was not one individual on the team [at Penn] who was not convinced that this was a real thing.”
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Eating more fish or taking omega-3 fish oil supplements can cut heart attack risk, studies find
To lower one’s risk of heart disease, the Perelman School of Medicine’s Helene Glassberg recommended eating more fish over taking fish oil supplements. “Get it in your diet if you can, from omega-3 fatty fish like salmon or sardines,” said Glassberg. “This is the best way to get it and not spend $30 on a bottle of supplements at a health food store.”
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