Health Sciences

The new tool in fighting cancer: Antibiotics

The antibiotic vancomycin alters the gut microbiome in a way that can help prime the immune system to more effectively attack tumor cells after radiation therapy.

Penn Today Staff

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Christian Science Monitor

Vaping bans: How one health crisis prompted a crackdown on another

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about the vaping crisis, which is fueled in part by gray-market cartridge sales. “We’re in a regulatory no-man’s land,” he said.


The Wall Street Journal

The surgical complication that can damage your brain

Lee Fleisher of the Perelman School of Medicine said the amount of anesthesia used can play a role in the development of post-surgical delirium in some patients.



Meet the Womanikin, the breasted vest working to close the CPR gender gap

Marion Leary of the School of Nursing weighed in on why people may hesitate to perform CPR on women. “We’ve been training people relatively the same way since CPR was first quote-unquote ‘discovered,’” she said. “We need to start thinking about how we can use the technology and innovation of today to really train people differently so that they feel comfortable performing CPR when the time arises.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Dental school grads find it hard to beat back student debt

Dean Mark Wolff of the School of Dental Medicine said dental school tuition has increased because dentistry, in general, has gotten more expensive. “You used to get the X-rays in your mouth taken with film, put inside your mouth. Today, we put sensors inside the mouth, capture it directly into the computer,” he said. “Film used to cost a few dollars a pack. That sensor is a $7,000 sensor.”


U.S. News & World Report

Antarctic study shows isolation, monotony may change the human brain

Alexander Stahn of the Perelman School of Medicine led a study that found a volume decrease in the hippocampi of explorers who spent 14 months at a research station in Antarctica. “It was an average of about 7%, which is really big in terms of brain changes,” he said.