Health Sciences

The road to more hand transplants

Over the past 20 years, more than 85 amputees around the world have received a hand or bilateral hand transplant—including two adults and one child at Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Penn Today Staff

In the News


How some wellness programs encourage toxic attitudes about body size

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Rebecca Pearl spoke about workplace wellness programs. “It’s important for leaders or people who are implementing these programs to be aware that employees, especially employees with obesity, might feel self-conscious or targeted,” said Pearl. “If it’s creating an atmosphere in which other employees are commenting on each other’s weight or eating choices, we should be conscious of the potential downstream effects of being stigmatized.”


USA Today

Unproven medical treatments cost us lives and money. Let research tell us what works

PIK professor Ezekiel Emanuel and Justin Bekelman of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote that expensive, experimental medical treatments may be a waste of money until proven effective.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

What makes addiction a disease?

Charles O’Brien and Daniel Langleben of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed the brain’s reward system and its relationship to addiction.



A drug that eases miscarriages is difficult for women to get

Courtney Schreiber of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the importance of access to mifepristone. “It offers [miscarrying women] a sense of control over their own bodies and their own process when they feel that they've already lost an element of control,” Schreiber says.


The Washington Post

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg misses Supreme Court arguments for first time as she recovers from cancer

The Perelman School of Medicine’s John Kucharczuk commented on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from a recent pulmonary lobectomy, saying that even younger patients are “tired and washed out” after the procedure.