Health Sciences

Daisy the goat kid’s harrowing ER visit

Post-birth complications for Daisy the newborn doeling were serious, but quickly assessed for a positive outcome at the New Bolton Center emergency room.

Penn Today Staff

A link between mitochondrial damage and osteoporosis

In healthy people, a tightly controlled process balances the activity of osteoblasts, which build bone, and osteoclasts, which break it down. Damage to cells’ mitochondria can make that process go awry, meaning exposure to cigarette smoke, alcohol, environmental toxins can increase the risk of osteoporosis.

Katherine Unger Baillie

The mystery behind cleft palate and lips

New research identifies 100 new risk genes that could lead to the development of cleft lip and palate, combining molecular findings with genome data to find that many of the genes that are highly associated with clefting are located near the enhancer regions that work with a specific protein.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

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.


U.S. News & World Report

AHA News: Dangerous blood clots may be the latest risk from ‘bad’ cholesterol

Scott Damrauer of the Perelman School of Medicine authored a study that found that LDL cholesterol, often called “bad” cholesterol, may contribute to venous thromboembolism, which causes potentially dangerous blood clots in the limbs. “This study shows how we can use genetics to try to more accurately understand who will go on to develop venous thromboembolism and who will not,” he said.