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  • Design thinking results in innovative clinical pathway

    New research shows that applying design thinking as a framework for patients who are socially at risk has merit in helping nurses and other health care providers develop clinical pathways to improve care transitions.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Robert Carpick earns AVS Nanotechnology Recognition Award

    The John Henry Towne Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics received the Award from the Nanoscale Science and Technology Division of AVS, an interdisciplinary professional society centered on the fields of materials, interfaces, and processing.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • Treating sleep apnea with CPAP therapy is associated with lower risk of heart problems

    Penn Nursing’s Amy Sawyer, associate professor of sleep & health behavior in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, conducted a study showing that patients with untreated sleep apnea had a higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event, but the risk of incident heart problems was decreased in those who used CPAP therapy. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Nursing News

  • Prescription drug monitoring program mandates affect the use of opioids to treat acute pain

    Many states have enacted comprehensive mandates that all clinicians consult Prescription drug monitoring programs prior to prescribing an opioid for any given patient. These mandates seek to hold prescribers accountable and ensure sustained use of the databases. Now researchers are exploring whether comprehensive mandates deter clinicians from writing opioid prescriptions for appropriate indications.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • Three Penn scientists chosen as 2021 Pew Scholars

    The Pew Charitable Trusts named Kellie A. Jurado, Presidential Assistant Professor of Microbiology, and Colin Conine, an assistant professor of pediatrics and genetics, as two of 22 early-career researchers nationwide selected as 2021 Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences. Liling Wan, an assistant professor of cancer biology, will join four other researchers in the U.S. as the 2021 class of Pew-Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Medicine News

  • How megaproviders keep health care costs high

    In “Big Med: Megaproviders and the High Cost of Health Care in America,” authors David Dranove and Wharton health care management professor Lawton R. Burns examine the rise of these megaproviders and their role in the deterioration of health care—as well as its rising costs. They reveal that these megaproviders are ever present: Your local hospital is likely part of one, as are your doctors.

    FULL STORY AT Knowledge@Wharton

  • New Fels Distinguished Fellow with a focus on racial equity and social justice

    Matthew Stitt, a 2012 graduate of the Fels Institute of Government, is joining Fels as a Distinguished Fellow. Stitt will help Fels students engage in critical policy issues and create a more diverse and equitable public sector. He will lead a speaker series on racial equity and social justice, support internships and student mentorship, and connect students and alumni. 

    FULL STORY AT Penn Arts & Sciences

  • Norm Badler elected to the ACM SIGGRAPH Academy

    The Rachleff Family Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and director of the Center for Digital Visualization is among the eight new members elected to this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques  Academy Class.

    FULL STORY AT Penn Engineering Today

  • The war on drugs as structural racism

    A Penn LDI seminar looks at the contrast between the “War on Drugs,” which devastated Black and Latino communities through mass incarceration, and today’s public health approach to opioids in white communities.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute

  • Promoting self-care among African immigrants with chronic diseases

    In the Journal of Advanced Nursing, Penn Nursing’s  Onome Henry Osokpo reports on the results of a systematic review, finding that an interplay of cultural and structural factors influences the self-care practices of African immigrants with chronic diseases. While cultural identity is a powerful influence, African immigrants also report systemic barriers to adopting self-care recommendations.

    FULL STORY AT Leonard Davis Institute