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Summer 2022 reading: Latest books from Penn LDI senior fellows
A roundup featuring recent books by Penn LDI senior fellows covering political economy of health and wealth, the connection between urban planning and health, and evidence-based approaches to health care management innovation.
Diversity in the Stacks: Central American political and social history
The work of Central American scholars and writers rarely leaves the borders of their own countries. Outside of specialized vendors who work primarily with academic libraries, there is not an established international market for Central American authors. Despite this, university presses, independent presses, and community presses featuring work by and for Indigenous audiences have endured or emerged.
Using pediatric office visits to help parents quit smoking
Using the pediatric setting as a touch point to support the health of parents is a promising new avenue to combat tobacco use. Research from Penn LDI focuses on overcoming barriers to tap into the potential of pediatric office visits to address parental smoking, with the goal of offering evidence-based treatment to all parents who smoke.
Philly libraries and Philly families: How GSE apprentices are spending their summer
Students in the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program spend their summer working with children from three Philadelphia schools providing academic support in reading, math, and art, meeting with the kids and their families at local libraries. The students earn a Master of Science in Education and a Pennsylvania teaching certification.
Hormone infusion improves pancreatic insulin production in cystic fibrosis patients with or at risk for diabetes
A Penn Medicine study finds medication therapy based on the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1(GLP-1) may help regulate natural insulin production in cystic fibrosis, potentially offering a better way to prevent and ultimately manage diabetes than daily insulin injections.
Amanda Bettencourt appointed president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses board
Bettencourt is an assistant professor in Penn Nursing’s Department of Family and Community Health. “The future of nursing and health care is unknown, and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought a newfound urgency for us to work together to find solutions to both long- standing issues and new challenges,” she says.
Penn Arts & Sciences has awarded three Klein Family Social Justice grants to these faculty-led projects: Personalized, Accelerated Science Learning, led by Lori Flanagan-Cato, an associate professor of psychology; Free State Slavery and Bound Labor: Pennsylvania, led by Sarah Barringer Gordon, a professor of history and the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law, and Kathleen Brown, the David Boies Professor of History; and Kitchen Science: A Platform for Inclusive and Accessible Outreach, led by Arnold Mathijssen, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy.
U.S. inflation reached a new 40-year high in June. But if the current economic slowdown gathers pace, the Federal Reserve will likely be less aggressive with the next interest rate increase, according to Wharton experts.
The importance of postpartum and interconception care for mothers and babies
APenn Medicine study shows that preventive visits after a complicated pregnancy were associated with a lower risk of complications in subsequent pregnancies, providing evidence on the importance of continuous access to care and extended postpartum Medicaid coverage after pregnancies.