Perelman School of Medicine

Treatment doctor tested on himself can put others into remission

Five years ago, David C. Fajgenbaum both a Penn Medicine researcher and patient, tried an experimental treatment for Castleman disease based on his laboratory research findings in the hopes of saving his own life. He has been in remission ever since.

Penn Today Staff

Dangers and protections of rising temps for people on common medicines

We know that as temperatures rise, so do many health risks: not just for heat stroke and dehydration but also for heart disease, respiratory diseases, and deaths overall. Three studies explore the impact that rising temperatures have on people who take common medications.

Penn Today Staff

A cohort study comes of age

For nearly two decades, a major national study of kidney disease led and coordinated at Penn has defined key risk factors in an all-too-common silent epidemic.

Steve Graff



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Treating gun violence in Philadelphia trauma bay

Jeremy Cannon, Jose Pascual, and Franklin Caldera of the Perelman School of Medicine and Rhonda Browning, Michael Atweh, and John Ehman of Penn Medicine were quoted in an article about the impact of gunshot wounds on hospital employees.

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PBS NewsHour

Does the placenta carry germs? What parents should know before they eat one

Frederic Bushman of Perelman School of Medicine commented on research that found that placenta encapsulation kits may be pre-contaminated by outside microbes. “It was really a very impressive bunch of detective work,” he said. “They were absolutely artistic at figuring out the sources of different kinds of contamination.”

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Scientific American

Scientists seek better guidelines for editing genes in human embryos

Bruce Levine of the Perelman School of Medicine called for a moratorium on scientific research that entails gene editing in human embryos. “There has not been a conversation with society at large—the lay public, government, religious groups, NGOs [nongovernmental organizations], stakeholders—because the science has been moving faster than [our own] conversations have been,” he said.

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BBC

How ‘smart’ email could change the way we talk

Maria Geffen of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the potential implications of the ongoing use of predictive text technology. “By taking prediction away from our language system, more advanced predictive text fills it in with something that regresses to the mean, reducing variability,” she said.

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GQ

The sound of silence: Here’s what happened when I did a month-long sound fast

Mathias Basner of the Perelman School of Medicine said that the effects of constant noise exposure are cumulative. “This is why I believe it’s so important to seek out these quiet spaces, especially on the weekend,” Basner said. “Drive out to the sea, go into Central Park, where it’s much less noisy than on Fifth Avenue.”

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