Internal medicine

The price of noise

Silence is a rare commodity these days, because society has only gotten louder. “And we're all paying a price for it in terms of our health,” says Mathias Basner, an associate professor of sleep and chronobiology in psychiatry at Penn.

Penn Today Staff

Penn team creates first bile duct-on-a-chip

The miniature, fabricated organ, replicating the structure and cellular makeup of the tissue, may lead to better understanding of the organ system and the differences between child and adult bile ducts.

Penn Today Staff

Nicotine-free e-cigarettes can damage blood vessels

A single e-cigarette can be harmful to the body’s blood vessels—even when the vapor is entirely nicotine-free, according to a new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Penn Today Staff

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

E-Cigarettes Disappoint in a Workplace Quit-Smoking Study

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Scott Halpern led a study on the effects of vaping on smoking cessation. Halpern found that e-cigarettes were no more helpful than other stop-smoking tools, and that “the very best way to help them quit is to offer them money.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

New Blood Test for Pregnant Women Could Predict Preterm Birth

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Michal Elovitz discussed the results from her research exploring methods for predicting preterm births. The study’s results were published in Science.