Internal Medicine

Geographic disparities in lower extremity amputation rates

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that peripheral artery disease affects Black people and those of low socioeconomic status, and the U.S. health system is missing opportunities to slow or stop the progression.

From Penn LDI

The best new implants may be a piece of you

Innovative techniques like autologous surgery involves implanting patients with something taken from a different part of their body, which eliminates the risk of infection and erosion of synthetic materials.

From Penn Medicine News

Getting to the heart of genetic cardiovascular diseases

Day, a physician-scientist and cardiologist works to unlock the mysteries of genetic heart disease, integrating translational and clinical science to understand the full spectrum of genetic heart disease evolution and progression.

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In the News

Science Daily

Researchers discover test to predict which patients with rare blood disease will respond to only FDA-approved treatment, and identify alternative therapy

David Fajgenbaum and Sheila Pierson of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss their latest research and findings in the treatment of Castleman disease.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Tower Health’s liver and kidney transplant program will move to Penn Medicine

Tower Health announced Wednesday that instead of closing the liver and kidney transplant program it inherited two years ago from the shuttered Hahnemann University Hospital outright, it will let Penn Medicine take it over. Patient screening and pre- and post-transplant care will continue at Reading Hospital in Berks County, but surgeries will move to Penn’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in mid-December.


The New York Times

Organ transplants dive amid virus crisis, start to inch back

Peter Reese of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the resumption of organ transplants. “Transplant centers and patients really want to get going again, but there are all these questions,” he said. “We need to be finding places that maintained their transplant rates and finding out what they did.”


The New York Times

Can melatonin vapes safely help people sleep?

Julio Chirinos of the Perelman School of Medicine wrote an editorial to accompany a new study about the effects of marathon running on the heart. “Exercise is great for the entire body, including the arteries,” he said.


U.S. News & World Report

What is syphilis, and why are rates rising?

Amy Forrestel of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the symptoms, spread, and long-term effects of syphilis. If left untreated, the sexually transmitted infection “can wreak a lot of havoc” on the body, said Forrestel.


Associated Press

Study: Safe to transplant hepatitis C-infected hearts, lungs

Peter Reese of the Perelman School of Medicine commented on a recent study about the safety and efficacy of pairing hepatitis C-infected organ transplants with fast, preventative treatments to block recipients from contracting the infection. The combination may work “because maybe the virus hasn’t had the chance to establish itself,” said Reese.