Internal Medicine

Helping the brain to heal the gut

In the second edition of her book on irritable bowel syndrome, Penn psychologist Melissa Hunt explores advances made in the past decade. Her aim is to offer accessible, effective, self-help psychological treatment for those who suffer from the disorder.

Luis Melecio-Zambrano



In the News


The New York Times

Can a night owl become an early bird?

“Your circadian rhythm tendencies are genetic and can’t really be changed,” said Ilene M. Rosen of the Perelman School of Medicine, referring to the body’s innate 24-hour circadian cycles that govern when we wake up and fall asleep. “But the good news is that we can give our clocks some cues that influence it a little bit.”

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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