Medicine

Fostering a therapy dog means welcoming strangers and petting

Foster families and therapy dogs in training learn their roles together. Studies show pet therapy in hospitals significantly decreases pain, calms breathing, and boosts mood and perceived energy levels in patients.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine is going all in on proton therapy, a costly treatment that is unproven for most common cancers

A profile examines Penn Medicine’s commitment to the advancement of proton therapy, a new radiation cancer treatment, with remarks from James Metz and Justin E. Bekelman of the Perelman School of Medicine.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

For breast cancer patients, Penn researchers are comparing costly proton therapy with standard radiation

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Justin E. Bekelman is leading a $12 million study to compare the effects of proton therapy and standard radiation treatment on breast cancer.

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The Hill

Virology is part of the golden age of health: Don’t dismantle it

James Alwine of the Perelman School of Medicine co-writes that over-regulation could unduly constrain the ability to respond to future viral pandemic threats.

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Lancaster Farming

Coryza, an avian influenza lookalike, lingers in Lancaster

Sherrill Davison of the School of Veterinary Medicine outlines the symptoms and signs of infectious coryza, an avian influenza lookalike.

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Nature

The race to supercharge cancer-fighting T cells

Carl June and Avery Posey of the Perelman School of Medicine discuss the progression and expansion of CAR-T cell therapies.

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HealthDay

In 30-year study, head injury doubled long-term death risk

A study by Holly Elser of the Perelman School of Medicine and colleagues finds that head injuries may double or even triple the risk of dying early.

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